Located at a steep height of 11,929 feet above sea level, Sandakphu is considered to be the highest trekking route in Singalila National Park. As compared to other treks in the Himalayas, this one is relatively easy. However, you can’t ignore the significance of high altitude and unpredictable weather conditions. It’s important to take necessary precautions. To cover the total Sandakphu trek distance, you should plan the trip with a professional tour operator.
Detailed Overview of Sandakphu Trek Distance
A journey to Sandakphu is possible on foot as well as by car. In order to give you a clear idea about the total distance, we thought we’d share a sample itinerary of the route. This will give you a better understanding of the distance you need to cover in stretches. Your journey will start from Jaubhari, which is one of the most beautiful basecamps for a trek.
You can reach Jaubhari from Bagdogra, if you take a flight, or from New Jalpaiguri, if you’re travelling in a trail. On the drive to Jaubhari, you’ll cross numerous villages, mountain roads, tea estates and towns bordering the Indo-Nepal border. You’ll reach Jaubhari within 5 hours.
Jaubhari to Tumling – On this stretch, you need to cover some steep ascends with level walks. Muddy areas and rocky trails will welcome you to the forest terrain. You’ll even walk through some meadows. On this Sandakphu trek route, it’s better to be accompanied by an experienced guide. From Jaubhari, you need to climb the main road, which leads to a trail reaching Chitrey. This is a steep climb of 3 km, which takes 3.5 hours to cover.
Near the end of this stretch, you’ll have to cover a steep walk for approximately 10 minutes. You’ll notice an upward motor road, located adjacent to two small shops. This takes you on a trail to Chitrey Monastery. Buddhist prayer flags will be visible from some distance.
From this point in the journey, the uphill walk will get more difficult. For trekkers, steps have been constructed until Lamyadhura. Clear views of the dense forest are a delightful sight from Lamyadhura. In fact, it’s one of the most beautiful parts of the entire trek. Your next stop will be Meghma, which requires a trek on a steady incline, with simple walks and motor roads.
Walking for 1.5 hours will take you to an SSB check post. Once you’ve got the permits checked, you can walk to the Buddhist Monastery. The road ahead will have three routes. You need to take the straight one, which takes you to Tonglu via Meghma. It’s an easy flat walk on a well-constructed motor road.
Tumling to Kalipokhri – From here, you can choose from a hiking trail and a motor road. Needless to say, the motor road takes you through an easier route to reach Garibas. However, your Sandakphu trek guide would recommend the hiking trail. It’s a scenic route with dense forest and meadows.
Through the forest, you’ll have to hike for 5 km to reach Garibas. This stretch climbs gradually, and takes you to a peak in Sandakphu. From this point, you walk through a meadow after a steep descend of about 10 minutes.
On your right hand side will be India, while the scenic peaks in Nepal will be visible on the left hand side. In order to reach Garibas, you’ll have to descend for 40 minutes. Kaiyakatta is approximately 2 km from this place. 1.5 km is a steep climb, while the remaining stretch is easier to cover. As mentioned earlier, to cover this entire Sandakphu trek distance, you can even take the motor road.
Once you’ve reached the top, you’ll have to descend for 10 minutes. You can even take a stop for lunch. Kalipokhri is 4 km from Kaiyakatta. A level motor road makes the journey easier. Moreover, vehicles aren’t allowed on this road. Within 2 hours, you’ll reach Kalipokhri.
Kalipokhri to Sandakphu – This stretch of the journey is a steep incline of 4 km. The trail is zigzag, and you’ll have to choose between two routes. While the left one is longer, it’s also easier. The right one is the shorter route, but has several steep ascends.
The shorter route is way more scenic, and most trekkers prefer this trail. Within 15 minutes, you’ll notice India and Nepal’s trails converge, and once again break-up. Throughout this stretch, you can soak in mesmerizing views of the majestic Himalayas.
Sandakphu to Sabargram – On this part of Sandakphu trek route, you’ll have to walk through ridges and meadows. A few slopes will welcome you with strong winds. This part of the trail is lined with rhododendrons. You’ll have to ascend in the north-east direction for 20 minutes, post which, a 10 minute ascend takes you to another easy descend. This will keep happening for the next 1.5 hours.
Sabargram to Gorkhey – To reach Gorkhey via Phalut, you’ll have to cover a 7 km stretch. It takes about 2.5 hours, and you’ll encounter gradual descends and level walks every 15 minutes. Post this, there’s a steep climb of approximately 1 km. Once you notice the trekkers’ hut, you’ll have to walk a steady climb of 1 hour to reach Phalut.
From Phalut, the descent takes you through the dense forest. You’ll reach Gorkhey in 10 km, which is a difficult and a steep ascend to the village. Your Sandakphu trek guide will take you through meadows and grasslands.
Gorkhey to Sepi – In order to reach Sepi, you can walk through Ramam. On this stretch, you’ll be covering several ascends and dense forest areas. You’ll also pass a small village called Samamden. Once you reach Ramam, you’ll only notice descends until Srikhola. You need to take the motor road for 40 minutes. After having lunch, you can leave for New Jalpaiguri.
The total Sandakphu trek distance is 31 km from Manebhanjan. One of the most beautiful treks in the country, Sandakphu offers panoramic views of the Himalayas. Renok Adventures has been conducting tours to Sandakphu for quite some time. To discuss your requirements with our team or to know more about Sandakphu trek distance, please click here.