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Devagya Verma

4.0

Wao I just loved the trekking and sight seeing in singhalia!! Those high mountainous peaks and the beautiful lakes will definately steal your hearts.

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Satyen Naik

5.0

After this trek, I realized why everyone recommended me for Darjeeling and Sikkim. Truly a paradise and this trek reveals more about these places.

Overview

Trip Starting From: Bagdogra

Trip Location: Darjeeling

About the Destination:

Singalila Ridge Trek is one of the most admired as well as fascinating treks in India since it opens the gates to some of the mystic trails around Sikkim. Singalila is known for its strenuous routes and finally ends with an enchanting visit to Darjeeling, the Queen of Hills. Along with fun and excitement of trekking, this tour also provides some of the astounding views of the mighty Mt Everest and Kanchenjunga peaks. Some of the other lofty summits of the Himalayan Range can also be witnessed.

Singalila Ridge Trek is a century old one with a narrow path going alone the Indo Nepal border cutting across the edges of rhododendron and other forests. It is one of the rarest spots in India where you will get the opportunity to watch different summit above 8000 meters. The Darjeeling Hills can offer you the best sightseeing moments as well along with the long stretches of tea plantations and monasteries on the borders of Tibet and India. Also, the cascading rivers and lush greenery add more charm to the beautiful trekking trails resulting in the extravagant appearance of Singalila ridge.

About the Trek:

With hundreds of admirers, Singalila Ridge trek becomes more enthusiastic every year and you are also invited to be a part of the amazing trek this year. A 17 day long Singalila trekking package comes to pick you up to be at the beautiful region in Sikkim and explore the world’s highest peaks with complete excitement. Arrive at Bagdogra airport to begin with this long energetic trek. Hit the tranquilizing trails going through Pelling, Uttarey, Chiwa Bhanjyang, Dhor, Pare Megu, Lam Pokhari, Gomathang, Tikip Chu, Dzongri, Lamuney, Goecha La and Thangshing. All the routes are dominated by dense forest ranges, wild flowers, open meadows, summit views from the distance and many more steep climbs to reach each destination.

This long Singalila Ridge trekking package has everything to make you surprised from the first day onward. It ranges from the quaint villages in Sikkim and Nepal border to the wonderful sights of the Everest as well. Some days are completely dedicated to great heights which are accessible after shedding so much sweat. The routes will be not friendly many times and you will need to negotiate in a perfect way. 

Tshoka to Yuksom is the last stretch of the trek and at Yuksom, you are getting a free day to explore and enjoy watching many tourist attractions. After getting dropped at Bagdogra airport from Yuksom, you 17 day long trek comes to an end.


Singalila Trek Highlights:

- The highest peaks in the world located at a height of more than 8000 meters would be visible on this trek:  Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Kanchenjunga

- You will be able to witness more than 20 peaks spreading across Sikkim and Nepal like Chomolhari, Narsing, Jupono, Goecha Peak, Forked Peak, Kanchenjunga, Kumbhakarna, Frey, Rathong, Koktang, South Kabru, North Kabru, Tenchenkhang, Pandim, Simvo and so on.

- The beautiful rhododendron forest in the Himalayas will be your accompaniment throughout the route. From March to July, these forests will have the colorful flowers as well.

- If you are lucky, you can spot some rare birds and animals on the way.

- Exotic sunset and sunrise views as well as the golden chance to know the culture of Bhutan and Nepal along with Sikkim.

Quick Facts:

Maximum Altitude: 12,140ft

Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate 

Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal is the nearest railway station 

Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrive Delhi connecting fly to Bagdogra airport

    Once you reach Delhi, then catch your flight to Bagdogra Airport and meet the guide after you reach there.

    Get a drive to Pelling and stay overnight there.

  • Day 2 - A leisure day in Pelling - Uttarey

    Spend a complete leisure day in Pelling visiting places of tourist interest including Pemayangtshe Monastery, changa chollan monastery, Rabdentshe palace.

    Return to your hotel and have lunch followed by your travel to Uttarey.

  • Day 3 - Uttarey to Chiwa Bhanjyang - 6 hours

    For eight days you will thread your way up and over the highest reaches of the Singalila Ridge, which forms the border between Sikkim and Nepal.

    You might meet the occasional yak herder on the way.

    The names given to places around here however exotic it may sound to your ear are basically associated with their purpose, such as high pastures, passes and ridge points.

    Pass through a rich forest cover, swathes of rhododendrons, open ridges, sacred lakes and remote passes.

    Reach Chiwa Bhanjyang (3,100 m) after covering an easy trail that rises gently through rainforest until a final steep ascent for the last couple of hours brings you to the Nepalese border and that is your first camp

  • Day 4 - Chiwa Bhanjyang. Acclimatization Day

    Trek - 5½ hours.

    This is an attractive setting to acquire some essential early acclimatization.

    A hike to the nearby Singalila Peak at 3500m will give you valuable acclimatization and some excellent views.

  • Day 5 - Chiwa Bhanjyang to Dhor - 7½ hours. Camp 3800m

    A gentle uphill traverse through forest and then over a more exposed hillside will let you reach a point where prayer flags are found along with the distinct views of the lofty towers in the background.

    The occasional yak herder’s hut is the only sign of habitation as you look down far below to the rice fields and cardamom plantations.

    You will be staying in a remote campsite amidst pure nature.

  • Day 6 - Dhor to Pare Megu - 7 hours. Camp 3800m

    Rising just before dawn, a five-minute walk onto the ridge may reveal the spectacular sight of sunrise on both Everest and Kanchenjunga.

    The whole day, you will be descending and climbing to have a steady progress of altitude spiraling from one side of the ridge to the other until a rough steep ascent takes us across a pass.

    Beyond, the trail wends its way steadily through rhododendrons and past several Hindu shrines where a second easier pass drops down to our camp close to a shepherd’s summer settlement.

    Get a chance to spot the blue sheep down the mountain side.

  • Day 7 - Pare Megu to Lam Pokhari - 4½ hours. Camp 4300m

    Continue walking on a good trail through woods until you begin a steady rise up a broad valley where you will be able to catch the first closer view of the entire Kabru range dominated by Mount Pandim (6,691m).

    A further 2 hours of ascent will take you to the campsite near the Everest and a host of other Khumbu giants dominating the distant skyline.

    An afternoon of rest and acclimatization for the following day’s foot slogging.

  • Day 8 - Lam Pokhari to Gomathang - 6 hours. Camp 3900m

    You are reached the high mountain country and the forests lie far below.

    You have crossed the Lam Pokhari, which marks your entry back into Sikkim after two days of your walk along the Nepal border.

    A little snow underfoot can be expected as you climb to the first pass, the Danphe Bhir La at 4,530 meters, the Pass of the Pheasant.

    From here it is possible to see the whole of Sikkim with the view stretching out well into Tibet and Bhutan.

    A further hour’s contouring and a small ascent reveals the KagBhir La (the Pass of the Crow) where you might get enough time and space to view a panorama of Himalayan peaks including Khangchendzonga.

    Walk down the hill to reach the base camp near to the river for your stay overnight.

  • Day 9 - Gomathang to Tikip Chu - 8 hours. Camp 3850m

    Leave your lovely meadow camp to climb through forests of sweet smelling silver fir and rhododendrons.

    Soon you will reach the high mountain terrain again. Look out for the brightly colored Danphe birds (Impeyan Pheasant), which nest in the high crags around the Kamsey La, 4,200 m.

    Walk down to the meadows of Kok ling and watch the next pass located at a height of 4,300 meters where you can reach after a steady ascent up a steep crag to a skyline dominated by the dizzying pinnacles and icy cliffs of Kanchenjunga.

    Once again you will end the day with a steep descent to the campsite by the Tikip Chu, which has its source high on the Rathong mountains (6,679 m.)

  • Day 10 - Tikip Chu to Dzongri - 3 hrs. 4,030 meters

    Today your route joins the regular trail up to the Goecha La.

    A steady climb through ancient fir forest, juniper and rhododendrons gradually opens out to the summer pastures of Dzongri.

    Another high camp, but you should get acclimatized by now probably.

  • Day 11 - Dzongri to Lamuney - 6 hours. Camp 4,200 m.

    Sri Khola, Dense Forests, Orchid Plantations, Colourful Birds

    Down the hill to Kokchulang where you are likely to accost other trekkers making us look back in retrospect towards really appreciating the peace and solitude of our last few days.

    Move easily up to the valley passing the busy trekkers campsite of Thangsing to our own riverside camp a short distance below the Samiti Lake.

  • Day 12 - Lamuney - Goecha La - Thangshing - 10 hrs. Camp 3,800

    Aim for the Goecha La (The Locked Gate), which lies at almost 5000m, and begin well before sunrise in the clear cold morning air.

    Around us is an awe-inspiring Himalayan landscape of tumbling glaciers, pinnacles ridges and soaring peaks dominated by the mighty bulk of Kanchenjunga towering above, but the view from our own ‘summit’ is equally stunning.

    Return to your high camp for a welcome breakfast. Thereafter, head down to Thangsing where the air feels wonderfully rich at just 3,600 m.

    A long day of around 10 hours depending of course on how much time you spend at Goecha La.

  • Day 13 - Thangsing - Lampokhari - kokchurung

    Lampokhari which means long lake gives you an important trek which has a gradual up hill walk and after there back down to Kokchurung which it takes altogether 5-6 hour.

  • Day 14 - Kokchurung - Tshoka

    On new ground today, follow the traditional route back to the main valley.

    Tshoka is an enchanting little Tibetan settlement perched on a mountain spur. It will be your first encounter on this trek with permanent village life, and the novelty of having a roof over your heads will add a new dimension to the journey.

  • Day 15 - Tshoka to Yuksom

    Descend through rainforest rich with bird-life and flowers, across spectacular bridges spanning cascading rivers whose sources are high in the mountains you have already witnessed.

    Tired and elated you will arrive in Yuksom and later check into your hotel and relax.

    This will be your last evening with the trekking crew so you are getting an option to celebrate the last day with the team mates.

  • Day 16 - Leisure day at Yuksom

    Get a leisure day at Yuksom and spend the time according to your wish.

  • Day 17 - Departure

    Wake up early in the morning have some tea or breakfast and then get a drive to Bagdogra for your return journey.

Stay

    7
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis

Meal

    7
  • All meals during the trek will be provided

Activity

    7
  • Trekking
  • 7
  • Sightseeing
  • 7
  • Birding

Other Inclusions

    7
  • All entry /permit charges
  • 7
  • One trek guide throughout the trek

Transport

    7
  • All transfers and sightseeing by dedicated vehicle

Things To Carry

    7
  • Comfortable trekking shoes
  • 7
  • Warm clothes
  • 7
  • Jackets
  • 7
  • Gloves
  • 7
  • Sunscreen
  • 7
  • Sunglasses
  • 7
  • Lip Balm
  • 7
  • Extra set of clothes
  • 7
  • Warn inner wears
  • 7
  • Torch light
  • 7
  • Mobile charger and power banks
  • 7
  • Trekking poles
  • 7
  • Energy bars and water bottle
  • 7
  • Personal toiletries
  • 7
  • Caps and hats
  • 7
  • Muffler
  • 7
  • Camera, optional
  • 7
  • ID cards

Advisory

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  • Do not litter the surroundings and avoid the use of too many plastic on the trip
  • 7
  • Pay heed to the trek leader and try not to neglect the advice given by leader
  • 7
  • Check with a doctor before the start of the trek to know your physical conditions
  • 7
  • Do not consume alcohol or do not smoke on the trip

Tour Type

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  • This is a group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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    Story by Devagya Verma

     Rated : 4.0

    Wao I just loved the trekking and sight seeing in singhalia!! Those high mountainous peaks and the beautiful lakes will definately steal your hearts.

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    Story by Satyen Naik

     Rated : 5.0

    After this trek, I realized why everyone recommended me for Darjeeling and Sikkim. Truly a paradise and this trek reveals more about these places.

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    Story by Divjot Sinha

     Rated : 5.0

    A big big thankyou to my friends to accompany me, our tour guide to led us the beautiful heaven and my parents to finance this holiday trip, really I loved being there!!!! Otherwise I would have missed such an awesome experience of my life. The mountains peaks should not be missed at any costs. Moreover Up and above the clouds, this trek is a mixed affair of fascinating heights, lush greeneries, exotic wildlife and scenic villages. Enjoyed the panorama of the other peaks and the evergreen valleys.

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    Story by Pulkit Gurnani

     Rated : 5.0

    For me, this was a treasure trove journey. Though Sandakpu is the main attraction, I also enjoyed the panorama of the other peaks and the evergreen valleys. Terrains might get difficult at times and to overcome them, you have to be quite careful and attentive towards the guides and instructors. Do not miss the sunrise view over the Kanchenjunga Peak at any cost.

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    Story by Mahendra Mehta

     Rated : 5.0

    After this trek, I am truly, madly and deeplyy in love with Darjeeling and Sikkim. Truly a paradise and this trek reveals more about these places.

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    Story by Anjushree Namboothiri

     Rated : 5.0

    This was my first trip in any northeast India, and now I proudly suggest everyone that this is the place everyone should visit, atleast for once.I gaurantee you will experience the heaven.

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    Story by Shubha Kaniyar

     Rated : 4.0

    Darjeeling is not just a honeymoon place anymore. I kept reading about Singalila Trek, and when I suggested it to my friends, they brushed it off as a honeymoon spot. However, after a lot of convincing and making them read travelogues of this spot, we took this tour. It was simply brilliant. The trek is quite difficult and the toughness is more due to the chilling weather. I even faced a little bit of breathing issues in the middle, but the trek leader was helpful. The Sikkim tour that accompanied after this trek was more of a relaxed and laid back one. I loved the trek as well as the trip.

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    Story by Yoginder Gupta

     Rated : 4.0

    Singhalia offers the best place to see lik the scenic Landscapes, tea Plantations, mountain Peaks, Mt Kanchenjunga, lakes, waterfalls, stupas, and the very famous singalila National Park. We were very delighted to be here, really visiting these places was like the beautiful world come to a single place all at once.

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    Story by Aditya Gandhi

     Rated : 4.0

    Singalila trekk is not so famous in our north side, actually we have always heared of manali, leh and uttrakhand but this should be included in the list really, The place has too much to offer the high mountainous peaks, the wild vegetation, beautiful lakes and very friendly beautiful people. I was very delighted to visit this place. And offcourse Darjeeling stole my heart away.

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    Story by Chaanakya Tandon

     Rated : 4.0

    Singalila Ridge Trekking is one of the most admired as well as fascinating treks in India. Originating from the scenic trails around Sikkim, this tour turns toward Singalila which is known for its strenuous routes and finally ends with an enchanting visit to Darjeeling, the Queen of Hills. One of the life’s best travelling experience it was!!!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. When is the best time for Singalila Trek?

      Singalila Ridge Trekking is one of the most admired as well as fascinating treks in India. Originating from the scenic trails around Sikkim, this tour turns toward Singalila which is known for its strenuous routes and finally ends with an enchanting visit to Darjeeling, the Queen of Hills. The best time for you to do this trek start from March up until May or starting October till Decmber. Beginning of the season the climb involves navigating through deep snow while later in the season difficulty comes in the form of bouldering screed slopes. So the easy months will be from March to May.

    2. What level of fitness is expected from me?

      This trek is fairly easy. But it makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 7 hours on some days.

    3. What all things I should carry for Singalila Trek?

      The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Trekking Shoes Trainers or sandals for river crossings and camp use Walking socks (3 pairs) Spare laces Trekking trousers Waterproof overtrousers Underwear Thermal baselayer - leggings Baselayer shirts (short sleeve and 1 long sleeve) Shirts or T-shirts Fleece jacket or warm jumper Waterproof jacket Sunhat Warm hat Sunglasses Gloves or mittens Daypack 30 litres Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.) Headtorch and spare batteries Water bottles 1 litre (x2) Sleeping bag (comfort rated -10ºC) (minus 15ºC for late November and December trips)* Washbag and toiletries Antibacterial handwash Small towel Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Small padlock (to lock your K

    4. What kind of shoes I should have?

      You should carry high-ankle trekking shoes. Different shoes are suitable for different kinds of treks, depending on the weather, trail condition as well as duration of the trek. For this particular trek, shoes with thick souls are recommended.

    5. What will be the facility of food and water during the trek?

      There are proper meals with subsequent nutritional values planned for the people coming in for the trek. From dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 13, all meals will be provided. This would include nutritional vegetarian meals, a total of 6 in a day, with the addition of tea and coffee during breaks.

    6. What all medicines I should carry? Can I take diamox?

      Carrying medicines is important while trekking anywhere in the world. Your first-aid should have anti-diarrhea medicine such as loperamide but make sure that you don't take it unless getting to a toilet isn't an option. During the trekking you may not have access to pharmacies. So it’s better to have medications ready. Yes, you can carry diamox and can be taken too if having sickness/nausea.

    7. Will there be mobile connectivity?

      Indian mobile networks do not work for most part of this trek. BSNL is the only mobile networks that work in patches along the way (but are inconsistent).

    8. What will be the temparature on Singalila Trek?

      Trek April to May when it's quite comfortable (temperature ranges between 6 - 12°C) and the flowers like rhododendrons, orchid, primula are in full bloom. In May however there are chances of occasional showers and the sky remaining cloudy at times. The second season is between October to November when the temperature ranges between 1 - 6°C, visibility is excellent and there may be occasional snowfall.

    9. When will be snow there on this trek?

      Entirely depends on the months you have chosen to trek in. The second season between October to November when the temperature ranges between 1 - 6°C, visibility is excellent and there may be occasional snowfall. However if you have chosen December to go for this trek, it gets bitter cold.

    10. Is Singalila a good trek for first timer?

      Yes, this trek is an easy trek. But a But it makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise.

    11. How is Singalila trek weather?

      Entirely depends on the months you have chosen to trek in. The second season between October to November when the temperature ranges between 1 - 6°C, visibility is excellent and there may be occasional snowfall. However if you have chosen December to go for this trek, it gets bitter cold.

    12. What is the difficulty level of Singalila trek?

      This is an easy to moderate level trek, good for first timers as well.

    13. How much do we have to trek each day?

      We will cover anywhere between 8-15kms a day barring the days left out for sightseeing, travelling and other tourist activities.

    14. Is it a safe trek for girls?

      For girls, trekking is extremely safe. Vendors have highest regards for women safety and will ensure that they're safe during the entire trek. If there is only one girl in the trip, then she will be provided with single tent to sleep alone. If there are more girls, then they can sleep under one tent. Always make sure that you are never left on your own. Understand your pace and be with the group.

    15. Where is the maximum elevation of this trek?

      Sandakphu & Singalila Trek. Sandakphu is a wonderland for the trekkers. It's located at an altitude of 11,929ft (i.e. 3,636 meters) in Darjeeling district and north west of Darjeeling hill town. This is the summit or the highest point in Singalila range as well as in the state of West Bengal, India.

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