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Phoktey Dara - Phalut - Sandakphu Trek

One of the best and least done trek in Sikkim with best views of the Sleeping Buddha

Phoktey Dara Trek - Quick Informations

  • 📅 Duration: 8 days 7 nights
  • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3800m
  • 🛑 Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
  • 👍 Best Time: Jan - May, Sep - Dec
  • 🏃 Activity Type: Trek
  • 🔄 Trail Type: Different Entry Exit Point
  • 🚩 Starts From: Hilley
  • 🚩 Ends In: Bhareng
  • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
  • 🎌 Country: India
  • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
  • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal

Phoktey Dara Trek - Key Geographical Highlights

22 Popular Peaks:
Baruntse ( 7220m ), Chamlang ( 7319m ), Chomo Lonzo ( 7818m ), Lhotse ( 8516m ), Lhotse Shar ( 8400m ), Machhapuchhare ( 6993m ), Makalu ( 8462m ), Mount Everest ( 8850m ), Nuptse ( 7861m ), Kanchenjunga ( 8586m ), Talung ( 7349m ), Rathong ( 6679m ), Kabru N ( 7353m ), Koktang ( 6147m ), Simvo ( 6812m ), Frey ( 5853m ), Kabru S ( 7318m ), Kabru Dome ( 6600m ), Kabru Forked ( 6100m ), Pandim ( 6691m ), Tenchenkhang ( 6010m ), Jupono ( 5650m )
1 High Passes:
Singalila Top ( 3700m )
4 Tranquil Rivers:
Ramam River, Siri River, Siri River, Lodhama River
4 Beautiful Remote Villages:
Gorkhey, Bhareng, Hilley, Barsey
2 National Parks Or Forest Reserve:
Singalila National Park, Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary

Phoktey Dara Trek - Elevation Profile & Itinerary Overview

Day 1
Jorethang
Day 2
D2Uttarey
Day 3
D3Acchaley
Day 4
D4Kalijhar
Day 4
Kalijhar
Day 4
Phoktey Dara
Day 5
D5Kalijhar
Day 5
Singalila Pass
Day 6
D6Phalut
Day 6
Sabargram
Day 7
D7Sandakphu ( Aal)
Day 8
D8Sepi
Day 9
Bagdogra

Phoktey Dara Trek Daywise Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Uttarey

Overnight In: Uttarey (2020m )
Accommodation: Homestay
Meals Included: Evening Snacks, Dinner
Cost Of Transport Included: No
Activity: Drive Day

Upon arriving in Bagdogra airport or NJP railway station, our team receives you and then we get on the drive to reach a beautiful hamlet of West Sikkim - Uttarey. In Uttarey, we arrange for your accommodation in a beautiful homestay. We welcome the team with light snacks and easy check-in. Staying in the homestay gives us an opportunity to know and experience the rich local culture and cuisine. Our trekking team meets you in Uttarey and checks your preparation for the trek we start tomorrow. The guides brief the team and we end up the day with a hot tasty dinner and call it a night in a warm cozy bed.

Day 2From Uttarey To Acchaley ( 9 Kms,4-5 hours )

Day 2
2020 - Uttarey
Day 2
2850 - Acchaley


9Km, 4-5hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Acchaley (2850m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

Today we wake up to a wonderful morning in the beautiful village homestay in Uttarey. The fresh blowing wind and a cool bright day will definitely energize you to take on the day. After breakfast, we start our trek. The route for the day winds up through the dense forest towards Acchaley. It's an easy trek today to start our long journey toward Phoktey Dara and Phalut. We pass by deep forest giving us ample opportunity for wildlife sightings.

Day 3From Acchaley To Kalijhar ( 6 Kms,4 hours )

Day 3
2850 - Acchaley
Day 3
3450 - Kalijhar


6Km, 4hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Kalijhar (3450m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

Second day into the trek and the route slowly shifts gears upwards. The trail is beautiful with occasional openings in the middle of dense forest. Nature and wildlife will be at their best today. The route might be smaller but steep.

Day 4

Exploration Day


Excursion to Phoktey Dara. Return To Kalijhar ( 3 Kms,2 hours )

Day 4
3450 - Kalijhar
Day 4
3450 - Kalijhar
Day 4
3800 - Phoktey Dara
Day 4
3450 - Kalijhar


3Km, 2hrs.

Activity: Trek, Explore, Relax Day
Overnight In: Kalijhar (3450m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

Today is a complete rest day and we live our day to the fullest. Early morning we wake up to witness the magical sunrise from the top of Phoktey Dara. It takes about 40 minutes to reach the Phoktey Dara top and the view of the Sleeping Buddha is considered the best from Phoktey Dara. Sleeping Buddha formation is all about the angle you see it from and Phoktey Dara presents the best angle to realize the Sleeping Buddha formation. The entire day is in our hands and we spend it wisely to our heart's contentment. We are right in the middle of a dense forest with abundant wildlife. Since it's a very less-done trail, sighting wildlife is very much possible if you maintain proper forest decorum.

Day 5

Pass Crossing Day


Cross Singalila Pass And Reach Phalut ( 12 Kms,6 hours )

Day 5
3450 - Kalijhar
Day 5
3700 - Singalila Pass
Day 5
3600 - Phalut


12Km, 6hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Phalut (3600m )
Accommodation: Tents / Homestay
Meals Included: All Meals

Today will be a long day and tiring day as we negotiate the Singalila Pass to enter Toriphuley and the beautiful pasture land of Phalut in West Bengal. The day's trek will involve a lot of climbing, descending, and then again climbing up to Phalut. The views throughout are amazingly beautiful and will keep you motivated throughout the trek with its charm. Sleeping Buddha is visible much closer and uninterrupted unless clouds decide to play a hide and seek game with you. Be prepared mentally for today and plan your water and food efficiently.

Day 6From Phalut To Sandakphu ( Aal), Via - Sabargram ( 19 Kms,6-7 hours )

Day 6
3600 - Phalut
Day 6
3400 - Sabargram
Day 6
3640 - Sandakphu ( Aal)


19Km, 6-7hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Sandakphu ( Aal) (3636m )
Accommodation: Tents / Homestay
Meals Included: All Meals

Today we walk toward Sandakphu. Its a long but simple walk to Sandakphu from Phalut.

Day 7From Sandakphu ( Aal) To Sepi ( 16 Kms,6 hours )

Day 7
3640 - Sandakphu ( Aal)
Day 7
1800 - Sepi


16Km, 6hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Sepi (1800m )
Accommodation: Homestay
Meals Included: All Meals

From Sandakphu we descend down to the road-head in Sepi, via Gurdum. It's an entirely descend trail through the forest.

Day 8Departure From Sepi

Activity: Drive Day
Accommodation: None
Meals Included: Breakfast
Cost Of Transport Included: NO

We either take a shared public cab to get down to Siliguri or Bagdogra or book a reserved cab to get us to Bagdogra or Darjeeling or any other desired places like Pelling, Easter Sikkim etc.

Phoktey Dara Trek - - Why Its A Must-Do

  • The Phoktey Dara trek boasts of the best views of the Sleeping Buddha formation, which is formed by Mount Kanchenjunga and 16 other popular peakes aligned in such a way that it appears like a giant Lord Buddha sleeping over the clouds.
  • The Phoktey Dara trek also provides the rare opportunity to view 4 of Worlds highest 8000 meter peaks together in a single frame. The peaks are  Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Kanchenjunga which are top 5 highest mountains of the World except for K2, which lies in the Karakoram range.
  • Not just this. The Phoktey Dara trek offers the panorama of more than 26 peaks of Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal. Chomolhari, Narsing, Jupono, Tenchenkhang, Pandim, Simvo, Goecha Peak, Forked Peak, Kanchenjunga, Kumbhakarna, Frey, Rathong, Koktang, South Kabru, North Kabru, 3 sister peaks, Everest, Makalu, Chamling, Chomolonzo, Lhotse, Nuptse, Baruntse, Macchapucchare, etc 
  • The Phoktey Dara trek goes through the dense jungle of rhododendrons, magnolias and many other wild flowers, some of which are only to be found in these mountain ranges of the Himalayas. Rhododendrons and magnolias bloom during late March to early May and the entire route is mystified with their colour and fragnance.
  • The Phoktey Dara trek is home to innumerous species of wild birds and a lot of wild animals. Since this trek is less frequented by human beings, it makes one of the ideal treks to sight wildlife.
  • Watch out for the glorious, dramatic and magnificent sunrises and sunsets on the Phoktey Dara trek.
  • The Phoktey Dara trek offers a great opportunity to experience the hospitality of some of the most welcoming and loved tribes in the Himalayas. They are namely the Lepchas, Sherpas, Bhutias, Limboos and other Sikkimese and Nepali people. They have rich culture and their deep connection and love with mother Nature is something to be inspired from.
  • The Singalila Pass - Phoktey Dara trek is a borderline treks which swings between India and Nepal multiple times. Its altogether a different experience to trek on this ridgeline which divides different states in India and Nepal. The villages that comes on the way are very beautiful.
  • Crossing over from Sikkim to West Bengal via the Singalila pass

Phoktey Dara Trek - An Elaborate Description

As a borderline trek, our Phoktey Dara - Singalila Pass Trek is one of the best and least done treks to experience the rich culture of Sikkim, Darjeeling and Nepal in one go. Offering the view of 4 out of 5 highest peaks in the World, not many treks can boast of the same. Mt. Everest ( 8850m, 1st), Kanchenjunga ( 8586m, 3rd), Mt. Lhotse (8516m, 4th) and Makalu (8481m, 5th). The trail goes through the dense canopy of forest and beautiful openings amidst it creating some beautiful campsites. It has abundant in wildlife and vivid flora. During the springs, many species of rhododendrons and other wildflowers colour up the trail. There are many varieties of birds that dwell in this National Park and makes it a bird-watcher's delight. The distinctively remote trail is lit up by the energy and happy mindedness of the locals, some of whom accompany us on the trek as our support staff. You also witness the mixture of Tibetan, Nepali, Sikkimese, Subba and Lepcha culture in this entire trek route in form of its people, their way of living and architecture.

In short, this is one of the best treks to be done in the Eastern Himalayas.

Phoktey Dara Trek Frequently Asked Questions

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How Is The Covid19 Situation In Phoktey Dara Trek?

You may trek in Sikkim with a proper trekking permit and showing a valid RT-PCR test report and covid19 vaccination certificate (both doses)

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How Is The Phoktey Dara Weather And Temperature In Springs?

March to May are designated spring months in Sikkim. During this time, the entire trek route is full of colourful flowers, especially rhododendrons and magnolias. Lots of other wildflowers grow here during this time and it's a birds paradise. The weather is comfortable. While early months might have accumulated snow on higher altitudes and shady areas, most of the trek route will remain off the snow. Having said that, it can snow anytime in the spring months, especially in the month of May. The grasses are green as new grass grow after snow melts off or the temperature gets suitable.

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How Is The Phoktey Dara Weather And Temperature In Autumn?

Designated autumn months are from October till December. During this time the weather starts to prepare for harsh winter and gets colder each day, and turns drier as well. The grasses start to change their colour to brownish from green and the leaves start to fall. Quite a few species of wildflowers bloom during this time as well. The weather remains steady and the skies are usually very clear offering good views of the high mountains. This is the best time to experience the panorama of the peaks you see from this trek.

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How Is The Phoktey Dara Weather And Temperature In Winters?

Winter months are from the end of December till the end of February. Winters are very cold and dry here. This trek can be done even during the winters. However, it is very very cold and dry and trekking conditions offers an adventurous challenge. Snowfall on this side of the mountains isn't disrupting as compared to Western Himalayas.

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Which Is The Best Time To Do The Phoktey Dara Trek?

We consider the Spring months from March to May and then the Autumn months from October to December to be the best time to do the Phoktey Dara trek. If you love flowers and want to trek in comfortable weather, then springs are the best time, whereas, if you want a better experience of the mountain panorama, then autumn months are the best to do this trek.

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How Are The Accommodations And Toilet Facility On The Phoktey Dara Trek?

The Phoktey Dara trek has mixed accommodation. While in the Sikkim side of the trek, we have to camp and there is no other option. After crossing the Singalila Pass and reaching Phalut, we can stay in homestays. While on camps, it will be mandatorily dry toilets but in homestays, it will be wet toilets.

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What Are The Fitness Requirement Of The Phoktey Dara Trek?

This is a beginner trek and does not demand high physical stamina or endurance. However, having it always helps. Anyone who wishes to do this trek should be in good shape with good cardiovascular health. Strong legs and core muscles help a lot in negotiating steep climbs.

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Can Novice Trekkers Do The Phoktey Dara Trek?

A beginner can undertake this trek under the guidance of a good support team and mentor. Any beginner opting to do this trek must possess basic cardiac stamina and strong muscles.

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How Safe Is The Phoktey Dara Trek?

Altitude wise this trek is not that risky. However, proper mountain discipline should be maintained, This trek is remote and the climb involves steep climbs, slippery terrain under a dense canopy of the forest. Physical injury may become very cumbersome to manage.

Phoktey Dara Trek Package Cost Details

** click on the DayNumber to read detailed itinerary for the day

  • Day 1

    Drive

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Uttarey (2020m )
    Overnight In: Uttarey (2020m )
    Accommodation: Homestay
    Meals Included: Evening Snacks, Dinner
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2

    Trek

    From Uttarey (2020m ) To Acchaley (2850m ) . 4-5 Hrs. 9 Kms
    Overnight In: Acchaley (2850m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 3

    Trek

    From Acchaley (2850m ) To Kalijhar (3450m ) . 4 Hrs. 6 Kms
    Overnight In: Kalijhar (3450m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4

    Trek, Explore, Relax

    From Kalijhar (3450m ) To Kalijhar (3450m ) . Excursion to Phoktey Dara (3800m ). 2 Hrs. 3 Kms
    Overnight In: Kalijhar (3450m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5

    Pass Crossing Day.

    From Kalijhar (3450m ) To Phalut (3600m ), Via - Singalila Pass (3700m ) . 6 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Phalut (3600m )
    Accommodation: Tents / Homestay
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6

    Trek

    From Phalut (3600m ) To Sandakphu ( Aal) (3636m ), Via - Sabargram (3400m ) . 6-7 Hrs. 19 Kms
    Overnight In: Sandakphu ( Aal) (3636m )
    Accommodation: Tents / Homestay
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7

    Trek

    From Sandakphu ( Aal) (3636m ) To Sepi (1800m ) . 6 Hrs. 16 Kms
    Overnight In: Sepi (1800m )
    Accommodation: Homestay
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 8

    Drive

    Departure Day
    Departure From Sepi
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
From Rs. 59000 To Rs. 22000/-
+5% GST PER HEAD
HH Premium Trek
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Batch Size:
25 - 40 <12

Cost Terms:

  1. The above-mentioned cost is in a range of minimum to maximum per-person cost for this trek as per 2 - 12 people team. Package Inclusions as per this cost can be read on Cost Inclusions.
  2. Going by our standardized service, appropiate safety measures, quality equipment and ecologically sustainable - small group commitment, higher team size will lower the cost whereas a lower team size will significantly increase the cost.
  3. To get the group segmented cost for this trek, please email or contact us on Whatsapp.
  4. The actual per-person cost of the trek is subject to the actual team size joining the trek. If you make any customizations that drastically change the cost as mentioned here, then it will mandatorily have to be a private group only.
  5. If we have dates listed on our website and it is not marked as private, it means other people have booked this trek for that date and have opened it up for other members to join to lower the cost. You may join that group as well as create your own private group.
  6. At any point, the team size cannot be more than 12 members unless there is a unique exception requested or agreed upon by all the team members.

Customized Private Group For Phoktey Dara Trek

Trekking is a very personal activity and is perhaps one of the very few activities that give you enough time to indulge with yourself or your beloved people, group of special friends, or close family members. It helps you transform personal bonds to the next level as it brings out everyone's best and truest self. Trekking is most enjoyed when it is done in a small private group, personalized to serve your specific needs. The Himalayas are best experienced when there is silence and solitude around and when you are surrounded only by your best people. Your trek is most enjoyable when all the pain of arranging a smooth trek is taken care of by us, and you focus just on your trek and yourself. Most importantly, a small private trekking group is very flexible, personalized and more enjoyable, is the safest and follows the principles of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism. We specialize in and are more popular for arranging Small Customized Private Trekking Groups to the Himalayas. Enquire For Customized Private Trek





INTERNATIONAL GUESTS: Trek cost for foreigners is slightly higher than the cost for our Indian guests, mainly due to the higher permit fee applicable for admission to National Parks or protected forest areas. Sometimes, it may be higher due to higher local crew wages and other specific arrangements we make to ensure a safe, comfortable and enriching travel experience in India. However, we absolutely DO NOT 'hyper-charge' our International guests ever and at the same time, ensure that we meet all the standards for highly qualified trek leaders and guides, safety, medical preparation, evacuation strategy, rescue arrangements, eco-sensitive travel, high-value knowledge sharing about the area and customs of the locals. 

Extra Cost For International Trekkers: Rs. 5000 per person.




 

Booking Process: Booking can only be done after multiple communitation via email / Whatsapp / Calls. After finalization, booking fees can be paid online or through direct bank transfers. International Trekkers can pay the partial booking fees using PayPal, Transferwise, Western Union or Direct Wire Transfer. The remaining trek fees can be paid upon arrival in India and meeting our trek leader.

Must Read - Important Pre-Booking Information

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We do not organize fixed departures for this trip.

If you want to do this trek with us, please fill this form to Request A Customized Private Trip Plan just for your team members. We will get back to you with all the details specific to your personalized requirements

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Duration: 8 Days / 7 nights of the trek cost from Bagdogra to Bagdogra 
  • Accommodation In Base Village (Uttarey/Bhareng): 2 night in a cosy local homestay in with an emphasis on local organic food and cultural exposure.
  • Accommodation On Trek: Spacious, sturdy and High-Quality Dome Tents will be provided on a twin-sharing basis.
  • Sleeping In Tents: Thick Waterproof Mattress complemented with Sub Zero Sleeping bags supported with Warm Fleece Sleeping Bag Inners For Extra Hygiene and Warmth will be provided by us
  • Dining On Trek: We will provide Dining and Kitchen Tents with camping stools and tables for extra hygiene and comfort.
  • Toilet On Treks: Dry eco-toilet will be set up with a toilet tent and toilet seat.
  • Meals: All meals starting Evening Tea in Uttarey on Day 1 till Breakfast in Bhareng on Day 8 morning. 3 meals (B,L,D) suited for high altitude with evening snacks, soup, hot drinks and extra energizers/juice for summit days
  • Trail Safety: Gaiters, Anti Slip Crampons and Ice Axe depending upon snow conditions.
  • Communication: For efficient management of the trek, the team will be communicating with each other and trek base with the help of long-range wireless sets.
  • Medical Safety: Oxygen cylinder, Pulse Oximeter, Thermal temperature scanner and  Emergency Medical Kit accompanied with a trek leader knowledgeable on high altitude medicine and physiology
  • Trek Leader and Guide: Experienced and Well Equipped English/ Hindi Speaking Trek Leader maintaining guide to trekker ratio of 1:6. That is 1 guide for every 6 trekkers.
  • Local Support Staffs: Expert and Knowledgeable local guide with cooks, helpers, porters, mules, etc
  • Permits: All required forest entry permits and camping fees as per the rules
  • Transfers: Bagdogra - Uttarey | Bhareng - Bagdogra.
  • Max Team Size: Small group of not more than 12 members. 

 

 

 

Add Ons: Make A Comfortable Trek

  • Single Tent Supplement: Rs 7000
  • Personal Baggage Porterage: Rs. 3000, up to 11 Kgs

 

 

Add Ons: Personal Equipment On Rent

  • High Ankle Waterproof Trekking Shoes (Quechua): Rs 1000
  • -20 degrees Down Jackets: Rs. 1200
  • Windproof/Waterproof Jackets: Rs. 500
  • Windproof/Waterproof pants: Rs. 500
  • Headlamps: 200
  • Poncho: 200
  • Trek Pole: 200
  • Rucksack: 200
  • Waterproof Gloves: 200

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED 

  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal Purchases
  • Food Purchased Outside Our Menu
  • Personal Baggage Offloading ( at extra cost of INR 3000)
  • Personal Gears
  • Bottled Water or Any Other Drinks
  • Anything else not mentioned in the inclusion list

When Should You Book?

We typically get booked about 2 - 5 months in advance. It is advisable to book this much in advance as you get early bird discounts and also your travel costs like flights/hotels/trains etc are much cheaper and confirmed if you book well in advance.


Rules Of Cancellation: 

  1. Up to 10 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total paid amount
  2. Between 10 days to 0 days before the trek start date - No refund. Free rescheduling or transfer of slot is allowed.
  3. Transfer Of Seat to Different Batch/ Trek: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 5 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  4. Transfer of Seat to Friend/ Family: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 5 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  5. Validity: This rule is only applicable for treks below 4000 meters and not graded as Challenging or Challenging+

 

Find detailed info on Cancellation & Refund Policy

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