ST/ 02: 05 Days Singelila Sandakphu Trek
- Max Elevation: 3636 m
- Grade: Moderate
- Period: Mar-May and Oct to Dec
This trek climbs steeply from the road head at Maneybhanjan at 2134 m, for three days to reach the Sandakphu –Phalut ridge at an altitude of 3600 m. Enroute there are the lovely forests of the Singelila National Park, and the view point of Tonglu. From Sandakphu there are breathtaking views of the Khandchendzonga Range towering over a basin of silver firs and Rhododendrons, in the foreground. In the West the peaks of the Mount Everest group are visible, whilst on the East lie the Chola Range with views of passes leading into Tibet. The knee wobbling descent to the road head at Rimbik is through forests with flora, flowers and mountain streams. Trek tour starts & ends at Darjeeling.
Day 01: Darjeeling -Maneybhanjan, 2134m- Trek to Tumling, 3000m
After an early breakfast, you will set off by jeep, on a 23 kms, two hrs drive through the Himalayan foothills to the small village of Maneybhanjang. At 2134 meters, this is the end of the tarmac road and the start of a 1500 meter climb up onto the Singalila Ridge. Today you will trek up to the Tonglu Ridge, and reach your destination for the day - Tumling, in 6-7 hrs. It is a hard first days climb.Slow and steady pace over the 12.5 kms route will enable the following schedule:-
- Maneybhanjan, 2134m to Chitre. 2800m: Very steep 02 Kms takes 02 hrs
- Chitre to Meghma , 2900m: Easy undulating 06 Kms in 03 hrs
- Meghma to Tonglu top, 3070 m: Easy undulating 03 Kms in 1.30 hrs
- Tonglu top to Tumling, 2900m: Gradual descent 1.5 kms in 0.30 hrs
You will stay overnight at either Tumling in a comfortable private lodge, or at the trekkers hut at Tonglu.
Day 02: Trek Tumling -Garibas, 2621 Mtrs – Kal pokhri, .
Rise early for a sunrise view from Tonglu Top. Weather permitting you will get a fabulous views of both, Singalila and Chola Ranges. Mount Chomalhari, in Bhutan is also visible. Return to Tumling for breakfast. After breakfast, take the trail through the Singalila National Park. Mature forests, cascading streams and wild flowers, are a delight to the senses. A leisurely downhill walk of just 06 kms will bring you to Garibas in just 02.30hrs. Continue trekking to Kal Pokhri, 3081 m . It is a 6 kms fairly steep trek, which will take about 3.30 - 04 hrs of easy trekking. Overnight at comfortable private lodge.
Day 03: Kal Pokhri, 3081 - Sandakphu, 3636 Mtrs.
Today is a hard days trekking It is quite a steep climb to Sandakphu and you are no doubt likely to feel the effects of the thinner air as you climb over 3000 meters for the first time. However, there is plenty to distract the mind, as you are rewarded with remarkable panoramic views of Khangchendzonga, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse and the other, lesser peaks of Sikkim and eastern Nepal. The very steep 6 kms trek will take 03-04 hrs
If the weather is clear, there are remarkable sunset and sunrise views from Sandakphu, of Everest, Makalu, and Khangchendzonga. Overnight in trekkers huts / private Lodge.
Day 04: Sandakphu, 3636m – Srikhola, 1800m
Awake early for breathtaking sunrise views of the great peaks. After breakfast trek down through deep forests to the bottom of the valley and scenic Srikhola – a mountain stream. It is a very steep descent for 13.5 Kms, and will take about 06 hours. Tonight you will stay at another private lodge or trekkers hut.
Day 05: Srikhola, 1800m – Rimbik, 2286m
After breakfast you will continue the trek to Rimbik – a picturesque mountain village. You ascent gradually, to 2286m. on a 5.5 Kms long trail. The last days trek will take about 03-04 hrs. Upon arrival transfer to your jeep for the 68 Kms, 4.30 hrs, drive back to Darjeeling.
TREK TOUR ENDS