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Singalila Ridge Trek ( India Nepal Border Trek)

Created with Sketch. Darjeeling, West Bengal
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Duration

4 nights 5 days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

10 people

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Languages

English, Hindi, Nepali

Overview

Singalila Ridge trek is perhaps one of the best and certainly the most popular of all the treks in Darjeeling for those having a limited time at their disposal. This trek will take you to some of the mountain tops that seem to touch the skies and also to the deep valleys and beautiful lakes as well as to Sunderbans National Park. The view from Sandakphu is unsurpassed by any view anywhere. Where else can be seen 180 degrees of snow-capped mountains which Includes Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Kumbhakarna, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari in one single stretch of snows-an ethereal Beauty. The best season for trekking in Darjeeling is during the months from February to May and from September to December. The first part of the trekking will start from Manaybhanjang and end in Rimbik.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Best Trek in North East
  • Trekking inside Singalila National Park
  • Everest and Kanchenjunga view trek
  • India Nepal Border Trek

Itinerary

DAY 1 DARJEELING TO DHOTRE DRIVE (2HRS) LATER DHOTRE TO GAIRIBANS TREK
DAY 1 DARJEELING TO DHOTRE DRIVE (2HRS) LATER DHOTRE TO GAIRIBANS TREK

On Day 1 our guide will come and pick you up early morning from your hotel. The trip starts with 40 km drive till Dhotre from Darjeeling. After hour drive you will reach maneybhanjyang which is the border of India and Nepal where you have to show your details ( passport) to security personnel. Maneybhanjyng is also our breakfast point. After breakfast, we start our drive to dhotre which is another 13km. Dhotre is a small forest village Situated in Middle of Rimbik and Darjeeling. Our trek starts from Dhotre with gradual steep trail covered with Rhododendrons till Half Way. Around 2 hour Trek and we reach the border of Nepal and India and following Jeep Road for a couple of minutes, we reach Tumling, a small Gurung village in the border of India and Nepal. Our destination will be Gairibas. We will pass through Tonglu, Tumling and Jaubari. The total trek of the day will be 12 Kms. Lunch will be on the way. On reaching Gairibas tea and snacks will be served. Dinner will be served by 8 P.M
Day 01 Ends

DAY 2 GAIRIBANS TO SANDAKPHU TREK( 3636MT / 11929FT ) 4/5HRS
DAY 2 GAIRIBANS TO SANDAKPHU TREK( 3636MT / 11929FT ) 4/5HRS

On Day 2 guide will rise you early today for sunrise view. Gairibans is famous as bird watching and red panda destination. After breakfast 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. We take our lunch in Kalapokhari and later trek to sandakphu which is another 4 kms from kalapokhari, Evening have tea and snacks.the guide will take you to sunset viewpoint which is in Nepal side.
Later dinner and Overnight Stay in Sandakphu
Trek Distance (13km)
Day 2 Ends.

DAY 3 SANDAKPHU TO PHALUT TREK (3500MT/11482FT) 5/6HRS
DAY 3 SANDAKPHU TO PHALUT TREK (3500MT/11482FT) 5/6HRS

Day 3 is the longest trek covering 21kms so we start early. Our guide we wake early and take you for sunrise, Enjoy the panoramic views sandakphu provides of the very best that nature has to offer including towering mountains, colorful orchids and the mystical temperate forests.
The view from Sandakphu is unsurpassed by any view anywhere. Where else can be seen 180 degrees of snow-capped mountains which includes Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Kumbhakarna, Kanchenjanga, Chomolhari in one single stretch of snows-an ethereal beauty. It is easy to understand why people leave hearth and home, traveling sometimes thousands of miles to walk through ripples of terraced fields of maize, rice, millet and barley, leaving the last traces of civilization far behind.
Guide will brief about every single mountain with its heights and other details.
After sunrise have breakfast and start the day,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. Sandakphu and Phalut – situated at the altitude of 3600 meter, is the only place in the world from where one can see four of the world’s highest peak so close.
Evening after tea and snacks. guide will take till view point for better acclimatization if weather permits then brief about surrounding.
Later dinner then overnight in Phalut.
Trek Distance (21km)
Day 3Ends

DAY 4 PHALUT TO GORKHEY TREK (2560MT/8398FT) 4/5HRS

On Day 4 guide will wake you early morning as always for sunrise and mountain view. View from phalut also provides the same view of mountains but from different angle so in case if you miss the view from sandakphu due to bad weather or anything then you still have phalut, After breakfast, we trek down to gorkhey,trek route from Phalut to Gorkhey which is approx 15 km has its 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 5 to 6 hrs the surprisingly sudden view of the Village “Gorkhey”, makes the trekkers forget all their tiredness. At gorkhey, you will also learn to cook Momos a local dish with local villagers and guide, afternoon free to explore gorkhey and enjoy your leisure time.
Evening tea and snacks.
Later dinner and overnight stay in Gorkhey.
Trek Distance (16km)
Day 4 Ends

DAY 5 GORKHEY TO SIRIKHOLA TREK (05 TO 06 HRS) - SIRIKHOLA TO DARJEELING DRIVE ( 04HRS)

On Day 5 which is our last day, we will start early from Gorkhey. Walking through Sammamden and Rammam villages, we will reach Sirikhola by around 12 PM. After 1-hour lunch break, we drive back to Darjeeling in our private company vehicle(4hrs). Reach Darjeeling by Evening 5 pm, Guide will drop in Hotel.
The trip ends
Trek Distance (16km)

Included/Exclude

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Government Certified Guide
  • ALL Entry Fees
  • Equipment's
  • Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to any circumstances. Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Cancellation, health or any other reason.
  • Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
  • Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.
  • Alcohol , Cigarette and other personal expenses

Tour's Location

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FAQs

When is the best time for Singalila Trek?
Singalila Ridge Trekking is one of the most admired as well as fascinating treks in India. Originating from the scenic trails around Darjeeling, this trek turns toward Singalila which is known for its strenuous routes and finally ends with an enchanting visit to Darjeeling, the Queen of Hills. The best time for you to do this trek start from February up until May or starting October till December.
What level of fitness is expected from me?
Singalila trek is fairly easy. But it makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 7 hours on some days.
What all things I should carry for Singalila Trek?
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Trekking Shoes Trainers or sandals for river crossings and camp use Walking socks (3 pairs) Spare laces Trekking trousers Waterproof over-trousers Underwear Thermal base layer - leggings Base layer shirts (short sleeve and 1 long sleeve) Shirts or T-shirts Fleece jacket or warm jumper Waterproof jacket Sunhat Warm hat Sunglasses Gloves or mittens Daypack 30 litres Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.) Head torch and spare batteries Water bottles 1 liter (x2) Washbag and toiletries Antibacterial handwash Small towel Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
What kind of shoes I should have?
You should carry high-ankle trekking shoes. Different shoes are suitable for different kinds of treks, depending on the weather, trail condition as well as duration of the trek. For this particular trek, shoes with thick souls are recommended.
What will be the facility of food and water during the trek?
There are proper hot cooked meals with subsequent nutritional values planned for the people coming in for the trek. All the meals(veg.) during the trek will be provided to the trekkers.
What all medicines I should carry? Can I take diamox?
Carrying medicines is important while trekking anywhere in the world. Your first-aid should have anti-diarrhea medicine such as loperamide but make sure that you don't take it unless getting to a toilet isn't an option. During the trekking you may not have access to pharmacies. So it’s better to have medications ready. Yes, you can carry diamox and can be taken too if having sickness/nausea.
Guide will also carry first aid box during the trek.
Will there be mobile connectivity?
Indian mobile networks do not work for most part of this trek. BSNL is the only mobile networks that work in patches along the way (but are inconsistent).Lodges in Sandakphu have Telephone lines, to make calls to india you have to pay ISD rates.

What will be the temparature on Singalila Trek?
Trek April to May when it's quite comfortable (temperature ranges between 6 - 12°C) and the flowers like rhododendrons, orchid, primula are in full bloom. In May however there are chances of occasional showers and the sky remaining cloudy at times. The second season is between October to November when the temperature ranges between 1 - 6°C, visibility is excellent and there may be occasional snowfall.
When will be snow there on this trek?
Entirely depends on the months you have chosen to trek in. The second season between October to November when the temperature ranges between 1 - 6°C, visibility is excellent and there may be occasional snowfall. However if you have chosen December to go for this trek, it gets bitter cold but have high chances of snow.
Is Singalila a good trek for first timer?
Yes, this trek is an easy trek. But a But it makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise.
What is the difficulty level of Singalila trek?
This is an easy to moderate level trek, good for first timers as well.Normally 6 to 7 hours trek daily.
How much do we have to trek each day?
We will cover anywhere between 8-15kms a day, only from sandakphu to phalut is longest which is 21 kms but routes are all straight.
Where is the maximum elevation of this trek?
Sandakphu & Singalila Trek. Sandakphu is a wonderland for the trekkers. It's located at an altitude of 11,929ft (i.e. 3,636 meters) in Darjeeling district and north west of Darjeeling hill town. This is the summit or the highest point in Singalila range as well as in the state of West Bengal, India.

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Adventure , Trek and Expedition in Darjeeling , Sikkim and Ladakh

Shuang

06/07/2019

Singalila trek with boyfriend

My boyfriend and I spent our holidays in Darjeeling between 3 and 8 Oct, during which we did a 3-day trekking in Singalila National Park. The owner Mr.Sangay, was very professional and helpful, he not only helped us arrange the transportation and the trekking but also book the railway tickets for us when we couldn't. They also offer other activities like paragliding, rock climbing, etc. Too bad we didn't have enough time to try! Our guide was Robin, who's a very kind, nice and funny person. He went out of his way to take care of us and made this tough journey very pleasant :) Thank you! Our driver was Paku, who's also very professional and out going. We enjoyed watching him say hello to everyone in town, haha, the good vibe always made our day:) We definitely recommend their service
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camden

06/07/2019

Really authentic experience with Off Road Adventures

Had an amazing time on my trek. My guides spoke great English and knew every one of the families in the towns along our route. So they really helped to immerse me into the local culture, getting me to try tasty af traditional food and drinks, and teaching me so much about the local people and their history along the way. Even though the weather was far from ideal and very cold throughout my journey, the views of the landscape were incredible and I had so much fun hanging out with my guides. Would highly recommend doing this trek.
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Prawesh

06/07/2019

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.
Adventure , Trek and Expedition in Darjeeling , Sikkim and Ladakh

nischal

06/07/2019

6 days High altitude Trek to Singalila National Park

The Singalia Ridge Trek with Off Road Adventures and had a wonderful time. That was mostly down to my guide, Sekhar, who is brilliant. He was eternally patient and generous even when i was frustrated and being very stubborn. It felt like he really cared about making the trek interesting and special. I can't recommend him highly enough. The weather wasn't always great but it is still a beautiful trek and i would definitely say it has been the highlight of my trip.
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Shadman

06/07/2019

75 kms Awesome trek

I never experienced something like this. The trek was beautiful, breathtaking & appealing. Our guide(Sangay) was very encouraging & supported us throughout the trek. We all enjoyed the whole trek. It was very challenging but worth it. Thank you looking forward to many more treks.
Adventure , Trek and Expedition in Darjeeling , Sikkim and Ladakh

Elia

05/07/2019

Organized, frindly and trustworthy

We hiked the Singalila trek with two children aged 13 and 9 in Decembre 2018. The overall experience was great. Our guide Karma was always attentive, patient and did his best to meet our needs. The trek is easy, although very cold in this time of the year. The only thing we missed was taking our sleeping bags, because the accomodation is basic, and there is no heating at all. The food is basic too .But the people are friendly and the scenery awesome! Later we drove with our guide to Jaldapara National Park, the experience there was also very good, we rode on elefants through the jungle and found a rhino!We surely recommend Off Road, they made our trip easy, thank you!
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