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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. Before dhotre we will stop in half way at maneybhanjyang to entry our details and for breakfast.Maneybhanjyang is also the entry and check post for forest department. Our trek starts From Dhotre with gradual steep trial covered with Rhododendrons till Half Way. Around 2 hour Trek and we will reach border of Nepal and India and following jeep road we reach Tonglu, Explore Tonglu for a while which is research point for medicinal plants and also 2nd highest point in state of west bengal after sandakphu.Later Have lunch in tonlgu, rest for a while and descend down to Tumling which is hardly 30 Minutes trek. After free to explore tumling. evening tea and snacks then guide will take for sunset view.
Later Dinner and Overnight in Tumling.
Day 01 Ends
Day 2 guide will rise early today for sunrise view. After tea and breakfast descend towards jaubari, a sherpa 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. Gairibans is famous as bird watching and red panda desination. 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. Day 2 we will stay in private tourist lode clost to crystaline waters of Kalo Pokhari lake shimmering in the breeze and surrounded by alpine trees with the mountains looming across the horizon.Afternoon free to explore kalapokhari with tea and snacks.
Dinner and Overnight stay in Kalapokhari.
Day 02 Ends
Our day 3 trek is shortest trek we start late. 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 have tea and snacks.the guide will take you to sunset view point which is in Nepal side.
Later dinner and Overnight Stay in Sandakphu
Day 3 Ends.
Day 4 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 mtr, 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.
Day 4 Ends.
Day 5 guide will wake you early morning as always for sunrise and mountain view.View from phalut also provides 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 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 5 to 6 hrs the surprisingly sudden view of the Village “Gorkhey”, makes the trekkers forget all their tiredness. At gorkhey you will learn to cook Momos a local dish with local villagers and guide,
afternoon after lunch,free to explore gorkhey and enjoy your leisure time.
Evening tea and snacks.
Later dinner and 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).
Reach Darjeeling by evening 5 pm,guide will drop till hotel.
Trip ends Service Ends
A Customized 5 nights 6 days trek was organised by Off Road Adventure . We found them through Lonely Planet website as one of the prime trekking and adventure company so firstly we made lots of queries of which all were answered nicely. We decided to book then and everything was arranged nicely, Our Guide Karma Sherpa was a young guy with smiling face and ready to help all the time. Everything was arranged as according to emails which they emailed before we booked the trek. A good reliable company in Darjeeling for all trekking lovers.
One of the Best Experiences ever,Singalila ridge trek with my friends.
It was always a dream to go trek with friends,i use to hear about high mountains covered with snow and i was always a dream to be there since i am from metro city like Bangalore. We 3 friends, Shamik , Arjun and Myself decided to go for trek and found this amazing combined rural and high altitude trek known as singalila ridge trek in Darjeeling, west Bengal.After going lots of research finally we decided to go with singalila ridge trek in April and believe me the decision was worth.After doing lots of local level research we came to know about this Off road adventure company,the company which was very very active in doing adventure and trekking in this region.Well we found to know that they have their own trekking equipment gear and all their trekking staffs were certified from Tourism department,Forest department and Mountaineering institute.We booked the trek through them and everything was arranged smooth,Since they have good contacts and were one of the prime companies in Darjeeling region we were given priority in every location either is about accommodation or small things.Our Guide Nima was very knowledgeable with good English, Overall a wonderful experience with good staffs and very well arrangements.
We would highly recommend Off Road Adventure as Trekking company for Darjeeling to all.
Singalia Ridge Trek at its best
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.
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.