Sandakphu trek, Sikkim, India

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About Sandakphu

The mountains and trekking trails in Nepal are gorgeous and offer you some wonderful adventure activities. The Sandakphu trek is one of the most sought after routes in the area.

About the Sandakphu trek:

The Sandakphu trek has the unique benefits of offering you majestic views of the 4 tallest mountains of the world: Mt. Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse. It’s a thrilling experience, and you’ll also get views of the Three Sisters range. You’ll also walk along a formation of peaks that the locals call ‘The Sleeping Buddha’. The Sandakphu trek is a moderately challenging one, and involves some long days of trekking. However, fit first-timers can attempt this if they have good stamina and endurance.

Sandakphu trek cost

The Sandakphu trek usually costs between INR 8-10,000. This Sandakphu trek cost covers the transport from New Jalpaiguri station to the start point, and the return transfer. En route, you’ll camp in tents, or stay in homestays and guesthouses.

Sandakphu trek route:

You’ll start your Sandakphu trek from the NJP railway station in West Bengal. It’s a 5 hour drive from here to the start point. From day 2 of the Sandakphu trek, you’ll start trekking through pine forests with snow-capped mountains in the distance. You’ll cross the India-Nepal border, camp at Tumling. From here, you can expect to see the peak of Mt. Kanchenjunga, if the weather is clear. Later in the day, you’ll also be able to see Mt. Everest. By day 5 or 6, you’ll attempt Sandakphu peak. This takes you to an elevation of 11,929 feet. After that, you’ll begin your descent which will take at least two days. You’ll end the Sandakphu trek at Darjeeling, or back at the NJP railway station.

Best time to visit Sandakphu:

During the summer months of April and May, the Sandakphu weather is cool and the skies are clear, especially if you choose to go in April. The flowers are in full bloom during this time, so you’ll see rhodendron flowers carpeting the trails, as well as orchids and primula flowers dotting the landscape. You can also choose to go in the months of October to November if you want a more stark landscape. During this time, there is excellent visibility for views that stretch into horizon, and glorious sunsets and sunrises. It’s very cold and there might be occasional snowfall, so do carry the right clothing and gear.

Top Sandakphu treks

Sandakphu Trek in West Bengal
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Trek to the small village of Sandakphu, located at over 11,900 feet along the Indo-Nepalese border in West Bengal, and get breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak in the world. Climbing over the mountain ridge, across dense woods of rhododendron and oak, you'll get spectacular views of snow-capped Himalayas on the horizon. Cloudless days and clear skies can bring views of peaks like Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and more. En route, you'll stay in basic tea-houses, run by the local natives in small Himalayan villages, to experience the Buddhist lifestyle and tradition.

Although prior experience of trekking is not required to book this trek to Sandakphu, travellers will be required to enough health and fitness to allow trekking for 5-6 hours everyday.
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  • Accommodation in tea-houses for 5 nights on triple/multi-sharing basis
  • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any
  • All vegetarian meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 6
  • Services of experienced trek leader and support staff
  • All government permits and entry fees
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements from NJP-Kopidana and Sepi-NJP (can be arranged in Sumo/Xylo or similar vehicle with a capacity of 5-6 travellers at an additional cost of INR 9,500 per vehicle, one-way)
  • Any meals not included in the inclusions
  • Adventure travel or health insurance
  • Personal expenses like tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
Trek to Sandakphu Village
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Climb up to an altitude of over 11,900 feet to reach the highest mountain peak in the state of West Bengal and catch awe-inspiring views of the Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak in the world. Trekking through the dense woods of the Singalila National Park, you'll make your way through rhododendron and magnolia forests, home to alpine wildlife like red pandas and bears.

En route, you'll visit small Himalayan villages like Tumling and Kalapokhri, as you climb higher altitudes along the Indo-Nepalese border. At every turn, you'll catch breathtaking views of gorgeous mountainous landscapes, with famous peaks like Kanchenjunga, Kabru, Goecha-La and many more reaching up from the ground.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements from NJP/Bagdogra-Kopidana and Sepi-NJP/Bagdogra in Tata Sumo or similar private vehicle
  • Accommodation in basic tea-houses for 5 nights on multi-sharing basis
  • All vegetarian meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 6
  • Services of experienced trek leader and support staff
  • All government permits and entry fees
  • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between home city and NJP/Bagdogra
  • Services of porters/mules to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 1,600 for the entire trek, per bag weighing a maximum of 11 kgs)
  • Any meals not included in the inclusions
  • Adventure travel or health insurance
  • Personal expenses like tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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New Jalpaiguri, Sikkim
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New Jalpaiguri, Sikkim
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The Sandakphu trek is one of the most iconic treks in Sikkim, and is a great opportunity for even fit first-timers to spend days in the mountains. On the Sandakphu trek, you'll explore dense oak and rhododendron forests, camp through alpine meadows, and see some of the highest peaks in the Himalayas.

This trek is not technically challenging, but it involves long hours of trekking on most days, so you should be prepared for that. It is a tea-house style trek, which means you will not stay in tents, but in simple rest houses run by local families. These tea-houses are rustic and charming, but will not have attached washrooms or running hot water.
    Inclusions
  • Basic accommodation in dormitory-style lodges/huts on triple/multi sharing basis
  • All meals from lunch on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 6
  • Experienced local guide and support staff
  • Basic First Aid and medicine kit
  • Permit fee for Singalila National Park
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transportation from NJP-Chitrey-NJP (can be arranged for INR 1200-1500 per person)
  • Personal porters (can be arranged for INR 1000 per day for 17 kg bag or INR 1200 for a mule to carry 4 bags)
  • Still/video camera charges
  • Personal expenses like tips, packaged water, snacks or meals not included in the itinerary
  • Insurance
  • Any cost which is not mentioned in the inclusions
Sandakphu Phalut Trek
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New Jalpaiguri, Sikkim
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Sandakphu Phalut Trek
New Jalpaiguri, Sikkim
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There's a spectacular photo opp just waiting for you on this trek! Stand on the Sandakphu ridge, with one foot in Nepal and one in India, and you're in two countries at the same time. But that's not the best part of the trek. In the Sandakphu Phalut trek, you'll trek to the highest ridge in West Bengal, explore dense oak and rhododendron forests, walk through alpine meadows, and see some of the highest peaks in the Himalayas.

This trek involves long hours of trekking on most days, and quite a tough day when you ascend to Phalut, so you should be prepared for that. It is a tea-house style trek, which means you will not stay in tents, but in simple rest houses run by local families. These tea-houses are rustic and charming, but will not have attached washrooms or running hot water.
    Inclusions
  • Basic accommodation from Chitrey (day 1) to Srikhola (day 7) in dormitory-style lodges/huts on triple/multi sharing basis
  • All meals from lunch on Day 2 to lunch on Day 7
  • Experienced local guide and support staff
  • Permit fee for Singalila National Park
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transportation from NJP to Chitrey (can be arranged for INR 3500, shared between 5-8 passengers)
  • Transportation from Rimbik to NJP (can be arranged for INR 4500, shared between 5-8 passengers)
  • Personal porters (can be arranged for INR 800 per day for 17 kg bag)
  • Still/video camera charges inside the Singalila National Park
  • Personal expenses like tips, packaged water, snacks or meals not included in the itinerary
  • Insurance
  • Any cost which is not mentioned in the inclusions
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Darjeeling, West Bengal
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Darjeeling, West Bengal
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Explore the mountain beauty of the Kanchenjunga mountain ranges on a short itinerary of 4 days. Beginning from the summer hill station of Darjeeling, you'll trek to the summit of Sandakphu along the Indo-Nepalese border in West Bengal. From the peak, you'll get distant views of such Himalayan legends as the Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Everest. Trekking through the Singalila National Park, you'll walk along trails decorated by alpine flowers and rare birds. Scenic landscapes of snow-capped mountain peaks and forest cover of oak and pine will accompany you throughout the trek.

NOTE: A minimum of 3 travellers are required to book this trek to Sandakphu.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements from Darjeeling-Darjeeling in Tata Spacio, Xylo, Innova, i10 Grand or similar vehicle
  • Accommodation in lodge, trekker's hut and homestay on twin/multi-sharing basis
  • Any technical equipment required for the trek
  • All vegetarian meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 4
  • Services of experienced trek leader
  • Permit charges, entry fees and camping charges
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between base city and Darjeeling
  • Any accommodation or meals in Darjeeling
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals and beverages etc.
  • Adventure travel or medical insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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