Trekking in Sikkim » Itinerary
THE SINGALILA TREK
Pristine forest, alpine meadows, wildlife trail with the glimpses of the highest mountains in the world.
|Level||Easy to moderate|
|Ideal Season||October to May|
|Location||The trek head Manebhanjan is situated at a distance of 25 km from Darjeeling.|
DAY 1: MANEBHANJAN-JAUBARI ( 4-5 hours)
The trail starts from Manebhanjan (2,134m) bazaar and climbs up to Chitrey.After crossing the Chitrey monastery The trail criss-crosses the jeepable road to Sandakphu After about 1½ hrs of climbing above Manebhanjan,. The trail passes the monastery at Chitrey. reach the picturesque village of Meghma after a short tea break, The trail now levels out, skits the hill to the left and climbs gently to the south-west to Jaubari. Megma to Jaubari would probably take 2 hrs of easy walking. Jaubari (2,750m) is a long village with open meadows and houses lined on either side.Overnight at a homestay
DAY 2: JAUBARI-SANDAKPHU ( 6-7 hours)
The trail passes through Jaubari Village and comes to a crossing. Proceeding straight would take you to Nepal so there is an arrow marked ‘Sandakphu’ and you should take the right hand fork at the crossing which proceeds due north-east. The trail then drops for about 30 mins to Gairibash, where there are Trekkers Huts and lodges. The trail then climbs a hill for about 2 hrs through the forest and then descends to kala pokhari (2,950m) which has a lake with black waters and hence the name. From Kala Pokhari, there is a further climb of a couple of hours and then a descent to Bikhey Bhanjan (3,350m).After Bikebhanjan the trail is windswept and, to the west, the hills of Nepal can be clearly seen shimmering in the sunlight. Finally, after about 1½ hrs of stiff walking, the huts of Sandakphu ( 3.636 mts) can be seen on the ridge above. Overnight at homestay
DAY 3: REST DAY AT SANDAKPHU
It is advisable to have a rest day at Sandakphu, to savour the views of the mountains. There is a 180-degree view of open skies with snow-clad peaks dominating the horizon. To the west, you see Lhotse (8,501m), Everest (8,848m), Makalu (8,475m), Chamlang (7,319m) Baruntse (7,129m) and other peaks of the Nepal Himalayas.
DAY 4: SANDAKPHU-PHALUT ( 6-8 hours)
Long 21-km walk from Sandakphu to Phalut along the Singalila ridge. The trail initially climbs north, above the cluster of bungalows at Sandakphu and then heads north-eastwards. This is the most beautiful part of the trek as the walk is largely level with magnificent views towards Nepal as well as over Sikkim towards Kangchendzonga. During April and May, dwarf rhododendrons are in bloom as well as other Himalayan flora like primulas anemones and crocuses. The silver-fir forest below the trail makes beautiful sights. Overhead one can spot birds like the lammergeier soaring over the peaks. After about 5 hrs of walking you come to Sabarkum (about 14 km from sandakphu). The trail begins to climb through a series of zigzags till one Phalut (3,600m) ,is the tri-junction of Sikkim, West Bengal and Nepal. The view is the same as that at Sandakphu, except that the Kangchendzonga Range looks close enough to touch. The Everest Group is also clearly visible to the west.
DAY 5: PHALUT-RAMAM ( 5-6 hours)
From Phalut, the path descends the ridge through forests of chestnut, pine, hemlock and fir. The trail drops steeply south-eastwards for about 2 hrs till it reaches the meeting of two streams called the Gorkhey Khola, which is a tributary of the fast flowing Ramam river. Extremely beautiful spot amidst thick, lush and green forest. Descend to the picturesque Ramam village,overnight at homestay
DAY 6: RAMAM-RIMBIK ( 7-8 hours)
The trail is a paradise for birdwatchers with redstarts, trees pies and whistling thrushes being some of the species visible the trail then leaves the forest and goes steeply downhill, the trail crosses scenic Sri Khola. From this point the road runs uphill at a gentle gradient, through forest and fields to reach Rimbik (2,296m) . Stay overnight at Rimbik or drive Darjeeling or to Siliguri.
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