Sandakphu Trek
Sandakphu Trek

The Sandakphu Trek

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An Overview

Sandakphu is one such location, from which four of the world’s tallest peaks can be seen. The Kanchenjunga family, which includes Lhotse and Makalu (the fourth and fifth highest peaks in the world), towers over Everest, the highest peak.

The Sandakphu Trek begins in Manebhanjan, a picturesque village near Darjeeling. The Sandakphu Phalut Trek is a 5-day trek through Singalila National Park that offers breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga ranges. This Sandakphu Guide will tell you everything you need to know about the Sandakphu Trek route, campsites, and other details.

The entire Sandakphu trek route passes through West Bengal, Sikkim, and western Nepal. Sandakphu is the highest peak in both the Singalila range and West Bengal, standing at 11930 feet. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful treks in the eastern Himalayas, with the Kanchenjunga range appearing and disappearing at random.

What exactly does Sandakphu mean?

Sandakphu translates as “height of the poison plants.” To blame is the abundance of poisonous aconite plants at Sandakphu, the highest point in the Singalila range. Although medicines are extracted from the roots of aconite plants, consuming the same plants’ small purple-blue flowers is toxic.

What is the level of difficulty of the Sandakphu Trek?

Sandakphu is a moderate hike that is best suited for experienced hikers. The hike is also accessible to first-timers. If you are reasonably fit, you should have no trouble getting to Sandakphu. The distance between Sandakphu and Phalut is 21 kilometres, with little in between. This section is a little difficult.

What is the difficulty level of the Sandakphu Trek?

Sandakphu is a moderate trek suitable for experienced hikers. The hike is also doable for first-timers. You should have no trouble getting to Sandakphu if you are reasonably fit. Sandakphu and Phalut are 21 kilometres apart, with little in between. This section is a little challenging.

1.   Get the best possible view. Four of the highest peaks on the planet, primarily the Kanchenjunga range

The Sandakphu Phalut Trek offers incredible views of the world’s highest peaks. The Kanchenjunga cluster is known as the Sleeping Buddha because of its appearance. Buddha’s head and face are formed by Mt. Kumbhakarna, while his upper body is formed by Mt. Kanchenjunga. Other Sleeping Buddha peaks include Kokthang, Rathong, Frey, Kabru South, Kabru North, Simvo, Pandim, Tenzingkhang, Jubanu, and Narsing.

2.   A hike that includes the best sunrise and sunset spots.

The sunrise and sunset views from the Sandakphu Phalut Trek are breathtaking. It’s breathtaking to see the first rays of sunlight fall on some of the highest mountain peaks. The sky turns golden yellow to orange as the sun begins to cast its first rays on the snow-capped peaks. The sunrise from Tonglu and Tumling is magnificent. From Sandakphu, the highlight is watching the golden rays of the sun fall on the snow-capped Kanchenjunga and then on the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest. The sunrise over Phalut, on the other hand, is the icing on the cake. The Sandakphu Phalut Trek features daily sunrises that are both new and improved.

3.   The stretch from Sandakphu to Phalut is particularly enjoyable.

The trail from Sandakphu to Phalut is only 21 kilometres long, but it is full of twists and turns. Under a clear sky, you walk through rocky and muddy paths, a forest trail, and vast meadows. The environment is constantly changing. From the green meadows, we had the best view of the Kanchenjunga ranges. The day is long and full of all the pleasures that a trek has to offer.

What is the best time of year to visit Sandakphu?

Sandakphu is open all year. The landscape, on the other hand, changes with the seasons. Each season has its own specialties on the Sandakphu trek.

April in Sandakphu – Rhododendron season

The month of April is ideal for doing the Sandakphu trek or driving to Sandakphu. The entire forest bursts into colour during this time due to the blooming rhododendrons. Everything appears to be vibrant and colourful. You can also see some of the amazing wildlife the area has to offer.

Sandakphu Trek in October and November (Autumn) for breathtaking mountain views.

Visit Sandakphu during the autumn months of October and November to see the mountains at their best. The sky is clear, allowing you to see the mountain ranges and breathtaking sunrises. You may encounter snowfall while travelling in the late winter months of January and February.

Brief Itinerary –

Day 1: Drive from NJP to Chitrey – 90 kilometres – 4/5 hours

Hike to Tumling on Day 2 (9 km, 5-6 hours)

Day 3: Trek to Kalapokhri (about 12 kilometres, 6/7 hours)

Day 4: Hike to Sandakphu (6 km, 3/4 hour)

Day 5: Sandakphu to Phalut (21 km, 8 to 9 hours)

Day 6: Sunrise at Phalut top – 1 hour – 15-kilometer trek down to Gorkhey – 4/5 hours

Day 7: Trek to Srikhola (12 km, 5 hours); drive to NJP/Bagdogra (150 km, 6 hours); or drive to Darjeeling (150 km, 6 hours) (90 km, 4 hours).

Basic Gear –

Raincoat and backpack (50-60 litres) with

cushioned shoulder straps are required.

Walking Stick: Highly Recommended (At least one)

1 pair of headlamps

Two one-litre bottles of water Hydration pack users should bring 1 hydration pack and a 1 litre bottle. Bring a thermos flask as well as snacks, energy bars, dry fruits, and electrolyte powder.

Consult your doctor if you have a personal first-aid kit.

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