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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
GROUP DEPARTURE DATES FOR DARJEELING SANDAKPHU TREK 2022
|8th.Feb – 15th.Feb, 2022||22nd.Feb – 29th.Feb, 2022|
|7th.March – 14th.March, 2022||28th.March – 4th.April, 2022|
|4th.April – 11th.April, 2022||18th.April – 25th.April, 2022|
|2nd..May – 8th.May, 2022||16th.May – 23rd.May, 2022|
|18th.Sept – 25th.Sept, 2022||02nd.Oct – 09th.Oct, 2022|
|16th.Oct – 23rd.Oct, 2022||06th.Nov – 13th.Nov, 2022|
|27th.Nov – 4th.Dec, 2022||11th.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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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