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Singalila Ridge Trek – Follow India’s Northern Ridge

  • Updated: March 4, 2019

On this page you will find a comprehensive and impartial guide to the Singalila Ridge Trek.

Please Note: We are not a tour operator, but we can put you in touch with our recommended partner, see the tour recommendation sections below.

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Singalila Ridge Trek

The Singalila Ridge Trek is one of the most spectacular treks in India and follows the northern ridge that separates the vast country from that of its smaller neighbour - Nepal.

As you ascend up onto the ridge itself you're greeted with some of the most impressive vistas on earth. The high Himalaya region stretches out in front of you as you gaze across at the world's five tallest mountains including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kachenjunga.

Not only do you experience incredible views, you're also greeted with a wide array of flora and fauna along the trek. You'll hike up through mountain forests, past lovely areas of bamboo, camp among rhododendrons and hike high into mountain scrubland zones. Look out for the rare red panda and keep a sharp eye out for bears, boar and barking deer. If you're lucky you might spot some of the colourful pheasants along the route.

Along the route you'll pass hamlets, teahouses and military check points as you will sometimes be trekking on the Nepalese side of the ridge. The trail is well defined and the trek can either be done with an operator or with a single guide - depending on your experience levels.

Please Note: The trek is moderately difficult due to the high altitude of the ridge which is constantly above 3,000 meters. The ascent to the ridge can be strenuous and we suggest having a good level of stamina to complete this trek. Accommodation is generally camping and the nights get very cold.

Regional Map

The Singalila Ridge is located on the north-south mountain ridge running from northwestern West Bengal through the region of Sikkim in the Indian part of the Himalayas. 

Please see map for details


Singalila Trek Itinerary

Below is a detailed Singalila Ridge Trek itinerary. Please note that this is a typical itinerary that we would expect many operators to adhere to. Some tour operators however, offer variations on this route. In particular, operators will often offer an extension that explores the local areas most popular sites.

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Day 1-2: Arrive Delhi - Transfer to Darjeeling

Day 3: Guided tour of Darjeeling

Day 4: Drive to Dhodray - Trek Towards Singalila Ridge

Day 5: Trek to Jaubari - and then to Kalpkhari (3024M)

Day 6: Trek to Sandakphu Ridge Top (3636m)

Day 7: Trek to Sabagram (3425m)

Day 8: Trek to Singalila Peak at 3695m - Trek to Phalut - Descend to Samadeen

Day 9: Descend to Village of Rimbik

Day 10: Drive to Kalimpong - Explore the Town

Day 11: Sightseeing

Day 12: Departure


Video Overview

A beautiful video overview by Meghan Norean of the Singalila Ridge Trek. The video is 11.15 long

Recommended Guidebook

There are a number of excellent guides we recommend for the Singalila Ridge Trek. These are:

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