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Sandakphu Phalut Trek - Best of North East

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Sandakphu Phalut Trek

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

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  • Duration: 6 nights, 6 Trek Days, Maneybhanjyang to Sepi
  • Highest Altitude: 3636m
  • Grade: Easy ( learn more )
  • 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
  • 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: No
  • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan
+ Travel Description

Everest and Makalu Group Seen From Sandakphu Phalut Trek
Everest and Makalu Group Seen From Sandakphu Phalut Trek

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

Trek along with Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse and a grand Himalayan panorama of more than 22 other peaks. Swing along the border trails between India and Nepal. Walk through the clouds and rhododendron forest, in the Singalila National Park, to climb Sandakphu, 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.

The Sandakphu Phalut Trek boasts offering views of 4 of World's highest 8000 meter peaks ( excluding K2, in POK ) - Mt. Everest ( 8850m, 1st), Kanchenjunga ( 8586m, 3rd), Mt. Lhotse (8516m, 4th) and Makalu (8481m, 5th).

However, the Sandakphu trek is not just about these 4 highest mountains. The panorama of the Annapurna range including a glimpse of the Fish Tail mountain - locally known as Macchapucchare and Baruntse is also visible with the peaks of Chamling I, II and also Chomolonzo on both the sides of Makalu guarding the mighty Everest. For good, these mountains are too short to hide the mighty peak of Mt. Everest from us.

As you move your head towards right, the peaks of Three Sisters greets you followed by the mighty and elegant Kumbhakarna or Jannu. Its from here the Sleeping Buddha formation begins.



The Sleeping Buddha Seen From Sandakphu

The group of mountains form the Kanchenjunga family of mountains. It starts from the peak of Kumbhakarna and then is followed by Kanchendzonga and Simvo on the backmost line.. Below Kanchendzonga, there are several peaks and the named ones from the left are Koktang, Rathong, Frey, South Kabru, North Kabru, Kabru Forked, Goecha and then the ridgeline of Pandim just ahead of simvo. The depression between ridge-line of Goecha and Pandim is the Goechala, which is a popular n beautiful trek in Sikkim. Pandim is followed by Tenchenkhang and Jupono. All these peaks when seen from Sandakphu, Phalut and some other parts of Sikkim makes it appear like a huge man sleeping with spaced legs. This formation is so natural and ancestors associated it with Lord Buddha Sleeping over the clouds. Hence it is called the Sleeping Buddha.  



Singalila National Park, Rhododendrons, Exotic Birds and Red Panda

The Sandakphu trails boasts of lots of wild life as it falls under the area of Singalila National Park. Few lucky ones can see the rare Red Panda here. Also lots of other birds and animals can be sighted here including the wild boar.

During the spring season, the route is beautified by blooming colorful rhododendrons as the trails is covered by rhododendron forest.



Villages and Local Culture

Sandakphu trek is also beautified by the local villages of Darjeeling district and Nepal. Its a border line trek between India and Nepal, and we keep swinging between the regions and villages of Nepal and India. We come accross the remote villages of Jaubari, Gairibas, Jaubaray, Kaiyakatta, Gorkhey, Samanden, Ramam and Srikhola on this trek which gives us a lot of insight into the hard way of life of the locals. The villages make this trek extra beautiful. 

Sandakphu at 3636 meters is also the highest point of West Bengal. No other treks in India can boast of what Sandakphu Phalut trek can offer. We top it up with the pleasant, comfortable and welcoming Lepcha hospitality. Lepchas are the intrinsic tribes of that region. The best part of the Sandakphu trek is that its an easy trek and considered the best of the Himalayan routes to start your multi-day trek in the Himalayas.



Sandakphu Phalut Trek is a trek which is perhaps is un-compared and wins on every aspect. The giant and famous peaks more than 26 encircles you throughout... the flora and fauna of Singalila National Park including the Red Panda... finding the Buddha in yourself and the locals... the care of the villagers... swinging along the borders of Nepal and India... and many more undefined things makes SANDAKPHU PHALUT a **MUST DO TREK ** for any Himalayan Lovers. While it can be done any time expect for the monsoons ( June, July, August, September ), it does have its own characteristics and charm during different times of the year.



Sandakphu Phalut trek has 3 different seasons, and accordingly the experience vary


Sandakphu Phalut Trek In Springs

( from February end till Early May ) During this time the forest of Singalila National Park get colorful due to blooming of various species of Rhododendrons and Magnolia. Many species of these rare flowers adds a different and unique fragrance to the beautiful trail through the forest. The snow just recedes and fog adds to the extra element making it a fantasy photo frame. Its cold too and specially the camp[ of Sandakphu and Phalut are very cold and temperatures go below subzero here in the Spring season. These camps are always windy and it can rain or snow anytime during the Springs. Though it remains cloudy and foggy during the Spring season, it does offer clear window to view the majestic peaks, specially during the early morning hours when the magic of Sunrise happen.


Sandakphu Phalut Trek In Autumn

( from October Mid till late December ) During this time, after the rains, the weather starts to get drier and stable. The leaves and grasses starts 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. Right from the Annapurna range in Eastern Nepal to Everest family to the Kanchenjunga family and then the peaks of Bhutan on the right, its a grand amphitheater of giant and popular peaks driving you crazy with their presence. The clouds play a cover and uncover game with those, making you lure and loose yourself to the beauty and magic of the Himalayas. If you want to do this trek for the grand panoramas, then this is the season you must target as the weather is much stable and visibility is very long.


Sandakphu Phalut Trek In Winters

( from December late till February mid ) Its 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 craves to witness the beauty and the cold. Its bit uncertain to get a clear view of the panorama of peaks, but usually the persistent individuals are blessed with good views of the grand panorama of over 26 peaks even in the winters.



Himalayan High is a local organization and our guides and leaders are the best and most knowledgeable about the area. We not just focus on a Safe and Comfortable Trek, but also put lots of effort towards giving insight on cultural and ecological experience by mixing camping, homestays, tea houses, etc. Join our Fixed Departures or request a Private Trek

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

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Fixed Departure Price
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INR 12000

From INR 8,500 To 9,500
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From USD 153 To 167
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6 nights, 6 Trek Days, Maneybhanjyang to Sepi

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  • Day 1


    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


    From Maneybhanjyang (2040m ) To Tonglu / Tumling (3000m ), Via - Chitre (2365m ), Meghma (2804m ). 4 - 5 Hrs. 6 Kms
    Overnight In: Tonglu / Tumling (3000m )
    Accommodation: Teahouse / Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 3


    From Tonglu / Tumling (3000m ) To Kalapokhari (3180m ), Via - Gairibas (2832m ), Kaiyakatta (2842m ). 4 - 5 Hrs. 8 Kms
    Overnight In: Kalapokhari (3180m )
    Accommodation: Teahouse / Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4


    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


    From Sandakphu (3636m ) To Molley (3350m ) . 6 - 7 Hrs. 15 Kms
    Overnight In: Molley (3350m )
    Accommodation: Teahouse / Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6


    From Molley (3350m ) To Gorkhey (2286m ), Via - Phalut Sunrise View Point (3700m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs. 15 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
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO

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+ 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)
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What's Excluded From The Price

  • Transportation from and back to Bagdogra or NJP. Can be arranged on request at an extra cost of 11000 per vehicle with seating capacity of 7 people to be shared by the team.
  • 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
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+ Detailed Itinerary

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.


Accommodation: Homestay
Meals: Evening Snacks, Dinner

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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 top offer your prayers there.

We trek through the rhododendron forests on this route. During spring, this route is covered by colorful rhododendron flowers.

Most of the time, this area remains misty. 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, it a little climb to Tonglu with beautiful views of the valleys of Nepal and India. We prefer Tonglu as that place is higher and has views right outside our tent or window. The Kanchenjunga massif stands right in front

Accommodation: Teahouse / Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • 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. 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 16 peaks, its a grand view to our eyes. 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 breakfast and as soon as we leave, we enter into the Singalila National Park.

Our trek route is beautiful today through the forest offering us a chance to see lots of wild animals while we reach Gairibas, a village in Nepal. We might chose to break for tea and then head to Kayakatta, a 2 KM gently steep climb. We have hot lunch in Kaiyakatta.

From Kayakatta its almost a flat walk of 4 kms to Kalapokhari - '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

Photos From The Day:

  • 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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Today, we start bit easy as we have very short distance to cover. Its an easy walk initially before hitting the steeper stretch to Sandakphu for the last 2 kilometers. Keep an eye for Kanchenjunga and Kumbhakarna on your right while walking through the beautiful landscape.

At 3636 meters, this is the highest point of West Bengal and is shared between India and Nepal. From here, you can see more than 20 peaks of Everest and Kanchenjunga range and that of Bhutan.

Sandakphu remains above the clouds most of the time and seeing pictures of dense 'sea of clouds' is not a surprise here. On a clear day, the visibility goes very as far as the plains of Siliguri and the Queen Of The Hills - Darjeeling.

Accommodation: Teahouse / Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • 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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Today, yet again we wake up early to witness the aura of the Himalayan Sunrise. We climb up a close hill-top to watch the Sunrise lightening up the 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. Its a breathtaking view from here. Once satisfied with the views, we return to freshen up and get ready for our long, but the most beautiful and easiest trek to 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

Photos From The Day:

  • 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 the Sunrise View in Phalut. The early morning rays of the sun turns the peaks into a golden mountains glowing with might !! Each of the peaks have their 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 has the power to get you lost into 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 bit late for our easier trek through beautiful forests to Gorkhey - one of the most beautiful Hamlet you can find in the Himalayas. Its a perfect hamlet with village, villagers, rivers, domestic animals, wild animals, trees, flowers, village kids, lots of birds....  amidst the mountains !!  Our trek will not be complete if we wont spend a relaxing night here. The beauty of the place however will not let you relax though !!  


[ Alternate Exit ] If we are exiting through Srikhola, we will push further to Ramam for the night passing by the beautiful village of Samanden. Its a additional 2.5 hours of trek from Gorkhey.

Accommodation: Teahouse / tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • 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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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 roadhead 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 anothr 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

Photos From The Day:

+ Why Is This Special
  • 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. 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 famous 'Sleeping Buddha' - The Kanchenjunga family of mountains appears like a big man lying on his back which is reffered to as holy, and called The Sleeping Buddha. 
  • Trek through the rhododendron forest in the Himalayas. Rhododendrons bloom during late March to early July.
  • Birding and animal sight, if lucky.
  • Sandakphu, West Bengal's highest point is famous for the deadly aconite flowers.
  • Sunrise and sunset on snow cladded mountain peaks making them look like golden crowns.
  • Lepcha and Nepali cultural trek. Lepchas are the intrinsic tribes of Darjeeling region.
  • Borderline treks which swings between India and Nepal multiple times. The villages that comes on the way are very beautiful.
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