Sandakphu Phalut Trek

Sandakphu Phalut Trek

Sandakphu Phalut Trek

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Sandakphu Phalut Trek – A Trek with sweeping views of the Himalayas

Nothing beats the Sandakphu Phalut Trek in Darjeeling with a reward in the end, especially when it is the panoromic views of four highest mountains in the world, that Sandakphu and Phalut has on offer.  Also, known as the Sandakphu Trek or Singalila Trek, the Sandakphu Phalut hike in Darjeeling is seriously a dream come true. Not only does this hike leads you to the two spectacular view points, Sandakphu and Phalut, but the Sandakphu trek also provides serene forest, spectacular mountain views and charming villages. Any adventurer, young or old will be mesmerized by this trek from start to finish.

Sandakphu Phalut Trek
Kanchenjunga Range as Seen from Sandakphu

Sandakphu Phalut Trek with it’s drop dead views of the Everest and Kanchenjunga Range, is perhaps the only trek route in the world that evokes the Himalayan scenery of the Nepal Himalayas. For this reason, is considered the finest trek in Indian Himalayas. Sandakphu Phalut Trek is a hike through villages and rich forests. A trek above the Timberline with spectacular mountain views.

Sandakphu Trek
Everest Range as seen from Sandakphu

Kind of Trek

Sandakphu Phalut Trek also known as the Sandakphu Trek in Darjeeling is a tea house or lodge based 90Km long cultural trek, that takes you through the small Himalayan villages of  Tumling, Kalpokhari, Sandakphu and Phalut pockmarked on the slopes of Singalila Ridge. Sandakphu Phalut Trek is a mild trek that can be completed in six to seven days, and is  also is an excellent choice for novice trekkers. Though for a more private experience camping trek can also be organized.

Starting and ending Point of the Trek

Most people begin this trek from Maneybhanjyang, located at the base of the Singalila Ridge 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 11,920 feet above sea level.

Short Alternative Trek

If you are short on time and the six days Singalila Trek 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.

Sandakphu Phalut Trek – Best Season for Trekking

Sandakphu Phalut 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 the Sandakphu Phalut Trek with clear mountain views. Due to the recently concluded monsoon rain the surrounding area will be crisp and fresh resulting in the crystal clear view of the mountain range.

Winter Trek

Trail on the Sandakphu Phalut Trek are accessible even during the winter months. Even though the Singalila Ridge starts getting snowfall from December. Snowfall is not hard enough to block the trail but just enough to enjoy.

Sandakphu & Phalut – the two Phenomenal view Points on the Singalila Trek

Sandakphu and Phalut are the two phenomenal view points on this trek that provides unparalled views of the Himalayan Range from Everest in Nepal to Kanchenjunga in Sikkim to the Chomolhari Range in Bhutan.

Trekking through Gorkhay and Samamdin – picture perfect villages

Sandakphu Phalut Trek
Gorkhay Village

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 Singalila Trail keeps on shifting between India Nepal constantly. This constant shifting of tracks also makes this trek a unique cultural experience

Hiking in the Singalila National Park

Hikers and Bird watchers are often drawn to the Singalila Trek not only for great mountain views, but also for hundreds of Birds that the Singalila National Park Harbors. During spring the trail on the Sandakphu Phalut Trek which passes through the Singalila National Park are interspersed with Rhododendron blooms not just in reds and whites, but also in yellow and pink as well, and this also add to the environs to the Sandakphu Phalut Trek.

Darjeeling Sandakphu Trek
Birds in the Singalila National Park. PhotoCredit to Mr.Noel Foning & Birds of Darjeeling & Eastern Himalayas

Also, the Singalila National Park extends inside Nepal, and is known as Tinchuley Forest. This Forest has an estimated thirty Red Pandas. Red Panda Treks and Tours can be conducted here inside Nepal. Sandakphu Phalut Trek is the most wondrous hiking trail in Darjeeling, inside the well preserved Singalila National Park.

For a single Trekker 

You can Join a group as we have group departures leaving at intervals for the Sandakphu Phalut Trek on the Dates given below.

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.

TRIP FACTS

  • Type of Trek:  Tea House Trek
  • 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 Availabilty:   Join a Group on the Dates Shown below
  • Customized private Camping trek with full camping gears supported by Cook and helpers can be arranged for a minimum of 2 person 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 Sandakphu Phalut Trek 2022

08th.Feb – 17th.Feb, 202222nd.Feb – 2nd.March, 2022
07th.March – 16th.March, 202228th.March –  06th.April, 2022
04th.April – 13th.April, 202218th.April – 27th.April, 2022
02nd..May – 11th.May, 202216th.May – 25th..May, 2022
18th.Sept – 27th.Sept, 202202nd.Oct – 11th.Oct, 2022
16th.Oct – 25th.Oct, 202206th.Nov – 15th.Nov, 2022
27th.Nov – 06th.Dec, 202211th.Dec – 20th.Dec, 2022
21st.Dec – 30th.Dec, 2022 (Christmas Trek)

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).

Day 3:  Drive to Maneybhanjyang(1981m/1Hr). Singalila Trek Starts. Trek to Tongloo/Tumling(3001m/13Km/7Hrs). Overnight Lodge /Trekkers Hut (All meals included).

  • Maney Bhanjyang (1981m) to Chitray (2800m/2Km/2Hrs)
  • Chitre to Lamedhura ( 2830m/2Km/1Hr)
  • Lameydhura to Meghma (2900m/4Km/2Hrs)
  • Meghma to Tongloo (3070m/4Km/2Hrs)
  • Tongloo to Tumling ( 2975m/1Km/30minutes)

The formalities with the Singalila National Park and the Foreigners Registration Office done, the Sandakphu Phalut Trek starts immediately with a steep uphill trek of 2Km till Chitray on a well paved Jeep Track. On reaching Chitray rest a while and enjoy the scenery that this place on a hill top has to offer. Darjeeling with it’s surrounding Hills and that on the Nepal Side of the Singalila Ridge can be seen from here. Visit the monastery here. The nest phase of the Sandakphu Phalut Trek trek starts gently on a trekking path till Lamedhura an easy trek with a slight gain of just 30m and 2Km. Lamedhura is where every trekker to Sandakphu and Phalut stop for lunch. From here the trail climbs ever so gently till Megma sometimes on a wide Jeep Track and sometimes on a trekking path zig zagging between India and Nepal every fifteen minutes. From Meghma the trail to Tongloo is a steep uphill climb on a winding Jeep Track till the Trekkers hut at Tongloo.

Day 4:  Trek Tongloo/Tumling to Kalpokhari(3100m/15Km/5Hrs). Overnight Lodge ( All meals included ).

  • Tongloo to Tumling (2970m/1Km/30minutes)
  • Tumling to Jaubari (2750m/4Km/2Hrs)
  • Jaubari to Gairibas (2620m/5Km/2Hrs)
  • Gairibas to Kayakatta (2800m/1Km/1Hr)
  • Kayakatta to Kalpokhari (3100m/4Km/2Hrs)

Day four of the Sandakphu Phalut Trek is a hike with a gain of just 170m. The trail starts gently with a downhill trek to Tumling for 30minutes and then for ten minutes on a level ground till the Singalila Check Post. From there are two trails to Gairibas. One on the Indian Side on a jeep track. The other is through Jaubari, a small village on the Nepal Side of the Border.  Trail to Jaubari is gentle downhill and further to Gairibas, a small settlement with the Indian Security force out post on the Indian side and a couple of tea shops on the Nepal Side of the track. Stop a while for a refreshing cup of tea. Foreign Trekkers will need to register here too with the Indian Defence Post. The second part of the Sandakphu Phalut Trek to Kalpokhari starts immediately with a 1Km uphill trek to Kayakatta our lunch spot for the day. From here it’s a gentle trek on a wide track till Kalpokhari. A small village with a small black lake at the entrance of the village on the Nepal side of the border with few lodges.

Day 5:   Trek Kalpokhari to Sandakphu (3636m/6Km/3Hrs). Overnight Trekkers Hut/Lodge (All meals included).

  • Kalpokhari to Bikheybhanjyang (3120m/2Km/1Hr)
  • Bikheybhanjyang to Sandakphu (3636m/4Km/3Hrs)

On this day the Sandakphu Phalut Trek will see a gain of 536m within 4hrs. The trek starts gently on a rough track till Bikhebhanjyang. From here the trail on the Sandakphu Phalut Trek is a steep climb of 4Km till Sandakphu.

Day 6:  Trek Sandakphu to Phalut  (3480m/22Km-7Hrs). Overnight Trekkers Hut.

  • Sandakphu to Sabarkum (3400m/14Km/6Hrs)
  • Sabarkum to Phalut (3480m/7Km/2Hrs)

Trek from Sandakphu to Phalut with a distance of 21Km to cover is the longest day of the Sandakphu Phalut Trek. But with no gain the altitude it is gentle trek with very few gradual climb till Sabarkum, where we stop for lunch at the Singalila National Park Check Post. This is one of the most memorable day on the Sandakphu Phalut Trek. This is the day when you are rewarded by the views of the sunrise views of Everest and Kanchenjunga Range from Sandakphu. Add to that, a trek through never ending high altitude meadow on a gentle track with views of the Everest and Kanchenjunga Range appearing after every turn, certainly makes this day the most memorable day of the Sandakphu Phalut Trek. Except, for the last 2Km slight uphill while approaching Phalut the entire Sandakphu Trek on the sixth day is very gentle. Phalut is made up of just one Trekkers hut with about 15Beds and a small hut with three Rooms belonging to the Singalila National Park.

Day 7:   Trek Phalut to Ramam. Overnight Home stay ( All meals included).

  • Phalut to Gorkhay ( 2350m/15Km/6Hrs)
  • Gorkhay to Samamdin ( 2360m/1Km/45minutes)
  • Samamdin to Ramam (2490m/6.5Km/3Hrs)

Early morning take a 45minutes climb to the Phalut view Point for the spectacular views of the Everest and Kanchenjunga Range and the hills around on the Nepal side, Sikkim and Darjeeling hills around you. A 360 degree view of the entire Nepal, Sikkim and Darjeeling hills.

Trek down to Gorkhay is certainly the easiest part of the 15Km downhill trek on the Sandakphu Phalut Trek. The first part of the trail meanders through Rhododendron Forests and then through bamboo, Pine and fur forest with the Kanchenjunga Peeking through the gaps in the forest after every turn. Finally in Gorkhay, a small alpine like village, surrounded on all sides by pine forest and a river cutting through the middle of the village. A wonderful sight.

After lunch, a slight uphill 1Km uphill trek takes you to Samamdin. Another small and beautiful village on a plateau surrounded by forest on all sides in the middle of nowhere, a beautiful agricultural village with a few houses and a primary school to boast of. From Samamdin the trail dips down to the river bed and then a gentle 4Km up through the forest to Ramam.

Day 8:  Trek  Ramam to Timburey(2300m/10Km-3Hrs). Overnight Home Stay.

Day 9:  Trek to Rimbik(2331m/18Km). End of the Singalila Trek . Drive to Darjeeling. Hotel / Home Stay(B/B only).

Day10:   Drive to Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal border for Final Departure.  End of  Singalila Trek.

Extension can be made to Bhutan, Sikkim or Nepal.

  • Sandakphu Phalut Trek Cost : US$790 / PERSON
  • Indian Nationals Kindly enquire for quotes in Indian Rupees

Note:  The above given Sandakphu Phalut 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.

(All relevant Terms & Conditions apply).

 

 

  • Darjeeling Sandakphu Phalut Trek Cost : US$790 / PERSON
  • INDIAN NATIONALS KINDLY ENQUIRE FOR QUOTES IN Indian Rupee

Sandakphu Phalut 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.

(All relevant Terms & Conditions apply).

 

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