Singalila to Sandakphu Trek

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    13 Days
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Singalila to Sandakphu Trek is one of the popular trekking routes encompassing the areas southwest of Dzongri.  We trek several days along the Singalila Range, the lesser mountain chain that rises from the northern hills of Darjeeling and extends to converge with the Kanchenjunga massif.

The Singalila range demarcates the western borders of Sikkim and Darjeeling with Nepal. As we trek through this razor-edged borderline ridge, spectacular views abound on both sides with rare species of rhododendron in bloom (at the right season), and an occasional herd of yaks with its herder will be our only source of contact along the trails for quite a number of days.


  • Arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be welcomed by Trek Himalayan
    representative and transferred to your Pre-booked hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free until evening
    when you’ll enjoy a welcome drinks with your guide and introduce to each other. Overnight in

  • Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to begin your city tour of Kathmandu. You will
    visit Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and possibly view cremation ceremonies along the
    banks of the Bagmati River, Boudhanath, and the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal & continue drive to
    Patan Durbar Square to take in ancient Nepalese architecture and end your tour after a lunch. Then, you
    will visit the Patan museum. Overnight in Kathmandu

  • After breakfast you will be transferred to Tribhuvan Domestic Airport for the flight to Bhadrapur. Upon
    arrival at Bhadrapur airport you will be driven to Gangtok along the river Teesta through the SikkimBengal border town of Rangpo. The drive takes about 4 hours. Check in hotel in Gangtok and relax.

  • After early morning breakfast you will go local sightseeing tour of Tashi view point, Ganesh Tok and
    Hanuman Tok, Rumtek Monastery, Droul Chorten, Research Institute of Tibetology, Directorate of
    Handicraft & Handloom & back to Hotel or Lunch on the way. After lunch you will continue sightseeing
    to Ban Jhakri falls, Ranka Monastery and flower show. In the evening you may stroll around the market
    area. Overnight in hotel

  • Today we make an early departure from Gangtok by jeep to the trekking starting point in West Sikkim.
    We drive through winding roads across valleys and over hills donned with a variety of flora. We swoop
    down to cross the wild Rangeet River before climbing steeply up to Pemayangtse (2,100 m.), situated
    dramatically on an airy ridge with a panorama of Himalayan peaks ahead. After crossing some
    spectacular bridges to the road-head at Uttarey (2,000 m.), we spend our first night in a trekking lodge.

  • We thread our way up and over the highest reaches of the Singalila Ridge, which forms the border
    between Sikkim and Nepal. We may meet the occasional yak herder along the trail. We pass through a
    rich forest cover, swathes of rhododendrons, open ridges, sacred lakes and remote passes. Our first day
    takes us to Chiwa Bhanjyang. An easy trail follows gently through rainforest until a final steep ascent.
    Overnight at camp

  • This is an attractive setting to acquire some essential early acclimatization. An excursion to the nearby
    Singalila Peak at 3500m will give us valuable acclimatization and some excellent views of the
    surroundings. Overnight at camp

  • A gentle uphill walk through forest and then over a more exposed hillside brings us to prayer flags
    adorning our first pass and views of distant mountains. As we gradually gain elevation we will appreciate
    the previous day’s acclimatization. The occasional yak herder’s hut is the only sign of habitation as we
    look down far below to the rice fields and cardamom plantations. Our camp is in a remote and sheltered
    hollow below the ridge.

  • Early morning wake up and we walk onto the ridge to have the spectacular sight of sunrise on both Mt
    Everest and Mt Kanchenjunga. Throughout the day we descend and climb, maintaining a steady height,
    spiraling from one side of the ridge to the other until a rough steep ascent takes us across a pass. Beyond,
    the trail wends its way steadily through rhododendrons and past several Hindu shrines where a second
    easier pass drops down to our camp close to a shepherd’s summer settlement. If we are lucky, we made
    encounter Blue Sheep on the high craggy mountainside.

  • Today we walk easily on a good trail through forest until we begin a steady rise up a wide valley where
    we catch our first closer view of the entire Kabru range dominated by Mt Pandim (6,691m). A further 2
    hours of ascent will get us to our camp with Everest and a host of other Khumbu giants dominating the
    distant skyline. Overnight at camp

  • Now we are in high mountain country and the forests lie far below. For the past two days we have been
    walking in Nepal and today we pass the sacred lake of Lam Pokhari, which marks our entry back into
    Sikkim. A little snow underfoot can be expected as we climb to our first pass, the Danphe Bhir La at
    4,530 meters, the Pass of the Pheasant. From here it is possible to see the whole of Sikkim with the view
    stretching out well into Tibet and Bhutan. A further hour’s contouring and a small ascent reveals the Kag
    Bhir La (the Pass of the Crow) where we may be lucky enough to view a panorama of Himalayan peaks
    including Kanchenjunga. Reluctantly, we then must head downhill making a steep descent to our riverside
    for overnight camp

  • We leave our lovely meadow camp to climb through forests of sweet smelling silver fir and
    rhododendrons. Soon we are in high mountain terrain again. Look out for the brightly colored Danphe
    birds (Impeyan Pheasant), which nest in the high crags around the Kamsey La, 4,200 m. As we drop
    down into the meadows of Kokling, we are already looking up at our next pass of 4,300 m. that we reach
    with a steady ascent up a steep crag to a skyline dominated by the dizzying pinnacles and icy cliffs of
    Kanchenjunga. Once again we end the day’s hike with a steep descent to our campsite by the Tikip Chu,
    which has its source high on the Rathong Mountains. Overnight at camp

  • Today our route joins the regular trail up to the Goecha La. A steady climb through ancient fir forest,
    juniper and rhododendrons gradually opens out to the summer pastures of Dzongri. Another high camp,
    but we should be well acclimatized by now probably in contrast to some of the trekkers we meet who
    could be on day 3 of their Dzongri Trek at 4,000 m., ‘the headache zone’!

  • Today we walk down hill to Kokchulang where we are likely to meet other trekkers making us look back
    in retrospect towards really appreciating the peace and solitude of our last few days. We move easily up
    the valley passing the busy trekkers campsite of Thangsing to our own riverside camp a short distance
    below the Samiti Lake.

  • We walk steeply uphill to the crest of the ridge behind the lake and emerge dramatically into a harsher
    world of higher Himalayan scenery. In the foreground glaciers and snowfields suddenly look accessible
    and behind, the gigantic snow peaks loom close, especially on nearby Mt. Pandim, soaring over our
    heads. We move on more easily through this spectacular alpine terrain into our final high camp nestled in
    a sheltered green hollow, a little below the Goecha La.

  • After breakfast we make excursion towards the Goecha La which lies at almost 4, 940 m. During the
    excursion we can see an awe-inspiring Himalayan landscape of tumbling glaciers, pinnacled ridges and
    soaring peaks dominated by the mighty bulk of Kanchenjunga towering above, but the view from our own
    ‘summit’ is incredibly stunning. Then, we return to our high camp for a welcome breakfast. After
    breakfast we proceed to Thangsing where the air feels wonderfully rich at just 3,600 m. We make a long
    day of around 10 hours walking depending on how much time we spend for excursion at Goecha La.
    Overnight at camp

  • Today we follow the traditional route back to the main valley. Tshoka is an enchanting little Tibetan
    settlement perched on a mountain spur. It will be our first encounter on this trek with permanent village
    life. Overnight at camp

  • Today we retrace steps towards Yuksum on the final day of the trek. The trek is easier as the trail is
    mainly downhill. Overnight in hotel

  • After an early breakfast we drive to Darjeeling – popularly known as the Queen of the Hills. It offers
    spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges including Mt Everest and Mt Kanchenjunga. It is famous for
    tea gardens, breathtaking valleys and scenery. The route is scenic and the drive is enjoyable. Overnight
    stay in hotel

  • Early morning wake up and make an excursion to Tiger Hill to view sunrise over Mt Kanchenjunga (if
    weather permits). On the way back we visit Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop. After breakfast we begin
    sightseeing tour of Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park & Himalayan Mountaineering Institute,
    Tenzing & Gombu Rock, and Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center & Tea Estate. Afternoon we visit Rock
    Garden & Ganga Maya Garden. Overnight stay in hotel

  • After breakfast we drive to Bhadrapur (India-Nepal border town) and fly back to Kathmandu. Rest of the
    day you are free to relax or go shopping Overnight in hotel

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What is included


  • International arrival/departure transfers
  • 04 Nights 4 Stars hotel in Kathmandu on BB (Bed & Breakfast) basis – Double Bed Room
  • Kathmandu half day sightseeing escorted by  a City Guide (any foreign language speaking)
  • Flight: Kathmandu – Bhadrapur (Return)
  • Overland Transport: Bhadrapur – Darjeeling/ Darjeeling- Bhadrapur
  • Staff Expenses

India (Darjeeling)

  • 03 Nights 3 Stars Hotel in Darjeeling on BB (Bed & Breakfast) basis – Twin Sharing
  • 05 Nights in Tea House/Lodge & Home Stay on Full board – Twin Sharing
  • All meals Included during the trek in Tea House/Lodge & Home Stay
  • Monuments entrance fee and other necessary fees in Darjeeling
  • All Land Transportation according to itinerary
  • English speaking certified tour guide

What is Excluded

  • International airfare
  • India Entry Visa
  • Nepal Entry/Re-Entry Visa
  • Single supplement in the hotel in Kathmandu/India
  • Lunch and dinner in the Kathmandu & Darjeeling
  • Monument Entry Fee during the Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Tipping is expected for field staff
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early arrival, late departure (early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel / Medical/ Trip cancellation insurance and emergency rescue/ evacuation costs
  • Photography charges at monasteries/palaces/sites
  • Any extra cost involved in case of political turmoil, cancellation of flight, illness, and natural disaster
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks (including cold drinks and mineral water/boiled water), laundry
  • Tips for local city Guides/Driver/Tour & Trek Guide
  • Any other services not specified in the ‘Cost includes

Singalila to Sandakphu Trek 2024/2025 Cost and Departure Dates

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Nitty Gritty

  • Tour Places: Nepal & Darjeeling, India
  • Trip Duration: 13 Days
  • Total days in Nepal: 04 Days
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 04 Nights
  • Total Tour/Trek & Sightseeeng days in India: 08 Days
  • Trips Starts / Ends: Kathmandu
  • Flight: Kathmandu – Bhadrapur (Return)
  • High Seasons: (Summer)Jun-Jul-Aug & (Spring) Mar – Apr – May
  • Low Seasons: (Winter) Dec-Jan-Feb & (Autumn) Sep – Oct – Nov
  • Accommodation Kathmandu: 4 Stars Hotels in Kathmandu on BB basis – Double Bed Roon
  • Accommodation India, Darjeeling: 3 Stars Hotels BB basis on twin sharing
  • Type of Trip:Private & Fixed Departure
  • Service available: Standard
  • Trek grade: Easy to Difficult
  • No. of Pax: From 2 & above
  • Meals during trip: Breakfast throughout & All Meals Plan during the Trek
  • Walking hours: 5 – 6 hrs a day
  • Maximun Elevation: 3636 m/11929 ft
  • Porter Guidlines: According to IPPG (International Porter Protection Group) guidelines.

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