Singalila Ridge Trek

The Singalila ridge or Sandakphu trek in Darjeeling is one of the famous treks in the Eastern Himalayas. The trek in this region gives the opportunity to explore both parts of India as well as Nepal as it lies on the ridge.

The name Sandakphu in Lepcha language means the 'Height of the Poison Plant', a direct reference to the profusion of the poisonous aconite plants that grow abundant in the National park. The loftiest peak of the Singalila Range, Sandakphu is the culminating point of many trekking routes in the region.

At an altitude of 3,636m, it is located at a distance of 58 km. from Darjeeling. Trek to Sandakphu starts from Manebhanjyang, a small town near Darjeeling. Manebhanjyang can be reached via Ghoom/Darjeeling. Sandakphu epitomizes the wild elemental grandeur of the snows. Nature here is at her pristine best, and the vista at the top is worth all the hardship endured on the way. Aptly called the Paradise of Trekkers, the Sandakphu is a vantage point from where one can see four of the world's five highest peaks - Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Lhotse in a continuous snow-clad arc. It is also one of the historic place where the British Explorers first saw and regarded that peak VX then, now (Mt. Everest) to be the highest mountain of the world was first seen from here.

Sandakphu is resplendent with the ethereal beauty of magnolias, rhododendrons, primulas and other sub-alpine flowers. It also contains more than 600 varieties of orchids, the largest to be found in a single geographical area in the world. Beside its diverse flora, it is also rich in fauna and avifauna, home to the endangered species Ailurus Fulgens (Red Panda) are found plenty in the forest as this place is environmentally suited best. Beside this, other animals like yellow throated martin, Himalayan black bear, illusive leopard, wild boar are found in the national park. Manebhanjyang, at an altitude of 2,134m, is the gateway to the Sandakphu region. You can visit Sandakphu any time of the year. The monsoon months of July-August is not suggested.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Bagdogra. Drive to Darjeeling (118m) to (2,130 m). Drive duration: 4½ hrs. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Full day sight seeing in and around Darjeeling. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Joy ride till Ghoom. Drive Manebhanjyang trek to Tonglu (3,070m). Drive duration: 4½ - 5 hrs (11km). Overnight at the lodge / camp.
Day 04: Trek Tonglu to Kala pokhari (3,180m) (14 km) (5/6 hrs). Overnight at the lodge / camp.
Day 05: Trek Kala pokhari to Sandakphu (3,636m) (8 km) (4/5 hrs). Overnight at the lodge / camp.
Day 06: Trek Sandakphu to Phalut (3,583m) (21 km) (7/8 hrs). Overnight at the lodge / camp.
Day 07: Trek Phalut to Samanden (2,390m) (16 km) (6/7 hrs). Overnight at the lodge / camp.
Day 08: Trek Samanden to Siri Khola (1,850m) (11 km) (5/6 hrs). Overnight at the lodge / camp.
Day 09: Trek Siri Khola to Rimbick. Drive to Darjeeling (60 km) (5 hrs). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Drive from Darjeeling to Pemayangtse (Sikkim) (2,085m / 102 km / 4½ hrs). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Drive to Gangtok (1,600m) (117 km) (4½ hrs). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Full Day Sightseeing in Gangtok. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: Half Day Sightseeing in Gangtok. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14: Drive from Gangtok to Kalimpong (1,588m) (79 km) (2½ hrs). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15: Final departure.

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