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Sandakphu may not ring a bell for many travelers. But for the inveterate adventure seeker or the bona fide trekker, it is the ultimate destination. Tucked away in the eastern edge of India in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal is this tiny hamlet atop the eponymous peak, the highest peak in the state. So what makes Sandakphu trek so special? The climb to the highest point of this hill station situated at an altitude of 3,636 mt promises you a sight that will leave you gasping. The arduous sandakphu trek that takes three to four days to reach the point is well worth the never-before sight of Nature in all its glory.Located to the northwest of Darjeeling town, the trek to Sandakphu packs one memorable adventure. As the sunlight strikes Sandakphu, the white peaks of the Everest family in the West in Nepal, 160 km from where you stand, become awash in the red-gold hue of the sun. The Everest (20,029 ft) rises in all its glory above the valleys and ridges. You can also see the fifth-highest peak, Mt Makalu (27,825 ft), rising like a huge snow pyramid, along with Mt Chamlang (24,006 ft) and Mt Lhotse, the fourth-highest peak at 27,940 ft, further west towards Nepal behind the ranges of the Everest family. Look to your east beyond the great Kanchenjunga and you will see Narsing, Donkya, Chola and Chumalhari ranges that form the Tibetan frontier. The red glow of the sun adds a halo to the mountains that look like a crown of snow reaching up in the sky. Their beauty is indescribable. This 32 km adventure trail along the Singalila Range is actually considered a beginner’s trek, the best place for a first-time adventure tourist to begin. One of the most beautiful terrains for trekking, the best time for the Sandakphu trek experience is April May (spring) and October-December (post monsoon). But the stark beauty of snow-covered Sandakphu in the harsh winter months is also something to experience. Sandakphu trek have many trails so trekkers have options to customized the itinerary as per their need.
For the best view of four of the five highest peaks in the world and the adventure of a lifetime head to Sandakphu.
Start your morning by drive to maneybhanjyang from Darjeeling, In Maneybhanjyang we will take our breakfast and Entry Passport details. Later drive till dhotre which is another 45 minutes drive. From Dhotre the day walk is uphill and the trail passes through forests of Rhododendrons and Magnolias. 1st day trek is not so long, before tumling we will reach tonglu where we will have our Lunch. After having lunch 30 minutes downhill trek till tumling, The trekker's hut at Tumling(2790m) is located on a hilltop overlooking the Sikkim Himalayas. Evening Go for sunset with our Guide
Dinner and Overnight in Tumling.
In day two of the trek, our guide will wake you up early morning and take you for sunrise. Later we will take our breakfast and undertake a pleasant walk through the forest which is home to the rare Red Panda and the Tragopan. From Tumling trails are straight for kilometer then later we descend few hundred meters down till Gairibans. Gairibans is a small village and also base for security forces of India. We usually stop in Gairibans for the Tea break before the uphill trek to Kalapokhari which is around 6 km from Gairibans. Reach Kalapokhri (famous for the pond of black water which never freezes and is revered by the local people) trekkers hut where we spend the night. Afternoon you are free to explore Kalapokhari, a small village of Nepal.
Later Dinner and Overnight in Nepal
Our day 03 in trek is the shortest trek so today we start late. After breakfast, start the trek to Sandakphu(3636m) which takes about 3/4hrs. Trek is short but trails are Uphill. After 5 Kms we finally reach Sandakphu. Sandakphu which is the highest point in the entire state of West Bengal is the place to view mountains. On a clear day, one can see the peaks of Lhotse (8501m), Everest (8848m) and Makalu (8475m) of the Nepal Himalayas and the huge Kanchenjunga massif (8586m) along with other peaks of the Sikkim Himalayas. After reaching sandakphu you will get Hot lunch then you are free to take rest or explore the area, later in the evening our Guide will take you for sunset in a place named “GOAT” located in Nepal side. If lucky one can see waves of Clouds below with amazing sunset.
Take dinner then Overnight Stay in Sandakphu
We wake early morning and go for Sunrise. View from sandakphu during the morning is extremely clear if the weather is good, changing color of mountains is also something to experience. After some time we take our breakfast then leave for Sirikhola, last day trek from sandakphu to sirikhola is entire downhill. Trek through the most beautiful forests of the Singalila range. One of the few places in the world where you might see a red panda in the wild.
Reach sirikhola by noon then take lunch, Later Drive to Darjeeling which is approx 4 hrs drive.
Reach Darjeeling, Trek Ends
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