Sandakphu Trek With Phalut

Sandakphu Phalut Trek is the most rewarding trek of Eastern Himalayas with panoramic views of over 26 Famous Himalayan Peaks

Sandakphu Trek Introduction And Details

Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Sandakphu Trek

21 Popular 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 )
1 High Passes:
Singalila Top ( 3700m )
1 Serene Lakes:
Kalapokhari ( 3012m )
4 Tranquil Rivers:
Gorkhey Khola, Ramam River, Siri River, Lodhama River
11 Beautiful Remote Villages:
Gorkhey, Bhareng, Gairibas, Meghma, Maneybhanjyang, Rammam, Srikhola, Sepi, Molley, Gurdum, Samanden
1 National Parks Or Forest Reserve:
Singalila National Park
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Day 1
D1Siliguri
Day 1
Mirik
Day 1
Sukhiapokhari
Day 2
D2Maneybhanjyang
Day 2
Chitre
Day 2
Meghma
Day 3
D3Tumling
Day 3
Gairibas
Day 3
Kaiyakatta
Day 4
D4Kalipokhari
Day 4
Bikheybhanjyang
Day 5
D5Sandakphu (Alley)
Day 5
Sabargram
Day 6
D6Phalut
Day 6
Phalut Sunrise View Point
Day 7
D7Gorkhey
Day 7
Srikhola
Day 8
Sepi

Sandakphu Trek Daywise Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Maneybhanjyang

Overnight In: Maneybhanjyang (2040m )
Accommodation: Homestay in Maneybhanjyang
Meals Included: Evening Snacks, Dinner
Cost Of Transport Included: No
Activity: Drive 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.

Our Pickup will be arranged from Siliguri - Darjeeling More. If you are landing at Bagdogra airport, take an auto or public bus to Siliguri. It takes about 20-30 minutes. Bus or shared jeep will cost around Rs. 50 per head. If you are arriving at NJP Railway station, take a shared auto or reserve an auto to reach Darjeeling More. The cost for shared auto is Rs. 30 and reserving it will cost around 150 Rs.

If you are to reach Manaybhanjyang on your own, 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.

We expect you to reach Maneybhanjyang between 3 pm to 7 pm. It takes about 3.5 to 4 hours to reach Maneybhanhyang from either Bagdogra or NJP. Do read Where and How To Reach Maneybhanjyang

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

Day 2
2040 - Maneybhanjyang
Day 2
2365 - Chitre
Day 2
2805 - Meghma
Day 2
3000 - Tumling


11Km, 4 - 5hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Tumling (3000m )
Accommodation: Homestay in Tumling
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea and Snacks, Dinner and Hot Drinks

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.

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

Day 3
3000 - Tumling
Day 3
2835 - Gairibas
Day 3
2845 - Kaiyakatta
Day 3
3180 - Kalipokhari


13Km, 4 - 5hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Kalipokhari (3180m )
Accommodation: Homestay In Kalipokhari
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner and Hot Drinks

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 it's 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.

Day 4From Kalapokhari To Sandakphu (Alley), Via - Bikheybhanjyang ( 8 Kms,3 hours )

Day 4
3180 - Kalapokhari
Day 4
3315 - Bikheybhanjyang
Day 4
3640 - Sandakphu (Alley)


8Km, 3hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Sandakphu (Alley) (3636m )
Accommodation: Homestay in Sandakphu (Alley)
Meals Included: All Meals

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 the 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.

We move further to a place called Alley in Nepal for tonight. This we typically do to avoid the noisy crowd of Sandakphu and rather stay in a quiet place in the forest with a much better ambience and solitude. This also helps us reduce the long walk that we need to do tomorrow.

Day 5From Sandakphu (Alley) To Phalut, Via - Sabargram ( 19 Kms,7 hours )

Day 5
3640 - Sandakphu (Alley)
Day 5
3580 - Sabargram
Day 5
3600 - Phalut


19Km, 7hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Phalut (3600m )
Accommodation: Teahouse / Tents In Phalut
Meals Included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner and Hot Drinks

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 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 it's a straight 7km walk to Phalut.

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

Day 6
3600 - Phalut
Day 6
3700 - Phalut Sunrise View Point
Day 6
2290 - Gorkhey


14Km, 4 - 5hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Gorkhey (2286m )
Accommodation: Homestay In Gorkhey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner and Hot Drinks

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 Minds, Heart, and souls. 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 for our easy 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! We break here for the night.

Day 7From Gorkhey To Sepi, Via - Srikhola ( 11 Kms,4-5 hours )

Activity: Trek, Drive Day
Accommodation: None
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Cost Of Transport Included: NO

From Gorkhey, we trek to Rammam to stay for the night. 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 walk another kilometre on a flat road to reach Sepi where we have lunch and our last assemble as a team. From Sepi, we disperse to either Darjeeling or Siliguri / NJP / Bagdogra. It's approximately 2 hours of walk to Sepi from Rammam.

Return From Sepi

If you have booked the Siliguri to Siliguri trek package, then the vehicle will be ready to drop you at Siliguri. We will reach Siliguri between 6 - 8 PM (depending upon how quick the team is). You can book your return train to Kolkata or other destinations accordingly. Flights are better to be booked for the next morning.

You may disperse to other locations like Darjeeling / Kalingpong, etc from Sepi by either reserving a private car or using the limited shared cabs available.

Why Should You Do The Sandakphu Trek

  • The Sandakphu 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 form 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.
  • Widespread Panorama of 26 peaks: 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. It starts from Annapurna in the West and the view ends up in Narshing and Chomolhari as we spin our heads further east.
  • Sleeping Buddha From Sandakphu: The surreal view of Kanchenjunga and the Sleeping Buddha formation is unbelievable to your eyes and Mother Nature constantly tickles your imaginations with various other elements of it like clouds, the 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 its dreamy world. It is formed by more than 17 peaks of the Kanchenjunga Family of mountains. Sleeping Buddha View Point from Sandakphu and Phalut is a unique speciality of this trek. no other trek offers the same in the entire Himalayas. You have to see it to believe it.
  • Wild Life Sighting: The trail towards Sandakphu and that to Phalut and return till Gorkhey is under the deep cover of bamboo forest along with tall coniferous trees which makes 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.
  • Excellent Opportunity For Bird Watching: The Singalila National Park is home to various species of birds and some of them are very rare and endangered. It's a paradise for bird watchers and photographers to capture some of the most colourful and beautiful birds of the Singalila National Park.
  • Exhilarating Views Of Sunrise and Sunsets: 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 take you to a different world. Sometimes, this same pool of clouds makes the Sleeping Buddha look like a Floating Buddha.
  • Peaceful Sight Of Kalipokhari - The Black Lake: Kalipokhari is a beautiful lake that falls on this trek route on the 2nd day of the trek. The name translates into 'black lake' and rightly so as the water of the lake appears black from the top when seen from a distance. The lake is a pious site for the locals and is marked by furling Buddhist prayer flags and a small Chorten (temple) beside it. The site of Kalipokhari is mostly foggy and mystic and is one of the most romantic destinations on this trek route.
  • Unique Cultural Exposure: 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.
  • Swing Between India And Nepal: This is a borderline trek between India and Nepal and it swings between India and Nepal multiple times. For 3 nights we stay in Nepal and for the other 3, we stay on the Indian side.
  • Beautiful Remote Villages And Delicious Local Food: We come across many villages on this trek route namely Gairibas, Samanden, and Gorkhey. 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 it after you complete the trek to Sandakphu and Phalut

Not many trek organisers arrange the complete trek covering both Sandakphu and Phalut. We suggest you should undertake the complete trek so that you won't regret it later. To understand why we say so, read our blog Why Phalut Is A Must-Do With Sandakphu Trek?


Sandakphu Trek - Elaborate Description

We recommend that everyone, from Beginners to Experienced trekkers should do the Sandakphu Phalut Trek. This is because of the ultimate views and hospitality this land offers. The views that this trek boasts of are incomparable. On the other hand, the local Sherpa and Limboo hospitality is one of the most premium hospitality in the Himalayas. Here, by premium, we don't mean luxury. We refer to uniqueness, honesty, modesty and rich cultural integrity.  These are some of the very rare combinations on any Himalayan trek.

 

Various Versions / Routes Of The Sandakphu Trek

There are many routes of the Sandakphu Trek but the one which we mostly do and is the most popular within the trekking community is the Sandakphu Phalut Trek. This is the same version of the trek that the itinerary of this page mentions. However, for trekkers who cannot spare 7 days for the Sandakphu Phalut Trek or for those who find reaching Phalut is difficult for them or feel that they cannot adjust to the very basic accommodation facility in Phalut, we have 2 other versions of this trek to choose from.

  1. Only Sandakphu Trek: This is a shorter version of the Sandakphu Phalut Trek and follows the same route except that it deviates from Sandakphu and descends down directly to Sepi from there. We can arrange Private Treks for this version of the Sandakphu trek, or you can join our Sandakphu Phalut Group weekly departures and do just this part of the trek. We will support you accordingly. Do write to us about it if you need more details.

    Route Halts of Sandakphu Trek: Maneybhanjyang - Tumling - Kalipokhari - Sandakphu - Sepi
    Duration: 5 Days 4 Nights
    Cost: Rs. 8950 + 5% GST Per Person (if you join the weekly departure) (cost for the private group will be calculated as per the requested customization and group size.)

     

  2. Only Phalut Trek: This too is a shorter version of the Sandakphu Phalut Trek following a different route. It starts from Sepi and ends in Sepi itself. Trekkers who are interested to skip Sandakphu but do just Phalut instead can choose this version of the trek. It takes the same number of days as the Sandakphu Short trek but has a different route. We only arrange this trek on request and calculate the cost accordingly.

    Route Halts of Phalut Trek: Sepi - Molley - Phalut - Gorkhey - Sepi
    Duration: 5 Days 4 Nights
    Cost: Rs. 9350 to 15000 per person (cost will be calculated as per the requested customization and group size.)


 


 

Why Do We Consider Sandakphu Phalut Trek As The Best Version Of Sandakphu Trek

While there are many trek organisers doing the Sandakphu Trek, you will not find them explaining why they do not do or even mention the complete version of the trek, i.e. The Sandakphu Phalut Trek. Apart from a business perspective, the difficulties of arranging the full trek safely, finding accommodation, managing longer walks safely with adequate local resources, etc are some of the major reasons why only us, apart from a couple more agencies arrange it. We being a local business, quite a few things get easier for us.

If you are a trekker by heart, you will regret not doing the Sandakphu Phalut Trek as a whole and return just by visiting Sandakphu. While reaching Phalut is challenging in itself, staying in the remotest location of Phalut is a challenge too. Phalut is a very remote place with a very basic accommodation facility. However, what is a Himalayan trek if it does not offer challenges, solitude and minimalistic living conditions? As per our experience of arranging this trek since 2014, trekkers get ecstatic on reaching Phalut and it looks difficult only in the books. In practicality, it is the most beautiful destination on the trek route and with teamwork, reaching Phalut becomes easy as well.

Other things which the added Trek To Phalut offers are solitude, extravagant scenic beauty and ultimate closeness to the giant mountains with absolutely no human settlement around. Do read Why Phalut Is A Must-Do With Sandakphu Trek to understand more.

Do you want to know why we love the Sandakphu Phalut Trek So Much? We suggest you should read our blog 5 Reasons Why Sandakphu Phalut Trek Is A Must Do For Any Trekker?

Sandakphu Trek Package Cost Details

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

  • Day 1

    Drive

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Maneybhanjyang (2040m )
    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea and Snacks, Dinner and Hot Drinks
  • 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner and Hot Drinks
  • Day 4

    Trek

    From Kalapokhari (3180m ) To Sandakphu (Alley) (3636m ), Via - Bikheybhanjyang (3313m ) . 3 Hrs. 8 Kms
    Overnight In: Sandakphu (Alley) (3636m )
    Accommodation: Homestay in Sandakphu (Alley)
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5

    Trek

    From Sandakphu (Alley) (3636m ) To Phalut (3600m ), Via - Sabargram (3580m ) . 7 Hrs. 19 Kms
    Overnight In: Phalut (3600m )
    Accommodation: Teahouse / Tents In Phalut
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner and Hot Drinks
  • 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner and Hot Drinks
  • Day 7

    Trek, Drive

    Departure Day
    From Gorkhey (2286m ) To Sepi (1900m ), Via - Srikhola (1900m ) . 4-5 Hrs. 11 Kms
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
Rs. 10950/-
+5% GST PER HEAD
Cost All Inclusive From Maneybhanjyang to Srikhola
Cost Inclusions
Complimentary:
9 Trek Gears For Individual Use
Batch Size:
25 - 40 <12

Cost Terms For Fixed Departures:

  1. This is the cost for our Fixed Departure with a fixed standardized service commitment. 
  2. The minimum Team Size Requirement for our fixed departure is 2 members. Maximum is 12 members.
  3. We do not cancel our trek batches. Instead, if it ever happens that due to some cancellations in the team if the team member in a batch is only 1, then we conduct the trek at a little extra cost, but do not ever cancel a scheduled trek respecting the effort put towards trek preparation, managing leaves and family emotions, etc. 
  4. If you want to personalize a scheduled batch or have your own suitable dates, you may do so by requesting a private trek group and by paying applicable the extra charges.

Customized Private Group

Trekking is a very personal activity and is perhaps one of the very few activities that give you enough time to indulge with yourself or your beloved people, group of special friends, or close family members. It helps you transform personal bonds to the next level as it brings out everyone's best and truest self. Trekking is most enjoyed when it is done in a small private group, personalized to serve your specific needs. The Himalayas are best experienced when there is silence and solitude around and when you are surrounded only by your best people. Your trek is most enjoyable when all the pain of arranging a smooth trek is taken care of by us, and you focus just on your trek and yourself. Most importantly, a small private trekking group is very flexible, personalized and more enjoyable, is the safest and follows the principles of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism. We specialize in and are more popular for arranging Small Customized Private Trekking Groups to the Himalayas. We arrange private treks at little extra cost over the price mentioned above.

Extra Cost For Private Groups: Rs. 10000 per person, for each person in the team. This cost reduces with an increase in the team size. A team above 12 gets a private group for free. Enquire For Customized Private Trek





INTERNATIONAL GUESTS: Trek cost for foreigners is slightly higher than the cost for our Indian guests, mainly due to the higher permit fee applicable for admission to National Parks or protected forest areas. Sometimes, it may be higher due to higher 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. 

Extra Cost For International Trekkers: Rs. 5000 per person.




 

Booking Process: Indian trekkers can directly book online using the integrated and automated invoicing system or contact for manual booking. International Trekkers need to go through manual invoicing upon remittance of the partial booking fees using PayPal, Transferwise, Western Union or Direct Wire Transfer. The remaining trek fees can be paid upon arrival in India and meeting our trek leader

Must Read - Important Pre-Booking Information

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:

 

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

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 10 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total paid amount
  2. Between 10 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 4000 meters and not graded as Challenging or Challenging+

 

Find detailed info on Cancellation & Refund Policy

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Sandakphu Trek Quick Informations

  • 📅 Duration: 7 Days 6 nights, Maneybhanjyang to Sepi via Phalut, Gorkhey
  • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3636m
  • 🛑 Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
  • 👍 Best Time: Oct - May
  • 🌄 Terrain: Rhododendron forest, Alpine meadows, Mid Altitude Coniferous Forest
  • 🏃 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

Covid19 Safety Protocol For Himalayan Treks

We had started our treks from October 2020 and since then we have served many trekkers without any problems related to covid. Thanks to our safety protocol and SOW.

Covid Negative RT-PCR Test Report or Vaccination Certificate Is Mandatory To Trek With Us.

All our permanent staffs are fully vaccinated and we hire vaccinated local resources only to ensure everyone's safety.

Read more on Safe trekking in the Himalayas during COVID-19

Sandakphu Trek Frequently Asked Questions

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How Is The Covid19 Situation In Sandakphu Trek?

The Sandakphu Phalut Trek is open after the 3rd wave of Omnicron. We have opened our booking once again for this trek and have batches every Saturday arrival in Siliguri or Maneybhanjyang>

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How Is The Sandakphu Weather And Temperature In Springs?

Classified Spring months are from February end till Early May.

During the Spring season, the Sandakphu Trek turns into a colourful fairyland due to the blooming of myriads of rare species of Rhododendrons, Magnolias and so many other wildflowers and bushes which are unique to this region. The flowers spread intoxicating fragrance to the beautiful trail that winds up gently through the thick forest cover. By the end of February snow recedes exposing the wet ground to air when lots of flowers and bushes bloom. Fog adds to the extra element to beautify the trek further. Temperatures go below sub-zero here even during the Spring season, especially in Phalut. It can often drizzle or snow anytime during the Spring months.

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How Is The Sandakphu Weather And Temperature In Autumn?

Classified Autumn months are from October Mid till late December.

If you want to witness clear skies and barrier-free views of over 26 mountain peaks visible from Sandakphu autumn is the best time to visit. The weather starts to get drier and stable after the monsoon recedes by the end of September. The leaves and grasses slowly turn brown from green. Skies remain clear giving you excellent views of the mesmerizing Himalayan peaks of Nepal, Sikkim, and Bhutan. It gets colder and drier day by day, and often very windy. The higher camps start to go below subzero temperatures during the night. Days are sunny and warm.

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How Is The Sandakphu Weather And Temperature In Winters?

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

It's a short but sharp winter on the Sandakphu trek. Snowfall typically happens during or after Christmas. If you want to witness a Snow-Covered Sandakphu Trek, then Christmas, New year, months of January, and February are the best time to visit. It's cold here during the winters and temperature drops below minus 5 degrees Celsius on higher camps. The whole of the high alpine meadow of Sandakphu and beyond till Phalut gets converted into a white playground covered with snow. Descending down through the snow-covered jungle trail makes it a thrilling and romantic trek at the same time.

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When Does It Snow On The Sandakphu Trek?

Sandakphu receives fresh snowfall almost 6 - 10 times a year during the Winter. 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 even 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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What Is The Current Weather Of The Sandakphu Trek?

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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Which Is The Best Time To Do The Sandakphu Trek?

Sandakphu Trek is one of the best treks to do in the Himalayas and in different seasons, it offers different beauty. However, whenever you do, this trek will always be worth doing. Depending upon your likes, you may choose the time of the year. I have explained this in brief detail below.

  • If you want to see fresh snowfall in Sandakphu: If this is what interests you, then you need to do this trek in the months of December, January, and early February. Walking through the dense coniferous jungle with its leaves covered with snow over a white carpet of snow feels amazing. The wide-open meadow towards Phalut is the best part of this trek route. Not to miss the tall peaks that can be seen even during this time, especially in the early morning hours. Remember, it snows even in march here, but occasionally.
  • If you like Colourful Rhododendrons And Magnolias On the Sandakphu 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 offer a wide array of colours and fragrances 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 fragrances, some of which are intoxicating as well.
  • If you like Clear Blue Skies, Stable Weather and Scenic Panorama From Sandakphu: The post-monsoon season of Autumn from October till early December 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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How Cold Is The Sandakphu Trek?

The temperature in Sandakphu and Phalut starts to go below the freezing point from the end of November and is very windy. Water freezes forming verglasses by morning. The Day temperature ranges between 8 - 14 degrees Celcius. Temperatures in the lower points on this trek like Maneybhanjyang, Tumling, Srikhola, etc ranges between 3 - 8 degrees Celcius in the night while hitting 10 - 16 degrees Celcius during the day. Being closer to the Bay Of Bengal, the weather often gets unpredictable here and it might be very chilly even in the lower villages. It can rain anytime bringing the temperature further down. 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! Summers are a little warm and comfortable.

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What Varieties Of Flora And Fauna Can Be Seen On The Sandakphu Trek?

There are lots of mammals that live in the Singalila National Park, namely - Red Panda, Himalayan black bear, Clouded leopard, Serow, Takin, Leopard, Leopard Cat, Barking Deer, Yellow-throated Marten, Wild Boar, Pangolin, Pika. Many species of birds too live in this park, namely - Scarlet Minivet, Kalij Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Brown and Fulvous, Parrotbills, Rufous-Vented Tit, Fire-Tailed, Myzornis, Golden-Breasted Fulvetta. Most of the flora include Bamboo, Oak, Magnolia, Rhododendron, Primula, Geranium, Saxifraga, Bistort, Senecio, Cotoneaster, etc.

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How Are The Accommodations And Toilet Facility On The Sandakphu Trek?

There are homestays throughout the Sandakphu Phalut trek route. These are simple rooms with all the required basic amenities like clean rooms and linens, a clean wet toilet that might be attached or shared, tasty food, and many many welcoming smiles. Beddings and linens will be provided by the homestay owners. Food served in the homestays is simple, tasty, and nutritious. You should not expect too much understanding that we are in some of the remotest parts of the Himalayas. Toilets are clean, either western or eastern seats with running tap water or in buckets. In our package, all stays are arranged in local homestays. It will mostly be in 3 or 4 sharing rooms with a single bed each. If required, you may book private rooms at extra cost. If rooms aren't available, we will arrange private tents for you.

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What Are The Fitness Requirement Of The Sandakphu Trek?

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. 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 a marathon or be a bodybuilder. You just need to have a positive mindset and a generally fit body used to exercises.

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Can Novice Trekkers Do The Sandakphu Trek?

Yes, Beginners can very well do the Sandakphu Trek. However, they need to mind a few things before they venture to do this trek.

  • Sandakphu Trek, like any other Himalayan trek, requires preparation. Long walks, steep climbs and descends, slippery terrain, freezing cold temperatures, rain and snow are a few of the difficulties you need to overcome on this trek. General fitness and a body used to exercise are basic necessities of this trek
  • The accommodations and food on the trek are very basic, but up to the mark. This kind of minimalistic living conditions for multiple days can very well test your adaptability, which is a very important factor for any Himalayan trek
  • You need to do it with a good support team who would motivate you throughout the trek. A good specialist team helps you understand and overcome the challenges of the trek very easily like an elder brother or a friend.
  • You need to be a good listener and heed the instructions and advice given to you by the trek leader.
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What Are The Risk Of AMS On The Sandakphu Trek?

  • 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 cozy 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 acclimatization 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 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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How Safe Is The Sandakphu Trek?

  • Trail Safety: The trekking route of the Sandkaphu Phalut is very safe. The route might be longer but is not treacherous or risky at all.
  • Excessive Snowfall: Excessive snowfall may disrupt your schedule in January or February. However, in such a situation, we prioritize your safety and comfort and provide you with the best alternate route to complete the trek safely.
  • High Altitude and AMS: This route is very safe in terms of High 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.
  • Emergency Exit: Though the trekking route is different, the Sandakphu Phalut trek is also accessible by road making it less risky in case of adversities. For a medical emergency, we carry a first aid kit, oxygen cylinder, and our Trek Leader monitors the trekker team every evening by analyzing behavioral changes, 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. However, it must be noted that local culture and sentiments must be respected.
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Which Is The Nearest ATMs and Cash Points On The Sandakphu Trek?

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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Is Mobile Network Available On The Sandakphu Trek?

Sandakphu Phalut Trek has a fair amount of mobile connectivity and is improving day by day. Vodafone, Jio, and Airtel work very well in Maneybhanjyang while Airtel, BSNL, Jio, and Vodafone works sparingly on the trek as well. Jio and Airtel work well from a few spots in Sandakphu. Nepal's NCell works well on a few spots and your guide might be having it. Often the mobile towers work from specific corners or heights which your guide would be knowing. Nearing the end of the trek point, mobile towers, and the internet starts to work well once you reach Rammam.

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Is Internet Available On The Sandakphu Trek?

Nowadays, very good, consistent, and reliable Internet connection through mobile data on Airtel and Jio is available in the trek starting of Maneybhanjyang and endpoints like Ramam, Srikhola, and Sepi. On the trek route till 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. Gorkhey too is currently not connected well to the internet. From Rammam, internet starts to work well again.

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How Big is the village of 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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What Are The Unique Religion And Cultural Beliefs Of The Sandakphu Trek?

Majority of the people of the Sandakphu Phalut Trek follow the Hindu or Buddhist faith. On the trek route, there are many Monasteries and Chortens. The Monastery of Chitre and Meghma is a very popular monastery on the trek route. The small chorten beside the Kalipokhari lake looks very pristine. Tibetan Prayer Flags furls on many sites, homestays, lakes, and summits. You also find rock inscriptions of On Mane Padme Hun on this trek route, especially near Tumling and Kalipokhari.

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