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Sandakphu Trek

6D/5N
1
Day in
Mane Bhanjang
1
Day in
Tumling
1
Day in
Kalapokhri
1
Day in
Sandakphu
2
Days in
Srikhola
Stay Included
Breakfast Included
Sightseeing Included
Choose Trip Duration
sandakphu-trek6 days
Starting From
9,250
trekking-to-sandakphu-and-phalut7 days
Starting From
11,500
Destination Routes
Mane Bhanjang
Tumling
Kalapokhri
Sandakphu
Srikhola
Stay Category
Standard

Trip Highlights

  • Trek to West Bengal's highest point and experience a breathtaking sunrise with views of the world's highest majestic peaks.

  • Feel the thrill as you reach the summit and take in the breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, and other Himalayan peaks.

  • Visit the mystical Kalaphokri Lake, a naturally formed holy lake, and learn about its enigmatic black waters.

  • Discover the diverse wildlife thriving within Singalila National Park, including the red panda, Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard, and various species of deer.

INR 9,250
per_person
INR 12,450
4.7(921)
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What’s inside the package?
Inclusions
1 night stay in Mane Bhanjang
1 night stay in Tumling
1 night stay in Kalapokhri
1 night stay in Sandakphu
1 night stay in Srikhola
Trek to Tumling from Mane Bhanjang
Trek to Kalapokhri from Tumling
Trek to Sandakphu Peak from Kalapokhri
Descend to Srikhola from Sandakphu Peak
Stay
Meals
Permits
Guide
First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder
Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff
Exclusions
Expenses of a personal nature.
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary or inclusions
Transfers
Any personal expenses

Know Before You Go

  • Take your time adjusting to high altitudes, as the weather conditions can be different from lower areas.
  • Listen to your trek leaders or instructors carefully for a safe and enjoyable experience.
  • Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the tour.
  • Please carry a valid ID proof.
  • No bill will be reimbursed for any missed service/facility.
  • Keep your luggage minimum; the more you carry, the more you hassle.
  • Any personal expenses, items of personal nature, meals not mentioned, etc. will not be in part of the package.
  • Mobile & laptop charging points may/may not be available on campsites at a common point.
  • Avoid using plastic bags and maintain the ecological balance of the destinations.
  • It is recommended to carry enough warm clothes and the right kind of shoes for the trek.
  • Please note that in the event of emergencies or natural calamities, the management reserves the right to modify the trek itinerary. However, any changes due to circumstances beyond our control is not covered in the package cost.
  • The best time to go for this trek is from March to May or October to November.

Additional Information

About the Sandakphu Trek:

The Sandakphu Trek is tucked away in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal and provides breathtaking panoramas of the highest peaks on Earth. It's rated moderate to challenging, so both beginners and seasoned hikers can enjoy it. The scenery is adorned by snow-capped peaks from Tibet, Bhutan, and Nepal. Being a part of Singalila National Park, you'll see a diverse range of animals and plants.

From Phalut, you may take in breathtaking views of the Everest range, which includes Makalu and Lhotse. Kanchenjunga, the highest peak in the "Sleeping Buddha" range, is a majestic and calming sight. The views of the sunrise and sunset from Aahl are quite amazing, particularly when the brilliant hues of the Everest cluster and Sleeping Buddha are reflected.

In the midst of the rhododendron and bamboo forests, you might spot exotic animals like the Himalayan black bear. With inviting hospitality and mouthwatering food included in Sandakphu trek package, it is the Indo-Nepali culture that enhances the trip. You can choose between Churpi and Dalle Khursani, two of the most popular authentic dishes.

Discover the turns of the Old Silk Road while taking in the warmth of the people. The area is dotted with magnolias and rhododendrons, which add to its picturesque appeal. Immerse yourself in local culture, marvel at breathtaking landscapes, and experience genuine hospitality on the Sandakphu Trek.

Departure Dates (2024)

March-6,8,9,10,16,17,23,24,26,30,31

April-6,7,8,12,13,14,20,21,27,28,29,30

May-4,5,11,12,18,19,21,25,26.

June-1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23,29,30



Quick Facts:

  • Duration: 6D/5N
  • Altitude: 11,930 ft
  • Sandakphu Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Sandakphu Trek Distance: 52 km
  • Temperature: Day: 8°C to 15°C and Night: -5°C to 5°C
  • Best Time to do Sandakphu Trek: March to May, October to January
  • Nearest Railway Station: NJP 
  • Nearest Airport: Bagdogra
  • ATM: You can withdraw money at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP).
  • Starting Point: Manebhanjan/Chitrey
  • Ending Point: Srikhola

Sandakphu Trek Package Inclusions:

  • Accommodation: 5-night stay from Manebhanjan/Chitrey (Day 1) to Srikhola (Day 5) in dormitory stays or lodges.
  • Meals- All nutritious vegetarian meals, from dinner at Manebhanjan or Chitrey to breakfast at Srikhola.
  • Expert trek leaders: an excellent mountain guide who will be local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trail around.
  • Camping charges: The permit fee for Singalila National Park and forest camping charges are included in the Sandakphu Trek package.
  • 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.
  • Expert Trek Support Team: The mountain staff on this trek consists of certified guides, cooks, helpers, and porters.

How to Reach Maneybhanjan or 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 kilometers from Jalpaiguri city, the railway station has good connectivity with various other major cities in India.
  • By Road: Siliguri is well connected through the 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 stands, railway stations, and airports. It costs approx. Rs 3500 per vehicle (shared between 5 and 6 trekkers).

[ Note: These dates can be customized in case of five or more people.]

Difficulty of Sandakphu Trek:

The moderate-level Sandakphu Trek offers somewhat difficult routes over 10,000 feet and up to seven hours of trekking every day. With no technically difficult sections, it is suitable for both novice and experienced hikers.

The hard climb from Samanden to Molley might cause AMS, while the rise from Sepi to Rammam hamlet may push your limitations. Especially in the rain or snow, the descent from Sandakphu to Gurdum becomes treacherous and difficult.

The ascent to Sandakphu, which is at 11,930 feet, begins in Sepi, which is 6,400 feet higher than Molley and Phalut. Over 11 km of trekking a day requires a lot of stamina, especially in the winter when the winds are strong. With a steep ascent increasing the risk of altitude sickness, the first day of the walk reaches its highest point at 9,450 feet.

It is critical to comprehend AMS and its symptoms. If you feel ill, let your trip leader know right away. Weather variations can change plans for treks by causing routes to become muddy or flooded, such as unexpected rain or snowfall above 12,000 feet. In winter or late January, snowfall is common, especially around Phalut, which greatly affects hiking conditions.

Best Time to Go For Sandakphu Trek: 

Sandakphu Trek in Winter

The best time for Sandakphu trek is in the winter, when the snow-covered landscapes provide a mystical experience. The cool weather adds to the experience, with daytime highs of 8°C to 12°C and nighttime lows of 0°C to -3°C. In January and February, snow covers Phalut and Sandakphu, turning the walk into a winter paradise.

It's a unique experience to see the sunrise and sunset under vibrant skies, even in the winter. In addition, the light snowfall leaves the trails unobstructed, making the walk both easy and captivating. Winter is the ideal season to start the Sandakphu Trek since it offers an amazing experience with less visitors and beautiful scenery.

Sandakphu Trek in Spring 

On the Sandakphu Trek, spring, especially March and April, reveals a different appeal. The temperature ranges from 15°C to 20°C during the day and from 1°C to 5°C at night. The weather is generally mild and comfortable.

In contrast to winter, springtime brings with it simpler trekking conditions because there isn't any snow. Rather, as the scenery is filled with blooming magnolias and rhododendrons, the trail is alive with colour. Red, pink and white flowers line the entire route, making for a lovely sight.

Even though rain showers are possible on occasion, especially in the middle of April, they enhance the trek's attractiveness and the floral display. Regular downpours, however, may occasionally cause the route to become hazy and obstruct long-distance vistas.

Sandakphu Trek in Autumn 

On the Sandakphu Trek, spring, especially March and April, reveals a different appeal. The weather is mild and comfortable, with daytime temperatures between 15°C and 20°C and nighttime temperatures between 1°C and 5°C.

Springtime offers easier trekking conditions because there isn't as much snow as there is throughout winter. Rather, when rhododendron and magnolia blossom throughout the terrain, the trail is alive with brilliant colours. Red, pink and white flowers line the entire route, making for a lovely sight.

Even though rain showers are possible on occasion, especially in the middle of April, they enhance the trek's attractiveness and the floral display. However, heavy rain could make it hard to see far away and make the trail foggy at times. 

For nature lovers and trekkers alike, spring is the ideal season to book your Sandakphu trek package for the breathtaking vistas of the mountains.

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What is the best time for Sandakphu Trek?

The best time for going on the Sandakphu trek is from September to April, excluding the monsoon months of May to August when the trail is closed. Each season offers a unique experience, from the vibrant blooms of rhododendrons in spring to the golden hues of autumn and the snowy landscapes of winter. Whether you're a nature lover or a bird-watching enthusiast, Sandakphu promises an unforgettable adventure throughout these eight months of the year. Therefore you can book your Sandakphu trek package at any time during these months depending on your own schedule and preference.

How much will the Sandakphu trek cost?

The Sandakphu trek cost for a standard duration of 6 days and 5 nights is priced at INR 9,250 from Thrillophilia. This cost includes accommodation, meals, expert trek leaders, camping charges, permits for Singalila National Park, safety equipment and an experienced trek support team. However, the Sandakphu trek prices may go higher depending upon the customization you make in accommodation type or the additional experiences you opt for. 

What is the height of Sandakhphu trek?

The height of Sandakhphu Trek is around 3636 m or 11,930 ft above sea level. 

How to reach Sandakphu?

The Sandakphu trek itinerary begins at Manebhanjan, the base camp from where you need to trek for a distance of 32 km to reach Sandakphu.To reach Manebhanjan, you can take a taxi or book a cab from New Jalpaiguri railway station. Darjeeling, which is the nearest hill station, also has daily taxi services operating from the city centre to Manebhanjan. For the ones who don’t want to trek, can alternatively take the classic Land Rover safari from Manebhanjan which takes you to Sandakphu in 2-3 hours. Bolero cars also run between Manebhanjan and Sandakphu which takes you up to the summit in 3-4 hours.

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.

Which is the best view of Sandakphu?

The best view of Sandakphu is undoubtedly from its summit, where trekkers are rewarded with breathtaking panoramic vistas of the entire Himalayan range. From this vantage point, one can witness the majestic peaks of Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu aligned in a shape resembling ‘Sleeping Buddha’. The entire landscape is painted in hues of orange and pink during sunrise and sunset with the mighty snow-capped peaks standing tall.

How many days are enough for the Sandakphu trek?

Five days are sufficient for the Sandakphu trek, allowing ample time to soak in the stunning landscapes and experience the journey at a leisurely pace. Starting from Manebhanjan, the trek progresses through Tumling, Singalila National Park, Kalapokhri, and finally reaches the Sandakphu Peak. The descent to Srikhola on the fifth day marks the end of the trek, offering a well-rounded adventure amidst the Himalayan wilderness in just five days.

Is Sandakphu trekking safe?

Yes, the Sandakphu trek is a moderate-level trek and also a safe one. However, you must consider booking your Sandakphu trek package with Thrillophilia due to our expertise in organising treks across various terrains of the country. Our vast network of trusted tour operators, local guides, and an expert on-ground team ensures safety at every step of your journey.

What is the difficulty level of Sandapkphu trek?

A moderate level of difficulty can be expected from Sandakphu Trek. Since more than five days of this trek are expected to be spent trekking from time to time, some people might find it a bit difficult to conquer. Other than this, if you have proper fitness and are used to running on a daily basis, the same trek can become easy for you. 

What are the things to be carried for Sandakphu trek?

1. Warm Clothing: Pack layers including thermals, fleece jackets, and waterproof outerwear to stay insulated against the chilly mountain weather.

2. Sturdy Footwear: Wear comfortable, waterproof hiking boots with a good grip to navigate the uneven terrain and prevent slips.

3. Rain Gear: Carry a sturdy rain jacket, waterproof pants, and covers for your backpack and electronic devices to stay dry during unexpected showers or snowfall.

4. Basic First Aid Kit: Include essentials like adhesive bandages, antiseptic cream, pain relievers, and blister pads for minor injuries or ailments.

5. Water and Snacks: Stay hydrated with ample water and energy-boosting snacks like nuts, dried fruits, and energy bars to fuel your trek.

6. Navigation Tools: Bring a map, compass, or GPS device to navigate the trails confidently and ensure you stay on the right path.

Is January a good time to go for Sandakphu trek?

Yes, January is a great time for the Sandakphu trek, offering crisp, clear views of snow-capped peaks and pristine landscapes. The trail is adorned with a fresh blanket of snow, creating a magical ambience. It's an ideal opportunity for winter enthusiasts to experience the tranquillity and beauty of the Himalayas.

Can we see Everest from Sandakphu?

Yes, from Sandakphu, trekkers can witness breathtaking views of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. Located on the border of Nepal and Tibet, Everest is approximately 144 kilometres away from Sandakphu. On clear days, the majestic summit of Everest can be seen rising above the surrounding Himalayan peaks, offering a mesmerising sight for trekkers exploring the region.

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 height 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.

Will there be snow during trekking in Sandakphu?

If you are trekking in the winter, you will definitely experience fresh snowfall. The months between October to March are the best to experience the snow as the end of this timeframe brings summer time, which further results in the melting of the snow. Other than this, you can at all times enjoy the views of the Himalayas and the Kanchenjunga range loaded with bright white snow. 

Can beginners do Sandakphu trek?

Yes, beginners can do the Sandakphu trek as it is considered an easy to moderate level trek. However, it does require a good level of fitness due to the altitude gain and uneven terrain. With proper preparation and a gradual approach, beginners can successfully complete this trek and enjoy the stunning views and unique experiences it offers along the way.

What should I keep in mind before going for Sandakphu trekking?

  • 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 are the clothing and equipments that need to be carried for Sandakphu trek?

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 we do Sandakphu trekking in June?

The initial period of June is always a good time to go for Sandaphu trekking as the weather is pleasant and clear. But as you go to the second and third week of June, the onset of monsoon begins, making the trail slippery and muddy due to the heavy rainfall.

How is the Sandakphu trek experience?

Known as another of the beautiful Himalayan trek Sandakphu Trek is a must-do trek for adventure seekers and nature lovers. 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 Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu along with a diverse range of flora and fauna, contrasting views of snow-clad peaks and evergreen forests. 

The trek route to Sandakphu goes all along with the Singalila range and therefore this is also known as the 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.  

The 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.

Which are some of the best Himalayan treks that We can book from Thrillophilia?

Here is the list of other best Himalayan treks that you can book via Thrillophilia:

  1. Kedarkantha Trek
  2. Sar Pass Trek
  3. Prashar Lake Trek
  4. Everest Base Camp Trek
  5. Hampta Pass Trek
  6. Bijli Mahadev Trek
  7. Indrahar Pass Trek