Long Trek to Sandakphu - Phalut (Singhalila trek)
Trek Duration - 10 Days
Tour Code - ASA02
Tariff - On request
Day 1Arrival and Transfer to Manebhanjyang
Reception at NJP rail station / Bagdogra airport. Drive to Manebhanjyang (85 km) in an exclusive vehicle. The road to Manebhanjyang follows the Hill Cart Road connecting Darjeeling with the plains. At Ghoom (The highest rail station in India) you leave the Hill Cart Road and it takes another hour from Ghoom to reach Manebhanjyang. Check in at Hotel and free evening to acclimatize in the new environ. (ONH: Manebhanjyang).
Day 2Trek from Maneybhanjan to Tonglu
Trek Starts from Maneybhanjang in the morning. The small village has more shops than houses as it is the supply base for the surrounding area. The main road passing through the market is in India, but Nepal is just about a hundred feet south of the road. This feature will continue till you reach Sandakphu. After your permits are arranged, which is a must since you will be travelling through a National Park area, you will soon be facing a steep climb of about 2 kms. The shock of this steep climb immediately on start of the trek often disheartens the first time trekker. Soon you will reach Chitrey, the end of the steep climb and the beginning of a long ridge. Continue trekking through the ridge with great surrounding view to reach Lameydhura. Walk on a little more and you will reach Meghma. Here the road bifurcates, the longer but more interesting road is on your right that goes to Tonglu and then comes back to Tumling to join the shorter road that goes directly to Tumling. This is where we are going to end todays trek. Total distance covered is about 11 kms. Overnight stay at Tonglu / Tumling.
Day 3Wake up early in the morning for a rare and beautiful view of the mountains around. After breakfast start trekking. Reach Gairibans at 2621 meters, Trek time 3 hrs, approx 9 kms, Trails leads one through bamboo glades and farmlands. Lunch at Gairibans. Trek to Kalipokhari 3170 meters. Distance is 6 Kms and it is about 3 hrs walk from Gairibas. Overnight at Kalipokhari. Day 4From Kalipokhari the trek route descends to Bikhebhangang. Trek from Bikhebhanjang to Sandakphu is a steep climb of 4 kms and takes more then an hour. Sandakphu at 3636 meter, is the highest mountain in West Bengal and commands one of the most spectacular views of the mountain ranges of Kunchenjunga and Everest. The mountain slopes are covered with rhododendrons and silver fir trees. (ONH: Sandakphu). Day 5Explore Sandakphu. Wake up early in the morning for beautiful view of Kanchenjunga and Everest range. Walk among the rhododendron. Enjoy the high. Overnight at Sandakphu. Day 6Trek to Phalut. The trek from Sandakphu to Phalut is one of the most spectacular. The silver fir and rhododendron forests comprises the most beautiful sight. The trek takes you through the top of a ridge and is relatively easy. Phalut is one of the loftiest peaks (3600 mt) in the Singalila Range.Halt at Phalut. Day 7Phalut - Ramam. From Phalut the trail descends through the virgin forest of chestnut, pines, hemlock etc. till the trail reaches the the stream known as Gorkhey Khola. One can enjoy the bath and savor midday meal. Resume trekking via Samandin to Ramam Trekkers Hut. Its about 5 hours trek from Phalut or about 15 km. in distances from Phalut. Day 8Ramam - Rimbik. From Ramam the road is almost level. walk for the first 9 km and again it descends to Srikhola. The road rises steeply for about 1 km where it levels out again till it reaches Rimbik. The trek ends at Rimbik. Overnight at Rimbik. Day 9Drive to Darjeeling from Rimbik (54 km). Check in at hotel in Darjeeling. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Darjeeling. Day 10Morning drive to Tiger Hill for a beautiful view of sunrise. Visit to Ghoom monastery and Batasia loop on your way back to Darjeeling. Drive back to Siliguri after breakfast. Tour concludes at Siliguri.