Singalila Uttarey Round Trek

Our Sikkim Singalila Uttarey Round Trekis 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.

8 Days|7 Nights

90 km | 56 miles

Difficulty - Moderate

Elevation Gain - 2,800m | 9,200ft

Our Max. Group Size - 12

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!

The Path/Itinerary

Day 1 - Yuksam to Sachen

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.

Day 2 - Sachen to Tshoka

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. 

Day 3 - Tshoka to Dzongri

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. 

Day 4 - View at Dzongri Top and Rest for Acclimatization

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. 

Day 5 - Dzongri to Thansing

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. 

Day 6 - Thansing to Goecha La View Point 1 and Back to Thansing

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. 

Day 7 - Thansing to Tshoka

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. 

Day 8 - Tshoka to Yuksam

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. 

Day 9:Trek from Lam Pokhara to Danphebhir La (4,500 meters), then to Gomathang (3,500 meters), 6 hours/9km.

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. 

Day 10:Trek from Gomathang to Pangden (4,100 meters), 8 hours/16km.

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Day 11:Trek from Pangden to Bigbari (3,900 meters), 5 hours/9km.

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Day 12:Trek from Bigbari to Dzongri (4,000 meters), 6 hours/8km.

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Day 13:Trek from Dzongri to Thangshing (3,500 meters), 5-6 hours/10km.

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.

Day 14:Trek from Thangshing to Lamuney (3,962 meters), 3-4 hours.

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Day 15:Trek from Lamuney to Goechala Pass (5,002 meters/16,406 feet) and back to Thangshing, 6-7hours/13km.

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Day 16:Trek from Thangshing to Tshokh (3,800 meters) via Phedang, 6-7 hours/14km.

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Day 17:Trek from Tshoka to Yuksam, 5-6 hours/16km.

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Day 18:Drive from Yuksam to Pelling, 24km drive.

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Day 19:Drive from Pelling to Bagdogra Airport (by car), about 5 hours.

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Inclusions and Exclusions

What's Included in the cost?

  • Certified and Experienced Guide

  • Cook

  • Potter

  • Pack Animals - Yaks or Mules

  • Meals - 3 times a day

  • Snacks - 1 time a day

  • Camping Tents for Accommodation - 3 People per tent

  • Kitchen Tent

  • Toilet Tent

  • Table Chairs

  • Permits

  • Cooking Utensils

  • Hotel/Homestay in Yuksam one day before the trek and one day after the trek.

What's not Included?

  • Expenses of personal nature such as laundry.

  • Telephone, alcohol and personal insurance

  • Extra expenses due to unforeseen circumstances such as landslide /strike /accidents/natural calamities, Ropeway, Airfare Ticket, Tips and etc

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