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Sandakphu 4 Day Short Trek

Sandakphu Trek

An easy 4 day trek from Beginner to the highest point of West Bengal with majestic views of Everest and Kanchenjunga

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Rs. 9500/-
+5% GST PER HEAD
Batch Size:
25 - 30 <15

5 nights, 4 Trek Days, Maneybhanjyang to Sepi. Extra cost of Rs. 2000 applicable for foreigners. Private Customized groups can be booked at extra cost

5% GST is applicable on all our costing. All of our trek packages includes Free Adventure Insurance Cover worth Rs. 2 Lakhs

Book for 5 or more members @ Rs. 8999 only.
Book for 10 or more members @ Rs. 8650 only.

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Must Read - Important Pre-Booking Information

About The Sandakphu Trek

The Sandakphu Trek needs no introduction and is one of the most beautiful and popular treks to be done in the Himalayas. It offers panoramic views of over 26 beautiful peaks of the Himalayas including the likes of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu, which are the top 5 highest peaks in the World ( excluding K2 which is in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir). The Kanchenjunga family of mountains forms the unimaginable and illusionary mountainscape of the Sleeping Buddha.

Everest and Makalu Group Seen From Sandakphu
Everest and Makalu Group Seen From Sandakphu

 

Sleeping Buddha And The Exclusive Mountain Panorama Seen From Sandakphu

The Sandakphu Trek offers the unique view of the Sleeping Buddha which is formed by a cluster of about 16 distinguishable and elegant peaks aligning themselves in such a way that takes a shape of Lord Buddha sleeping over the clouds. Hence also called 'The Floating Buddha'. Not only that, on this trek, we get to see more than  26 elegant peaks of the Himalayas. All of those are famous for their own reputation. While towards the North-West, we see the great cluster of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Chamlang twins, Chomolonzo, the panorama further extends on the left to give us a glimpse of the Annapurna range as well on a clear day, including the revered Fish Tail mountain - locally known as Macchapucchare and Baruntse. 

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

Being a borderline trek, on the Sandakphu Trek, you walk along the borders between India and Nepal, often switching between the two countries. Few of the nights are camped in Nepal while few in India. This trek boasts of a rich culture of the indigenous people of this region - The Lepchas, Limboos, and the Sherpas. On our trek, we mix homestay accommodation with camping, which helps us stay with the local families and experience their warm and welcoming hospitality, tasty food, and understand their cultural beliefs. On the other hand, it also gives us the ultimate experience of camping in the open meadow.

Sleeping Buddha from Sandakphu
Sleeping Buddha from Sandakphu

 

While we talk about this trek, we surely need to mention about the diverse flora and fauna of the Singalila National Park. This trek offers the rarest opportunity to get a glance of the Red Panda. It is also home to the Himalayan Black Bear, Clouded Leopard, Takin, Leopard, Leopard Cat, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Pangolin amongst many other species. Its a paradise for birding photographers as its home to the scarlet minivet, Khalij pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, etc. The dense forest is rich in its flora, namely Bamboo, Oak, Magnolia, Rhododendron, Primula, Geranium, Saxifraga, Bistort, Senecio, Cotoneaster, etc.

On this trek, we come across a few villages which takes away our heart straight away with its beauty and simplicity. Villages like Gairibas, Meghma, Tonglu, etc. are picture-perfect. Furling Buddhist prayer flags spread the wind of peace and serenity, right in the middle of the Himalayan jungle.

Sandakphu is a hill-top and is 3636 meters high. It is also the highest point of West Bengal. This region is very popular and trekkers from whole over the world come here to experience the unique offerings of this trek, especially the view of the Sleeping Buddha formation, the sighting of Mt. Everest and its sister peaks, and experiencing the local hospitality, its flora and fauna.

Mane Carvings On Rock On The Sandakphu Trek
Mane Carvings On Rock On The Sandakphu Trek

 

 

For a fuller and better version of this trek ( Sandakphu, with Phalut), please read more by visiting the following link - SANDAKPHU PHALUT TREK - 7 Days, 6 Nights.

Also Read, Why Phalut Is A Must-Do With Sandakphu Trek

Detailed Daywise Itinerary For Sandakphu Trek

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

Quick Information:
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 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

Accommodation: Homestay
Meals: Evening Snacks, Dinner

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

Quick Information:
Brief Details Of The Day:

A steep walk to start with for the first 3 kilometers followed by gentle climb for the next 8 kilometers to Tumling. In betwee, we cross the small settlements of Chitre, Lamedhura, and Meghma. There is an SSB check post in Meghma where we verify our identity and also break to have hot lunch at a local's place. After lunch, it is a slow gradual walk to Tumling on the Nepal side where we halt for the night in a local homestay.

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

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

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Brief Details Of The Day:

In the morning we wake up early to witness the magic of sunrise. As the first ray of light hits the peak of Kanchenjunga, the entire mountain slowly glows in golden. It's a view to cherish for a lifetime. The Sleeping Buddha reveals itself in magic colours. The show goes on for about 20 minutes after which we come back to prepare for the day's trek. It's a beautiful trek today through the jungle of the Singalila National Park. The noisy land rover road is left behind as we take the trekking route and venture into the silence of the forest. Often animal sightings are made on this day. After a trek of about 2 - 3 hours, we reach Gairibas where we take a little tea break. From here till Kaiyakatta, it's a steep walk for 2 kilometers where we break for a hot lunch in a local family's home. After lunch, a flat but very beautiful trek brings us to Kalipokhari - The Black Pond. It is here we halt for tonight at a local homestay.

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

Day 4From Kalapokhari To Sandakphu, Via - Bikheybhanjyang

Quick Information:
Brief Details Of The Day:

A short day today. The initial 2 kilometer is almost flat and very comfortable. It slowly starts to climb steeply and the last leg of 2 kilometers is a steep walk which gets us to the hilltop of Sandakphu. Here we break for tea and since this place is crowded with tourists, we walk for another kilometer and camp at a beautiful meadow in Nepal called - Alley. From here, its an open view of the giant mountains all round.

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

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

Quick Information:
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 for Darjeeling today itself after reaching and save a day. The vehicle needs to be arranged on prior request though.
Accommodation: Homestay
Meals: All Meals

Day 6From Sepi To Bagdogra

Quick Information:
  • 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

Covid19 Safety Protocol For Himalayan Treks

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

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

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

With this protocol, we have resumed our Himalayan Treks.

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+ Quick Info
  • Duration: 5 nights, 4 Trek Days, Maneybhanjyang to Sepi
  • Highest Altitude: 3636m
  • Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
  • 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
  • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Maneybhanjyang
  • 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: Yes
  • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan
+ Short Travel Itinerary

** click on the DayNumber to read detailed itinerary for the day

  • 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 ). 6 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 Sepi (1850m ), Via - Gurdum (2450m ), Srikhola (1900m ). 6 Hrs. 16 Kms
    Overnight In: Sepi (1850m )
    Accommodation: Homestay
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6

    Drive

    Departure Day
    From Sepi (1800m ) To Bagdogra (126m ) . 6 Hrs. 130 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

  • 6 Days, 5 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 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 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 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. 3000 for 1 bag weighing not more than 10 Kgs. )
  • Anything out of the Inclusions list
+ Trek Highlights
  • 4 of Worlds highest 8000 meter peaks -  Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • Panorama of more than 26 peaks of Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal. 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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+ Cancellation Policy

When Should You Book?

We typically get booked about 3 - 6 months in advance. It is advisable to book this much in advance as you get early bird discounts and also your travel costs like flights/hotels/trains etc are much cheaper and confirmed if you book well in advance.

 

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

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

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

Find detailed info on Cancellation & Refund Policy

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