The Singalila Pass Adventure
“a splendid jungle and village trail leading to some of the best mountain views in the country"
The Singalila Pass adventure is a high-altitude nature trek and a unique cultural experience for all mountain lovers. Lying in the Singalila National Park, it traces the borders of Sikkim, West Bengal and Nepal. In these pristine forests, which are also one of the last remaining wild abodes of the elusive Red Panda, we trek through lush forested valleys, verdant landscapes and culturally-rich mountain villages. Lined with the colourful rhododendrons and other beautiful flora, the serene jungle trails lead us to the Singalila Pass top at 12500 feet. The summit is one of the best vantage points in the region, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the tallest mountains in Nepal and Indian Himalayas. With comfortable stays in local village teahouses, this experiential hiking adventure is on a moderately challenging route and is suitable for fit beginners and experienced trekkers.
Day 1: Morning Pick Up from Siliguri ( Bagdogra Airport/NJP Railway Station);
- Drive to Bhareng village (5-6 Hrs)
- Overnight Stay in Bhareng homestay
Day 2: Trek Starts: Bhareng – Samandin village (4 km trek / 2 hrs) | Overnight Stay in Samandin Village Homestay
Day 3: Samandin -Phalut (16 km trek / 8 -9 hrs) |Overnight Stay in Phalut Teahouse
Day 4: Phalut – Singalila Pass Top (12467 ft)- Phalut (12 km trek /6-7 hrs) | Overnight Stay in Phalut Teahouse
Day 5: Phalut – Molly Camp (10 km trek/5-6 hrs) | Overnight Stay in Molly Camp Teahouse
Day 6: Molly Camp – Srikhola riverside village (9 km trek/5 hrs) | Overnight Stay in Srikhola village homestay
Day 7:Farewell from the mountains: Drive from Srikhola to Siliguri
- Drop off at Bagdogra Airport/NJP Railway Station (5-6 hrs)
- Depart for Home
1. Unmatched Mountain Views
The Singalila ridge runs along the Borders of West Bengal, Sikkim and Nepal. Due to its proximity to Sikkim and Nepal, the views of high himalayan ranges from this route are captivating. The highest points of the trail, Phalut and the Singalila Pass top, offers majestic views of some of the mighty himalayan giants – from the colossal Everest group of peaks to the gigantic massif of the Kanchenjunga range with its most awe-inspiring sight of the “Sleeping Buddha” formation.
On a clear day, these excellent vantage points produce enthralling views of 4 out of the 5 highest peaks in the world – Mount Everest(8848 m), Kanchenjunga(8586 m), Lhotse(8516 m) and Makalu (8481m). To capture and marvel at the highest natural wonders the world with our own eyes is a surreal feeling.
2. The Singalila National Park
Our Singalila Pass trek route goes through the Singalila National Park, one of the unique protected forest areas of the Eastern Himalayas. Situated on the India-Nepal border, it is one of the most exotic Himalayan forests in India. The park is one of the last few places on earth where the elusive and rare Red Panda can be found in the wild.
Aside from the red panda, Singalila National Park is home to many other rare, fascinating mammals including barking deer, yellow-throated marten, Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard, black panther, leopard, Himalayan serow, pangolin,leopard cat. The park is also a birder’s paradise with over 300 species found here. During the spring, the pristine forests come alive with the colours of over 20 different types of rhododendrons in bloom. Passing right through the deep, high-altitude jungles makes for an exciting and thrilling trek into the wild.
3. Culturally-rich Mountain villages
The trek itinerary for our Singlalila Pass adventure is designed to include a few of the most scenic and peaceful villages in the entire region. We stay in some of these beautiful remote hamlets surrounded by the thick forests and away from the touristy,crowded sites. Few of these are still inaccessible by motorable roads therefore remaining relatively pristine, which adds to the peace and serenity of these tiny villages. Full of idyllic farmlands, charming village paths, pretty, little houses and warm, friendly locals, these impressive hidden gems are one of our major highlights on this trip.
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