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.
Name of Program :Sandakphu Singalila
Places Visit : Delhi or
Best Time : March-May OR
Day 01: Arrive Delhi OR Kolkata :
Upon arrival meet to our representative, meet and greet, than transfer
Day 02: Sightseeing :
After breakfast, full day city sightseeing, overnight at hotel, (Delhi
visit Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chadani Chowk, Raj Ghat, Governmnet
Buildings, Humayun's Tomb, Qutab Minar and Lotus Temple. Kolkata visit
Maidan, BBD Square, Vitoria Memoral, Saheed Minar, Writer's Building,
Flower Market, Ghat, Howrha Bridge, Kumartuli, Jain Temple, India
Museum & Mother Teresa House) Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Delhi OR Kolkata– Bagdogra (Flight) – Darjeeling (2130m) By
road, 4 hrs drive:
Departure transfer to the domestic airport for the flight Bagdogra and
on arrival transfer to Darjeeling. 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 zig zags through the main road all the way to Darjeeling
just crossing over Ghoom at an altitude of 2440 mts. Darjeeling itself
is at 2134 mts with a majestic background of the third highest peak in
the world. Mt Kanchanjunga.Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Darjeeling :
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.
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 05: Darjeeling – Manay Bhanjang (2134m. 1h 30) by car – Tonglu
It is a 26-Km drive to Maneybhanjang at 2134 meters, the starting place
for our trek on the Singalila ridge. After an early breakfast and
interesting drive into the Himalayan foothills, we set off on the first
part of our walk, the relatively short, hike upto 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/Camp.
Day 06: Tonglu – Gairibas (2620m) in 4h
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/Camp.
Day 07: Gairibas – Sandakphu (3640m) in 4h30.
We steadily climb to join the ridge trail towards Kalpokhri. 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
Day 08:Sandakphu – Phalut (3600m) in 6h
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/Camp.
Day 09: Phalut – Raman (2560m) in 5h.
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/Camp.
Day 10: Raman – Rimbik (2280m) in 4h
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
Day 11: Rimbik – Pelling (9h).
: Early morning commence drive to Pelling, on arrival check in hotel
rest of the time leisure for relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Pelling – Pemayangtse – Yuksam by car (2h)
2.5 km from Pelling, we will visit the Pemayangtse monastery. Perched
at 2800m, it is one of the oldest and most impressive gompas in Sikkim.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 13: Yuksam – Tsoka (3030m) in 6h.
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
Day 14: Tsoka – Dzongri (4020m) in 5h.
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. O/n Camping /hut.
Day 15: Dzongri – Thangshing (3930m) in 4h.
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 16: Thangshing – Samity Lake (4200m) in 3h.
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
Day 17: Samity Lake – Gocha La (4940m) – Thangshing in 7h
We have to leave quite early this morning, as fog and clouds descend on
the pass shortly after sunrise. The track to Gocha La climbs steeply
through moraines. From the pass, ringed with colorful prayer flags, we
can see Kanchenjunga and beyond that, the Talung glacier.
Day 18: Thangshing – Lam Pokhari (4230m) in 5h
After a steep descent, we climb through alpine areas and pass by tiny
Day 19: Labdang – Tashiding (1740m) in 5h.
An easy walk, in an atmosphere becoming more humid and heavier as we
Day 20: Tashiding – Martam by car (4h).
We visit the Tashiding monastery, one of the most isolated in Sikkim,
perched on the top of a hill set between two rivers.
Day 21: Martam – Gangtok by car (1h).
En route we visit Rumtek monastery, reputed for its religious Tibetan
art. Visitors are welcome to attend prayers. Afternoon at leisure in
Day 22: Gangtok – Bagdogra (by car) – Delhi OR Kolkata :
Morning drive to Bagdogra later flight to Delhi or Kolkata. On arrival
transfer to hotel for overnight.
Full day leisure for individual activities, in time departure transfer
to airport and fly back home.