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Sandakphu Phalut Trek

Sandakphu Phalut Trek 2022

  • 7 Days
  • Group : 8-15 People
  • Guided Trek
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Start: Manebhanjan
  • Altitude
    Altitude: 3657 m

Do you want to see Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and some of the other highest mountains in the world? Then, the Sandakphu Phalut Trek might be perfect for you. 

This trek covers India and Nepal and offers you the chance to see some of the most stunning parts of this region. Even if you’re not typically used to trekking, this is a great place to start. The views and experience here will be unlike anything else in India. It’s also known as the “trekker’s wonderland.”

This trek gives you an opportunity to visit Darjeeling Railway Station, which is located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is well worth a visit. Only Sikkim has the Red Panda as its state animal.

The Sandakphu Phalut Trek takes you to an altitude of approx. 12,000 ft. 

If you are looking for the most memorable experience of your life, then look no further – the Sandakphu trek is for you! This breathtaking hike takes you through a dense forest, to the top of Sandakphu Peak. From this mesmerising viewpoint, you can see Mount Everest.

The trek is rated easy on our difficulty scale. Temperatures can range from 8 to 15 degrees centigrade May to April, while from October to December temperatures range from 8 to -8 degrees centigrade. 

Departure & Return Location

Manebhanjan

Meeting Time

10 A.M

Price Includes

  • Activity: Trekking, Camping, etc
  • Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
  • Meals during Trek (Veg)
  • All season Camping tents on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags with adequate sub-zero temperature rating, comfortable mattress
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys, ice-axe, micro-spikes, slings
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges/Permits, Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission – up to the amount charged for Indian Nationals.
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid knowledge
  • Experienced Local guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
  • Exhaustive First Aid kit including portable oxygen cylinder, oximeter

Price Excludes

  • Transportation
  • Meals during the road journey
  • Insurance
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage. (extra luggage, if any can be left at the base camp with the authorities)
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reasons
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
What to Expect
  • The Sleeping BuddhaThe famous Sleeping Buddha peak formation created by some of the world's tallest mountains!
  • Mt. Everest View PointYou'll love every minute of the Sandakphu Phalut Trek when you see Mt. Everest on the horizon!
  • Kalapokhri LakeThe Lake is a major attraction on the way to Sandakphu. The Sacred Black Waters of Kalpokhri Lake are a mystery.
  • Flora & FaunaDuring the springtime, Rhododendrons and Magnolias bloom, turning the forest red, pink, and white.
Sandakphu Phalut Trek Itinerary

Day 1New Jalpaiguri to Manebhanjan

Distance: 105 km 
Time Taken: 3.5 hours (Drive)
Altitude: 1,970 m (6,400 ft.)
 
The small town of Manebhanjan is one of the most serene and tranquil places you’ll find in the entire region. Sprawling along the banks of the majestic Teesta river, this sleepy town offers a welcome escape from the bustling life of Siliguri.
 
The nearest railway station to Manebhanjan is New Jalpaiguri which is about 85 kilometres away. Travelling from New Jalpaiguri takes approximately three hours as you need to cross through dense forests and go over a few mountains.
 
When it comes to air travel, Bagdogra airport near Kolkata is your best bet.
 
If you haven’t booked your transport with us, you can travel from New Jalpaiguri or Bagdogra to Siliguri and then take a cab or bus to Manebhanjan.
 
The entire journey will take you along mountain boulevards, passing through tea estates and villages on the India-Nepal border. This location’s ambience is so peaceful that you will be able to relax completely. This is where the Sandakphu trek begins.
 
Note that there are several different starting points for this trek because the road is continuously being constructed in the area. 

Day 2Manebhanjan to Tumling

Distance: 11 km
Time Taken: 7 hours
Altitude : 2,556 m (9,700 ft)
 
The trek from Manebhanjan to Tumling today can be a challenge because this will be the first day of your trek but you’ll come across some spectacular views in the process.
 
On the way to Tumling, there are three water sources – Chittrey, Lamyadhura, and Meghma each 1.5 hours apart.  
 
Tumling is located 9,700 feet above sea level and is home to about ten or so Nepali families. In this area, they provide tea house accommodations for visitors all year round. You can find a signboard indicating the way to Singalila National Park ahead of you. 
 
On the other side, there is an elevated trail that leads to Tonglu, a high mountain settlement. At Tumling, the border between Nepal and India blurs. There are no restrictions on who can enter the area. A magnificent view of the colossal Kanchenjunga peak can be seen. Tumling’s sunset is breathtaking.

Day 3Tumling to Kalipokhri

Distance: 14 km 
Time Taken: 7 hours
Altitude : 3020 m (9,910 ft)
 
We will be trekking to Kalipokhri today. There are two water points on the way to Kalipokhri, Garibas and Kaiyakatta, which are approximately two hours apart. 

You can see the elegant Sleeping Buddha from here, bathed in the first rays of the sun. If the sky is clear, the entire Kanchenjunga family can be seen.

The route to Kalipokhri passes through Singalila National Park’s beautiful forests. These forests are known for their diverse flora colours, and your heart will bloom alongside the flowers.

As you ascend, the trail becomes increasingly green. We’ll have dinner once we arrive at the campsite, and rest for the night. 

Day 4Kalipokhri to Sandakphu

Distance: 6.5 km 
Time Taken: 4 hours
Altitude: 3636 m (11,930 ft.)
 
We will start this day’s trek from Kalipokhri to Sandakphu. On the way, you have the opportunity to take in the breathtaking scenery. Enjoy the sights as you climb steep sections up to 12000 ft above sea level. The trek is relatively easy but has a gradual ascent at first, followed by a steeper ascent. The full length of the trail is about 6.5 kilometres – it’s worth it!
 
During the first hour of the trail, you will go through Bhagsa and Bikheybhanjang. When you reach a comparatively flat piece of land, you’ll have reached the Sandakphu summit point. From here you can see some of the highest mountains in the world – Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Makalu etc.
 
The temperature here will suddenly drop after the sunset so make sure that you come prepared.

Day 5Sandakphu to Mole

Distance: 15 km
Time Taken: 7-8 hours
Altitude: 3600 m (11,810 ft)
 
We will be waking up early to see the amazing sunrise over the highest mountains in the world! After being mesmerized by the sunset, we will have breakfast and start on our way to Mole. 
 
From Sandakphu, fill your water bottles because the water sources aren’t plentiful on this trail. 
 
An open pond near the Forest Post makes up Mole. There are a few muddy sections on this trail, as well as rocky paths lined up with gravel roads. However, Forests cover a large portion of the area. The sound of mountain birds chirping is soothing to the ears.
 
The entire trail is lined with rhododendron and alpine berries. This trail is the longest and most difficult of all the others. When it rains, the trail becomes more difficult to navigate. Throughout the trail, you can see spectacular snow-capped mountains.

Day 6 Mole to Gorkhey via Phalut

Distance: 21 km
Time Taken: 9 hours
Altitude: 3,595 m (11,794 ft)
 
On this day, we will trek from Mole to Gorkhey. This section of the trek will be 21 kilometres long and will take approximately 5-6 hours to complete.

Phalut, a zig-zag trail from Mole, will be on the route. From Mole to Phalut, you have the best chance of seeing Kanchenjunga. Phalut is a small grassland with little to no vegetation at all.

It is a small place with only an SSB Post and a guest house. We’ll need to get started early because the descent from Mole to Gorkhey is long and tiring. Gorkhey is located at a height of 7,546 feet above sea level. This is one of the most difficult trails on the Sandakphu trek, but the descent makes it more bearable.

The route has an initial descent followed by a series of gradual ascents to Phalut. Except for the last hour of a steep descent, levelled walks to Gorkhey follow. The harmony of flora and fauna in the forested landscape has a calming effect on trekkers’ minds. You’ll come across a lot of beautiful scenery.

Day 7Gorkhey to Sepi, & Drive to New Jalpaiguri

Distance: 15 km (Trek), 140 km (Drive)
Time Taken: 7 hours (Trek), 5 hours (Drive)
Altitude: 1898 m (6,230 ft)
 
On this day, we will trek to Sepi, a 15-kilometre stretch that takes 5-6 hours to complete. The trail is mostly flat, with a few ascents and descents thrown in for good measure.
 
Today, you’ll come across bamboo forests that are home to Red Pandas and Bears. So, keep your cameras ready. 
 
We’ll arrive in Sepi after crossing the tranquil Sri River.
 
The last leg of this trek is the drive from Sepi to New Jalpaiguri. The distance between Sepi and New Jalpaiguri is approximately 140 kilometres, and it takes approximately 5 hours to travel. The entire journey can be exhausting.
 
By evening, you will have arrived in New Jalpaiguri. You can plan a hotel stay or book further travel according to this itinerary. You can also plan further travels to Darjeeling.
 
The Sandakphu trek is the ideal place to forget about your worries and fall in love with the natural world. It is simple to connect with oneself.

Sandakphu Phalut Trek Map

Sandakphu Phalut Trek Photos

What is the best time to do the Sandakphu Phalut trek?

You can do the Sandakphu Trek in all seasons including winters. 

What are the requirements for participation?

All participants are expected to be confident that they are physically and mentally fit and able to complete the itinerary of their chosen event as defined in the itinerary.

Any minors between 10 and 17 years of age must accompany their parent or guardian who assumes full responsibility for them to participate in the adventure activity or event. Any unaccompanied, underage minor will not be allowed to participate in the adventure activity.

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You can make your booking at our website www.advenchar.com or you can contact us at hello@advenchar.com.

You must be at least 18 years old to make a booking with us. After the booking, our team will send you a confirmation of the booking.

We understand that you may have to change your travel plans due to the Covid-19 situation, so considering this we have introduced a Book Now, Pay Later facility for all the participants. However, you will be required to pay the full amount at least 15 days prior to the departure date.

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If you wish to cancel/modify your existing booking, you can do so by logging in to www.advenchar.com, and pay through the dashboard or you can drop us a mail at hello@advenchar.com with all the details of your booking, and we’ll cancel it for you.

What is cancellation policy?

You can claim a 100% refund if you choose to cancel your booking before 15 days. The refund will primarily be in the form of a voucher valid for 12 months.  You can also opt for a cash refund provided the booking is not part of a promotional offer or a coupon code provided by Advenchar. 

Refund

  • Cancellation before 15 days from departure date – 100% refund.
  • Cancellation between 15 days and 7 days from departure date  – 70% refund.
  • Cancellation less than 7 days from departure date – You can modify your trek free of cost, and transfer it to a friend/family member.
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