It is said that trekking originated in India in Darjeeling as far as eighty years ago. Trekking means foot travel on the mountain trails. It is an experience that can never be paralleled. Darjeeling has one of the most spectacular treks to offer along with the beauty of the hills. The charms of the Himalaya along with its mysteries gradually unfold as trekkers traverse through the dense forests and verdant landscape, through miles of green-carpeted meadows and sleepy hamlets lost in time. The Sandakphu -Singalila trek as it’s popularly called will enable you to discover the Sublime Himalayan interiors unmarred by mankind.

Approximate Temperature at Sandakphu:
March-May Max.12 degrees Centigrade Min.6 degrees

Oct-Nov Max.6 degrees Min 1degree

Trek Itinerary:

Day 01: Darjeeling –Manebhanjang – Tonglu.
The trek starts after an early morning drive of about two hours from Darjeeling to Manebhanjang a small village inhabited by Buddhist Sherpas. From here one can get a view of the trekking route, which is an awesome, near vertical climb. The first camp – site is at Tonglu at 3070 meters, which is 11 Kms from Manebhanjang through dense forests, and hillsides covered with wild flowers and a breathtaking mountain view of the incomparable Kanchendzonga and its neighboring peaks.

Day 02: Tonglu –Gairibas -Kalipokhari
Resume Trekking from Tonglu to Gairibas at 2621 meters, Trek time 3 hrs, Approx.09 Kms, Trails leads one through bamboo glades and farmlands with quaint little villages habited by warm and friendly people. Gairibas to Kalipokhari 3170 meters is a continuous climb through the rhododendron forests. Distance is 6 Kms and it takes 3 hrs walks from Gairibas.
Drive by jeep will take approx.2 hrs. Halt Overnight at Kalipokhari.

Day 03: Kalipokhari - Sandakphu
Resume trekking from Kalipokhari to Sandakphu, From Kalipokhari the road descends to Bikhebhanjang –Valley of Poison. Trek from Bikhebhanjang to Sandakphu is a steep climb of 4 Kms and takes more then an hour to cover this trek. Trek time 2-3 hrs.
Sandakphu 3636 meter is 58 Kms from Darjeeling and commands one of the most spectacular views .In the foreground is a great basin set in the midst of the hills, the slopes covered with rhododendrons and silver fir trees.

Day 04: Sandakphu - Phalut Resume trekking from Sandakphu to Phalut at 3600 meters , It is one of the loftiest peak in the Singalila Range and is situated at 80 Kms .The stretch from Sandakphu to Phalut is the most spectacular of the trek. The burned silver fir forest makes most of the beautiful sight .A walk of 4 hrs from Sandakphu; you will come across a stone house with blown of roof on the top of a small ridge. The place is known as Sabarkum and is 14 km .from Sandakphu. Halt at Phalut. Halt overnight.
Day 05: Phalut - Ramam
Resume trekking Phalut to Ramam, From Phalut the trail descends through the virgin forest of chestnut, pines, hemlock etc. till the trail reaches the meeting of two streams called Gorkhey Khola. It’s a picture postcard place. 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 distances from Phalut.

Day 06: Ramam - Rimbik
Trek from Ramam to Rimbik, From Ramam the road is almost level walk for the first 9 km and again it descends to Sirikhola. The road rises steep, for about 1 km where it levels out again till it reaches Rimbik. Halt Overnight in a lodge or trekkers hut.

Day 07:Rimbik - Darjeeling
Drive from Rimbik to Darjeeling, approx.4-5 hrs for 54 Kms. . Trek ends.
Extension of One Night at Sandakphu is advised for savoring the magnificent views of the Himalayas.


COST INCLUDES: All land transportation and sightseeing with tour guide as per the itinerary by a jeep, mentioned hotel accommodations on twin sharing basis on full board, trekking & camping arrangements, trek guide, camp staffs, all meals, and porters/animals, insurance of local staff, applicable permit and entrance fees.

COST EXCLUDE: Personal clothing and trekking gear, sleeping bags, personal insurance, expenses of personal nature, tips for staff, beverages, telephones, airfare, airport taxes, toy train ride, etc

Payment Mode: Full and final payments to be made to Siniolchu Tours and Travels, GANGTOK, Sikkim-India in advance by Bank Transfer. Money transfer Mode will be made available later. We also accept all International Master and Visa Cards.

Noted Below :
Pl. note and be well informed that there will be no refund of money after the trek commences and if one cannot complete the trek or gets sick enroute. However we will try to accommodate on the trail at lower altitude and help you with softer trek on the trail. If you intend to get down to base and stay in Yuksom, we will help you do that, however, the cost of hotel will not be borne by us and neither will be for meals. We can definitely help you trek to surrounding areas on the same cost.

What to bring on a Trek:
Good attitude*, already used trekking boots or to use them before the trek if it’s a new pair, sun glasses, sunscreen lotion*, insect repellents, personal medicines*, water bottles-refillable*, caps, walking sticks*, gloves, toilet paper rolls, heavy woolens for the night as temperatures in the mountains can be very rude in the night fall, wind-cheaters, waterproof camera bags, rain coat, thermal wear, good sleeping bags with inners*(North Face / Gortex), inflatable mattresses, sufficient camera rolls, battery backups, small back pack for personal carry, medical and cancellation insurance and lots of Energy-You will require lots of it..|

During these treks travelers will encounter extremes of weather. The routes pass through depths of valleys as low as 762 mts. and tops of mountains as high as 3640mts.One will therefore have to arrange his clothing accordingly. For treks at lower altitudes it is sufficient to have a light sweater, shirt and trousers. At higher alts heavy woolens topped by a windcheater is advisable. Pl. do not forget the raincoat.

Why should you travel with Siniolchu Tours & Travels and Treks?
There are many reasons. In a nutshell, we go out of our way to make sure your experience is a positive one, there will be no negative impact on the region we are visiting: after all, we live here. We give you more for your money than anyone else. And our safety record is unsurpassed. We also provide warm clothes, good walking shoes and other necessary trekking equipment for our Guide and Porters. They will get good accommodations along the way and food same as you are having on the way. All our trekking staffs are insured.

What is Altitude (Acute) Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
Altitude sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a particularly important medical consideration while trekking in ourhimalayas with Siniolchu Travels and Treks. Altitude sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3000 meters.

The initial symptoms of AMS are as follows:
•Nausea, vomiting Loss of appetite
•Insomnia/sleeplessness Persistent headache
•Dizziness, light headedness, confusion
•Disorientation, drunken gait
•Weakness, fatigue, lassitude
•Heavy legs, Slight swelling of hands and face
•Breathlessness and Breathing irregularity, Reduced urine output

Bread/Butter/Jam/Eggs/Tibetan Bread/Honey/Tea Momo + Egg, Corn, Veg Soup/Baked Beans/Tea/Coffee/Fruits or Porridge with fruits. Drinking Chocolate at bedtime. Tea / Coffee at early morning.

These symptoms are to be taken very seriously. In case of appearance of any of the above symptoms any further ascent should be reconsidered; otherwise more serious, even life-threatening problems can occur. The only cure for Altitude Sickness is to descend to lower elevations immediately. Acclimatization by ascending to no more than 300 to 500 meters per day above 3000 meters, and the proper amount of rest and re hydration are the best methods for prevention of AMS.

If you follow the simple advice of our trained guides from Siniolchu Travels and Treks, you won't have to worry about complications from mountain sickness. We design our tours to ensure clients are ready for high altitude, and arrange alternative itineraries for those at risk.

Pl. visit our FAQ section on our site for preparatory background on your proposed treks.