The Singalila ridge trek
Trek along with Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse and a grand Himalayan panorama of more than 20 other peaks. Swing along the border trails between India and Nepal. Walk through the clouds and rhododendron forest, in the Singalila National Park, to climb Sandakphu, the highest peak of West Bengal. At 3636 meters, this is not only the best trek for a beginner, but also stands out from lots of other treks in the Himalayas in terms of views and experience it has to offer.
Of course you will have to make an effort and trek uphill to experience this ‘top of the world’ feeling but we assure you it is definitely worth all the effort.
Sandakphu or Sandakfu or Sandakpur (3636 m; 11,941 ft) is the highest peak in the state of West Bengal, India. It is the highest point of the Singalila Ridge in Darjeeling district on the West Bengal-Nepal border. The peak is located at the edge of the Singalila National Park and has a small village on the summit with a few hostels. Four of the five highest peaks in the world, Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu can be seen from its summit.
From Sandakphu, the best view of the mountain Kangchenjunga is possible, which is called as the Sleeping Buddha or the Sleeping Shiva.
The trek along the Singalila Ridge to Sandakphu is one of the most popular ones in the Eastern Himalayas, due to the grand views of the Kangchenjunga range and the Everest range which can be seen from the ridge. This trekking route is also famous for the seasonal wildflower blooms.
Highlights of the trek :
- Complimentary stay at Darjeeling & Rimbick ( 1 night each *)
- Tea house trek
About Singalila National Park
The Singalila National Park, located in Darjeeling district of West Bengal covers an area of 78 km and has an altitudinal range of 2,400-3,650 metres. The National Park shares a natural boundary with Nepal on the west and with Sikkim on the north. The international border between India and Nepal is identified by a 52 km road running from Phalut (3,650 m) down to Manebhanjyang (1,920 m).The National Park is an Important Bird Area and an IUCN Category IIProtected Area.
The Singalila area in Darjeeling was purchased by the British Government from Sibbim Durbar in 1882, and notified a Reserve Forest under the Indian Forest Act 1878. It was notified as a National Parb in 1992 and was also officially opened up for tourism.
Sherpas, Tibetans, Rais,Tamangs, Newars, Lepchas, Chettris, Bahuns, Sunwars, Limbus, Gurungs and Bhujels are the hey ethnic groups in the landscape.
Darjeeling Himalaya is very rich in plant life and is estimated to have about 2,900 species of angiosperms (Das 2011). Singalila National Park has a large number of flowering ground flora of which the Primulas,Aconites, Asters, Arisaema, Meconopsis, Cotoneasters, Geraniums are predominant.
Rhododendrons are regarded by many as the best flowering evergreen plants in the temperate landscape. Sir Joseph Hooker,the famous naturalist discovered 25 new species of rhododendrons in the Himalayas. Singalila National Park has 18 recorded species of rhododendrons.
Singalila National Park has a record of 350 species of birds.
Singalila National Park with its diverse habitats supports a rich community of birds ranging from small sized birds like warblers, sunbirds and flowerpeckers to the relatively larger sized species like Raptors, Magpies, Jays and Thrushes.
Day 1- Arrive in Darjeeling
You will be picked up by our representative from Bagdogra airport and transfer to hotel in Darjeeling. Evening free to take acclimatisation walks in Darjeeling.
Overnight in Hotel.
Day 2 - Darjeeling -Manebhanjang - Tonglu/Tumling trek
Day 3 - Tonglu -Gairibas - Kalipokhari Trek
Day 4 - Kalipokhari - Sandakphu Trek
Day 5 - Sandakphu - Phalut Trek
Early breakfast and trek to Phalut via Moley. the strech between Sandakphu to Phalut is the best treking experience The trail at first climbs back to join the main trail and after some decent there is a 3km steep ascent to Phalut which is an important view point on the trail. Phalut forms the junction of Nepal,SIkkim and West Bengal. The hills are all bare and from here Khangchendzonga is only 48km
Day 6 - Phalut -Gorkhey/Samanden (2560m)5-6 hrs trek
Early morning walk to the view point to see the sunrise,the route ahead is certainly not for anyone with weak knees for it descents 1200mts in 15km but this descent is through a most wonderful forest. The trail is well trodden and the bamboos and furs is ultimately replaced by deodars and pines in a days wonderful walk.The low hills are covered with moss-laden trees,different varieties of rhododendron,silver firs,pines,spruce,chestnuts, oaks,giant magnolias and hemlocks.We reach small village of Gorkhey at 2390 mts and then Samanden a beautiful village hidden between two valleys,hence this area is also called “lost Valley”.
Day 7 - Gorkhey-Sirikhola (2286m)5 hrs trek
The trek ahead is beyond the forest,but the pleasures are different.There are small villages constantly passing through till we reach the trekkers hut and home stays at Siri Khola which is built overlooking the river. The trail after math is flat till we reach the sirikhola where we will have lunch and exit to Darjeeling 4 hour drive. Stay at Darjeeling.
Day 8 - Darjeeling to Bagdogra airport
Next day after a rested night you could head to Darjeeling or Siliguri. Transfer to airport or railway station . Trip ends
April 2nd, 10th
|INCLUDED||Accommodation in hotels on non-trekking days||All Meals during trekking|
|Sanctuary and Park Entrance Fees||Activity point transfers|
|Home Stay/Trekking huts during trekking.||Trekking guide|
|Entrance sanctuary fees||Airport transfers Bagdogra|
|NOT INCLUDED||All beverages (including bottled mineral water)|
|Camera fees||Meals apart from those during the trek|
|All insurance||All tips|
|Porter during the trek||Personal medical requirements|
|All not mentioned in the ‘Included’ section|
Please note that cancellation charges are calculated of the total amount payable and not of advance amount. If 100% of the amount is not paid while registering, the cancellation policy stands void.