Witness The Majestic ‘Sleeping Buddha’ And Enrich Your Soul
Visit the sparsely-populated Himalayan hamlets of Samanden, Gorkhey, Chitrey, Tumling Tonglu, etc.
Experience the greatness of the Singalila mountain range that divides West Bengal from the north-eastern Himalayas
Hike to the Kalapokhri Lake en route Sandakphu and uncover the mysteries of the ‘Sacred Black Waters’
Enjoy mesmerizing walks across the forests of blooming magnolias and rhododendrons during the Sandakphu to Phalut Trek
Soak in the majestic Kanchenjunga- the third highest mountain in the world, along with the other tallest peaks that form the fabled formation known as the ‘Sleeping Buddha’
Witness the giant Mount Everest on the horizon and others like the Lhotse, Makalu, Chomo Lonzo
If you want to embark on some of the reputed North-Eastern Himalayan treks, you should keep a tab on the transport options available. The closest train station to Bagdogra- the hub for such treks, is the New Jalpaiguri or NJP railway station. The NJP station is one of the most …
If you want to embark on some of the reputed North-Eastern Himalayan treks, you should keep a tab on the transport options available. The closest train station to Bagdogra- the hub for such treks, is the New Jalpaiguri or NJP railway station. The NJP station is one of the most significant stations located just 18 kilometers away from Bagdogra. Siliguri encounters several long-distance trains passing through and arriving at this station from various Indian cities. You can choose to come to Kolkata and then take a train to the NJP railway station. Alternatively, if you are heading for Bagdogra from any other parts of the country, you can take a long-distance train that is east-bound or north-east bound that passes through New Jalpaiguri. The NJP bus stop is also a viable option from where you can get private and government buses and cabs on hire to reach Bagdogra. There is also the provision of a long-distance night bus service from Kolkata to NJP. You will get both government buses and private buses that you book using apps. Of course, the bus fare is on the higher side for the latter. If you are traveling from any Indian metro city, you can book flights to the Bagdogra airport, and it will get you tantalizingly closer to a lot of North-Eastern adventure trails. One of the downsides is that the flight tickets tend to be a tad too pricey when it comes to Bagdogra. Hence, you can book flights to the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata, and then travel to Bagdogra.
Being a popular tourist hub for adventure activities, accommodation is relatively easy to find in Bagdogra. There is a huge variety of accommodation options, ranging from boutique hotels, villas, regular hotels and guesthouses, homestays, lodges, hostels, etc. The cost of accommodation for a single night varies according to your choice …
Being a popular tourist hub for adventure activities, accommodation is relatively easy to find in Bagdogra. There is a huge variety of accommodation options, ranging from boutique hotels, villas, regular hotels and guesthouses, homestays, lodges, hostels, etc. The cost of accommodation for a single night varies according to your choice of accommodation and the add-ons and amenities according to your preferences. While luxury boutique hotels and villas might charge more than USD 100 USD (INR 7500) per night, standard hotels and guesthouses charge between USD 30 to 35 (INR 2500 - 3000) per night. Lodges, homestays and hostels are relatively cheaper, with the charges per night per person being well within USD 20 (INR 1500).
If you are wondering about whether or not to embark on the Sandakphu Trek, let’s give you an overview of what you will get there. Can you name a single place on earth where you get to witness four of the five highest peaks in the world, including the Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu, the entire Kanchenjunga cluster, Chomolhari, Three Sisters, Pandim, Kumbhakarna, and other peaks of Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, and Nepal in one single stretch of snow? With over 600 varieties of orchids, and rare flora like magnolias, spruce, rhododendrons, you will never want to miss this chance of embarking on this trekking wonderland, irrespective of the Sandakphu Phalut Trek cost.
Before setting out for the Sandakphu Trek, you need to hire a registered tour guide and a porter with their identity badges. If you are traveling with a licensed tour operator or travel agency, they will arrange for the tour guide and porter, and the charges will be included within the Sandakphu Trek cost. If you are going up to Tumling Tonglu, you do not need any additional documents. But suppose you are stepping inside the Singalila National Park. In that case, you need a National Park permit available from the Forest Department office stationed at Manebhanjan, from where the steep upward climb starts.
From Manebhanjan, you need to trek 32 kilometers at an average of 6 to 7 hours a day to reach Sandakphu top by 3 to 4 days. Some might consider trekking onwards to Phalut, which is a further 21 kilometers from Sandakphu. It takes an additional day of trekking on relatively more straightforward terrain. Still, it is quite a challenging task. Thus, the Sandakphu Phalut Trek demands you to be in good physical fitness. You need not have an athlete’s fitness, but you need to be reasonably fit to walk long hours with your backpacks across challenging terrain for days. Introducing a training regime that contains workout sessions at gyms and cardiovascular, endurance, and strength training could be beneficial to get you in shape for this trek. You can try doing this for a few months before you embark on this trek.
Your trekking gear list should contain everything from t-shirts for base layers, thermal inners, fleece and woolen sweaters, a regular down jacket, waterproof or quick-dry hiking pants, a pair of well-made, sturdy trekking boots, suncap, sunglasses, synthetic and fleece hand gloves, walking sticks, spare batteries, personal toiletries like biodegradable soap and toilet paper, water bottles, medicines and first-aid kit, daypack and backpack, etc. You should always keep extra numbers of your socks, underwear and keep a poncho or raincoat handy to prevent yourself from getting soaked during an unexpected downpour.
The best times to embark on the Sandakphu Trek are March to May (pre-monsoon) and September to November (post-monsoon). Planning your Sandakphu Trek itinerary during any of these seasons will be a wise thing to do.
This trek is typically a 6-day / 5-night adventure. The first and last days are mainly spent driving to and from the starting/ending locations. For example, on the first day you are usually picked up from Bagdogra and enjoy a 5-hour scenic drive to Kopidana or Chitrey. Days 2-5 are where the exploration and hiking take place and you will make your way along the Singalila Ridge to Sandakphu and back to the starting point.
The Sandakphu trek is usually classified as easy to moderate grade trek. It is certainly not one of the hardest Indian treks available. However, we advise a decent level of physical fitness. Also, it is advised that you have some hiking experience beforehand. The maximum altitude is 12,000ft and you will trek a total of approximately 46km.