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Sandakphu & Phalut Trek - Sleeping Buddha

Sandakphu And Phalut Trek

Offering the best panoramic views of Mt. Everest & Kanchenjunga along with 24 other elegant peaks forming the Sleeping Buddha

A Himalayan High Experience
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7 Days 6 nights, Maneybhanjyang to Sepi. Extra cost of Rs. 2000 applicable for foreigners. Private Customized groups can be booked at extra cost

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About The Sandakphu And Phalut Trek

On The Sandakphu Phalut Trek, you walk alongside some of the giant peaks of the Himalayas of Nepal, Sikkim, and Bhutan. These are the tallest peaks in the World, namely Mt. Everest - the highest, Mt. Kanchenjunga - the third-highest, Mt. Lhotse - the fourth-highest and Mt. Makalu - the fifth-highest peak in the World.  Not just that! On this trek, you are greeted with a grand Himalayan panorama of more than 22 other peaks which is unique for any other treks in the Eastern Himalayas. The surreal views of the mountains amidst the deep forest of the Singalila National Park is the unique and rarest offering of this trek. Also, this is a borderline trek between India and Nepal. As you trek, you swing along the border trails between India and Nepal. The trek route is very dreamy with clouds often coming down to the touch you as you walk through them, swirling through the rhododendron forest and magnolias which are abundant in the Singalila National Park. Sandakphu is the highest peak of West Bengal. At 3636 meters, this is not only the best trek for a beginner, but also stands out from lots of other treks in the Himalayas in terms of views and experience it has to offer. Though considered as a beginner trek, this trek has its own physical challenges and long walks which makes it a good experience for the seasoned trekkers as well, especially for the views it has to offer. 

 

Everest and Makalu Group Seen From Sandakphu Phalut Trek
The Everest Cluster extending to the Annapurna range as seen from Sandakphu and Phalut

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The Grand Panorama Seen From The Sandakphu and Phalut

On this trek, we get to see more than  26 elegant peaks of the Himalayas. All of those are famous for their own reputation. While towards the North-West, we see the great cluster of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Chamlang twins, Chomolonzo, the panorama further extends on the left to give us a glimpse of the Annapurna range as well on a clear day, including the revered Fish Tail mountain - locally known as Macchapucchare and Baruntse. 

As you move your head towards the North and North-East, the peaks of Three Sisters makes you wonder about their beauty, followed by the mighty and elegant Kumbhakarna or Jannu. It's from here The Sleeping Buddha formation begins. The Kanchenjunga family of mountains along with 15 - 16 other child peaks appear like Lord Buddha sleeping over the clouds. The sight of it on a clear day with clouds forming the base makes the Sleeping Buddha appear like floating over the clouds. It's so beautiful that few trekkers even cry at a glimpse of it for witnessing the rare natural magic of the Himalayas. Something divine and out of this world for sure!

Sleeping Buddha Over Clouds as Seen From Sandakphu Phalut Trek
The Kanchenjunga Cluster appearing as The Sleeping Buddha, floating over clouds



Covid19 Update: Is Sandakphu Phalut Trek Open?

The West Bengal Government instructed all National Parks to reopen after 23rd September and allow entry of tourists in their recent advisory dated 18th September 2020. Following this, the Singalila National Park authorities have opened their gates for the tourists from October 5th and local authorities too decided to allow entry of tourists. However, it is to be noted that Nepal is still under lockdown in the bordering areas and are not operating the lodges in Tumling, Kalapokhari, Kaiyakatta. and Sandakphu. Also, all precautionary and social distancing norms need to be followed while visiting the region. Entry to villages and mixing with local people needs to be limited.

We are running our treks in private groups and limited sized fixed departures as well from October End and have been receiving good response. You may contact us further for more information.

 


 

Sandakphu Phalut Trek On Different Weathers

This trek is beautiful in every season. Though the Singalila National Park remains closed in the monsoons and we cannot trek, but even in the monsoons, this trek offers a great experience to trekkers when the clouds meet the ground almost every day. Otherwise, in each of the seasons, this trek is a gem and offers a completely different and beautiful experience. Yes, it's an all-season trek!

Sandakphu Phalut Trek In The Spring Season

Classified Spring months are from February end till Early May.

During this time the Singalila National Park gets colorful due to the blooming of various species of Rhododendrons and Magnolia and so many other colorful flowers and bushes. Some of which are rare species and is a specialty of this region. These also add a different and unique fragrance to the beautiful trail through the forest. The snow just would have receded and frequent fog adds to the extra element making it a fantasy photo frame in every corner you view. It's cold too and especially the camp of Sandakphu and Phalut is very cold and temperatures go below subzero here in the Spring season. These camps are always windy and it can drizzle or snow anytime during the Springs. Spring season, offers a clear view of the majestic panorama, especially during the early morning hours when the magic of Sunrise happens. In the afternoon, it usually gets cloudy. However, in the evening, mother nature performs yet again with a grand showdown of the sunset over the terrai region. 

red Rhododendrons On Sandakphu Phalut Trek
Red Rhododendron or Lali Guras


Sandakphu Phalut Trek In The Autumn Season

Classified Autumn months are from October Mid till late December.

Autumn is perhaps the best time to do this trek if you want to witness clear skies and deep views of the panorama. During this time, the weather starts to get drier and stable after the monsoon recedes. The leaves and grasses start to change their color from green to brown. The skies remain clearer giving you excellent views of the mesmerizing Himalayan peaks of Nepal, Sikkim, and Bhutan. The weather is colder and drier, and often very windy. The higher camps start to go below subzero temperatures during the night. The days are sunny and warm. It makes an excellent time to trek during the autumn season as well.

Silhoute on sunset seen From Sandakphu Phalut Trek
Silhouette of a trekker on the Sandakphu Phalut Trek


Sandakphu Phalut Trek In The Winters

Classified Winter months are from late December late till February mid.

It's a short but sharp winter here. The dried land after the autumn craves for some wetness and Mother Nature gifts snowfall to cheer up the spirits of the locals, animals, birds, and lots of trekkers and tourists who crave to witness the beauty and the cold. The experience of trekking in the winter is awesome! The whole open meadow of Sandakphu and beyond till Phalut gets converted into a white playground, while the descending trail through the jungle too gets good snow and offers a romantic trekking trail to walk on. During the winter months, there is a scarcity of water in the region. However, a hot and spicy soupy noodle makes an ideal choice of snacks or dinner. Yes, momos too!

snow On Sandakphu Phalut Trek
Snow cover On The Sandakphu Phalut Trek



When Does Snowfall Happen In Sandakphu And Phalut?

Sandakphu and Phalut lie in the Eastern Himalayas and here it snows late unlike in Western Himalayas. It typically snows here around Christmas and New Year's time on December 25th. Sometimes it does snow prior to that as well. January and February are the times when it often snows multiple times and a fresh carpet of soft and white snow covers the high altitude lands of Sandakphu, Phalut, Kalipokhari, Tumling, Tonglu, etc. Maneybhanjyang, Gorkhey, Darjeeling, etc receive snowfall 3-4 times in a year during the winter months of January and February. The snow on the higher lands, especially in the jungle and places where sunlight does not reach remains for a longer duration, sometimes over a fortnight. If you want to enjoy a white Sandakphu and Phalut trek with snow cover, you should plan your travel during the winter months from December end till the end of February. During that time, it snows almost every week more or less.


 

Best Time To Do The Sandakphu Phalut Trek

A Full White Snow-Covered Sandakphu And Phalut Trek: Many of our trekkers in the past have enjoyed the unbelievable beauty of snow-covered Sandakphu and Phalut trek in the winters. Walking through the jungle with the leaves of pine trees covered with snow and the wet ground turned into a white carpet feels amazing. The wide-open meadow on the Phalut route is just romantic to walk on where tall coniferous and leafless magnolias and rhododendron trees make a gateway for you. Winter months dopes reduce visibility and most of the time the giant peaks in the background are hidden. However, they do make them visible for a few times, especially in the early morning hours. If you are to trek the Sandakphu and Phalut for snow, it is a must that you need to do this trek in the months of December, January, and February.

Colorful and Flowerful Sandakphu Phalut Trek: During the end of February, flowers start to bloom as soon as they start to get little warmth from the heavenly sun. March and April till the beginning of May make a good time to experience the rhododendrons, magnolias, aconite, and many other species of wildflowers. The entire trek route is filled with fragrance, some of which are intoxicating as well. During this time, sighting the mountain panorama is a deal too.

Clear Blue Skies and Big Scenic Mountains: In the Autumn months of October, November, and December, the skies are clearer and the weather remains stable to allow great sighting of the famous peaks of the Great Himalayas of Nepal and Sikkim.

 


 

How Cold Is The Sandakphu And Phalut Trek?

The Sandakphu and Phalut trek can get quite cold in the winter months. Typically before the onset of winter, the temperature in Sandakphu and Phalut starts to go below the freezing point from the end of November. Water starts to freeze and in the morning you need to be careful of verglasses. The Day time temperature ranges between 8 - 14 degrees. Often on this trek, you enter a jungle trail where sunrays are limited. There the temperatures will below. While on the openings warm sunrays welcome you to take a snack break and take some rest. Temperatures in the lower points on this trek like Maneybhanjyang, Tumling, Srikhola, etc ranges between 2 - 6 degrees in the night while hitting 10 - 16 degrees in the day time. However, being on the Eastern side of the Himalayas and closer to the Bay Of Bengal, skies often remain overcast here and it might be very chilly even in Maneybhanjyang. 

During the Summer and Springs season, temperatures remain very comfortable and suitable for most of the people around. Many people consider this time as the best time to do this trek as this allows us to experience the colorful trail with blooming rhododendrons, magnolias, and many other flowers in the Springs and a barrier-free view of the grand mountains in the background. During these months, the daytime temperature ranges between 12 - 18 degrees, whereas the night temperature ranges between 8 - 14 degrees. We do have to note that being closer to the Bay Of Bengal, sudden rainfall drops the temperature by a huge margin and need to be prepared for it. On the other hand, the higher points of Sandakphu and Phalut is very windy and calls for good windproof wear. The wind chill factor may bring down the temperature to a freezingly cold experience.


 

Accommodation and Toilet In Our Sandakphu And Phalut Trek:

As per our trek plan, 4 nights will have stay arranged in local homestays or tea-houses. These are in Maneybhanjyang, Tumling, Kalipokhari and Gorkhey. All the required beddings and linens will be provided. It will mostly be in 3 or 4 sharing rooms with a single bed each. You may book private rooms at extra cost. We don't keep in dormitories. However, very rarely we might keep it dormitory as well if there are no other accommodations available. This seldom happens. Food will be served from the homestay only. Toilet will be a wet toilet with western or eastern seats and water in bucket or tap. 

2 Nights will be in camps. These are Sandakphu and Phalut. All camping gears will be provided by us which are Tent, Sleeping bag, mattress and sleeping bag inners. It will be 2 people in one spacious tent. Food will be served from nearby homestays. Toilet will be a wet toilet. However, dry toilet in Sandakphu camp is better than a wet one due to extreme scarcity of water, especially in winter months. It has to be noted that in order to avoid the touristic crowd and get you proper Himalayan ambience and solitude, we pass by Sandakphu and camp in an open meadow called Alley.


 

Can Beginners Do The Sandakphu and Phalut Trek?

The Sandakphu and Phalut trek is perhaps one of the best treks in the Himalayas. Anyone, irrespective of being a beginner or experienced must not miss this trek. The sheer number of peaks that are visible on this trek, the unbelievable panorama of elegant mountains, innumerous variety of colorful flowers, dense forest, wildlife sightings, experiencing the local life and tastier food, exchanging knowledge with one of the most respectful and intrinsic tribes of our country, it a complete trek which boasts of so many factors and elements of the Himalayas.

Having said the better parts, I must also say that the trek is no easy trek as it involves long walks on most of the days. However, we need to do justice to the trek by understanding that these long walks are not steep walks but either on a flattish trail with occasional humps or descends. So it's not difficult. On the other hand, the route is beautiful and hence keeps you motivated throughout the day's trek.

Rather than differentiating between a Beginner or Experienced trekker, it's more logical that we should differentiate between a Fit and Unfit trekker. For a fit trekker, whether Experienced or Beginner, this trek works out to be doable and easier with its challenges. While for the unfit trekkers, this trek will not care about experience. With this, we come to the next question.

 

 


 

What Is The Fitness Level Required For Doing The Sandakphu and Phalut Trek?

Anyone who is generally fit with no cardiac problems should be able to complete the Sandakphu and Phalut trek without any problems. When we say 'Generally Fit', we mean he/she should be able to run a 6Km marathon and should be able to complete it. He need not come first. Just be able to p[ossess the stamina and powerful mindset to complete it with honesty. Having strong legs, shoulders and core strength helps a lot. You may do staircase climbing with or without weight to train your legs. Cycling, Swimming, or brisk walking should help build stamina. Plank helps strengthen your back and core. A few pushups and chin-ups should strengthen your shoulders and back muscles. Do note that you need not be a champion in marathon running or be a bodybuilder. You just need to have a positive mindset and a generally fit body used to exercises.

Do note that fitness is a lifestyle and while you are on the trek with an unfit body, the trek itself will teach you to get fitter. That's the Himalayas for you!

 


 

Is The Sandakphu and Phalut Trek Safe?

 

Trail Safety: That trekking route of the Sandkaphu Phalut is very safe. The route might be longer but is not treacherous or risky at all.

Excessive Snowfall: Sometime in the month of January and February excessive snowfall may disrupt your schedule. However, in such a situation, we take the best decision to prioritize your safety and comfort and provide you the best alternate route. 

High Altitude and AMS: This route is very safe in terms of Altitude and AMS. Our trek itinerary is well planned to keep the altitude factor in mind. There are natural trees providing a natural source of oxygen except for the camp of Phalut. We carry oxygen cylinders with us as a precautionary safety measure. However, to date over the last 6 years, we did not have to use it even once.

Emergency Exit: Though the trekking route is different, the Sandakphu Phalut trek is accessible by road also. Hence it works out very easy to evacuate in case of emergency. For a medical emergency, we carry first aid kit, oxygen cylinder, and our Trek Leader monitors the trekker team every evening by analyzing the behavior change, physiology, and vitals with a pulse oximeter. He will the first responder to an emergency.

Water On Trek: Water on this trek route is safe. It is sourced from natural streams and then filtered to be used. You should take precautions as per your own sensitivity and use water purification tablets or UV sterilized bottles like Steripen.

Women Safety: It is typically very safe for women in the Himalayas. The locals respect them and treat them well. We haven't yet heard of any stories or incidents of bad treatment with women in this region. However, it must be noted that local culture and sentiments must be respected.

 


 

List Of Things To Carry For Our Sandakphu and Phalut Trek?

  • 3 sets of Tshirts
  • 2 set of track pants
  • 4 sets of socks ( 2 cottons, 2 woollen)
  • 1 set of thermal inner ( upper & lower)
  • Fleece Jacket or Pullovers
  • Down Jacket (can be rented from us )
  • Waterproof High Ankle Trekking Shoes (can be rented from us )
  • Waterproof Trekking Trouser (can be rented from us  )
  • Waterproof Trekking Jacket (can be rented from us  )
  • Headlamp (can be rented from us  )
  • Fleece Inner Gloves (can be rented from us  )
  • Neckwarmer (can be rented from us  )
  • Trek Pole, Waterproof Gloves, Poncho, Rucksack ( provided by us as complimentary )
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle & Tiffin Box with Spoon
  • Skull Cap Wollen or Fleece
  • Toilet Paper Roll, Wet Tissue
  • Personal Care Kit ( lip balm, moisturizer, sunscreen, etc )
  • Personal Medical Kit

 

Few Important Tips For The Sandakphu and Phalut Trek:

ATMs: The Last ATM pint on the trek route is Sukhiapokhari or Ghoom which is about 30 minutes before arrival in Maneybhanjyang. After you finish your trek, there is an ATM in Rimbik. However, we would suggest arranging for your cash in Sukhiapokhari or Ghoom itself. They are quite reliable ATMs

Mobile and Internet Network In Maneybhanjyang: Maneybhanjyang has working towers from Vodafone, Jio and Airtel. Internet works well with occasional disruptions on a few days

Mobile and Internet Network On The Trek: On the trek, we do get occasional mobile towers from Airtel, BSNL, and Vodafone. Nepal's NCell works well as well and your guide would be having it. Often the mobile towers work from specific corners or heights which your guide would be knowing. In case of an emergency, you may use your guide's mobile as well.

Mobile and Internet Network In Sepi: Nearing the end of the trek point, mobile towers, and the internet start to work well once you reach Ramam. That's about 2.5 hours of trek from Gorkhey. Vodafone and Airtel work well on this side.

 


 

How To Reach Maneybhanjyang

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
Route Hubs: Siliguri - Rohini - Mirik - Sukhiapokhari - Maneybhanjyang
 

Reaching Maneybhanjyang From Bagdogra Airport: From Bagdogra airport, if you not coming by a reserved vehicle, come down to Siliguri which is a 30-minute journey. Sometimes vehicles to Siliguri are available just outside the airport exit. If not, walk out till the highway ( 10 minutes ), cross the road, and wait for a vehicle to get you to Siliguri. From Siliguri, shared cabs are available for Maneybhanjyang from Darjeeling More. Cabs to Maneybhanjyang is very few and not consistent. Darjeeling is a tourist hub and a well-known place. The best option is to board a cab to Darjeeling which takes the Mirik - Sukhiapokhari Road. You may board a cab to Darjeeling and get down at Sukhiapokhari if it's taking the Mirik route. Or else you need to get down at Ghoom if it's taking the other route. Ghoom is 30 minutes before reaching Darjeeling. From Ghoom, you can hire a cab to drop you to Maneybhanjyang or you can share a seat in public jeeps which will drop you in Sukhiapokhari. Get down at Sukhiapokhari and take the narrower road to Maneybhanjyang. Maruti OMNI vans ply between Sukhiapokhari to Maneybhanjyang and take about 30 minutes to reach Maneybhanjyang for Rs. 30 a seat. 

Reaching Maneybhanjyang From NJP Railway Station: Once you are out of the NJP railway station, you get vehicles to Darjeeling and follow the above instructions. If you are not getting a cab to Darjeeling from NJP, which often might be the case, Take an auto-rickshaw to Darjeeling More or Darjeeling Taxi Stand in Pradhan Nagar. From there you may follow the instructions as written above to reach Maneybhanjyang without any hassle.

By Bus: NO SUITABLE OPTION

Private Cabs: You may hire a private cab directly to Maneybhanjyang from Bagdogra airport. Depending upon the type of vehicle and seating capacity,  it may cost you any amount from Rs. 3500 - 4500. You may book a private cab from NJP too. Alternatively, you may request us to book it for you. In that case, we send vehicles from Maneybhanjyan itself making it easier, convenient, and safer for you.

Some More Help:

** You get directly shared vehicle to Maneybhanjyang from Darjeeling Taxi Stand which is a 45 minute to an hour's journey. Shared Vehicles are available till 2 PM from Darjeeling to Maneybhanjyang and costs about 50 Rs a seat.

** Direct shared vehicle to Maneybhanjyang from Siliguri ( Darjeeling More Taxi Stand ) is available but is not consistent. It leaves around 12 PM otherwise.

** Some More Help: From Siliguri, direct shared vehicles are available from 'Darjeeling More' in Siliguri to Maneybhanjyang. If you are to avail shared vehicle, reach Siliguri in the morning or no later by 12 PM. If you are late anyhow, you need to break your journey and get a vehicle to Mirik or Sukhia Pokhari for which vehicles are available even after 2 PM till evening. From Sukhia Pokhari it takes 30 minutes to reach Maneybhanjyang, and shared vehicles are available till evening. You may reserve a cab midway if you don't find any shared cab option. Hiring a cab from Sukhiapokhari to Maneybhanjyans should cost you about 1000 Rs. We can send it to you from Maneybhanmjyang in case of an emergency.

 

Distance From Major Points:

  • Bagdogra to Siliguri: 15 km
  • Siliguri to Maneybhanjyang: 92 km
  • Darjeeling to Maneybhanjyang: 26 km

 

Equipment Rental For Sandakphu and Phalut Trek

We provide a few equipment as complimentary with our trek package. All other required equipment can be rented from us after booking of the trek.


 

DIY Sandakphu and Phalut Trek - Hone The Trek Leader In You


 

Himalayan High - A Knowledgable and Experienced Local Trek Operator

We are a local organization and our guides and leaders are the best and most knowledgeable about this region. We not just focus on a Safe and Comfortable Trek, but also put lots of effort towards giving insight into the cultural and ecological experience by mixing camping, homestays, tea houses, etc. Though this route is frequented by tourists, we focus on trekking and start from or use routes that are silent and offer the best experience and ambience for trekking. The Singalila National Park is full of wild animals and we often get a sight of them for the route we choose. Our local guides are sons and daughters of this land and they take pride in showing their area and sharing enriching details about their culture and lifestyle.

We organize Fixed Departures for this trek every week with a limited team size of fewer than 10 members only. We mostly organize private customized groups designed to be suitable as per your travel goals and taste.

We request you to Join our Fixed Departures or request a Private Trek. We are sure you will be under safe and friendly hands to manage your travel in our region and make it a great experience to be cherished for a lifetime.

For a shorter version of this trek ( Only Sandakphu, without Phalut), please visit SANDAKPHU TREK - 6 Days, 5 Nights for details.

Detailed Daywise Itinerary For Sandakphu And Phalut Trek

Day 1From Bagdogra To Maneybhanjyang, Via - Mirik, Sukhiapokhari

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Take on the scenic drive to Maneybhanjyang once you land in Bagdogra or New Jalpaiguri railway station. The route passes by the tourist destination of Mirik and then crosses Sukhiapokhari to bring you to the lovely village of Maneybhanjyang bordering Nepal, which is our base camp for the trek. Do not miss to take a tour of and click some photos by the Mirik Lake. The drive is excellent to some of the exotic tea gardens producing the World Famous Darjeeling Tea

Maneybhanjyang is a small town which does not have ATMs. If you need to withdraw cash, Sukhiapokhari is the last option.

For travel information read - How To Reach Maneybhanjyang in Darjeeling

Accommodation: Homestay
Meals: Evening Snacks, Dinner

Day 2From Maneybhanjyang To Tonglu / Tumling, Via - Chitre, Meghma

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Today we start our trek from Maneybhanjyang after a good breakfast feeling all excited about the day's trek. We leave for Tonglu and start walking on the trek trail and leaving aside the motor-able road used by the land rovers. The climb till Chitre is steep for about 3 kilometers. As we slowly gain height, the view opens up. In Chitre, we are welcomed by a peaceful monastery on the Nepal side. Do not forget to offer your prayers there.

After reaching Chitre, the route passes through the rhododendron forests. During spring, this route is covered by colorful rhododendron flowers. Most of the time, this area remains misty and it feels wonderful to walk thorough the clouds. We cross by the small settlement of Lamadhura and then reach Meghma. 'Meghma' means 'through the clouds' and rightly named so. It has a SSB checkpost where we validate our identities and also has a small Chorten - Buddhist Stupa. We have hot lunch here in one of the local family's house. From here, its a little climb to Tonglu with beautiful views of the valleys of Nepal and India. We may also stay in Tumling in the Nepal side.

Accommodation: Teahouse / Tents
Meals: All Meals
  • day2 photo - the chortens of meghma on sandakphu trek
  • day2 photo - mane stone carvings seen near tumling
  • day2 photo - the villagers of tumling cleaning just digged out potatoes

Day 3From Tonglu / Tumling To Kalapokhari , Via - Gairibas, Kaiyakatta

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Today we get the first view of The Sleeping Buddha and the magic of the dawn on the high white mountains. Early morning we wake up and leave for sunrise view point. Our heart flies out to the mountains as we see the Sleeping Buddha being lighted up with the early morning rays of the sun. With a panorama of more than 20 famous Himalayan peaks, its a grand show that mother nature performs before the lucky ones. Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest peak of the world dominates them all.

We can also see Mt. Everest from here from a little hidden corner. After satisfying our eyes with the dramatic views of the mountains, we come back for tea and freshen up to get ready for our trek for the day. We leave after having breakfast. As soon as we start our trek, we enter into the Singalila National Park entry gate. There we need to show our permits. Our trek route is exceptionally beautiful throughout the day as it passes through the dense forest of the Singalila National Park. It offers us great chance to see lots of wild animals on the trek route. After about 2 hours oif trek through the jngle, we reach Gairibas, a village in Nepal. We might chose to break for tea here and then head towards Kayakatta, a 2 KM gently steep climb. We have hot lunch in Kaiyakatta at a local family's home.

From Kayakatta its almost a flat walk of 4 kms to Kalapokhari - 'The Black Pond', marked with furling Buddhist prayer flags and a small Chorten. Watch out for wild animals and birds in the entire trek trail today.

Accommodation: Teahouse / Tents
Meals: All Meals
  • day3 photo - kalapokhari or black pond on sandakphu trek
  • day3 photo - a small chorten beside kalapokhari on sandakphu trek
  • day3 photo - local villagers of garibas weaving bamboo sheets

Day 4From Kalapokhari To Sandakphu, Via - Bikheybhanjyang

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We start a bit relaxed today as we have a very short distance to cover. It's an easy walk initially for the first 2 kilometers before hitting the steeper stretch to Sandakphu for the last 4 kilometers. Keep an eye for Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Kumbhakarna on your right while walking through the beautiful landscape. At 3636 meters, Sandakphu is the highest point of West Bengal and is shared between India and Nepal. From here, you can see more than 26 peaks of Everest and Kanchenjunga range and that of Bhutan too!

Sandakphu remains above the clouds most of the time and often we get to witness a dense 'sea of clouds' from here. On a clear day, the visibility goes very as far as the plains of Siliguri and the Queen Of The Hills - Darjeeling. It gets chilly during the months of November and gets a good amount of snowfall in the winter.

Accommodation: Teahouse / Tents
Meals: All Meals
  • day4 photo - sun shines bright to wish good day
  • day4 photo - towards bikheybhanjyang nearing sandakphu
  • day4 photo - everest makalu and lhotse seen from sandakphu
  • day4 photo - kanchenjunga and kabru group of peaks seen from sandakphu phalut

Day 5From Sandakphu To Molley

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The Sandakphu Phalut Trek is all about the glory of a Himalayan sunrise and sunset on the high snow-capped peaks. Today, yet again we wake up early to witness the aura of the Himalayan Sunrise from the Sandakphu sunrise viewpoint. We climb up a close hill-top to watch the Sunrise lightening up the giant peaks. From here, you can see Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Chamling, Chomolonzo, Everest Three Sisters, Kanchenjunga family of mountains, and other high peaks of Sikkim and Bhutan. It's a breathtaking view from the top. Once satisfied with the views, we return to freshen up and get ready for our long, but the most beautiful and easiest trek towards Phalut.

On the route to Phalut, the sight of Mt. Everest on our left keeps us motivated throughout the trail. On a clear day, we can see the Annapurna range of mountains including Macchapucchare - the Fish Tail Mountain. The sharp peak of Baruntse looks elegant too!

The trail is further beautified by forests, alpine meadows with yaks and sheep grazing on its grasses, colourful flowers, and high snowy peaks of the Nepal Himalayas. The trail swirls through the forest trail almost a flat gentle walk and as we near Sabargram, it gently climbs up to reach Sabargram, from where we descend down to Molley

Accommodation: Teahouse / Tents
Meals: All Meals
  • day5 photo - beautiful trek route to phalut
  • day5 photo - kanchenjunga family of mountains seen from phalut
  • day5 photo - kumbhakarna seen closely from phalut
  • day5 photo - view of everest makalu and lhotse seen from sandakphu
  • day5 photo - towards phalut from sandakphu

Day 6From Molley To Gorkhey, Via - Phalut Sunrise View Point

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Today is the day we watch the mountains up close from Phalut. The Sunrise Viewpoint in Phalut offers the best and closest view on this entire trek. The early morning rays of the sun turn the peaks into a golden mountain glowing with might !! Each of the peaks has its own beauty and presents itself in its own aura to catch your eyes and take away your heart !! We spend enough time to soak in the beauty of the mountains into our Mind, Heart, and Soul. The mountains have the power to get you lost in your own world of thoughts as you enjoy seeing it. Though you will never be satisfied with such views of the peaks, and from such a close distance, we will leave once we feel we should for breakfast and then head out for our easy descend to Gorkhey. We leave a bit late for our easier but longer trek through beautiful forests to Gorkhey - one of the most beautiful Hamlet you can find in the Himalayas. The village of Gorkhey is a perfect picturesque village which we used to draw in our childhood. Villagers working in the field or women busy with household activities, the swirling river passing by the side of the village, domestic animals and hens working out their food, variety of wild birds chirping around, tall trees offering shadow, colourful flowers dancing with the slow wind, village kids playing around....  all in the shadow of beautiful mountains of the Himalayas!  Our trek will not be complete if we won't spend a relaxing night here. The beauty of the place however will not let you relax though !!  

Accommodation: Teahouse / tents
Meals: All Meals
  • day6 photo - peak peek through the clouds
  • day6 photo - the village of gorkhey on sandakphu phalut
  • day6 photo - the village of samanden

Day 7From Gorkhey To Bagdogra, Via - Samanden, Srikhola

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Today, it's a very easy and beautiful walk today through the forest with gentle ups and downs and crossing multiple streams. We initially climb up to Samanden and then walk further with gentle ascends and descend to reach Rammam. From Ramam the trail descends down to Srikhola which is the road head and where the trek ends. We must be hungry by now and thirsty for some party as well after the long trek. Hence we walk another kilometer on a flat trek to reach Sepi where we have lunch and our last assemble as a team. We then disperse to either Darjeeling or Bagdogra from here.

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Covid19 Safety Protocol For Himalayan Treks

Unnatural times call for an unusual response. We at Himalayan High are facing it with even more stringent safety measures to ensure our treks, trekkers, and the local support team are safe. The Covid19 Pandemic has completely changed the way we look at the World and do things. It has changed the way we trek as well. Here is a brief.

  • Small Groups of less than 15 members
  • No Fixed Camps at all. Use a single sleeping bag, mattress & sleeping bag inners throughout the trek without any mixup
  • Sanitized Transportation
  • Contactless Screening of Participants on arrival
  • Contactless Paperwork and Online Booking Procedure
  • Mandatory Sanitization Before Entry
  • Sanitized Accommodation, Linens, Sleeping Bags, etc
  • Sanitized and sun-dried Camping Equipment
  • Monitored Support Crew with extra protection of masks, gloves and frequent use of sanitizers
  • Social Distancing from other unmonitored groups
  • Daily evaluation of Health for Safe Mountain Health
  • Twin Sharing Accommodations on the trek
  • Single tent supplement available
  • Proper Dining Hygiene in Dining Tents
  • Dry Toilets in toilet tents.
  • Covid Hygiene Kit including personal Sleeping Bag Inner for free
  • Precautionary Quarantine Tents On Trek
  • Immunity-Boosting Food Menu and Drinks
  • Filtered, Boiled and Treated Drinking Water

Read more on the following link about our Covid19 safety measures to ensure a safe trek. Safe trekking in the Himalayas during COVID-19

With this protocol, we have resumed our Himalayan Treks.

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+ Quick Info
  • Duration: 7 Days 6 nights, Maneybhanjyang to Sepi
  • Highest Altitude: 3636m
  • Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
  • Best Time: Jan - May, Sep - Dec
  • Terrain: Rhododendron forest, alpine meadows
  • Activity Type: Trek
  • Trail Type: Different Entry Exit Point
  • Starts At: Maneybhanjyang
  • Ends At: Srikhola
  • Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
  • Country: India
  • Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
  • Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
  • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Maneybhanjyang
  • Mobile Network: Vodafone, Airtel, BSNL in Siliguri, Maneybhanjyang and Srikhola. On the trek trail, Vodafone and BSNL works on some locations like Chitre, Tonglu, Kayakatta, Molley and Gorkhey till Srikhola
  • Internet Option: 4g in Siliguri, Maneybhanjyang and Srikhola. Limited 2G on the trail. Almost None.
  • Temperatures: -5 to 7 during winters. -1 to 10 during summers. Upper reaches are colder. Lower reaches are warm
  • Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
  • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan
+ Short Travel Itinerary

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  • Day 1

    Drive

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Maneybhanjyang (2040m ), Via - Mirik (1500m ), Sukhiapokhari (2194m ). 3 Hrs. 92 Kms
    Overnight In: Maneybhanjyang (2040m )
    Accommodation: Homestay
    Meals Included: Evening Snacks, Dinner
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2

    Trek

    From Maneybhanjyang (2040m ) To Tonglu / Tumling (3000m ), Via - Chitre (2365m ), Meghma (2804m ). 4 - 5 Hrs. 11 Kms
    Overnight In: Tonglu / Tumling (3000m )
    Accommodation: Teahouse / Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 3

    Trek

    From Tonglu / Tumling (3000m ) To Kalapokhari (3180m ), Via - Gairibas (2832m ), Kaiyakatta (2842m ). 4 - 5 Hrs. 13 Kms
    Overnight In: Kalapokhari (3180m )
    Accommodation: Teahouse / Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4

    Trek

    From Kalapokhari (3180m ) To Sandakphu (3636m ), Via - Bikheybhanjyang (3313m ) . 3 Hrs. 6 Kms
    Overnight In: Sandakphu (3636m )
    Accommodation: Teahouse / Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5

    Trek

    From Sandakphu (3636m ) To Molley (3350m ) . 6 - 7 Hrs. 18 Kms
    Overnight In: Molley (3350m )
    Accommodation: Teahouse / Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6

    Trek

    From Molley (3350m ) To Gorkhey (2286m ), Via - Phalut Sunrise View Point (3700m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs. 18 Kms
    Overnight In: Gorkhey (2286m )
    Accommodation: Teahouse / tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7

    Trek, Drive

    Departure Day
    From Gorkhey (2286m ) To Bagdogra (126m ), Via - Samanden (2350m ), Srikhola (1900m ). 6 Hrs. 14 Kms
    Overnight In: Bagdogra (126m )
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
+ Fixed Departure Dates

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+ Package Cost Inclusions

What's Included In The Price

  • 7 Days, 6 Nights of Trek from Maneybhanjyang to Sepi
  • Homestay / Hotel in Maneybhanjyang
  • Mixed of Tea House and Camping accommodation on treks
  • All meals starting Evening Tea in Maneybhanjyang on Day 1 to Lunch on Day 7
  • 3 meals (B,L,D) suited for high altitude with evening snacks, soup, hot drinks and extra energizers/juice for summit days
  • Well equipped local support team
  • All camping equipment and safety gears
  • High Altitude Medical Kit
  • Experienced and Well Equipped English/ Hindi Speaking Trek Leader
  • Expert and Knowledgeable local guide with cooks, helpers, etc
  • All forest entry permits and camping fees
  • All required camping gears with sleeping bags, inners, tents, mattress, toilet tents, etc ( if required)
  • Travel Insurance With Adventure Risk Cover Upto Rs. 2Lakhs
  • Free Trek Pole, Waterproof gloves, Rucksack & Poncho for use. +15% off on all other gear rentals.
+ Package Cost Exclusions

What's Excluded From The Price

  • Transportation from and back to Bagdogra or NJP. Can be arranged on request at an extra cost of 10500 per vehicle with seating capacity of 7 people to be shared by the team. Limited & timely Shared cabs available costing about 250 Rs. from Siliguri to Maneybhanjyang & Rs 300 from Sepi to Siliguri for return
  • Food purchased outside our fixed menu
  • Anything purchased for self
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Baggage Offload ( optional at extra cost, Rs. 3500 for 1 bag weighing not more than 10 Kgs. )
  • Anything out of the Inclusions list
+ Trek Highlights
  • 4 of Worlds highest 8000-meter peaks -  Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • Panorama of more than 26 peaks of Bhutan, Sikkim, and Nepal.
  • The famous 'Sleeping Buddha'
  • Trek through the rhododendron forest in the Himalayas. Rhododendrons bloom from late March to early July.
  • Birding and animal sighting.
  • Sandakphu, West Bengal's highest point is famous for the deadly aconite flowers.
  • Sunrise and sunset on snow-covered mountain peaks making them look like golden crowns.
  • Lepcha and Nepali cultural trek. Lepchas are the intrinsic tribes of the Darjeeling region.
  • Borderline treks which swings between India and Nepal multiple times.
  • The villages that come on the way are very beautiful and offers unique cultural aura to the trek.
+ Reviews & Testimonials

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Good: 5
Average: 1
Bad: 0

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+ Cancellation Policy

When Should You Book?

We typically get booked about 3 - 6 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.

 

SPECIAL CANCELLATION TERMS DURING COVID19:  
(1st OCTOBER 2020 TILL 31st MARCH 2021 )

Considering the uncertainties during the COVID19 pandemic, we have eased our cancellation rules. 

  • Up to 3 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total invoiced amount. No questions asked.
  • 2 days to 1 day before the trek start date - We will either issue you a trek voucher with a value of 100% of the trek fee or refund 85% of the trek fee if you want us to transfer the money back.
  • 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 1 day before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  • Transfer of Seat to Friend/ Family: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 1 day before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  • Validity Of The Covid19 Cancellation Policy: The above-listed cancellation rules apply only to bookings for which the trek start date falls between 1st October 2020 till 31st March 2021.

Find detailed info on Cancellation & Refund Policy

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