Area: Sikkim Himalaya
Duration: 09 Days (5 day travel/3 days trekking)
Best Season: March - May
Total Trekking: 42 K.M
Located in the Yumthang Valley of the ever-so beautiful state of Sikkim, Singba Rhodendron Sanctuary is like a double bonanza for the nature lovers as well as the adventurists. The sanctuary is spread in an area of 43sq.km and its altitude ranges between 3048-4575 meters above sea level. Home to a variety of flowering plants including, of course the Rhododendron, the sanctuary makes an excellent trek in India. Although, the abundance of Rhododendron is what makes this sanctuary quite attractive, there are also other features like the Yumthang River that flows through the reserve, the alpine meadows and the existence of variety of birds that add more charm to the reserve. Trekking to Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary would mean lingering in one part of the paradise. The trek would be useful enough for those taking keen interest in wildlife and the sanctified beauty of nature. Beginning from Lachung Village in North Sikkim, this trek would involve passing by waterfalls, cardamom plantations, tropical forests and walking alongside the Yumthang River, glimpses of majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga and also the visit to one of India's most famous hill stations, Darjeeling. Here is a detailed itinerary for you.
The best time to visit the Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary is March to May. In these months this valley fills with colorful Rhododendron flowers.
Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary is situated in the Yumthang Valley, which sprawls in north of Lachung in North Sikkim. The sanctuary is spread in an area of 43 sq. km and has the elevation between 3048 and 4575 meters. It is famed for its variety of Rhododendron flowers along with flowering plants of other species as well. Rare wildlife species of animals are likely to be spotted during the trek to Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary and the view of Mt. Kanchenjunga is a bonus for the trekkers.
By Jeep or Taxi : Reach here in 2 hours from Gangtok using shared or private jeeps.
By Train :The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP).
By Plane : The nearest airport is in Bagdogra, 12 km west of Siliguri.
On arrival at Bagdogra airport, you will be met by our representative who will assist you further to Sikkim's capital Gangtok. After arrival in Gangtok, check-in to the hotel, evening will be free for sightseeing. Overnight stay in a hotel.
After breakfast, we will drive to Lachung village and shall pass by waterfalls, cardamom plantations, deep tropical forests and little village home gardens. Lachung is a beautiful village surrounded by snow-clad peaks with the Lachung River flowing through it. Overnight stay in hotel.
Today, post breakfast, we shall start our trek towards the famous Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary. We will pass by Rhododendron Arboruem that blossom in pink, white and red colour. The sanctuary features a large number of blooming flowers apart from the Rhododendron. Purple-lilac blooms, blue-lilac, pink-purple blooms are some of the most eye-catching ones. As we will climb higher, we will be able to witness scented foliage and on reaching our camping area called Yumthang, we shall be able to spot Dwarf Pottentillas and Purple Primulas flowers. At Yumthang, there is hot springs with a bathing hut constructed over the 2 pools of sulphur-infused water. Overnight stay in tents.
Extra day to explore Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary.
Post breakfast today, we shall trek back to Lachung; afternoon will be free to explore the place. Overnight stay in guesthouse.
Our trek today will be to Lachen and then onto the alpine meadows of Thangu, which is a village on Indo-Tibet border and is covered with rhododendrons. Above the village, we shall trek to the alpine desert and will be able to take in spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and entire valley of Dwarf Rhododendrons. Overnight stay in tents.
After the breakfast, we shall head back down to Lachen and post lunch, we will drive to Darjeeling. On arrival at Darjeeling, check-in to the hotel, evening will be free to explore. Overnight stay in hotel.
Early in the morning, we shall go to see the sun rise from Tiger Hill. From here the view of Mt. Kanchenjunga is simply beautiful. After watching the sunrise, we shall visit the famous Ghoom monastery. We shall then proceed to the hotel to enjoy some delicious breakfast followed by taken back day sightseeing in Darjeeling to the Gurkha memorial, Darjeeling toy railway, Darjeeling zoo, the Peace Pagoda and other important sites. Overnight stay in hotel.
After breakfast, we shall reach the Bagdogra Airport to catch a flight for onward destination.
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You should book Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary Trek at least 2 month before.
There will be our porter who will carry all the trekking stuff as well as your backpack. You only need to carry your small day pack.
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.
Our pick up and drop point for Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary Trek is Bagdogra Airport/NJP Train station. At Bagdogra Airport/NJP Train station our guide will pick you from train station and then from there your tour will start.
We always have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.
On this trek we need minimum 2 people and maximum 18 people comprising of men and women.
The Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary Trek is an easy trek with a maximum altitude of 3850mts/12630ft minimum age required is 10 years with good trekking knowledge.
In the month of March – May the temperature during the trek can go as low as 5 Degree Celsius during the night.
We plan our treks in such a way that after 6 hours of trekking we reach next camp around lunch time and normally trek a distance of 10 to 14 Kms.
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.
Diamox is indeed very helpful, but it's advisable to consult the doctor first.
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.
Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua Forlclaz 500 is good shoes with value for money.
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.
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
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.
We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.
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.
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