Sandakphu Singalila Trek

A long but more interesting approach to Goechala, usual route to Goechala is the steep & short ascent from  Yuksom via Dzongri. Since this trek begins in Sikkim & leads us along to Sikkim & Nepal border over Singalila to Darjeeling. The steep path from Uttarey to the border check-point-pass. Chewabhanjyang leads us through Sikkim’s lush tropical mountain jungles. A variety of orchids & rare herbs grow here & the region is home to many colorful birds & wildlife. Up on the ridge a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest in the West, Khanchendzonga in the North & the Chola mountain group in the East greet us. On our trek along the Singalila ridge we sometimes come across grazing yaks. The forests of this remote region are home to a variety of wildlife including leopard cat, wolves, red pandas & even bears. For the spectacular blooming season March through May are best,  for great views October to November are ideal.

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Name of Program : Sandakphu Singalila ridge Trek.
Place to Visit : Arrival Bagdogra – Darjeeling (2123 m)- Tonglu (3070m) – Gairibas (2620m)-Phalut (3600m) – Rammam (2560m)  Pelling (2200m) – Tsoka (3030m) – Dzogri (4020m) –  Tagshing (3930m) – Samity Lake (4200m) – Goecha la (4940m) – Lam Pokhari (4230m) – Tashiding (1740m) – Martam (1200m) Gangtok (1550m)
Duration :
  19 Nights
Best Time :
 March – mid June & Oct – Nov.
Highest Point:  4940m
Trek Grade: Moderate-Strenuous
Price: On Request

Day 1:  Arrival at Bagdogra – Darjeeling (2130m) 4 hrs Drive:
Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport or Siliguri Railway Station, meet to our representative & transfer to Darjeeling by road. At first we drive through flat rice field and tea plantation, before the road ascends to the foothill of the Himalayan. We drive through more tea plantation, where the famous Darjeeling teas are grown. The main attraction is the steam toy train whose track zigzags through the main road all the way to Darjeeling just crossing over Ghoom at an altitude of 2440 mts. Darjeeling itself is at 2123 mts with a majestic background of the third highest peak in the world. Mt Kanchanjunga. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2:  Darjeeling Sightseeing:
Very early drive to Tiger Hill (16 km from Darjeeling) to see the sunrise over the Kanchenjunga and Everest (depend to weather). On the way back to the hotel we visit Yinga Choling (Ghoom) Monastery. Drive back to hotel. After breakfast we visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Zoo and the Tibetan refugee Center. Afternoon free to relax and look around the color full bazaars Chowrasta. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Darjeeling – Maney Bhanjang (by car) – Tonglu (3070m)/ 3 hrs Trek.
After an early breakfast drive to Maney Bhanjang, It is a 26-Km drive to Maney Bhanjang at 2134 meters, the starting place for our trek on the Singalila ridge. Maney Bhajang set in the Himalayan foothills, we set off on the first part of our walk, the relatively short, hike up to Tonglu. It is an unavoidable fact of trekking in the Himalayas that we must get up high to find the best views. Overnight at Trekker’s hut or tent.

Day 4: Tonglu – Gairibas (2620m) 4 hrs Trek
We take a mossy paved path, that snakes through a succession of forests and hamlets, giving way, from time to time, to spectacular mountain scenarios. Overnight at Trekker’s hut or tent.

Day 5: Gairibas – Sandakphu (3640m) 4h30. Trek
We steadily climb to join the ridge trail towards Kala Pokhri. Afterwards we start a long and steep climb onto the Singalila ridge that leads us to Sandakphu. A remarkable 360 ° view from the top. Overnight at Trekker’s hut or tent.

Day 6: Sandakphu –  Phalut (3600m)  6 hrs Trek
We walk to a prominent viewpoint for the magnificent sunrise over the Kanchenjunga, Jannu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyo. Throughout the Day, there are ever-changing views: yak herds, silvery pine forests, tiny lakes ringed with grass, and the snow-capped Himalayan range in the background. Overnight at Trekker’s hut or tent.

Day 7: Phalut – Rammam (2560m) 5 hrs Trek.
Leaving Phalut, we are temporarily saying goodbye to the views of Kanchenjunga and the eastern Himalayas, as we descend for most of the Day through forests of Rhododendrons and Magnolias with isolated patches of farmland to Ramam. Overnight at Trekker’s hut or tent.

Day 8: Rammam – Rimbick (2280m) 4 hrs Trek
Downhill again today to the crossing of the Siri Khola passing through farmland and scattered villages. Then it’s uphill through largely forested terrain to the village of Rimbick. Overnight at Trekker’s hut or tent.

Day 9: Rimbick – Pelling (9 hrs Drive):
Early morning commence drive to Pelling, long day drive, on arrival check in hotel rest of the time leisure for relax. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Pelling – Pemayangtse – Yuksom by car (2 hrs)
Morning after breakfast visit the Pemayangtse monastery. Perched at 2800m, it is one of the oldest and most impressive gompas in Sikkim. Later drive to Yuksom, on arrival check in hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11: Yuksam – Tsoka (3030m) 6 hrs Trek.
The trail leads up the Rathong valley, through thick, semi-tropical forests. Afterwards a steep climb takes us to the tiny Tibetan village of Tsoka. The landscape has now changed into pine, rhododendron and magnolia forests. We get excellent views of the entire Himalayan range and Kanchenjunga. Overnight tent.

Day 12: Tsoka – Dzongri (4020m) 5 hrs Trek.
The Day begins with a steep start and the trail zigzags up through the mixed temperate forest and large stands of Rhododendrons to the large clearing at phedang, where we stop for Picnic lunch. The view of Pandim, Narshing and Joponu is fantastic. Another hour and half of steep climb takes you to Deorali and a ridge walk of up and down for 45 mins. Takes you to Dzongri (13320ft), set in a natural bowl on the ridge. Overnight at tent.

Day 13: Dzongri – Thangshing (3930m) 5 hrs Trek
We descend through rhododendron forest towards the the glacial Prek river. We establish our campsite on the grassy pastures of Thangshing. The southern ridge of Kanchenjunga and the Onglakthing glacier are visible directly ahead and there are close-up views of Pandim.

Day 14: Thangshing – Samity Lake (4200m) 4 hrs Trek.
A pleasant walk below the west side of Pandim, through dwarf azaleas and rhododendrons to Zemathang. We take our first footsteps on the Onglakthing glacier, and climb up to the shores of the Samity lake, reputed to be the sacred source of the Prek river. Ringed by prayer flags, the lake reflects Forked Peak, Kabru North, Gocha Peak and other snow-capped peaks. Overnight at tent.

Day 15: Samity Lake – Gocha La (4940m) – Thangshing. 7 hrs Trek
We have to leave quite early this morning, as fog and clouds descend on the pass shortly after sunrise. The track to Goecha La climbs steeply through moraines. From the pass, ringed with colorful prayer flags, we can see Kanchenjunga and beyond that, the Talung glacier. Overnight at tent.

Day 16: Thangshing – Lam Pokhari (4230m) 6 hrs Trek
After a steep descent, we climb through alpine areas and pass by tiny lakes.

Day 17: Labdang – Tashiding (1740m) 5 hrs Trek
An easy walk, in an atmosphere becoming more humid and heavier as we descend. Overnight at tent.

Day 18: Tashiding – Martam by car (4hrs drive).
We visit the Tashiding monastery, one of the most isolated in Sikkim, perched on the top of a hill set between two rivers. Later drive to Martam. On arrival check in hotel or lodge.

Day 19: Martam – Gangtok by car (2 hrs drive).
After breakfast commence drive to the capital city of Sikkim “Gangtok” En route we visit Rumtek monastery, reputed for its religious Tibetan art. Visitors are welcome to attend prayers. Afternoon at leisure in Gangtok.

Day 20: Gangtok – Bagdogra (by car) & Flight to onward Destination:
After breakfast transfer to Bagdogra airport, and board onward flight back to home with sweet memories.

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