ST/ 06: 15 Days Sikkim Singelila to Goche-la
- Max Elevation: 5000 m
- Grade: Moderate to strenuous
- Period: May and Oct
- Minimum of 04 persons permitted
The original Sikkim- Singelila trek has been modified to avoid crossing into Nepal, due to security concerns. Starting from Uterey, at 1800 m, and avoiding the the spine of the Singelila Range, the trek crosses from the Khalej Khola Valley across the 2680 m high Naythem Ridge, to descends to the Rimbi Khola Valley, at Chongri Village, 2175 m. Thereafter begins an steep four days climb to attain the Dapheybir ridge, 4420m. Thereafter following the ancient grazing trail of the yak herdsmen, we trek through the grazing grounds of Gomathang, 3735 and Pangding, 4210, to reach Dzongri meadows, on the ninth day. Baring the village of Chongri, there is no habitation. It is the domain of lakes, glacial valleys, gurgling streams, cascades, chiseled snow peaks, yak pastures, forests, Rhododendrons, wildlife, birds, and breathtaking views of 6000 to 8000 m high peaks of the Khangchendzonga group. From Dzongri the trek continues along the Praig chu valley, finally climbing the Goche-la pass at 5000 m, for close up views of Khangchendzonga, glaciers and other great peaks. The return route is via Tshokha to Yoksum.
Trek tour can start and end at Bagdogra, Kalimpong, Darjeeling, or Gangtok.
Day 01: Bagdogra – Rinchenpong, 1500 m
Arrive at Bagdogra Aiport. Met by your Car with driver and transferred to Rinchenpong, in West Sikkim in 5 hrs. Overnight at the atmospheric Yangsum Farm
Day 02: Drive Rinchenpong - Uttery, 2320 M - Trek to Chitery, 2700 M.
Awake early for the breathtaking sunrise views of Mount Khangchendzonga. After breakfast drive 30 Kms to Uttarey, at 2320 M., in 02 hrs. Start the trek to Chitery. It is a 03 hrs steady climb through chestnut forests, on a good trail along the Kulhait River Valley, ending in a stiff climb through mixed forests. We camp at a lovely level meadow amidst the forest.
Day 03: Trek Chiterey, 2700 M – Neytham, 3680 m.
Today we will climb steeply for 8 kms in 05 hrs to Neytham, 3680 m .Trail has to negotiate several spurs of the main ridge – rocky and steep. Camp overnight at a small camping ground, just below the ridgeline. Close by is the Dechan Phu sacred cave.
Day 04: Trek Neytham , 3680 – Chongri, 2175 m.
Crossing over the Naythan ridge , with good views early morning of the Khangchendzonga Range, the trail descends steeply for 10 kms in 06 hrs into the Rimbi Chhu Valley to the small village of Chongri. Camp near the village.
Day 05: Trek Chongri, 2175 m – Nayapatal, 2500m.
From the Rimbi Chhu, the trail starts ascending to the Danphebir Peak. For the next three days we will be climbing 2400 m on the Northern shoulders of the valley to an altitude of 4600 m . Todays ascent of 07 kms takes us to Nayapatal , 2500m. Overnight in camp
Day 06: Nayapatal, 2500 m – Yambong, 3735 m
A hard days trek, of 07 hrs as the trail ascends steeply in 12 kms.to reach the yak grazing ground of Yambong, 3735 m. Overnight in camp.
Day 07: Yambong, 3735 m – Dui La, 4541m - Gomathang, 3735 m
Today we continue our arduous trekking, for 06- 07 hrs to cross over high passes. The rewards are breathtaking views. This crossing can be ice bound in the months of March to May and requires trail blazing to get animals and loaded porters across. Climbing up to the Danphebir Ridge, 4600 m, we join the ancient trail of the Yak herdsman connecting a series of passes with exotic names, and wild and beautiful Himalayan upland. Cresting the Danphabir Ridge, 4631 m, close to the Dui la - the pass of the devil, 4541 m, with its howling high winds, passing through the Oma la – the milk pass, 4572 m, we pause to gaze at unforgettable views of the Sikkim Himalayas, and the plains and mountains of Bengal.. Descending from the Oma la to the yak grazing ground 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 3735 m. Overnight in camp.