A Guide to Singalila Dzongri Goechala Trek in Sikkim
Singalila Dzongri Goechala Trek is thirteen days of quite and remote trek with beautiful mountain views. Combining a trek on the Singalila Ridge with Dzongri and Goechala Pass cannot get any better with astounding views of Everest and Kanchenjunga Range for four days in a row. This trek starts from Upper Rimbi , a small laid back village consisting of a few houses and a small Government school in West Sikkim.
Trekking on the Ridge
From Rimbi the trek gently climbs up through Chongri, the last village on this side and then passes through dense forest of the Kanchenjunga National Park until Yambong. From here the tree line vanishes and the snowline starts. Alpine like vegetation of juniper and Cryptomeria bushes with a sprinkling of crystal clear mountain lakes starts appearing, until Dafebhir Pass. From here onwards it’s a gentle but long walk on the ridge right till Dzongri and Goechala pass.
An Isolated and a life changing Trek
Hiking Sikkim’s Singalila Dzongri Goechala Trek is one of the most beautiful and life changing experiences that you can have on one of your travels. You’ll be absolutely captivated by the area from the very first day.
Trekking through some of the most remote and beautiful part of the Sikkim Himalayas with diverse climatic conditions, intensive days spent walking on your feet is what this trek is all about.
But after having said that, it is to be remembered that the Singalila Dzongri Goechala Trek is not a simple walk in the park. It’s an inspiring, challenging and a strenuous trek but a rewarding long hike in Sikkim
The mountain views from Dafebhir Pass
Once at the Dafe Bhir Pass the sight of the Makalu looming large with Everest Range on the left and the Kanchenjunga Range on the right is the best part of the Singalila Dzongri Goechala Trek. No wonder this trek has been compared with some of the greatest treks in the Himalayas.
But while it’s tempting to just book a flight, pack up your hiking boots and head off for the Singalia Dzongri Goechala Trek, remember this trek is for serious trekkers only. Singalila Dzongri Goechala Trek is a strenuous high altitude Camping Trek in Sikkim with an average 12Km of trekking per day and camp site at 4000m.
But if you are looking for a shorter version of this trek, then you could try the 8Days Yuksom to Goechala Pass Trek.
Equipments Provided and what to Bring
Twin Share sleeping Tents with mattress, Dining Tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent will be provided. Accompanied by a cook and kitchen helpers, hot cooked local vegetarian food will be provided during the duration of the trek.
Participants will need to bring their personal clothing and a personal sleeping Bag.
Participants carry their day pack only & walk at their own pace. Main Baggage will be carried by porters/ponies.
Best time to Trek
April to Mid June are the best time for the Singalila Dzongri Goechala Trek when the Rhododendron Trees are afire with multi colors and the meadows filled with wild flower blooms. The Horizon may remain a little hazy but the colorful flowers and mild weather will compensate for the loss in mountain view.
But, October to November is best recommended for this trek for crystal clear views of the mountain range and good weather.
I am a single Traveller what should I do ?
Trekking Permit for this trek will be issued for a group of not less than two persons. Therefore, you can join a group going on this trek. We have fixed group departure dates for the Singalila Dzongri Goechala Trek and you can join a group on the dates provided below.
Look out for
Since the Singalila Ridge in Sikkim straddles the border between India and Nepal, security forces from the Indian armed forces are stationed at intervals here. Be ready for their challenge with your Passport and Indian Visa.
Another thing to look out for is the snow at Dafe Bhir Pass. Since the pass lies in the shadow of the big mountains sunlight is a rare commodity. Therefore, late March or Early April may result in the pass being blocked.
But, the most to look out for is the trek from Dafey Bhir Pass to Dzongri. The most friendly terrain with the trail running through river valleys and high meadows with the mountain views ever in your sight, and with the Blue Sheep and the hairy Yaks grazing in the high meadows.
- Trek Grade : Moderate to Strenuous
- Minimum No. of Participants : 2 Pax.
- Highest Point: Goechala (4990m).
- Highest Camping Site: 4210m ( Pangdin).
- Total No. of Days : 17Days
- No. of Days on the Trek: 11 Days.
- Style of Trek : Camping ( Tents).
- Starting Point: Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border.
- Ending Point : Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border.
- Best Season : April–June & September to December.
- Tour Avaliblity: Join a group trek (dates shown below).
- Customized Private treks available on request for a Minimum of 2 Persons.
|Group Departure Dates for Singalila Dzongri Goecha la Trek -2021|
|14-30 March,2021||02-19 May,2021||10-27 Oct,2021|
|21 Mar-07 April,2021||02-19 May,2021||31 Oct-17 Nov,2021|
|04-21 April,2021||19 Sept-06 Oct,2021||14 Nov-01 Dec,2021|
|18 April-05 May,2021||29 Sept-15 Oct,2021|
|Group Departure Dates for Singalila Dzongri Goechala Trek -2022|
|16 Mar-01 April,2022||04-20 May,2022||12-28 Oct,2022|
|23 Mar-08 April,2022||18 May-03 June,2022||02-18 Nov,2022|
|06-22 April,2022||21 Sept-07 Oct,2022||16 Nov-02 Dec,2022|
|20 April-06 May,2022||01-17 Oct,2022|
ITINERARY FOR SINGALILA DZONGRI GOECHALA TREK
Day 1 : Arrive at Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border. Our Representative will meet you and Drive you to Gangtok (1622m). Overnight Hotel.
Day 2 : Gangtok & Rumtek Monastery Sight Seeing. A day in Gangtok . Drive 23Km to Rumtek Monastery , the biggest monastery in Sikkim which also houses the school for the monks. Established in the Year 1969, Rumtek Monastery is the replica of the monastery that still exists in Tsurpu in Tibet. Evening stroll around MG Marg in Gangtok . Overnight Hotel.
Day 3 : Drive Gangtok to Pelling (2075m/5Hrs). Overnight Hotel.
Day 4 : Acclimatization Day in Pelling . Walk to Pemayangtse Monastery , the holiest and the oldest monastery in Sikkim. Also visit the Sangacholing Monastery which is equally the oldest monastery in Sikkim too. Afternoon Drive to Upper Rimbi . Camping.
Day 5 : Dznogri Goechala Trek Starts . Trek Upper Rimbi to Nayapatal(3000m). 8Km Trek from Upper Rimbi to Nayapatal is fairly easy and passes through the villages of Sangkhola and Chongri. Chogri is the last village on this route. The Trek route after this last village is through dense temperate forest till we reach our camp site at Nayapatal. Camping.
Day 6 : Trek Nayapatal to Yambong (3735m). Trek from Nayapatal to Upper Yambong is fairly uphill trek of about 8Km and takes about 5Hours to complete . Camping.
Day 7 : Trek Yambong to Gomathang. This a gentle climb to Laxmi Pokhari and one can feel the gain in the altitude as we near Laxmi Pokhari at an altitude of about 4300m. As we continue our trek towards Dafey Bhir Pass first view that we get is of the tip of Makalu protruding from behind Dafey Bhir Pass. Dafey Bhir Pass (4635m) provides one of the best mountain views. One can get mesmerized by the presence of Everest , Makalu , Lhotse , Chamlang , Three Sisters and the entire Kanchenjunga Range from this point at a single glance. Continue Trek to Gomathang (3700m). Camping.
Day 8 : Trek Gomathang to Pangdin (4210m). Trek to Pangdin is a fairly long & gentle Trek of about 14Km and takes about 7-8Hrs of Trekking. Camping.
Day 9: Trek Pangdin to Ghatey Khola (3200m). Pangdin to Ghattey Khola is a nice and easy Trek of about 10Km through beautiful Rathong valley. Camping.
Day 10: Trek to Dzongri Ridge (3950m). Trek to Dzongri Ridge is a short 4Hrs trek. Camping.
Day 11: Rest day at Dzongri . Dzongri top for sunrise/sunset. Trek to Dablakhang (4171m) also known as Dzongri Top for sunrise views on the Kanchenjunga Range. Relax and get back your energy or take an acclimatization walk to Laxmi Pokhari. Camping.
Day 12: Trek Dzongri to Lamunee(4164m). Dzongri to Lamunee is 11Km and a fairly easy Trek through Thansing valley and it takes about 6-7 Hours trek with lunch break at Thansing. Camping.
Day 13: Early morning trek to Goecha La(4990m). Return trek to Kookrochoong (3725m). Trek to Goechala pass and the Trek back to Kookrochoong is the longest Trek involving about 24Km. Start the Trek at 3am and finish it at 4PM. Camping.
Day 14: Trek Kookrochoong to Tsokha (2975m). The 15Km trek to Tchoka is through dense mixed forest and is an easy downhill trek. Camping.
Day 15: Trek Tsokha to Yuksom(1760m). Tchoka to Yuksom is an easy 13Km trek through dense forest of Kanchenjunga National Park. First 3Km is a steep downhill and then it is on level ground till Yuksom where the Trek ends. End of Singalila Dzongri Goechala Trek . Lodge.
Day 16: Drive Yuksom to Kalimpong (1200m).Hotel.
Day 17: Drive to Bagdogra Airport / NJP Rail Station / Nepal Border for final Departure. Extension Can be made to Darjeeling . Bhutan & Nepal.
- Sikkim Kanchenjunga Trek Cost : US$1350 / Person
- Domestic Participants Do write to us for Costs in Indian Rupees
TOUR COST INCLUDES:
- Hotel accommodation-twin share including breakfasts.
- Twin share tent with mattress during camping / trekking.
- Fully organized trek services with guide, porters, camping equipment.
- All fixed three meals everyday during trekking / Camping.
- All road transport as per itinerary by car/jeep.
- Service of an English speaking guide.
- Entrance fees to monuments visited.
- All Permits for Darjeeling and Sikkim.
- Trek Permit.
- Kanchenjunga National Park Fees.
- Airport Pick up and Drop.
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Sleeping bag; personal clothing/equipment.
- Lunches and dinners during hotel stays.
- Bottled or alcoholic drinks.
- Tips, client insurance, evacuation costs.
- Any expenses of personal nature.
Note: The above itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, physical ability of the participants etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being.
Recommendations: The trek is strenuous and demands good physical form. A physical fitness check-up is recommended . Prior 2 to 3 months preparation is recommended .
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