Trekking in India

Singalila Trek

  • Total Duration

    12 days
  • Trek Grade

    Moderate
  • Tour Duration

    6 days
  • Trek Starts

    Kathmandu
  • Trek Ends

    Kathmandu

Overview

This nine-day trek beginning and ending in Darjeeling takes you along the famed “Singalila range” to Sandakphu (12,000) and Phalut (11,800). On the way you will pass through spectacular forests of silver fir, rhododendrons, chestnuts, oaks, magnolias and hemlock. A springtime trek reveals not only stunning views of the mountains but whole hillsides covered with rhododendron and magnolia flowers. A post monsoon trek reveals the mountains in crispier glory when the rains have washed away the haze. The trail from Sandakphu to Phalut is an exhilarating experience and one can see four of the world’s highest mountains: Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Kanchenjunga in one glance.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and transfer to hotel
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel by taxi, bus.
Overnight in Hotel
Day 02 : Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
After your breakfast, you will precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will tour the ancient palace, the temple of the Kumari, the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. From there, you will proceed by taxi, bus to the Buddhist site, Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. You will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a popular cremation site. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful Gompas, or monasteries. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before tomorrow morning's departure.
Overnight in Hotel
Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Darjeeling
Today you will be transfer to domestic airport for your domestic flight to Bhadrapur. You will be received by the representative of our Darjeeling agent upon arrival at Bhadrapur airport and then will be driven to Darjeeling after completion of immigration formalities at the border.
Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 04: Sightseeing in Darjeeling
Today you will have full day sightseeing in Darjeeling. In the morning, you will be visiting Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute/Zoo and Happy Valley Tea Garden. Then you will visit Toy Train ride to Ghoom (8km/1hr), Railway Museum, Ghoom Monastery and Local Market.
Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 05: Drive to Manibhanjang and trek to Tumling
You will drive to Manibhanjang (2134m) and then Trek to Gairibas (2621m). It’s a steep climb up to to Meghma about 7km. Meghma is a small hamlet with few houses and a small monastery and impressive Chorten (stupa). Then again Meghma to Tonglu is another 2 km. Tonglu or the local name Tumling is in 3070m high and is one of the peaks of Singalila range. On a clear day you can get the fine view of the Nepalese valleys and of the plains of North Bengal with the snow fed Teesta on the east, Koshi on the west and a number of smaller rivers between them. Tonglu to Gairibas (2621m) is downhill. The distance is 9 km and it is a 2 hrs walk. (Foreign Nationals are required to show their passports with valid Indian Visa at the Manibhanjang Foreigner's Check Post).
Overnight stay at Tented Camp
Day 06: Trek to Sandakphu via Kalopokhari
Gairibas to Kalopokhari (3170m) is continuous 03 hours trek walking through rhododendron forest. You may stop here for a while for a tea break. There is a small pond at Kalopokhari (Black pond). The color of the water is black and the amazing thing is that it never freezes. From Kalpokhari the road descends to Bikaybhangyang - Valley of Poison (Aconites grow here) and from Bikaybhangyang to Sandakphu is a steep climb of 4 km and takes more than an hour to cover this part.
Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
Day 07: Trek to Phalut
The stretch from Sandakphu to Phalut is the most spectacular of the trek. The burned silver-fir forest makes most beautiful sight. While trekking this stretch the trekkers will be followed by the Everest group on the left and Kanchenjunga range right ahead. You will come across Sabarkum (about 14 km from Sandakphu) and next Molley (2 km form Sabarkum). A trekkers hut is available at Molley where one can stay. Again keeping the ridge on the left, you will follow the trail north ward. After about an hour the trail begins to climb through a series of zigzag till one reaches Trekkers' Hut. From here Phalut summit is about 20 minutes walking.
Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 08: Trek to Ramam
From Phalut the trail descends the ridge through the virgin forest of Chestnut, pines; hemlock etc. till the trail reaches the meeting of two streams called Gorkhey Khola which is a tributary of Ramam River. It is a beautiful place. You can enjoy the bath in the river after the hectic trek begins to climb up to Samandin - a lovely plateau and it is a small forest village. From Samandin the road descends to a small stream and again climbs up for another hour and a half to Ramam Trekkers' Hut. This is about 5 hrs walk or 15 km in distance from Phalut.
Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
Day 09:Trek to Rimbick
From Ramam the road is almost level walk for about 9 km and again it descends to Srikhola. The road rises steep, for about 1 km where it levels out again till it reaches Rimbick. Rimbick is accompanied by a small bazaar. In case the trekkers desire to return to Darjeeling the next day by bus/other vehicle, it is advisable to stay at Rimbick bazaar.
Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
Day 10: Transfer to Bhadrapur and fly back to Kathmandu
Today you will be transferred to Bhadrapur airport for flight to Kathmandu with halt at the border for immigration formalities. You will be received upon arrival in Kathmandu airport by our office representative and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
Day 11: Sightseeing to Bhaktapur
Today after your breakfast, you will drive to Bhaktapur also known as city of devotees for sightseeing tour. You will have lunch in the restaurant in Bhaktapur and later drive back to Kathmandu. Afternoon time will be free for last moment's shopping.
Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 12: Final departure
Today keep in mind your international flight time, so make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from our amazing country, Nepal

Useful Information

Tea House Trekking

On the more popular treks in Nepal, particularly in the Everest, Langtang and the entire Annapurna regions, enterprising villagers have built teahouse lodges, similar to European style alpine lodges offering simple but comfortable accommodation and food. We offer a selection of single/twin sharing rooms in the best available lodges run to a high level of service. We also supply a four season sleeping bag and cotton liner free of charge on our teahouse treks. Hire of other key items if needed can be arranged in advance. During the trek you’ll have 3 meals a day, with a mixture of European and Asian style dishes and large portions. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included.

Fully Provisioned Camping Style Trekking

This type of trek is staffed by a full Sherpa crew including a Sirdar (head man), cook and assistants. Porters, yaks, horses or mules carry your main baggage. It is the Sherpa crew’s job to perform all the camp work, from setting up to providing freshly made meals,to leaving the site clean on departure. We provide twin share dome or a frame sleeping tents, a kitchen tent, mess tent and toilet tent. We also provide tables, chairs or stools,lanterns/candles, thin sleeping mattresses and all crockery and cutlery as well as a fully equipped kitchen set up. The Sherpa crew will cook, wash up, and provide hot water for washing and tea and coffee at night and for your wake up call. Food is a mixture of Asian and Western dishes, with lots of choice, freshly prepared. As with teahouse trekking you can expect 3 main meals each day. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included. A few of our teahouse treks involve crossing high passes and necessitate camping for a couple of nights. We provide full camping services for these nights including providing four season sleeping bags.

Small Group Travel

Most of our trips, treks and tours are organized on a small group basis, usually with a maximum of 16 persons in a group. On family holidays the maximum number is 20 to allow a number of families to join a group. By keeping numbers small we are able to offer a friendly, personal and high quality service.

Tailor Made Private Charter Adventures

We offer a very competitive complete tailor made service and are happy to design private charter programs for individuals and for groups as well as to tailor any of our packages to more closely meet your requirements. We have a wealth of experience in helping many clients in designing and planning individual adventures, ranging from romantic breaks to personal challenges, fundraising programs,student programs to extreme adventure expeditions, from low budget to no expense spared. We don’t charge a fortune to tailor make a trip for you and we have plenty of ideas, suggestions and experience we’re happy to share. We’ll work closely with you to design your adventure. Our advertised brochure prices will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay but we’ll provide individual quotes based upon your itinerary, requirements,budget and number of people traveling. Let us take care of the research and arrangements for your flights, accommodation,guides,transport,permits,peak fees,equipment requirements,food and all ground handling service for treks, expeditions or tours, using our local knowledge, expertise and contacts. And you can get on with enjoying yourself.

Group and Club Organizers

If you are organizing a trip for a group or a club we will offer one free* additional place for every 10 bookings made. You can use this for your own travel, use it to reduce the overall cost of the trip for everyone or perhaps offer it as a fantastic prize for your group members or for a charity. Contact us for more details and for conditions (*permit fees, national park entry fees, airfares and departure taxes not included).

Grading System

In Nepal, the trails often zigzag with plenty of ascents and descents and it is better to think in terms of hours spent walking rather than miles covered. A typical day’s walking is from five to seven hours with a number of ascents and descents. This includes a one hour lunch stop, a comfortable pace of walking and time to enjoy your surroundings. We use four grades for our treks, intended to give you a general sense of what to expect and to help you choose which adventure will suit you best. Factors such as weather conditions, altitude, fitness level, experience, interests and how you feel on a particular day all contribute to how easy or strenuous you find a trip. If you’re unsure of whether a trek is suitable for you just contact us before making your booking.

Equipment Checklist

A pair of light hiking boots
A pair of sandals
2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pair of hiking socks
1 medium poly pro shirt
1 pile jacket
1 down jacket
1 woolen hat
A pair of sunglasses
A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (opt.)
A pair of woolen gloves
One Trekking pack 3000 cubic inches capacity
One Sunscreen lotion SPF 10 to 30 and One Sunscreen stick SPF 10 to 30
Two Reading books (Optional)
One Walkman (Opt) and Music tapes (Opt) iPods Digi Camera and its Charger
A one liter water bottle
A pair of trekking poles
One flash light with 4 sets of batteries one -5 to -20 sleeping bag
Two T-shirts and one long sleeve T/city shirt
Two Trekking baggy pants

Toiletry Items

Towel, pre-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items such as toothbrush, comb, etc.

Miscellaneous Items

Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries, reading/writing materials, postcards of hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with Nepalese people, safety pins, sewing kit, zip lock bags for small items.
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