Sandakphu Phalut Trek

Sandakphu Phalut Trek

Sandakphu Phalut Trek

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Sandakphu Phalut Trek – Guide to 7Days Trek in Darjeeling

Sandakphu Phalut Trek is a 90Km long, and six day tea house cultural trek in Darjeeling. A non technical trek with only a few uphills that leads to the two highest points in Darjeeling, Sandakphu and Phalut. A mild trek in Darjeeling, regarded as the finest trail to trek in the Indian Himalayas, an excellent choice for novice trekkers, and recomended as well for family treks too.

Sandakphu Phalut Trek
Kanchenjunga Range seen from Sandakphu

Nothing beats the Sandakphu Phalut Trek in Darjeeling when it is the panoromic views of the four highest mountains in the world, that Sandakphu and Phalut has on offer.  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 it 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.

Tongloo Trekkers Hut – First day of Sandakphu Phalut Trek

Kind of Trek

Sandakphu Phalut Trek is a lodge based 90Km multi-day trek that runs along the spine of the Singalila Ridge.  A mild trek recomended for someone looking to do his/her first Himalayan trek. A trek in Darjeeling from Manebhanjyang to Sandakphu to Phalut to Rimbik that can be comfortably completed in six to seven days.

Sandakphu Trek – A Camping Trek

For hikers on the Sandakphu Trek looking for a more private trekking experience away from the crowd of the trekkers huts and lodges, customized camping trek can also be organized on demand, for a group not less than two persons on a date of your choice. Replete with twin share sleeping tents, supported by a Cook and his two kitchen helpers providing hot cooked meals.

Sandakphu Trek
Everest Range seen from Sandakphu

Starting and ending Point of the Trek

Maneybhanjyang 20Km and an hours drive from the town of Darjeeling  located at the base of the Singalila Ridge at the Indo-Nepal Border is the trek head for the Sandakphu Phalut Trek, while Rimbik 3Hours drive from Darjeeling is the ending point of this trek.

Packing List for the Sandakphu Phalut Trek

For Day Hiking : Breathable light T- Shirts, Light trekking Pants, Comfortable ankle high trekking boots, Cotton / woollen Socks, Light outer shell  water proof/wind proof Jacket and a light Fleece Jacket, Sun Glasses as the sun is strong in the mountains.

Evening Use :  Down Jacket for evening use or couple of thick Fleece Jacket, Thermal Inners for night Use. Wollen Caps and gloves, Head Lamp

First Aid : Band Aids in case of blisters, Diamox for altitude Sickness and medicines like Tylenol for headache and Paracetamol tablets for Fever, Loperamide for loose motions and water purifying tablets.

Sleeping Bag : The Lodges on the Sandakphu Trek do not have room heaters, therefore carry with you Down Sleeping Bags that can withstand a minus Degree Temperature. Specially, Sandakphu and Phalut gets windy and cold. Though the Trekkers huts and lodges do provide wollen Blankets and a Quilt.

Toiletries : Wet wipes, two roll of Toilet Papers, Sunscreen Lotions (50SPF , Vaseline / Lip Balm, Toothpaste, Tooth Brush

Back Pack ( 50l ) : A Large Back Pack to pack in all your clothes that you will need for the Sandakphu Trek.

Short Alternative Trek to the Six Days Sandakphu Phalut 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.

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Trail from Sandakphu to Phalut & the Kanchenjunga Range on the Sandakphu Phalut Trek

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.

Darjeeling Sandakphu Trek
Kanchenjunga Range seen from the Sandakphu Ridge on the Sandakphu Phalut Trek

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

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Everest Range seen from Phalut View Point on the Sandakphu Phalut 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.

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Phalut Trekkers Hut & the trail from Sandakphu on the Sandakphu Phalut Trek

Trekking through Gorkhay and Samamdin – picture perfect villages

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Gorkhay Village – Sandakphu Phalut Trek

Special mention must be given to the picturesque villages of Gorkhay and Samamdin. Situated on a small clearing inside the Singalila National Park, and surrounded by Pine forests on all sides 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 trail keeps on shifting between India Nepal constantly. This constant shifting of the 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). Darjeeling Sandakphu Trek Starts. Trek to Tongloo (3001m/13Km/7Hrs). Overnight Lodge /Trekkers Hut (All meals included).

  • Maney Bhanjyang (1981m) to Chitray (2800m/2Km/2Hrs). A steep uphill trek of a wide tarmac road till Chitray. Chitray, resting on a hillock the views of the surrounding Valleys and Hills of Darjeeling and Nepal are Beautiful on the 1st.Day of the Sandakphu Trek.
  • Chitre to Lamedhura ( 2830m/2Km/1Hr). A Gentle uphill on a narrow trail till lamedhura. This is where we stop for lunch Break.
  • Lameydhura to Meghma (2900m/4Km/2Hrs). A Gentle trek on a wide Jeep Track for 2Km then on a slight uphill narrow trail with views of the Kanchenjunga Range and the valleys below till Meghma.
  • Meghma to Tongloo (3070m/4Km/2Hrs). An uphill 4Km trek on a wide Jeep Track and the last uphill on the 1st.Day of the Sandakphu Phalut Trek.

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

  • Tongloo to Tumling (2970m/1Km/30minutes). The Days trek to Sandakphu starts with an easy 30minutes downhill trek to Tumling. An easy stroll downhill on an easy grassy trekking trail.
  • Tumling to Jaubari (2750m/4Km/2Hrs). The 4Km trail to Jaubari lies on the Nepal Side and is an easy walk on this part of the Sandakphu Trek on a wide but a little rough jeep track. Jaubari is a small village on a hillock on the Nepal side of the Sandakphu Trail comprising of a few lodge and households.
  • Jaubari to Gairibas (2620m/5Km/2Hrs). From Jaubari the trekking trail dips down on a very rough and a rocky trail till Gairibas. The jeep Track forms the border between India and Nepal. There are a couple of house and a tea shop on the Nepal Side, while the Indian Defense Force, a trekkers hut and offices of the Singalila National Park make up Indian Side of the Sandakphu Trail.
  • Gairibas to Kayakatta (2800m/1Km/1Hr). The first 45minutes is a steep climb through the dense Jungle on a stone steps, then a gentle trek on wide Jeep Track till Kayakatta. Kayakatta on the Nepal side of the Sandakphu Phalut Trail is made up of a jungle lodge, five houses and a tea shop, while the Indian side is the Singalila National Park Forest.
  • Kayakatta to Kalpokhari (3100m/4Km/2Hrs). With only a slight gain of 50m on this day of the Sandakphu Phalut Trek ,the trekking trail from Kayakatta to Kalpokhari is an easy walk on a wide Jeep Track. With a small moss laden Lake at the entrance, Kalpokhari is a fairly big village on the Nepal Side with about ten lodges catering to the hikers on the Sandakphu Trek. Whereas, on the Indian Side a lone Barrack of the Indian Defense Personnel stands.

Day 5:   Trek Kalpokhari to Sandakphu (3636m/6Km/4Hrs). Overnight Trekkers Hut. (All meals included). 5th.Day is the climax of the Sandakphu Phalut Trek and the trek to Sandakphu starts early in order not to miss the views of the Everest and Kanchenjunga Range. On reaching early you get to witness the panoromic mountain twice. The moment you arrive in Sandakphu and again the evening views during sunset.

  • Kalpokhari to Bikheybhanjyang (3120m/2Km/1Hr). Sandakphu Trek starts gently on a mud track till Bikheybhanjyang.
  • Bikheybhanjyang to Sandakphu (3636m/4Km/3Hrs). With a gain of 636m the 4Km trek from Bikheybhanjyang to Sandakphu is the steep uphill trek on a rough wide jeep track. Perhaps the last 100m of the 4Km trek to Sandakphu is perhaps the steepest part of the trail in the entire Sandakphu Trek.
  • Sandakphu the highest hill in Darjeeling and also in Ilam District of Nepal shares it’s space with Nepal. Sandakphu Ridge has three hotels on the Nepal Side, while three Trekkers huts, a hut each belonging to the Singalila National Park and the Public works Department and a fairly big barrack of the Indian Defense Force make up the Indian Side of the Sandakphu Trekking Trail

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

  • Sandakphu to Sabarkum (3400m/14Km/6Hrs) – Views of the Himalayas and the trail and also the hill sides adorned with the rhododendron is what attracts trekkers and Hikers to the Sandakphu Phalut Trek. The trail to Phalut cannot get any better, with the mountain views on the horizon in front and the 14Km trail to Sabarkum very gentle, through endless meadows.
  • Sabarkum to Phalut (3480m/7Km/2Hrs) – With the last 2Km slight uphill trek before reaching Phalut, the 5Km trail is an easy walk on a wide trail. Infact, the entire 22Km stretch is the best part of the entire Sandakphu Phalut Trek.

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

  • Phalut to Gorkhay ( 2350m/15Km/6Hrs) – It is a straight drop of 1200m from Phalut to the small beautiful village of Gorkhay through beautiful Rohododendron Forest and then finally through Bamboo and Pine forest.
  • Gorkhay to Samamdin ( 2360m/1Km/45minutes)
  • Samamdin to Ramam (2490m/6.5Km/3Hrs)- The Sandakphu trail takes a 1Km dip down to the river and then a gentle uphill on a thin mountain trail through dense evergreen forest of the Singalila National Park till Ramam. Ramam is a big agricultural village situated on a steep hill side directly opposite the villages of Okhrey and Hilley in Sikkim, on the periphery of the Singalila National Park. The main income of this area is Agriculture, Poultry & Dairy Farming.

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

Day 9:  Trek Timburey to Rimbik (2331m/10Km/4Hrs) . Drive to Darjeeling. Hotel / Home Stay(B/B only).

Trail from Timburey to Rimbik is an easy trek with no uphill on level ground through dense forest till Rimbik.

Day10:   Drive to Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal border for Final Departure.  End of  Sandakphu Phalut 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 within for quotes in Indian Rupee

SANDAKPHU PHALUT TREK COST INCLUDES:

  • Hotel accommodation – twin share including breakfasts in Darjeeling.
  • Twin share Rooms in Lodges with mattress during Sandakphu Trek.
  • Fully organized trek services with guide, porters, Ponies
  • All fixed three meals everyday during Sandakphu Phalut trek.
  • Road transport as per itinerary by car/jeep.
  • Services of an English speaking guide.

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Sleeping bag; personal clothing/equipment.
  • Lunches and dinners during hotel stays in Darjeeling.
  • Bottled or alcoholic drinks
  • Tips, client insurance, evacuation costs during the Sandakphu Trek Period
  • Any expenses of personal nature

(All relevant Terms & Conditions apply).

 

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