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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 ...
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 wa...
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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.
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 : 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
The Sandakphu trek is brilliant. This trek was a good one. The experience of trekking was fabulous. Being a nube i had no idea about trekking but the trek leaders are really awesome guys!.Hats off to their patience level and trekking skills.Made it very easy and enjoyable trek for me.Lovely experince.
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 : 4.0
this amazing trek to sandakphu is one of the best treks to be found in the northern part of india. the trek helped us to learn more about the local life style and tradition.It was a quite challenging track but the beauty that awaits when u reach the top is worth tha pain and hardwork.
Rated : 4.0
We just finished our sandakhphu trekking.... Sandakhphu is having very beautiful view of kanchanjanga and everest.Really enjoyed the terk , the trek guide and organizers were very supportive and led the trekking expedition effectively.
Rated : 4.0
Sandakphu offers views of the Kanchenjungha that have to be seen to be believed. All along the way nature takes your breath away with her loveliness, and when you finally get to Sandakphu it's like a grand climax. Peak upon peak surrounds you along half your horizon. had an awesome experience.
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 : 4.0
Sandakhphu hike is one of the best hike in Darjeeling region one can see the panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga and Everest range Always cold wind blows carry warm clothing and water proof jacket.Rest all is very effectively managed by trek leaders and organizers . It was an adventurous trek and challenging, yet safe for people looking to start trekking!
Rated : 4.0
I went on a trek to Sandakphu and Phalut in Nov 2015. The region is at India-Nepal border. Sandakphu and Phalut are respectively the highest and second highest peaks in West Bengal. I'd say this should be on top of list for adventure and thrill-seekers and Himalayan-lovers.
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.
Will porters be available in this trek?
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.
How long will be trek each day?
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.
How much will it cost to do Sandakphu trek?
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.
What should I keep in mind before going for Trekking at Sandakphu?
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.
What is the height of Sandakhphu 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.
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