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Sandhakpu Trek

07 Nights/08 Days
Price per person 14500 INR
Difficulty
Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Duration
Duration
8 Days
Maximum Altitue
Maximum Altitue
3636 m / 11,929 ft
Pickup Point
Pickup Point
Bagdogra / NJP
Drop Point
Drop Point
Bagdogra / NJP
Base Camp
Base Camp
Maneybhanjyang
Min/Max Age
Min/Max Age
8 to 70 years
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
Mar to May & Sept to Dec

Trip Overview

Sandakpu Trek Introduction : Trekking into Sandakphu starts off from an altitude of 1,524 meters (5,000 ft) and gradually climbs up through forests of rhododendron, giant magnolias, spruce and other trees of sub-alpine region and more than 600 varieties of orchids-the largest to be found in one geographical area in the world. For flora worshippers, the months of April and May are the best time of the year for the trek while for those who have an insatiable thirst for a view of the mountains; the best months are in autumn. The view from Sandakphu is unsurpassed by any view anywhere. Where else can be seen 180 degrees of snow-capped mountains which includes Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Kumbhakarna, Kanchenjanga, Chomolhari in one single stretch of snows-an ethereal beauty. It is easy to understand why people leave hearth and home, traveling sometimes thousands of miles to walk through ripples of terraced fields of maize, rice, millet and barley, leaving the last traces of civilization far behind.

Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Bagdogra Airport to Darjeeling - (2041m/3-4 hrs drive) (Hotel Stay)

    Upon your arrival at Airport our Airport representatives and driver will receive you. After luggage loading drive to Darjeeling through scenic makaibari and kerseong road. After arrival check in to hotel. Evening free to explore Darjeeling market area. O/N at Darjeeling.

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    Day 2

    Darjeeling drive to Maneybhanjang and trek to Tonglu - (3070m/1 hrs drive/11 km/5-6 hrs trek) (Tea House/Lodge)

    Today we will wake up early and drive to Maneybhanjyang from Darjeeling to start the trek. After breakfast at Maneybhanjyang hike up to Tonglu. Enroute we will pass through pine, fir, birch, bamboo glades and reach another tiny Buddhist settlement, Chitre (2530 m). This will be a quite steep uphill climb on a stoned pathway. Crossing Chitre we will reach a small hamlet Meghma (2900m). The route bifurcate here for Tonglu and Tumling but meets again at Tumling. Tonglu, is just 2 km from here and commands an excellent view of the entire Himalayan Mountains. From Tumling on clear nights one could see dazzling night-lights of Darjeeling Kurseong, Pasupati town and Siliguri. The trekkers hut at Tonglu (3020m) is located on a hill top overlooking the Sikkim Himalayas. O/N at Tonglu.

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    Day 3

    Tonglu to Gairibas to Kalipokhari - (2621m/3170m/15 km/6-7 hrs) (Tea House/Lodges)

    Wake up early to witness the magical golden sunrise behind the Himalaya Range. It will be a rewarding day today as you shall enter the famous Singalila National Park (declared Indian National Park in 1992) and discover some exotic plants of the mountain and perhaps even spot a red panda. After breakfast begin your easy downhill trek to Garribas. This small village is approximately 9km from Tonglu and will take you around 3 hours to reach. Enroute you shall pass through the simpler walks of life, a quaint hamlet, their modest farmlands and lots of bamboo glades. You should have lunch at Gairibas and then gear up for a continuous uphill climb to Kalipokhari. It is 6km form Gairibas which should take you around 3 hours of hike. If you are trekking in springtime then you will love this hike because you shall pass though the blooming forest of rhododendron. At Kalipokhari (Black Lake) as the name suggests you shall find a small dark colored lake amidst pine trees and fluttering prayer flags. O/N at Kaipokhari

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    Day 4

    Kalipokhari to Sandakphu - (3636m/6 km/3 hrs) (Tea House/Lodges)

    After breakfast the ridge trail from Kalipokhari descends till Bikhebhanjang (Valley of Poison) but from here it is a steep climb of 4 km till Sandakphu. It is the steepest slope of the entire Singalila trek ridge and perhaps the most tiring one too but it is equally rewarding. The route passes through thick magnolia and rhododendron forest and it should take you 2-3 hours to reach Sandakphu (Height of the Poison Plant). The poisonous aconite plants are found in abundance in the region and said to have harmed cattle in the past, hence both Bikhebhanjang and Sandakphu have been named after it. O/N at Sandakphu

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    Day 5

    Sandakphu to Phalut - (3600m/21 km/7-8 hrs) (Tea House/Lodge)

    Today we will wake up early in the morning to witness the golden rays of the morning sun shining on the white snow of Himalayas Mountains. Sandakphu is the highlight of the entire Singalila Trekking route and is also popularly called the ‘paradise of trekkers’. Sandakphu view point commands a panoramic 360-degree view from the top and a spectacular vista of the entire Himalayan belt. From Sandakphu view point you can see Mt. Everest, Mt. Lotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Pandim, all appearing at the horizon in a continuous arc. While the foreground valley is surrounded by hills covered with rhododendrons and silver fir trees. After breakfast we will head on for next camp Phalut. The trail from Sandakphu to Phalut is one of the most spectacular, Scenic and Enjoyable one. We will cross through thick rhododendron, oak, pine trees but the burned silver fir forest makes the most of the beautiful and dramatic landscape. we might spot some yak herds at the lakesides on the way and we will also visit roofless stone house on a small hillock in Sabarkum close by. At the same time the whole range of snowy peaks is always in view and the trail passes through high altitude vegetation. O/N at Phalut!

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    Day 6

    Phalut to Rammam - (2560m/23 km/7-8 hrs) (Tea House/Lodge)

    Wake up early morning to witness the magical sunrise behind the prodigious Himalaya Mountains. Today from Phalut the trail descends downhill and take us though thick virgin forest of chestnut, pines, hemlock and more. After breakfast start walking through Gorkhey Khola, this fresh water stream where two small streams meet. One can swim for a short period in the running stream to devour the freshness of this fresh water if weather favors. Later resume trekking to Rammam via Samandin. O/N at Ramam!

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    Day 7

    Rammam to Rimbik to Darjeeling drive - (2286m/19 km/6-7 hrs/3 hrs) (Hotel)

    Today is the last day of the trek. The trek is about 19km from Ramman to Rimbik. The road is almost level for 9km and then descends down to reach Sirikhola (river). From here we will hike uphill to reach Rimbik. Enroute we will be passing through quaint hamlets and their farmlands. After a short rest and wait for baggage’s at Rmbik drive towards Darjeeling. O/N stay at Darjeeling

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    Day 8

    Darjeeling to Bagdogra Airport - (3-4 hrs drive)

    Drive to Bagdogra Airport with fond memories and freshness of the Himalayas

Trip Highlights

Trip Highlights

Total Days: 9 Days
Area: Sikkim Himalaya
Grade: Moderate
Altitude: 3636 mts/11927 ft
Time: Mid Feb - May, Oct – Dec

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