Our Sikkim Singalila Uttarey Round Trek is the ultimate Sikkim trek! The trail passes through two national parks (Singalila National Park and Kanchenjunga National Park) for an epic mountain adventure. The path even traverses the famous Goecha la (5002 meters / 16,410 feet). Throughout the trail, witness unbelievable landscapes and meet some of the most hospitable people on the planet. Be in constant amazement during the Sikkim Singalila Uttarey Round Trek.
Enter the magical land of crystal clear lakes, colorful forests, unique animals, and pristine mountain peaks for the adventure of a lifetime. The relatively recently developed trail begins in the quaint village of Uttarey and continues to Goechala via the Singalila ridge. Despite its extraordinary beauty, the trek is still seldom visited by foreigners. In fact, most of the people who use the trail are yak herders of Sikkim. Enjoy a feeling of peace and solitude in this wilderness-like area.
From Uttarey, follow the ancient trading trail up through agricultural fields and forests. Walk towards and along the border of Nepal and India, where some of the highest mountains in the world exist. It is humbling to stand next to these peaks, which soar nearly to the heavens.
Within a couple of days on the trail, you are already walking through the high alpine meadows of Chiwa Bhanjyang. Continue further and traverse two high alpine passes, each with their own distinct perspective. From Dzongri, begin the trek towards Goechala, yet another unbelievable Himalayan viewpoint. Find yourself above most of the world. The only places higher than you are within eyeshot. You’ll have views of Kanchenjunga (8586m), Talung (7349m), Kabru (7353m). Then, descend to Yukam to finish the trek. Enjoy some sightseeing here and in Pelling – a special way to end the trek.
The Sikkim Singalila Uttarey Round Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One thing that makes it so special is that it is a circuit trail. You will not see the same thing twice, and each moment on the trail is a surprise. Join us on this incredible Himalayan adventure!
It is possible to do the Sikkim Singalila Uttarey Round Trek throughout the year. The best times, though, are spring (March to May) and fall (September to November). In the springtime, the colorful flowers are blooming. During the fall, the skies are usually clearer. Ashmita Trek and Tours arranges the trek with full management, including transportation, meals, etc. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions!
Our assistant will welcome you at Bagdogra Airport near Siliguri and bring you to Darjeeling. Pass Assam tea plantations and tiny villages along the way. Cruise through hilly switchbacks above the clouds through the bright green landscape. Situated on top of a ridge, Darjeeling faces the Himalaya and is a popular destination for Westerners and Indians alike. Overnight at a hotel in Darjeeling.
Depart from Darjeeling in the early morning and head towards West Sikkim. It is a 6 hour drive, filled with exciting winding roads up and down lush valleys. Fall in love with the unique scenery along the way. The car goes down to cross the raging Rangeet River and then back up again to a village called Pemayangtse. Hop out, have a tea or lunch and look out at the stunning Himalayan views from the ridge. Hop back in the car and move onward to Uttaray (2100m). Hangout with the locals and enjoy your night. Overnight in guest house.
The first day on the trail covers an easy trail through a lively jungle of rhododendron and other wonderful trees. The springtime brings vibrant colors to the enriching trail. Today’s trek gets you excited for the journey ahead. It is a memorable day on the Sikkim Singalila Uttaray Round Trek and it is just the beginning! The final few hours of today brings us to the border of Nepal, where we stay for the night. Overnight in tent camp.
Take another day to rest here – a lovely place to take some day hikes and let our bodies get used to the altitude. Hike up to a peak at 3500 meters and enjoy spectacular mountain views. It’s been to climb high and sleep low as a general rule of acclimatization, so we abide by this. Overnight in tent camp.
Trek along the Nepali border with marvelous mountain views throughout the day. The trail has some ups and downs, and generally is relatively easy. Overnight in tented camp.
Leave camp and ascend through forests, full of vegetation, to an open lookout point with fluttering prayer flags. Stop for a moment, take a deep breath, and look out at the distant snow-capped mountains. Seeing these from such a distance makes us excited for seeing them up-close soon. Keep going, passing several fields of agriculture. We set up camp in a pleasant place below a ridge. Overnight in guest house.
Wake up early to catch amazing views just a short walk from our campsite. From the ridge above us, watch the sun’s first light strike Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga. Sit in awe at this amazing sight. Then, pack up camp and carry on towards Pare Megu. Traversing the ups and downs of the day, we end up at about the same altitude as the previous day. Enjoy the fresh air, thanks to the rich forests along the way. Admire several Hindu shrines, which come as we near our destination. During today’s hike, look up at the rugged mountainside for the Blue Sheep. Overnight in tent camp.
Wake up with a delicious warm breakfast and pack up camp. Walk along the even, well-trodden trail for the first bit of the day. Then, trek uphill until the trail opens to a wide valley, from which we can get a magnificent view of the entire Kabru range, including the massive Pandim peak (6691 meters). Two more hours of ascending takes us to our campsite, where Everest and several other famous Khumbu region peaks make an exclusive appearance. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and acclimatizing. Overnight in guest house.
Wake up to the beauty of the Himalaya. You will realize that you are truly high in the mountains at this point, and there is still more amazement to come. Leaving the sacred Lam Pokhari, we head toward the Danphebhir La (Pass) at 4500 meters. Danphebhir means pheasant. From the top, you get an expansive view of the entirety of Sikkim, and well as into Tibet and Bhutan. Descend only to ascend again to the Kag Bhir Lass (meaning the Pass of the Crow), for yet another Himalayan panorama. As nice as it would be to camp up here, we must descend and set up camp near the river. Overnight in tent camp.
After an energizing breakfast, we pack up camp and head up through the enriching rhodendron and mixed forests. Once again, we find ourselves in the barren mountaintop terrain. Keep an eye out for the unique birds in the area, including the Danphe (Impeyan Pheasant), which makes its nest high up near the Kamsey La (4200 meters). Descend into meadows of Kokling. We keep trekking through the mesmerizing landscape until we reach Pangden (4100m). Overnight in tent camp.
Wake up and smell the fresh air. You are greeted with superb vistas, ready to see what the rest of the day has in store. Steadily descend through mixed forests of juniper and rhododendrons. We could make it all the way to Dzongri today, but it is best to take an extra day to acclimatize in order to prevent altitude sickness. Finishing the today’s trek in the early afternoon, take the rest of the day to relax and wander around. Overnight in tent camp.
Head back uphill from camp and start moving towards Dzongri. Climb up through the greenery to the barren alpine greys and whites of Dzongri. You will be amazed at the astounding scenery hit. The mountain views are truly unlike anything you will ever see, and they just keep getting better. Savor the views and the accompanying feelings of peace and solitude in these moments. Wander the area with a smile on your face. Overnight in tent camp.
Wake up, have breakfast and start the day. Mostly we will be ascending and descending through picturesque landscapes. Reach a ridge at about 4,115 meters (13,500 feet) for show-stopping views of Kanchenjunga and Pandim. Admire the charm of the scattered chhortens and prayer flags – signs of Tibetan Buddhism. Take some photographs and descend towards Pandim and then further through rhododendron forests to the Prek Chu River at 3749 meters. Eat lunch in the peace and quiet, enjoying the fresh air. Admire the splendid scenery of the Sikkim Singalila Uttarey Round Trek. After lunch, cross a river and slowly ascend for an hour and a half through pine trees to a nice camping spot. Above us lies the magical, unclimbed Pandim peak. Overnight in tent camp.
It’s a straightforward hike today, though the high elevationmakes us a little slower. We should not overdo ourselves, as tomorrow will be the most difficult, yet rewarding day of our trek. Hike alongside the Prek Chu River before reaching the sacred Samiti Lake, an emerald-green body of water nestled amidst the brightly colored, wind-town prayer flags. Overnight in tent camp.
It’s a memorable moment today as we reach the Goechala Pass! To maximize the changes of good weather, we leave early in the morning. Besides, the views are best during this time. Ascend the hill behind the lake and then traverse the glacial moraine. Above Samiti Lake, the area that we are trekking on, is called the Zemathang Plateau. Hike across the plateau under the shadow of Pandim, and climb up to a height of 15,700 feet. Look down at a majestic snowy and icy glaciated lake. From here, it’s an hour to the Goechala Pass. Traverse the well-trodden path to the pass, which is decorated with bright-colored prayer flags. Sit in awe at the view of the world’s highest mountain range, and glacial valleys in the distance. Descend all the way back to Thangshing, today’s destination. Overnight in tent camp.
Get up in the early morning and check out the sunrise view from a ridge behind our campsite. Here are awesome views of Kanchenjunga and behind us is the Goechala Pass. Departing our campsite, we take a fresh route back towards the trailhead. Hike down to the Prek Chu and weave around the jungle to arrive to Phedang. Stop for a lunch of snack before steeply descending to Tshoka. It’s a long day so take it easy in the evening. Overnight in tent camp.
Make the final day of the trek a memorable one! Be present as you hike through the lush landscape. It’s the same route as we took on the first day of the trek, but after many days, it seems fresh. Enjoy any scenery you missed on the first time around. In Yuksam, we check into our hotel and rest or explore the rest of the day. Overnight in hotel.
Drive to Pelling after breakfast. On the way, we stop at Khecheopalri Lake, originally known as Kha-Chot-Palri (meaning the heaven of Padmasambhava). The lake is revered as sacred by both Buddhists and Hindus. At about 6,000 feet, the lake is also belived to be the emanation of goddess Tara, blessed by Guru Rempoche. It is said that if you pray by this lake, your wishes will be granted. An hour and a half later, reach Pelling. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast, our team transfers you to Bagdogra airport or NJP Train station for your next destination. Thank you for taking the Sikkim Kanchenjunga Goechala Trek with Ashmita Trek & Tours! We look forward to seeing you again.
Important Note :
Our valuable Client we would like to inform you during the trekking in Darjeeling Sikkim will not allow carrying any satellite phone and GPRS and drone cámera due to the border security area.
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Ashmita Trek & Tours have set of fixed dates for the trek departure for the dates of 2018, 2019 and 2020, please look at the list of the dates above the blue link and select your favorite date for small group / private departure trek and contact us by requesting for your own departure dates if none of the date is suitable for you as we can departure Sikkim Goecha la Trek on any date of the year.
Or, if you are part of a small/large group and would like your own departure date, please contact us and we will arrange for that. We do our best to accommodate the perfect schedule for you. Do not hesitate to reach out to us / or Talk to Our Sales & Operation Manager on +91 9733106312
We made the Sikkim singalila goechala round trek organized by Ashmita Trek and Tours and with Sangay as guide and Tenzing as cook, and it was a really amazing experience. Would definitely recommend !
Pascal Briod, Swaziland
We have had a wonderful 14 days tent trekking trip to Sikkim Singalila uttery Goecha La round - with incredible views to Mt. Kangchenjunga. After that we continued our tour to walk along the Singalia Ridge. The entire Trekking Tour was perfect organised and the personal was highly motivated, competent and very friendly. It was a pleasure to travel with such wonderful people. On the tour we could spot blue sheeps, eagles, a lot of colorful birds and pheasants. It was an unforgettable journey.
Thank you so much to Ahsmita Tours and the entire Team.
Visited April 2016
Rudi Doppelberger, Germany
My partner and I (in our early thirties) wanted to go trekking from Sikkim. We both have travelled a fair amount and reasonably fit and wanted to choose a company that would enable us to be flexible, have an adventure and not to be too much of a package ramble. We spent quite a while researching online and came across these guys. We were able to pick the distance (and with guidance our ideal route) and the dates and had an amazing 8 days trekking.
Mr Keshee (Frank) was a great, ridiculous guide who entertained and informed us along the way. The food that was organised for us along the trek was tasty and hearty and always very welcome after a long day walking. We were able to borrow a tent and 4 season sleeping bags which was really handy - that we didn't need to bring our own.
We met a few other trekkers along the way and I think Ashmita seemed like the most professional and most experienced of the trek guides out there. It's worth paying a bit more money to be in safe hands.
Furthermore would recommend taking a slow ascent (and perhaps slower than they advised), as we did struggle after ascending to 4200m. However Keshee was very receptive to our concerns.The guest house they recommend staying in in Yuksom is great too. Would recommend them thoroughly.
Jennie, United Kingdom
Subash organized a fantastic 9 day, 8 night trek of Singalila Uttaray - Goecha La out of Yuksom, Sikkim. The crew with us on the trek- and in particular the guide Bhaichung- was first class; very knowledgeable about the area, its flora, and its fauna, and very eager to teach. They were receptive to the pace that we wanted to take for the trek, and really fantastic in working out the logistics so that we were the first to the sunrise points most mornings (which was really nice for getting both a more peaceful sunrise experience and great photos). The food was plentiful and delicious, and the cook, porters, and yak man all clearly cheerful and happy. My only complaint is that getting between Yuksom (the trek's starting and finishing point) and Darjeeling was a challenge for me in both directions. I was just suggested to take a series of shared jeeps, and had to hitchhike at one point on the way to Yuksom, which felt absolutely unsafe as I was a female traveling alone. I was disappointed as I had expected more support in that part of my trip. This problem aside, I fully enjoyed my experience, would certainly return for another trek with Ashmita.
Phoebe Oldach, United States
Subash and his team have been our Indian family. we spent unforgettable moments. Subash organized our tour perfectly: trek (Gochala Trek + Singalia) and then some very interesting cultural visits at Darjeeling. Visits of Gangtok and Yuksom, Zoo, tea factories, and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI): ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary... all the stories!
All my best to Subash, his familly and his friends of Yuksom.
We found Ashmita trek and tours on the Darjeeling tourist information center website. From the beginning, the contact was very warm and Subash organised us exactly what we wanted. We were welcomed in Bagdogra airport by a very happy and smiling Subash, which is very nice after a long trip. Subash was able to arrange us a trek going from Yuksam to Uttarey, including last minutes changes due to a foggy weather.
The lack of seeing Mt Everest was replaced by a very interesting visit of Yuksam and of some historical sites of Sikkim, which was also very interesting. Our guide and all the team were very knowledgeable on history of Sikkim and on wildlife animals and flora of the area. We ended our trip by a perfectly well organised day-tour of Darjeeling including all the must-see (HMI, tea garden, monastery...)
Thank you Subash for the great trek and for the good adresses in Darjeeling.
We provide you standard good family home stay or hotel in yuksoom – Pelling - Uttery and Darjeeling before and after your trek The stay on all other days will be in tents. Each tent and will accommodate two trekkers. will be provided high altitude sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC.
We at Ashmita Trek and Tours will provide private vehicles for the airport transfers and sightseeing tour as per ititnerys in Sikkim.
Yes, Ashmita Trek & Tours will be provided with tents and high altitude sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC.
Day time temperatures will range from 14-18ºC and night time temperature will range from 3-5ºC in May. You Expect temperatures to be lower by a few degrees in. .October/November.
In Sikkim Dzongri Goechala in April and May. Mid September to October end is also a good time for the trek – the views during these months are crystal clear. and Dzongri Goechala Trek also called the Rhododendron trek because of its forests of Magnolia and Rhododendrons in are in full bloom.
The trekking included your package permit can be arranged by Company, but minimum of 2 people is required.
Darjeeling to Yuksoom ,is the last place where you’ll get mobile network. Make sure you finish your important telephone calls before reaching Yuksom and Please inform family members about poor connectivity on the trek. Yuksom, if at all, might have charging points, provided there is electricity. we suggest you to have spare batteries as well.
Travel insurance is mandatory for all clients. Before the client commences a tour he or she must arrange his or her insurance with a reputable insurer, with protection for the full duration of the tour, to cover personal injury, medical expenses, emergency helicopter expenses, repatriation expenses, loss of luggage and the expenses associated with cancellation or curtailment or a tour. If a client becomes ill, all hospital expenses, doctor’s fees and repatriation costs are the client’s responsibilities and the company shall not be liable for any refund of the tour cost.
All tour and treks in Darjeeling and Sikkim demand a sufficient level of fitness, therefore you should check with your doctor concerning your health and fitness before preceding your journey. You have any pre existing medical condition or disability you might increase the risk of you requiring medical attention you need to inform toAshmita Trek and Tours. this may also hamper your ability to travel.
We organize this trek from two people to maximum 16 people at once and there are 1 guide and one Assistant up to 10 people and 2 guides and one Assistant for 11-16 people and a porter for trekkers as per needed .
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Water bottle : Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each People who use hydration pack.
You are required to make 15% (non refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and booking along with your passport copy including India Visa and flight detail (Arrival time, flight name, and number and remaining 85% balance is payable when you arrive in Darjeeling / Sikkim and you have options of paying the advance by PayPal / bank transfer / or credit card, so, do let us know which modes of payment is convenient for you then we will forward the detail for payment.
Our valuable Client we would like to inform you during the trekking in Darjeeling Sikkim will not allow carrying any Satellite phone GPRS and drone camera due to the border security area.
Ashmita Trek and Tours does not take responsibility for any problems incurred by weather, damages to personal property, etc. We will do our best to prevent/handle any problems that happen. There is a chance that transportation may be delayed due to road and weather conditions. Therefore, it is recommended to book your international flight with several days margin.
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