Sandakphu is one of the best treks in Darjeeling.
Sandakphu Trek offers some of the most alluring views of Mt Kanchenjunga and the Everest group of mountain peaks in Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim.
Darjeeling to Manebhanjang is about 26 km hence should be started early in the morning. Manebhanjang to Tonglu is a steep climb up to Meghma which is a 3 and half km walk. Meghma to Tonglu is another 2 km.Sandakphu which is approximately 20 km from Tonglu and it offers spectacular views of the mountains and valleys.
How to get there
By Air: From Delhi to Bagdogra Airport and a 4 hours journey by road will take us to Darjeeling.
By Train: From Delhi to NJP Railway Station
Nearest Town: Siligudi, 30 km from Darjeeling
Distance: Delhi - Bagdogra 1467 km.
Best Time to visit: The pre-monsoon season (Feb. to early May), especially the months of April and May, and the post-monsoon season (Sept. to early Dec.), especially Oct. and Nov., are ideal for Sandakphu Trek.
Exact Location: The trek begins at Darjeeling and passes through many prominent peaks of kanchenjunga.
Foreign National should show their travel documents at Sukhiyapokhri (on the way to Manebhanjang) and also at Manebhanjang Foreigners Check Post.
Things to Carry
- Walking stick
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Medical kit
Other Attractions in the Vicinity
The Sandakphu trek will take you to virginal spots and bring you face to face with the sublime grandeur of the Himalayas. The region is rich in flora and fauna. It has rhododendrons, Primulas and orchids of numerous varieties and also about six hundred different species of birds inhabit the forest on the slopes of the mountains.
There are a number of tourists spots in and around Darjeeling. The Japanese Pagoda, the Passenger ropeway connecting North Point and Singla Bazaar, Tiger hills are a to name a few.