Singalila trek

Singalila Trek

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About Singalila Trek

Singalila Trek is one of the most beautiful treks of North East India offering picturesque views of the highest Himalayan peaks. The snow-capped peaks and lush green alpine trees are a treat to the eyes. The Singalila trek is the perfect trek for adventure seekers and explorers who consistently like to challenge themselves and scout new experiences. Situated in the hills of West Bengal, the Singalila trek will stun you with its endless beautiful trails, magical forests, and serene peak views. The mountain forests and a wide range of rhododendrons will keep you enchanted throughout the trekking trail.

The week-long trek to Singalila Ridge takes you through some stunning yet testing trails, so good trekking shoes and gear is the key to getting through. On the trek, you will enjoy a gorgeous nature walk at the Singalila National Park, which has a connecting trail to Singalila Ridge. Moreover, relishing the breathtaking moment when your eyes are subjected to the great Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu is just incredible. The experience of being surrounded by the mystic beauty of prominent Himalayan peaks coupled with gorgeous nature walks through rhododendrons and bamboo groves are completely unmatched.

Highlights of Singalila Trek

Singalila trek

Maximum altitude: 3640 meters above sea level

Grade: Moderate

Duration: 7 days

Trekking distance: 84 kilometers

Trail type: Round trail

Railhead: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, West Bengal

Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal

Snow Season: December to January

Service from: Delhi to Delhi

Base camp: Manebhanjan

Best season: Spring season (March to May), Winter Season (October to January)

Region: Darjeeling, West Bengal

Who can participate: Anyone above 7+ years of age

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Singalila Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Heading to Bagdogra Airport Arrive in Delhi to catch a flight to the Bagdogra Airport, and head to Pelling for an overnight stay.

Day 2: Leisure Day at Pelling-Uttarey

  • Spend your day relaxing in Pelling-Uttarey, and visit some famous tourist attractions here.
  • Head to Uttarey later during the day.

Day 3: Uttarey to Chiwa Bhanjyang

  • Head to the Singalila ridge.
  • Trek through the dense forests.
  • Reach Chiwa Bhanjyang, at an altitude of 3000 metres.

Day 4: Acclimatisation Day at Chiwa Bhanjyang

  • Trek for about 6 hours.
  • Trek the Singalila Peak nearby.

Day 5: Head to Dhor

  • From Chiwa Bhanjyang, head to Dhor.
  • Stay in a remote campsite here.

Day 6: Head to Pare Megu (3800 m)

  • Watch the sunrise from Everest and Kanchenjunga.
  • Traverse through the steep ascents.

Day 7: Head to Lam Pokhari

  • From Pare Megu, trek to Lam Pokhari (4300 m).
  • Trek for 2 hours to reach the campsite near Everest.

Day 8: Lam Pokhari to Gomathang

  • Pass by the Danphe Bhir La pass at 4350 metres.
  • View the entire state of Sikkim along with Tibet and Bhutan from this point.

Day 9: Head to Tikip Chu from Gomathang

  • View the coloured Danphe birds, which reside as high as 4200 metres.
  • Spot the ice-filled cliffs of Kanchenjunga.

Day 10: Head to Dzongri

  • Trek on the trail heading to Goecha La.
  • View the summer pastures here.

Day 11: Head to Lamuney from Dzongri

  • View attractions such as Sri Khola and Samiti lake.
  • Spot some colourful birds here.

Day 12: Lamuney-Goecha La-Thangshing

  • Trek to Goecha La which is at a height of 5000 metres.
  • This is a long day of strenuous trekking for about 10 hours.

Day 13: Thangsing-Lampokhari-Kokchurung

  • Both ascent, and descent, back to Kokchurung takes about 5-6 hours.

Day 14: Kokchurung to Tshoka

  • Trek on the regular route, back to the main valley.
  • Explore Tshoka, which is a Tibetan settlement.

Day 15: Head to Yuksom from Tshoka

  • Check in your hotel at Yuksom to relax and celebrate the entire trek.

Day 16: Leisure Day at Yuksom

  • Explore around the town of Yuksom.

Day 17: Departure

  • Head to Bagdogra after breakfast to continue your return journey.
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Arrival at Pelling

  • Arrive at the Delhi airport from your place of residence.

  • Catch a flight leaving for Bagdogra airport.

  • Find a guide right outside the Bagdogra airport.

  • Drive to the scenic town of Pelling, and have a complete overnight rest.

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What To Pack For Your Trek?

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While packing light is highly advisable, here’s a checklist of all the things you need to pack for your trek to Singalila Ridge.

  • Windbreaker, warm jackets, and thermals as it gets cold during the night
  • 2-3 track pants and athleisure lowers.
  • 4-5 comfortable t-shirts
  • Extra pairs of socks in case the shoes get wet in rain or snow.
  • Slippers or sandals
  • Trekking shoes for comfort and safety
  • Undergarments with a few extra pairs
  • Woolen caps, gloves, ear muffs
  • Raincoat/Poncho
  • Small backpack to carry your essentials while hiking
  • Raincover for backpack
  • Torchlight with extra batteries
  • Sunscreen and moisturizers as the weather may get harsh
  • Few basic first-aid items- band-aids, antiseptic cream/ointment, anti-nausea meds, painkillers, etc.
  • Toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, face wash, soap, hand wash, etc.
  • Powerbank for phone charging
  • Travel size towels
  • Wet wipes and sanitizer
  • Sun cap

Other essential items include energizing snack bars, a water bottle, and disposal bags to discard any food wrappers, tissues, etc. Be mindful of traveling eco-friendly, and not to leave any waste behind. Carry enough warm clothes according to your needs.

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Know Before You Go

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Before heading on a trek like Singalila, there are many things one needs to be mindful of. Since the trek will get difficult as it progresses, it is advisable to come prepared for anything that might become an inconvenience or that would come in handy in case of any challenging situation.

  • First and foremost, the clothing- keep extra warm clothes like windbreakers, thermal inners, beanies, and gloves since the nights can get colder.

  • Make sure you have proper trekking shoes for utmost comfort, and to minimize the risk of stumbling in case there’s a chance of rain.

  • Keep extra socks, warmers, gloves, jackets, lowers, etc.

  • Wear track pants or athleisure clothes so that your hiking experience goes smoothly as these garments provide flexibility that won’t restrict your movements.

  • Carry a small pouch with some basic first-aid items such as band-aids, antiseptic cream, sanitizer, painkillers, toilet paper, etc.

  • Keep a torch in handy, do not completely rely on your phone’s light to guide you through dark trails. Since there won’t be a lot of charging stations available.

  • Also, carry a light and small backpack so that you’re not carrying a lot of weight otherwise you’ll get tired easily.

  • Keep some light and healthy snacks in your backpack to keep you energized along with a water bottle so that you don’t have to buy plastic bottles now and then. Once the trek starts, finding bottled water will get tough and expensive.

  • Lastly, stay attentive and listen to your guide for a safe and fun-filled adventure.

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Facts About Singalila Trek

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  • The Singalila trek is known for offering magnificent views of the Northern Himalayan peaks.

  • The trek takes you through Singalila National Park which is situated at a height of 7,000 feet above sea level in Darjeeling.

  • The Singalia trek is century old with scenic trailing routes taking you through the Indo-Nepal border.

  • During spring, the burst of rhododendrons in the Singalila Ridge trail glorifies the beauty of the trek with red flowers blossoming left and right.

  • Along with the greenery, you are also bound to encounter beautiful and unique mountain birds, yak herds, and water streams flowing from Sikkim.You’re bound to fall in love with panoramic Himalayan views and the surrounding vistas of the summit.

  • Walking through the rich agricultural beauty of the hilly villages and valleys will leave you coming back for more.

  • You cross the Indo-Nepal border about a dozen times throughout your trek. And witness the beauty of neighboring states from the highest peak of West Bengal.

  • The Phalut village offers one of the closest views of Mount Kanchenjunga and its beauty is bewitching.

  • Singalila trek is an experience that is a definite bucket list item for all trekking enthusiasts.

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Why Visit?

Singalila trek is one of the most popular and stunning treks in the Northern Himalayas. Located at an altitude of 3640 meters, the trek has become quite popular amongst adrenaline junkies and tourists from all over the world. Offering scenic and breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu, Singalila trek has become quite the attraction. Apart from these great Himalayan Peaks, the summit also lets you gaze at the beautiful mountain peaks of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. While the highest point offers amazing mountain views, the journey through the trails is no exception. Walk through the thick bamboo groves, pine trees, and flowery trails full of rhododendrons and you’ll be left in awe at every turn.

FAQ's

How Difficult is the Singalila Trek?

The trek to Singalila is graded moderate as it’s not too extreme but also not as easy that a beginner will be able to manage. The altitude of Singalila’s highest point is 3640 meters above sea level. Trekkers need to be fit enough to properly complete the trek without any health scares. As the altitude rises, the oxygen levels will decrease and people with unfit health will find it hard to power through. To avoid any difficulties, it will be safe for you to check with your tour guide for a fitness guide so that you come prepared and can enjoy the gorgeous views to their fullest. Good stamina and endurance abilities are essential for anyone embarking on an adventure to the Singalila trek. Children below the age of 7 years and asthmatic patients are not recommended to do the Singalila trek considering health concerns.

What is the fitness level required to complete the Singalila trek?

To complete the Singalila trek, you need to be in good shape. There are spots where the climb gets steep, and a lot of hiking is required to cover the required distance daily so that the trek is completed in time. So, it is highly recommended that you check with your guide to make sure you’re in good health to complete the trek. Make sure to get some exercise in before you embark on the journey.

When is the snow season for the Singalila trek?

It mostly snows during the winter from November to January. The temperature falls very low and the nights can be very cold. Usually, the temperature falls to 1 degree celsius during the night in the winter season. However, the snow-covered peaks look magnificent as the skies are clear during winter.

Is it possible to do Singalila trek during snow?

Yes, the winter trek of Singalila is also quite popular amongst trekkers who love the snow. Although, you must keep in mind that it gets very cold during the evenings and the snow can make the trek more challenging. On the other hand, the skies are clearer and the night sky is breathtaking.

What is the weather/temperature condition in Singalila?

The weather depends on the season you choose to do the trek in. The weather conditions are favorable during March and April, which are usually between 6-12 degrees celsius. However, if you choose to do a winter trek the temperature can get as low as 1-degree celsius during the night.

Can beginners complete the Singalila trek?

Yes, beginners can surely complete the Singalila trek provided that they have the endurance and fitness to carry on. The trek is moderately difficult so any beginner who has an experience in trekking can take on the challenge. Make sure to keep your body active with jogging, exercises, or cycling for a month before you head over to the Singalila trek.

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