Sandakphu Trek

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General Information About Sandakphu Trek

Sandakhphu is located at an altitude of 3636 mts in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. Being the highest point in West Bengal state, this trek is frequented by trekkers; height being just one reason, this is the only trek in India wherein you can see four of the five highest peaks in the world namely Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu.

Trek follows Singalila range and Indo-Nepal border, so you’ll be stepping in and out of India every now and then.  You can see the Rhododendron in full bloom during spring season, with about 600 varieties of orchids in the area seeing them in full bloom is another thing to look forward to during the trek.

Itinerary

Day 1
Activities and itinerary for Day 1

Pick up from NJP. Overnight at Maneybhanjan (a town 26 km from Darjeeling)

Our vehicle will pick you from NJP Railway station in the morning.From NJP to Maneybhanjan we will go through Mirik, a hill town with a natural lake. You’ll be shown the next day’s trail from a viewpoint on the way.

Day 2
Activities and itinerary for Day 2

Maneybhanjan to Tumling. (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.

Day 3
Activities and itinerary for Day 3

Tumling 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.

Day 4
Activities and itinerary for Day 4

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.

Day 5
Activities and itinerary for Day 5

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.

Day 6
Activities and itinerary for Day 6

Sri khola to NJP

Today after breakfast our vehicle will drop you till NJP. Trip ends.