Sandakphu Phalut Trek

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Location  : West Bengal & Sikkim Himalaya
Grade     : Moderate
Altitude   : 3636 mts/11927 ft
Time       : Mid Feb – May, Oct – Dec
Duration  : 9 days

Trekking to Sandakphu through Singiallia ridge starts off from Maneybhanjang at an altitude of 1,524 meters (5,000 ft) and gradually climbs up through forests of rhododendron, giant magnolias, spruce and other trees of sub-alpine region and more than 600 varieties of orchids-the largest to be found in one geographical area in the world.
The spectacular Mountain View from Sandakphu top is unsurpassed by any view anywhere. Where else can be seen 180 degrees of snow-capped mountains which includes Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Kumbhakarna, Kanchenjanga, Pandim ,Chomolhari , Kabru in one single stretch of snows-an ethereal beauty.

Day 1:- Delhi – Bagdogra – Maneybhanjang

On arrival at Bagdogra Airport our representative will receive you to drive further 96 km towards  Manaybhanjyang . Driving towards Manaybhanjyang leads through small towns like Kurseong (famous for white Orchid), Ghoom (famous for toy train station at a height of 7407 ft),  Sukhia Pokhari literally meaning Dried Lake is famous for Salamander.Manaybhanjyang is located at the height of 2000mts. between India and Nepal border. There is a weekly market on every Friday where people from different villages including Nepal converge to sell their farm products and  buy their daily essentials goods. On  reaching Manaybhanjyang clients will be taken to respective hotels for accommodation. One can relax with the hot   Darjeeling tea and later visit the market as well as the surroundings. Later dinner will be served.

Day 2:-Maneybhanjang – Tumling

After having our brekfast early we will start our 11 km trek for Tumling . The walk is about 6hrs.  It is a steep climb up hill and the trail passes through small village called Chitray where a tea break is taken. One can visit   the Sherpa Monastery and a Chorten (Stupa) built by Taipei Drukpa Kargyu Buddhist Centre. Trek continues for another 3km  through a thick and rich forest to reach Lamaydhura .  From here the trail ascends all the way towards Meghma  situated at the height of 2,600 mts.

The remaining trek of the day is pleasant walk through the forest which is home to the rare Red Panda and the Tragopan. After reaching Meghma trail becomes pretty much easier and enjoyable, the plantation of Texas Baccata planted by Late Madan Tamang is special attraction of this region and if the day turns out to be clear, one  can capture a fine view of Nepal Terai region as well as the plains of North Bengal from Tumling with the snow fed Teesta on the east, the Koshi on the West and a number of smaller rivers between them. After reaching Tumling clients will be  accommodate in respective huts.

Day 3:- Tumling – Goiribas – Kalpokhri
If the weather turns out to be clear in the morning, one can enjoy the sun rise. After having breakfast trek starts for Kalpokhri . It starts pretty early with a better pace compared to the early trek along the plain and downhill to Gairibas (2627 mts) while crossing a small Nepali village on th way, which passes through the bamboo glades.  After the short break a steep uphill trek starts through the Rhododendron forest to Kalopokhri. Overnight stay at Trekkers Hut / Tent. There is a small pond at Kalipokhri which means ‘Blackpond’. The colour of the water is black and muddy and it never freezes.

Day 4:- Kalpokhri – Bikeybhangang – Sandakphu

From Kalipokhri the road descends to Bikhaybhanjyang. Bikhaybhanjyang to Sandakphu is a steep climb of 4 kms. and takes more than an hour to cover this trek. From Sandakphu at 3636 mtr. one can have a panoramic views of higher Himalayan ranges of Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal at about 320 kms in length. The most prominent of these is  Kanchenjunga which is at a height of 28156 ft( 8598 mts) placed higher than other peaks like Karbu (7338 mts – 24,026 ft), Janu (7710 mts – 25,294 ft) and Pandim (6691 mts – 22,010 ft). A group of other snowy mountain peaks like Lhotse (8,501mts – 27,890 ft) Everest (8,848 mts – 29,028 ft) and Makalu (8,475mts – 27,824 ft) can also be seen. The whole mountain range consisting Mt. Everest (Nepal), Kanchenjunga (India), Pandim (Bhutan) is visible. Khangchendzonga spelt as Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world meaning (Five Treasures of the Great Snow) and is a deity of the Sikkim people.

Day 5:- Sandakphu – Phalut
The trail from Sandakphu to Phalut through the Singalila ridge can be considered as one of the most enjoyable and scenic walks in the Himalayas. The burned silver-fir forest makes most beautiful sight one will ever left come across. After walking for a little while the trekker will be followed by the Everest group on the left and Kanchenjunga range right ahead. The trail passes through high altitude vegetation and areas of dwarf rhododendrons and firs. The walk to Phalut (3600m) is about 07 hours. Overnight at Phalut.

Day 6:- Phalut – Gorkhey
Sandakphu Trek continues early morning walk up to Phalut Top to view the sunrise over the Himalayas. After breakfast start trek to Gorkhey (2500m) which takes about 04 hrs. The trail downwards to Gorkhey is very enjoyable.

Day 7:- Gorkhey – Rammam – Rimbik
On day 7th of Sandakphu Trek, we move from Gorkhey to Rammam via Samanden. The trail descends to the bridge at Sirikhola and passes through a number of small villages to reach Rimbik (2280m), the road head. Overnight at Rimbik.

Day 8:- Rimbik – Darjeeling
After breakfast drive 4 hours to Darjeeling. Sandakphu Trek concludes.

Day 9:- Darjeeling – Bagdogra – Delhi (123 kms / 6-7 hrs)
Early morning drive to Bagdogra and take flight for New Delhi. On arrival at Delhi transfer to international airport to catch flight for onwards destination.

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