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Overall a good trek. The Himalayan Trekker guide, Arpan, was very friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend it for beginners. Seasoned trekke...
I decided to do a solo Himalayan trekking in a spur of the moment, on a Sunday afternoon. I randomly googled for the organisers and Thrillophilia were ...
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.
About the Destination:
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.
Temperature: Day: 8°C to 15°C and Night: -5°C to 5°C
Trekking Distance: 47km
Maximum 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 : 5.0
Overall a good trek. The Himalayan Trekker guide, Arpan, was very friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend it for beginners. Seasoned trekkers might find it a bit easy.
Rated : 5.0
I decided to do a solo Himalayan trekking in a spur of the moment, on a Sunday afternoon. I randomly googled for the organisers and Thrillophilia were the only guys to come back with answers. They suggested me to do the Sandakhphu trek as it was my first trek as well. And I am glad they did.I would recommend this trip to anyone who is looking for an adventure as the difficulty is easy to moderate. This lets you experience not only the rich flora and fauna of the region but also gives a glimpse of the lifestyle of the pahadi people. Finally, as we watched the Mountain Goddess Kanchenjunga shining in all its grandeur, at Sandakphu, we felt every bit of the effort is worth it.
Rated : 5.0
It is truly a trekker's paradise! I along with our group of 5 members had wonderful experience during this trek. All the way to reaching 3,600m, the Trekking members and guides were extremely helpful and friendly. Cheers guys!
Rated : 5.0
What I liked the most about this trek is the variation in the terrains. At diffferent places, it offers totally different experience. Moreover, this is one of the treks that offered me fascinating views of Kanchenjunga, Mt Everest, Lhotse and Makalu peaks on the same go. Once, I was at the peak, I felt hyptonised by the beauty around. In this region, it is indeed the best treks to take.
Rated : 5.0
Trekking in sandakphu was one of the best decisions we ever made. It was a truly amazing experience and we had a blast here with our friends from Bangalore. Lovely climate, cold but warm in terms of the folk here who are so friendly and nice at all times.
Rated : 5.0
Sandakphu Peak was an amazing trekking experience. The views are simply beautiful and the trek is not that difficult. Loved the entire region. Beautiful experience.
Rated : 5.0
We were a group of 5 people and we weren't so sure about how the trip will be because: But it turned out to be an awesome experience, April is the best time to see the rhododendrons blooming. However, starting from the landrover ride uphill, the short 5 km trek in the steep uphill to the snowfall and the other treks was something that we enjoyed the most.
Rated : 5.0
Sandakphu is a wonderland trip for the trekkers. It's located at an altitude of 11,929ft in Darjeeling district .This is the summit or the highest point in Singalila range, and is also the highest peak in the state of West Bengal, India. Loved the entire trekking experience - great trip.
Rated : 5.0
It is difficult to explain my entire experience in few words. It was an awesome experience which I would cherish my whole life.. of course it's the the only highest place in West Bengal at an altitude of 3636m that is inhabited. Places we covered throughout the trek starting from maneybhanjan include Tumbling kalipokhri to sandakphu and then all the way down timburee and Therewise srikhola. Loved each and evry minute that I spent on this trek.
Rated : 5.0
One of the most adventurous and difficult treks of my life. the scenery was so awesome..really enjoyd the trek and made some awesome new friends.
What is the best time for Sandakphu Trek?
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.
Will there be snow on Sandakphu Trek?
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
Which trek is better- Sandakphu or Goecha La?
Enriched with a good number of topography, Goecha La trek is a little more challenging with a maximum heights 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.
What is the difficulty level of Sandakphu Trek?
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.
Will food and safe drinking water be provided during this trek?
Yes, veg meals along with the safe drinking water is provided throughout the trek.
Which type of shoes should I carry?
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.
What are the clothing and equipments that need to be carried from our end?
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.
Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
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.
How is Sandakphu Trek weather?
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.
Is Diamox is advisable?
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.
How do I get in shape?
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.
What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
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.
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