Singalila Trek via Dzongri - 13 Days
In view of the prevailing setback on the established Singalila Trek route, a new itinerary has been designed to allow visitors entry into the areas of the region that are still open to trekkers. On taking the trail from the western flanks of Dzongri, the path reaches out into the current permissible areas of the Singalila Ridge. For most parts of the trek, the trails are well within Sikkim with an exception on the seventh day when camp is set in Garakhet (very near the Nepal border). This will also be the day for exceptional views. As such, your program includes several hours of forays into the borderline providing the opportunity for great views of the Himalayan giants in Nepal such as Mount Everest, Mount Makalu and Kumbakarna.
Day 01: Yuksam
Drive Gangtok to Yuksam – 6 hours
After breakfast transfer to Yuksam via Singtam, Temi Tea Estate, Rabongla, Kewzing and Tashiding. Lunch break at Rabongla
Overnight at hotel
Day 02: Bakkhim - 2804 m
Trek Yuksam to Bakkhim - 5 hours
Your trek begins with a straight 3 hours walk passing through sparkling waterfalls and torrential streams like Paha Khola, Soosay, Mintogang and Prek Chu. Halt at Sachen for lunch followed by a steep 2 hours ascent from Prek Chu to Bakkhim.
Day 03: Phedang - 3520 m
Trek Bakkhim to Phedang - 3½ hours
Passing through Tshoka the last human settlement at an altitude of 10,000 ft., we move onwards to Phedang (11,550 ft).
Day 04: Dzongri - 4050 m
Trek Phedang to Dzongri - 3 hours
Walk quite steeply upwards crossing Deorali view point and move to Dzongri.
Day 05: Pangding - 4270 m
Trek Dzongri to Pangding via Tikip Chu - 6 hours
From Pangding you get excellent close up views of Mt. Kabru, Kokthang, Rathong and Pandim.
For the first two hours the trail runs straight through a beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron and silver fir, and then continues to descend at a gradual rate zigzagging down into the valley to meet the Rathong River. Views seen on descent include the Rathong Peak, Rathong Glacier, Zamlingang and the hills of Tshoka.
Day 06: Gomathang - 3500 m
Trek Pangding to Gomathang - 6 to 7 hours
A relatively easy day of hiking with gradual descents and ascents along the way. The trail crosses three valleys of the rivers Tikip Chu, Yangsap Chu, and Boktok Chu and the two passes of Kokling (4400 m) and Yangsap (3950 m) which maybe snowbound between December to April. En route we see the Kang La (5004 m pass) amidst a black rocky range of mountains and occasional glimpses of Danphe Bhir, the steep rocky climb coming up on the following day. We camp at the base of Danphe Bhir.
Day 07: Garakhet - 4280m
Trek Gomathang to Garakhet - 6 to 7 hours
We begin the day with a sheer ascent of almost 800 m tackling the steep rock-face of Danphe Bhir arriving at its top, Danphe Bhir Pass, 4631 m in about 3 to 4 hours. The ordeal is followed by what may seem an easy half hour’s walk along a straight stretch but this too may be literally breath-taking because of the altitude. Thereafter it is a steep descent for around 2 hours into the pastures of Garakhet where we set up camp.
Day 08: Upper Yambong - 3735 m
Trek Garakhet to Upper Yambong -
and en route visit Garakhet View Point - 6 to 7 hours
Today will be an exceptional day as we take an excursion towards the Nepal and en route view scenic lakes like Lam Pokhari, Haas Pokhari, Ram-Laxman Pokhari. As we head eastwards, there will be spectacular views of Everest, Makalu and Kumbakarna as well as that of the indomitable Khangchendzonga range.
Day 09: Lower Yambong - 3300 m
Trek Upper Yambong to Lower Yambong - 4 hours
Trek 5-6 hrs walk. The trail descends for about 1½ hrs and from the place called Kopche the trail becomes steep from about 1½ hrs. After this climb you descend down to Megu valley. This trail is dominated by rhododendron shrubs and primulae, which bloom during May-June.
Day 10: Naya Patal - 3000 m
Trek Lower Yambong to Naya Patal – 5 to 6 hours
Today’s trek begins with a straight stretch for about an hour followed by an uphill zigzag climb of around 1.5 hours, and after which the trail descends gradually until the last portion leading into the campsite, which is a sharp descent for around an hour.
On this day, we can observe the vegetation gradually transforming from the alpine into temperate. Pine trees give way to chestnut groves, and clumps of dwarf bamboo and ferns replace the previous day’s views of azaleas.
Day 11: Sang Khola - 2050 m
Trek Naya Patal to Sang Khola – 5 hours
We continue walking through a forest interspersed with chestnut, magnolia and rhododendron trees. At the start is a straight stretch for 1.5 hours followed by a gradual descent of 3 hours to Chongri, a Bhutia village. Finally, the last stretch for 1 hour is a steep descent into the river valley of Sang Khola. We set up camp near by the school.
Day 12: Darap - 1530 m.
Sang Khola to Darap – 4 hours
For around 2 hours we trace our route along the riverbanks of the Sang Khola encountering several villages along the way until we arrive at Rimbi Khola after which we must ascend a hill for 1 hour to get to the village of Nambu. Our final destination, Darap village is then an hour’s descent all the way.
DAY 13: Departure Transfer
After breakfast transfer to airport or proceed next destination