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About the Destination:
Singalila Trek, Sikkim takes you through some of the most beautiful views of the region. This thrilling trek is famous among the trekkers all around the globe. For those of you who are planning to head out for some exciting trek then Singalila Ridge Trekking is a must do trek for you. Known as the most fascinating and beautiful trek among the trekkers this trek originates from the scenic trails around Sikkim. The trek can be a bit strenuous as you will have to pass through some steep routes towards Singalila.
Not just this the trekking routes also offers some of the enchanting views of the valleys and finally end with an enchanting visit to Darjeeling, the Queen of Hills. During this trek, you will also come across some of the majestic views of the mighty Mt Everest and Kanchenjunga peaks. This trek is truly a magical trek which will make you fall in love with this place. As you keep trekking the blooming Rhododendrons and Magnolia brushes the forest with pink, red and white.
Offering some of the exotic views of the distant mountains, valleys and the dense forest, the trekking trail will definitely stun you. This trek is considered as an easy to moderate trek and can be easily done by beginners as well. The cascading waterfalls, the shining streams and the local people residing in this region make your trek additionally more interesting. The treks start from Uttarey and end up at Yuksam or can be done vice versa.
About the Trek:
Singalila Trek is an exciting trek that takes you through an adventure high u in the mountains. Every year this trek is explored by the trekkers around the globe. This 17-day long Singalila trekking adventure offers you with the scenic views of world’s highest peaks. You will arrive at Bagdogra airport, to begin with, this long energetic trek. Get started and trek through the trails of Pelling, Uttarey, Chiwa Bhanjyang, Dhor, Pare Megu, Lam Pokhari, Gomathang, Tikip Chu, Dzongri, Lamuney, Goecha La and Thangshing.
You will pass through some of the dense forests of this region with wildflowers, green meadows and the magnificent views of the summit. Feel the thrill as you climb up the steep paths. Pass through the quaint little villages in Sikkim and Nepal border and the vivid sights of the Everest as well. During this trek, you will mostly have steep ascents and then gradually some descents. The trek routes are not that easy so be prepared earlier for this.
As you continue your trek, you will come across Tshoka to Yuksom which is the last stretch of the trek and there you can explore the places on your own. Visit some of the places here and also meet the local people. You will be dropped at the airport Bagdogra from Yuksom, and this will be the end of your trek.
Singalila Trek Highlights:-During this trek you will come across the highest peaks in the world at a height of more than 8000 meters would be visible on this trek: Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Kanchenjunga
Maximum Altitude: 12,140ft
Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal is the nearest railway station
Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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 your own riverside camp a short distance below the Samiti Lake.
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.
Today you will have a leisure day at Yuksom.
Spend some time exploring the nearby places here.
Overnight stay at the hotel/camps.
Today, you will start for Thangsing and then to Lampokhari and then to kokchurung.
Lampokhari which means long lake gives you an important trek which has a gradual uphill walk and after there back down to Kokchurung which it takes altogether 5-6 hour.
Overnight stay at hotels/camps.
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.
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.
Today after your breakfast you will be dropped at the Bagdogra airport for your return journey.
Take your flight back home.
End of tour.
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Rated : 5.0
The trek was very well organized. Heyhimalayan guys did a great job in arranging everything so well. Food was average and accommodation was perfect. The only problem we faced was the rain during the trek which made the path a bit slippery. From the trek there are few do’s and don’s I would like to mention. Do's and Donts :- • Be sure to take altitude medicines and also carry water and token food (dark chocolate , garlic ) • A good shade, gloves, woolen wear, jacket and thermal is a must carry for you. Also, wear good trekking shoes while you are heading out for the trek. • If you have any back pain than it is better to go to your doctor first and then go for the trek • Water here for toilet use is just ice melted water it is almost freezing so be careful while using.
Rated : 5.0
My brother and I went on this trek through Heyhimalayas. I should agree that these guys really made our trek a memorable one. From our accommodation to our food everything was very well taken care. We also had an amazing guide cum trek leader Tawang who was detailing us about the trekking routes and the places where we can have water. The views are just jaw dropping. We enjoyed the colour of red to orange to golden over the Kanchenjunga at Tumling. The whole Everest range, Kanchenjunga range and the peaks of Bhutan are visible. Good food. Surprised to have chicken curry and roti at very reasonable price. A huge thanks to the guys for making our trip a memorable one.
When is the best time for Singalila Trek?
Singalila Ridge Trekking is one of the most beautiful and fascinating treks. Starting from Sikkim it goes through the Singalila trail and ends in the Queen of the Hills - Darjeeling. The best time for you to do this trek start from March up until May or starting October till December. Beginning of the season the trek involves going through deep snow while difficulty comes in the form of bouldering slopes. So the best months will be from March to May.
What level of fitness is expected from me?
This trek is fairly easy compared to the others. But it is necessary to spend some time to prepare your body to get into shape and the right fitness. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 7 hours on some days. You can do regular yogic breathing exercise to regulate your breathing for higher altitudes. Walking and jogging combined with regular sets of workout will definitely gear you up for the trek.
What all things I should carry for Singalila Trek?
It is necessary to carry all the essentials needed on the trip wishing the allocated weight requirement. Trekking Shoes Trainers or sandals for river crossings and camp use Walking socks, Spare laces, Trekking trousers Waterproof over trousers Underwear Thermal base layer, leggings Base layer shirts, Shirts or T-shirts Fleece jacket. To keep yourself warm you can take warm jumper, Waterproof jacket and to protect yourself from the sun you need Sun Hat, Warm hat, Sunglasses Gloves or mittens Sun protection, Head torch and spare batteries. Water bottles, Sleeping bag, Wash Bag and toiletries, Antibacterial hand wash and Small towel. Basic First Aid Kit containing antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and rehydration salts (Dioralyte).
What kind of shoes I should have?
The right kind of shoes is very important for a trek. You should be comfortable and the shoe must fit you properly to take you on longer trails. 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 soles are recommended.
What will be the facility of food and water during the trek?
Meals will be provided during your trek by the trek organizers. There are proper meals with necessary nutritional values planned for all the people coming in for the trek. From Breakfast to dinner meals will be provided that usually are vegetarian meals, with non vegetarian meals being given on request. Tea and coffee will be given during breaks.
What all medicines I should carry? Can I take diamox?
Medicines are important while trekking. It is the first thing that must be given importance. Your first-aid should have anti-diarrheal medicine such as lope amide but make sure that you don't take it unless it is necessary and tablets to Yes, you can carry diamox and it can be taken if you are having symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness like headache, nausea and vomiting.
Will there be mobile connectivity?
Mobile connectivity is very less all along the treks only at the base camp you will have a little signal to connect calls. BSNL is the only mobile networks that work inconsistently all along the trail.
What will be the temperature on Singalila Trek?
The temperature in the Singalila region keeps varying depending on the climate. The months of April to May are quite comfortable with temperature ranging between 6 - 12°C. In May 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 with occasional snowfall.
When will be snow there on this trek?
Your chance of witnessing snow highly depends on the months you decide to undertake the trek. The second season between October to November when the temperature ranges between 1 - 6°C there may be occasional snowfall. If you decide to go in December for this trek it gets bitter cold it you will be able to see snow.
Is Singalila a good trek for first timer?
Yes, this trek is an easy trek and is ideal for beginners and first timers.
How is Singalila trek weather?
The weather depends on the month you plan to visit the place. It changes from moderate to nerve wrecking coldness. The months of April to May are quite comfortable with temperature ranging between 6 - 12°C. In May 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 with occasional snowfall. If you plan your trip in December then it gets bitter cold.
What is the difficulty level of Singalila trek?
This is an easy to moderate level trek ideal for beginners and first timers as well. Though at times you will come across bouldering slopes being physically fit will get you through to the top. During the winter you will have snowy trails which might prove to be tedious.
How much do we have to trek each day?
Per day almost 8-10 Kms can be completed along with all the sightseeing, travelling and other tourist activities.
Is it a safe trek for girls?
Yes, the trek is safe for girls. Almost all the trek organizers make it a priority to make the trek safe for girls. 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.
Where is the maximum elevation of this trek?
Sandakphu is the highest elevation of this trek and the West Bengal region of India. Sandakphu is a wonderful place 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.
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