singalila-sandakphu-trek

Singalila to Sandakphu Trek

Area : Darjeeling Himalayas

Duration : 07 days (2 days travel/5 days trekking)

Best Season : March – Mid June & Mid Sept - November

Grade :

Easy
These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers.

Altitude : 3640 mts/11940 ft

Total Trekking : 60 K.M

About Singalila to Sandakphu Trek

If you ask any trekker about the best trek in the Eastern Himalaya, which is a complete package of everything good and beautiful, then their obvious answer will be Singalila Sandakphu trek. With the mountains decorated with green alpine trees, magnificent monasteries soaked up in rich cultural history, hues of flowers, verdant paddy valley, and emerald forest, Singalila Sandakphu trek is ideal for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The trek also offers breath-taking views of the Himalayan range from Cho Yo to Kanchenjunga.

Singalila-Sandakphu Trek

Trekking to the Sandakphu peak is somewhere like experiencing a sweet paint, as the journey is going to be difficult but the views will be fantastic. The trekking expedition will start from Tonglu. After covering the forest in search of Red Panda and the Tragoapn, trekkers will reach Garibas. Further, the trekkers will proceed to Sandakphu from where one can feast their eyes on the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Baruntse, Chamling, Chomolonzo, Machapucchare and other peaks of the Annapurna range. After spending some time in Sandakphu, trekkers will pass through the mountain pass to reach Phalut. Beautiful view of Himalaya never goes out of sight throughout the journey. Next destination in the trekking trail is Rammam, probably one of the best places in Himalaya to behold sunset. After descending through the Srikhola villages, trekkers will visit Rimbik, the final destination of the trek.

Embark on a journey to Singalila Sandakphu Trek, and witness a wonderland where the beauty of nature is at its best.

Singalila to Sandakphu Trekking Tour Highlights

  • Relish the panoramic view of the neighbouring mountains - Frey Peak (5830m), Koktang (6,148m), Kabru Peak (7,412 m), Ratong, Chandra Peak and the Kabru Dome (6600m).
  • Trek to West Bengal's highest point, Sandakphu.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and Everest.
  • Experience the greatness of nature with a walk across the Singalila National Park.
  • Take a tour of a Darjeeling tea garden, learn about the various kinds of teas, and spend some time in the midst of nature.
  • Walk through the emerald green forest and exotic orchid plantations.
  • Take a break from the regular adventure activities and go out to explore monasteries.

Best Time to Visit Singalila to Sandakphu Trek

Mid-March to June end & Mid-September to Mid-November

Spring is the best time to go for trekking as wildflowers and rhododendron are in its fullest bloom. Also, trekkers can explore the place during the monsoon too, but there is a higher risk of the landslide during that season.

Trekkers should avoid going for trekking during the monsoon as the trails get slippery and roads remain blocked due to torrential rains. In the winter season, the trekking is often impossible as it snows heavenly and trails become inaccessible and weather quite foul.

Since trekking requires covering large distances, usually by walking up and down hills and mountains, it is necessary that the trekkers should be physically fit. Altitude acclimatisation is thoroughly necessary as the air gets lighter and with lower oxygen beyond Singalila.

Where is the Singalila to Sandakphu Trek ?

Perched at an elevation of 3636m above the sea level, Sandakphu is the highest peak in the West Bengal region. Located at fringes of Singalila National Park, the Sandakphu is sprinkled with hostels and small villages on the summit. Some of the highest peak in the world namely Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu can be seen from its summit.

How to Reach Singalila to Sandakphu Trek ?

By Railways : The closest railway station is the New Jalpaiguri railway station, around 124 km away from Maneybhanjang.

By Airways : The nearest airport is the Bagdogra airport, which is around 110 km away from Maneybhanjang.

Nearest Town: Darjeeling which is 25kms away from Maneybhanjang

Singalila to Sandakphu Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Arrive Bagdogra - Darjeeling (124 km / 3-4 hrs)

Board an early morning flight to Bagdogra airport. After arriving in Gangtok, meet our guide who will help transfer you to Darjeeling and check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the Darjeeling hotel.

Day 02: Darjeeling - Maneybhanjang (2134m/1h 30) - Tonglu (3070m) in 4h.

Rise and shine, today before breakfast you will visit Tiger Hill to chase the dawn. While going back to the hotel from the tiger hill, visit the sacred Ghoom Monastery, which features one of the largest Maitreya Buddha-"the future Buddha" statue. After breakfast, get ready for a drive to the starting point of the trek, Tonglu. Your journey till Tonglu will be picturesque as you will come across the tiny settlements located on the edges of the Indo-Nepal border, chattering waterfall, rhododendron, giant magnolias, spruce and other forests of Maneybhanjang. At Tonglu, you will be rewarded with the picturesque view of the Mt Kanchenjunga and its neighbouring peaks. Overnight stay in Tonglu cam/rest house.

Day 03: Tonglu - Garibas (2620m) in 4h.

Early morning, after watching the sun rays dancing on the Kanchenjunga mountains, trekkers will embark on a downhill expedition towards Garibas. This trek will be a downward trek and after descending 3 hours from Tonglu, you will arrive in Gairibas. Dinner and overnight stay in Garibas camp.

Day 04: Garibas - Sandakphu (3640m) in 4.5 hr.

Today in Singalila Sandakphu Trek, you will trek uphill towards Kalpokhari. And the trail is a gradual climb onto the Singalila ridge that leads us to Sandakphu, the final destination of the trek. A remarkable 360° view of the Singalila National Park and nearby landscapes awaits once you reach the Sandakphu. Overnight stay in Sandakphu camp/hotel.

Day 05: Sandakphu - Phalut (3600m) in 6h.

An early morning trek to Phalut will offer you the astounding sunrise views over Mt Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Mt Jannu (7,710 m), Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,481 m) and Cho Oyo (8,201 m). On a journey to Phalut, you will notice a drastic change in its geographical conditions: yak herds, silvery pine forests, tiny lakes ringed with grass, and the snow-capped Himalayan range in the background. Sprawling fir and rhododendron forests add radiance to this trekking route. Overnight stay in Phalut camp or hotel.

Day 06: Phalut - Raman (2560m) in 5h.

Post breakfast, a lovely trek through Chestnut, Pine and Hemlock forests, will take you to the confluence point of the Gorkhey and Khola, two of the vicious streams flowing through this region. After walking for 8 km, you will land at Rammam, a village enriched with picturesque settings and is known for its agricultural richness.

Day 07: Raman - Rimbik (2280m) in 4h - Bagdogra

After a delicious breakfast in the Raman camp, you will start your journey to Sri Khola, after descending downhill, while pass through the dense forest, and exotic orchid plantations. Don't forget to pick up binoculars, as you might spot colourful, unique bird species. An easy trek from Sri Khola will finally take you Rimbik. With the advent in Rimbik, this incredible Singalila Sandakphu Trek will come to an end.

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Things to Carry for Singalila to Sandakphu Trek

  • Duffel bag Down/synthetic camp booties
  • Sunglasses, Light gloves
  • Sleeping bag
  •  Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Daypack
  • One liter water bottles wide mouthed
  • Trekking Boots
  • Water purification/filter
  • Camp shoes/sneakers
  • Walking stick/Trekking pole
  • Cotton socks
  • Note book with pens and pencils
  • Gore-Tex jacket
  • Lip balm
  • Light wind jacket Sunscreen / Moisturiser
  • Down jacket/vest
  • Camp towel/towel/sarong
  • Fleece jacket/vest
  • Personal toiletries
  • T-shirts
  • Personal medicines
  • Underwear
  • Money pouch/belt
  • Trekking pants
  • Energy bars
  • Thermal tops
  • Vitamin tablets
  • Thermal bottom
  • Extra passport photos
  • Warm hat and Bandana/scarf
  • Sun hat/baseball cap
  • Wind- and rain-gear with hood
  • Swiss Army Knives (Classic pocket tool)
  • One pair cotton trousers or shorts
  • Two cotton shirts/T-Shirts One warmer (jacket with hood)

Booking Terms and Conditions:

Please read the booking terms as set out with your agreement with Tour My India Pvt. Ltd. A Noida based Tour operator herein called TMI. For More Click Here...

When to book Singalila to Sandakphu Trek ?

You should book Singalila Sandakphu Trek well in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?

A pony/porter will carry your bag while trekking; you just need to wear a knapsack.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

Once you book your trek with us, we will give you a list of things to carry and the total weight should not cross 12 Kgs.

Where to meet you?

Our pick up and drop point for Singalila Sandakphu Trek is Bagdogra Airport/NJP Train station. At Bagdogra Airport/NJP Train station our guide will pick you from the train station and then from there your tour will start.

How we run the trek?

We always have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.

What is the batch size?

4-12 people, including both men and women

What is minimum age required for Singalila to Sandakphu Trek ?

Singalila Sandakphu trek is an easy trek with a maximum altitude of 3640 mts/11940 ft minimum age required is 5 years.

What will be the minimum temperature during Singalila to Sandakphu Trek ?

The temperature may drop to 10° C during the July & August.

How monsoon affects the Singalila Sandakphu Trek?

During the monsoon season, the trail remains closed as it's the animal breeding season.

How long we trek Singalila Sandakphu Trek?

In a day, we intend to travel for 6 hours around lunch time, covering a distance of 7-10 km.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reasons?

If we have to continue the trek because of the reasons which are beyond our control, then additional charges will be applied for a hotel stay and food.

Can I take the Diamox?

Diamox is indeed very helpful, but it's advisable to consult the doctor first.

Is it safe for girls to go on a trek?

Safety is prime importance for us, and we lead our groups and do give it to the third party to manage. It's safe for even a single girl trekker to join our fixed departures.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua Forlclaz 500 is good shoes with value for money.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

We serve nutritious, simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable, and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Pakora, local dishes, etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Yes, it's completely safe for drinking and even for cooking, but, to be on the safer side we always carry filters and chlorine tablets

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so a vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller, etc. are used for transportation.

Are your fixed departures dates are fixed?

We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.

How do you deal with an emergency situation?

Trekking on high Himalayan altitudes is always a rewarding experience. However, it is important that you should keep your safety in mind. Emergencies, like illness, AMS, storms, missteps, landslides and even avalanches, are rare but can happen anytime during the trekking, so be prepared for any random goof-ups. To deal with any emergencies your guides, who are an expert mountaineers will be there for your rescue. Your tour guide will always carry a first aid kit to deal with any medical emergencies. In the case of some rescue operation, extra charges will be borne by the trekkers.

How to book the trek?

Register for the trek on the website and we shall send the details about the booking procedure.

Fixed Departure with Dates 2016

01 April 2016 08 April 2016 15 April 2016
22 April 2016 29 April 2016 06 May 2016
13 May 2016 20 May 2016 27 May 2016
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