Singelila Ridge Trekking

Singelila Ridge Trekking 11 Days / 10 Nights

Trip Code: HAT61

Trip Type:
Sikkim Treks

Maximum Altitude:
8848m

Durations:
11 Days

Trip Starts:
Bagdogra

Trip Ends:
Bagdogra

Accomodation:
Hotels in the cities and tent during trekking

Best Time For Travel:
October to November

Trip Over View

The Singelila range, forming the political boundary between Sikkim and Nepal offers an excellent trekking route in the Eastern Himalayas. It’s an easy to moderate graded trek with maximum altitude of 3,600m and suitable for beginners, families and people with slow pace.
Seen while on a Dzongri Trek with High Asia Tours
The trek climbs from the trail-head at Maneybhanjang (2134m) for three days to reach Sandakphu–Phalut ridge at an altitude of 3600m. En route there are lovely forests of Singelila National Park and the view point of Tonglu. From Sandakphu, there are breathtaking views of Khandchen Dzonga Range towering over a basin of silver firs and Rhododendrons in the foreground. In the West, the peaks of Mount Everest group are visible, whilst on the East lie the Chola Range with views of passes leading into Tibet. The knee wobbling descent to the road head at Rimbik is through forests with flora, flowers and mountain streams. Trek tour starts and ends in Darjeeling.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Darjeeling.

Day 02: Darjeeling.

Day 03: Drive to Maneybhanjyang and commence trek.

Day 04: Trek to Kalpokhari.

Day 05: Trek to Sandakphu.

Day 06: Sandakphu to Phalut.

Day 07: Phalut to Rammam.

Day 08: Rammam to Rimbik.

Day 09: Drive to Gangtok.

Day 10: At Gangtok.

Day 11: Departure.

Day 01: Arrive Darjeeling

Upon arrival at Bagdogra Airport, you are met by your guide and driven to Darjeeling (100km/65 miles. 3 and ½ hrs). It’s a scenic drive through coniferous forests and terraced tea gardens. Darjeeling, situated at an altitude of 2,134m, has soothing temperature and was developed by British as Hill Resort in order to avoid the heat in summer. On a clear weather day, we can enjoy spectacular views of Himalayas that includes the third highest mountain on earth, Kanchendzunga - which the people in Sikkim regard as their guardian deity. Upon arrival, check in hotel and after some rest, take a stroll in Chowrastha.

Day 02: Darjeeling

You are awaken early in the morning and driven to Tiger Hill (11km/7 miles) for sunrise and mountain panorama view. Tiger hill (2590 m.) is the highest point in this area and famous for breathtaking sunrise view on Mount Kanchenjunga. Mount Everest (8,848) - the highest mountain in the world is also visible on a clear day. Return to the hotel and after breakfast; embark on sightseeing of the highlights of Darjeeling. We visit Mountaineering Institute, Himalayan Zoo etc. We will also experience Toy Train ride and on return, visit Ghoom Monastery. Overnight at hotel in Darjeeling. 

Day 03: Drive to Maneybhanjyang and commence trek

Drive to Maneybhanjyang (11/2 hrs) which is the trailhead of Singelila Ridge Trek. Its days walk, about 06 hrs, is uphill and the trail passes through small village of Chitre and forests of Rhododendrons and Magnolias. We camp at Tonglu on a hill top at an altitude of 3020m.

Day 04: Trek to Kalpokhari

It’s a pleasant walk today, through the forest where we have a chance to see Red Panda and Tragopan. We trek about 5 hours and camp at Kalpokhara (3100m)

Day 05: Trek to Sandakphu

We trek about 6 hours to reach Sandakphu (3626m). Sandakphu is famous for mountain views. On a clear day one can see the peaks of Lhotse (8501m), Everest (8848m) and Makalu (8475m) - the Himalayas in Nepal and the huge Kanchenjunga massif (8586m) along with other peaks of the Sikkim Himalayas. Overnight camp at Sandakphu.

Day 06: Sandakphu to Phalut

The trail is along a ridge and can be considered as one of the most enjoyable and scenic walks in the Himalayas. The whole range of snowy peaks is always in view and the trail passes through high altitude vegetation and areas of dwarf rhododendrons and firs. The walk to Phalut (3600m) is about 07 hours. Overnight at Phalut.

Day 07: Phalut to Rammam

Early morning, walk up to Phalut top to view the sunrise over the Himalayas. After breakfast start trek to Rammam (2560m) which takes about 5 hrs. The trail passes through the villages of Gorkhey and Samanden and the forest provides ample opportunities for bird watching. Overnight at Rammam.

Day 08: Rammam to Rimbik

From Rammam, the trail descends (6 hours) to the bridge at Sirikhola and passes through a number of small villages to reach Rimbik (2280m), the road head. Overnight at Rimbick.

Day 09: Drive to Gangtok

After breakfast, drive 6 hours to Gangtok. While half the way you arrive at the place called “Rangpo”, an entry point to Sikkim. You have to fulfill the entry formalities against your special permit to tour around Sikkim, which may take about some time and then continue drive to Gangtok. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10: At Gangtok

Enjoy the full day sightseeing of Gangtok - the capital of the lost Himalayan Kingdom. We visit the famous Rumtek Monastery, Enchey Moanstery, Research Institute of Tibetology, Dodrul Chorten, flower Show and the Cottage Industries. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Departure

You are transferred to Bagdogra Airport (3 and ½ -4 hrs) to Bagdogra airport for your flight to Delhi or Kolkatta. Travelers can combine this trip with Bhutan or Nepal.

  • Includes

    • Accommodation on twin sharing in moderate standard hotels in Darjeeling and Gangtok.
    • Daily breakfast in the cities.
    • All transportation as on itinerary.
    • Fully supported trekking with gears, supplies, crews, pack animals.
    • Three meals a day prepared by our crews during trekking.

    Excludes

    • Lunch and dinner in the cities.
    • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tipping, laundry, phone etc
    • Airfares to and out of Bagdogra.
    • Expenses or loss due to nature and unforeseen events such as flight delay, cancellation, illness, accident, inclement weather, civil unrest etc.
    • Travel Insurance.