Trekking into Sandakphu starts off from an altitude of 1,524 Bagdogra -Darjeelingmeters (5,000 ft) and gradually climbs up through forests of rhododendron, giant magnolias, spruce and other trees of sub-alpine region and more than 600 varieties of orchids-the largest to be found in one geographical area in the world. For flora worshippers, the months of April and May are the best time of the year for the trek while for those who have an insatiable thirst for a view of the mountains; the best months are in autumn. The view from Sandakphu is unsurpassed by any view anywhere. Where else can be seen 180 degrees of snow-capped mountains which includes Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Kumbhakarna, Kanchenjanga, Chomolhari in one single stretch of snows-an ethereal beauty. It is easy to understand why people leave hearth and home, traveling sometimes thousands of miles to walk through ripples of terraced fields of maize, rice, millet and barley, leaving the last traces of civilization far behind.
Start Point :
Meeting Point :
Bagdogra / NJP –Darjeeling – Maneybhanjang – Tonglu – Garibas – Sandakphu –Sirikhola – Bagdogra / NJP
Nearest Railway Station :
NJP Railway Station
Nearest Airport :
Siliguri (NJP)- Manebhanjang
The trek starts from Manebhanjang which is a small village inhabited by Buddhist Sherpa’s. Trek to Tonglu through dense forests (3070 mt, 11 km). Reach Tonglu in the afternoon. Overnight at Tumling. The first night is at Tumling at 3070 meters, which is 11 kms from Manebhanjang through dense forests, and hillsides covered with wild flowers and a breathtaking mountain view of the incomparable Kanchendzonga and its neighbouring peaks. On a clear day one can get a fine view of the Nepalese valleys and of the plains of North Bengal with the snow fed Teesta on the east, the Koshi on the West and a number of smaller rivers between them.
Tonglu – Jaubari – Goiribans – Kaiyakatta – Kalipokhari
Distance is- 9 KM.
The next day’s march from Tonglu to Gairibas 2621 mt. is downhill. The distance is 9 km and it is 2 hrs. walk. The route passes through the bamboo glades. Gairibas to Kalipokhri 3170 mt. is continuous climb through the rhododendron forest. Distance is 6 km and it takes 3 hrs. There is a small pond at Kalipokhri which means ‘Blackpond’. The colour of the water is black and muddy
and it never freezes. From Kalipokhri the road descends to Bikhaybhanjyang-valley of poison-(Aconites grow in abundance at this place).
After breakfast start trekking. Reach Gairibans at 2621 meters, Trek time 3 hrs, approx 9 kms. Trek to Kalipokhari 3170 meters. Distance is 6 Kms and it is about 3 hrs walk from Gairibas. Overnight at Kalipokhari.
Kalipokhari – Sandakphu
From Kalipokhari the trek route descends to Bikhebhangang. Trek from Bikhebhanjang to Sandakphu is a steep climb of 4 kms and takes more than an hour. Sandakphu at 3636 meter, is the highest mountain in West Bengal and commands one of the most spectacular views of the mountain ranges of Kunchenjunga and Everest. The mountain
slopes are covered with rhododendrons and silver fir trees.In the foreground is a great valley set in the midst of the hills.
Sandakphu – Sirikhola
Distance is 7 KM.
Start early and retrace the same route taken to reach Sabarkum from Phalut. This 7 km section is all downhill. Molley is a small village, there is a trail going straight to Rammam. Ignore that and take the trail going towards your right down the hill. Molley to Sirkhola can take 4 to 5 hours. Overnight stay at Sikhola.
Sirikhola – Rimbik From Srikhola-Siliguri(NJP).
you can drive out through Rimbik where the trek ends.
Heritage Pradhan,Trakkars Hut
Tata Sumu / Bus
Vegetarian food and 2 day non-vegetarian as per menu on the trek.
Cost of the trek is 4550.00 per person. The cost includes
1) The trek fee
2) Vegetarian food and 2 day non-vegetarian as per menu on the trek.
3) Forest charges.
4) Trek permits.
6) Safety equipment.
09) Services of a trek leader
Air Fare / Train fare.
Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips & gratuity. Mineral /soft / hard drinks.
Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary.
Camera fees, Guide / tour escort charges & Entrance Fees.
Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances, etc (to be borne by the client, which is directly payable on the spot).
Safari charges, Entry Monuments.
Food not mentioned above.
Additional Tour or Car Usage beyond the Suggested Itinerary.
Ropeway Ride, Boating, Yak Ride, Helicopter Ride, Airport Tax or Porter Charge, Guide or Escort Charge, Room Heater Charges, Insurance Coverage, Coolie/Porter charge.
Mineral Water or Beverage, Meal Outside Hotel, Refreshment Cost on Arrival, Laundry Charges, Telephone Cost.
Train and air flight charges.
90% refund if cancelled 30 days prior.
50% refund if cancelled 15 days prior.
20% refund if cancelled 7 days prior.
No refund if journey date is in next 6 days or No show. Refunds
All refunds are processed with 15 working days.
Refunds will be given in the bank account given by customer.
Ride and Climb Adventure,Tour and Travels or Management will not undertake any liability
towards any loss/ any accident during tour.
Senior citizens are request to carry their proper document.
Carry any of the below mentioned I.D. card (Voters Card/Pan Card/ Driving License/ Passport).
Any cancellation occurring on the S/S and trips due to some unforeseen reasons like heavy snowfall or natural calamities.
Thing to Carry
Backpack (Rucksack) (20 ltr -35ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps, supporting frame and back pack rain coverTrekking poleWater BottleLED Torch & with Extra Batteries.
1 pair of synthetic track pants
2 Full sleeve wollen tees with collar
2 pairs of thermal inners
Woolen monkey cap
Woolen hand gloves
Trekking Shoes of sports socks 2 pairs of woolen socks
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