Darjeeling Sandakphu Trek

Darjeeling Sandakphu Trek

Darjeeling Sandakphu Trek

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Therefore, when you book your trip with us, you contribute to the local economy directly. This in turn helps the local economy grow & at the same time help a number of households maintain a healthy lifestyle

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Sandakphu Trek – A Begineer’s hike in Darjeeling

Sandakphu Trek is a simple trek to get you started. A mild four days trek in Darjeeling, and indeed the finest trek in India from hills covered with Rhododendron flowers to gorgeous views of the world’s highest mountains. A rewarding trek recomended for Family Treks and as well for beginners too. A simple trek, popular among avid hikers too.

Sandakphu Trek
Everest Range as Seen from Sandakphu

A short and scenic trek in Darjeeling

Sandakphu Trek located in Darjeeling spectacular beyond words, offers views of Everest and Kanchenjunga Range that are out of the world. Home to untouched greenery, at 11,920 feet above sea level, Sandakphu is a natural wonderland for trekkers and hikers planning to do a short trek in Darjeeling.

Sandakphu Phalut Trek
Kanchenjunga Range as seen from Sandakphu

Set in the lap of the Himalayas and famed for it’s moderate trail and great mountain views, Sandakphu Trek is a spectacular destination for an adventurous holiday. A promise of the glorious Himalayas, an eye opener for hikers. Fifty  Kilometre  Sandakphu Trek in Darjeeling is a cultural wonder that can be covered within a period of four days, but can also be extended as per your need.

Sandakphu Trek
Kanchenjunga Range from Tongloo Hut on the Sandakphu Trek

What makes Sandakphu Special ?

The beautiful Himalayan scenery that you can see with your own eyes is a sublime experience that you can get from the Sandakphu Trek. Sandakphu the highest point in Darjeeling and in West Bengal, India, is perhaps the most popular paradise for trekkers from the world over. Mainly, because of the unparalled views of the four highest mountains, Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Kanchenjunga that can be seen on the Sandakphu Trek.

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

Also, Sandakphu Trek is time friendly and Pocket friendly trek for budget traveller coupled with great mountain views.

A Trail for Nature lovers and bird watchers

An added attraction of the Sandakphu Trek in Darjeeling is that, the trail is located inside the Singalila National Park. This in turn makes it attractive and inspiring among Bird watchers, Botanists and on the whole among nature lovers too. And as the Sandakphu trail meanders through rich natural reserves of the Singalila National Park, this in turn allows you to witness nature in it’s best form. while also giving you a glimpse into the local Nepali and Indian  culture.

Darjeeling Sandakphu Trek
Birds of Singalila National Park.  Photo credit to Mr. Noel Foning and Birds of Darjeeling & Eastern Himalayas

Who can do this Trek ?

Anyone with a moderate level of physical fitness and acclimatized to long hours of walking can complete the Sandakphu Trek with ease.  However, one will have to remember, with an average distance of ten kilometer of hiking per day, certain amount of preparation is essential.

Getting Around

Sandakphu Trek starts from Manebhanjyang, a small border town located approximately twenty six kilometre and an hours drive from Darjeeling.  Singalila National Park’s office is located at the end of the Town and the Foreigners Registration Office and the Guides Office at the entrance of the Town. Sandakphu is 58Km from Darjeeling and 32Km from Manebhanjyang.

 

Trekking inside the Singalila National Park

Four day Darjeeling Sandakphu Trek cuts through the Rhododendron, Magnolia and Pine forest of the Singalila National Park. Before we forget, during spring the added attraction of this trek is the huge number of birds that Singalila National Park attracts and the glorious infestation of Rhododendrons, Magnolias and wild flower blooms which seem to compensate for the loss in view of the mountain range. In fact, every season Sandakphu Trek offers it’s own unique landscapes and views, so you are faced with a problem of plenty.

Best time to Hike in Darjeeling

Sandakphu Trek in April and May will be flooded with different colors of the Rhododendrons flowers and wild flower blooms which add a blush to the entire Singalila Ridge. However, the Horizon may remain a little hazy for the mountain views.

While Sandakphu Trek in October and November presents clear skies with beautiful mountain views and many colors of nature.

Sandakphu Trek in December and January will see snow and sub zero temperatures. Snowfall will not be hard for the trail to get blocked, but just enough for one to experience snowfall.

Therefore, Sandakphu is an all season destination and is possible to trek even in the winter months as the Snow line is much below as compared to western Himalayas.

Trek Grade and Accommodation provided

Lodge in Kalpokhari Below Sandakphu
A Lodge in Kalpokhari

Sandakphu Trek is a moderate to easy tea house / lodge trek, ascending up to Sandakphu (3636m) the highest point on the trek. Lunch will be provided in tea houses located along the way to Sandakphu. Dinners and Breakfast will be provided in the lodges of stay.

Accommodation at Tongloo and Sandakphu will be provided in trekkers huts. While accommodation in lodges run by local families will be provided in Kalpokhari and Gurdum. Personalized Private Camping Trek can also be organized on a date of your choice.

Main baggage will be carried by porters/ponies. Trekkers carry their day packs only with their essential Items in them and walk at their own pace.

TRIP FACTS:

  • Style of Trek :  Tea House/ Lodge Trek
  • Duration : 8Days
  • Number of Days on the Trek : 5Days
  • Trek Grade : Moderate to Easy
  • Minimum no. Of Participants : 2Persons
  • Highest Point : Sandakphu (3636m)
  • Highest Sleeping Altitude : Sandakphu (3636m)
  • Starting & Ending Point: Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border
  • Best Season:  March-June & September- December
  • Trek Availability :  Join a Group on the dates given below
  • Climate : Days are normally warm. Nights can at times be(general) very cold and in winter even below the freezing  point. Monsoon showers in summer (heaviest in July & August). Sometimes even in spring and autumn.
  • Customized Private Camping Trek can be arranged for a minimum of 2persons on request on a date of your choice

GROUP DEPARTURE DATES FOR DARJEELING SANDAKPHU TREK 2022

8th.Feb – 15th.Feb, 202222nd.Feb – 29th.Feb, 2022
7th.March – 14th.March, 202228th.March –  4th.April, 2022
4th.April – 11th.April, 202218th.April – 25th.April, 2022
2nd..May – 8th.May, 202216th.May – 23rd.May, 2022
18th.Sept – 25th.Sept, 202202nd.Oct – 09th.Oct, 2022
16th.Oct – 23rd.Oct, 202206th.Nov – 13th.Nov, 2022
27th.Nov – 4th.Dec, 202211th.Dec – 18th.Dec, 2022
21st.Dec – 28th.Dec, 2022(Christmas Trek)

SANDAKPHU TREK  ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive at Bagdogra Airport / NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border. Drive to Darjeeling (1686m/90Km/3Hrs). Overnight Hotel.

Day 2: Acclimatization Day. Walking tour of Darjeeling. Overnight Hotel.

Day 3: Drive to Maneybhanjyang (1981m/1Hr). Darjeeling Sandakphu Trek Starts. Trek to Tongloo / Tumling (3001m/13Km/5Hrs). Overnight Trekkers Hut/Lodge

  • Manebhanjyang (1981m) to Chitray (2800m/2Km)
  • Chitray to Lamedhura (2810m/2Km)
  • Lamedhura to Meghma (2900m/4Km)
  • Meghma to Tongloo (3070m/4Km)
  • Tongloo to Tumling (2970m/1Km)

After the entry formalities with the Singalila National Park and the Foreigners Registration Office, the Sandakphu Trek starts immediately with a 2Km steep uphill trek to Chitray. Trek to Chitray takes about two hours on a tarmac road. Once at Chitray stop for a breather and a cup of tea and take a look around. Beautiful views of Darjeeling and the Hills around towards the Nepal side of the Ridge can be seen. With a gain of just 100m from Chitray to Meghma the trail is gradual and easy sometimes on trekking trail and sometimes on Jeep track. From Meghma it’s a 4Km climb up hill on a winding stone track till Tongloo, and the second climb on the Sandakphu Trek. Tongloo to Tumling is an easy downhill trek of 30minutes.

Day 4: Trek Tongloo to Kalpokhari (3100m/15Km/6Hrs). Overnight Lodge.

  • Tongloo to Tumling (2970m/1Km)
  • Tumling to Jaubari ( 2750m/4Km)
  • Jaubari to Gairibas (2620m/5Km)
  • Gairibas to Kayakatta (2800m/1Km)
  • Kayakatta  to Kalpokhari (3001m/4Km)

From Tongloo the Sandakphu Trek proceeds gently downhill till Tumling, a small village with a couple of lodges on the Nepal Side of the trek route. The trail then follows a gentle path till the Singalila Check Post where the entry Pass will be checked and stamped. From here the Sandakphu Trek Route has two paths. Either follow the jeep track on the Indian side of the Singalila National Park or follow a gentle downhill path through the small village of Jaubari, joining Gairibas a little below on the Nepal Side of the Sandakphu Trek. Further, a 1Km uphill trail leads to Kayakatta. A small village on the Nepal side consisting of a couple of houses and a lodge. This is our lunch spot for the day. With a gain of just 200m the trail from Kayatta to Kalpokhari is a an easy trek on a wide path. Kalpokhari is a small village with about 5-8 lodges with a small lake at the entrance on the Nepal side of the Sandakphu Trekking Trail.

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

  • Kalpokhari to Bikheybhanjyang (3030m/ 2Km)
  • Bikheybhanjyang to Sandakphu (3636m/4Km)

The Days trek to Sandakphu from Kalpokhari starts with a gently on a wide path on the Nepal Side of the border till Bikheybhanjyang 2Km away. The path is wide and unleveled used by age old Land Rovers ferrying tourists to Sandakphu for a quick tour and back. Bikheybhanjyang as the name suggests is a tri junction of poisonious flowers. The last part of the final ascent on the Sandakphu Trek starts from here. The path is wide and unlevelled on a jeep track and is a steep uphill till Sandakphu. Total gain in altitude is 636m.

Day 6: Trek to Gurdung (2700m/10Km/4Hrs). Overnight Lodge.

Trek from Sandakphu to Gurdum is perhaps the easiest and the lonliest of the 10Km of hiking on the Sandakphu Trek through Rhododendron, Bamboo, Pine and Fur forest. Look out for the Himalayan Sloth Bear on this part of the Trek from Sandakpu to Gurdum. Gurdum is a small village on the peripheri of the Singalila National Park and the main income of the village people is Agriculture.

Day 7: Trek Gurdung to Rimbik (2331m/15Km/5Hrs). End of Darjeeling Sandakphu Trek. Drive back to Darjeeling. Overnight Hotel.

With no gain in the altitude the trek from Gurdum to Rimbik is an easy hike through terraced pea and potato fields till Timburey. Here we cross over the Siri Khola (River) and then trek through a dense forest till Rimbik where the Sandakphu Trek ends with a three hours jeep ride back to Darjeeling.

Day 8: Drive to Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal border for Final Departure. End of  the Trek
Extension can be made to Sikkim, Bhutan or Nepal.

  • Sandakphu Trek Cost : US$630/Person
  • Indian Participants kindly enquire within for quotes in India Rupee.

Sandakphu 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.
  • Fixed three meals everyday during trekking.
  • All road transport as per itinerary by car/jeep.
  • Service of an English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to monuments visited.
  • All Permits for Darjeeling.
  • Airport Transfers.

Sandakphu Trek Does not Cost :

  • 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 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).

 

 

 

 

  • Sandakphu Trek Cost : US$630/Person
  • Indian Participants kindly enquire within for quotes in India Rupee.

TOUR 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.
  • Fixed three meals everyday during trekking.
  • All road transport as per itinerary by car/jeep.
  • Service of an English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to monuments visited.
  • All Permits for Darjeeling.
  • Airport Transfers.

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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