Why This Trek?
Singalila Pass trek in Singalila National Park is considered to be one of the most fascinating treks in India. From scenic landscapes to mountain peaks to waterfalls and lakes, this trek proves to be as enchanting as it as exciting for outdoor enthusiasts. Singalila National Park is home to exotic Red Panda and spread over an area of 78 Sq. Meters and is a trekkers paradise. Some of the world famous trek are in Singalila National Park. Sandakphu Trek is the highest point of Singalila Naitonal Trek and Phalut Trek is also quite popular for views it offer of Mt. Everest and Mt. Kunchenjungha. So, get ready to embark on this 9-day trek and watch nature come alive all around you.
Singalila Pass trek in Singalila National Park is considered to be one of the most fascinating treks in India. Best time to do Sandakphu trek is May to June and mid August to October.
Destinations Covered during Singalila Pass Trek : Manyebhanjang , Sandakphu , Phalut Top, Yuksom
What’s Included :
- Accommodation during Trek (Camping) on Sharing basis
- All meals while on trek(Veg) from day 2nd lunch to day 7th breakfast.
- All necessary fees and permit (for Indian)
- First aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
- Trekking equipments
What’s Not Included :
- Surface transfer from Darjeeling – Manyebhanjang & Rimbik – Darjeeling
- Any meal during transit and at Maneybhanjang
- Any expenses incurred due to natural reasons.
- Insurance of any kind.
- Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag.
- Anything not mentioned explicitly
Here’s a short itinerary of Singalila Pass Trek:
Day 1 – Siliguri to Uttarey
Day 2 – Uttarey to Chewabhanjyang
Day 3 – Chewabhanjyang to Dhor
Day 4- Dhor to Pare Megu
Day 5- Pare Megu to Gomathang
Day 6 – Gomathang to Dzongri
Day 7 – Dzongri to Zemathang
Day 8 – Zemathang to La –Thangshing
Day 9 – Thangshing to Yuksam
Detailed Singalila Pass Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Day 1 – Departure from Siliguri
We will meet in Siliguri from where our vehicle shall take us to Uttarey. We should be in Lorethang within 4 hours. Moving over an uphill slope, it’ll take another 2-3 hours to get to Uttarey. Once we reach this typical Himalayan settlement, we shall rest for the day.
Day 2: Uttarey to Chewabhajyang
This trail will take us through pastures, passes, lakes and ridges. Soon, we will see a rich forest of Rhododendrons which will envelop your senses in awe and delight. We shall then move through a rainforest and begin to climb as we near the Nepal border and Chewabhanjyang. A short walk will take us to the Singalila Peak with its astounding views..
Day 3: Day 3 – Chewabhajyang to Dhor (10 kms , 5 hrs)
Sandakphu is situated at an altitude of 3,636 m and is around 58 kms from Darjeeling and As we move uphill, the only sights worth seeing will be the expansive rice fields and cardamom plantations that present a spectacular view from this height. Today’s trek will take about 7-8 hours.
Day 4: Dhor to Pare Megu ( 8 kms , 5 hrs)
Day 5: Pare Megu to Gomathang (15 kms , 7 hrs)
Today’s Singalila Pass Trek shall begin with a steady climb to a broad valley which will take us, in 2 hours, to our camp on Everest. After passing by the Lam Pokarisacred Lake, we’ll be back in Sikkim. Walking a little further will take us to the Khag Bhir La where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the mountain peaks. After this, we will head downhill and make our camp base by the river..
Day 6: Gomathang to Dzongri (9 kms , 6 hrs)
We will walk through forests of Fir and Rhododendrons to breathe in the beauty all around us. If you keep your eyes open, you are likely to spot Danphe birds. As we continue to move upward, the icy cliffs of Kanchenjunga will come into view. We shall then head back down to Tikip Chu and take the trail towards the Goencah La. This trip shall take us through Juniper, Fir and Rhododendron forests. On reaching Dzongri, the expanse of summer pastures will be a sight to remember.
Day 7: Dzongri to Zemathang
After waking up bright and early, we move on a sloping trek that will take us past the Samiti Lake till we reach Lamuney. We will then begin an upward climb to the ridge behind the lake. Here, we will witness the spectacular sight of glaciers and gigantic snow-peaks. We will then continue moving through an alpine terrain to our campsite.
Day 8 – Zemathang to La Thangshing
Waking up to an early morning, we will head toward Goecha La. Here we will witness the wonders of nature in all its glory – snow-capped peaks, pinnacle ridges and glaciers. However, the view from the Khangchendzonga itself is beyond compare. We will end the day with a slow descent to Thanshing where we will stop for the night.
Day 9 – Thangshing to Yuksam
This is the last day of the trek. First, we will head to Tshoka, which is an enchanting Tibetan village. After interacting with the locals here for some time, we will then descend through flowering rainforests with unique birds, across bridges spanning gushing rivers, until we finally arrive back at Yuksam from where we will head home. This will be the end of the trek.
Fitness Required for Singalila Pass Trek
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant. The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.The Singalila Pass Trek is amoderate trek suitable for first time trekker with basic to above average fitnessTrekking Experience: Prior trekking experience is helpful for this trek but not necessary.Fitness Required: The Singalila Pass Trek falls in the category of Moderate treks. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.Our treks are generally planned in a way that on an average you have to cover around 9 Kms in 6 hours although there may be slight variation depending on the terrain. This works out to roughly 1.5km per hour which is equivalent to walking in the plains at 6km per hour.You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.Follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.
Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body
Things to carry for Singalila Pass Trek
Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella any one is must
Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
Floaters or Sandals
2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
3 Pair of Socks
Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
One Heavy Jacket
Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
Water Bottle 1 Lt
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
Personal Medicine Kit
CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !
What is the Singalila Pass Trek?
Singalila Pass Trek is a moderate high altitude trek done primarily during the pre-monsoon and post monsoon. The trek is situated in the state of West Bengal.
When is the best time to go to for the Singalila Pass Trek?
The best time for Singalila Pass Trek is during the months of April, May,June, September and October,November, December.
How difficult is the Singalila Pass Trek?
Singalila Pass Trek is considered by comparison an moderatehigh altitude trek. But you need to have good physical fitness to complete this trek. Doing cardio vascular exercises is very helpful for preparing for this trek. Please check the preparation section to get a better understanding of this.
What are the temperatures during the Singalila Pass Trek?
During the Singalila Pass Trek temperatures vary between 0-20 degree celcius.There will be considerable variation between night and day and in the direct sun and shade, so it is important to plan accordingly.
How much we have to trek each day?
Normally our trek are designed in such a way that we reach our camp by lunch time and on an average trekking distance is roughly 6-9 Kms each day and it takes around 6-7 hours by an average trekker to cover that distance.
What medicines should I carry during the trek.
Below is a list of basic medicines you should carry for a high altitude trek.
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Band aid – 10 stripsGauze cloth – 1 small role
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Cotton – 1 small roll
ORS – 5 packets
Crocin – 5 tablets
Avomine – 4 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Diamox – 15 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Digene – 10 tablets
Diamox – 10 tablets
Is Diamox advisable ?
Diamox help in acclimatization but we do not advise it. Please consult your Doctor before taking it.
Who will lead and who all will go along with us ?
All our treks are led by certified & Experienced Trek Leaders/Guides. We believe in sustainable adventure eco-tourism which in effect means that our teams are locally sourced. Other than a Trek lead we in our team will have local Guides, Cook, Helpers and Porters.
How big are the trekking groups ?
We make it a point not to have more than 15 people in a trekking group as we believe that the best way to enjoy adventure is in small sustainable groups.
What is the minimum number of Trekkers required for Fixed Departures ?
Our Fixed departures are guaranteed and a promise to our customer that even if there is a Single trekker we will proceed with the trek at a loss.
I am the only girl in a trek, is it safe ?
We generally have a ratio of Male:Female of about 2:1. Mountains on the whole are much safer than the plains. Lots of solo female trekkers join us and we make it a point that only female trekkers share the tent with other female trekkers.
What thing we need to Carry for the trek?
You can refer to the section things to carry for this information
Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter. What are the charges for the same.
When you are in the mountains you should be self-sufficient and you should carry your own backpack. The charges to offload a backpack of roughly 9 kg or less is about 300 per day.
Which type of shoes should I buy ?
Good trekking shoes are a must for the Pindari Glacier Trek. Read more at “How to Buy Trekking Shoes”
How many trekkers will be in one tent ?
We generally have 3-man tents were we accommodate anywhere between 2-3 people.
What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers
Good physical fitness as well as mental fitness is required for the Goecha La Trek. This is a trek which can be done by experienced trekkers. To get into optimum level of fitness you can go through our article How to prepare for a high altitude trek.
What is there in Food menu during a trek ?
We server wholesome and nutritious Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snacks. The food is vegetarian. Vegetarian food is preferable at high altitudes as it is easy to digest.
Is the water on the trek safe?
The advantage of trekking the Himalayas is that your trekking route is filled with fresh Himalayan streams. Your trek leader/guide will direct you to places where you can fill clean water from. We recommend this water but in case you are unsure you can carry water purifying tablets with you.
What type of vehicles are used for transportation ?
We use Sumo/Xylo/Tempo for transportation.
What do you do if we encounter a medical emergency during the trek?
Our team at Renok is trained in handling high altitude emergencies. Apart from being trained mountaineers they bring a wealth of experience with dealing with high altitude illnesses. We carry First aid kitsand oxygen cylinders with us and in case of other medical emergencies we rescue the trekker till the road head. If any additional cost of evacuation is incurred it is borne by the trekker.Also before the trek it’s your responsibility to get a medical fitness checkup by a doctor which certifies you are fit enough for this trek.
Can we change the itinerary?
Renok Adventures LLP reserves the right to change the itinerary depending upon the weather conditions and other factors. If extra cost is incurred due to rescheduling the trekker is informed beforehand and extra cost if any is borne by the trekker. Please note that we operate treks in some of the most remote regions and harshest conditions where unforeseen events may force us to change the itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
Can you customize a Singalila Pass Trek?
Yes Singalila Pass Trek can be customised, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time for any number of people. The Cost for privatecustomized trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.
What if trek is cancelled at the last moment due to ‘force majeure’?
All the arrangements for the tour are pre-planned and prepaid.
We will offer you alternate trek options of similar value depending upon the weather conditions if a trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. In case of non-completion of the tour due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services.
What is your Cancellation Policy
Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days :- 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days :- No refund
What is your Rescheduling Policy ?
We will reschedule your trek without any extra charge if this is conveyed to us in writing ateast 1 month before the trek starting date.
Between 07-24 Days before start of the trek :- 30% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Less than 7 days:- 100% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
NJP is the base location for the Singalila Pass Trek .We have to meet at 6:00 AM at NJP.From NJP we drive to our basecamp.
Reaching NJP by Flights
The Bagdogra Airport is the closest airport to NJP. It is around 20 Km from NJP. Taxis are easily available from Bagdogra Airport.
Reaching by train
NJP is well connected by railway network with major destinations of India because it’s a major Junction.
You can get a list of trains to NJP through this link.
For exact timings & Schedule of trains please check the Indian Railway official site.
Reaching NJP by Road (Bus)
NJP is well connected with comfortable buses run by government and private operators. You can catch luxury and normal buses to NJP from Kolkata
Day 1: Drive from Darjeeling – Mneybhanjang via Ghoom (110 kms , 6 hrs).
Day 2: Trek from Maneybhanjang – Tonglu – Kalipokhari (9 kms , 6 hrs).
Day 3: Trek from Kalipokhari – Sandakphu (10 kms , 5 hrs).
Day 4: Trek from Sandakphu – Phalut Top ( 8 kms , 5 hrs).
Day 5: Trek from Phalut – Rammam via Gorkhey (15 kms , 6-7 hrs).
Day 6: Trek from Rammam – Rimbik (9 kms , 6 hrs).
Day 7: Drive from Rimbik to Darjeeling (58 kms , 3 hrs).