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Sandakphu Trek - 5 days of pure bliss in the North Eastern Himalayas

Swinging along the border trails between India and Nepal under the shadows of the giant mountains of the Himalayas, namely Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse and a grand panorama of more than 26 elegant peaks.
- Popular Names: Sandakphu

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Sandakphu Trek

Swinging along the border trails between India and Nepal under the shadows of the giant mountains of the Himalayas, namely Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse and a grand panorama of more than 26 elegant peaks.
- Popular Names: Sandakphu

A Himalayan High Experience
  • mane stone carvings seen near tumling
  • a small chorten beside kalapokhari on sandakphu trek
  • local villagers of garibas weaving bamboo sheets
  • kanchenjunga and kabru group of peaks seen from sandakphu phalut
  • everest group with chamlang baruntse makalu and chomolonzo seen from sandakphu phalut
  • sleeping buddha
  • Duration: 6 days/ 5 nights Chitre to Sepi
  • Highest Altitude: 3636m
  • Grade: Easy ( learn more )
  • Best Time: Jan - May, Oct - Dec
  • Terrain: Rhododendron forest, alpine meadows, rocky
  • 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 Entry and Exit points and its vicinity. Rare signals on trek. Ask your guide for better locations for signals.
  • Internet Option: 3g in Siliguri, 2g in Maneybhanjyang, Bhareng, Gorkhey and onwards.
  • 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
Fixed Departure Price
( per head cost)
INR 8400

From INR 6,900 To 7,800
(for Indians)
From USD 119 To 131
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Introduction To The Sandakphu Trek
- Popular Names: Sandakphu
With grand views of four of the World's highest 8000 meter peaks - Mt. Everest ( 8850m, 1st), Kanchenjunga ( 8586m, 3rd), Mt. Lhotse (8516m, 4th) and Makalu (8481m, 5th), Sandakphu trek is not just about it. The panorama of the Annapurna range including a glimpse of the Fish Tail mountain, locally known as Macchapucchare, Baruntse and the Kanchenjunga family of mountains forming the Sleeping Buddha. To add to it, the trails boasts of lots of wild life as it falls under the area of Singalila National Park. During spring season, the route is beautified by the rhododendron forests..

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. The best part of it is, its an easy trek and considered the best of the Himalayan routes to start a multi day trek in the Himalayas.

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.

For longer version of this trek ( Sandakphu, with Phalut), please  visit SANDAKPHU PHALUT TREK - 7 Days, 6 Nights for details.

Do not forget to check the Trek Album on our Photo Gallery Page

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We believe that a smaller group gives you the best of the Himalayan Experience and specialize in organizing customized groups for the Sandakphu Trek. Do get in touch with us if you want us to arrange this trek for you.

You can use the link - Customized Plan For Sandakphu Trek to drop us an email with your specific requirements and service required. We will get back to you with the detailed plan and quotation as per the group size and service requested.

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  • 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
  • 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 aconite flowers.
  • Sunrise and sunset on the mountain peaks.
  • Lepcha cultural trek.
  • Borderline treks which swings between India and Nepal multiple times. The villages that comes on the way are very beautiful.

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Detailed Itinerary

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

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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. We stop in Maneybhanjyang for some time and head towards Chitre which is our base camp for the trek. Its a high land with good open views all round and a small monastery to offer our prayers to..

The climb to Chitre from Maneybhanjyang is very very steep in which even cars have problem in first gear and stop or smells of burning clutch. Since most of the trekkers who come to trek for Sandakphu are beginners, we cut off this difficulty by starting the trek from Chitre

Accommodation: Homestay
Meals: Evening Snacks, Dinner

Photos From The Day:

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

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Today we start our trek from Chitre 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. 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:

  • the chortens of meghma on sandakphu trek
  • mane stone carvings seen near tumling
  • the villagers of tumling cleaning just digged out potatoes

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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:

  • kalapokhari or black pond on sandakphu trek
  • a small chorten beside kalapokhari on sandakphu trek
  • local villagers of garibas weaving bamboo sheets

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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:

  • sun shines bright to wish good day
  • towards bikheybhanjyang nearing sandakphu
  • everest makalu and lhotse seen from sandakphu
  • kanchenjunga and kabru group of peaks seen from sandakphu phalut

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Day 5From Sandakphu To Sepi, Via - Gurdum, Srikhola

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Brief Details Of The Day: Today we descend down sharply through the deep forest. It makes for one of the most beautiful day of the trek and the long distance is easily forgettable due to effortless descend and beautiful views. Once we reach Srikhola, we walk a little further on flat road to reach Sepi. If we wish, we may leave fr Darjeeling today itself after reaching and save a day. The vehicle needs to be arranged on prior request though.
Accommodation: Homestay
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

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Day 6From Sepi To Bagdogra

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  • Sepi: 1800 meters / 5940 feets
  • Bagdogra: 126 meters / 416 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 130 Km
  • Approximate Time: 6 hours
  • Day's Activity: Drive
Brief Details Of The Day: Early morning we drivce back to Bagdogra or NJP. If we are in no hurry, we can easily take shared jeep to Siliguri and save some cost on transport.
Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Photos From The Day:

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Fixed Departure Dates For The Sandakphu Trek

Is On Dynamic Pricing. Trek cost decreases with increased participation.

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* price might be subject to minimum group size of 5

Cost Inclusions

What's Included In The Price

  • 6 Days, 5 Nights of Trek from Chitre to Sepi
  • Homestay / Hotel in Chitre
  • Teahouse or Camping on treks depending on group size
  • All meals starting Evening Tea in Maneybhanjyang on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 6
  • 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 Separate Dining and Kitchen Tents and toilet tents for men and women ( if required)
Cost Exclusions

 What's Excluded From The Price

  • Transportation from and back to Bagdogra or NJP. Can be arranged o request at an extra cost of 12000 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. 4000 for 1 or 2 bags weighing not more than 20 Kgs to be shared by the members of the team. )
  • Anything out of the Inclusions list
Important Information
DYNAMIC PRICING: Our pricing system is Dynamic and the price is not fixed. Rather, it is based on the 'actual' team size which joins the trek with you and passes on the group discount benefit to all the members, irrespective of your own group which might be a Solo Trekking Member or a group of 2 or 3. We consider it a TEAM right away from the Booking process itself. The cost is initially on the higher side and as the team size increases with more participants, the price per head comes down. We initially charge just the booking amount to keep your slots booked. The final price shall be known later and balance amount needs to be paid 1 month before the trek start date. Last moment changes in the team size will be addressed as and when the team size changes between 1 month of the trek start date. Your invoice will detail all the historical changes made on the invoice amount.
INTERNATIONAL GUESTS: Trek cost for foreigners is slightly higher than the cost for our Indian guests, mainly due to higher permit fee applicable for admission to National Parks or protected forest areas. Sometimes, it may be higher due to local crew wages and other specific arrangements we make to ensure a safe, comfortable and enriching travel experience in India. However, we absolutely DO NOT 'hyper-charge' our International guests ever and at the same time, ensure that we meet all the standards for highly qualified trek leaders and guides, safety, medical preparation, evacuation strategy, rescue arrangements, eco-sensitive travel, high value knowledge sharing about the area and customs of the locals.
PRIVATE GROUPS: We love to trek in smaller private groups as we believe that it gives the best ambience to experience the Himalayan spirituality, serenity, solitude and rawness. Small private groups are also eco friendly, safe, easy to manage and more caring towards each other. Most importantly, private groups are more focused towards their objective, specially for difficult treks above 6000 meters. They can be customized to suit your needs. On the other hand, they cost little more due to more dedicated resources. We specialize in arranging customized private groups catering to your specific needs. Contact us to request a private group for your team.
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