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Introduction When we talk about the Sandakphu trek, it is popularly known as a ‘Trekkers Wonderland’.
The four massive peaks connected to this trek are Mount Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu.
The trek moves around the famous Singalila Ridge, which runs down from the Kanchendzongha range and forms the border between Sikkim & Nepal.
This ridge, passing through small villages, is possibly one of the most scenically rewarding in the Himalayas.
Sandakphu is a fantastic location found at the edge of Singalila National Park in West Bengal, near the Indo-Nepal border.
The peak of Sandakphu is the highest point of the state of West Bengal. Sandakphu used to be a trekkers paradise now; it is rapidly becoming famous among ordinary travelers.
With the new roads being built till Gairibas, which is about halfway to the Sandakphu trek, it is becoming more accessible.
More and more tourists are arriving in the recent years at Sandakphu as it has earned a lot more popularity across the country.
The entire trail is inside Singalila National park, a biodiversity hotspot that possesses numerous species of flora and fauna.
Red Panda is uncommon but not impossible to view. Sandakphu trekking is not only the most famous trekking in West Bengal, but it is also one of the best treks in Eastern India.
At an elevation of 3636 meters or 11930 feet, it is the highest spot in Bengal.
Sandakphu outlines the wild elemental beauty of the snows. Nature here is at her pristine best, and the view at the top is worth all the difficulty encountered on the way.
Aptly called the Paradise of Trekkers, the peak is a beautiful point where one can see four of the world’s five highest peaks – Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu Lhotse – in a perpetual snow-clad arc.
The trek is comparatively easy and can be experienced by young or older people with somewhat good fitness. You can also reach Sandakphu by Jeep, but the road condition is relatively poor, and the Jeeps are ancient vintages.
Trek location Sandakphu is the highest peak trek in the state of West Bengal, India. It is the highest point of the Singalila Ridge in Darjeeling district on the West Bengal-Nepal border.
How to reach starting point – Bagdogra By Air Bagdogra Airport is fully functional for domestic as well as international flights.
Visitors can conveniently take flights to reach here from some of the major cities of India such as Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Bangkok and Paro are directly connected via air to Bagdogra.
Tourists can hire a taxi or bus shuttle from the airport to reach the town of Bagdogra. Nearest Airport : Bagdogra Airport, Siliguri By Rail The nearest railhead to this town is Jalpaiguri station which is a major railway junction and is connected to the main cities of India via rail.
Frequent trains are available from major cities of India to Jalpaiguri railway station, from where tourists can take a bus or taxi to reach Bagdogra.
By Road Frequent bus services are available from various cities of the North-East India and the Northern region of West Bengal to reach this town.
Private travel agencies also provide travel packages from Bagdogra to Darjeeling (90km), Gangtok (140 km), Siliguri (14 km) and Kalimpong (79 km). It is connected to all the major cities via national highway. Trek height The height of Sandakphu at the highest elevation is 11930 feet, and it offers a phenomenal view of the tallest mountain ranges of the world.
It is home to exquisite Alpine vegetation like the ever-present rhododendrons, towering trees of fir, birch, and even bamboo. Trek distance The trek covers a distance of 46 Km from Kopidana to Sepi.
Sandakphu Trek weather
The most famous trekking season for Sandakphu is autumn. The monsoons are gone, the days are sunny, and the air is fresh, and the temperature varies from -5 degrees celsius to 15 degrees celsius. The next popular season is winter, when people gather to the trek to encounter snow.
The trek is one of those few treks where snowfall is moderate. Therefore, the trail gets blocked rarely. The temperature here in winter ranges from -11 degrees celsius to 7 degrees celsius. Sandakphu encounters little rain in spring, and the cloudy weather might block the view.
But, it’s the time rhododendrons bloom, and the entire way becomes colorful. The temperature in spring is between -3 degrees celsius to 10 degrees celsius.
Best season to visit the Sandakphu Trek
The best time to visit Sandakphu trek is for about 8 months in a year, excluding only the rainy months of May to August.
The trek presents you a new essence every season, beginning with the Rhododendrons and magnolias in the spring to firm golden landscapes of autumn and finally, the moderate snowy backdrop of winter. You can observe the views, the landscapes, the flora and fauna change in various seasons.
Unless you particularly choose to experience something like the flowers or clear views of snow, Sandakphu is an excellent trek to do all eight months of the year when it is permitted.
Through the monsoon season, from May to August, the trek stays blocked for visitors. Highlights of the trek
• Relish the panoramic view of the neighbouring mountains – Frey Peak (5830m), Koktang (6,148m), Kabru Peak (7,412 m), Ratong, Chandra Peak and the Kabru Dome (6600m).
• Trek to West Bengal’s highest point, Sandakphu.
• Enjoy panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest.
• Take a tour of a Darjeeling tea garden, learn about the various kinds of teas, and spend some time in the midst of nature.
• Take a break from the regular adventure activities and go out to explore monasteries.
Sandakphu Trek itinerary
Day 01- NJP/ Bagdogra to Kopidana I Altitude – 6,400 ft. I Distance – 84 KM (By Drive) (5 hrs. Drive)
Reach Bagdogra Airport or NJP railway station and cover an uphill road of 84 km to Kopidana, our base camp at 6,400 ft.
Day 02- Kopidana to Tumling I Trek Distance I11 km (5-6 hours) I 6,400 to 9,700 ft. Begin 5-6 hour trek covering mixed ascents. Hot lunch will be provided on the way. The tiny hamlet of Tumling is located at an altitude of 9, 600 ft., within motor road access from Manebhanjam and Jaubhari—the other points of ascent on the Sandakphu-Phalut trail besides Kopidana. Accomodation will be provided at Tea house.
Day 03- Tumling to Kalapokhri Trek Distance – 14 km (6-7 hours) 9700 to 10400 ft Today’s journey towards Kalipokhri today through the charming forests of Singalila Natioanl Park. An interior Nepal-bound motor road runs close to our hiking trail that we often catch glimpses of. The forests are famed for its rapturous summer colors when the rhododendrons and magnolias come in full bloom. Hot lunch and accomodation will be provided at Tea house.
Day 04- Kalapokhri to Sandakphu Trek Distance – 6 km (3-4 hours) 10400 to 11929 ft The trail from Kalipokhri to Sandakphu should be an easy trek for those sufficiently fit. The trail goes on an initial gradual ascent covering the forst 30 minutes, followed by a steeper climb for about an hour, and after that falling on a winding motor road. It’s going to be a 3 hour jaunt covering about 6 km. Hot lunch and accommodation at Tea house.
Day 05- Sandakphu to Sepi Trek Distance – 15 km (6-7 hours) 10400 to 6230 ft
After viewing a soul-stirring sunrise over the magnificent peak panorama, one of the best found on trekking in India, get ready for the descent to village Sepi located in West Bengal. This is going to be the longest trek in the whole journey but the descent will make it less exhausting. Hot lunch and accommodation at Tea house.
Day 06 – Sepi to NJP / Bagdogra Distance – 140 KM (By Drive) (5 hrs. Drive)
After spending a night of rest in the scenic idyll of Sepi, get on board this morning, driving towards NJP. Scheduled time for arriving at NJP station is approx 2 pm.
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Arrival in New Jalpaiguri (NJP), Drive from NJP – Manebhanjan/Chitrey (95km/4 Hours)
Pick up from NJP railroad station within the morning by 10 am and drive to Maneybhanjang (1980m, 6500ft), trekkers will visit the bottom camp on their own. Distance around 110 km and takes 4 hours.
The road goes through the foothills of Eastern Himalaya (also called Dooars) and gradually gains height.
The last 2 Km from Maneybhanjung to Chitrey may be a steep road with several hairpin bends and eventually reaches the hilltop.
All the main mobile networks work here. Night accommodation in dormitory/ lodges.
11km/5 hours trek, Singalila Range, trek from Manebhanjan to Tumling (9,500ft)
After your breakfast, start trekking towards Tumling, one among the spectacular peaks within the Singalila Range.
Get mesmerized by the fascinating views that come your way and behold the scenic views in your camera and astound by the gorgeous landscapes.
The trail ahead is clearly visible till Meghma while we slowly gain height. Sandakphu Trek route often defines the border between India and Nepal therefore the posting of Paramilitary camps of SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal) in the least the main points is common.
12 Km – 6/7 hours Trek, Singalila park & Trek to Kalapokhri
Get ready to trek to Kalapokhri covering a distance of around 9 km in 5 hours.
While walking past the Singalila park , explore and find out the enchanting great thing about the vicinity.
The road enters into the dense forest and that we take shorts cuts often which meet the jeep road while gaining altitude during a short distance. In spring this stretch is especially vibrant with blooming Rhododendrons.
During the last a part of the trek, alittle pond is seen on our left. this is often called Kalapokhri (Kala is Black and Pokhri may be a Pond in Nepali)
Enjoy staying overnight during a trekker's hut in Kalapokhri.