Sandakphu Phalut Trek

Difficulty level

Moderate

Trek Altitude

11,930 FT

Trek Distance

65Kms

Trek Duration

7N & 8D

Sandakphu Phalut Trek Cost

Cost

₹ 12,800 per Person
  • All accommodations
  • All meals from day 1 Lunch to Day 8 Breakfast
  • Experienced Guide and other support staff
  • All equipment like, tents, sleeping bags etc
  • All trek permits

SANDAKPHU TREK OPERATORS

Sandakphu Phalut Trek
  • Duration : 7 Nights 8 Days
  • Trek Destination : Dhotrey to Srikhola
  • Trek Cost : Starting From Rs 12,800/- per head
Trek to Sandakphu
  • Trek Duration : 5 Nights 6 Days
  • Trek Destination : Dhotrey to Srikhola
  • Trek Cost : Starting From Rs 9,600/- per head
Land Rover trip to Sandakphu
  • Land Rover trip Duration : 2 Nights 3 days
  • Land Rover trip Destination : Maneybhanjan to Maneybhanjan
  • Land Rover trip Cost : Starting From Rs 5,000/- per head
Red Panda Tour
  • Red Panda Tour Duration : 4 Nights 5 Days
  • Red Panda Tour Destination : Dhotrey to Dhotrey
  • Red Panda Tour Cost : Starting From Rs 9,500/- per head
Tonglu Day Hike
  • Tonglu Day Hike Duration : 2 Night 3 Days
  • Tonglu Day Hike Destination : Dhotrey to Dhotrey
  • Tonglu Day Hike Cost : Rs 5,000/- per head for a group of 8.
Phoktey Dara Trek
  • Phoktey Dara Trek Duration : 5 Nights 6 Days
  • Phoktey Dara Trek Destination : Dhotrey to Dhotrey
  • Cost : Starting from Rs 1500/-
Sandakphu Phalut Trek Dates
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SANDAKPHU PHALUT TREK DETAILS

SANDAKPHU PHALUT TREK is a popular activity among tourists all over the world. The four massive peaks bound this trek – Mount Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu offer stunning views of the Everest region.

This trek follows the famous Singalila Ridge, a high ground that lies at the southern end of a long crest, which runs down from the Kanchendzonga range and forms the border between India & Nepal.

The trek can be challenging, but it is also an excellent opportunity to explore the Himalayan landscape. Here are some things you need to know before embarking on your journey to Sandakphu.

The trek is a moderate to strenuous trek that takes about Eight days to complete. The trailhead starts at Dhotrey, which is about a four-hour drive from NJP. From Dhotrey, it is about a Three-day hike to reach Sandakphu. The first day of the trek is relatively easy, but the second day involves a steep ascent of nearly 1,000 Feets.

The best time to trek is from March to June or from October to March. These months offer the best weather conditions for hiking, with clear skies and mild temperatures. Avoid trekking during the monsoon season from June to September, as the trails can be wet and slippery.

Discover the allure of Sandakphu Trek, a premier trekking destination nestled within the enchanting realm of Darjeeling Tourism.

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SANDAKPHU PHALUT TREK: A SHORT GUIDE ON WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

With an altitude of 3,636m, the trek offers a spectacular view of the Kanchenjunga range. It holds a vantage point to witness the Sleeping Buddha in its full glory. Situated in the Singalila National Park, it also boasts of its rich flora and fauna. Wetrekkers offers you the best tour and Trek Package to experience the beauty of Sandakphu within your budget.

SANDAKPHU TREK ROUTE

There are several varied trekking routes in this region. We can arrange the trek route depending on the season, participants' physical fitness, and allotted days.

SANDAKPHU TREK ROUTE MAP

Sandakphu-Trek-Map

SANDAKPHU PHALUT TREK ITINERARY

Day 1: Drive from NJP/Bagdogra to Dhotrey Distance: 105 Km Duration: 5 hours Altitude: 8,500 ft Time: 10 A.M

Your journey with us starts upon reaching the frontier town of Siliguri. Depending upon your mode of arrival, pick-up will be arranged from Bagdogra, NJP, or Siliguri Junction. The transport cost from the pick-up point to Dhotrey is Rs 6,000/- and is shared by the trekkers.

The road takes you through the bustling town of Siliguri initially, but soon you will be journeying through the tea gardens and lush forests. The ascent starts after reaching the beautiful lake of Mirik. From there to Dhotrey, it's a constant meandering journey through beautiful tea gardens and mountain forests. On the way to Dhotrey, you will cross the hilly settlements of Sukhia Pokhari and Maneybhanjan.

Apart from these, it's just you and the tranquil nature for the company as you reach the beautiful base camp of Dhotrey. Nestled within a thick pine forest, Dhotrey is truly a sight to behold. If you are lucky, you will get your first glimpse of Kanchenjungha from here itself. Have an early dinner and call it a day, as you need ample rest before your trek tomorrow.

Day 2: Dhotrey to Tumling Distance: 6 Kms Duration: 3 Hours Altitude: 10,000 ft Time: 9 A.M

Today will be your first day of the trek. It will be a relaxed climb of about 1,500 ft and will mostly warm you up for the difficult terrain up ahead. From Dhotrey, it's initially a gentle climb towards Tumling. You will walk through rich forests of Pine and Coniferous and some occasional appearances of Rhododendrons as you slowly gain altitude.

The forest is rich in flora and fauna, and you will have multiple sightings of numerous birds. At the halfway point, you will find a beautiful resting stop comprised of flat land, with mountain views all around and a peak of the Dhotrey village down below. From there, it's a steep climb until you reach Tonglu. From there, it's just a km of flat walk to reach your destination for the day, Tumling.

Reaching there, you will receive warm mountain hospitality as you sip on some tea while taking in the breathtaking views all around. This is the place which gives you a brief trailer of what treat awaits you once you reach your summit. After having a hearty dinner, sleep to the sound of nature as you prepare for the journey ahead.

Day 3: Tumling to Kalipokhari Distance: 13 Kms Duration: 5 Hours. Altitude: 10,500 ft Time: 8 A.M

Wake up early to catch the beautiful sunrise from Tumling and catch The Mt Kanchenjungha in its full glory. After a quick breakfast, we start early as we have a long journey ahead. A short distance into the trek, we will reach the entry point of Singalila National Park. We will need to complete our entry formalities here. You will need to pay for a camera permit here if you carry any.

Your trek guide will help you through the process. The Singalila National Park houses a great number of animals like the Himalayan Bear, Leopard cat, Barking Dear, Pangolin, and the famous and elusive Red Panda. We will have a relaxed flat walk till we reach the settlement of Jaubari. All along the way, our trail will flirt with the Indo-Nepal border as we crisscross through our neighbor lands. From Jaubari we will have a descent till we reach Gairibas.

Here you can have a small break and also indulge in some snacks. Gairibas houses a rhododendron research centre and has a detailed accounting of the various varieties of Rhododendrons available in the region. From Gairibas we will face the first difficult phase of our trek as we traverse a steep climb all the way to Kalipokhari. After a strenuous but rewarding climb, we will reach the high-altitude lake of Kalipokhari. After a steaming hot beverage to soothe your aching muscles, you can visit the lake's calm waters and feel your tiredness ebbing away.

Day 4: Kalipokhari to Sandakphu Distance: 6 km Altitude: 11900 ft Duration: 4 hours Time: 9 A.M

Today is the most challenging phase of your trek, and The trail will test your endurance to the limit. Make sure to fill up your water bottles before starting, as there will be no settlements between here and Sandakphu. We will climb through barren mountain roads with scarce vegetation as we would be almost above the tree line. You can take shortcuts in between, which will cut down the time but will considerably increase the strain on your legs. Milestones along the way will motivate you as you will see the destination come nearer and nearer. Once reaching the summit, all your hard work will pay off, as you will witness the wonder called Sleeping Buddha at its full glory. Sandakphu has the distinction of offering the view of 4 of the world's top 5 highest mountain peaks. Apart from Kanchenjungha, it also offers the view of Mt Kanchenjungha, Makalu, and Lhotse, along with several other high peaks of the Himalayas. On reaching Sandakphu, you can settle down for a bit and then set out to explore the area. Your aching muscles will beg you to call it an early night, but make a mental note to wake up early enough to catch the most beautiful sunrise ever.

Day 5: Sandakphu to Molley/Phalut Distance: 21 Km Altitude: 11,700 ft Duration: 7 Hours Time: 7 A.M

After witnessing the magnificent sunrise from the highest point of west Bengal, you will get ready for the next phase of your trek. We have a lot of distance to cover today so we will start quite early. This will be the longest trek stretch, but it is effortlessly the most beautiful part. The magnificent view of the highest peaks of the world will be your constant companion.

As you are above the tree line, you will not witness many trees along the route other than some stretches of Rhododendrons. If you are trekking in the March-April season, you will also witness the mesmerizing view of the Rhododendrons in full bloom. The route is fairly flat, with some ascents and descents along the way. At the halfway point, you will find “Char Ratey,” a resting point for Yak Grazers of the past, where they used to wait for four nights while their livestock used to graze.

As we will have a good amount of distance to cover today, you will be given a light-packed lunch today. From Sabarkum, the route divides into two parts. One goes towards Phalut and the other towards Molley. Depending upon the availability of the time, we would choose our route. Our stay for the night would be Phalut or Molley. On reaching the campsite, you will relax with hot beverages and some light snacks. A while later, your dinner will be served.

Day 6: Molley/Phalut to Gorkhey Distance: 14 Km Altitude: 11,400 ft Duration: 6 Hours Time: 8 A.M

If you are staying at Molley, you will start your day pretty early and take a hike towards Phalut. You will retrace your steps back to Sabarkum, and there the trail will be a gradual ascent. In Phalut top, you will see one of the most unobstructed and up-close views of the Sleeping Buddha range that you ever have or can experience. The Mt Everest, Lhotse & Makalu are also prominently visible. If the stay is at Phalut, then you would have to trek 1 km to Phalut top to witness the view. After having breakfast at Phalut, we would start our descent to Gorkhey.

As you start your descent, the trail will quickly change from vast open fields to green forests. You will also travel through some bamboo canopy forests. Once there, keep an eye out for the elusive red panda. If you are lucky, you can easily spot one in this region. Soon, you will be greeted with a gurgling sound of a mountain stream to indicate that you are very near to your destination. Your forest path will suddenly open up to a vast open land of the beautiful village of Samandin. A little more descent will lead you to Gorkhey, your pit stop for the night. It's a beautiful mountain village, straight out of an artist's rendition. After lunch, you can visit the river and get amazed by its crystal-clear water. Enjoy the evening at the homestay, where a bonfire will be arranged, before you call it a night after your dinner is served.

Day 7: Gorkhey to Srikhola Distance: 16 Km Altitude: 6,900 ft Duration: 5 Hours Time: 8 A.M

Today is the last day of your trail. As we will have a steady descent, it will be a fairly easy route. It s advisable that you use kneecaps today, as the steady descent can be quite taxing on your knees. The trail will go through dense forests, and you will be greeted by whistling birds at every turn.

The sun will rarely penetrate the thick canopy of the forests. But soon, the trail will open up to the settlements of Rammam, and you will know that you are halfway towards your destination. Further down the trail, you will reach Rimbick, and from there, it's just 1 Km from your destination, Srikhola.

Once reaching the homestay, enjoy the hospitality while you revel in the glory of completing your trek. You can relax by the river while your celebratory dinner is being prepared. Enjoy a sound sleep as the gurgling river sing you a lullaby, and your aching muscles receive a much-needed rest.

Day 8: Drive to NJP/Bagdogra Distance: 130 Kms Duration: 6 hours Time: 9 A.M

Today you say goodbye to the Singalila National Park as you drive down towards NJP. Post breakfast, you can take some cool insta worthy photos at the hanging bridge in Srikhola. After that, your journey takes you back to the chaotic city life along the mountain paths. The cab fare to Siliguri is Rs 8,000/- and will be shared by the trekkers.

You will pass through the settlements of Rimbik, Dhotrey, and Maneybhanjan, after which the familiar tea garden vista will greet you. You will be able to attend a tea testing at the Gopal Dhara tea garden on the way. Where from you can source some authentic Darjeeling tea for yourself. Finally, your journey will come full circle at NJP, from where you can depart for your onward destination with fond memories from the trip.

SANDAKPHU TREK BEST TIME

Sandakphu Best Time

The Sandakphu trek can be done during almost eight months of the year except from June to September. SANDAKPHU TREK Best Time is November to January for the clear view.

The trek gives you a new flavour every season, from the rhododendrons and magnolias in spring to the golden scenery of autumn and, finally, the light winter snow. The view, landscape, flora, and fauna change from season to season. This is one of the best Himalayan treks for bird watching.

If you are not particularly fond of experiencing something like a clear view of flowers or snow, Sandakphu is an excellent trek when it is open for eight months of the year.

During the monsoon season, the trek is closed for the visitors from June to September.

Sandakphu Trek Best Season

Spring Trek

Spring arrives in March, and this is a fantastic season for trekking in Sandakphu. The Different magical beauties start to unfold in this season. The main magical sight is the blossoming rhododendrons which will give your eyes an excellent experience throughout the trek route.

The whole path is covered with different kinds of flowers. Red, pink rhododendron and white magnolias dominate the landscape. Towards the end of April, the rain becomes more frequent. You may still be able to trek. But it's not that funny.

Views: Full of flowers all around, this season provides a beautiful sight but occasional showers might turn the trail foggy or prevent the views of long-distance peaks and ranges.

Flora & Fauna: Rhododendrons and Magnolias are in full bloom. This is the best time to see the flowers.

Temperature Overview: Daytime temperature Between 15 °C and 20 °C and Nighttime Temperatures will drop between 1 °C and 5 °C.

Presence of snow: You will not find snow in Spring

Autumn Trek

Autumn starts from the last week of September and lasts till November. This season is famous for the clear views of mountain peaks and spectacular clear sky. Crisp air and sunny days make Sandakphu a dream world for trekkers.

Autumn is also famous for its golden color Mountain view, especially during the sunsets and sunrise. This also a great season for bird watcher.

The only downside to trekking in autumn, especially in October, is the number of people on the trail. During the Durga Puja holidays in the month of October, many tourists come to here.

Scenery: The air is clear and the view of the distant peaks is amazing.

Crowds: A popular time to visit. Not only trekkers but also tourists on the trail.

Seasonal Highlights: Easy bird watching on the trail and spectacular golden mountain peaks.

Temperature Overviews: Day time Between 13 °C and 18 °C and Night time Will drop to temperatures between 5 °C and 0 °C.

Presence of snow: You will not find snow on the trek in Autumn.

Winter Trek

Winter starts from November to March. During this period, the temperature here ranges from 1 to 10 degrees Celsius, and weather is extremely cold. The region receives fresh snowfall towards the end of December.

The snow gradually begins to form a white layer on the ground, and by the month of January, the entire area is covered in thick snow. January is the coldest month of the year in Sandakphu, with the most snowfall. The region usually continues to receive snowfall till the first half of March, after which the mercury levels rise by a few inches, and Sandakphu starts experiencing pre-summer effects.

The average temperature in winter: The average temperature during is 7°C during the day and 1°C at night.

Summer Trek

The summer season usually starts from April and lasts till mid-June. During this time, the temperature in Sandakphu is between 17 to 15 degrees Celsius and the weather is pleasant and charming. On the other hand, the sky remains clear providing an uncompromised view of the nearby mountain ranges.

Average Summer Temperature: The average summer temperature is 24°C during the day and 12°C at night.

Sandakphu Image
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SANDAKPHU TREK HEIGHT

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With an altitude of 3,636m, the trek offers a spectacular view of the Kanchenjunga range. It holds a vantage point to witness the Sleeping Buddha in its full glory. Situated in the Singalila National Park, it also boasts of its rich flora and fauna. Sandakphu is not only the highest peak in West Bengal. The peak is located at an altitude of 11930 feet or 3636 meters above sea level. The average elevation of the base camp is about 6400 feet or 1951 meters. Then it started to increase gradually.

Sandakphu height in feet

The highest elevation of Sandakphu is 11930 feet and offers a spectacular view of the world's highest mountain range. Before embarking on the trek, every trekker should be aware of this altitude which will help him to avoid any medical hazards.

Sandakphu Altitude

Located at an altitude of 11,930 feet, Sandakphu is home to magnificent alpine vegetation such as the ever-present rhododendron, fir, birch and even towering bamboo trees. The trek is one of the rare high-altitude treks that offers accommodation in a cozy teahouse.

QUICK FACTS

  • Duration: 1D/2N(Min) to 8D/7N(Max) (Depending On Your Package)
  • Altitude: 11,930 ft
  • Trek Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
  • Trek Distance: Around 65kms (Depending On Your Package)
  • Temperature: Day: 8°C to 15°C and Night: -5°C to 5°C
  • Best Time For Trek: March to May, October to March
  • Nearest Railway Station: NJP
  • Nearest Airport: Bagdogra
  • ATM: You can withdraw money at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) or anywhere in Siliguri
  • Sandakphu Trek Starting Point: Dhotrey (Depending On Your Package)
  • Ending Point: Srikhola (Depending On Your Package)

TREK HIGHLIGHTS

  • Unobstructed view of the Famous Sleeping Buddha group of mountains.
  • With Mount Everest on the horizon you will love every bit of Trekking!
  • Despite its offbeat essence, the Kalapokhri lake is a major attraction on the trek route. Kalapokhri Lake, the Mystery of the Holy Black Water.
  • Experience one of the highest north-south mountain ranges, the Singalila range that divides West Bengal and the Himalayan range.
  • Rhododendron and Magnolia flowers turn the forest red, pink and white in spring.

TREK PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodation: (Min 1 Night 2 Days to Max 7 Nights 8 Days Depending On Your Trek Package) Accommodation from Day 1 to Day 8 (Depending On Your Trek Package) at a private tourist lodge/government trekkers hut on sharing basis.
  • Food: All meals during the trek. Regular Indian-style nutritious vegetarian meals, breakfast, hot lunch (en route), snacks, and dinner with coffee/tea/soup during the trek.
  • Trek Guide: An excellent mountain guide who will be local to this area and have deep knowledge of trekking trails.
  • Camping Charges: Singalila National Park permit fee and forest camping charges are included in the trek package.
  • Safety equipment: First aid kit, oxygen cylinder, oximeter, etc., will be with the guide/trek leader in case of emergency at the campsite.
  • Expert Trek Support Team: The mountain staff of this trek includes certified guides, cooks, helpers, and porters.

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Best Price

Best Price

Even though not the most important, the price point still is an important aspect while choosing a trek. We can ensure the most attractive package price without compromising any quality of the trek.
Quality Service

Quality Service

We take pride in claiming ourselves as one of the best in the industry as per as quality of service is concerned. Our expert team members have curated the best experience for you.
Experienced Guide

Experienced Guide

Wetrekkers provides experienced and professional guides for each trek. You will be amazed at the skill they show and the way they take you on the trek.
Local Support

Local Support

Being a locally based company, you will get local moral support from the common people as they know about our brand and us very well.
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SANDAKPHU TREK EXPERIENCE

In spite of its relatively low altitude, the trek holds quite a distinction among the various treks of the Himalayas. Most importantly because it allows the visitor, the rare vista of Four of the Five highest peaks of the world, and that too from a single viewpoint. Moreover, this is the only “Tea-House” trek in India, a term more common among the treks in Nepal, where in you don't need to camp while trekking, but rather enjoy boarding in the homestays and trekkers' huts along the way.

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Gourab Sen

Best organisation for conducting learning based expedition and trekking experiences. Trek leaders are experienced and well learned, creates a great motivational environment for all the fellow trekkers. Thank You Wetrekkers

Gourab Sen

Arindam Poul

Excellent experience...great work guys and for sure if i plan any further activity.. It will be sure with Wetrekkers ... Cheers for ur great work put together

Arindam Poul

Mayank Trivedi

It was my first ever peak climb and Wetrekkers made it a memorable and successful climb. Special thanks to Weterkkers team and our expedition leader who made it possible through his technical skills. Climbing equipment were best in class.

Mayank Trivedi

Package Trek Cost

Cost is an important factor for every trekker and before starting a trek a trekker must check the cost of his trek and what is included in the itinerary.

At Trek, we always provide reasonably comfortable accommodation at the best price and high-quality food facilities which are essential in every trekker's journey. Another important thing about the trek is the trek guide, we always provide highly trained trek guides and experienced travel staff which are included in our trek package cost.

We offer a variety of treks and tour packages from short treks to long treks which makes us stand out from the crowd. Our shortest tour package is Land Rover Ride to Tonglu with a duration of 2 days and 1 night and the longest trek package is Sandakphu Phalut Trek with a duration of 8 days and 7 nights.

From all the trek packages we are very well known for Red Panda Tour and Sandakphu Phalut Trek which we provide to every trekker at a very reasonable price. Sandakphu Phalut trek package cost is INR 12,800 per person and our trek cost includes your accommodation and food from your arrival at Dhotre till the end of your trek at Srikhola.

Inclusions

All accommodations.

All meals from day 1 Lunch to Day 8 Breakfast.

Experienced Guide and other support staff.

All equipment like, tents, sleeping bags etc.

All trek permits.

Exclusions

Transport to and from the station/airport.

Food during transit.

Any personal expenses.

Camera Charges.

Singalila National Park Entry Fees.

Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

SLEEPING BUDDHA VIEW

SLEEPING BUDDHA VIEW

Essential Things to Carry For Sandakphu Trek

Sandakphu village is far from the city. So every trekker needs to carry all his essentials and also remember that his bag should not be too heavy to travel with. When you're packing essentials, we're here to help you write down some of the mandatory and recommended items you should carry.

What to pack for your trek?

Documents:

These are documents required for legal purposes by Wetrekkers and the forest department. Without any of these, you will not be allowed to trek.

  1. Original and photocopy of government photo ID. Only a passport or voter ID is accepted as valid ID proof in Nepal.
  2. Disclaimer certificate. This is a legal requirement. Read carefully and sign. It must be handed over to your trek leader when registration at the base camp.
  3. Medical certificate. It has two categories. A practising doctor must complete the first part. You must fill in the second part. Without a medical certificate, the forest department will not allow you to travel. It is a requirement by Wetrekkers.
  4. 2 recent passport size photos.

Basics:

  1. A sturdy ruck-sack with support rod(50-60 ltrs).
  2. A small day pack(15-20 ltrs) in case you are offloading your bag.
  3. A trekking shoe with ankle support.

Clothing:

  1. 4 pairs of polyester T-shirt.
  2. 3 Pairs of quick dry trek pants.
  3. A sweatshirt.
  4. A lightweight Hollowfill/Feather jacket.
  5. A set of thermal inners(For winters).
  6. A fleece Jacket(For winter).
  7. A Raincoat/Poncho.
  8. 4 pairs of cotton socks + 2 pairs of woolen socks.
  9. 1 Pair of gloves.

Medicine:

  1. Coca 30: 30 ml.
  2. Crocin: 6 tablets.
  3. Avomine: 4 tablets.
  4. Avil(25 mg): 4 tablets.
  5. Combiflam: 4 tablets.
  6. Norflox TZ: 6 tablets.
  7. Digene: 6 tablets.
  8. ORS: 6 sachets.
  9. Band Aid: 6 strips.
  10. Cotton: 1 Small roll.
  11. Eno: 4 sachets.
  12. Betadine or any antiseptic ointment.
  13. Pain spray.
  14. Knee cap and crepe bandage.

Toiletries:

  1. Sunscreen.
  2. Moisturiser.
  3. Lip Balm.
  4. Hand Sanitizer.
  5. Toothbrush & paste.
  6. Toilet Paper.
  7. Light and.
  8. preferable quick dry towel.
  9. Hand Wash/Liquid Soap.

Accessories:

  1. A pair of sun shades.
  2. A cap/sun hat.
  3. A head torch.
  4. Trekking Pole.
  5. Water bottle.

THE AGE RANGE FOR SANDAKPHU TREK

The trek is open to adventurers of all ages. However, we recommend that trekkers should be at least 12 years old before attempting this challenging hike. A parent or guardian must accompany those under the age of 18.

Land Rover trip to Sandakphu and Phalut
  • Land Rover trip Duration : 3 Nights 4 Days
  • Land Rover trip Destination : Maneybhanjan to Maneybhanjan
  • Land Rover trip Cost : Starting From Rs 6,800/- per head
Sandakphu Land Rover trip
  • Land Rover trip Duration : 2 Nights 3 Days
  • Land Rover trip Destination : Maneybhanjan to Maneybhanjan
  • Land Rover trip Cost : Starting From Rs 5,000/- per head
Land Rover Ride to Tonglu
  • Land Rover Ride to Tonglu Duration : 1 Nights 2 days
  • Land Rover Ride to Tonglu Destination : Maneybhanjan to Maneybhanjan
  • Land Rover Ride to Tonglu Cost : Starting From Rs 4,500/- per head

FITNESS REQUIRED FOR THE TREK

“Health is wealth” is an old adage we have been hearing for ages but a trekker needs to realize it at every step of his journey especially if it is mountain trekking.

Moderate treks like Sandakphu require you to walk an average of 6 - 10 km where you will find steep ascents and descents. You will often encounter tricky patches (such as snow or scree) on this trek with increasing elevation, for which you must always be prepared and skillfully traverse them.

Your goal is to complete 5 km in 35 minutes.

WHY DO YOU NEED TO BE FIT BEFORE BEGINNING A TREKKING TRIP?

The points mentioned above are jointly required for this trek, and it is a requirement that takes time and effort to identify.

A comprehensive list of exercises, which will help you to overcome this trek with ease and fun.

Without further ado, get ready to cross this difficult path easily with some simple physical exercises and enjoy the thrilling scenery beyond this difficult path.

We recommend one month of preparation time before the day of the trek. The measures below will help you achieve the level of fitness required for different levels of Himalayan treks.

For upper body

  • Push Up: Treks carry a heavy backpack over long distances. Since it requires upper body strength, push ups are recommended to strengthen the upper body.

For leg strength

  • Uphill Training: Himalayan treks have steep climbs. So hill training is a basic exercise you should start your fitness regime with. Climbing stairs at every opportunity will improve your uphill endurance.
  • Squats: Squats help with core strength. A good core strength is essential for maintaining balance during the trek.

For leg strength

  • Jog: Jogging helps increase cardiovascular strength. As the lungs and heart adapt to the increased activity and help build lung capacity so you can walk for longer periods of time.
  • Crunches: Crunches also work to improve core strength. The advantage is the ability to maintain good balance during the trek.
  • Skipping: Skipping is really helpful in achieving an overall fitness. That's because when skipping, you're constantly using your lower body to balance yourself and propel your body upward, which increases muscle strength. The shoulders and arms are constantly moving, working the muscles of the arms. Since it also includes the abdominal area, it is a way to work core strength.

IS SANDAKPHU TREK SAFE?

At the trek, we take the safety of those we work with, and the processes we follow and the equipment we carry reinforce our work. The great news is that the trek has no technical or complicated parts. It is a great trek for both new and experienced trekkers.

Emergency Exits and Closest Hospital

Emergency Exit: Sandakphu is one of those rare treks where it is easy to exit the trail in case of any emergency.

If any medical emergency occurs during the days of trek, immediate and quick evacuation is done. Because there is also a motorable road.

On the other hand, if you are in Sabargram and there is a medical emergency, you will be taken to Rammam via Gorkhey. It is about 14 km from Sabargram.

Nearest Hospital: The nearest hospital on the trek is Sukhia Pokhari before reaching Sandakphu. To reach this hospital you have to drive through Maneybhanjan. After you cross Sandakphu, the nearest hospital is at Rimbik.

AMS On Trek

The exertion and cold exposure of this rapid ascent and trek can trigger the development of altitude sickness in some people. If you do not feel comfortable at a camp location, inform your trek guide immediately.

The difficulty of Sandakphu Trek

This is a moderate trek that ranges from easy to difficult on the difficulty scale. The Trek does not have huge climbs and slides on a daily basis. Treks, however, make you travel long miles each day.

Weather Wise Safety

Weather plays a big role in your safety on the track. Here are some weather-related factors that can play an important role in your Sandakphu - Phalut trek.

Above 12,000 feet it can snow at any time. Precipitation on the lower slopes often results in light or heavy snowfall in the upper regions.

Make sure you level up well for this trek. Carry a windcheater to help stay warm in the wind. Especially in winter, you must be well-layered. And In all seasons Raincoat is a must.

Carry a minimum of 5 layers. Extreme winds on this trek increase the chances of mild hypothermia or even AMS.

CONNECTIVITY ON THE TREK ROUTE

  • Last ATM: You will find it in Sukhia, which is a 15-20 minutes drive from Sandakphu. Please always try to withdraw cash from Siliguri. Do not rely on ATMs on the trek route, as availability is scarce and which are available are often out of service or out of cash.
  • Electricity: This is available for most of your overnight stay.
  • Mobile phone network: You will get a network at your night position, but it is not fixed. If international roaming is enabled you will get a specific network.
  • Internet Connectivity: You can get a 4G network at the base camp. Apart from this, there will be no internet connection.

SANDAKPHU TREK GUIDE

Why you should hire a trekking guide at Sandakphu Trek?

  • Trekking Routes: The trek is full of confusing trekking routes passing through dense forests, narrow paths, unsigned roads, etc. Even experienced trekkers get confused about such places. There are many junctions, bends, switchback roads etc., which is the most confusing part of this trek for solo trekkers. Local people won't be there every time to ask for help with the route. So, you need an experienced guide to guide you throughout the trek.
  • Language: While trekking, you get a chance to visit and explore wonderful remote villages. People living in these villages do not speak English fluently. If you are trekking independently, you will not get a chance to interact with local people. If you need something or are lost and want to ask for help, you can't express yourself because they don't understand you. But if you travel with a guide, a guide will translate for you. So, you must hire a guide so that there is no language barrier problem.
  • Safety: Trekking at high altitude poses many risk factors. You have to be very careful while trekking on this trail. But accidents and illnesses are not reported. So while trekking alone, if you suffer from altitude sickness or any accident, it becomes difficult for you as there will be no one to help and rescue you. But if you have a guide with you, he will do what needs to be done in such a situation. If it is a serious case and requires immediate medical attention, they will provide assistance as per the facility. So, always hire a trekking guide while trekking in Nepal to ensure your safety.

Is Guide Necessary For Sandakphu Trek

It is essential to hire a trekking guide for Sandakphu Trek.

Sandakphu Trek Guide Contact No

Sandakphu Trek Guide Contact Number 7001608599, 8240923170.

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

We have always wanted the trekkers to be well informed before embarking on the Himalayan trek. The difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one is knowledge. This is the difference between a healthy experience and a superficial experience.

This Blog has in-depth information about each trekking day, what to expect, and how you should prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this subject. Trekkers find it extremely useful.

Tips on managing your Travel for your Trek

Travelling via Flight:

Siliguri is connected via air through the Bagdogra airport. If you are flying from any major city like Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore, you can directly book your flight to Bagdogra. We recommend taking the flight one day prior to the trek start day and spending the night in Siliguri. In case the flight to Bagdogra is too costly or there is no direct flight from your city to Bagdogra, you can take a flight to Kolkata and take a train/Volvo bus to Siliguri.

You can take a reserved cab or shared auto from the Bagdogra Airport to Siliguri town. Also plan your stay in Siliguri in advance. There are also public modes of transport like buses available to SIliguri. Take a shared auto from the airport to Bihar More to catch those.

Our pick-up from Siliguri to Dhotrey will be at around 9 A.M on the Day 1 of the trek. You can coordinate your pick-up by talking to the driver in the morning.

Travelling via train:

If you are joining us from Kolkata or taking a flight to Kolkata instead of Bagdogra, you need to take a train from Sealdah to NJP or Siliguri Junction the day before your trek. The flight options to Kolkata are much cheaper compared to Bagdogra. But do ensure that you take a flight which reaches Kolkata by 5 P.M otherwise there might be a chance of missing your train. There are various modes of transport from Kolkata Airport to Sealdah station. Online cabs and Meter taxis are abundant. You can also book a pre-paid from the airport booking counter. You can also take a bus, which is really cheap.

Please make sure that you take a train that reaches NJP or Siliguri Junction by 8 A.M. We recommend Darjeeling Mail (12343), Kanchan Kanya (13149), and Uttar Banga Exp (13147) for the travel.

If you are reaching Siliguri one day before the trek start date, you can take any train from Howrah or Sealdah at your convenience. In that case, do plan your stay in Siliguri beforehand.

Coordinate your travel to Dhotrey by talking to the driver in the early morning. The pick-up will leave for Dhotrey from Siliguri at around 9 A.M

Travelling by Volvo:

Traveling to Siliguri via Volvo bus from Kolkata is also possible. The buses start from the Esplanade area. It is the centre of the city and very easily accessible from any part of the city via cab, bus and other public transports.

We only recommend choosing this option, in case of unavailability of tickets in train as the journey is quite tiring and sometimes the buses overshoot their scheduled arrival time, in which case it might be difficult for you to reach Dhotrey, our base camp.

Our pick up from Siliguri is scheduled at about 9 A.M. You can choose your bus accordingly.

Onward journey after returning from the trek

Via Flight:

Bagdogra airport doesn't have any flight after dark and so you will have to book your flight on Day 8. It is advised that you plan your stay in Bagdogra itself and not Siliguri so that there is no inconvenience in catching your flight in the morning.

Via Train:

You can take an overnight train to Kolkata on day 8 (Depnding On Your Package) itself. Just make sure to book a late night train. We recommend Darjeeling mail (12344), Kanchankanya (13150) and Padatik Exp (12378) all of which depart at around 8 P.M and reach Kolkata early in the morning.

If you are flying out of Kolkata after reaching via train, only choose to fly out after 8 A.M. otherwise you might miss your flight.

Via Volvo:

You can also choose to travel to Kolkata via Volvo bus on day 8 (Depending On Your Package). Just make sure that you book your bus after 8 P.M.

Staying in Siliguri.

There are various options of staying in Siliguri. We don't recommend staying near NJP as the accommodations are not up to the mark there. While returning, it's better to stay at Bagdogra if you are flying out the next morning.

You can find various options in Air BnB and other OTAs. Please give us a call if you need any suggestions in choosing your hotels.

FAQ

Where Is Sandakphu Trek?

Sandakphu is situated at an altitude of 11,950 feet above sea level. Even if the altitude doesn't seem remarkable in itself, what makes the trek extraordinary are the majestic mountain ranges and peaks you'll see on the trek.

Is Sandakphu a trek for beginners?

Great trek for beginners. But be prepared for a long walk every day. In 8 days, you have to cover 65 km, up to 11 km per day on average.

Are there hotel accommodations at Sandakphu?

You will find two privately maintained hotels (Hotel Sunrise and Hotel Sherpa Chalet) on the Nepal side and the Government Trekkers Hut and PWD Rest House on the West Bengal side.

How long is Sandakphu Phalut trek?

Sandakphu Phalut Trek is 7 Nights & 8 Days long.

Can Sandakphu Trek be done alone?

Yes, you can.

Sandakphu is an easy trek and has the most scenic route with the Kanchanjunga range visible throughout the route.

But, always hire trekking guides while trekking because Trekking at high altitudes poses many risk factors. You have to be very careful while trekking on this trail. Accidents and illnesses are not reported. So while trekking alone, if you get altitude sickness or any accident, it becomes difficult for you as there will be no one to help and rescue you. But if you have a guide with you, he will do what needs to be done in such a situation.

Is guide necessory for Sandakphu Trek?

Yes, You should hire a trek guide because trekking at high altitudes poses many risk factors. You have to be very careful while trekking on this trail. Accidents and illnesses are not reported. So while trekking alone, if you get altitude sickness or any accident, it becomes difficult for you as there will be no one to help and rescue you. But if you have a guide with you, he will do what needs to be done in such a situation.

Is the Sandakphu Trek worth it?

Sandakphu Phalut trek is one of the most sought-after treks on the planet as it is located on the banks of the Teesta River. It is a paradise for Trekkers and a perfect place to unwind after a tiring day of walking. The landscape of the area is full of fauna and flora. It is worth the trip to experience this unique landscape. It is individual nature. It has stunning views of the peaks within the Himalayas and the entire 8000ers. The most prominent peak to climb is Sandakphu, at 3636 m/11926 ft, and Phalut is the second-highest peak in the Singalila range. Three peaks can be seen from this place.

Sandakphu Phalut Trek is one of the very few treks in the world from where you can see the 8,000-meter peak. At an altitude of 11,950 feet, you can see Sandakphu and the Everest cluster to your left.

Sandakphu Trek in October?

On your journey from Dhotrey, you even crossed the Indo-Nepal border a few times. Sandakphu’s proximity to the border gives you a chance to witness the perfect blend of Indian and Nepalese culture and traditions. When walking the trail, you are often right on the border of two countries. Interestingly, the cities of Tumling and Sandakphu are part of both countries.

The average temperature in Sandakphu in October ranges from 0°C to 10°C. Nights can be colder. Due to the cold weather, you need to carry warm clothes and suitable trekking gear. A professional tour operator can help you make the necessary preparations.

On a Sandakphu trek in October, you can get clear views of the Annapurna and Kanchenjunga ranges. Several high peaks are easily visible, including Everest. Undoubtedly, the Sandakphu trek is one of the most beautiful trekking routes in the country. You even pass through several forests with silver fir, magnolias, rhododendrons and drumstick primulas. If you want to plan a trek, contact our experienced trekkers and guides to discuss your requirements. Just click here.

Sandakphu Trek in November?

November is the perfect month as winter sets in and trekkers get a chance to see the entire region under clear skies. While trekking from Manebhanjan, you will cross the Indo-Nepal border several times and you will indulge in traditional Northeast Indian and Nepalese culture, traditions and lifestyle. One thing that might interest you is Sandakphu City and Tumling are two cities that belong to both countries.

The average temperature of Sandakphu in winter, October varies from minus 1 degree to 8 degrees Celsius. Nights can be cooler, thus, you need to carry nice warm clothes with you.

While trekking Sandakphu in November, you will get a clear view of the Kanchenjunga mountains. Other high peaks like Everest are also very clearly visible. While hiking through the forest you will see rhododendrons, drumstick primulas, silver firs, magnolias etc.

Can We Go Sandakphu Trek in December?

Mountain ranges and high altitudes really face a cold climate. Temperatures vary from minus two degrees to eight degrees Celsius. This is undoubtedly a teeth-gnashing situation. However, cold can never hold back a trek lover who loves to travel.

The highest peaks of West Bengal offer a mesmerizing view of far-reaching snow-capped mountains with rhododendrons spread all around. Sandakphu, at an altitude of 11,800 feet above sea level, makes it possible for trekkers to witness views of four other tall mighty mountains within the Himalayas: Lotus, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Everest.

The trek is little bit risky in December due to heavy snowfall, which melts during the afternoon making the climb slippery, but the view you will get is amazing.

Sandakphu Trek in January?

To plan a good trek in January, you need to carry warm clothes and suitable trekking gear to protect yourself from the cold. The average temperature in Sandak Phu in January is minus 5 degrees Celsius to 6 degrees Celsius. This is one of the coldest periods in the region, and only seasoned trekkers plan to visit this month.

Sandakphu is a Himalayan trek that is open during the winter months. For this reason, many backpackers visit the region during the winter season, when it is less crowded, allowing them to soak in the magnificent scenery of the northeastern Himalayas.

Sandakphu Trek in February?

The weather becomes soothing in the daytime, with the expected temperature being around 9°C, whereas the Sandakphu temperature in February at night remains around -7°C.

Sandakphu Trek in Merch?

During this month, the Sandakhphu temperature is quite pleasant, and occasional snowfall occurs. The Sandakphu temperature in March is somewhat near -3°C to 11°C.

Sandakphu Trek in April?

The temperature in the daytime becomes normal and is around 16°C, and one doesn’t require winter garments. But the nights are quite cold, and the Sandakphu temperature in April is about 1°C at night.

Sandakphu Trek in May?

Since this is the peak season to visit Sandakphu, it is best to consult a professional tour operator to plan the trip. This allows you to avoid the tourist hordes and limit yourself to the group you are traveling with in this beautiful region. The average temperature in Sandakphu in May ranges from 6°C to 12°C.

Although Sandakphu is open throughout the year, this is the best time to embark on an enchanting journey. Renok Adventures has been offering tours and treks in Sandakphu for quite some time. For a Sandakphu trek in May, contact our experienced trekkers, guides and support staff to discuss your requirements. Click here.

Sandakphu To Srikhola Trek Distance?

Its 10 km from Sandakphu to Gurdum and another 6 km to Srikhola, which takes 4-5 hours and 2-3 hours respectively. This trail is a pure trekking route through the dense forests of Singalila.

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Sandakphu Trek Best Season?

Sandakphu Phalut trek is best during the winter season as there will be no humidity in West Bengal. Winters are cold and summers are pleasant in the region of Sandakphu Phalut Trek. The best time to trek Sandakphu Phalut is from October to March when there will be a sheet of snow to step on. The entire Sandakphu trek region and the surrounding hills will provide a pleasant environment. You can witness the snow-laden ranges of some of the highest peaks in the world like Mount Everest.

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