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Sandakphu And Phalut Trek | Best Package & Reviews

Sandakphu Trek With Phalut

Offering great views of Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga, the Sleeping Buddha grandeur and 24 other high peaks of the Himalayas

About The Sandakphu Phalut Trek

Rs. 12500/-
+5% GST PER HEAD
Batch Size:
25 - 40 <15
Extra cost of Rs. 3000 applicable for foreigners. Private Customized groups can be booked at extra cost. Group of 12+ gets a private group by default.

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Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Sandakphu Phalut Trek


Peaks: Baruntse ( 7220m ), Chamlang ( 7319m ), Chomo Lonzo ( 7818m ), Lhotse ( 8516m ), 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 )
Passes: Singalila Top ( 3700m )
Lakes: Kalapokhari ( 3012m )
Rivers: Gorkhey Khola, Ramam River, Siri River, Lodhama River
Villages: Gorkhey, Bhareng, Gairibas, Meghma, Maneybhanjyang, Rammam, Srikhola, Sepi, Molley, Gurdum
National Parks / Forest Reserves: Singalila National Park

Why Should You Do The Sandakphu Phalut Trek

  • Sandakphu Trek and the Phalut Trek offers a grand view of 4 of the Worlds highest 8000-meter peaks, namely  Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Kanchenjunga. These 4 forms the top 5 highest mountains in the World missing K2 which is the second-highest mountain and is in POK. Sandakphu Trek is one of the rarest treks which offer a view of such giant peaks all in a single frame.
  • Apart from the 4 highest peaks, the Sandakphu Trek offers a Panoramic view spanning over 220 degrees covering more than 26 beautiful and coveted peaks of Bhutan, Sikkim, and Nepal.
  • The surreal view of the 'Sleeping Buddha' formation is unbelievable to your eyes and Mother Nature constantly tickles your imaginations with various other elements of it like clouds, colour of the sky, the hues of sunrises and sunsets, etc. playing around it to help you to leave your world behind and walk into a dreamy world. It is formed by more than 17 peaks of the Kanchenjunga Family of mountains. The view of Sleeping Buddha is a unique speciality of the Sandakphu Trek and no other trek offers the same.
  • During the spring season, on this trek, you will gift yourself a memorable walk through the colourful bloom of rhododendrons and magnolias. As many as 18 varieties of Rhododendrons grow in this region from February to April end making the Sandakphu Trek a walk into a mystical fairyland.
  • The post-monsoon season from September to November sees the bloom of lots of wildflowers and rare orchids spreading fragrance throughout the valley. It gets intoxicating at times. So be careful!
  • The deep cover of bamboo forest along with tall coniferous trees make it an excellent home to various wild like including big cats. Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Takin, Wild Boar, Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer, Yellow-throated Martens, Pangolins and sometimes even Tigers venture into this forest.
  • The tall bamboo forest is also home to the exotic Red Pandas which are found in the forest of China, Nepal and the North East only. Though sighting them is difficult but many trekking on this route have sighted them, especially in the trail between Tumling to Gairibas through the deep forest cover, and between Kaiyakata to Kalipokhari.
  • The Singalila National Park is home to various species of birds and some of them are very rare and endangered. Its a paradise for bird watchers and photographers to capture some of the most colourful and beautiful birds of the Singalila National Park.
  • Sandakphu is West Bengal's highest peak and is famous for the deadly aconite flowers which are known to be poisonous to humans.
  • This trek is all about Sunrises and Sunsets. Sometimes in Sandakphu, the entire valley down below is covered by deep layers of clouds making you feel on top of those clouds. The hues of dusk over the white clouds takes you to a different world. Sometimes, this same pool of clouds makes the Sleeping Buddha look like a Floating Buddha.
  • This region is home to the Lepchas, Sherpas and Limboos and their hospitality will be cherished for a lifetime. There's a lot to learn from them and since we stay in local homestays, it makes a door for the exchange of knowledge, which ultimately shapes your travel experience and overall personality.
  • This is a borderline trek between India and Nepal and it swings between India and Nepal multiple times. On 3 nights we stay in Nepal and on the other 3, we stay on the Indian side.
  • We come across many villages on this trek route namely Gairibas, Samanden, Gorkhey and each one of them is unique and beautiful. The ambience and peace around these villages are something you will take with you, and will always crave for after you complete the trek to Sandakphu and Phalut
  • 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 From: Maneybhanjyang
  • Ends In: 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, Airtel. 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. Homestays of Nepal provide WiFi at a small cost of 50 - 100 Rs.
  • 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

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Sandakphu Phalut Trek Package - Daywise Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Maneybhanjyang ( 92 Kms,3 hours )

Drive Day

Brief Details Of The Day:

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. This is our base camp for the Sandakphu Trek. Do not miss to take a tour of and click some photos by Mirik Lake. The drive is excellent to some of the exotic tea gardens producing the World Famous Darjeeling Tea. Maneybhanjyang is a small town that 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. We can help you arrange a car for this journey if you request us to do so. It can be booked as AddOn Services after booking the trek.

Our stay in Maneybhanjyang is arranged in one of the best homestay available right in the middle of the town. This helps in case you forget something, you can buy it. On arrival, the residents and owners of the homestay greet you and guide you to your room. We expect you to reach Maneybhanjyang by evening, before 5 PM. In the evening, our crew will meet the team, introduce themselves and brief them about the trek route and safety protocols. They will distribute the free trek equipment which we give and then disperse off for a lovely homemade dinner. Tomorrow morning we start our trek after breakfast.

Accommodation: Homestay in Maneybhanjyang

Meals: Evening Snacks, Dinner

Day 2From Maneybhanjyang To Tumling, Via - Chitre, Meghma ( 11 Kms,4 - 5 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we start our trek from Maneybhanjyang after a good breakfast feeling all excited about the day's trek. We leave for Tumling and start walking on the trek trail and leaving aside the motor-able road used by the land rovers. The climb to Chitre is steep for about 3 kilometres. 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 colourful rhododendrons. Most of the time, this area remains misty and it feels wonderful to walk through the clouds. We cross by the small settlement of Lamedhura and then reach Meghma. 'Meghma' means 'through the clouds' and rightly named so. It has an SSB check post 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. Going via Tonglu to Tumling helps us acclimatize well for the upcoming days in the trek.

Accommodation: Homestay in Tumling

Meals: All Meals

Day 3From Tumling To Kalipokhari, Via - Gairibas, Kaiyakatta ( 13 Kms,4 - 5 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

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 the sunrise viewpoint. 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, it is 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 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 a great chance to see lots of wild animals on the trek route. After about 2 hours of the trek through the jungle, we reach Gairibas, a village in Nepal. We might choose to break for tea here and then head towards Kayakatta, a 2 KM steep switchbacks. We have a hot lunch in Kaiyakatta at a local family's home.

From Kayakatta its almost a flat walk of 4 km 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. This walk is one of the best on this trek.

Accommodation: Homestay In Kalipokhari

Meals: All Meals

Day 4From Kalapokhari To Sandakphu, Via - Bikheybhanjyang ( 6 Kms,3 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

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 kilometres before hitting the steeper stretch to Sandakphu for the last 4 kilometres. 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: Tents or Teahouse in Sandakphu

Meals: All Meals

Day 5From Sandakphu To Phalut, Via - Sabargram ( 21 Kms,7 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

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 its a straight 7km walk to Phalut

Accommodation: Teahouse / Tents In Phalut

Meals: All Meals

Day 6From Phalut To Gorkhey, Via - Phalut Sunrise View Point ( 14 Kms,4 - 5 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

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: Homestay In Gorkhey

Meals: All Meals

Day 7From Gorkhey To Bagdogra, Via - Samanden, Srikhola ( 14 Kms,6 hours )

Trek, Drive Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

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 kilometre 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

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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 in Maneybhanjyang
    Meals Included: Evening Snacks, Dinner
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2

    Trek

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

    Trek

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

    Trek

    From Sandakphu (3636m ) To Phalut (3600m ), Via - Sabargram (3580m ) . 7 Hrs. 21 Kms
    Overnight In: Phalut (3600m )
    Accommodation: Teahouse / Tents In Phalut
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6

    Trek

    From Phalut (3600m ) To Gorkhey (2286m ), Via - Phalut Sunrise View Point (3700m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs. 14 Kms
    Overnight In: Gorkhey (2286m )
    Accommodation: Homestay In Gorkhey
    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
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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN PRICE

  • Duration: 7 Days / 6 nights of trek cost from Maneybhanjyang to Sepi
  • Accommodation In Base Village (Maneybhanjyang): 1 night in a homestay in Maneybhanjyang on arrival on the first day. 
  • Accommodation On Trek: In teahouses or local homestays on the designated points as per itinerary. The tea house provides with bed, mattress, pillows and quilts with clean linens.
  • Sleeping In Tents: if required, we will camp. especially in Sandakphu and Phalut. If we do so, we will provide Thick Waterproof Mattress complemented with Sub Zero Sleeping bags supported with Warm Fleece Sleeping Bag Inners For Extra Hygiene and Warmth.
  • Dining On Trek: Dining will be done in the dining room of the homestays. Most of them are within the kitchen and is warm due to firewood stoves.
  • Toilet On Treks: All the homestays on the trek where we keep have clean wet toilets with eastern or western seat.
  • Meals: All meals starting Evening Tea in Maneybhanjyang on Day 1 till Lunch in Sepi on Day 7. We provide 3 meals (B,L,D) suited for high altitude with evening snacks, soup, hot drinks and extra energizers/juice for longer days
  • Trail Safety: Gaiters, Anti Slip Crampons and Ice Axe depending upon snow conditions.
  • Communication: Being a borderline trek the officials do not allow the use of wireless sets. However, in case of emergency, mobile towers work from few spots known to the guides. They use it for coordination between the team and also with the office for decision making, if required.
  • Medical Safety: The guide carries an Oxygen cylinder, Pulse Oximeter, Thermal temperature scanner and  Emergency Medical Kit accompanied with experience and knowledge 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 helpers and porters as required.
  • Permits: All required forest entry permits and camping fees as per the rules of Singalila National Park
  • Transfers: None
  • Personal Trek Equipments: 9 sets of essential trek gears for complimentary use. ( read below)

 

 

9 Personal Trekking Equipment For Free Use:
(No Rent will be charged. Refundable security amount of Rs. 1000 need to be deposited )

  • Gaiters to protect snow from getting into your shoe (to be returned after use )
  • Microspikes / Ice Tracktion Crampons to grip well on slippery and hard snow on the trek (to be returned after use )
  • Poncho to protect you from snowfall (to be returned after use )
  • Trek Pole to protect you from falling and balancing on the trek (to be returned after use )
  • Rucksack to pack your trekking gears (to be returned after use )
  • Fleece Inner Gloves (to increase layering in your hand )
  • Neck Warmer: ( to protect your throat )
  • Waterproof Gloves: ( to protect your hands)
  • Fleece Sleeping Bag Inner to ensure personal sleeping hygiene.  (to be taken home )

 

 

Equipment Available On Rent At Extra Cost

  • High Ankle Waterproof Trekking Shoes (Quechua):
  • -20 degrees Down Jackets:
  • Windproof/Waterproof Jackets:
  • Windproof/Waterproof pants:
  • Headlamps:

 

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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.
  • Food purchased outside our fixed menu
  • Anything purchased for self
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Baggage Offload ( optional at extra cost, Variable between Rs. 3500 - 2500 depending upon the total number of offloads in the batch. Less than 4 bags will cost 3500 + 5% GST for 1 bag weighing no more than 10 Kgs. If more than 4 bags, it will cost 2500 for the same. )
  • Anything out of the Inclusions list
+ Mandatory Packing List
  • 3 sets of DryFit Tshirts
  • 2 set of track pants (no jeans)
  • 4 sets of socks ( 2 cottons, 2 woollen)
  • 1 or 2 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/Windproof Trekking Trouser (can be rented from us  )
  • Waterproof/Windproof Trekking Jacket (can be rented from us  )
  • Headlamp (can be rented from us  )
  • Trek Pole, Waterproof Gloves, Poncho, Rucksack, Fleece Inner Gloves, Waterproof Gloves, Gaiters, Spikes, Sleeping Bag Inners ( provided by us as complimentary use )
  • Polaroid UV Protected Sunglasses or Snow/Glacier Goggles
  • 2 Water Bottles & Tiffin Box with Spoon, 1 cup
  • Skull Cap Wollen or Fleece
  • Toilet Paper Roll, Wet Tissue
  • Personal Care Kit ( lip balm, moisturizer, sunscreen, etc )
  • Personal Medical Kit (basic or regular medicines )
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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 7 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total paid amount
  2. Between 7 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 6000 meters and not graded as Challenging or Challenging+

 

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Covid19 Update

  • Post Covid19 Lockdown, We have been running our treks since October 2020 in private and open groups with our stringent Covid19 Protocols. So far, all of our trekkers or local Guides and Leaders have been safe from Covid19. Thanks to all the stakeholders for following the strict protocol of small team size, proper sanitization, clean linens and lots of other rules which we follow to ensure safety.
  • For Trekkers doing this trek, Covid Negative Certificate IS NOT REQUIRED for doing the Sandakphu Trek except for few passengers arriving from Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka & Telangana who are required to carry a COVID negative report from an ICMR approved lab not earlier than 72 hours of arrival into the state of West Bengal.
  • read more on Sandakphu Covid19 Travel Guidelines
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Spring Season

Classified Spring months are from February end till Early May.

  • During this Spring season, the Sandakphu Trek and Singalila National Park turns into a colourful fairyland due to the blooming of various species of Rhododendrons, Magnolias and so many other colourful flowers and bushes.
  • Some of these are of very rare species and is unique to this region. The blooming flowers also add an intoxicating fragrance to the beautiful trail that winds up gently through the forest.
  • During late February, the snow would have just receded and frequent fog adds to the extra element beautifying the trek, making it a fantasy photo frame in every corner you look towards.
  • It's cold too, and especially the camp of Sandakphu and Phalut is freezingly cold, and temperatures go below subzero here even during the Spring season.
  • The camps of Sandakphu and Phalut are always windy and it can drizzle or snow anytime during the Spring months.
  • On the other hand, clear views of the mountain panorama can also be seen from Tumling, Sandakphu and Phalut, especially during the early morning hours.
  • The sunset over the Terai seen from Sandakphu, with dense white clouds reflecting the dusky hues will leave an unforgettable picture deep in your heart.
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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 barrier-free views of over 26 mountain peaks visible from Sandakphu
  • During this time, the weather starts to get drier and stable after the monsoon recedes. The leaves and grasses start to change their colour 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. It's one of the best time to do this trek.
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Winter Season

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

  • It's a short but sharp winter on the Sandakphu trek.
  • The dried land after the autumn season craves for some wetness in late December 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 of a Snow-Covered Sandakphu Trek and its cold.
  • The whole of the high alpine meadow of Sandakphu and beyond till Phalut gets converted into a white playground covered with snow.
  • The descending trail through the jungle too gets a good amount of snow and makes it a romantic trekking trail to walk on.
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Historical Snowfall Pattern

  • Historically, in older days, the Sandakphu peak and higher ridgelines of Singalila used to receive heavy snowfall during the winters, including the hills of Darjeeling. With time, snowfall in Darjeeling became a rare moment in winters. 
  • Sandakphu receives fresh snowfall almost 6 - 10 times a year. The concentration of snowfall on the Sandakphu Trek typically happens during the end of the year around Christmas and goes on till the mid of February.
  • Snowfall usually measures about 4 - 6 inches in higher reaches of Sandakphu and Phalut, while often crossing that limit on a few bad days.
  • Once or twice a year, snowfall brings up a cheerful surprise to the people of the lower reaches of Kalipokhari, Tumling till Maneybhanjyang and Darjeeling as well. This typically happens in January and February.
  • Here, 2 years of heavy snow is followed by a year of low snowfall.
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Current Snow Conditions

This year, it has been less snowfall in the entire Himalayas, especially in the Eastern Himalayas including Uttrakhand, Nepal, Darjeeling, Sikkim and Bhutan. It snowed very less in Sandakphu. While the year's first snowfall came quite early in the first week of December, after that it didn't snow well enough. However, the freezing wind did create magical frost over the trees and bushes making a surreal view. Currently, the trek route is free of any snow and there are fewer expectations for any more snowfall on the route.

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Current Weather Update

Currently, the weather in Sandakphu is doing great after a few bad spells and a hailstorm day last week in the Phalut region. Hailstorms are a common thing once a twice a year on this trek route, especially the Phalut region. All our groups are doing well.

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Best Time To Visit

  • Snow-Covered Trek To Sandakphu And Phalut: 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. Not to miss the tall peaks that can be seen even during this time, 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 early February.
  • Colourful 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. The months of the Spring season spanning from mid-February to early May offers a wide array of colours and fragrance as rare species of rhododendrons and magnolias bloom. Apart from the classic views of the Grand Panorama of over 26 Himalayan Peaks, this adds to yet another thrilling experience on the trek during this time. The entire trek route is filled with fragrance, some of which are intoxicating as well.
  • Clear Blue Skies and Scenic Panorama From Sandakphu: The post-monsoon season of Autumn makes it the perfect time for lots of rare tiny colourful flowers and orchids to blossom, beautifying the trek route. The weather during this time is very stable and most of the time the sky is devoid of any cloud, offering an unimaginable blue background to the white snow clad tall Himalayan peaks
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Temperature Information

  • Typically before the onset of winter, the temperature in Sandakphu and Phalut starts to go below the freezing point from the end of November and its very windy. Water starts to freeze and in the morning you need to be careful of verglasses. The Day time temperature ranges between 8 - 14 degree Celcius.
  • Often on this trek, you enter a jungle trail where sunrays are limited and the temperatures will fall below freezing point. The small openings amidst the dense forest welcome warm rays of the Sun and offer a good resting spot.
  • Temperatures in the lower points on this trek like Maneybhanjyang, Tumling, Srikhola, etc ranges between 3 - 8 degree Celcius in the night while hitting 10 - 16 degrees during the day.
  • Being on the Eastern side of the Himalayas and closer to the Bay Of Bengal, weather often gets unpredictable here and it might be very chilly even in the lower villages. 
  • 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 colourful 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  Summer 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.
  • 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 on this trek. So be careful!
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Accommodations And Toilet Facility On Trek

  • As per our trek plan, in most of the cases, all the nights will have stay arranged in local homestays or tea-houses.
  • These are in ManeybhanjyangTumlingKalipokhari, Sandakphu, Phalut and Gorkhey.
  • All the required beddings and linens will be provided by the homestay owners.
  • It will mostly be in 3 or 4 sharing rooms with a single bed each.
  • You may book private rooms at extra cost.
  • Food will be served from the homestay only.
  • Toilet will be a clean and hygienic wet toilet with western or eastern seats with running water or in buckets. 
  • For the nights in Sandakphu and Phalut, we have a backup plan of staying in camps as well.
  • Camping will depend upon wind speed in these camps and the availability of better rooms in the homestays.
  • If we opt for camping, then all camping gears will be provided by us.
  • Food in camps will be served from nearby homestays.
  • 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 stay in an open meadow called Alley.
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Fitness Requirement

  • 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 but possess 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 and a nature lover to keep yourself motivated. 
  • Fitness is a lifestyle and while you are on the trek with an unfit body, the trek itself will teach you to get fitter. Be careful!
  • It can be a worse punishment to trek in the Himalayas without being prepared, physically and mentally. That's the Himalayas for you - RAW, ROUGH and BOLD
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Advice For Novice Trekkers

Can Beginners Do The Sandakphu Trek?  This is a question many beginners ask us and the answer to this is Yes, they can do it very well, only if they keep certain things in mind before they jump off to do this trek.

The trek to Sandakphu and Phalut 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 colourful 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, we 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 if you are a nature lover.

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 your experiences. Unpreparedness will make you look funny amidst the mountains and other fit trekkers.

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AMS Specifications And Guide

  • The Sandakphu Trek and the Sandakphu Phalut Trek route is very safe from all the concerns of Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS).
  • 95% of the trek route is below tree line and natural oxygen is readily available from the huge trees hovering above and around you.
  • The open meadow of Phalut is above the tree line and here too since the altitude is just 3600 meters, it is safe from AMS concerns.
  • The itinerary which we follow is a very well planned one and helps prevent AMS with controlled altitude gain. 
  • The homestays where we sleep on the Sandakphu trek are warm and cosy and helps in good Comfortable sleep. This further helps a lot in acclimatization and keeping AMS away.
  • Every evening we go on slight walks in around for views and this too helps acclimatisation and keep AMS away.
  • Considering these facts, the Sandakphu Phalut trek is very safe from the perspective of AMS.

Having said all these, we also need to draw attention to our planned food menu on the trek which is focussed and rehydrating your body and keeping it warm which is a key factor in prevention from AMS. There is no substitute for acclimatization in the mountains. With Himalayan High, we prefer to acclimatize naturally and do not advise you to pop in Diamox without any need to or without understanding your body. Historically, none of our trekkers faced AMS issues on this trek. There were a few minor cases of exhaustion we experienced on this trek, which was more of a fitness problem and resolved on rest and slow ascends.

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Safety Evaluation

  • 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 with 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 a first aid kit, oxygen cylinder, and our Trek Leader monitors the trekker team every evening by analyzing the behaviour 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.
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Nearest ATMs and Cash Points

The Last ATM point on the Sandakphu 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 beyond which you won't find any reliable ATMs

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Mobile Network Availability

  • Sandakphu has a fair amount of mobile connectivity and it is improving day by day.
  • Maneybhanjyang, the starting point of the Sandakphu trek has working towers from Vodafone, Jio and Airtel. 
  • On the trek, we do get occasional and surprising mobile towers from Airtel, BSNL, Jio and Vodafone.
  • Jio and Airtel work from a few spots in Sandakphu.
  • Nepal's NCell works well as well and your guide might 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. 
  • Nearing the end of the trek point, mobile towers, and the internet starts to work well and once you reach Ramam, everything works back to normal again.
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Internet Availability

  • Gone are the days of zero internet connection on the Sandakphu trek. Now, a very good, consistent and reliable Internet connection through mobile data is available in the trek starting of Maneybhanjyang and endpoints like Ramam, Srikhola and Sepi.
  • On the trek route to Sandakphu, the homestays on the Nepal side are currently offering internet connections through WiFi at a little extra cost varying from Rs. 50 - 200 on an hourly basis.
  • Do note that the WiFi internet is not good enough to work on your laptops and hence keep them away from the trek, kindly.
  • Phalut is the remotest part of this trek route and hence is the most beautiful as well as you are much closer to the mountains. It does not have any working internet availability so far which is good for the trek.
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Basic Info About Maneybhanjyang

Maneybhanjyang is the starting point of the Sandakphu Trek and the Sandakphu Phalut Trek. It is a small and peaceful village very close to Darjeeling but fairly distanced from the hustle-bustle of a crowded city. A simple walk around the village of Maneybhanjyang will bring you close to the happy, cheerful, helpful and welcoming people of this belt. Many different tribes stay here in mutual harmony and work in the field of tourism and agriculture. This is a border village with Nepal and sitting security personnel is a common view here. Nepal is just a few minutes walk from here and in fact, on the trek to Sandakphu and Phalut, we stay in Nepal for 3 nights out of 6. It has a few homestays, shops and a taxi stand. People here love football and often matches are conducted on the football field down in the village. Momos, Thukpa, Sausages are common street food here.

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