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Sandakphu Trek Highlights

  • Experience one of the highest north-south mountain ridge- Singalila range that divide West Bengal and Himalayan range.
  • Albeit it’s offbeat essence, the place, and the Lake stand as a major attraction en route to Sandakphu. Kalpokhri Lake– Go and uncover the Myth Of The Sacred Black Waters.
  • Explore the shades of forest- red, pink, and white formed by blooming Rhododendrons and Magnolia.
  • The famous “Sleeping Buddha” formation of peaks formed by four Tallest Mountains In The World!
  • Seeing the Mt. Everest at the horizon- you will love every bit of Sandakphu trekking!

Sandakphu Trek Overview

About Sandakphu Trek:


Ranged at an altitude of 11,941ft in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, the Sandakphu trek is popularly known as a ‘Trekkers Wonderland’. The four massive peaks bound this trek- Mount Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu. This trek follows the famous Singalila Ridge, a high ground that lies at the southern end of a long crest, which runs down from the Kanchendzongha range and forms the border between Sikkim & Nepal. This ridge, passing through small settlements, is perhaps one of the most scenically rewarding in the Himalayas. The famous “Sleeping Buddha” formation of peaks is a delight for all. Most of the settlements and hamlets we pass by are geographically in Nepal. The entire trail is inside Singalila National park a biodiversity hotspot that boasts numerous species of birds and. Red Panda is rare but not impossible to sight. The flowering of Rhododendrons and Magnolia turn the forest into red, pink, and white shades during springtime.

Quick Facts:

  • Duration: 6D/5N
  • Altitude: 11,9261ft
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Distance: 44km
  • Temperature: Day: 8°C to 15°C and Night: -5°C to 5°C
  • Best Time to Trek: March to May, October to January
  • Railway Station: NJP 
  • Airport: Bagdogra
  • ATM: You can withdraw money at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP).
  • Starting Point: Manebhanjan/ Chitrey
  • Ending Point: Srikhola


How to Reach Maneybhanjan/ Chitrey:


By Air: Bagdogra Airport is fully functional for domestic as well as international flights. Visitors can conveniently take flights to reach here from some of the major cities of India such as Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata. Bangkok and Paro are directly connected via air to Bagdogra. Tourists can hire a taxi or bus shuttle from the airport to reach the town of Bagdogra.


By Rail: The new Jalpaiguri railway station is one of the biggest rail junctions in North Bengal. Situated at a distance of 4 kilometres from Jalpaiguri city, the railway station has good connectivity with various other major cities in India.


By Road: Siliguri is well connected through West Bengal State Road Transport Corporation (WBSRTC) and some private travel services. It is 7 Kms from Matigara, 12 Kms from Bharat Basti, 16 Kms from Kamal Pur, 26 Kms from Pankhabari, 36 km from Kurseong, 45 km from Mirik, 66 km from Kalimpong, 78 km from Darjeeling, 170 Kms from Biratnagar, 206 Kms from Pratapganj and 377 Kms from Naogaon, and 560 km from Kolkata.


NOTE: There are shared taxis available frequently from Bus Stand/ Railway Station/ Airport. It costs approx. Rs 3500 per vehicle (shared between 5-6 trekkers).


Sandakphu Trek Package Inclusions:

  1. Accommodation- 5 Nights stay from Manebhanjan / Chitrey (Day 1) to Srikhola (Day 5) in Dormitory Stay/ Lodges.
  2. Meals- All nutritious veg meals from dinner at Manebhanjan / Chitrey to breakfast at Srikhola.
  3. Expert trek Leaders- An excellent mountain guide who will be local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trail around.
  4. Camping charges- The permit fee for Singalila National Park and forest camping charges are included in the Sandakphu Trek package.
  5. Safety equipment – First aid kit, oxygen cylinders, oximeter, etc. will be with guide/trek leader and at the campsite as well to deal with emergencies.
  6. Expert Trek support team- The mountain staff on this trek consists of certified guides, cooks, helpers, and porters.


Available Group Departure dates-

  • May: 5,8
  • October: 2,9,16,23,30
  • November: 6,13,20,27
  • December: 4,11,18,25

[ Note: These dates can be customized in case of 5 or more persons. ]

More Details about Sandakphu Trek

Know Before You Go for Sandakphu Trek

  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the tour.
  • Pay heed to the trek leaders or instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound experience.
  • The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
  • While visiting any religious sites, follow proper dress-code and do not hurt the local sentiments of the places.
  • Tranport cost from NJP to Chitrey and from Srikola to NJP is to be borne by the trekker on actual basis. Same can be arranged on request.

Things To Carry for Sandakphu Trek

  • Warm clothes
  • Toilet paper & wipes
  • Walking stick
  • Back pack (50-60l)
  • Day pack (20-30l)
  • Water bottle
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Hiking shoes
  • Waterproof windcheater
  • Woollen cap, socks, mittens & scarf

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Top Reviews
04 Nov, 2019
Good
D Vishwanath
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.
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11 Jan, 2021
Excellent
Swati Jhunjhunwala
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.
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Sandakphu Trek Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in New Jalpaiguri (NJP), Drive from NJP – Manebhanjan/Chitrey (95km/4 Hours)
  • Pick up from NJP railway station in the morning by 10 am and drive to Maneybhanjang (1980m, 6500ft), trekkers will travel to the base camp on their own. Distance around 110 km and takes 4 hours.
  • The road goes through the foothills of Eastern Himalaya (also called Dooars) and gradually gains height.
  • The last 2 Km from Maneybhanjung to Chitrey is a steep road with several hairpin bends and eventually reaches the hilltop.
  • All the major mobile networks work here. Night accommodation in dormitory/ lodges. 
Day 2
11km/5 hours trek, Singalila Range, trek from Manebhanjan to Tumling (9,500ft)
  • After your breakfast, start trekking towards Tumling, one of the spectacular peaks in the Singalila Range.
  • Get mesmerized by the fascinating views that come your way and behold the scenic views in your camera and astound by the beautiful landscapes.
  • The trail ahead is clearly visible till Meghma while we slowly gain height. Sandakphu Trek route often defines the border between India and Nepal so the posting of Paramilitary camps of SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal) at all the major points is common.
Day 3
12 Km – 6/7 hours Trek, Singalila National Park & Trek to Kalapokhri
  • 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.
  • The road enters into the dense forest and we take shorts cuts often which meet the jeep road while gaining altitude in a short distance. In spring this stretch is particularly vibrant with blooming Rhododendrons.
  •  During the last part of the trek, a small pond is seen on our left. This is called Kalapokhri (Kala is Black and Pokhri is a Pond in Nepali)
  • Enjoy staying overnight in a trekker's hut in Kalipokhri.
Day 4
8 km/4 Hours, Trek to Sandakphu Peak, Mt Khanchendzonga & Mt Everest, Sunset Views
  • On this day you will be trekking in Sandakphu, the highest point in West Bengal.
  • This portion of the trail is inside Nepal and the Indian road joins here from the other side of the mountain. There is a tea stall on our left and a forest check post on the right.
  • The road splits and the newly built road inside Nepal takes a longer path on our left to reach Sandakphu. We take the straight road ahead and start climbing.
  • Enjoy the panoramic views of Mt. Khanchendzonga and Everest, the scenic forests underneath.
  • Relish the sight of a mesmerizing sunset as well.
  • Your overnight stay will be in a trekker’s hut for a day.
Day 5
Sunrise at Sandakphu – Trek down to Srikhola via Gurdum village – 18 Km – 7/8 hours
  • Wake up early to observe the fascinating sunrise. During fall and winters, this top remains cold, especially early in the morning. The wind blows directly from the Kanchendzongha side.
  • Straight ahead is gigantic Kanchendzongha massif along with Jannu (Kubhakarna) to its left and Pandim to its right, forming as rightly said the “Sleeping Buddha”
  • After breakfast, we start our descent. 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, 2 hours’ descend will finally take you to Srikhola.
Day 6
Return journey to New Jalpaiguri (130km/5 Hours)
  • In the morning, take a drive through the winding roads and get transferred to New Jalpaiguri.
  • The Sandakphu trek package ends here, head back to your home with a plethora of memories in your bag.

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Price Includes
  • Stay

    Accommodation is on triple/quad sharing at dormitory/ lodges.

  • Meals

    All meals during the trek. Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek, breakfast, hot lunch (en route), snacks, dinner along coffee/tea/soup.

  • Permits

     The permit fee for Singalila National Park, for Indian Nationals only

  • Guide

    Mountain Guide- All our trek leaders are at least qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering and first aid course.

Sandakphu Trek Map

Starting Point
Maneybhanjan Trekking Basecamp
Mane Bhanjang, West Bengal 734221, India