Sandakphu Phalut Trek – A Trek with sweeping views of the Himalayas
Hikers and Bird watchers are often drawn to the Sandakphu Phalut Trek for great mountain views and hundreds of Birds that the Singalila National Park Harbors. Located in the Singalila Ridge, Sandakphu and Phalut often seen from Darjeeling are the two highest points of this trek. Moreover, Kanchenjunga, a big God like mountain seen from miles away dominates the Northern Horizon, and this also adds an aura to the Sandakphu Phalut Trek in Darjeeling . Hiking through the forests of the Singalila National Park and the high meadows of the Singalila Ridge is really an experience to cherish.
Hikers on the Singalila Trail from March to May gets to see a huge variety of flowers and Birds, and sometimes the rare Red Pandas too. Sandakphu Phalut Trek is a hike through villages and rich forests. A trek above the Timberline with spectacular mountain views.
Further more, 90Km odd Singalila Trek that takes you through the small Himalayan villages of Tumling, Kalpokhari, Sandakphu and Phalut sprinkled around the Singalila National Park in Darjeeling can be done in six days, but can also be customized as per your need.
Sandakphu Phalut Trek with it’s sweeping views of the Everest and Kanchenjunga Range, is the oldest and perhaps the only trek route in the world that evokes the scenery of the Nepal Himalayas.Think about that for a moment – not for nothing is the Sandakphu Phalut Trek the most popular trek in Darjeeling.
Starting and ending Point of the Trek
Most people begin this trek from Maneybhanjyang while some start the trek from Dhottrey and end the trek in Rimbik. Hikers on the Sandakphu Phalut Trek may require a days time to acclimatize as the trailhead is 12,600 feet above sea level.
Short Alternative Trek
If you are short on time and the six days hike is a bit too long than the short four days Sandakphu Gurdum Trek is an idle fit. This short trek climbs up to Sandakphu and drops down by way of Gurdung to end the trek in Rimbik.
Non Technical Trek
Singalila Trek is a non technical moderate trek – With no technical difficulty and with only a few uphill climb on a well defined trekking trail with beautiful mountain mountain scenery, Sandakphu Phalut Trek is fit for beginners and as well for seasoned trekkers too.
Trekking the oldest trail in Indian Himalayas
It is being said that trekking originated in India in Darjeeling as far as eighty years ago and Darjeeling has one of the oldest trek on offer the Sandakphu Phalut Trek. The Maneybhanjyang Sandakphu Phalut Route has long been used as a trading route between India and Nepal.
Kind of Trek
Singalila Trek is a comfortable Tea House Trek – With an average distance of 10Km trekking per day, It’s a long but rewarding day hike, with the added bonus that you get to sleep in a proper bed and get a good meal at the end of the day
Best Season for Trekking
Best Season for Sandakphu Phalut Trek starts from mid September and continues on till May.
But after having said that, trekkers on the Singalila Trek from March to May will find Rhododendron trees and wild flower in full bloom. The horizon may remain a little hazy but the wonderful blooms will compensate for the loss in mountain views.
October – November will find clear mountain views, because of the recently concluded monsoon rain the surrounding area will be crisp and fresh resulting in the crystal clear view of the mountain range.
Even though Sandakphu and Phalut starts getting snowfall from December the trek route is open and is accessible even during the winter months. For this reason, Sandakphu Phalut trek can also be easily classified as a winter trek too. Snowfall is just enough to experience snowfall and not hard enough for the trek route to get blocked.
Darjeeling Singalila Trek – What to Expect ?
Trek Darjeeling’s famous mountain trail with 180 Degree view of the lofty Himalayan mountains which will accompany you all the way from the very first day. There are trek routes in the Himalayas from where you can catch a glimpse of an eight thousand metre peak. But the Singalila Trek gives you more than just a trek. Sandakphu Phalut Trek provides unparalled views of the Himalayan Range from Everest in Nepal to Kanchenjunga in Sikkim to the Chomolhari Range in Bhutan.
Long Distance views
It is not only the Everest and the Kanchenjunga Range that you get to appreciate on the Sandakphu Phalut Trek but the long distance views of the surrounding hills and valleys too. As you trek along on the spine of the Singalila Ridge you will find the hills and valleys of Nepal dotted with small villages on the left and the hills and forests of Darjeeling hills on the Right. This view during sunset and sunrise makes for a wonderful piece of artwork.
Trekking through Gorkhay and Samamdin – picture perfect villages
Special mention must be given to the picturesque villages of Gorkhay and Samamdin.
Situated on a small clearing inside the Singalila National Park surrounded by Pine forests on all sides and with a small river cutting through it. This tiny village of Gorkhay is to look out for as you trek down from Phalut through thick bamboo groves and Rhododendron and Pine forest.
Samamdin just thirty five minutes out of Gorkhay is a tiny village on a small flat land filled with tiny huts decorated with flowers and surrounded by tall pine trees. A beautiful village to sit down and contemplate.
Experience Trekking along the Indo-Nepal Border
Sandakphu Phalut trek presents a unique experience of trekking along the Indo Nepal Border. The Trek route jig jags between India Nepal constantly. The constant shifting of tracks between India Nepal border also makes this trek a unique cultural experience
Trekking inside the Singalila National Park
Sandakphu Phalut Trek is rejuvenating hiking trail in Darjeeling that circles the entire circumference of the Singalila National Park from Tumling to Rimbik.
Charms of the Himalaya along with its mysteries gradually unfold as the Singalila Trek slowly traverses through dense forests, verdant landscape, through miles of green-carpeted meadows and sleepy hamlets dotted around the Singalila National Park.
Something worth mentioning, Singalila National Park is the most successful habitat for Red Pandas and is also home to fifty eight varieties of Rhododendron Plants, and two hundred species of Birds.
How hard is Darjeeling Singalila Trek ?
Sandakphu Phalut Trek is graded as moderate to easy trekking from 1981m at manebhanjyang to 3636m at Sandakphu. After having said one needs a certain amount of fitness to embark on the Singalila Trek and a day of acclimitization in Manebhanjyang or Darjeeling is advisable.
Trekkers carry their day pack only with their personal items in them & walk at their own pace. Main baggage will be carried by porters/ponies.
Can the Sandakphu Phalut Trek itinerary be customized to suit my needs ?
Yes, we can customize the Darjeeling Singalila Trek itinerary as per your need and as per your dates of convenience. For the adventurous and as well for those looking to do a quiet private Singalila Trek we do organize camping trek, replete with our own Kitchen, Dining and Toilet tent.
For a single Trekker what I do I do ?
We have fixed departure dates for the Singalila Ridge trek aka Sandakphu Phalut and you can Join a group Trek on the Dates given below.
Is Darjeeling Singalila Trek safe for Trekkers ?
We at Farouttrek we have experienced Guides and other support team to help you out in times of crisis and our itinerary is also planned to make your trek as comfortable as possible. Evacuation is done by Four wheel drive vehicles in extreme cases. But on the whole It is safe to Trek in the Singalila Ridge.
- Type of Tour: Day Hike & Jeep Tour
- Total No.of Days: 10 Days.
- Minimum No.of Persons: 2 Persons.
- Starting & Ending Point: Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail station/Nepal Border.
- Best Season: March-June & October-December.
- Tour Availibilty: Join a Group on the Dates Shown below
- Customized private tours can be arranged for a minimum of 2person on request on a date of your Choice.
- Itinerary given below is a sample to give you a general Idea.
- Itinerary can be cutomized as per one’s need.
Group Departure Dates for Darjeeling Singalila Trek 2021
|08th.Feb – 17th.Feb, 2021||22nd.Feb – 2nd.March, 2021|
|07th.March – 16th.March, 2021||28th.March – 06th.April, 2021|
|04th.April – 13th.April, 2021||18th.April – 27th.April, 2021|
|02nd..May – 11th.May, 2021||16th.May – 25th..May, 2021|
|18th.Sept – 27th.Sept, 2021||02nd.Oct – 11th.Oct, 2021|
|16th.Oct – 25th.Oct, 2021||06th.Nov – 15th.Nov, 2021|
|27th.Nov – 06th.Dec, 2021||11th.Dec – 20th.Dec, 2021|
|21st.Dec – 30th.Dec, 2021(Christmas Trek)|
DARJEELING SANDAKPHU PHALUT TREK ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrive at Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border.Drive to Darjeeling (90Km/3Hrs). On your arrival our representative will meet and drive you to Darjeeling. Overnight Hotel(B/B only).
Day 2: Acclimatization Day. Overnight Hotel/Homestay (B/B only).
A walking tour of Darjeeling. Walk down to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute housed inside the Padmaji Naidu Zooligical Park. The Institute is dedicated to mountaineering activities in the Indian and Nepal Himalayas. They even have a special section dedicated to the Everest Region in Nepal. Visit the Tibetan Refugee Centre, a centre sanctioned by the Government of India around 1960 to house the Tibetan people in exile. It is centre for various activities with regard to the Tibetan Population in Darjeeling. They have a carpet weaving industry, Thanka painting centre and a small musuem which narates thye story of Tibet and the plight of Tibetan people before and after the Chinese Government occupied Tibet. Evening free to explore Darjeeling Town. Take a stroll at the Mall or visit Glenarry’s a bakery shop for a sip of Darjeeling Tea. Overnight Homestay or Hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Maneybhanjyang(1981m/1Hr). Singalila Trek Starts. Trek to Tongloo/Tumling(3001m/13Km/6Hrs).
After an early breakfast drive to Indo-Nepal border town of MANNEYBHANJAN, 2134m/7,000ft-20km away. After all the entry formalities are over start the Trek to Tongloo or Tumling. You will be starting your 1500m climb to your first day’s destination TUMLING 9500ft, 12.5km away, going along the TONGLU Ridge. The 7 hrs trek is covered as follows: Maney Bhanjyang(1981m) to Chitre.(2800m)- Steep uphill of 02 Kms in 02hrs. You get beautiful panoramic views of Darjeeling and Siliguri from Chitray. Chitre to Meghma(2900m)- Easy undulating 06 Kms in 03 hrs. Meghma to Tonglu Top(3070m)- Easy undulating 03 Kms in 1.30 hrs. Overnight Lodge /Trekkers Hut(All meals included).
Day 4: Trek Tongloo to Kalpokhari(3100m/15Km/5Hrs). Overnight Lodge.
During its first two hours or so, after an easy down hill trek you come to JAUBARI 2750m 4km away, followed by another easy downhill trek of 5km to a little resting place in GARIBAS 2620m/ before you start the fairly steep 6 km trek of 4 hrs or so to Kali Pokhri, 2950m/9679 feet. After the first thirty minutes of brisk walk, through thick deciduous forests, you find a tea shop at Kayakata, on the Nepal Side of the Road. The route continues uphill to KALAPOKHRI, where they have a black water lake (Pokhri), which does not freeze even in winter! Tumling (2900m) to Jaubari (2750m) – Easy 4km down hill trek of 1hr. 30mins. Jaubari (2750m) to Garibas (2620m)- Easy 5km down hill trek of 2hrs. Garibas (2620) to Kali Pokhri (2950m)- Fairly steep 6 km trek of 4 hrs. Overnight Lodge( All meals included).
Day 5: Trek Kalpokhari to Sandakphu(3636m/6Km/3Hrs). Overnight Trekkers Hut.
You will not like to miss out on the panoramic view of the snow peaks from Sandakphu, which is best seen early in the morning. An early start from here will give you a chance to view the snow peaks twice, once as soon as you reach Sandakphu and again next morning before you start your return or onward trek. Overnight Trekkers Hut/Lodge (All meals included).
Day 6: Trek Sandakphu to Phalut (3480m/22Km-7Hrs). Overnight Trekkers Hut.
Wake up at 4:30 am to catch the 180 Degree sunrise view of Everest and Kanchenjunga Range from the view Point at Sandakphu. Return back to the Lodge for Breakfast. After breakfast trek Sandakphu to Phalut. This is the most pristine and the best part of the Sandakphu Phalut Trek, offering great views of Kanchenjunga and Everest Range. Trek from Sandakphu to Phalut via Sabargram is very gentle through endless meadows with with the looming Himalayan mountains accompanying you all the way from Sandakphu to Phalut.
Day 7: Trek Phalut to Ramam. Overnight Home Stay.
Early morning trek to Phalut Top for sunrise views of the mountain range. After breakfast start the Trek to Ramam.
Phalut to Gorkhay Trek is approximately 15Km downhill over undulating mountain path through thick bamboo groves, Oak and walnut forest. Gorkhay is a small agricultural village on the periphery of the Singalila National Park close to the border with Sikkim and this is where we stop for our lunch break.
After lunch the eight kilometre trek from Gorkhay to Ramam winds through the small village of Samamdin and through thick forest through a fairly uphill path till Ramam.
Ramam: 2490 m / 8,500ft. Phalut to Gorkhay(2350m) Easy 15Km downhill trek through dense Bamboo and Silver pine forest. Gorkhay to Samamdin-Slight uphill 1.5 Km to Samamdin. Samamdin to Ramam(2490m)- Fairly 6.5Km uphill trek through dense forest till Ramam. Trekking Time: 6-7 Hour. Overnight Lodge ( All meals included).
Day 8: Trek Ramam to Timburey(2300m/10Km-3Hrs). Overnight Home Stay.
The Trek to Timburey is an easy trek of about ten kilometres through small villages. You will be passing through terraced vegetable fields upto Timburey our destination for the night. Overnight Home stay( All meals included).
Day 9: Trek to Rimbik(2331m/18Km). End of the Singalila Trek . Drive to Darjeeling. Hotel/Home Stay(B/B only).
The three hours Trek to Rimbik passes through dense forest known as the black forest due to its dense vegetation. The Darjeeling Singalila Ridge Trek ends in Rimbik with a three hours drive to Darjeeling via Dhottrey & Maneybhanjyang. Timburey to Rimbik(2331m)–10Km easy trek through black forest till Rimbik. Overnight Hotel / Home Stay(B/B only).
Day10: Drive to Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal border for Final Departure. End of Darjeeling Singalila Trek.
Extension can be made to Bhutan, Sikkim or Nepal.
- DARJEELING SINGALILA TREK COSTS: US$790 / PERSON
- INDIAN NATIONALS KINDLY ENQUIRE FOR QUOTES IN IRupees
Singalila Trek Cost Includes :
- Hotel accommodation – twin share including breakfasts.
- Twin share Rooms in Lodges with mattress during Trekking.
- Fully organized trek services with guide, porters, Ponies.
- All fixed three meals everyday during trekking.
- All road transport as per itinerary by car/jeep.
- Service of an English speaking guide.
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Sleeping bag; personal clothing/equipment.
- Lunches and dinners during hotel stays.
- Bottled or alcoholic drinks.
- Tips, client insurance, evacuation costs.
- Any expenses of personal nature.
Note: The above given Darjeeling Singalila Ridge Trek itinerary is a sample intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, physical ability of the participants,etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety,comfort and general well being.
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