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Sandakphu Phalut Trek - Darjeeling Tourism

Sandakphu 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
Rs. 11400/-
+5% GST PER HEAD
Batch Size:
25 - 30 2 - 10

7 Days 6 nights, Maneybhanjyang to Sepi. Extra cost of Rs. 2500 applicable for foreigners.

Book for 5 or more members @ Rs. 10450 only.
Book for 10 or more members @ Rs. 9750 only.

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About This Travel Experience
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. Walkthrough 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, Chamling 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 our view.

Everest and Makalu Group Seen From Sandakphu Phalut Trek

As you move your head towards right, the peaks of Three Sisters greets you followed by the mighty and elegant Kumbhakarna or Jannu. It's from here the Sleeping Buddha formation begins. The Kanchenjunga family of mountains with 15 - 16 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 cry at the glimpse of it. Something divine and out of this world for sure!

 

 

 

Sandakphu Phalut Trek In Springs

Classified Spring months are from February end till Early May. During this time the Singalila National Park get colorful due to blooming of various species of Rhododendrons and Magnolia and many other wide range of colorful flowers and bushes. These also add 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. It's cold too and especially 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 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 again opening up in the evening and late night.

 

Sandakphu Phalut Trek In Autumn

Classified Autumn months are from October Mid till late December. Autumn is perhaps the best time to do this trek. 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. 

 

Sandakphu Phalut Trek In Winters

Classified Winter months are from 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 craves to witness the beauty and the cold. The experience of trekking in the winter is awesome!

 

 

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

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

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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, 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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE TREK PACKAGE WE OFFER. WE MAY BOOK IT FOR YOU ON REQUEST AND AT AN EXTRA COST

Accommodation: Homestay
Meals: Evening Snacks, Dinner

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

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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 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

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

With this protocol, we are on track to resume our treks from November, 2020 with small teams and limited treks.
Quick Facts
  • Duration: 7 Days 6 nights, 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: 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
    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)
+ 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
+ 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.
  • 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.
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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.

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