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About the Sandakphu Trek:
Known as another of the beautiful Himalayan trek Sandakphu Trek is a must do the trek for the adventure seekers and nature lovers. This trek takes after the well known Singalila Ridge, an eye-catching goad of high ground that lies at the southern end of a long peak, which keeps running down from the Kanchendzongha massif and structures the outskirt between Sikkim and Nepal. You will start this fascinating trek from New Jalpaiguri and then reach Manebhanjan from where you will start your trek.
You will start trekking towards Tumling, on your second day which is one of the spectacular peaks of the Singalila Range. On your third day, you will trek to Kalipokhri covering a distance of around 9 km in 5 hours and the pass the Singalila National Park. On your fourth day, you will come across the amazing sight of the Sandakphu Peak, Mt Khanchendzonga, and Mt Everest. Standing tall these peaks will beckon you to stare at it for long. Get a chance to witness the majestic sunrise while during your trek.
On your fifth day, you will start your descending trek from Sandakphu to Srikhola. Keep admiring the beauty of the whole place as you continue trekking. You will also come across the spectacular panoramic views of Nepal Himalayas including Kanchendzongha range, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Janu, Chamlang, Baruntse and a host of Sikkim peaks all seen in one stretch. The awesome stroll along the edge is perfect for the learners/beginners, who need to investigate Darjeeling/Sikkim Himalayas. Your trek to Sandakphu will indeed be a lifetime experience.
Located at an altitude of 11,941ft in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, Sandakphu trek is popularly known as a ‘Trekkers Wonderland’. It is the highest region of West Bengal. This 6-day long trek takes you through the journey of Sandakphu through different picturesque locations which are untamed until now. Not just this during your trek catch the glimpse of the Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu along with a diverse range of flora and fauna, contrasting views of snow-clad peaks and evergreen forests.
This trek is considered as the highest trek in West Bengal. The trek route to Sandakphu goes all along the Singalila range and therefore this is also known as Singalila trek. During the trek, you will not only see the famous peaks but also Three Sisters and few other peaks of Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet and Bhutan in one single stretch of snow. Soak in the beauty of the region as you continue your trek and watch the towering peaks touching the sky. The cluster of Kanchenjunga forms the upper body and is popular among the people as The Sleeping Buddha.
Your trek route lies along the border of India and Nepal. There is also the Singalila National Park where one can find a rare species like Red Panda and is a birder’s paradise. You will also find blooming Rhododendrons and Magnolia which will turn the forest with red, pink and white shades during spring and foliage hue during fall. The Sandakphu Trek is definitely the best trek you should try this season.
Sandakphu Trek Highlights:
- Sandakphu Trek is one of the most beautiful treks which will take you through some of the most unknown and unexplored parts of Sikkim and Nepal.
- During the trek, you will come across the Mt Everest the snow peak which is said to bears bequest of the mythical stairway to heaven.
- You will also have the chance to camp under the brilliant night sky and that too with a bonfire.
- Pass through the small streams and witness the beauty of the whole region.
- Stop for a while and meet the friendly locals of villages and learn about their day to day life.
- Get a chance to witness the majestic sunrise on your fourth day.
- You will also find blooming Rhododendrons and Magnolia which will turn the forest with red, pink and white shades during spring and foliage hue during fall.
Sandakphu Temperature: Day: 8°C to 15°C and Night: -5°C to 5°C
Sandakphu Trek Trekking Distance: 47km
Sandakphu Trek Altitude: 11,941ft
Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the nearest railway station
Airport: Bagdogra Airport
ATM: You can withdraw money at New Jalpaiguri (NJP).
Travel to Manebhanjan
Upon arrival in New Jalpaiguri/Siliguri in the morning, you will be taken to Manebhanjan, the origin of this amazing Sandakphu trekking.
After your breakfast, start trekking towards Tumling, one of the spectacular peaks in the Singalila Range.
Upon arrival at a trekker’s hut.
Get ready to trek to Kalipokhri covering a distance of around 9 km in 5 hours.
While walking past the Singalila National Park, explore and discover the enchanting beauty of the vicinity.
Stay overnight in a trekker's hut in Kalipokhri.
Today, you will be trekking in Sandakphu, the highest point in West Bengal.
Enjoy the panoramic views of the Mt Khanchendzonga and Everest, the scenic forests underneath.
Relish the sight of a mesmerising sunset as well.overnight stay will be in a trekker’s hut.
Start the day with a descending trek from Sandakphu to Srikhola.
For the first half of the trek, climb downhill to Gurdum (around 5 hours).
For the next half, a 2 hours’ descend will finally take you to Srikhola.
In the morning, take a drive through the winding roads and get transferred to New Jalpaiguri.
The experience ends here.
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Rated : 4.0
It all started with my son wanting to do a trek on his birthday. A quick google search took me to Thrillophilia and Sweety Mallick was very helpful in finalising our itenerary for Sandakphu trek. Makkan Singh and Kavish Rathore were also quite helpful. On Day 1, our family of four reached our homestay at Kopidhara near Mane Bhanjan. We were greeted by Tashi and Anmol. We were soon joined by our other team members, three cousins from Gujarat, one Danish National and a lady from Mumbai. We bonded almost at once and enjoyed the Diwali cracker show at this small village and the simple dinner our hosts had prepared for the night. Tashi gave us a good brief on Dos and Donts for the long trek ahead. This was our first multi-day trek. On Day 2, we started off by 0830 hrs for a steep trek of 6 km through the pine trees. Our senior guide Santa Dada, a gentle soul in his 50s had joined us by then. He took the forward position and Anmol, our other guide in his 20s took up the rear. We were a group of nine with ages varying from 15 to 48 years of age. We had great view of Kanchenjunga and Singalila Range all through the day as we took a tea break at Meghma, lunched near Chitrey and stopped for the night in a homestay at Tumling. Our hosts at Tumling had arranged for a cosy fireplace. Santa Da and Anmol gave my son Dhruv a traditional Nepali greeting on his birthday. We enjoyed the Diwali celebrations at our host's place which was a musical one with the entire village in attendance. Some of us danced to the Nepali numbers sung by the locals. On Day 3, we started off by 0900 hrs and this time also weather was very pleasant with clear view all around. We trekked along a gentle climb to lunch at Kayargutta and finally reached Kalapokhri homestay by 1630 hrs for our night stay. After a simple dinner we retired early. On Day 4, we started by 0830 hrs for our last leg of journey to Sandakphu. It was a steep trek but we enjoyed each moment with the group. We finally reached Hotel Sunrise our last stop atop Sandakphu by lunch. We were surprised to see that the hotel was well stocked with goodies and variety of dishes. It was warm inside the restaurant. Towards evening we trekked to the sunset point and though we could not have a glimpse of Everest and other peaks due to dense fog and clouds, we could enjoy the various hues of the sky due to the setting sun. We came back to the hotel and enjoyed a sumptuous dinner consisting of Chowmein and fried rice. Electricity was available only through solar panels and diesel genset for a limited time. Water was also scarce since it had to be brought by tanker from halfway uphill. So we retired early. On Day 6, we woke up early in the morning (0430 hrs) to get a glimpse of Everest, Kanchenjunga and the other famous peaks along with Sleeping Buddha pose. It was quite foggy and the clouds made it difficult to catch the Mt Everest peak clearly, We then started our climb down back to Seppy through a steep slope. This time Anmol took the forward position and Santa Da took the rear position. We quickly reached our lunch point at Gurduk, Sherpa Himalayan Homestay. The climb down was arduous due to the steepness and rocky trail. We were very tired by lunch due to pressure on the knees. The weather was also very foggy and the mountain ranges were not visible. However the Shrikola river and Timbure village gave us scenic views. We reached our Homestay at Seppy by dusk and our hosts headed by Sushant made our stay comfortable by offering us veg momos with tea and later a simple dinner. We were very tired and quickly retired to bed. On Day 7, Sushant was very helpful in dropping us back to Kopidhara and arranging vehicle for the way back to Siliguri. The entire trek was made very memorable by the bonding within our group despite the varied age difference. We had great fun and will always remember the great time we had. We carry a lot of photographs for remembering those fun moments we had. Thank you Santa Dada and Anmol. Thank you Thrillophilia. Thank you all the hosts en route Sandakphu and back. Regards and Best Wishes.
Rated : 5.0
One of the best experience in my life till date. Sandakhphu trek had mesmerizing views and sceneries. Enjoyed like hell. Its great for beginners. So beautiful, so ecstatic, so adventurous. Trekking guide especially DK sir was so helpful and patient. Loved his songs. Food was great all the way. I would definitely recommend for everyone to try once in a lifeime.
Rated : 5.0
I thought I was going for a trek, but instead I went on a self actualisation trip. It had everything- fun, workout, snow, car journey, bonfire, and anything else you can imagine. Before the trip I was quite skeptical, whether or not I would be able to do it, whether or not the weather and conditions would be favourable, but it all worked out. Our trek guides, Bishu and Sasang, were both so amazing, so motivating, and so supportive, that they made our trip a success. At one point, I wasn’t sure if I could continue on this trek, since my legs were giving up, but our guide motivated us, told us we’re almost there, and made us complete the journey. We took shortcuts, we clicked pictures, we went 2km along the mountains just to see the beautiful sunset hiding in the clouds beneath us, and we came back changed. I recommend this trip to anyone who is reading this. The trek is for beginners with will power, and the journey is going to memorable for years, if not more.
Rated : 4.0
This trek is considered to be the holy grail of Indian trekking, and it is done so for the right reasons. This trek is sheer brilliance. It is neither tough nor too easy, but this trek is definitely unique and great. Which other trek offers the view of Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga at the same time? This trek does, and it definitely is the best trek to take with your gang of buddies. I took this trek 2 months back, and I was super glad about it. This was a well-organized and a very pleasant trek, in short. Highly recommended.
Rated : 4.0
Sandakphu Trek is a very pretty and a beautiful trek. I enjoyed this trek totally. This was a beautiful trek where we got to see the Mt. Everest. It was nice and awesome. The cost of this trek was also not that much. I had a great time in here.
Rated : 4.0
Our trek was a remarkable experience. It was well organised and the accommodation along the way allowed for a very comfortable stay. The only problem which we faced was with the accommodation provided in Kalpokhari which was below average. The food was also quite good. I would personally like to thank the guide Mr Bisu Rai for helping us throughout the journey.
Rated : 5.0
The best thing about the trip was our guide Vikram Da..and we generally call him Vikram. He made sure to make us comfortable and ensured our needs to be taken care of. The only thing i would ask Thrilillophilia to do is club people of similar ages and not club a 55-60 yr old person with a group of youngsters. There are differences in mental and physical attributes.
Rated : 5.0
The trek has a famous point from where you can see the clouds in a sleeping buddha position and it was the best view. There were also local tales about Kalanag, a black water lake, and listening to different stories about it from the locals were fun and exciting. Watching mountain ranges and beautiful views make the visit worthwhile.
Rated : 5.0
We visited here during the spring season and it has the best views in this season. The forest offers different views covered in pink, red, and white shades. There is a point from where you can see the highest peaks and it was mesmerizing to see that.
Rated : 5.0
Trekking to the highest peak of West Bengal was exciting and beautiful as well. Sandakphu Trek is very famous for its beautiful views and amazing scenery and heard a lot about the tales of the locals as well. It was a memorable experience.
There are two best seasons to go for the Sandakphu trek. The first season, with the temperature ranges from 8 to 15 degrees, is from April to May and the second season is after the monsoon starting from October to early December when the temperature ranges from -5 to 5 degrees.
The time for monsoon is from July to September, which is not the good time to visit Sandakphu.
Unlike how most people think it to be, the Sandakphu trek is actually moderately difficult and, hence, can be enjoyed by both skilled and beginner hikers alike. However, we would still suggest you to travel with a professional to minimize the risk factors or nullify them completely.
Whether you believe it or not, Sandakphu is actually one of the best options for solo travelers or trekkers. Frankly speaking, if you are traveling with your friends, most of the time, you will miss out on various otherworldly specs of Mother Nature.
First and foremost, you can obviously enjoy the popular adventurous activity of trekking here and savor the mystical beauty of nature. However, if you still do not feel satiated yet, then you can opt for night camping as well. If you are enthusiastic enough, then you may also create a bonfire with your friends and have a grand time with them. Lastly, while hiking in this beautiful location, you will also get the chance of visiting the legendary National Park of Sandakphu.
In essence, unlike a few other trekking destinations in India, the accommodation system of Sandakphu trek is actually a lot better. There are several homestay, lodges, and hotels available in this area where you can get a perfect good night's sleep. However, the accommodations in these places would be almost dormitory-like, so the whole experience would be quite fun if you are traveling with your friends.
If you are going for the trek between the months of October and early December, there are good chances to get a view of beautiful snow peaks in the clear blue sky
Enriched with a good number of topography, Goecha La trek is a little more challenging with a maximum height of up to 5200 m as compared to the Sandakphu trek with the heights of up to 3636 m only from the mean sea level.
Moreover, during your trek in Sandakphu, you get the 270-degree view of the Himalayan ranges, on the other hand, Goecha La trek presents the view of only the Mt. Kanchenjunga. Talking about the connectivity over the phone, in a few places you can have the mobile signals during the Sandakphu Trek, but in the Goecha La trek, you will be totally isolated from the outer world.
The level of difficulty for the Sandakphu trek is MODERATE with the mixed sections of steep and gradual ascents and the trail passing through the meadows and forest covers.
Yes, veg meals along with the safe drinking water is provided throughout the trek.
Please do not carry the normal sports shoes. As you need the good traction during the trek, shoes from Woodland or Forclaz 500 is a recommended choice.
As the temperature is cold throughout the trek with the possibilities of rain, we recommend that you carry woolen clothes, which can be full sleeves woolen sweater, thermal inner wear, windproof jacket, etc. along with a raincoat.
No alcohol or smoking is strictly prohibited during trekking. As you will be trekking to a high altitude drinking and smoking will affect you breathing conditions. People might think that drinking at colder regions will keep you warm but at high altitude, it is very bad for health.
The temperature range in Sandakphu goes from about -5 degrees Celcius in the winter months to about 15 degrees Celcius in the summer months. The last bit of December to early February sees snowfall in Sandakphu.
Sandakphu Trek is quite suitable to people who are beginners and you can easily acclimatize well as you keep continuing your trek. But if you find any symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) which includes a headache, nausea and vomiting then inform your trek leader.
During your trek, each of the campsites holds first aid kit and fully equipped cylinders for such situations.
Sandakphu trek is considered as an easy to moderate trek. If you are physically fit then you can easily do the trek but if there are few places where your trek can be strenuous. For that, you need to prepare yourself. For this, you can start jogging every day and then do cycling for some time.
Always take the stairs without any breaks which will help you to keep fit. Also, start with brisk 10 minutes walk every day and then some physical exercise like stretching. You can also do some yoga every day to regulate your breathing properly.
During your Sandakphu trek, you will be we provided with proper toilet tents which are waterproof. There will be 2/ 4tents depending on the size of the group. The toilets tents will have a deep pit for your nature calls.
You will also have a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up which you can cover it up. This is the most hygiene way for you in the wild. Also, toilet paper is the advisable instead of wet wipes.
Yes, porters are available at Sandakphu trek. And they are necessary too. Located a few kilometers from the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, Sandakphu is perched at a stunning height of almost 12,000 feet above sea level.
This is the highest of all the regions in West Bengal. Therefore, if you are carrying a lot of luggage, you are going to need a porter to accompany you on the trek. Even for the most seasoned and experienced veteran of hiking, it is not possible to take luggage at such a difficult trail.
Porters rates here are cheap too, so you can get one without burning a hole in your pocket.
Trekking time for each day varies according to the location and height which you climb. If you are simply walking, a small amount will cover a large distance, but while climbing over an altitude, more time will be required to cover the same distance.
Having said that, each day should not exceed more than 6 hours of trekking time. Day 3 and 5 may be the most arduous for most tourists, as it may extend up to 7 hours of climbing and walk, but the rest of the days, the trek will be limited to 5 hours.
The Sandakphu trek is not only the highest trek in India, but it is also one of the longest and physically demanding trails you will ever follow. Usually, it takes people about 6 days to cover a trekking distance of about 46 kilometers and climb the altitude of 12,000 feet that make up the hike.
There are several ways you can plan the hike. If you decide to go with a trekking company that manages everything from the itinerary to hotels and food - you will find rates as low as 10k to cover all your expenses.
These include crampons if there is snow, first aid kit, necessary permits and entry fees, and professional trekkers to help and guide you. If you plan the hike yourself, the entire trek cost may change depending on your choices.
There are several things you should carry while going on a trek to the Himalayas. These include - backpack, rain cover, trekking shoes, emergency kit, energy bars, water bottles, torches, etc.
Keep in mind the time during which you plan your trip.
If you want to enjoy the natural beauty to the fullest, plan your trek in April when the entire valley Is covered in rhododendrons. You will get to enjoy the spectacular side of the green jungle-covered in shades the magenta and pink.
On the other hand, winter months are ideal if you want to get clear views of the mountains. Another thing to remember is that at such an altitude, you are likely to get mountain sickness. Carry a first aid kit, and if you are suffering from a medical problem, take the advice of your doctor before going on such a rigorous trek.
Sandakphu trek height ranges from 3636 meters, or 11930 feet above sea level - the highest in all of Eastern India. It offers a spectacular view of the 4 highest peaks in the world - Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse, and Makalu - making the vantage point one of the most unique and spellbinding places on the planet.
Besides, the view also features some remarkable peaks of Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh. Book your travel today to experience this one-of-a-kind journey and make memories worth a lifetime.
Located at an elevation of 11,929 feet, Sandakphu is every trekker’s delight in the Darjeeling region. The trekking trail begins from Manebhanjan-Tumling-Kalipokhri-Sandakphu-Shririkola. Sandakphu is an easy to moderate level of the trek with a combination of both plain and steep ascents that can be done by beginners as well.
The accommodation during the Sandakphu trek is done in the dorm-style lodge, homestay, guest house, or hotels with attached or common washroom facilities throughout the trek. It is advised to carry essentials like your own toilet paper, soap, towel, and other toiletries for your own convenience during the trek.
Yes, network availability is there in Gurdum village and the Sandakphu trail with an irregular coverage though. The BSNL service users will have network mostly throughout the trail and other network operators like Airtel and Vodafone can also use the on and off-network facilities except for the summit zone.
The initial period of June is always a good time to go for Sandaphu trek as the weather is pleasant and clear. But as you go to the second and third week of June, the onset of monsoon begins, making the trail slippery and muddy due to the heavy rainfall.
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