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 (3636 meters/11,929 feet), the highest point in West Bengal, feast your eyes on Mount Everest (8848 meters), Kanchenjunga (8586 meters), Lhotse (8516meters), and Makalu (8481meters). 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.
It is possible to do the Darjeeling Sandakphu Timburey Trek 15th Sep to 15th Jun. In the springtime, the colorful flowers are blooming. During the fall, the skies are usually clearer. Ashmita Trek and Tours arranges the trek with full management, including transportation, meals, etc. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions!
We have good news for solo / budget travelers who wish to join other groups don't miss your opportunity! There is a list of priced set departure dates for the Darjeeling Sandakphu Timburey Trek. See the available times and choose the best for you. The trip only departs if there are 10+ individuals signed up. If less than 10 people are signed up, you are given the choice to get a refund or go privately (for an additional cost). It is nice to go with a group, allowing you to meet people from different parts of the world and, who knows, maybe you will make a friend on the journey!
Also, we can arrange a private Darjeeling - Sandakphu -Timburey Trek for an additional cost.
After you book your trip, it is your responsibility to be in Darjeeling 24 hours before the scheduled departure and meet us at Ashmita Trek & Tours office location. We will discuss the details of the trek so you are prepared the following day.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
All I can say is WOW! We customized a 4-day trek that took us from Maneybhanjyang to Tumling, to Sandakphu, to Timburey, and finally to Rimbeek. This was our first trek that was longer than a day hike, but we did it! Our guide was very patient with us, encouraged us to take our time and go slowly, but also to not give up! The owner was very responsive via email prior to our trek, which was very comforting. He answered our questions and helped to clarify everything. He was also able to set up some porters to carry our backpacks throughout the whole trek. Those men were LIFESAVERS and we could not have done it without them. Food and tea were completely taken care of, which was nice to not have to worry much. We had to pay for water, but it was well worth it and necessary to survive the long days of walking and climbing up elevation. 4 days was the perfect amount of time for all of us newbies and I look forward to using this company again in a different area of India/Nepal!
Now, honestly this was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, but it was WELL worth every minute. Living in Mumbai, we do not get good outdoor activities like this every day, so it was much appreciated! I would highly recommend that people train a bit before doing this - the second day was very difficult to get through, but we did it! I would also make sure that you are generally fit - my aunts were in their mid-40s and I am in my mid-20s. It is at a slight elevation, which made everything a bit more difficult. Mid-September was perfect because we were the first ones to enter the park for this hike, the rain was very very minimal and the weather was almost perfect (a bit chilly at night).
We did sandakhpu - phalut trek returned via Gorkhey - Timburey - srikhola with our young kids. Sangay was a fantastic guide and was very resourceful. His associate Tenzing was amazing too. We were little worried about weather when we started trek in rain from Chitre. Fortunately it cleared up next day and opened a lot of beautiful views and colorful rododendruns all along the way up from Tumling. View of himalayan range from Sandakhpu was awesome, we were very lucky that sky was clear till about about 7 AM. Best part of trek was from Sandakhpu to Phalut. Beautiful green meadows, rodos and views of wonderful valleys all along the way. I suggest dont return from sandkphut but continue onward till phalut. Ashmita staff made it very enjoyble for us.
Ranga Vutukuru, India
Amazing time, amazing adventure! Wrote an extended review on TripAdviser about the fantastic time we had. Pemba was a great guide and Subash was awesome prior to leaving on the trek and upon our return to Darjeeling. Thank you!
Michael, United States
There are two best seasons for this trek, first Spring - April and May when the temperature ranges around 8 - 12°C and flowers like rhododendrons, magnolia and orchids bloom in full and second after the monsoon between 15th September upto December when the temperature ranges from 1 - 5°C and you can see the snow capped mountains, Kanchanzonza range including Mount Everest family peaks in the clear blue sky.
Accommodation during your treks are mostly basic lodges and trekkers' huts. Most of them offer dorm beds and few lodges offer private rooms. Do not expect luxury like TV, geyser etc.
We Ashmita Trek and Tours offer family home stays at Tumling - Sikhar lodge, Sandakphu - Sunrise lodge, Phalut at trekker hut, Timburey - Sayambu guest house during your trek. The rooms are basic, normally a comfortable bed with pillows, quilts and blankets with bathroom facility.
Only one place in Tumling the electricity is available during the trek so charge your phone batteries and cameras. There is solar power in the villages we trek through and you can recharge your batteries in those places as well if they have enough power and we suggest you to have spare batteries as well. You will have to pay some amount of money for recharging batteries to the local people. Some lodges offer limited use of solar powered lights usually 6pm to 9pm.
The meals are included in our price for the trek ; we will have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where we stay overnights. Our guide will choose and stop for lunch on available places every day and we recommend you to bring water purification pills since you will have normal water for free. You can have the normal water and use the medicine and drink, however you have an option of buying bottled water or boiled water in every places as well.
All tour and trek companies in Darjeeling and Sikkim demand a sufficient level of fitness, therefore you should check with your doctor concerning your health and fitness before preceding your journey. If you have any pre existing medical condition or disability you might increase the risk of you requiring medical attention so you need to inform to Ashmita Trek and Tours. This may also hamper your ability to travel.
We are aware of safety of female travellers. We completely guarantee the safety of the women travelling or trekking with us. We will give you a personal room on lodge and personal tent for camping while trekking. We provide female friendly guides and porters as we are female friendly Company.
Our guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But you should bring your own personal kit and carry it with you when on the trek. It should contain antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, headache pills, diarrhoea treatment, re-hydration salts e.g. Dioralite, Lemsip and plaster, compede etc. for blisters.
We provide trained trekking guides (handles the logistics and guides you and your team on the trek) and porters. A porter for each 2 trekkers carries about 20 Kg (10 Kg from each trekker). If there are more than 10 people in the group then we will provide you additional guide for the group.
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 plays a large part in your trekking experience and who proves to be invaluable to you on this trip. We want our porters and guides to be paid more than working for other big tour and trek companies ( but tipping is not compulsory). So we suggest you to tip 10 - 12 % of total trip cost. This amount has to be given in Indian rupee or your currency.
Depends on the season of course and generally it is a comfortable tour/trek. Please ask for more details based on the tour of your preference. You could be trekking in a T-shirt or with a wind breaker, but mostly the days are fine and in the evenings the temperature will be cool to chilly. For Darjeeling it is just perfect most of the times. If you are doing treks above 3000 meters in winter then it could get -10 degree Celsius at the most.
Backpack : a backpack (50 - 60 ltr) with multiple-compartments will surely help you to keep your personal belongings safe and organized, a good quality haversack and as to make all things fit in one it must be comfortable while walking with it. Sleeping bag, day pack + rain cover 20 - 30 ltr (If you hire a mule or porter).
The trek routes go from low to high altitudes. We suggest you 2-3 pairs of t- shirt, pentagon with cap, Extra socks, a water proof jacket, (rain coat required in rainy season ) Down Jacket/ Light wind & water proof jacket with long sleeves , inner sleeping sheet , warm hat/ gloves, a good trekking shoe, make sure you choose the right footwear which has to be lightweight and durable, that offers complete grip, a sun protection cream, woolen cap, hand gloves and a wind-cheater. You may experience strong cold winds especially in the months of September and October.
First Aid : Personal Medical Kit to heal minor injuries, cuts, or burns. Carry your own small first aid kit with basic medicines and bandages or you can consult your doctor.
Flashlights : 1 Nos torch light with extra battery or head light is important.
Water bottle , packet food like biscuits and dry fruits (dates, cashews, almonds, resins etc) and sweets (dry packet sweets-Cadbury and peanut candy) are to be carried as supplements during the treks.
Water bottle : Hydration pack - 2 bottles of one litre each for those who use hydration pack.
Yes we require both travel medical and travel insurance for international clients.
We recommend you to book your trip a few months in advance. We can arrange your trip even after you arrive. However for trekking like Darjeeling - Singalila ridge region we need to reserve the accomodation so we highly recommend earliest booking. Kindly find our booking confirmation page link in how to book my trip.
Important information for our valuable clients : You are not allowed to carry any kind of satellite phone or GPRS to Protected and Restricted Areas in part of Sikkim and Darjeeling Himalayas. Ashmita trek and Tours Company shall not be responsible if you are caught carrying these things.
We have provided as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect or need to talk about your trip then please contact with our expert by emailing us at email@example.com or to talk to us directly and feel free to call us at: +91 – 9733106312.
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 to and from the trailhead may be delayed due to road and weather conditions. Therefore, it is recommended to book your international flight with several days margin.