Shingalila - Sikkim

Description : This trek covers the higher reaches of the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in the West Sikkim, which is famous for its flowers, and spectacular mountain views of Kanchenjunga and Everest. The views are complimented with camping in dense Oak forest amidst the calls of barking deer and wild birds. In Barsey one passes through dense thickets of Rhododendrons below the Tal mountain ridge laden with conifer forest of silver fir and hemlock. The trek winds its way through the source of two rivers, which originate from moist grassy meadows. After Thulo Dhaap the trail climbs up to the Singhalila Ridge and from Phokety one can experience the sunrise on Everest and Kanchenjunga, the highest and third highest peaks in the world.

Grade : Moderate

Best Month : March, April, October and November.

Highlights : Opportunity to experience the rich forest of the East Himalaya, long ridge walk offering views of Kanchenjunga and several peaks in West Sikkim as well as getting a first hand look at life in Sikkim.

Trekking Days : 6

Region : Western Sikkim

Maximum Height : 3650 m at high point on the Singhalila ridge on the India Nepal border.

 
The trek follows a trail running west towards the Sikkim and Nepal border through the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. Early on in the trek the views The forest cover in the eastern Himalaya is highly dense and includes a mix of bamboo, oak trees and rhododendron.
Campsites on the trek are all on large open meadow The trail on the ridge keeps alternating between meadow As you gain height the views open up and Kanchenjunga and Kabru peaks dominate towards the north.

      Once on the Shingalila ridge you get a grand view with host of peaks coming into view in Sikkim and Nepal. 
      The Shingalila ridge descends from Kanchenjunga and is virtually along the Nepal and West Sikkim border.
    
      The view of the Everest region from the east at a high point on the Shingalila ridge offer’s a completely different perspective.

      Jannu peak is located in Nepal quite close to the border with Sikkim.