8 Days
Duration
Darjeeling
Destination
5
Min. Groupsize
Trekking
Tour Type

The Singalila ridge trek

Sandakphu .

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.

Previous trips photo gallery 

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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.
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Day 2 - Darjeeling -Manebhanjang - Tonglu/Tumling trek

The trails start with a rather steep climb as we move to reach Singalila ridge. Passing a small hamlet, Chitrey, the trail leads us to Tumling. If the weather is clear you could be treated to a spectacular sunset on the Khangchendzonga range.over night stay
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Day 3 - Tonglu -Gairibas - Kalipokhari Trek

We enter the Singalila National Park and then descend 6km to Gairibas.The trail climbs up back to the Singalila ridge rather steeply and we again follow the ridge till we reach Kala Pokhari,meaning “Black Lake”.over night stay
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Day 4 - Kalipokhari - Sandakphu Trek

We proceed via Bikhey Bhanjang(valley of poisonous plants ) and the 5km of the trail is a steep ascent till we reach Sandakphu. Sandakphu is a window to one of the finest view of the snowy mountains,from the mighty Everest in Nepal, to the revered Khangchendzonga in Sikkim and the legendary Chomolahari in the Bhutan. The whole snowy range of Bhutan ,Sikkim and Nepal about 320km in length,a wonderful square mass of mountains looking like a wall of snow is visible but the gigantic heaight and breadth of touring Khangchendzonga with its attendant peaks,Kabru,Janu,Three Sisters and Pandim dominates the scene.
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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
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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”.
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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.
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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

DATES: 2021

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.

Rs. 17800/-

The Sandakphu Phalut trek

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