SINGALILA RANGE TREK
Under Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary (104 sq.km.)
TOWARDS MAJESTIC MT. KANCHENDZONGA
A Himalayan enclave of undoubtedly the purest beauty of snow capped peaks to variety of flora and fauna spectacle. Our trek prevails all along the borders of Sikkim and Nepal which brings us to serene high ridges past incredible high altitude lakes and through numerous passes, melted glacier’s crystal streams, barren plateaus, lush green valleys and evergreen high alpine meadows offering spectacular continuous views of Himalayas stretching from Nepal, Bhutan, West Bengal & Sikkim (Mt. Kanchendzonga and Himalayan giants – Everest, Makalu, Pandim and Lhotse, Nathula Range, Paunhari Range). It’s a pursuit of Himalayan beauty within the Kanchendzonga National Park comprising of an area of 1,784 sq.km. This less trodden trail is devoid of any human existence which provides you to explore lots more into the depths of nature. We may meet the occasional yak herders, admire the close-touch view of the third highest mountain in the world, Mt. Kanchendzonga from the trek camps. We assure your every comfort in what we serve you.
Trek details: High altitude trek with strenuous hike on steep terrain, rocky trails now and then; 13 days trek upto max. altitude 15,749’. This is indeed a must trek for Himalayan nature lover, botanist, birders, photographers and more.
Day 1: Bagdogra/NJP to Uttarey (2,320m)
Six exciting hours through winding roads, across steep-sided valleys and over green hills – clads with the variety of vegetation. We swirl with the River Teesta & cross over Rivers Teesta & Rangit before climbing steeply towards Uttarey, perched dramatically on an airy ridge with the panorama of Himalayan peaks ahead. To reach this Adventure Tourism Base Camp for entire Singalila Range, Uttarey; we cross even the spectacular Suspension Cable bridge – Singshore Bridge (the Asian 2nd highest bridge). We stay at Uttarey in Green Valley Resort and interact with the locals here in the evening.
Day 2: Acclimatisation day at Uttarey.
While the Protective Area Permit (PAP) is being prepared for the trekking purpose under Govt. of Sikkim, a day long acclimatisation at Uttarey is a must. One can explore the beauty of Uttarey valley set amidst the Himalayan foothills exploring the places around like Tenzing Hillery Park, Kagyud Monastery, Maneybung Mangheem, Trout Rearing Centre, Sainoo bridge & more and even interact with the locals and learn about the cultures & traditions of Sikkim. Night stay at Green Valley Resort.
Day 3: Begins our trek -Uttarey (2,320m) to Achalleydara (2,650m)
We thread our way through natural trails towards dense forests of rhododendron, chestnuts, and bamboo fern species, other rich flora and fauna of Sikkim and panoramic view of Mt. Kanchendzonga, Mt. Simvo and Mt. Sinolchu which seems to inspire our curiosity to see lot more in the upcoming destinations. Hot lunch will be served at Uttarpani with trekking crew. We may even sight the Red panda and other Faunas – birds. Night camp at Achalleydara with hot tea/coffee, snacks, followed by hot soups and dinner. 5-6 hrs trek
Day 4: Achalleydara (2,650 m) to Kalizhar Sabnam Valley (3,590 m)
Morning hot tea/coffee is served with the breathtaking view of entire Kanchandzonga range with unique sunrise view. Around 7:30am, breakfast would be served and proceeded. Enroute one enters through dense rhododendron and Silver Fir forests, also wide high altitude meadows and valleys and constant view of mountains in a clear day can be witnessed. Hot lunch will be served at Thulodhap. Night camping at Kalizhar Sabnam Valley. On your arrival to camps, the best sunset view with the snowy mountains glittering view can be seen. Served with hot tea/coffee, snacks, followed by hot soups and dinner. 5-6 hrs trek
Day 5: A day long Exploration of Phokteydara(3,630m) and Singalila top (3,650 m)
This is an attractive setting to acquire some essential early acclimatization. After morning hot tea or early breakfast, a daylong exploration of Phokteydara (3,630m) and Singalila top (3,650m) which provides us 360 degree views of the mountain ranges of both Sikkim & Nepal including Mt. Everest, Mt.Three sisters, Mt.Makalu, Mt.Lutse, Annapurna Ranges and Nepal hamlets under Tapleyjung-Tamor district in its western direction. On the northern one can see the dominant view of entire Kanchandzonga Range including Mt. Kabru, Mt.Pandim, Mt.Narsing, Mt. Kumbakarna, Mt. Jupino, Mt.Siniolchu, Mt.Rathong, Mt.Frey, Mt.Kokthang, Mt.Simvo, Mt.Tinzinkhang, Mt.Talung, Mt.Kabrudom & so on. In its eastern side, one can see the Paunhari range and Chola group of mountains and most of the south west part of Sikkim including Tendong & Maenam Hill. On the southern views you get the enthralling view of the rolling hills of North Bengal including Phalut, Mahaley, Sandakphu, Toonglu, Sikhar Ghoom, Meghma, Gairibas, Maneybhanzyang, Sukhia & Darjeeling. Lunch at campsite around 1 or 2pm. This offers specially the majestic views of gigantic massif Kanchendzonga Range in a famous “Sleeping Buddha” formation. Even the sunrise and sunset view from here is heart touching. Night camping at Kalizhar Sabnam Valley. Served with hot tea/coffee, snacks, followed by hot soups and dinner.
Day 6: Kalizhar Sabnam Valley (3,590 m) to Dhoor (3,800m) via Chiwabhanzyang Pass (3,100m)-
Indo Nepal border
Early morning breathtaking sunrise with enchanting views of the mountain ranges we serve with breakfast. We move towards our next destination through a historical British Bridal route which serves as a means of passage between Nepal and India, an easy curvy ascending trail with the looming view of mighty Kanchendzonga. Then a gentle uphill traverse through forests and then over a more exposed hill side brings us to prayer flags adorning our first pass and views of distant mountains – a taste of what is to come. As we gain height we will appreciate the previous day’s acclimatization. We look down far below the settlements of Sikkim and Nepal. Our camp is in an isolated and sheltered hollow below the ridge. Overnight stay in tent. Served with hot tea/coffee, snacks, followed by hot soups and dinner. 5-6 hrs trek
Day 7: Dhoor (3,800m) to Meguthang (3,900m)
Rising just down before dawn, a five-minute walk unto the ridge may reveal the spectacular sight of sunrise on both Everest and Kanchendzonga. 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 winds its way steadily through Rhododendrons and past several Hindu & Buddhist shrines where a second easier pass drops down to our camp close to a shepherd’s summer settlement. Look out the Blue sheep on the high craggy mountainside. Overnight stay in tent. Served with hot tea/coffee, snacks, followed by hot soups and dinner.6-7 hrs trek
Day 8: Meguthang (3,900m) to Lampokhari (4,300m)
We walk easily on a good trail through woods until we began a steady rise of a broad valley where we catch our first closer view of the entire Kabru Range dominated by Mt. Pandim (6,691m). A furthermore two hours of ascent will get us to our camp with Everest and a host of other Khumbu Giants dominating the distant skyline. An afternoon of rest and acclimatization for the following days foot slogging. It is a destination to be reached for the Lake trek as it comprises of more than 20 crystal lakes on the lap of Mt. Kanchendzonga which provides an extreme serene experience of which few are important pilgrimage sites to Sikkimese. Overnight stay in tent. Served with hot tea/coffee, snacks, followed by hot soups and dinner. 6-7 hrs trek
Day 9: Lampokhari (4,300m) to Gomathang (3,800m)
Now we are in high mountain country and the forests lie far below. A little snow underfoot can be expected as we climb to our first pass, the Danpheybhir at 4,530m; the Pass of the Pheasant. From here it is possible to see the almost whole of Sikkim with the view stretching out well into Tibet and Bhutan. Some further hours contouring and a small ascent reveals the Kag Bhir La, (the Pass of the Crow) where we may be lucky enough to get the closest view of the panorama of the Himalayan peaks including majestic Mt. Kanchendzonga. Reluctantly, we then must head downhill making a steep descent to our river side camp Gomathang. Overnight stay in tents.
Served with hot tea/coffee, snacks, followed by hot soups and dinner.6-7 hrs trek
Day 10: Gomathang (3,800m) to Tyabla/ Tikepchu (3,700m)
We have our lovely meadow camp to climb through forests of sweet smelling Silver fir and Rhododendrons. Soon we are in high mountains terrain again. Look out for the brightly coloured Danphey birds (Impeyan Pheasant), which nests in the high crags around Kamsey La, 4,200m. As we droop down into the meadows of Kokling, we are already looking up at our next pass of 4,300m, that we reach with the steady ascent of a steep crag to the skyline dominated by the dizzying pinnacles and icy cliffs of Kanchendzonga. Once again, we end the day’s hike with a steep descent to our campsite by the Tikep Chu, which has its source on the Rathong Mountain (6,679 m). Overnight stay in tents. Served with hot tea/coffee, snacks, followed by hot soups and dinner. 6-7 hrs trek
Day 11: Tyabla/Tikepchu (3,700 m) to Dzongri (4,300m).
Today our route joins the regular trail upto the Goechala. A steady climb through ancient Fir forests, Juniper and Rhododendrons gradually opens out the summer pastures of Dzongri. Another high camp but we should be well acclimatised by now probably in contrast to some of the trekkers we meet who could be on their day three of their Dzongri trek at 4,300m. A walk to Dafla Khang (Dzongri top) in the wee hours of the morning provides one of the most magnificent views of the mountains and the whole range of the peaks can be seen. Overnight stay in tents. Served with hot tea/coffee, snacks, followed by hot soups and dinner.6-7 hrs trek
Day 12: Dzongri (4,300m) to Thangsing (3,930m)
Trek from Dzongri to Thangsing takes about approximately 4-5 hours after walking through the bushes and hedges. At first, walking in the plane table land after few hours, we rapidly descent down the River Prek on. The way one can view almost all the ranges above all Mt. Pandim looks the best. In Thangsing, besides the Govt. Huts is all barren, it has no civilization here. Overnight stay in tents. Served with hot tea/coffee, snacks, followed by hot soups and dinner.4-5 hrs trek
Day 13: Thangsing (3,930m) to Lamuney (Samitti Lake) (4,200m)
Trek from Thangsing to Lamuney takes about approximately 3-4 hours it is just an easy trek through thin vegetation. Samitti is basically in the base of Mt. Pandim because of its close attachment with Mt. Pandim, here a small beautiful lake has emerged. When it gets snowed, the lake with the mountain provides a spectacular unforgettable view. Overnight stay in tents. Served with hot tea/coffee, snacks, followed by hot soups and dinner.3-4 hrs trek
Day 14: Lamuney (4,200m) to Goechala (4,900m) and back to Samitti
We come across Zemathang which means sand plain land. The trail goes through moraines before reaching Goechala, one can view Green lake formed right below the path deep down the hill, finally one reaches the second view point from here one can view southern face of majestic Mt. Kanchendzonga. Further trek takes you to Yangi Tar to spend one night in this place is worthwhile one can witness. Overnight stay in tents at Samitti. Served with hot tea/coffee, snacks, followed by hot soups and dinner.6-7 hrs trek
Day 15: Samitti (4,200m) to Tshoka (3,050m)
Start retracing steps towards Thangsing will take about couple of hours or so. From Thangsing / Lamuney follow the trail to Kokchurung (3,800m) which is a good camping site. Continue descending towards Tshoka by going through a bye pass route directly to Tshoka. Overnight stay at camp. Served with hot tea/coffee, snacks, followed by hot soups and dinner.6-7 hrs trek
Day 16: Tshoka (3,050m) to Yuksom (1,780m)
Retrace the steps towards Yuksom on the final day of the trek. The going is easier as the path is mainly downhill. Overnight stay at hotel/ Resorts. 6-7 hours trek