Singalila Ridge Trek in Darjeeling is one of the most admired as well as fascinating treks in India. this trek offers breath-taking views of the Himalayan range from Darjeeling hills where tea plantations stretch as far as the eye can see, to Sikkim. On this breathtaking Singalila ridge Trek you will see Buddhist Monasteries, hillsides covered with wildflowers, forests of thick oak, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendrons until you reach Sandakphu, at 3636m the highest point in West Bengal. From here you can see four of the five highest peaks in the world – Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu. An unforgettable trekking experience.
During Singalila ridge trek as you descend the temperatures become noticeably warmer again, and the landscapes more rural in aspect. Along the way you pass through cheerful villages of varying ethnicity; Tamang, Rai and Sherpa. Crossing the Siri Khola River you’ll eventually reach the road head village of Rimbick were our trek ends.
Our trek starts with a 40 kms Drive till Dhotre, A small forest village Situated in Middle of Rimbik and Darjeeling. Our trek starts From Dhotre with gradual steep trial covered with Rhododendrons till Half Way. Around 2 hour Trek and we reach border of Nepal and India and Following Jeep Road We Reach Tonglu, Explore Tonglu which is also research point for medicinal plants.Later Have lunch in tonlgu, rest for a while and descend down to Tumling which is hardly 30 Minutes trek. Evening go for sunset with Guide,
Dinner and Overnight in Tumling.
Rise early today for sunrise view. After breakfast descend towards Tumling, a Gurung village and then ascent for about two kilometers towards the viewpoint. After spending some time here, head on the trail that drops to Gairibas, 2,800 m., your lunch spot. There is a forest bungalow in this village. After lunch the trail ascends all the way through dwarf rhododendron forest to Kala pokhari, meaning black lake. This route is also rich in Primulae species, Inpatients falcifer, Owl-eyed Impatiens, Sorbus, Pyrus, Enkaithus and Roscoea alpina. Your camp will be set beside the dark crystaline waters of Kalo Pokhari lake shimmering in the breeze and surrounded by alpine trees with the mountains looming across the horizon.
Overnight stay in Kalapokhari.
Today’s trail ascends to Sandakphu through magnolia, blue pine and rhododendron forest. Sandakphu is the highest point in this trek and the reward for all the trudging culminates in a magnificent panorama of the eastern Himalayas of Nepal and Sikkim, from Everest in the east all the way to to Jhomolhari in Bhutan. After lunch we take an excursion around Sandakphu, which is a veritable botanists’ paradise. Apart from the different varieties of rhododendrons, plants like Streptous simplex, Trilidium govanianum, Primula rotundifolia, Fritillaria cirrhosa, Llydia and other flora like Anemone and Iris can be found here.
Evening our guide will take you to sunset view point which is in Nepal side.
Overnight Stay in Sandakphu
An easy day’s walk along the ridge through the forest of rhododendron, magnolia, chestnut, oak and silver fir to your lunch spot at Sabargram, 3536 m. All along, the imposing Himalayas loom large on the western horizon. After lunch, it is a short flat walk on the trail barring a gradual ascent finally before arriving at Phalut, a tri-junction point between Nepal, Sikkim and the Darjeeling District. Other than the different varieties of rhododendrons, you will also come across varieties of Meconopsis, Primulae, Orchids, Parnassia etc.Phalut – situated at the altitude of 3600 mtr, is the only place in the world from where one can see four of the world’s highest peak so close.
Overnight in Phalut.
Trek route from Phalut to Gorkhey which is approx 15 km has it’s own beauty. Starting is a rocky trail till the last SSB O-P of Singalila national park, then the forest trail of mud and rock starts which is very fascinating for the trekkers. The forest is dense with both alpine and low altitude vegetation-but the bamboo forest there makes it more beautiful. Rhododendron in the forest makes it very scenic during spring, and the fallen leaves gives wonderful feeling of autumn . Being so quiet, it is a possible place to encounter some of the very unique birds, pheasant, and small mammals. After the Trek for almost 4 and half hour the surprisingly sudden view of the Village “Gorkhey”, makes the trekkers forget all their tiredness.
Overnight stay in Gorkhey.
Start early from Gorkhey . Walking through Sammamden and Rammam villages, we will reach Sepi at around 12 PM.After lunch Drive to Darjeeling (4hrs).Trip ends Service Ends
great journey with the off road adventure crew!
Lovely food, lovely people, we were well taken care of!! Our crew made us feel at home.They did everything they could to give us a good time! Also the provided gear was very welcome! Overall a very good experience and a very trustworthy organisation!
I just finished singalila ridge trek and everything was perfect. Great guide, tasty food, nice view.
I fully enjoyed this trekking.
Awesome Singalia ridge Trek experience
Had a amazing singalila ridge trek with off road adventure Darjeeling ,they we recommended to me by one of our friend who also went same trek with them few years back.With open heart I will recommend off road to all Trekkers who like to visit Darjeeling for treks.Guide Neraj was amazing in all.
Great trek with great company
My partner and I undertook the Singalila Trek from the 25th of April to the 30th. We went with Off Road Adventure. They provided us with an all inclusive package, including accomodation, food, transport, as well as an excellent guide and porter, all for a very reasonable price. We would highly recommend Off Road Adventures for anyone wishing to experience the wondrous Himalayan range on the Singalila Ridge Trek!
We did a five day trek in the Singalila National park, including the ridge between Sandakphu and Phalut. We didn’t see many of the views as the fog was pretty thick but our guide Sekhar and porter, Jerry, made it a really good experience. Even though the weather was poor (it was freezing cold some nights) the landscape was amazing and the forests particularly on the last two days were really beautiful (can’t comment much about the first two as the fog was pretty bad). Great local village experience, particularly the food. On the last night we were taught how to make momos and sampled traditional chhochi and changoo (rice wine!). Walking wasn’t too difficult, some steep climbs but nothing impossible. Thanks guys!