Sandakphu Phalut trek is a must do the trek for those people who want to explore Darjeeling-Sikkim hills with a breathtaking panorama of Himalayan peaks.
Sandakphu-Phalut Trek Route- The Wonderland for the Trekkers!!
Sandakphu is the highest point of West Bengal at 3636 m in the district of Darjeeling and Phalut is aligned on the same ridge. This trek follows the famous Singalila Ridge, a prominent spur of the southern end which runs down from the Khangchendzonga ranges and forms the border between Sikkim & Nepal.
During the trek, you will come closer to the most spectacular panoramic views of Nepal Himalayas including Khangchendzonga range, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Janu, Chamlang, Baruntse and a host of Sikkim peaks in a single stretch.
The whole area of Singalila National park will give you the chance to explore many rare species like Red Panda and this area also serves as a birder’s paradise. The flowering of Rhododendrons and Magnolia turn the whole trek route with red, pink as well as with white shades at the season of spring.
How to get to the Trek?
Before starting you trekking trip, firstly you have to reach the nearest railhead which New Jalpaiguri Railway Station or to the nearest airport, Bagdogra Airport.
It is a quite tough task to organize the trekking tour on your own. So, it is better to take the guidance of an expert for your hassle-free trip. With the help of car rental services in New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, you can enjoy the most thrilling Sandakphu-Phalut Trek more conveniently. So, rent a car from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and start your adventure tour.
Sandakphu-Phalut Trek Highlights:
- During the trek, you will come across the eye-catching view of Mt Everest.
- You will also get the chance to camp under the brilliant night sky and that too with a bonfire.
- By passing through the small streams, you can witness the beauty of the whole region.
- Stop for a while and meet the friendly locals of villages and learn about their day to day life.
Trip Highlights of the 5N-6D itinerary:
Day-1: Drive from NJP/Bagdogra Airport to Manebhanjan-
- Distance- 95km
- Duration- 4 hr
Upon arrival in New Jalpaiguri or at Bagdogra Airport, you will be taken to Manebhanjan, the origin of this amazing Sandakphu trekking. After reaching there, you will be checked into a homestay for the overnight stay.
Day 2: Trek from Manebhanjan to Tumling-
After your breakfast, start trekking towards one of the mind-blowing peaks, which is called Tumling.
- Distance- 11km
- Duration-5 hr
- Altitude- 9,500ft
Upon arrival overnight stay at a trekker’s hut.
Day 3: Trek to Singalila National Park-
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On the 3rd day, you will be guided to trek up to Kalipokhri.
- Distance- 9 km
- Duration-5 hr
During the trek to the Singalila National Park, you can discover the mesmerizing beauty of the vicinity. Overnight stay in a trekker’s hut in Kalipokhri.
Day 4: Trek to Sandakphu, the highest Peak with the view of Mt Khangchendzonga-
On the 5th day, you will trek up to Sandakphu. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Mt Khangchendzonga and Everest, the scenic forests underneath.
- Distance- 8km
- Duration-4 hr
- Altitude- 11,926ft
- Overnight stay will be in a Basecamp.
Day 5: Trek from Sandakphu to Phalut-
Trek to Phalut from Sandakphu will give you the most enthralling experiences.
- Distance- 20.6km
- Duration-5 hr
- Altitude- 11,794ft
- Overnight Stay in a homestay.
Day 6: Trek to Gorkhey-
Trek to Gorkhey will give you more challenges come along your way where you can spot Gorkhey Khola stream and the Rammam River.
- Distance- 13.6km
- Duration-3.5 hr
Stay overnight in the camps in Rammam.
Day 7: Trek to Srikhola and then drive to NJP-
On the last day of trekking tour, we will drive to almost 9 kilometers and descend towards Srikhola.
Afterward, we will drop you at NJP railway station or Bagdogra Airport and mark the end of the fascinating trek.
Something more about the trek you must know-
Sandakphu Phalut Trek Cost: Approx 12,000 to 15,000 for two people
Sandakphu Phalut trek best time: April to May and October to December
- Temperature: 8◦C to 15◦C (April to May)
- -5◦C to 5◦C (October to December)
If you are coming from Kolkata for Sandakphu-Phalut Trek-
You have to take either taking a flight from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport to Bagdogra Airport, then you can opt for rental cars or cabs for Sandakphu Trek.
Or, you can also board a train from Sealdah Station or Howrah Railway Station up to NJP Railway Station. From, there you will get several hired taxies or cars for your trekking tour.
Q. How many warm clothes do we need for trekking?
A. We would recommend that you should wear at least three layers of clothing during trekking. Along with a thermal shirt, a water or windproof jacket is also recommended.
Q. What do I need to carry during trekking?
A. Here is a list of necessary things you should carry-
- Altitude tablet- Because you might feel altitude sleekness at the highest peak, so it is preferable to carry altitude tablets with you.
- Water bottle: As trekking is an adventurous activity, it makes feel you thirsty. So water bottle should be carried with you.
- Power-banks: you should also carry power banks with you, so your phone can never run out of battery. And you can also capture the beautiful view of the mountains during your trekking.
- Sunscreens, sunglasses, caps etc are all the necessary things you may need during your trekking.
Q. What do we eat and drink while on trek?
A. Trekking is the most adventurous activity and it needs much physical strength. So you should some healthy and light foods like breakfast items should be tea, coffee, boiled eggs, toast etc.
And rice, vegetables, meat dishes etc must be included in your lunch items.