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  • Trip introduction

    This trek to Singalila Pass and Phoktey Dara takes you deep into the forests of Sikkim, where you'll see many strange and wonderful things. This region has a mix of alpine and temperate forests, and the thick vegetation makes it a favourite for birds and butterflies.

    On this trek, you'll be hiking through the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, and climbing to Singalila Pass, which lies at an elevation of about 11,800 feet. You'll head from there to the top of Phoktey Dara, which gives you spectacular views of four out of the five highest peaks in the Himalayas. You'll be able to see Mount Everest, as well as Kanchendzonga peak, Makalu and Lhotse, each one a legend in itself!

    Do note that this trek takes you into a sanctuary, so you'll see little to no civilization during your 6 days here.

    Destination

    The Singalila Ridge separates the mountains of West Bengal from the other ranges of the Himalayas. The whole ridge falls under the Singalila National Park, and is full of gorgeous biodiversity. The two highest mountains of West Bengal are Sandakphu and Phalut, and both are located on this ridge. Thanks to their elevation, anyone who stands atop can see spectacular views of the peak of Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest.

    There are two seasons for the Singalila Pass trek: mid-March to mid-May, and mid-October to mid-January. If you go between March and May, it's warmer, and you'll be able to see the flowering rhododendron blossoms, dotting the landscape with vibrant pink. During this time, it's usually cloudy and misty, but you should be able to get some clear skies and unobstructed views early in the morning. If you go between October and January, the weather is colder, but the skies are clear and you'll be able to see far into the horizon.

    Destination highlights

    Trek through some of Sikkim's most untouched forest land. | Hike through alpine and temperate forest on this Singalila Pass trek. | Get views of four of the five highest peaks in the world. | Learn what the peaks of Makalu, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga and Everest look like, at all times of the day. | Spend days in the middle of Sikkim's forests, with very little civilization around.

    Activity Details

    11000

    12245

    8500

    51 kms

    30 hrs

    10 kms

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the Singalila Pass trek: NJP to Hilley

    You will be picked up from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station by about 10:00 hrs, and will be driven to a charming settlement, Hilley. It's an 8 hour journey that takes you into Sikkim, going through the forests of the Mahanandra Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll get to Hilley by evening, and can go for a short walk if you like. Overnight in a lodge.

    Overnight stay in lodge.

    You will be accommodated in a dorm-style lodge on triple/multi sharing basis in Hilley.

    Day 1 Milestone

    NJP

    Hilley

    10:00 AM

    Food

    Dinner

    Veg|Egg
    Day 2 of the Singalila Pass trek: Hilley to Barsey
    Day 3 of the Singalila Pass trek: Barsey to Joributey
    Day 4 of the Singalila Pass trek: Joributey to Kharka Dara
    Day 5 of the Singalila Pass trek: Trek to Phoktey Dara and Singalila Pass
    Day 6 of the Singalila Pass trek: Thulo Dhap to Uttarey
    Day 7 of the Singalila Pass trek: Drive back to NJP
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made 0-7 days before the departure date of the Singalila Pass trek: No refund.

    For cancellations made 8-14 days before the departure date of the Singalila Pass trek: 50% of the total trip cost will be refunded.

    For cancellations made 15 days or more from the departure date of the Singalila trek: 75% of the total trip cost will be refunded. You can also shift to another trek that departs within 12 months from the departure date of the cancelled trek (but 25% of the total trip cost will be deducted before transferring the remainder to the next trek.)

    Rules on trip

    Participants must adhere to the instructions of the trip leader/guide at all times during this Sandakphu trek.

    Consumption of alcoholic beverages/drugs during this trek is not permitted.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    In case of non-completion of the trek due to any reason, there will be no refund for any unutilized services. Any extra expense due to alteration or extention of itinerary has to be paid extra by the participant.

    The operator takes utmost care to ensure safety of the participants and shall not be held responsible for any mishap, accident or loss of life during the Singalila Pass and Phoktey Dara Trek.

    In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire or any political unrest, if the operator is compelled to cancel the trek, the participant will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek within one year.

    This package is for Indian passport holders only. For non-Indian passport holders, do plan to be in Sikkim a day or two more before the trek begins so that all the relevant paperwork can be done. There is a service fee of INR 3000 per foreign traveller for this.
    • Sikkim Trek Sandakphu Singalila Adventure Camping The Great Next
    • Sikkim Trek Sandakphu Singalila Adventure Camping The Great Next
    • Sikkim Trek Sandakphu Singalila Adventure Camping The Great Next
    • Sikkim Trek Sandakphu Singalila Adventure Camping The Great Next
    • Sikkim Trek Sandakphu Singalila Adventure Camping The Great Next
    • Sikkim Trek Sandakphu Singalila Adventure Camping The Great Next
    • Sikkim Trek Sandakphu Singalila Adventure Camping The Great Next
    • Sikkim Trek Sandakphu Singalila Adventure Camping The Great Next
    • Sikkim Trek Sandakphu Singalila Adventure Camping The Great Next
    • Sikkim Trek Sandakphu Singalila Adventure Camping The Great Next
    • Sikkim Trek Sandakphu Singalila Adventure Camping The Great Next
    • Sikkim Trek Sandakphu Singalila Adventure Camping The Great Next
    • Sikkim Trek Sandakphu Singalila Adventure Camping The Great Next
    • Sikkim Trek Sandakphu Singalila Adventure Camping The Great Next
    • Sikkim Trek Sandakphu Singalila Adventure Camping The Great Next
    • Sikkim Trek Sandakphu Singalila Adventure Camping The Great Next
    • Sikkim Trek Sandakphu Singalila Adventure Camping The Great Next
    • Sikkim Trek Sandakphu Singalila Adventure Camping The Great Next
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  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • Accommodation on day 1 and day 6 in lodges/eco huts on triple/multi sharing basis

    • Accommodation in alpine tents on triple sharing basis
    • Sleeping bags
    • Kitchen and dining tent
    • Toilet tent
    • Camping mattresses
    • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to dinner on Day 6
    • Experienced local guide, cook and support staff
    • Porters for carrying camping gear and ration for the trek
    • All permit fees, camping charges, forest levy required inside the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary
    • First Aid kit
    • Accidental Insurance for high altitude trekking (for Indian nationals up to age 60)
    • All applicable taxes

    Excludes

    • Breakfast on Day 7 in lodge

    • Meals during transit
    • Transport from NJP to Hilley (can be arranged at INR 5000, shared between 5-8 passengers)
    • Transport from Uttarey to NJP (can be arranged at INR 5000, shared between 5-8 passengers)
    • Porters or mules to carry personal luggage (can be arranged at INR 2500 for a 10 kg bag, for the entire trip)
    • Processing fees or service charge for any paperwork for non-Indian passport holders
    • Still/video camera charges inside the sanctuary
    • Insurance
    • Personal expenses of any kind
    • Packaged water, snacks, tips etc.
    • Any cost which is not mentioned in the inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • 3 full sleeved quick-dry t-shirts
    • 1 warm fleece jacket
    • 1 windproof jacket/windcheater
    • Thermal innerwear
    • 2 synthetic track pants
    • Raincoat/poncho
    • Balaclava
    • Sun cap
    • Bandana
    • 2-3 pairs of cotton socks
    • Woollen gloves
    • Waterproof gloves
    • 1 muffler
    • Woollen socks
    • Undergarments as required
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery, watches or electronic items
    • Suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • All camping equipment
    • Accommodation in tents on triple sharing basis
    • Camping mattresses
    • Sleeping bags
    • Kitchen and dining tent
    • Toilet tent
    • Gaiters, if required
    • Crampons, if required
    • First aid box

    You need to get

    • Multiple copies (prints and soft copies) of your passport-size photo
    • Photocopies of your documents (like passport, visa, Inner Line Permit)
    • Rucksack with raincover
    • Daypack with raincover
    • Trekking poles
    • Knee caps
    • 2 ltrs water bottle/hydration pack (compulsory)
    • UV protected sunglasses
    • Torch/head torch with extra batteries
    • Sunscreen
    • Lip balm
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Soap/soap strips
    • Hand sanitiser
    • Tissue roll
    • Towel
    • Anti-fungal powder
    • Camera with fully charged batteries
    • Light snacks like dry fruits, energy bars, etc.
    • Slippers for after trekking hours

    Medical Kit

    • Anti-diarrhoeal tablets
    • Antibiotics
    • Mild analgesics
    • Strong analgesics
    • Anti-inflammatory/Nurofen
    • Diamox
    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.