SINGALILA TREK

YAMBONG SINGALILA, THE NEW TREKKING ECOTOURISM DESTINATION
Yambong Singalila is a treasure mountain in Singalila range, this valley is also forms the border line between West Bengal, Nepal and western part of Sikkim. This new destination has been packaged as Yambong Singalila Trek in the tourism market. The trek starts from 1,800 meter at Nambu village and goes up to a height of 5,100 meter at Dafey Bheer also called devil’s pass. The top of the pass is a famous viewpoint, it gives a panoramic view of the world highest mountain Mt. Everest towards the left and towards the right is the beautiful Khangchendzonga range. This viewpoint is also surrounded by 6 alpine lakes at its base. It is moderate 15 days round trek with entry from Nambu in West Sikkim and exit at Yuksum.


Tourism provides a novel opportunity for development of often remote and mostly resource poor but biodiversity rich mountain communities.” Earlier most villagers were engaged in pastoralism (Yak herding and sheep herding) and large cardamom farming. In the year 2004, The Mountain Institute (TMI) (a non profit organization working with the mountain communities for mountain conservation), jointly with Sikkim Forest Department and Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee (KCC) took up a joint intervention in the valley. The activities carried out included strengthening of villager institutions, incentives to ex-herders, health and sanitation programme, and providing better alternative livelihood through ecotourism, which then ultimately developed into the new ecotourism package “Yambong Singalila Trek”.

Yambong Singalila than made a beginning in the tourism industry from October 2005. There has been an excellent growth over the last one year. Tourism within no time picked up so well in the valley. An office at Nambu, west Sikkim has been setup, an office coordinator has also been appointed who coordinates the trek. All the villagers are involved in trekking tourism have been registered under Yambong Ecotourism Committee.

A community campsite at Chongri (Yak herders village) has been developed. This community campsite consists of a kitchen cum porter’s hut, toilet and bathroom with running water and a leveled camping ground, which is managed by the local NGO of the village.
The two principle mountain ranges are the razor edged Singalila on the western border that defines the boundary between Sikkim and Nepal and the undulating Chola on the east forms a part of the border between Sikkim and Tibet. These ranges form an almost impregnable manner

YUMBONG SINGALILA TREK
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Day 01: Day IV: Gangtok drive. Nambu.

Day 02: Nambu trek Sangkhola or Chongri village, 6kms, 5kms, 4 hours.

Day 03: Sangkhola/ Chongri trek-Nayapatal (3000 meters), 6kms, 4 hours.

Day 04: Nayapatal-rest for acclimatization.

Day 05: Nayapatal trek to lower Yambong (3735 meters) 7kms, 5 hours.

Day 06: lower yambong trek to Lampokhari (3900 meters), 5kms, 4 hours.

Day 07: Lampokhari Rest and excursion.

Day 08: Lampokhari trek to Gomathang (3735 meters), 5kms, 4 hours.

Day 09: Gomathang trek to Pangding (4210 meters), 8kms, 5 hours.

Day 10: Pangding trek Dzongri (4030 meters), 7kms, 5 hours.

Day 11: Dzongri trek Thangsing (3936 meters), 6kms, 4 hours.

Day 12: Thangsing trek Lamune (4200 meters), 6kms, 4 hours.

Day 13: Lamune trek Goechala trek back to Thangsing.

Day 14: Thangsing trek back to Tshoka.

Day 15: Tshoka trek to Yuksum, overnight halt at Yuksum

 

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Last but not the least a new tourist package called “Himalayan Heritage Hamlet Trek” has also been developed. This 11 day trek passes through some of the remotest villages where the traditional culture is still rich, vibrant and alive. One can experience the lifestyle of the yak herders at Chongri, Limboo culture at Topung, Bhutia culture at Melli, make a wish at the Khecheoplari wishing lake, archaeological delights at Yuksum, the first capital of Sikkim and Pokhri Dhara, Gurung sheep herders at Labdang, Lepcha indigenous community at Martam and in the end relax in the healing waters of the Borong Heritage hotspring.

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