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Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary Trek

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  • Whole Day Tour
  • Max People : 16
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 24’ - Dec 24'
  • Min Age : 12+
  • Pickup: Bagdugra Airport

Singba Rhododendron Trek is one of the most beautiful treks in Sikkim. The best time to trek this trail is during Rhododendron blooming season that is in Spring season. The season starts from March to June. The Sanctuary is located in Yumthang valley located in the Yumthang. The sanctuary is spread in an area of 43sq.km and its altitude ranges between 3048-4575 meters above sea level. Home to a variety of flowering plants including, of course the Rhododendron, the sanctuary makes an excellent trek in Sikkim.

Although, the abundance of Rhododendron is what makes this sanctuary quite attractive, there are also other features like the Yumthang River that flows through the reserve, the alpine meadows and the existence of variety of birds that add more charm to the reserve. Trekking to Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary would mean lingering in one part of the paradise. The trek would be useful enough for those taking keen interest in wildlife and the sanctified beauty of nature.
Beginning from Lachung Village in North Sikkim, this trek would involve passing by waterfalls, cardamom plantations, tropical forests and walking alongside the Yumthang River, glimpses of majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga and also the visit to one of India’s most famous hill stations, Darjeeling.

Departure & Return Location

Delhi/Bagdugra Airport.

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Hotels and Accommodation

3 Star Hotels approved by Sikkim Tourism Board

Trip Advisory for the Trek

  • Climatic conditions in high altitudes vary from the plains; takes adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • Pay heed to tour leaders or instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound experience.

  • Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the tour.

  • Avoid roaming during the night.

  • Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the tour.

Price Includes

  • Trekking equipment including mattresses and tent Dome/Alpine trekking tents and kitchen tent with camping stool.
  • Professional English speaking Guide throughout the Trip
  • All meals and beverages during the tour
  • Medical kit
  • All meals as per the Itinerary
  • Cooks, trekking guide, porters and yaks
  • Services such as trekking permit, Sikkim royalty and other services
  • Guide and porter fares and taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Bills of Personal Nature
  • International airfare/Domestic
  • Himalayan toy train ride in Darjeeling, tips etc. 
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
  • Extra expenses due to unforeseen circumstances such as landslide/strike/accidents/natural calamities, Ropeway

Trek Highlight

  • Hiking to the Sinba rhododendron sanctuary
  • The sanctuary is all over an area of 43 sq. km
  • This trek would involve passing via waterfalls, cardamom plantations, tropical forests, and on foot along the YUMThang river
  • The Singba Rhodendron Sanctuary is like a double bonanza for nature enthusiasts
What to Expect during Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary Trekking Tour??
  • Offers the amazing view of Mt Kanchenjunga and other snow-capped peaks
  • Get the opportunity to witness 250 exclusive and rare wildlife species of Sikkim
  • Camp under the star-studded sky and amidst scenic surroundings.
  • Pass by some of the most scenic alpine meadows like that of Thangu
  • • Take a walk through the alleys of lovely Darjeeling town and visit important sightseeing places like Gorkha Memorial, Tiger Hill, Darjeeling Zoo etc.
  • Offers 24 species of Rhododendrons.
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Detail Tour Program for Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary Trekking

Day 01Arrival at Indiragandhi International Airport:

Upon arrival, our team will assist you to Hotel nearby the airport. Enjoy the evening at Hotel and prepare yourself for the next day’s adventure.

Day 2Bagdugra to Sikkim

On arrival at Bagdogra airport,  you will be met by our representative who will assist you further to Sikkim’s capital Gangtok. On the way, our guide will brief you about trekking and give you overall information on altitude, campsites, and daily walking distance. After arrival in Gangtok, check in to the hotel, the evening will be free for sightseeing. Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 3Gangtok – Lachung Village

After breakfast, we will drive to Lachung village and shall pass by waterfalls, cardamom plantations, deep tropical forests, and little village home gardens. We shall stop whenever we have excellent shots for photography and spend our time with nature. Lachung is a beautiful village surrounded by snow-clad peaks with the Lachung River flowing through it. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 4Lachung Village – Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary-Trek begins.

After breakfast from the hotel, we shall start our trek towards the famous Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary. We will pass by the three species of Rhododendron Arboruem that blossom in pink, white, and red color. The sanctuary features a large number of blooming flowers apart from the Rhododendron. Purple-lilac blooms, blue-lilac, and pink-purple blooms are some of the most eye-catching ones. As we will climb higher, we will be able to witness scented foliage. On reaching our camping area called Yumthang, we shall be able to spot Dwarf Pottentillas and Purple Primulas flowers. At Yumthang, there are hot springs with a bathing hut constructed over the 2 pools of sulfur-infused water. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 05Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary:

An extra day to explore Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary. The area is very large to explore. With 250 species of wild plants and animals, you have ample time to explore the area for new plant and animal species. If possible we shall have a campfire in the evening.

Day 6Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary – Lachung Village

After breakfast from the Camps, we shall trek back to Lachung; the afternoon will be free to explore the place. Overnight stay in a guesthouse.

Day 7Lachung Village – Lachen - Thangu

Our trek today will be to Lachen and then onto the alpine meadows of Thangu, which is a village on the Indo-Tibet border and is covered with rhododendrons. Above the village, we shall trek to the alpine desert and will be able to take in spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and the entire valley of Dwarf Rhododendrons. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 08Thangu – Lachen – Darjeeling:

After breakfast, we shall head back down to Lachen, and post lunch, we will drive to Darjeeling. On arrival at Darjeeling, check-in to the hotel, the evening will be free to explore. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 09Darjeeling Tour

Early in the morning, we shall go to see the sunrise from Tiger Hill. From here the view of Mt. Kanchenjunga is simply beautiful. After watching the sunrise, we shall visit the famous Ghoom monastery. We shall then proceed to the hotel to enjoy some delicious breakfast followed day sightseeing in Darjeeling to the Gurkha memorial, Darjeeling toy railway, Darjeeling zoo, the Peace Pagoda, and other important sites. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 10Darjeeling – Bagdogra Drop

After breakfast, we shall drive to Bagdogra Airport to catch a flight for our onward destination.

Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary Trek Map
FAQ About Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary Trek

How do I get to Shingba rhododendron sanctuary?

The Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is situated near Lachung in the Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim. It takes nearly 7 hours drive to reach the sanctuary from Gangtok. You can also hire a taxi from Yumthang to Gangtok. Another perfect way to explore this place is by trekking from the Yumthang Valley.

What creatures are found in Shingba rhododendron sanctuary?

The Shingba sanctuary provides shelter to a large variety of animal populations like Tigers, Common Hill Partridges, Gorals, Blood Pheasant, Serows, and many more. The endangered Spotted Linsang or Tiger-Civet has also been reported from this sanctuary.

Which rhododendron species is found in Sikkim?

Rhododendron niveum is the state tree of the Indian state of Sikkim.
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