Singalila Ridge Mountain Climbing is the main mountain ridge in Sikkim. To enter Sikkim one will have to cross the Singalila Pass (3700 m), to which there is an adjoining peak, the Singalila Peak. One can see the views of the Greater Himalayan Treks from the ridge especially at Phalut and Sandakphu. From east to west, the peaks of Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet and Bhutan line up in an amazing panoramic arc.
The sight of Mount Everest (8850 m), Lhotse (8516 m), Makalu (8481 m) and Khangchendzonga (8585 m) - four of the five highest peaks in the world is simply breathtaking. While climbing, one will visit beautiful villages and monasteries. One will have to hike through lush forests and open meadows frequented by grazing yaks.
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Mountaineering Institute and Zoo in Darjeeling, as well as the world famous tea estates lie in the surrounding area.
This mountain range has a chain of known peaks which are, however, within the restricted area and so are not freely accessible to foreign climbers except with special permission from the Government of India.
How to get there
By Air: Bagdogra Airport is the closest. A 4-5 hours journey by road from there takes one to Darjeeling.
By Train: NJP Railway Station is the closest.
Nearest town: Siliguri
Best time to visit: September to May.
Nepali and Hindi are spoken by most people, in the tourist places English is used.
Foreign climbing expeditions are required to obtain permissions from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation for climbing all listed peaks.
- Being a climber, you need to keep the climbing route in mind.
- It is advisable not to carry used ropes, harness or slings.
- Beginners should prefer high top shoes with mid-sole.
- Since fingers, elbows and shoulders are more vulnerable to injury, one needs to take care of them.
- A map to guide along the routes is needed.
Things to Carry
- Woolen clothes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
- Medical kit
- A good compass
- An extra pair of clothes
- Hiking sticks
- Trek shoes
Other Attractions in the Vicinity
Singalila wild life national park is situated in the extreme north western boundary of Darjeeling district and extends on an area of 78.60sq.km. The park is famous for its treks with spectacular views of Himalayan peaks through a mist of pristine forests and mountain flowers.