Sandakphu Trek & Darjeeling Tour
Sandakphu Trek is a wonderland for the trekkers. It’s located at an altitude of 11,929ft (i.e. 3,636 meters) in Darjeeling district and on the north west of Darjeeling hill town. This is the summit or the highest point in Singalila range, and is also the highest peak in the state of West Bengal, India. The trek to Sandakphu goes all along the Singalila range. The trek route passes through the Singalila National Park. So your trek journey is further complemented with a national park that has some of the most fascinating rare animals like Red Pandas and Pangolins. However, rare animals are rarely seen. The national park is also rich with varieties of birds!!
Major Attractions @ Sandakphu Trek
- Spot four of the five highest peaks namely Mt. Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse
- Spot many other peaks of Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet and Bhutan in one single stretch of snow
- Get enthralled by the beauty of Great Himalayas
- Enjoy Himalayan trekking experience with all basic amenities
- Walk through the forests of flowering rhododendrons of numerous types, giant magnolias, spruce and wide range of amazing orchids (around 600 varities)
- Your trek will be complemented with a national park that has some of the most fascinating rare animals like Red Pandas and Pangolins.
- The route goes along the border of India and Nepal, and at several places is part of Nepal
Follow us on:
Day 1: Friday , 29th September 2017
Meet Travel Trikon buddies at 12 PM at Bagdogra Airport. Take a cab to Maneybhanjan. You can spend rest of the evening exploring nearby area. But do take enough rest for the adventure is about to begin!
Day 2: Saturday , 29th September 2017
The much awaited trek starts! We will follow a gradually ascending trail from Maneybhanjan (7,054 ft) to Chitre (8,340 ft). It’s a 3KM stretch and will be covered within 1.5 hours. The route up to Chitre passes through pine, fir, birch forests and bamboo glades. This part of the trek route is very steep and really warms you up. After a small refreshment break, we’ll proceed towards Lamaydhura (8,792 ft). This part of the trek is more comfortable than the earlier stretch up to Chitre. It’s a steady but gradual incline from Chitre and takes over an hour of trek. From here, one side of the road is part of Nepal, while the other side is in India. The trail ahead of Lamaydhura ascends gradually. So this part of the trek is relatively easy. As you walk further up towards Meghma (9,514 ft), you will pass though forests full of Chimal and Magnolia trees. This is another small village located at the border of India and Nepal, and about 3kms from Lamaydhura. From Lamaydhura, it takes about 1.5 hours of trek to reach Meghma. After a short break, we’ll proceed towards Tonglu which is a small hamlet located at an altitude of 10,130 ft and around 1 hours from Meghma. We’ll be taking out first halt here and you are welcome to enjoy the open meadows, valleys, gorge and barren landscapes.
Day 3: Sunday , 1st October 2017
The first village for the day is Tumling (9,600 ft) which is around 2 KM from Tonglu and would take around 1 hour. Tonglu to Tumling is a steep descend, but thereafter it’s a gradual descend till Gairibas. About 1km from Tumling you will reach the arch gateway of Singalila National Park, which is the highest altitude national park in the state of West Bengal. This park is well known for rare and fascinating high altitude animals like Red Panda, Pangolins, Himalayan black bear, Monals etc. Our next break is in Nepal at a place named Jhaubari which is a small village further along the way to Sandakphu at an altitude of 9,186 ft. around 6KM from Tumling and requires 3 hours of trekking. From Tumling, up to Jhaubari is a gradual descend and a relatively easy trek. But after Jhaubari it is a steep descend up to Gairibas (8,600 ft) which is around 1KM from Jhaubari. The trek route passes through bamboo glades. Gairibas is essentially a valley full of bamboo grooves. From Gairibas, the trek up to Kalipokhri takes about 3 hours. It’s at an altitude of 10,400 ft. Initially you will trek uphill through forests of oak, rhododendrons and bamboo to reach Kaiyakatta in about 1.5 hours which is about 2 KM from Gairibas. The trail is up & down from here. In another 1.5 hours or so you will reach Kalipokhri.
Day 4: Monday , 2nd October 2017
From Kalipokhri, the trekking route gradually ascends up to Bikheybhanjang which is located 2 KM away. And now the final destination and the climax. You could see the Sandakphu Peak from Kalipokhri itself. But like all great things in life, this won’t come easy. From Bikhheybhanjang the climb up to Sandakphu is the steepest. The 4kms route can easily take about 2.5 hours.
Day 5: Tuesday, 3rd October 2017
The route from Sandakphu to Phalut has a relatively easier gradient as both the places are at similar altitudes, however there will be inclines to climb at some places. From Sandakphu and all the way for 14 KM up to Sabarkum the view is simply awesome. You will keep seeing Kanchenjunga on the right and Everest family on the left as you walk through lovely meadows and forests of rhododendrons. From Phalut you will feel Kanchenjunga is literally at a stones throw distance, although it’s about 48 KM along a straight line, but appears gigantic and awesome. Actually this is the closest view of Kanchenjunga that you get in the whole of Singalila range.
Day 6: Wednesday, 04th October 2017
The first stop for the day is Gorkey which is about 15 KM and quickly descends through forests of bamboo, pine, chestnuts, hemlock etc. The 15 KM stretch takes about 5 hours. After a short break we’ll proceed to Rammam which is about 9kms and takes about 3 hours of trek. So from Phalut to Rammam is about 24kms (about 8 hours of trek).
Day 7: Thursday, 05th October 2017
From Rammam, start early next morning towards Rimbik (6,500 ft) which is 19 KM away. On the way you will get a small village called Srikhola about 12 KM from Rammam.
Day 8: Friday , 06th October 2017
Congratulations! You have now completed the whole Sandakphu Circuit. Today we’ll move on to Darjeeling to relax. Just to give you a head start about the place, Darjeeling hill town is located at an altitude of 6,710 ft in north east India and is part of the state of West Bengal. Darjeeling hill town was originally set up as a sanitarium or health resort by the British in mid 1800s, but over the years, it earned its name for its world famous aromatic tea. Optionally go for the amazing narrow gauge Toy Train Ride, which is known as Joy Ride.
Day 9: Saturday , 07th October 2017
Our day will start with early morning 3 point tour which covers famous sunrise from Tiger Hill, Old Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop where the toy train takes a dramatic loop and negotiates an altitude of 140 ft. The same place where “Mere Sapno Ki Rani Kab Ayegi Tu” was shooted featuring Rajesh Khanna. After the breakfast, pack up and drive back to Bagdogra with the sweet memories!
- All Veg meals from Day-1 Lunch to Day-6 Dinner.
- 1 Night Hotel Accommodation on Twin / Triple sharing at Maneybhanjan.
- 6 Nights Trekkers Hut Accommodation on Dormitory.
- 1 Night Hotel Accommodation on Twin / Triple sharing at Darjeeling.
- First aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced Trek guide and support staff.
- Singalila National Park Permits & Entry Fee at Batasia Loop (for Indians).
- Transfers from Bagdogra to Maneybhanjan, Ramman to Darjeeling and Darjeeling to Bagdogra.
- 3 Point Sightseeing at Darjeeling
- Any Train / Flight Travelling
- Any meal during transit or during stay in Maneybhanjan and Darjeeling.
- Joy Ride at Darjeeling
- Cost Escalation due to natural reason
- Unscheduled stay due to landslide
- Singalila National Park Permits & Entry Fee at Batasia Loop (for foreigners)
- Still / Video Camera Fee at Singalila National Park
- Porter Charges for Sandakphu Trek
- Any personal expenses such as soft drinks etc.
- Anything other than above mentioned inclusion.
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Things to Carry
- Backpack (min 60 Ltrs) with rain cover
- Daypack to carry necessary things for a day (20 litres)
- Trekking Shoes (Forclaz 100, 500 recommended)
- 3 pairs of full sleeve shirts/T-shirts
- 2 pairs of trekking/track pants
- 3 pairs of cotton socks. 2 pairs of woollen socks
- 1 full sleeve sweater
- 1 fleece jacket (preferable)
- One padded/down jacket
- Thermal inners – 1 Pair
- 1 pair of slippers
- 1 pair of water-resistant gloves
- Rain coat/ Poncho/ Wind cheater (No umbrellas please!)
- Sun cap
- 1 scarf/neck-warmer/balaclava
- 1 Light towel
- Personal toilet kit – Must contain Face-wash, Toothpaste, toothbrush, Cold cream, Lip balm and sun screen (SPF 40+)
- 1 Toilet paper roll
- 2 water bottles (1 Litre each)
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
- Personal medical kit
- Dark sunglasses (U/V protected)
- 1 Walking stick
- Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder
- Snacks & Biscuits
– Use repellents to keep bugs away
– Make note of nearest railway station, bus stop, taxi stand etc.
– Do not stray away from your group during the trek
– Keep family & friends informed about your whereabouts