- Trip Outline
- Trip Includes
- Trip Excludes
Sandakphu is perhaps one of the oldest trekking trails in the country. Trekkers often take the normal trekking trail, but we have designed an itinerary that avoids motorable route (the traditional route goes through it). This trail does not take you to Sandakphu, but takes you to Phalut, which in our opinion is a more rewarding experience! We have also given you one extra day at Gorkhey which gives you a chance to soak in and experience the lovely life of the local Nepalese.
The Singalila Experience is a complete package that gives you a taste of varied outdoor experiences like wildlife spotting, cultural experiences, and hiking through some amazing jungle trails with big mountain views – You can see 4 out of 5 highest peaks of the world – Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu. You also get an opportunity to trek through the beautiful Singalila National Park & if you’re lucky, you might just spot a Red Panda!
This is a tea house trek and you will be residing in home stays (called tea houses). Each day a different family hosts us! On the days you won’t be residing in Tea houses you stay in trekker huts.
About the area:
The area, Sikkim-Darjeeling belt is one of the most laid back places in the Himalayas! The Gorkhas and Sherpas that reside here are an extremely welcoming and fun loving community. The language commonly spoken here is Nepali. One of the highlights of your trip would be the interaction with the locals and to be able to get a flavour of their culture!
Afternoons: upto 5-6 degrees Celsius in Molley and Phalut
Nights: around -8 degrees Celsius in Molley and Phalut.
Chances of rain/hail – less likely;
Snow on trail – likely
How are we making your experience better?
- Our trip leaders are certified Wilderness First Responders and are capable of handling medical emergencies in the wilderness.
- Our guides are trained naturalists and love sharing information about the local flora and fauna and also the culture.
- For this trek, we have handpicked homestays for you with a special focus to provide you with rich cultural experience and an extremely comfortable stay.
Day 1: Pick up from Siliguri/ Bagdogra Airport.
Drive to Rimmbick base village
Distance: 119kms; Time: 6hrs
Overnight at tea house in Upper Rimmbick
Day 2: Trek from Upper Rimmbick to Timbure (1900m)
Distance: 4kms; Time: 3hrs
Overnight at tea house in Timbure
Easy trek day
Day 3: Trek from Timbure to Rammam (2350m)
Distance: 9kms; Time: 5-6hrs
Overnight at tea house in Rammam
Easy trek day
Day 4: Trek from Rammam to Gorkhey (2346m)
Distance: 8kms; Time: 5-6hrs
Overnight at tea house in Gorkhey
Easy trek day with 1 ascend and a descend
Day 5: Trek from Gorkhey to Phalut (3600m)
Distance: 9kms; Time: 7hrs
Overnight at trekker hut in Phalut
Difficult trek day
Day 6: Trek from Phalut to Rammam (2350 m) via Molley
Distance: 14kms; Time: 8hrs
Overnight at tea house in Rammam
Long trek day with descends
Day 7: Drive from Rammam to Darjeeling or Bagdogra
Distance: 119kms; Time: 6hrs
Trip price includes:
Pick up from airport to Base village, and drop to Darjeeling / Bagdogra, in Tata Sumo or similar vehicle.
All meals starting from evening tea on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 7.
Stay and lodging in Tea houses all thorough out the trek on double and triple sharing basis.
Permissions, forest entry charges and guide and expertise charges.
(You will be accompanied by 2 guides and 1 trip leader. We carry a
medical first aid kit and oxygen cylinder on all our treks.)
Trip price excludes:
Flight / Train / Bus tickets till Siliguri & back.
Meals or drinks purchased by participants during the travel or trek.
(e.g: biscuits, fruits, etc.)
Rentals for personal gear.
(You’re expected to bring your own personal gear. Refer Things to Carry section)
Bag offloading charges.
(Participants are expected to carry their own pack packs. Offloading to
mules and porters will be charged ₹400/- per day)
Plan to arrive on Day 1 at Bagdogra airport by 10am latest, alternately you could arrive on the day before and we could arrange a pick up from Siliguri. Plan your departure on day 8 (the day after the trek ends).
We will be staying at tea houses and trekker huts for the entire duration of the trek on twin or triple sharing basis.
The tea houses will have indian style washrooms on shared basis.
Some tea houses will have electric points to charge your phones and cams. They may charge for the usage of electric points for charging. This will be an additional cost borne by the trekker.
No, the tea houses will not have heating facilities. For sleeping, the tea houses have blankets which serve well for keeping warm.
1. Good Sturdy Backpack: Prefer a trekking pack over a backpacking one. The size of the backpack depends upon the participant. Normally for a 7-9 day trek a 50-60 litre pack should suffice. 2. Shoes: Any Waterproof trek (not hike) shoe would be ideal. 3. Socks: 3 pair cottons and 3 pairs of woolens. 4. Trek pants (Ideally Water Resistant): Get two quick dry summer trek pants .On summit climb or a major altitude gain day you can replace one dry fit trek pant with Shell trekking pants. If you don’t have a trek pants you can replace it with Gym Track pants. 5. T shirt/Base layer: Get 3 T shirts/trekking base layer on the trek, one of which should be thick and full sleeve. Avoid cotton and prefer dry fit. 6. Fleece/ Sweater/Good quality Hoodie: Get 1 fleece jacket or sweater . Fleece is preferred over sweater or hoodie as it is lightweight and easy to carry. Sweaters and Jackets can be heavier than Fleece for the warmth they offer. 7. Down/ Padded Jacket – Down/Padded jacket (Upto -5 degrees ). If you don’t want to get a padded/Down jacket, get two fleece. Cotton track pants for camp – These are specifically for cold evenings at the campsite.This can be ignored if you are comfortable wearing your trekking pants in the camp. 8. Thermals : 1 pair. We wear thermals only upon reaching the campsite not while trekking. 9. Windproof Jacket: All rain proof can be used as Wind proofs. Required as an additional layer during trekking in windy conditions. Avoid if you have a rain proof jacket. 10. Rainwear: Option A – Rain set – One Waterproof jacket (3000 mm waterproofing), Rain proof pants and Bag cover Option two – Poncho that covers your body and bag completely. We ideally recommend Option 1 as poncho makes trekking difficult. 11. Woolen Cap/ Balaclava: (1) To cover your ears, head and neck.Get one woolen cap and one neck warmer or balaclava. 12. Neck Warmer/ Scarf (1): For evenings. Avoid if you are comfortable using a Balaclava. 13. Gloves: 2 gloves out of which 1 can be water proof and one woollen. The waterproof one has to ideally be padded and a size larger than you normally use. This is so that you can wear both your gloves together if required. 14. Suncap – 1 15. Sunglasses – 1 16. Toiletries – Also include sunscreen, moisturizer and lip-cream 17. Headlamp/Torch -1. Preferably headlamp. 18. Two water bottles (1 litre each) – One can be a thermos Flask. One can also get a hydration pack. 19. Camp shoes/Flip flops for camp Plastic covers for inside the backpack to keep your clothes dry 20. Daypack – Required if you have a summit days climb. Preferably one that can be compressed. 21. Documents: 2 passport sized photograph, Address and Photo proof (Driving License or Aadhaar card), Doctor’s Medical certificate saying that you are fit for the trek. We reserve the right to not take you on the trek if you fail to produce this. 22. Trekking pole
5-6 kms slow jog OR 20 kms cycling. Pace is not important, consistency is important (non-stop jogging/running/cycling);;;;;;;Squats 25-30 x 3, Lunges 25-30 x 3, Calf raises 25-30 x 3;;;;;;;;;;;Climbing stairs 10-15 floors with bagpack
On a trek one is expected to carry your own backpack. Trekkers unable to do so can opt for a porterage service accordingly. The charges for this are not included in the trek price
A certified trek leader, a guide, cook & porters will accompany you during the trek
The common perception is that alcohol makes you feel warmer, however it also dehydrates you & dehydration can be fatal while trekking. Hence consumption of alcohol is prohibited. Smoking in camps is not allowed.
In case of cancellation If you cancel – – 60 days before the trip: we can process a complete refund minus minimum processing charges. – between 30-45 days before the trip: you will be refunded 50% of the trek fee. – within 30 days before trek starts: No refund. – and your spot is replaced in a full batch: we will process a complete refund after canceling minute operational charges. (For fixed departures only);;;;; Covid cancellation policy- 15 days before the start date of the trek – 100% refund or Wandering Boots Adventures voucher. 7 days before the start date of the trek – 50% refund or Wandering Boots Adventure voucher.