From the year 2000, the Sikkim government has opened up, for trekking, the restricted area, comprising the spine of the Singelila Ridge along the Sikkim-Nepal border. This has enabled the Singalila Traverse – a longer but more interesting approach to Gochela pass below Mt. Kangchenjunga. On this traverse the delights of Himalayan upland trekking are yours to enjoy, with the tantalizing challenge of the 5000 Meters high Gochela at the end. An added advantage is that the altitude gain is more gradual, and there is plenty of time to acclimatize. A trek to one of the last remaining prestine Himalayan wilderness.
Day 1: Fly to Delhi
Day 2: Fly to Bagdogra Airport. Drive up the Teesta valley to Gangtok the capital of Sikkim. Stay at hotel.
Day 3: Drive Gangtok to Pelling. Lodge or Camp.
Day 4: Visit Pemayangtse Monastery. Drive to road-head near Nambu. Camp.
Day 5-8: Start Singalela ridge trek. Trek through the beautiful rhododendron forested Singelala Ridge to Chauri, Yambong and Gomathang. Rest day at Yambong or Gomathang for acclimatization. Enjoy great views of the Kanchanjunga range and the hills & valleys of the Eastern Himalayas. Camping.
Day 9-10: Continue trekking along the high ridges to Gomathang, Pangdim and to the beautiful alpine meadows of Dzongri where herds of hairy yaks graze below the snowy peaks of Kanchanjunga mountains. Camp.
Day 11: Rest/acclimatization day at Dzongri. Climb Dzongri Top for sunrise & sunset views. Optional hike to Dzongri Pass and Ratong Valley. Camp.
Day 12-13: Trek up the valley to Thangsing and Samiti Pokhari. Camps.
Day 14: Day Hike to Goecha La Pass (4940m). Camp at Thangsing.
Day 15-16: Return trek to Tsokha and Yoksum. Camps.
Day 17: Drive from Yoksum to Kalimpong. Visit Bazaar and Monastery. Hotel.
Day 18: Drive to Bagdogra for departure. Stay at hotel.
Day 19: Fly to Delhi