Sandakphu Phalut Trek - 6 Days

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.

Region: West Bengal
Duration: 7 days/6 nights
Maximum Altitude: 12,000 Ft.
Approx. Trekking Km: 46Kms
Difficulty: Moderate
Fixed Departure Date: Oct – 22nd / Nov-26th
Best Time to Visit: April to June and October to January

Overview

There are several diverse Sandakphu trekking routes in this region. Depending on the season, the physical fitness of the participants, and the number of allotted days, we can sort out the Sandakphu Trek route.

This region has a variety of Sandakphu trekking routes. We can plan the Sandakphu Trek route based on the season, the physical fitness of the participants, and the number of days available. We will describe the most popular route with the most scenic beauty. Ramam serves as the trek’s base camp. The journey begins in Ramam, a small hamlet. The village of Ramam is the main attraction here, aside from its scenic beauty.

Sabargram is the next destination; Sabargramis located between the two hills of Sandakphu and Phalut, making it the main junction for the trek; the distance from Sabargum to Phalut is only 6-7Km, while Sandakphu is 14Km. Most trekkers take in the view from Sabargum, which is also one of the best viewpoints on this trek.

The northern part of West Bengal is covered by the Himalayas, which provide great mountaineering and adventure sports possibilities. Those who are beginners or have moderately less experience in trekking may go on the Sandakphu Phalut trek as it is pretty easy. With this Sandakphu Phalut trek, you can cross the border and enter Nepal and return back to India while following the twisting trail. During most of your trip, your eyes will feast at scenes of sky-touching mountains covered with snow.

Itinerary

Day 1
Reach Bagdogra airport or NJP railway station and drive to Rammam. (Height 2560Meter/8400feet )

When you arrive at Baghdogra airport or railway station (New Jalpaiguri, NJP), our representative driver will receive you and drive you 6-7 hours (117 kilometers) to Rammam. You will go down a mountain route, stopping to admire the beautiful pine forests and tea estates along the way. Take a 10-minute break for a cup of tea and then resume your journey to Rammam via Ghum station. Check-in and transport your luggage to your room when you arrive. Rest up, and your team leader will inform you of the next day’s hike during dinner. Stay for the night. Rammam village is a small hamlet with about 15-20 houses that have existed for over a decade and are entirely connected to the Singalila range.

Day 2
Trek Rammam to Sabargram about 10km (Sabargram height 3545/11630feet)

Today is the first day of the Sandakphu trek; eat a good breakfast and start preparing for the trek. You’ll start by hiking through dense forest, and then you’ll arrive at a viewpoint with a spectacular view of the gorge. Throughout your journey, you will hike through a variety of paths, including dry, muddy sections and beautiful meadows.

When you reach the end of this trail, you will be in a large hilly meadow. There are many varieties of Rhododendron lovely forests, and sometimes on the way, and those who are fortunate enough to see Red Panda. Another highlight of this Sandakphu trek is that from this point, you can see the Sleeping Buddha for the majority of the way.

After an 8-hour trek, you arrive at camp and take a moment to relax your body and mind. Have your meal and then

Day 3
Sabargram to Phalut 7km 11,808 feet and back to Sabagram 7km (Phalut height 3600meter and 11811feet)

When you wake up this morning, you can witness the beautiful sunrise, then have your healthy and heavy breakfast. You will be going to complete your next stage of the trek. Today you are going to trek for at least 14 km. When you reach Phalut, enjoy the surreal beauty, have lunch, and return back to Sabargram. It’s your campsite; stay there for the rest of the night. Phalut is the second highest point on this trek, and the view is also different than Sandakphu. From the Sandakphu, you get a view of the mountains in the far distance, but from the Phalut, you will get a view of the mountains in the near distance, so this is the main attraction.

Day 4
Sabargram to Sandakphu 14km (Sandakphu height 3636 meter/11929 feet)

Wake up this morning to see the gorgeous sunrise, eat a good breakfast, and begin your 14-kilometer hike to Sandakphu. This section of the Sandakphtrek is a little more challenging than the others. You can resume your trek to Sandakphu after taking a short break in a tranquil location. As the hill’s elevation continues to rise until you reach the summit, the remaining walk will get increasingly chal-lenging. It will also cause you to lose speed and require you to take breaks. However, three passes must be passed before reaching the peak location. The final ascent to Sandakphu is slow, steep, and zigzagging. After seeing the view all around you as you approach Sandakphu, you will forget about your exhaustion. Don’t miss the sunset on the top of Sleeping Buddha.

Day 5
Trek of 16 km, Sandakphu to Sri-khola (Srikhola Height 1950meter/6400feet)

Early in the morning, trek to the highest viewpoint, where you will have a beautiful 180-degree view of the mountain, as well as the best view of Sleeping Buddha. After enjoying the view of the moun-tain, return to camp and refresh, then pack your belongings and leave for Srikhole. Today you’ll de-scend the route, stroll through dense woodland, and take in the breathtaking views of the Alps. The walk, however, is difficult yet rewarding since it passes through a variety of gorgeous vegetation and fauna. For photographers, this may be the finest solution. Arrive in Srikhole and spend the night.

Day 6
Drive back to Siliguri via Maney Bhanjyang Ghoom toy train station (6-7 hours 112km)

This morning, admire the beautiful forest and then pack your bags for your return journey. You can take a shared cab from Srikhola to NJP; the journey will take approximately 6-7 hours. Arrive at the station and board the train for your next destination, bringing with you many wonderful memories. with you many wonderful memories.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Accommodation: Day 1 to Day 5 Stay in either camp or teahouse
  • Accomodation total 5night in the homestay or tent
  • All the three meals while on the trek, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/ complimentary tea biscuit.
  • while on trekking accommodation at the lodge and homestay,
  • The accommodation provides a trek-like dormitory, bed, with a blanket.
  • All the homestay are while constructed by wood.
  • Meals are on a trek, Sometimes Indian, Sometimes Chinese & Continental, all meals on the trek will be freshly prepared.
  • An expert trekking guide and an assistant guide.
  • Entry fee and permit fee etc. are included.
  • Please note: Allways take flight ticket train ticket should be booked arrival mostly morning shift, and the Departure ticket mostly buys evening shift.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Any domestic and international flight ticket.
  • Any costs for carrying personal luggage and still/video cameras etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenditures such as tips, telephone calls bill, laundry, etc
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above.
  • Transport vehicle type, Tata sumo, Mahindra bolero, from Baghdogra airport or NJP railway station to the Trekking point and back to the pick-up location.
  • Participants should be reached at NJP or at Baghdogra airport before 10 Am.
  • Any costs arising cause of natural disaster circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, bad weather, etc
  • Travel insurance.
Sandakphu Trek Distance

If you calculate the Sandakphu trek distance, it can be upto two destinations. One till Sandakphu from Chitrey, which is about 46 kms. The other is till Phalut from Chitrey, which leads to around 67kms.

How to reach the base camp?

Chitrey is the base camp to initiate the Sandakphu trek; you can reach the Chitrey by private car. You can easily begin your road trip from NJP railway station or Bagdogra airport as it is approximately 60kms from there.

By Flight
Flying to Bagdogra is another option that you can pick. However, flights to Bagdogra tend to be higher than those to Kolkata. You can check your budget and accordingly choose an option.

By Train
The nearest railway station is NJP. It is a major railway station located in the southwest of Sikkim. You can either get a direct train or can opt for a combined journey to Kolkata and then NJP.

By Bus
You can get buses from Kolkata to Siliguri and NJP. In case of unavailability of seats on the train, you can reach by bus. Though the journey is not that comfortable, you can get a sleeper bus at a nominal cost.

Best Time To Visit Sandakphu

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.

Sandakphu Trek Route

There are several diverse Sandakphu trekking routes in this region. Depending on the season, the physical fitness of the participants, and the number of allotted days, we can sort out the Sandakphu Trek route.

This region has a variety of Sandakphu trekking routes. We can plan the Sandakphu Trek route based on the season, the physical fitness of the participants, and the number of days available. We will describe the most popular route with the most scenic beauty. Ramam serves as the trek’s base camp. The journey begins in Ramam, a small hamlet. The village of Ramam is the main attraction here, aside from its scenic beauty.

Sabargram is the next destination; Sabargramis located between the two hills of Sandakphu and Phalut, making it the main junction for the trek; the distance from Sabargum to Phalut is only 6-7Km, while Sandakphu is 14Km. Most trekkers take in the view from Sabargum, which is also one of the best viewpoints on this trek.

Sandakphu Height

Sandakphu is the highest peak not only in West Bengal but one of the tallest spots in India too. The peak lies at an elevation of 11930 feet or 3636 meters above sea level. The average Sandakphu height of the base camp is about 6400 feet or 1951 meters. It gradually increases after that.

Sandakphu height in feet 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. Before going on the Sandakphu trek, you might search for Sandakphu height in feet as it is at a high point to feel comfortable from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
Sandakphu altitude Sandakphu altitude Perched at the height of 11,930 ft., it is home to exquisite Alpine vegetation like the ever-present rhododendrons, towering trees of fir, birch, and even bamboo. Sandakphu Phalut trek is one of the rare high-altitude treks provided with a comfortable teahouse stay

Sandakphu Temperature

The most famous trekking season 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.

Sandakphu temperature in December: The Sandakphu temperature in December is quite freezing in December. Expect the minimum temperature to be around -9°C and the maximum temperature to be around 7°C.
Sandakphu temperature in January: The environment becomes colder, and the Sandakphu temperature in January will dip further at night. Temperatures fall moreover in January to -11°C with around 7°C at daytime.
Sandakphu temperature in February: The weather becomes soothing in the daytime, with the expected temperature being around 9°C, whereas the Sandakphu temperature in February at night remains around -7°C.
Sandakphu temperature in March: During this month, the Sandakhphu temperature is quite pleasant, and occasional snowfall occurs. The Sandakphu temperature in March is somewhat near -3°C to 11°C.
Sandakphu temperature in April: The temperature in the daytime becomes normal and is around 16°C, and one doesn’t require winter garments. But the nights are quite cold, and the Sandakphu temperature in April is about 1°C at night.

Sandakphu Hotels

A few hotels for the night stay in and around Sandakphu and in the night stay locations on the way for the trek are available. While none of them offers luxury, the comfort granted differs from the budget and location of the property. Magnolia Lodge in Gairibas provides regular food and lodging. Sherpa Chalet Lodge gives a pretty comfortable stay and excellent food in a homely atmosphere, along with an incredible 360° view. Chewang Lodge in Kalipokhri is another excellent option in the budget section with friendly owners. You can get hot water served in your room in a container for a few extra bucks.

They also provide firewood if required in the room or for a bonfire. Most properties include food and lodging options as travelers do not like to eat on chilly nights.

Do not expect outstanding levels of service or amenities in any of the hotels on this trip. The void, though, gets adopted by the heartfelt hospitality of the village people here.

Sandakphu homestay: We have tied up with the best hotels and homestays in Sandakphu, which we offer in our package. You get the best hotels, homestays, teahouses available in the trek to provide you a comfortable stay.

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