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Singalila Ridge Trek - 9 Days

Through green meadows and dense forests, a unique landscape. Trek between Nepal and India border, view sunrise and sunset views from Sandakfu-Phalut

One of the most popular treks in the entire Himalayan region that is suitable for travelers from different age groups, the Singalila Ridge Trek unwraps the true colors of nature secluded in the Eastern Himalayan belt. The trail consists of the Singalila Ridge trek from Darjeeling, which is approximately 100 kilometers drive away from Gangtok. The Singalila Ridge Trek, which is an easy to moderate trek in the Darjeeling – Sikkim Himalayan region, is occupied with surprises at each and every turn and steps with wilderness and scenic beauty. The trail stretches from an elevation of (2,134m) and winds up at (3,636m) wherefrom one can capture the heavenly horizon clustered with snow-covered peaks like Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, and many more. Further, the rage of the Singalila National Park which hosts several species of animals, birds, and insects enriches the journey with fear and quiver. Reaching Gangtok, a drive of 5/6 hours drops you at Darjeeling from where the trek heads to Tonglu via Maneybhanjang. Tonglu is perched at a mighty height of (3,070m) and is a mere 3/4 hour of the hike. Thereafter, the trail continues to Gairibas, which is at an elevation of (2,620m), passing through a mossy paved path and striking forest of a wide variety of mountain trees. The trail snakes through Kalapokhri after a steep climb and leads off to Sandakphu, which is at an elevation of (3,636m) and is the highest point in the Singalila Range. The route continues to Phalut en route Molly and the downhill trek leads to Raman at (2, 490m), followed by Rimbik, where the trail winds up.

The Singalila Ridge Trek is one of the most spectacular treks in India and follows the northern ridge that separates the vast country from that of its neighbor – Nepal. As you ascend up onto the ridge itself you’re greeted with some of the most impressive vistas on earth. The high Himalayas region stretches out in front of you as you gaze across at the world’s five tallest mountains including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga. Not only do you experience incredible views, but you’re also greeted with a wide array of flora and fauna along the trek. You’ll hike up through mountain forests, past lovely areas of bamboo, camp among rhododendrons, and hike high into mountain scrubland zones. Look out for the rare red panda and keep a sharp eye out for bears, boar, and barking deer. If you’re lucky you might spot some of the colorful pheasants along the route. Along the route, you’ll pass hamlets, teahouses, and military checkpoints as you will sometimes be trekking on the Nepalese side of the ridge.

Darjeeling is a small town and a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is noted for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name Darjeeling comes from the Tibetan word Dorje, meaning the thunderbolt scepter of the Hindu deity Indra, and ling, a place or land. Darjeeling is located in the Mahabharat Range or Lesser Himalaya. Darjeeling is a small town and a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is noted for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Bagdogra and drive to Darjeeling 3/4 hrs
Day 02: Exploration of Darjeeling’s highlights
Day 03: Drive to Maneybhanjang and trek to Tonglu (3,070m) 4 hrs
Day 04: Trek from Tonglu to Garibas (2,620m) 4 hrs
Day 05: Trek from Garibas to Sandakphu (3,640m) 4/30 hrs
Day 06: Trek from Sandakphu to Phalut (3,600m) 5/6 hrs
Day 07: Trek from Phalut to Raman (2,560m) 5 hrs
Day 08: Trek from Raman to Rimbik (2,280m) and drive to Bagdogra
Day 09: International departure

Join us in 2022/2023

Customize your trek: The package can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste. For more information please email us at ramalpinetrav@gmail.com

Day 1
Arrive at Bagdogra and drive to Darjeeling 3/4 hrs

Day 2
Exploration of Darjeeling’s highlights

Day 3
Drive to Maneybhanjang and trek to Tonglu (3,070m) 4 hrs

Day 4
Trek from Tonglu to Garibas (2,620m) 4 hrs

Day 5
Trek from Garibas to Sandakphu (3,640m) 4/30 hrs

Day 6
Trek from Sandakphu to Phalut (3,600m) 5/6 hrs

Day 7
Trek from Phalut to Raman (2,560m) 5 hrs

Day 8
Trek from Raman to Rimbik (2,280m) and drive to Bagdogra

Day 9
International departure

Cost Inclusion

  • All food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek.
  • Twin-sharing accommodation at a three-star hotel in Darjeeling for 2 nights
  • Accommodation on clean and comfortable lodges during the trek
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Snacks (cookies/dry fruit) and seasonal fresh fruit every day
  • Local trek leader with 1/4 assistant guide in customer ratio
  • Full support team with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • All land transportation by private jeep or land cruiser
  • All required permits for the trek (National Park fee)
  • Staff wages, equipment, insurance, and allowances
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket (if required)
  • International airport pick-up and drop services
  • Extensive first aid kit with high altitude medicine
  • Trek Completion Certificate (on request)

Cost Exclusion

  • Travel Insurance/Your international flight ticket
  • Items and expenses of personal nature
  • Horse renting & additional porters due to natural calamities on the trek
  • Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue')
  • Guide, porters tip/tips (expected)
Difficulty

Difficulty: Challenging

Trails of generally go above the 4000 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 5 – 6 hours. The perfect setting for an introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Sandakphu. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well and the well-known ‘Nepali flat’ – a little bit up and a little bit down.

Prerequisites

No previous experience of trekking is required but you should be moderately fit and have fun walking and adapting to high altitude conditions. Having previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not mandatory to participate for this trip. To fully participate in this journey, all passengers must be in good physical health. We strongly advise you to prepare for your trip by exercising regularly, walking, running or going to the gym. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the hiking experience will be. All of our travel itineraries have been designed with each aspect in mind and given enough time for adaptation.

Weather

The best season for Trek is from March to November. In both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors: (Sunny, Snow, Rain, etc.)

Autumn/Fall (Sept to Nov)
This is when the rain settles after the monsoon (July to Mid September )and the weather gets dry. Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing the best mountain views, days are warmer, and nighttime will get cold and frosty. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day.

Spring (March to May)
Another weather window for trekking in Darjeeling comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. During the spring season, The trekking trails all over the country are filled with vibrant mixes of red, pink, and white floras offering surreal experience along the trek. Spring season offers warm temperatures, blossoming flora and temperate days.

Travel insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

Group Size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining small groups to make it easier to coordinate and collaborate with each other. Our group size is small and we charge up to 12 pax per group. If you join us, we welcome any age group except minors as per your requirement.

Carry my own stuff

You will only carry your day pack carrying the essential items (Water, Cameras, Extra Fleece, Rain jacket, Sunscreen, Snacks, Valuable Items, etc.) that you may need during the walk. The rest of your stuff will be carried by the porter. We provide 1 porter for every 2 participants and we also provide a duffel bag to put your trekking gears.

Guide

We have a deep passion for the alpine adventure and the outdoors, and with the small business group we have on board, we have gained experience on the most isolated trails and highest peaks. This is all due to our diverse and qualified team of guides. They live in other parts of the area where they were born. Guides …
Your journey will be led by a qualified guide with 1 porter for every 2 participants and 1 assistant guide for every 4 participants.

Private Travel

If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, family, and coworkers, you are invited to choose any trips at your convenient time frame for anyone. If you want to do something not included in our travel list, we are ready to tailor a trip to your exact needs. In short, we will do our best to get you on the journey you want, at the time you want.

Accommodation

On Trek: For accommodation on the trek, there are clean and friendly teahouse /lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, usually a bed with pillows and blankets. Due to the limited teahouses/lodges in the area, during the peak season, dining rooms are also occupied for sleeping purposes, so your accommodation on the trek will be based on twin partnerships. All teahouses / lodges have adequate warm dining room-lounges. The rooms are very basic. Blankets are usually provided by the teahouse but we will provide warm sleeping bags for all of us.
The bathrooms are often shared and in many places the toilets are squat type. We will arrange daily accommodation for you and your group at the local lodge. Please note that some of these are very basic and require a sense of adventure.

Single supplement: If one wants to build his own room in Darjeeling, only one supplementary fee will be charged. Especially when traveling in groups, we will always pair up to share a room with people of the same sex and age. If in the case of single by default, customers do not have to pay for a single supplement. Please note that on the trek, single supplements are sometimes not available due to limited rooms.

Meals

Trekking Food: trekking period includes all meals. We will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) at Trek and Pokhara. Tea houses range from traditional Nepali dal bhat, and momo (dumplings) Indian food to pizza and apple pie. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served at the lodge where you are staying and lunch will be on the way. If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to send your message to your guide.
As for the gluten-free diet, we recommend that you bring extra food, especially for breakfast as your options for breakfast will be limited. This trip includes food worth USD 250-300. In Darjeeling, breakfast will be provided only to give maximum flexibility in deciding where and with whom to have lunch and dinner.

A normal day on the trek

Daily wake-up calls will be from 6.00 to 7.00 in the morning while on track. The time of getting up and the time of breakfast will be fixed one night before the briefing time. The schedule of each day will depend entirely on the length of your walk for that day.
After breakfast, we take day’s walk. So before breakfast, you need to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are eating breakfast. After a 3-4 hour walk, we stop for mid-day lunch. The afternoon walk is usually short and we usually arrive on time for our afternoon tea. The rest of the afternoon can be spent walking around the village, washing clothes or relaxing with a good book. And after dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and retrieving the day’s adventures, before going to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Equipment Checklist

We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment.

Clothing and Footwear:
-Long-sleeved shirts
-T-Shirts
-Trousers
-Warm Jackets
-Sweater
-Pullover
-Waterproof jackets
-Thermal
-Inner-wears
-Undergarments
-Warm socks
-Warm Hat
-Gloves
-Bandana
-Scarf
-Trekking shoes
-Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
-Daypack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets, and others

Documents:
-Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
-4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities

Flight tickets:
-Credit cards in case of emergencies
-Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

Others:
-Headlamps with extra batteries
-Sunglasses with UV protection
-Camera with charger or spare batteries
-A pair of trekking poles
-Water bottle one (1) liter
-Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
-Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
-Padlock
-Binoculars
-Reading materials, notebooks, and pens

Toiletries and hygiene:
-Quick-drying towel
-Small face towel
-Toothbrush & Toothpaste
-Deodorants, Soap, and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
-Face and body moisturizer
-Sunscreen and lip balm
-Hand sanitizer
-Antiseptic wipes
-Hygiene products
-Basic first aid kit

Additional Info

Other information such as (Insurance, Arrival Instructions, Visa and Passport, etc) required for the trip will be provided after your trip confirmation. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you require more information about the trip.

All-inclusive service for trek

Trekking is an all inclusive journey which means you only need cash for your personal expenses and food in Darjeeling. At AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions, our goal is to provide a wonderful vacation in our part of the world and ensure that our customers enjoy the vacation with as little risk and worry-free travel as possible, whether monetary, physical or emotional. .All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be provided to you hassle free before your arrival. On the walk, you will be led by an experienced and medically trained guide/leader with a high staff ratio. On the trek, we offer you an open/select menu option which means you can choose your food directly from the menu.
Our itinerary is designed keeping in mind every aspect like customization, good campsites, real life experiences, etc. (Down jacket, sleeping bag, and waterproof duffel bag), all the necessary permits for the trek, guide, and support staff, transfers, and transportation Darjeeling, etc. are included. The cost is mentioned in the inclusion

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling. Take care to note that your guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan. but be prepared to be flexible if required.

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Singalila Ridge Trek

Trip Facts

  • 8N/9 Days
  • Moderate
  • 3636m/11950ft
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Bagdogra or Bhadrapur
  • Bagdogra or Bhadrapur
  • Jeep or Land Cruiser
  • Teahouse/Lodges
  • 2 Max 15

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