Darjeeling Sandakphu Timburey Trek

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  • Duration4 Days
  • DestinationIndia
  • Difficulty LevelEasy
  • Max Altitude3,636mt - 12,000ft

About Trip

Join Ashmita Trek & Tours for one of the latest and greatest treks in the eastern Himalaya – the Darjeeling Sandakphu Timburey Trek! It is the shortened version (4 days trekking) of the full Darjeeling Singalila Ridge Trek. How many other treks can you be face to face with the world’s highest mountains in just a few days?

Walk along the Singalila Ridge, which joins Nepal and India, while staring in awe at not one, not two, but four of the highest peaks in the world! From Sandakphu (3,,636 meters/11,929 feet), the highest point in West Bengal, feast your eyes on Mount Everest (8,848 meters),Kanchenjunga(8,586 meters), Lhotse (8,516meters), and Makalu (8,481meters). Spend a night at Sandakphu and watch the sun rise and fall, painting the mountains a fiery red-orange colour.

Begin the adventure :The trek starts from Maneybhanjyang, after a splendid hilly cruise from Darjeeling.Trek through grassy meadows and blissful forests, passing mountain viewpoint after mountain viewpoint. Ascend through radiating rhododendron forests to charming villages. Spend time with the locals and learn about their distinct lifestyle. Also, along the trail, you might run into one of the awesome animals of Singalila National Park, including the red panda, leopard, barking deer, or Himalayan black bear.

When you arrive to Sandakphu, your breath is taken away by the 360-degree mountain panorama. The moments at Sandakphu will be cherished for the rest of your days. Snap some photos to remind you of this beautiful place before descending to Timburey and finishing the trek.

Highlights

  • View from Sandakphu of Mount Everest (8848 meters), Kanchenjunga (8,586 meters), Lhotse (8,516m), and Makalu (8,481m).
  • Trek through Singalila National Park, a rich wildlife sanctuary.
  • See countless bird species (over 400 within the park!).
  • Hiking through rodrodren and magnolia forest.
  • Connect with local villagers each day.
  • Shortest trek that gives you astounding mountain views.
  • Great trail and landscape view.

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. 

Meet at Ashmita Trek & Tours office at 8AM and let the journey begin! A two-hour jeep ride takes us to the small village of Maneybhanjyang, just outside Singalila National Park. We check in at the office and take care of visa/passport formalities. Begin trekking through the forested trail, through colorful oak and rhododendron trees. The uphill hike leads us to Tumling after 5-6 hours. Here, we have stunning views the Kanchenjunga range in the distance, and the city of Darjeeling beneath us. Overnight at the Shikhar Lodge, run by a friendly Gurung family. 

  • Home Stay
  • 5 - 6 Hours
  • Lunch Dinner
  • 2,940m
  • Trekking

Rise out of bed before the sun rises for a magical view of the Singalila and Chola ranges of Kanchenjunga from Tumling Top. Seeing the sunlight illuminate these peaks is an unforgettable sight. Hike down to Tumling for breakfast and then head to Sandakphu after passing Gairibas and Kalapokhri. The route leads through bamboo and mixed forests, and fields of crops, admiring the little villages along the way. The trail is continuously uphill to Kalapokhri, where we eat lunch. After a rest, hike on aneven trail to Bikhebhanjyang (or ‘Valley of Poison’). From here, it’s a steep climb over 4 kilometers to Sandakphu. On this ridge, you will see one of the greatest mountain views in the region. See Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and other majestic peaks. Overnight at Sunrise Lodge, owned by a friendly Sherpa family.

  • Home Stay
  • 7 Hours
  • Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 3,636m
  • Trekking

Like the previous day, we recommend waking up for the surreal sunrise over the Himalayas. We climb up a little bit to a perfect viewpoint. Today’s view is even more fabulous than the previous, simply because the panorama is so expansive. Return to Sandakphu for breakfast and continue down towards Timburey. On the way, we have some of the best views of the trek. Through dense forests, we catch many glimpses of the highest mountain range on Earth. The trail is covered with bamboo, rhododendron, and other lush trees. Upon arrival in Timburey, we go to the private homestay where we sleep for the night. During dinner, learn about the culture and lifestyle of locals. Overnight in Timburey.

  • Home Stay
  • 6 Hours
  • Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 1,800m
  • Trekking

The final day of the trek does not disappoint. We have breakfast in Timburey and start the hike towards Rimbeek. It is a relatively flat trail for about 10 kilometers. On the way, pass through Srikhola village and stop for a tea or snack if you’d like. When we reach Rimbeek, we transport you back to Darjeeling.

  • 6 Hours
  • Breakfast Lunch
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What's Included

  • Accommodation 3 night in lodges/tea houses. 
  • All necesary Transportation with friendly driver.
  • All government fees and local taxes during the trek.
  • Lodge accommodation, Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trekking in Himalaya.
  • Meals will be freshly prepared and will be a mix of Indian, and Nepali local food. 
  • A well-experienced Local licensed holder mountain trekking guide.
  • Some amount of personal gear to be carried by client.
  • Ashmita First Aid kit carried by our Guide.
  • Salary, food, and accommodation for Ashmita trek’ crew.
  • Plus @ 5% GST.(Good and service Tax of India not inclusive )
  • All necessary mountain permits and national park entrance fees.
  • Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, snacks, telephone calls, etc.
  • Tips for trekking guide staff and driver.
  • Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)
  • Your travel insurance (necessary), medical, and any other forms of insurance (for foreign visitor)
  • Personal gear and expenses for the trek.
  • Any other expenses not mention above as included in the price
  • Trekkers can book a porter for an additional cost (Rs.4500 per porter for 4 days)
  • Personal nature of expenses such as laundry, telephone call, battery recharge, shopping, laundry, extra porters, beverages etc. 
  • Trekking pole ( Guest can buy Trekking pole in Darjeeling there are local shops are avileble.

Useful Information

Why Trek to Sandakphu 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 books 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, so, you can plan your adventure holidays with Ashmita Trek and Tours Teams without any doubt so. 

Best seasons to visit Darjeeling - Sandakphu Trek

Best season for Sandakphu - Trek The first season Spring ( March to May)  In the springtime, the colorful flowers are blooming like rhododendrons,orchids and magnolia flower. during the fall, the skies are usually clearer the temperature ranges from 8 - 14 degrees C°, and the second Season is after the monsoon starting from 15th September to early December the snow peaks show in their dazzling beauty in a clear blue sky when the temperature ranges from from - 5 to 6 degrees C° 

Note : that during the monsoon seasons the Singalila National Park is closed from mid 15 June to mid 15 September,

also posible to do this Sandakphu - Phalut trek in winter Dec - Jan - Fab but it's cold recommended to bring warm cloth as munch as posible we Ashmita Trek and Tours arranges the trek with full management, including transportation, meals, stay ,permit etc. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions!

Note

Our valuable Client we would like to inform you during the trekking in Darjeeling Sikkim will not allow carrying any satellite phone GPRS and drone camera due to the border security area.

Ashmita Trek and Tours does not take responsibility for any problems incurred by weather, damages to personal property, etc. We will do our best to prevent/handle any problems that happen. There is a chance that transportation may be delayed due to road and weather conditions. Therefore, it is recommended to book your international flight with several days margin. 

FAQs

Dear Guest we provide you standard good Lodge/teahouse during the Sandakphu - Timburey trek and the rooms are mostly basic lodges and trekkers' huts. just a bed with a pillow and blankets, A few have electric lights  We offer private rooms. Do not expect luxury like TV, geyser etc. For most part of the route there is no electricity although some lodges offer limited use of solar powered lights (usually 6pm to 9pm).

There are electricity available in some of the villages like Tumling – Sandakphu – and Timburey where you can re- charges your camera batteries and there is solar power in some villages we trek through and you can recharges your batteries in those places as well if they have enough power and we suggest you to have spare batteries as well and you will have pay some for recharging batteries on our Singalila ridge trek we suggest you to have spare batteries as well.

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.

The temperatures be like during this Trek can be doen all throughout the year, though it’s much more pleasant in some weather conditions than others. The weather along the Sandakphu Trek depends on the season.  During the springtime (March to May), temperatures fall between 11-19 C° during the day and 2-10 C° at night. Monsoon temperatures are around 15-22 C° during the day and 7 to -1 C° at night. People tend to favor trekking in Autumn, when weather is moderate and skies are clear. In the daytime, temperatures range between 6-12 C° and 5 and -3 C° at nighttime.

Keep in mind, the Sandakphu weather is always unpredictable. In to time, a cloud can come and take away a mountain view, and a gust of wind can nearly knock you off your feet on a high pass. This just adds a little more adventure to the trek. Regardless of the season, you should pack several layers just in case.

Darjeeling is the last place where you’ll get mobile network. Make sure you finish your important telephone calls before reaching Manyvanjang 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

Tips do not form any part of the wages of guides, porters and other trekking crews. but they are expected by the porters, guide, Sherpa and cook. it is a nice way of saying thank-you to someone who will play a large part in your trekking experience and who will prove invaluable to you on this trip. Our porters  and guides will be paid more than working for other big tour and trek companies. we suggest to tip 10-12 % of total trip cost. This amount must be given in Indian rupee or your currency.

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.

Customer Reviews

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    Josephine - March 10, 2020

    Amazing trip. I did this walk in early March 2020, when it was still pretty cold - days 3 and 4 we were walking through snow, which made it all the more beautiful! Thanks to the Coronavirus effect, I was the only one on the walk in the end, but my guide (Binod) and porter (Roshan) were so helpful and friendly. Some of the accommodation was pretty basic (especially in Phalut) but the food was always delicious, and I had enough clothes to keep me warm. Most days we finished our walking at about 2-3pm, so there was lots of down time in the afternoons for relaxing, reading, etc.

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    Mary Rock - March 05, 2020

    Subash the owner at Ashmita arranged a trek for me on very short notice (less than a week). From the moment I was picked at my hotel in Siliguri until I was dropped off at the Badogra airport 6 days later I was well cared for by drivers, guides and hotel/guest house folks. I was physically unable to complete the planned trek but my guide, Pemba, came up with an alternative that worked. Subash then arranged a tour of Darjeeling to replace one day of trekking. If you do not see trek or tour that fits your itinerary on trip advisor to Ashmita's web page I recommend that you contact Ashmita directly. They may be able to create a plan that works for you as it did for me.

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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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    Ende - February 13, 2020

    We did a 4-day private hiking trek with ashmita trek this january (3 people + guide). The tour was amazing, a little foggy in the beginning but when we were on the top everything was bright and clear with views on the everest and kangchendzonga. Since it was january it was quite cold especially at night but we got a lot of blankets and also a hot water bottle for sleeping so the temperatures were not a problem. We hardly met any people on the way, maybe cause it was winter and our guide dawa lama took care of us really well. The food on the way was delicious, we were always provided with hot tea and also boiled water to fill our provisions.
    I can definately recommend this tour to anybody!

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    Irene H - February 05, 2020

    We did the Singalila Ridge trek from Manebhanjan to Sandakphu, ending in Timburey. It was an amazing experience, my mother and I did it together and it was fantastic! Even if at first my mum wasn't very confident about doing the trek, it turned out to be really fulfilling for both of us! Our guide, Mr Sangay, took care of us all the trek, making the most of it, taking us to the best spots in order to enjoy the views of Kanchenjunga, Mt Everest, Makalu and Lhotse. He is really professional, and we wouldn't doubt to repeat with Ashmita. See you soon in Sikkim!!!

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