Sandakphu Phalut Trek a popular trek in Darjeeling
Singalila Ridge plays host to two of the most popular treks in Darjeeling Hills, the longer Sandakphu Phalut Trek and the shorter Sandakphu Gurdung Trek with views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Chamlang, Baruntse, Three Sisters, the entire Kanchenjunga Range and the Jhomolhari Range in Bhutan from Sandakhpu and Phalut.
The Sandakphu Gurdung Trek is a short four days trek which goes upto Sandakphu, highest point on the Singalila Ridge and slowly descends down to Gurdung and to Sirikhola. The longer Sandakphu Phalut Trek involves six or seven days of Trekking. The longer singalila Trek route extends beyond to Phalut and drops down to Gorkhay and the agricultural villages of Samamdin and Ramam and ends the Trek in Rimbik.
Graded as easy to moderate both these popular treks in Darjeeling are therefore recommended for begineers and graded as family treks. The Singalila Trek Route criss crosses through tiny agricultural villages dotted around the peripherry of the singalila National Park where accommodation can be arranged in lodges run by local families. Manebhanjyang is starting point and Rimbik the ending point for both the popular treks in Darjeeling.
Best time to visit Singalila Ridge is from March to May and October to November, though people can visit Sandakphu during December too. Maneybhanjyang Sandakphu Trek is the most frequented trekking trails in the Singalila National Park. Most note worthy is the spectacular 180 degree view of Everest Range in Nepal, the Kanchenjunga Range in Sikkim and the Jhomolhari Range in Bhutan in a single sight, coupled with the different varieties of Rhododendron plants, an endangered Red Panda and the different varieties of Pheasants found in the Singalila National Park.
As a result Singalila Ridge is a popular place for trekkers from all over the world. Vast stretches of meadows coupled with back drop of mighty Himalayas, the flowering Rhododendron plants, sighting of the Red Pandas and the colorful pheasant certainly makes this an ideal family trek.