The northern part of the state of West Bengal is covered by the Himalayas, which provide ample mountaineering and adventure sports opportunities. Those who are beginners or have relatively less experience in the activity may go on the Sandakphu trek as it is quite easy. Your guide or tour representative will pick you up from New Jalpaiguri, and then you will drive to the village of Chitrey. Look at the bewitching peak of Kanchenjunga from here before starting your mountaineering excursion.
With this Sandakphu trekking package, you get a chance to cross the border and enter Nepal, and meander back to India while following the winding trail. During most of your journey, your eyes will feast at views of sky-touching mountains covered with snow. The trail will take you through forests of pine at lower altitudes, and those of oaks, deodars, pindrow firs and morinda spruces at higher elevations. On the way to Tumling, you arrive at a picturesque alpine meadow, offering views of mountains nearby. At several halts, scenic sunrises over the Himalayas will leave you spellbound, and the spell will only be broken by even prettier sights. From Tumling, you may also get to see the magnificent Mount Everest if the weather allows you. The final approach to Sandakphu peak will be the toughest due to the rapid gain in altitude, but also the most rewarding. Just as you reach the summit and look at the stupefying view, you will forget all about tiredness.
Sandakphu trekking will bring a well-balanced ratio of easy and tough sections as the path will keep climbing and descending. All said and done, it is one of the easiest mountain expeditions that you can undertake in the region, and is perfect for you to get better at hiking. At your lodgings near the summit, you will enjoy a little felicitation to celebrate the ascent, and the next few days will be spent solely in hiking downhill. In Rimbik, where your trip will end, you will have another round of celebration; this time with a scrumptious dinner, warming bonfire and good music.
Day 01: NJP (New Jalpaiguri) to Jaubari
On your arrival at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP), meet a tour representative and drive towards Jaubari. The drive on the mountain roads meandering through tea estates and villages bordering India and Nepal will keep you hooked throughout the journey of 4-5 hours. After arriving here, transfer to your lodging and rest. In the evening, meet the porters who will carry your luggage during the Sandakphu trek, and during dinner, get briefed about the journey by your guide.
Day 02: Jaubari (6,400 ft) to Tonglu/ Tumling (9022 feet) (6 km)
Begin Sandakphu trekking early in the morning after a nourishing breakfast. You will first climb through forests, and after a while, you will reach a viewpoint, from where you will be able to see the beautiful gorge below. All along the hike, you come across various terrains, few rocky paths (gravel roads) with muddy sections and a few walks through meadows as well. At the end of this walk, you will reach a beautiful mountainous meadow, from where the Tonglu peak of the Singalila Range can be seen. On the way, you will cross various Tibetan villages, tea shops, Buddhist monasteries and lovely forests. And if you get lucky, you might even spot a Red Panda. The path again climbs from the meadow, and after hiking for approximately 20 minutes, you will take a diversion through the forest for Tonglu/Tumling. This little settlement lies on the India-Nepal border, and after you arrive here, you will be able to see the sweeping views of Sleeping Buddha. Retire for the night at your lodging.
Day 03: Tumling (9022 feet) to Kalapokhri (9875 metres)
Wake up at dawn to watch the mesmerising sunrise over Mount Kanchenjunga.
Post a delicious breakfast, begin the next phase of your journey. This day, your Sandakphu trekking package will bring you to Nepal.
Pass through the international border on your way to the town of Jaubari, about 15 KM from Tumling. If the weather is clear, you may get a glimpse of Mount Everest before you recommence your hike from Tumling. You first experience a good ascent for roughly an hour, and then encounter a descent till the town of Jaubari is reached. Stop here and take a short break from walking continuously. From here, the trail comes down steeply, and in about 1.5 hours, you reach the border check-post in Gairibans, back in India. Once again you start gaining altitude from here, till you reach Kaiyakata. Stop here for a comforting lunch before going further.
Post lunch, continue the expedition for approximately 2.5 hours along a trail with moderate elevation gain, and reach the village of Kalapokhari. There is a small lake in the area, from where the village gets its name. The waters of the pond appear black, and it is said that even in the severest of winters, it does not freeze. This belief has given the lake a mysterious aura and it is revered by locals. On arriving here, head to your lodging and stay overnight.
Day 04: Kalapokhri (9875 feet) to Sandakphu (11929 feet)
Wake up early in the morning and travel towards the lake to witness a pretty sunrise. After watching the phenomenon, return to your lodging for breakfast. Post enjoying your meal, start your ascent to Sandakphu, which is at a distance of about 6 KM from here.
This stage of the Sandakphu trek brings the highest amount of altitude gain. Today you start at about 9875 feet and walk to a height of roughly 11929 feet above sea level. After climbing continuously for around 2 KM, reach the place called Beekaybhanjan and stop here to take a break.
After relaxing at this tranquil spot, restart your excursion to Sandakphu peak. You will walk pretty slowly for approximately 4 KM as the elevation keeps on increasing till you reach the top. As the hike will be tiring, you will take breaks at regular intervals. Before reaching Sandakphu, three mountain peaks will have to be crossed, and as you cross the third, your destination will be quite near. The final approach to the destination is difficult as the path keeps turning in a zigzag pattern after every 30-40 metres, and the trail is also steep. Once you reach here, you will get a wonderful feeling and all the tiredness of the tough trek will slowly fade away. Look at the views from up here and do not forget to take photos of them.
After a while, transfer to your lodging for rest.
In the evening, mark the success of your arrival at the highest point in the state of West Bengal with a small celebration, and then stay overnight at this place.
Day 5: Sandakphu to Sepi (16 kms/ 7-8 hrs)
Today morning, post breakfast, you will descend back to Sepi meandering through dense jungle that also holds magnetizing views of the mountains. The gruelling yet beautiful trek is laden with myriad species of flora and fauna. You will easily get stunning for your Instagram feed when you will be here. On reaching Srikhola, you will take the road and drive to Sepi.
Day 6: Sepi to NJP (140 kms / 7-8 hrs drive)
In the morning, after seeing the beautiful sunrise midst nature, you will continue your return journey. You will drive towards NJP station, which will take you around 7-8 hours to reach. And at approx. 2.pm you will reach the station, from where you can spend the rest of the time at your own leisure.
Transportation Cost : 8500 vehicle cost both ways payable by trekkers on shared basis depending on the final total no of trekkers going on a particular batch. It is much preferred if the transport cost is paid on spot .
A minimum of 6 persons required to operate the trek. In case minimum group strength is not met , we have the right to cancel/ suggest alternate trek option. Should you not wish to avail the alternate trek option, you will be refunded full amount of the trek )
Region: North Bengal
Duration: 06 days
Max Altitude: 12,000 Ft.
Approx trekking kms: 48
Best Time to go: April - June, October - January
Arrival: Participants are required to reach NJP or Bagdogra latest by 08AM
Departure: The drive from Darjeeling to NJP or Bagdogra will take around 4 to 5 hrs so its better to book air tickets or train tickets which are departing in the late evening .
1. The accomodation on this trek trail are very basic with no attached toilet facility, no hot running water facility.
2. Rooms arein dormitory style and often trekkers will ahve to stay on quad share basis. Twin share rooms are not available on this trail.
3. It will be good if trekkers go with an adventurous bent of mind on this trek.
1) All accommodations on triple/ Quad sharing during trek days.Accomodtaion will be basic in quality with common toilets and no hot running water.
2) All meals (bed tea,breakfast,lunch,evening tea,dinner )
3) All permits(entry into Singalila national park)
4) Local guide for the whole trek
5) Services of an experienced Local Guide for the whole trek (Chitrey to Srikhola)
Participants can book personal porters for carrying personal baggaes if they want for the whole trek at an additional cost per day per bag basis .
Transportation can be arranged depending on the group size. The charges for the same payable directly to the transporter.
Sandakphu trek in Darjeeling gives you a brilliant view of the mighty Mount Everest. And ignoring what some people might tell you about the difficulty of this trek, this one is very easy to pull off if you're fit and have a good guide support. Only the last day gains altitude that might leave some wanting less but really that day is all the fun and thrill you will get on this one. Apart from that, this trek provides the best visuals. You will also be taken to Chitrey right in the beginning of this trek from where you can look at Kanchenjunga! Amazing visual!
Sandakphu is definitely the best trek you can do in West Bengal or even the neighbouring regions. And its proximity to India's highest peaks including Everest are a great selling point for this one! You will only get to see Everest from Tumling if the weather allows you to so make sure to book this one at the right time. And this trek is very easily sold out because it's the only nice trek here that gives you the best visuals in a few days and is considerably easy to undertake. I booked this one through Adventure Nation and had the most fun! Thanks.
Sandakphu trek was definitely a sweet experience. My two friends and I went to this place only because of the how scenic we heard it is supposed to be. Definitely met all our expectations! I loved the experience. The itinerary is a well-managed and makes sense as they let you have a look at all the important spots right from day 1! Not one day waste. This I thought was really cool about our trek operators. We made the booking through Adventure Nation in April for the departure in May. Lovely time to visit and perhaps the best time to visit so that the weather lets you enjoy the views with clear skies.
Sandakphu is a breather as compared to the other treks I have been on. So, if you're a beginner, you can definitely go on this one! Not one person in my batch experienced any discomfort or altitude sickness on any given day on this trek. Everyone had great experience and loved the whole arrangement put together by the guide team. This is a popular trek and lots of people visit during the peak times and you'll be lucky to find a spot if you don't book early. Thanks, adventure nation for the experience. Loved each day of it! Would definitely come back for more.
Sandakphu is one of a kind trek here in West Bengal. There is no other place that will offer such astounding views of Himalayan peaks - Kanchenjunga and Everest and Makalu.The lush green forests on your way are unique to this altitude in the whole of West Bengal. The views are unmatched and I doubt you will get such close view of Sleeping Budhha from anyplace else. It is one of the best treks to be had in this region of the country.
Sandakphu is the highest peak in West Bengal! Trekking along the borders of India and Nepal, Singalila range will give you the best views possible. The trek is a rhododendron trek, which means it has rhododendron flowers all along the way which are very rare and so beautiful! The whole experience is so so pleasant. All the major peaks of the country in the Nepal, Bhutan region are covered! It was an amazing experience!