Sandakphu trek is the one for you if you want to swing between India-Nepal border casually, experience sighting four of the highest peaks in the world all at once and well, experience drinking your coffee at the highest point of Singalila mountain range.
The name Sandakphu’s meaning is ‘Height of Poison Plant, which is quite a strange name for a mountain peak. But the name has reasons for its being and one of the reasons is that it is surrounded by poisonous aconite growing all over the place and the second is the fact that it is the highest peak here in the Singalila mountain range.
Sandakphu trek experience is one of a kind and the major attraction is the view you get from Sandakphu valley where you can see four of the world’s highest peaks namely Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu all at once. There are several spots near Sandakphu which you should definitely add to your Itineraries such as Manebhanjan, Chitrey, Tonglu, Tumling, and Bikeybhanjan.
Sandakphu is located in Darjeeling district of West Bengal and the Sandakphu distance from Darjeeling is 76 Km which is a 3-hour drive. Sandakphu’s altitude is 11930 ft or Sandakphu’s height in meters is 3,636 m. Sanakphu’s nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri railway station which is in Siliguri and serves as an entry point to other neighboring countries like Nepal and Bhutan.
The best time to visit Sandakhphu is during two distinct parts of the year namely during months of April-May and October-December. When visiting Sandakhpu during the month of April-May, you may experience a chilly season and temperature goes as low as below 10 degrees Celcius. During the later part of the year, its surrounded by the spring season and makes up for a great trekking experience.
The trek lasts for a total of 6 days and after spending the first night at Dhotrey, the group heads out Tonglu, marking the start of the trek. After that, the group travels for the next 5 days covering various checkpoints along the Sandakhphu trek route.
The reasons you need to check out Sandakhphu trek in 2019 are far more than many but if you still got doubts then let us clear them up while you are on a trip to Sandakhphu with Justwravel.
1st Day: Pick up from NJP. Overnight at Dhotrey
2nd Day: Dhotrey to Tongulu. (13 km ~ 7 hr)
3rd Day: Tongulu to Kalipokhri. (13 km ~ 7hr)
4th Day: Kalipokhri to Sandakphu. (6km ~ 3hr)
5th Day: Sandakphu to Sri khola. (12-13 km ~ 5hr)
6th Day: Sri khola to NJP
Itinerary (NJP to NJP)
1st Day : Pick up from NJP. Overnight at Dhotrey
Our vehicle will pick you from NJP Railway station in the morning.From NJP to Dhotrey we will go through Sukhiya, a hill town with a natural lake.
You’ll be shown the next day’s trail from a viewpoint on the way.
2nd Day : Dhotrey to Tongulu. (13 km ~ 7 hr)
Today will be our first day of Trek. The trail will take you through villages on the Indo-Nepal border. One of them, Meghma has a beautiful monastery. You will start getting views of Kanchenjunga an hour or so into the trek, and it will accompany you for most of the trek.
3rd Day : Tongulu to Kalipokhri. (13 km ~ 7hr)
Enter Singalila National forest. Filled with rhododendron trees, you might be lucky enough to see a red panda in the wild!! Kalipokhri has a sacred lake (the place is named after the lake itself). Sunset at Kalipokhri is a beautiful sight with clouds hovering below the lake’s altitude.
4th Day : Kalipokhri to Sandakphu. (6km ~ 3hr)
Today you’ll reach the highest point of West Bengal today. Panoramic views of Lhotse, Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and many other peaks from Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan.
5th Day : Sandakphu to Sri khola. (12-13 km ~ 5hr)
Magical sunrise on the Kanchenjunga massif. Downward trek to Sri khola, a village on the river banks.
6th Day : Sri khola to NJP
Today after breakfast our vehicle will drop you till NJP. Trip ends.
Tents ,Sleeping Bags & Mats
Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage
Meals during trek
Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any
Services of a Trek Leader
Transport from NJP to Base Village and return
Any expenses for optional activities or tickets, unless quoted in Inclusions.
Insurance, Items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry etc
Any Entry Fees
Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation / roadblocks/landslides/ strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.
Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
Any Kind of Expense for Loss / Misplaced / Theft of personal belongings.
No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.
Free Cancellation upto 60 days before the departure date
59 Days to 45 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)
44 Days to 30 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost
29 Days to 15 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.
15 Days to 8 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.
7 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.
No Show . No refund.
Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.
If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.
Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.
Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.
Things To Pack
Down Jacket (Main jacket)
Tshirt or Fleece
Extra pair of Socks
Trekking/ Hiking Shoes (Forclaz 100 and above or Arpenaz 100. Checkout in Decathlon stores)
Rucksack (At least 40L)
Mufflers/ Neck Warmer
Extra pair of Clothes
First Aid Kit
*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season
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