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Sandakphu Singalila Trek

Gentle trek in Darjeeling on Singalila ridge

9

Days

TREK

Trip highlights
  • Trekking along the ridge in Singalila National Park
  • Stupendous views of Kanchenjunga in the east and Everest range in the west.
  • Birds, and other fauna and rich flora.
  • Remote villages along the border of Nepal, Darjeeling and Sikkim
  • Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim
  • Historical Darjeeling and its colorful streets markets

Sandakphu Trek is quintessential trek in the Eastern Himalayas and hardly any trek in the world can boast of impeccable views of world’s 5 highest mountains and other Himalayan ranges in a single canvass. Its versatility are its forte in term of different routes one can pursue to the summit the pinnacle of Singalila range– Sandakphu (3636 m). Besides its unparalleled view from summit, the trek is adorned with other natural landmarks. Its rich foliage pulsates with varied form of wildlife so are the villages vibrant with tradition, culture and people’s congeniality. Over the year, if natural trails outgrown into paved road yet air is crisp and fresh smell of flowers in spring is as before. When one treads upon the forest trail, its either the birds chirping or disturbed fallen leaves in ground that breaks the silence. A rendezvous of these elements such as balanced blend of forest trail hikes and over paved road, traditional villages, friendly locales, unparalleled mountain views, vegetation, wild life etc make it a classic trek.
The trek unraveled leisurely from Dhotrey – relatively new trailhead that grows progressively in terms of trek gradation and other advantages but before that visit to historical Darjeeling, it sets the tone with mixture of cultural attractions visit combined with short hikes. The trek traverses on its own pace a few villages, a view from Sandkhaphu that opens up grand vista of Himalayan ranges on a clear day, scenic ridge hike on the way to Molley and forest hikes through Ramman and Sirikhola. Finally bringing the curtain down on the trip in Siliguri – a commercial hub and gateway to Northeast India.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival-Drive to Darjeeling.(2042m/67kms/3-4hrs) 
On arrival at Bagdogra airport, meet our representative and drive to Darjeeling. The road climbs up the hill with various curves till Kurseong, from here its a gentle drive till Darjeeling. In the evening we can take a walk through Chowrastra the mall road. Overnight in Darjeeling.

Day 2: In Darjeeling
Today we have a full day in Darjeeling, take a short walk to visit Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, further visit Tibetan Refugee Center – a rehabilitation center for Tibetan refugees. After lunch take a short hike from Chowrastra to Jorebungalow, it traverses through Tungsung village followed by Alubari(8kms/2hrs). Subsequently, drive to Ghoom and visit oldest monastery in Darjeeling. Later we can take a joy ride on the UNESCO World Heritage toy train which makes en-route stop at the Batasia Loop. Overnight in Darjeeling.

Day 3: Drive to Dhotrey(43km/2-3hrs)-Trek to Tumling. (2926m/8kms/3-4hrs)
Early morning drive to Dhotrey via Maneybhanjyang. The drive passes through narrow road with thickets of conifer and pine vegetation. We begin our trek from Dhotrey, the trail follows gentle gradient through rhododendron forest till Tonglu (3088 m), which requires 6 km to cover. Followed by 2 km hike over mostly gradual and descending trail until Tumling, a small Sherpa village, on a clear day it provides a magnificent views of the Kanchenjunga range. Overnight in Trekkers lodge.

Day 4: Trek to Kalipokhari.(3169m/15kms/5 hrs)
After breakfast we trek through the Singalila National Park to Kalipokhari via Gairibas. The trail goes through bamboo glades and farmlands. From Gairibas the ascent is gradual until Kalipokhari. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 5: Trek to Sandakphu. (3,636m/7kms/3-4hrs)
After breakfast we hit the trail once again, the trail ascends gradually until Bikhey Bhanjyang, from here an steep ascent lands us to Sandakphu. Sandakphu, the highest point (3636m) in the Singalila range that provides uninterrupted 180o views of the entire Himalayan range including Mt Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Chomolhari, Pandim, Three Sisters, Kumbhakarna etc. Rest of the day is free to explore around. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 6: Trek to Molley.(3150m/18kms/6-7hrs/Descent-800m)
Wake up early to experience the sunrise over the Himalayan peaks. Climb up to the viewpoint, a small hillock nearby and look at the entire Himalayan range open up before you. After breakfast we hit the trail once again towards Molley. Today the hike is the longest, with a few ascent and descent across meadows and rhododendron forest and stunning mountain views all along the way. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 7: Trek to Rammam. (2453m/15kms/6hrs/ Descent-320m approx.)
After breakfast we continue our journey towards Rammam our next destination. The trek is a steep descent through the Singalila National Park with dense pine, rhododendron forests and thick bamboo bushes where you have the chances of sighting the rare Red Panda among the bamboo groves. Overnight in trekkers lodge

Day 8: Trek to Sirikhola (12 km/2 hours)-Drive to Siliguri (126 km/ 4 hours)
Today the trek portion is relatively easy, the first part of the trek is almost level and then descends to the bridge at Sirikhola. At Sirikhola, board on to the waiting vehicle and drive to Siliguri via Mirik. Overnight in Siliguri.

Day 9. Departure.
After breakfast drive to the airport for your departure flight homewards.

In general, Sandakphu Trek is quite versatile, it can be maneuvered in different versions. Below is sample outline itinerary, starting in reverse
Day 1: Arrive in Bagdogra and transfer to Darjeeling.
Day 2: Darjeeling sightseeing.
Day 3: Drive to Rimbik, and hike for 2 hours to Sirikhola.
Day 4. Sirikhola – Rammam
Day 5: Rammam – Molley
Day 6: Molley – Sandakphu
Day 7: Hike downhill till Kalipokri for 2hours, further 2-3 hrs to Tumling and Dhotrey and drive to Siliguri.
Day 8: Departure -transfer to airport/Train Station for onward journey.
Even for the beginner, doing the trek in reverse shouldn’t pose any acclimatisation and altitude related issues as this itinerary gradually builds up for the summit – Sandakphu (3636m).

Darjeeling Sandakphu trek and tour

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  • Group SizeMax 10 members

  • MealsAll meals during the trek. Breakfast and dinner during the tour.

  • Trip AccommodationSome of finest hotels during the tour and in Village Inns during the trek.

  • RouteDarjeeling -Dhotrey - Tumling
    Kalpokhari- Sandakphu -Molley
    Rammam - Sirikhola -Siliguri/Bagdogra.

  • Trip TypeEasy to moderate trek

  • Trip SeasonsAny date. Best from Mar till May and from Oct till Dec.Please note Singalila National Park remains close from July 15 -Sept 15, thus no trek during this period.

  • Best MonthsApril, May, October, November

  • Good MonthsMarch, September

  • Lean MonthsJanuary, February, June, December

  • Not RecommendJuly, August

Prices & Dates

From US$1000 Per Person based on the group size.

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Included

  • Accommodations in listed hotels and in lodge/home stay/tents during the trek
  • Dinner & Breakfast included while on tour and all meals during the trek.
  •  All transportation by good quality private vehicle.
  •  Entrance fees to the monuments
  • English Speaking guide.
  • Travel permits etc
  • During the trek: Accommodation will be arranged at simple lodge/Home stay with all meals and beverages. Pack animals to carry luggage, Basic Medical Kit. Trekking staffs include Guide and horseman.

Not included

  • International flights.
  • Sleeping Bags (optional but recommended).
  • Travel / Medical Insurance (recommended).
  • All personal expenses including optional tips/gratuities, bar/beverages, telephone, laundry, gifts and other personal expenses.
  • Any additional cost of changing a confirmed itinerary by our own choice or due to your own health/medical reasons, or forced upon by Inclement weather, flight delays, political situation or other conditions beyond our control.
  • All other cost not listed in “included” section.

Accommodations


Hotels in Darjeeling

Hotels in Siliguri

Trip Guide/Leader


  • Nima Dhondup Bhutia

    Nima Dhondup Bhutia

  • Dawa Lama

    Dawa Lama

Reviews / Testimonials

  • Rebekah Bell
    Melbourne, Australia
    Jan 1970
    Darjeeling Sandakphu Trek (India) ( Darjeeling Sandakphu Trek (India))
    5 " " Following the touring we completed the six day Sandakphu trek along the border of Nepal and Darjeeling, India. Unlike the treks in Bhutan, which are wilderness treks where you have to camp each night, the Sandakphu trek was a cultural tea house based trek. While the terrain for the Sandakphu

    Darjeeling Sandakphu Trek (India) [caption id="attachment_12530" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Rumtek Monastery, Gangtok, Sikkim[/caption] Following the touring we completed the six day Sandakphu trek along the border

  • Micheal Blondel & Group
    Paul Huvelin Sainte Foy les Lyon, France
    Jan 1970
    We have had the chance that everyone had a good experience of mountaineering treks and kept smiling all over these holidays. ( We have had the chance that everyone had a good experience of mountaineering treks and kept smiling all over these holidays.)
    5 " " TID 8529 (31 Oct to Nov 15) 2014 - Blondel Group -Sandakphu trek (Guide Anthony) After a former trip in the Annapurnas in Nepal, our group of 6 friends wanted to spend some time in discovering the Indian Himalaya. We have been travelling for a little more than a fortnight with

    We have had the chance that everyone had a good experience of mountaineering treks and kept smiling all over these holidays. TID 8529 (31 Oct to Nov 15) 2014 - Blondel Group -Sandakphu trek (Guide Anthony) After a former trip in the