ST/14: 14 days Sikkim Singalila trek

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TOUR DETAILS

Western Sikkim Treks

  • Max Elevation: 5000 m
  • Grade: Moderate to strenuous
  • Period: Apr-May and Oct – Nov

From the 8586 Meters high, Mount Khangchendzonga, the Singelila Range, slopes downwards, towards the South along the Indo-Nepal border, dipping down to an elevation of 3275 Meters, at the Chiwabhanjan pass. The ridge offers breathtaking views of Khangchendzonga and Everest 8848 M.

Starting at Utterey, 2050 m, the trek attains the Singalila ridge via Chiwabhanjan pass, 3100 m and follows the ancient trail traversed by the Yak herders between Himalayan grazing grounds, at an average elevation of 4500 Meters, to reach Gochela on the eleventh day.

This is the domain of scores of Himalayan lakes, glacial valleys, gurgling streams, cascades, chiseled snow peaks, wind- swept passes, green Yak pastures, and breathtaking views. The return route is via Tshokha to Yoksum.

Trek tour can start and end at Bagdogra, Kalimpong, Darjeeling, or Gangtok.

ITENERIES

Day 01: Bagdogra- Uttarey, 2050 m

Arrive at Bagdogra. Met by car with driver, at airport. Drive to Uttery in 06 hrs. Entry formalities for Sikkim at Melli Check post. Overnight at Lodge at Uttery.

Day 02: Trek Uttarey to Chewabhanjan, 3248 m in 06 hrs

Today we will climb steeply for 6-7 hrs to Chewabhanjan, 3248 m – a pass opening into Nepal. Overnight in camp.

Day 03: Chewabhanjan : Acclimitization trek

Day trek to Singalila Peak 3618 m- Phoktey Dara, 3733 m – Kalijar, 3420 m. Return to camp at Chewabhanjan for overnight. Phoktey Dara offers best views of everest Group.

Day 04: Chewabhanjan, 3248 m – Dhund ( Dhor), 3800 m in 07-08 hrs

Start climbing along a ridge line. It is Steady climb of 2 Kms to Major Thang, 3364 m Thereafter. trek along the crest of a narrow steep and rocky ridge, keeping along the Indo-Nepal border. 2 kms is a stiff climb will bring us to Labhi Thumka, Point 3597,. Pause on top of this small peak, for a superb view of Everest, Makalu, Lohtse, and Khangchendzonga – all great peaks above 8000 M.

Thereafter for the next 04- 05 hours we continue climbing, along a undulating, narrow rocky ridge line. with scattered Rhododendrons., The occasional yak herder’s hut is the only sign of habitation. There are nice views of rice fields and cardamom plantations, in the valley far down below.

We camp at 3710 m in a remote and sheltered hollow below the ridge lineA few minutes walk from the camp site is a view point to see the peaks of the Everest group and Mount Khangchendzonga, Pandim and Narsing.

Day 05: Trek Dhund (Dhor) 3800 m – Sikkimey Megu, 3940 m. in 07 hrs

Get up early to take a 10 minute walk to the view point and marvel at the spectacular sunrise view on both Everest and khangchendzonga.

After breakfast, we continue trekking along the crest line, for 06-07 hrs, Climbing and descending along the crest line through a series of ups and downs, crossing the crests of three summits at 3586 m. 3997 m, and 4180 m, respectively.

Throughout the day we descend and climb, maintaining a steady height, until a rough steep ascent takes us across a pass. Beyond, the trail winds its way steadily through rhododendron forests and past several Hindu shrines where a second easier pass drops down to our camp close to a shepherd’s summer settlement. You may be able to spot Blue Sheep on the high craggy mountainside.

Day 06: Trek Sikkimey Megu , 3940 m- Laxmi Pokhri, 4630 m in 04 hrs

Today is a comparatively short trekking day. Start trekking on a good traill through woods until we begin a steady climb up a broad valley where we catch a glimpse of the entire Kabru range dominated by Mount Pandim (6,691mtr.). Continue for another 2 hours of climbing to reach our camp . The Everest group is visible on the distant sky line.. We will trek for 2 hours.
An afternoon of rest and acclimatization will be in order, to prepare for the next days really hard trek.

Day 07: Laxmi Pokhri, 4630 to Gomathang, 3800 m crossing over Om La , 4572 m in 7-8 hrs

   

Passing by the holy lake Laxmi Pokhri, we start our hard days trek crossing over high passes. The rewards are breathtaking views, and lovely mountain lakes. This crossing is ice bound in the months of March to early May and requires trail blazing. to get animals and loaded porters across.

It is a knife edge ridge on the Indo-Nepal border. Close by, can be seen two Alpine lakes – Hanspokri on our right and Jorpokhri on the left. Walking upto Jorpokhri, there is a good view of the Everest group. Turning due east from the border we trek along a high ridge for 06 hrs connecting a series of passes with exotic names, and wild and beautiful Himalayan upland. Climbing gently, we pass by Lam Pokhri Lake, (also called Tag mo tso – the lake of the tigress), We continue climbing to Tag La – pass of the Tiger. Thereafter we cross the Danphabir Ridge, 4631 M, through the Dui la – the pass of the devil, 4480 m, with its howling high winds, and Oma la – the milk pass, 4572 M.

From this ridge line, the views of the Sikkim Himalayas, and the plains and mountains of Bengal, are superb. Descending from the Oma la to the yak hut at Gamothang, is a very steep descent, along the Gamothang Chhu. On the way we pass the twin lakes called Ram-Laxman pokhri. The camping ground at Gamothang grazing ground, is a lovely site at the confluence of three streams, located in a forest clearing at 3800 m.

Day 08: Trek Gamothang, 3675 m – Yangshep, 4136 m – Tikip Chhu, 3850 m in 6-7 hrs

   

Today is another long day. Leaving the medows of gomathang, start climbing through forests of silver fir and rhododendrons, to get upto the high mountain country once again. Look out for the brightly colored Danphe Monal which nest in the high crags around the Kamsey La, 4,200 mtr.

Trek steadily uphill for 02 hrs through forests, to the 4136 m high camping ground at Yangshep. This was the favourite summer camping ground, of the Queen of Sikkim. It is a charming green clearing in a forest of Rhododendrons, with a stream running close by. Continue trekking through wild Himalayan uplands, favored by yak graziers over the centuries, comprises of some considerable ascents to the tops of ridges and descents. The trail dips into small-isolated valleys, crosses a number of streams, and Yak grazing grounds. It takes 03 hrs to reach the Pangdin, grazing ground.

This is a grassy upland, from where the view is truly magnificent. Practically the whole of Sikkim comes into view. The Teesta is seen winding its way from the Great Himalayan Range in North Sikkim upto the plains.

The entire Khangchendzonga group is visible. From the Kang la, northeastwards, easily recognizable are Little Kabru, the Twin Peaks of Great Kabru, Khangchendzonga, the Dome, the Forked Peak, Pandim, Jano, and Narsing. Many more of the lesser-known peaks are seen.

To the South and East Darjeeling, Pamayangtse, and Kalimpong, are visible. Namchi, Kewzing, and Dubdi Monastery. Continue trekking for another 02 hrs . Once again we end the day’s trek with a steep descent to our campsite by the Tikip Chu, which has its source high on the Rathong mountains, Overnight in camp.

Day 09: Trek Tikip Chhu, 3850 m – Dzongri, 4320 m. 04-05 hrs.

  

Climb out of the valley on a steep track through Rhododendron and Silver Fir, for 2-3 hrs followed by an easy gradient gently uphill for another 02 hr, to reach the upland plateau of Dzongri, 4320 M. Relax amongst grazing yaks . Overnight in camp.

Day 10 : Trek Dzongri, 4300 m to Thangsing, 3800 m – Lamune,4000 m in 06-07 hrs)

Today we set off on the trail to Thangsing. We walk along the meadow ridge till we crest the hill. From the ridge top you get to see Kanchenjunga, Pandim and the other peaks towering over the meadows. Descend through the Rhododendron shrubs along the gently sloping meadows to the Prek Chhu Valley. This is a memorable walk in the lap of the mighty mountains. The descent to the Prek Chhu is steep; passing through a forest of twisted and gnarled rhododendron trees .

After crossing the prek chhu bridge., an hours climb brings us to Thansing, located below the slopes of Mt Pandim. It is a fairly easy trek, with good views. We pass through meadows of grazing yaks, wild flowers, and rhododendrons, with spectacular views of Mount Pandim.

The river comes cascading down from the Snow Mountains. Thansing (3,800 m), an hour’s climb due North from the bridge, is located below the slopes of Mt Pandim.. Continue another 4 kms to Lamune, The trail from Thansing climbs gently North, up the valley, and follows a stream and alpine meadows. You will get a superb view of the south face of Kanchendzonga and the peaks of Pandim , Tingchinkhang and Juponu hover above the valley. We camp a little below the Samiti Lake at Lamune ( 4000m).

Day 11 : Trek Lamune, 4000m – Goechala, 5000 m – Kochchuring, 3950 m in 8-9 hrs

  

Today is a long days trek. After an very early start trek to Goecha la. The trail begins with a gentle upward gradient for about half an hour across glacial moraine and then drops to a dry lake at Zemathang. Thereafter it is a steady climb over rocks and boulders with a rise of about 400 m to reach the sunrise view point. The walk to the pass takes about half an hour more.

The climb from Samiti to Goecha La (5,002 m) would take between 4 and 5 hours. The Goecha La pass is formed by a depression between Pandim and the Kabru spurs. It overlooks the Talung Valley and commands a very impressive view of the south face of Kangchendzonga.

Trek down back to Lamune for a hot breakfast. Thereafter trek to Kochchuring in the Prek Chhu valley, passing alpine meadows, rhododendron forests, glacial moraines and the raging Prek chu river. Overnight in camp, at Kochchuring.

Day 12 : Trek Kochchuring, 3950 m -Tshoka, 3250 m in 04 /06 hrs.

A sharp descent via Phedang to Tshoka Village, in 04 hrs. We will pass through rhododendron forests with a back drop of Mount Pandim on our way to phendang for lunch. The post lunch trek down to Tsokha takes us through some of the densest Rhododendron forests. The trail is paved with wooden logs. Rhododendrons which form a canopy over the trail give it a park like look. Puffs of mist waft in and out of the trees. It is indeed a magical setting, overnight in camp.

Day 13 : Trek Tshoka-Yoksom, 1780 m. in 06 hrs

We continue the climb-down to the road head at Yoksom, covering 16 Kms in 05-06 hrs. It is a steep descent through temperate forests of Oak, Magnolias and rhododendrons , passing over raging rivers and waterfalls, to reach the sub tropical forests down below on your way to Yoksum- the road head.

Check in at your Hotel. After a well deserved hot shower and lunch there is time to explore the surroundings and take a walk upto Dubdi Monastery. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Yoksom- Bagdogra or other destinations in Sikkim/ Darjeeling/ Kalimpong

Drive to Bagdogra in 5.30 hrs, or other destinations on request.

TOUR ENDS.

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