An Offbeat Trek Route To Sandakphu

  • Duration9 Days
  • DestinationIndia
  • Difficulty LevelModerate
  • Max Altitude3,636Mt

About Trip

SANDAKPHU- A TREK TO REMEMBER

Against the picturesque background of snow-capped mountain peaks, lies the immortal Sandakphu. Hailed as the highest point in West Bengal, Sandakphu in the Singalila Ridge is a paradise for trekkers. For more than a decade, Sandakphu trek has been in the bucket list of backpackers all over the world. A journey to any place around the world is steeped in adventure but trekking offers a phenomenal perspective of life. The mesmerizing trek will offer you a peek into four of the five highest peaks in the world namely Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu.

AN OFFBEAT TREK ROUTE TO SANDAKPHU

Sandakphu Trek is the ultimate travel destination offering enticing views of the cosmos. Hailed as the highest point in West Bengal, Sandakphu is a backpacker’s delight. For over a decade, Sandakphu’s divine wonders have been beckoning globetrotters. Here, you can witness the spectacular view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu- 4 of the 5 highest peaks in the world. If you are a lover of tranquility, natural wonders, and all things rejuvenating, then get prepared to come closer to paradise at Sandakphu.

Sandakphu is a trekking magnet. However, very recently, tourists have started visiting this magnificent destination via Land Rovers- the only car that can access the steep terrains. It is not an unknown fact that the very essence of this place lies in trekking. Travelling through the rugged labyrinths while seeping in sweet sweats of labor and imbibing the wonders of nature is an experience unsurpassed. It can thus be concluded that a car ride will never let you explore the idyllic destination as seamlessly as a trek. Hence, to uphold this unique aspect of trekking and to avoid congested traffic we have discovered an unknown trajectory, especially for our clients.

You will begin the journey by taking a 4 hrs drive from Darjeeling to Rimbeek. The path is steeped in sheer natural beauty. On reaching the beautiful quaint hamlet of Rimbeek, you will trace your way to Gurdum by the black forest. Get ready to be exposed to the fresh wilderness and vibrancy. From Gurdum, you shall ascend the enchanting Sandakphu. Treat your senses to the jubilant creations of the Universe, soak up the mountain Sun, feel the air brush against your face and discern the best of adrenaline rush. Here, you shall get a first-hand glimpse of the picturesque view of the mountains. Expect to relish every moment that you spend here. From there, you shall trail to Phalut with the mountains being a constant companion. The snow-capped mountain peaks with their untainted splendor are a sight for sore eyes. The next day, you shall skim through the glorious beauty of Phalut to Gorkhey. The next day you will trail from Gorkey to Timburey. And on the last day, you will trek through the magnificent beauty of Timburey till you reach Srikhola and drive back to Darjeeling.

Highlights

  • Enticing view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu from Sandakphu
  • Trekking through the effete landscapes of Singalila National Park and getting a chance to witness
  • rare species of animals and birds.
  • Stargazing at Phalut by ‘camping out.’
  • Mingling with local people and coming closer to the culture.
  • Trekking through the most charming natural sceneries and alpine ridges.
  • Cultural tour in Darjeeling after the trek.
  • A range of sceneries: agricultural fields to forests to alpine ridges.
  • Overall Darjeeling area has more than 400 species of birds.
  • Local mountain village and meet with local people.
  • Trek duration  : 9 days.
  • Trek difficulty : We rate Sandakphu as a trek of Moderate difficulty.
  • Accommodation type : Guest houses & Lodges.
  • Max elevation: 3,636m, Sandakphu.
  • Best season : March - May and October - December.

Itinerary

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Dear Guest This is our regular Itinerary and most people have done this itinerary. So If you have any special request on this itinerary you can contact us via email. We can Customize this trip with your request. If you want to make it shorter or longer or want to add some other tours with this package please mention on your email, we will work out on your request.

We welcome you at Bagdogra Airport near Siliguri and bring you to Darjeeling. Drive past Assam tea plantations and little villages along the way. Admire the rolling hills as we rise above the clouds through the brilliant green landscape. Lying on top of a ridge, Darjeeling faces the Himalaya and is a popular destination for Westerners and Indians alike. Overnight at a hotel in Darjeeling.

  • 2 Star Hotel
  • 4 hour
  • 2,130m
  • Rest day

Start your journey with a refreshing drive from Darjeeling to Rimbeek. Rimbeek is a small hamlet packedwith natural serenity and aura. You are bound to imbibe energy by breathing in the fresh mountain air.Once in Rimbeek, your trail will commence. You will trek to Gurdum following the path across the blackforests.

Gurdum is a small village and undoubtedly a pocket of happiness. On your way, you will be gifted with some of the best views of mountains, variegated rhododendrons, and lush green forest.

  • Home Stay
  • 7am
  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner
  • 7,150 ft.
  • Trekking

Today, you will take a steep climb to Sandakphu. No words will ever suffice the beauty of Sandakphu. From this ridge, you will witness 4 out of the 5 highest mountain peaks in the world namely Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu.

  • Home Stay
  • 8am
  • Brekfast,Lunch and Dinner
  • 11,950 ft.
  • Trekking

Day 4 will take you to Phalut. Phalut is the second highest peak of Singalila ridge after Sandakphu. It lies at an elevation of 11,900 ft and is a haven for adventure junkies. The trail helps explore the diverse flora and fauna of the region. Phalut rests amidst the charm of natural scenery and the snow-capped mountain peaks are a faithful friend of the place. With its surreal and extraordinary beauty, Phalut offers tranquility and peace to those who seek solitude and calm.here is Phalut trekker’s hut, where we stay for the night. Because of the remoteness of this area, there are no guest houses or homestays. Anyways, the place has an amazing view!

  • Trekker Huts
  • 8am
  • breakfast,Lunch and dinner
  • 11,900 ft.
  • Trekking

Stepping out of the hut as the sun rises, you are reminded of what a gorgeous place we are in. The valley below us is filled with clouds, while the mountain peaks shine in the distance. Upon leaving last night’s “campsite,” we temporarily say goodbye to the awesome views of Kanchenjunga and the eastern Himalaya. Head down through lush rhododendron and magnolia forests, finding peace with the singing birds. Eventually, we reach Gorkhey and stay at a pleasant, family-owned guest house

  • Home stay
  • 8am
  • Breakfast,lunch and dinner
  • 7,700 ft.
  • Trekking

After breakfast, begin today’s journey. We hike through a village called Samandin and and after about 5 hours, we reach Ramam. Here, the trail reaches a junction of two streams called Gorkhey Khola – a sight so perfect, it could be on a postcard. Keep going to Timburey, where we stay at Saumbu Homestay, run by a local Tamang family. During dinner, learn about the culture and lifestyle of locals while cooking food with them – a valuable experience!

  • Home Stay
  • 8am
  • Breakfast,lunch and dinner
  • 6,550 ft.
  • Trekking

The last day will help you traverse through Srikhola, another exotic destination. Srikhola nestles amidst wild growths of magnolia, chestnuts, oaks, pines, and birches. A river runs through the place making it cooler and vibrant than usual. Seep in the extraordinary scenery and mesmerizing view of the landscapes. You may also witness wild birds and exquisite animals. In short, the experience is bound to transfer you into an entirely different cosmos. Finally, drive back to Darjeeling. In the evening, rest, refresh, and wander around if you would like. Overnight in hotel.

  • 2-3 Star hotel
  • 8am
  • Breakfast,lunch and dinner
  • 6,700 ft.
  • Trekking and drive

After the trek, one mustexperience the novelties of Darjeeling. After breakfast, begin a fun day of sightseeing. We visit Observatory Hill, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the famous Everest Museum. Of course, we visit the Toy Train, an UNESCO World Heritage site. Another famous spot is the Padam Naidu Zoological Park, where you’ll see the rare Red Panda, as well as the Himalayan Black Bear and Royal Bengal Tiger. In the afternoon, see the Tibetan Self Help Center and the nearby Happy Valley Tea Garden to taste Darjeeling’s world famous tea. Later, we can visit Dali Gompa/Monastery (also known as the Druk Thupten SangagChoeling Monastery). If the timing is right, sit in the monastery and listen to the monks as they pray. In the evening, wander around the main marketplace. Overnight in hotel.

  • 2-3 star hotel
  • 10am -3pm
  • Breakfast
  • 6,700 ft.
  • Local Culture Tour

Enjoy your last meal in Darjeeling before our team transfers you to Bagdogra airport or NJP Train station for your next destination. Thank you for taking the An Offbeat Trek Route To Sandakphu with Ashmita Trek & Tours! We look forward to seeing you again.

Sandakphu is not just a travel destination, it is an emotion personified. Hence, it is pertinent that you experience every trace of this lingering feeling. Trekking offers clarity as it brings you closer to the crafts of the universe. Now that we have discovered an unknown route, pick up your backpack and bear testimony to one of the best wonders of the world.

Namastey !

  • according your flight schedule
  • Breakfast
  • Farewell
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What's Included

  • Airport pickup and drop service with private vehicle.
  • Three nights’ hotel in Darjeeling with breakfast before and after trek. 
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Darjeeling as per itinerary.
  • Monument entry fees during sightseeing tour.
  • Meals ( breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • All necessary mountain permits and national park entrance fees during the trek.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek on twin sharing basis.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly guide and porters (1 porter for each 2 trekkers and a porter will carry maximum of 20 KG).
  • A Sleeping bag which should be refunded to the company after trek completion.
  • Ashmita First Aid kit carried by our Guide.
  • Salary, food, and accommodation for Ashmita trek’ crew.
  • International Airfare and Airport departure tax.
  • Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, snacks, mineral water,telephone calls, laundry,battery rechrage,shopping etc.
  • Tips for trekking guide staff and driver.
  • Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary.
  • Your travel (necessary), medical, and any other forms of insurance.
  • Personal gear and expenses for the trek.
  • Video and movie camera Fees in the National Park.
  • Extra Porter (if client needed Extra porter INR. 7500 per porter for 6 days).
  • Food (lunch and dinner) while you are in Darjeeling.
  • Trekking pole.

Useful Information

How difficult is the An Offbeat Trek Route to Sandakphu ?

The An Offbeat Trek Route to Sandakphu is considered moderately difficult. The toughest portion is in the first couple of days when you ascend to the ridge. The trail climbs about 1500 meters in elevation in two days, which is a bit of a challenge. Also, for several days, you will be trekking and sleeping around the ridge, which lies above 3,636 meters (11,929 feet). Overall, if you have trekked before or if you are motivated, you should not have any issues with the An Offbeat Trek Route to Sandakphu It is suitable for people of all ages and experience levels.

How can I prevent altitude sickness ?

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) happens while trekking at high altitudes (3000+ meters). If you feel any symptoms of AMS, you should descend to lower elevation as quickly as possible. What is altitude sickness, and how to prevent altitude problems? For the information, visit this section.

Best Time to Trek ?

Sandakphu trek can be visited in two different seasons. The first season starts from March to May when the temperature ranges between 10 to 15 degrees. The second season starts from October to early December when the temperature ranges from 5 to -5. It doesnt matter when you visit as both the seasons have their glory and you will surely bear testimony to a sight to remember.

Do cell phones work on the way to Trek ?

Darjeeling is the last place where you’ll get mobile network. Make sure you finish your important telephone calls before reaching Rimbeek the starting point of your trek and Please inform family members about poor connectivity on the trek. and Yes you can charge there are electricity charging points available on home stay on this trek with extra charge about INR 40

Trekking equipment for Trek ?

Visiting the high Himalayan region abasly is cold, so you need to have heat trekking gear. It is a regular hiking trail, so you don’t need to have any technical equipment. Some warm and good quality body wears with daily usages things are recommending for the trek. Check our equipment list for the Gear Checklist on Trekking in the Himalayas page it may help you. 

Meals and drinks expect on Trek ?

The meals are included in our price of the trek and they are taken in lodges; we will have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where we stay overnights and our will guide will choose and stop for lunch on available place every day and we recommends you to bring water purification pills since you will have normal water for free, then you can have the normal water and use the medicine and drink however you have options of buying bottled water or boiled water in every places as well.

How early should I book my Trek ?

We recommend you to book your trip in few month advances. Even you arrive and want to organize your trip we accommodate However, for Trekking like Darjeeling singalila ridge region we need to reserved the accommodation so we highly recommend earliest is best for us.

Trek with Local Company ?

Booking the Himalaya trek directly with a local company is 100% safe and reliable cost. You can book via online, and your payment will be secure. There are more then hundreds of local agencies in Darjeeling who are organizing the Sandakphu-Singalila Ridge trek from Darjeeling.

Not only to save money, but it will also be a great support to the local economy if you book your Darjeeling Sandakphu - Singalila Ridge trek with a local company. It will be easy to communicate about the tour if you go with the local agency. They have well-field experience and updated information.

Why Trek with us ?

We only run quality treks to Himalaya region with the best staff, service, acclimatisation and itinerary. all our team members for tours and treks, are local, multilingual guides, ensuring the best possible knowledge of the area including historical, cultural and heritage sites. we are recommended by lonely planet travel guide book trekking Agency highly rangket based on Adventure Outdoor Activities organizer for Nepal, Sikkim, and Darjeeling  or you can even read our reviews on TripAdvaisor page they are real reviews what they have experienced with us, A Company registered by Department of Tourism Govt. of West Bengal India so, you can plan your adventure holidays with Ashmita Trek and Tours Teams without any doubt so.

 

Customer Reviews

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    Valentyna T - March 02, 2020

    Ashmita Trek organized for us just great treking on the Singalil route. we climbed 3600 and admired the four eight-thousanders of the world. We had a very good guide Dava Lama - kind, experienced, caring. Accommodation, food, transport, everything was on time and of high quality. I will contact them again) Highly recommended!

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    Tony - October 24, 2019

    We have just just returned home after doing the amazing 6 day Singalila ridge trek! Wow, what a fantastic experience, we were so lucky with the weather and got to enjoy incredible views of Everest and Kanchengunga. The trek was a lot tougher than I expected but we all survived ok. I have to say the entire Ashmitha team were superb, Mr Binod ( our guide) was a true gentleman and very patient with us, his knowledge of the flora and fauna made the trek more interesting especially for m6 son who has a keen interest in nature. Just want to say thanks to Subash for his attention and responsiveness to all my queries in planning this trip, he was fantastic and I wish him well in the future, his ethos of supporting the families high up in the mountains is commendable. Slainte, Tony an Bridget+family Ireland

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    Ann S - March 12, 2019

    We had a wonderful 6 days long Singalila track with Sangay. Enjoyed everything: stunning views, welcoming hosts along the way, amazing food and most importantly the work of the guide and porters. 10/10, thank you guys

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