Sandakhphu trek is one of the most famous peaks at an altitude of 3636m in the north west region of Darjeeling. This is the highest point in Singalila range, and also considered as the highest peak in the state of West Bengal, India. This trek attracts many trekkers and tourists where you can see five of the highest peaks of the world including Mt Everest, Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt Makalu and Mt Lhotse, along with these you can see many other peaks of Sikkim, Nepal and Tibet region. This location is like heaven on earth. It is not unlike a miracle that we get the chance to see the sunset as well as the sunrise from the Sandakphu.
You will be surprised by the vagaries of the weather. Do pack your rucksack well, brave some stretches of bad roads, then you can be rest assured that some of the highest most beautiful snow peaks of world will be within your view. Panoramic views and hills sides with full of green, colourful forests, one has to pass through small friendly hamlets. Mighty Kanchenjunga Peak seems just an arm’s length away from this location. October gives a fine clear weather but March and April make the mountainside alive and vibrant with the various hues of pinks and reds and purples of the rhododendrons and the huge white magnolia flowers.
- Activity Type: High Altitude Trekking
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Highest Altitude: 12000ft
- Trekking Distance: 45km approx.
- Region: West Bengal
- Accommodation: Homestay/Tea House
Who Can Participate:
- First timer can apply, should have some interest in trekking and mountaineering.
- The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without stress.
- The climber should be able to carry a 10-15 kg backpack.
- Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.
How to Reach:
The nearest aerodrome to the district of Jalpaiguri is Bagdogra airport at a distance of 20 kilometers. The flights from this airport connect the city with cities like Kolkata, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi
The new Jalpaiguri railway station is one of the biggest rail junctions in North Bengal. Situated at a distance of 4 kilometers from Jalpaiguri city, the railway station has good connectivity with various other major cities in India.
Day 1: NJP/Bagdogra to Jaubhari, Altitude 6300ft, 4-5 hrs drive.
Start your journey from Bagdogra airport at 10am sharp. Depending upon the trek members we will arrange a pickup and drop from Bagdogra airport to Jaubhari and back. This will be shared equally by the team members on actual basis. The drive in itself is splendid. The greenery, the rich flora and fauna is breathtaking and the air is the cleanest ever experienced. The vehicles on this route are driven by skilled drivers who are adept in negotiating the sharp climbs and bends. Reach the basecamp around 3-4pm. Evening you will having a briefing session with our instructors.
Day 2: Jaubhari to Tumling, Altitude 9400ft, Distance - 10km, 6-7 hrs
Actual trek starts from today. We start early morning with a packed lunch by 7.00 am & the trail is quite pleasant for about 100 m & as soon as we reach the dense forest, the actual climb starts. Cool breeze throughout the journey helps better to walk uphill. Your first water point will be coming near Chittrey where you can refill your water bottles. After taking some rest we continue our journey towards Lamaydhura which is a 3km walk and also our next rest point. Lamaydhura is a small village and few Tibetan families stay here. From Lamaydhura we proceed towards Meghma which is a 2.8Km gradual walk. A misty valley heading towards Meghma covers the blooming trees of Chimal and Magnolia throughout the trail. After about an hours’ walk there will be one more SSB Check post, please keep your ID Cards ready for checking. From here tumbling is just 3km and the route is fairly easy, for the last 2km you will be walking on motorable road. Once you reach the tumbling and if the weather is clear then you can see the Kanchenjunga and many other familiar peaks around.
Day 3: Tumling to Kalipokhri, Altitude 10400ft, Distance – 12 km, 6-7 hrs.
If you want to see a beautiful sunrise then wake up early and it is a short walk till the view point. It starts with the glow of the sun in the morning, the magnificent Sleeping Buddha in the first rays of sunlight will add a bit to the mysterious and magical feeling of the place. You start your journey to Kalpokhri after finishing breakfast. Trek starts through Singalila National park. After a brief rest the next level of climbing gradually increases, taking us through the vast expanse of Shola Forests till Gairibas which is your next rest point and here you can take Tea-Maggi break. Gairibas is the entry check post and again we have to show valid ID proof and need to pay entry fees to trek further. The road ahead is moderately steep and ends at the Kalpokhri, situated at an altitude of 10400ft. Near Kalpokhri (black water lake), beside the lake there is a small Buddhist temple where you can see many prayer flags fluttering all over.
Day 4 - Kalpokhri to Sandakhphu, Altitude 11930ft, Distance 6km, 3-4 hrs.
Today you climb through beautiful, pristine forest with stunning view of the mountains. Fill-up your water bottles before leaving the camp as we know only limited water points we have on the way. The path is quite steep and it will test your fitness physically and mentally, keep the pace steady. On the trail, you can watch and hear lots of different birds, beautiful cascades and flowers as well. You can take a 180-degree panorama view of high Himalayan peaks surrounding, and the deep valley that is visible.
All along the way nature takes your breath away with its loveliness, and when you finally get to Sandakphu it's like heaven. Peak upon peak surrounds you along half your horizon. Once you reach Sandakphu and if you get a clear sky, it's a different experience altogether. One could see the entire Kanchenjunga range (sleeping Mahadeva), three sisters and could get a very clear view of Mt Everest, Mt Makalu, Mt Lhotse along with them, you can see many other peaks of the Sikkim, Nepal and Tibet region. It provides a magnificent view of the Sinagalila range with Mt Kangchenjunga at handshaking distance.
Day 5: Sandakphu to Sepi, Altitude 6200ft, Distance 16km, 7-8 hrs.
After watching the beautiful sunrise you start trekking down towards Sepi village which is almost a 16km trek from Sandakphu. The final descend ends up treating you to the panoramic view of mountains. Getting down is easy but sometimes we have to be careful, especially people who have knee pain. On the way you will be going through Gurudum and Timburay village. Gurudum is our lunch point for today, after getting some rest we start our journey towards Sepi village, where you will spend the night. You reach Sepi village around 3/4pm, a village of narrow lanes and beautiful houses and also you get a closeup glimpse of village life.
Day 6: Sepi to NJP/ Bagdogra, Distance 140Km ( through drive), 5/6 hrs.
You can start early in the morning after having tea so that you can reach NJP/Bagdogra at 2pm. You can book your return journey after 3pm by air or by train to your respective location. We will arrange the vehicle (on request) to reach Dehradun and vehicle charges payable in cash to the driver directly.
Thanks for great teamwork! Trip ends here with Lifetime memories!!!
What is included in the tour
- Activity: Trekking sightseeing etc
- Homestay/Tea House Accommodation
- All meals while on trek (Veg)
- All necessary Permits (Foreign national need to pay extra on spot)
- Basic First aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced Trek Leader, support staff
- Local route guide
What is NOT included in the tour
- Meals during transit
- Mineral Water or soft drinks
- Transportation of any kind (but can be shared between trekkers)
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
- Cost Escalation due to natural reason.
Ruck Sack: Compulsory to carry strong and steady rucksack, Between 55 to 60 Litre
Ruck sack cover: Protect your things from quick rain or snowfall
Day Pack: Optional, carry only if you are planning to offload your bigger bag. If you are offloading your bigger backpack, then you have to carry your personal valuable things, water bottles, pack lunch, raincoat/poncho etc.
Trekking Shoes: Good quality, rubber soul shoes with ankle support is advisable. Please make sure that shoes are well used before trek.
Note: Sports shoes are not recommended but you can carry as additional back up shoes.
T-shirts: As per your need, carry at least one quick dry type, avoid too bright/dark colours T-shirts. Cotton T-shirts avoid especially while walking. Full sleeves T-shirts are recommended.
Track Pants: As per your need, one synthetic quick dry type track pant is highly recommended.
Warm Jacket: Highly recommended one thick fleece jacket/ Down feather jacket is must to carry. You can use this when you cool down at camp.
Windproof Jacket/ Windcheater: We advise you to carry one as it resists wind chill/snowfall and quick burst of light rain.
Thermal Wear: You can use this once you reach the campsite. Thermal will keep your body warm especially during harsh winter temperatures.
Towel: One medium sized light weight towel quick dry type
Raincoat/ Poncho: Raincoats/ ponchos are water-resistant to protect the body from rain.
Woollen Cap / Balaclava: Mandatory to carry woollen cap or balaclava to protect from cold.
Sun cap / Hat: To protect you from direct sunlight
Undergarments: As per your need.
Socks: Hiking socks have the ability to wick moisture and keep feet dry. Full length socks are advisable.
Hand Gloves: Compulsory to carry, few gloves are constructed of water resistant or waterproof material that keep your fingers dry.
Walking stick / Trekking pole: Trekking pole provide useful literal stability on rough terrain and give balance while descending while also reducing pressure on knee.
Water Bottle/ Hydration pack: Compulsory to carry, please do not carry packaged drinking water bottles.
Sunglasses: Compulsory to carry. It is protecting from snow blindness. Person who use spectacle need to carry custom make powered sunglasses.
Head Torch / Torch: It is mandatory to carry with extra batteries. Head torch is advisable to keep your hands free while walking.
Sunscreen Lotion: Optional, advisable to carry sunscreen lotion (SPF 50+ and more)
Chapstick/ Cold cream: Optional, as per your need
Toilet Kit: Must carry, Personal toilet kit (toilet paper)
Sandals / Slippers: Optional, to walk around camp
Small Lunch Box & Tea mug: Compulsory, sometimes we give pack lunch so you can carry pack lunch items in it (one small leak proof lunch box is the best one), also carry one tea mug/glass
Dry Fruits / Energy Bars: We provide healthy adequate food on trip. Some do feel very less energetic compared to others, so you carry energy bars, dry fruits etc.
Repairs Kit: Must, one small repair kit which includes safety pins, needle, thread and string
Personal Medical Kit: Must carry small basic first aid. If you are taking any specific medicine from your doctor please inform us in advance. There will be a basic first kit will be available throughout the trek. Our Instructor has done a first aid course.
Camera: Optional, to capture your lifetime memories.