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Sandakphu Phalut Trek

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Short Itinerary:

Day 01 : Drive from Bagdogra/NJP – Maney Bhanjyang(4 Hours)

Day 02 : Trek from Maney Bhanjyang – Tumling/Tonglu (11 km)

Day 03 : Trek from Tumling/Tonglu – Kalpokhri (13 km)

Day 04 : Trek from Kalpokhri – Sandhakphu (3,660m) (6 km)

Day 05 : Trek from Sandhakphu – Gurdum (10 km)

Day 06 : Trek from Gurdum – Srikhola (6 km), Drive from Srikhola – NJP (8 Hours).


Detailed Itinerary


Day 01 : NJP to Maneybhanjan (4 hrs)


After your arrival at the Bagdogra Airport/NJP, get shuttled to the tiny charming town called Maney Bhanjyang on the Indo-Nepal Border. On arrival in there, where you will be checked-in into a homestay. Settle down in the homestay and enjoy the evening.


Accommodation : Hotel/ Guest House

Meals : Dinner


Day 02 : Maneybhanjan to Tonglu/ Tumling (9022 feet) (11 km)


Trek from Maney Bhanjyang to Tumling/Tonglu. Kick-start the adventure with a trek to Tumling/Tonglu along a steadily ascending trail, which takes close to 6 to 7 hours. Stop over at Chitray and do a spot of sightseeing at the serene and mystic 70 year old Buddhist monastery, which belongs to the Ningma- PA sect.


Accommodation : Hotel/ Guest House

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 03 : Tumling (9022 feet) to Kalapokhri (9875 metres) via Joebari and Kaiyakata (14 km)


Wake up at dawn to watch the mesmerising sunrise over Mount Kanchenjunga.

Post a delicious breakfast, begin the next phase of your journey. This day, your Sandakphu trekking package will bring you to Nepal.


Pass through the international border on your way to the town of Joebari, about 15 KM from Tumling. If the weather is clear, you may get a glimpse of Mount Everest before you recommence your hike from Tumling. You first experience a good ascent for roughly an hour, and then encounter a descent till the town of Joebari is reached. Stop here and take a short break from walking continuously. From here, the trail comes down steeply, and in about 1.5 hours, you reach the border check-post in Gairibans, back in India. Once again you start gaining altitude from here, till you reach Kaiyakata. Stop here for a comforting lunch before going further.


Post lunch, continue the expedition for approximately 2.5 hours along a trail with moderate elevation gain, and reach the village of Kalapokhari. There is a small lake in the area, from where the village gets its name. The waters of the pond appear black, and it is said that even in the severest of winters, it does not freeze. This belief has given the lake a mysterious aura and it is revered by locals. On arriving here, head to your lodging and stay overnight.


Accommodation : Hotel/ Guest House

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 04 : Kalapokhri (9875 feet) to Sandakphu (11929 feet)


Wake up early in the morning and travel towards the lake to witness a pretty sunrise. After watching the phenomenon, return to your lodging for breakfast. Post enjoying your meal, start your ascent to Sandakphu, which is at a distance of about 6 KM from here.


This stage of the Sandakphu trek brings the highest amount of altitude gain. Today you start at about 9875 feet and walk to a height of roughly 11929 feet above sea level. After climbing continuously for around 2 KM, reach the place called Beekaybhanjan and stop here to take a break.


After relaxing at this tranquil spot, restart your excursion to Sandakphu peak. You will walk pretty slowly for approximately 4 KM as the elevation keeps on increasing till you reach the top. As the hike will be tiring, you will take breaks at regular intervals. Before reaching Sandakphu, three mountain peaks will have to be crossed, and as you cross the third, your destination will be quite near. The final approach to the destination is difficult as the path keeps turning in a zigzag pattern after every 30-40 metres, and the trail is also steep. Once you reach here, you will get a wonderful feeling and all the tiredness of the tough trek will slowly fade away. Look at the views from up here and do not forget to take photos of them.


After a while, transfer to your lodging for rest. In the evening, mark the success of your arrival at the highest point in the state of West Bengal with a small celebration, and then stay overnight at this place. 


Accommodation : Hotel/ Guest House

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 05 : Sandakphu to Gurdum (7500 Feet- 10 km/4 - 5 hours)


Relish a tasty breakfast and start climbing towards Gurdum Village. Explore the picturesque trail and continue descend towards the small village. Stay overnight in homestay.


Accommodation : Hotel/ Guest House

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 06 : Trek from Gurdum to Srikhola. Srikhola to Bagdogra/NJP (7 - 8 hrs drive)


Have a good breakfast early in the day and descend to Srikhola 6 km 2 to 3 Hrs. From there drive to NJP/Bagdogra airport 7 to 8 Hrs. Your fabulous trip will finally come to an end here and you will return home with some wonderful memories.


Accommodation : No

Meals : Breakfast

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