Sandakphu Phalut Trek

Sandakphu Phalut Trek

Departure Date

07th of every month

Duration

7D/ 6N

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Maximum Seats

15

Why This Trek?

Sandakphu peak offers an incredible landscape of world’s highest snowline, diverging from the snow covered mountains of Nepal to Bhutan and farther east to Tibet. The trek is a zigzag route along the Singalila Range and moves along the Indo-Nepal border, crisscrossing into an enchanting visually charged peak that makes your trek worth it.

  • DIFFICULTY : Moderate

  • MAX AlLTITUDE : 12,000ft

  •  BASE CAMP : Jalpaiguri

  • DURATION : 6 Days & 5 Nights.

  • BEST SEASON: : November to April

SANDAKPHU PHALUT TREK COST

Rs.9,750

(GST 5%)

(NJP to NJP)

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Sandakphu PhalutTrek is a very popular Himalayan trek and is a must do for all the adventure seekers and nature lovers. This trek is set around the famous Singalila Ridge that is situated at the southern end of a long peak, which runs down from the Kanchendzongha ridge and constructs the outskirt between Sikkim and Nepal. This fascinating trek starts from New Jalpaiguri from where you will start your trek.

 

Destinations Covered in the Sandakphu Phalut Trek: Tumling, Singalila Nation al Park,Sandakphu Peak

What’s Included:-

  • 04 Nights accommodation during Trek (Camping) on triple sharing basis.
  • 02 Nights accommodation in NJP( Guest house / Home stay / Hotel) on triple/quad sharing basis.
  • All veg Meals from Day 1st Dinner to till Day 6th breakfast.
  • Morning Evening Tea/Coffee with light snacks.
  • All fees and permits (Only for Indians)
  • Basic First Aid Medical kit with Oxygen Cylinder and Oxi meter.
  • microspikes required.
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Leader, Guide and support staff.
  • Surface transfer from NJP – NJP as per itinerary.

What’s not Included :

  • Any meals during transit.
  • Any expenses incurred due to natural reason.
  • Any fees and permits ( for Non-Indians)
  • Anything which is not a part of the above mentioned inclusions.

More Information On Sikkim:

Here’s a Brief Sandakphu Phalut Trek Itinerary:

Day 1: Reach Jaubhari; 4-5 hours drive from New Jalpaiguri. Jaubhari (6,400 ft) to Tumling (9,450 ft); 11 km, 6-7 hours
Day 2: Tumling (9,450 ft) to Kalipokhri (10,400 ft); 13 km, 7 hours
Day 3: Kalipokhri (10,400 ft) to Sandakphu (11,950 ft); 6.5 km, 3 hours
Day 4: Sandakphu (11,950 ft) to Sabargram (11,807 ft); 21 km, 7 hours
Day 5: Sabargram (11,807 ft) to Gorkhey (7,546 ft) via Phalut; 17 km, 6 hours
Day 6: Gorkhey (7,546 ft) to Sepi (6,234 ft); 15 km, 5 hours.

It is advised that you keep a buffer day because the weather is unpredictable in the mountains.

Detailed Sandakphu Phalut itinerary

Day 1: Reach Jaubhari; 4-5 hours drive from New Jalpaiguri. Jaubhari (6,400 ft) to Tumling (9,450 ft)

The very first day we will meet at New Jalpaiguri railway station at 7:00 in the morning for our journey. Today’s journey from NJP to Jaubhari will take around 4-5 hours. Enroute we will stop for breakfast and also get fresh for the rest of the journey. Reach Jaubhari in the afternoon and after resting, we will start our trek to Tumling. The trek graident is moderate and is a steep climb and takes around 3 hours. You can fill up your water bottles at Chittrey, Lamyadhura and Meghma.

Sandakphu Trek by Car

Day 2: Tumling (9,450 ft) to Kalipokhri (10,400 ft)

The second day, we will follow the same routine of morning exercise, breakfast and our trek leader will brief about today’s trek schedule. Today will trek for around 13 km’s to Tumling campsite to Kalipokhri. Along the trek route, you will able to see peaks of Kumbhakarna, Kangchenjunga and Simvo in the landscape. Below Kangchenjunga are Koktang, Rathong, Frey, South Kabru, North Kabru, Kabru Forked, Goecha and the ridge of Pandim just ahead of Simvo. The route will go through Singalila National Park and will take your directly to Gabrias, a small village and then Kaiyakatta. 2 hours away from Kaiyakatta, you have your destination of the day, Kalipokhri. Pitch your tents and try your hand in Night Long exposure photography.

Sandakphu trek difficulty

Day 3: Kalipokhri (10,400 ft) to Sandakphu (11,950 ft)

Today we will go trekking from Kalipokhri to Sandakphu which takes around 3 hours, the trek gradient is easy to moderate. Once you reach there you would not want to come back the beauty is such. The trek is rewarding through open meadows and panaromic views of snow capped peaks like Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Nuptse, Baruntse, Chamling, Chomolonzo, Machapucchare and other peaks of the Annapurna range . After trekking for about 3 hours you will reach the camp relish on delicious lunch prepared by our team and enjoy the views of the pristine trek in the Himalayas.

Sandakphu Trek Guide

Day 4: Sandakphu (11,950 ft) to Sabargram (11,807 ft)

Today we would start early as a lot of distance needs to be covered and the route gradient is moderate. After our healthy breakfast and packed lunch, we will start the today’s route to Sabargram where you will encounter scenery and diversity of flora and fauna. After approximately 1.5 hours, you will reach Thukumb checkpost and the following trail will take you towards Sabargram. After a stretch of 3-4 hours, you will reach your campsite for today, the forest checkpost for Sabargram.

Sandakphu trek in December

Day 5: Sabargram (11,807 ft) to Gorkhey (7,546 ft) via Phalut

Today we will trek to Gorkhey where you will enjoy the best views of Kanchenjunga while trekking to Phalut. Today’s trek is around 6 hours long where you have to cover around 16 kms on a moderatey difficult trek. The trek from Sabargram to Phalut will take around 2 hours via a zigzag route and then you will reach Phalut, a small grassland with no vegetation. Descending from Phalut, you can view Pandim, Tenzingkhang, Japanu, and Narsing. Today’s trek ends in Gorkhey village, enjoy the views and enter Sikkim via the bridge across Gorkhey river.

Sandakphu trek cost

Day 6: Gorkhey (7,546 ft) to Sepi (6,234 ft) 

Today’s trek is mostly easy and will take around 4-5 hours to complete.Start early from Gorkhey and reach Sepi via Ramam where you can refill your water bottles. On your way you will come across the beautiful village of Samamden. The route to Ramam to Sepi is mostly full of descents. You will reach Sepi by 1 pm, after a hot lunch we depart for NJP.

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Fitness Required for Sandakphu Phalut Trek
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant.The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of  oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.

The Sandakphu Phalut Trek is a moderate trek suitable for first time trekker with basic to above average fitness

Trekking Experience: Prior trekking experience is helpful for this trek but not necessary.

Fitness Required: The Sandakphu Phalut Trek falls in the category of Moderate treks. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.

Our treks are generally planned in a way that on an average you have to cover around 9 Kms in 6 hours although there may be slight variation depending on the terrain. This works out to roughly 1.5km per hour which is equivalent to walking in the plains at 6km per hour.

You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.

Follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.
Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body

Things to get for Sandakphu Phalut Trek

  •  Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs): A good quality backpack from reputed brand and try it  before buying.
  •  Floaters or Sandals: When you are at the camp they help to move freely
  •  Trekking Shoes : Always invest in a good quality trekking shoes, we recommend Forclaz 500 by Quechua.They are  light weight, good grip, sturdy and easily  available throughout India.
  •  3 Quick Dry Tees
  •  2 Track Pants
  •  1 Pair of Thermals
  •  3 Pair of Cotton Socks
  •  1 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
  •  1 Poncho
  •  1 Wind Proof Jacket
  •   One Heavy Jacket
  •   Sun Cap
  •   One Scarf
  •   Light towel
  •   Lip Balm
  •   Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
  •   Water Bottle 1 Lt
  •   Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
  •   Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
  •   Personal Medicine Kit
  •   Dark Sunglasses
  •   Gloves
  •   1 Pair Woolen socks
  •   Trekking pole
  •   Woolen cap/monkey cap

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What is the Sandakphu Phalut Trek?
Sandakphu Phalut Trek is a moderate high altitude trek done throughout the trek and is particularly enjoyable during winters. The trek is situated in Sikkim.

When is the best time to go to for the Sandakphu Phalut Trek?
The best time for Sandakphu Phalut Trek is during  the winter months of December,January,March, April and May. But this trek can be done and is enjoyable throughout the year.

How difficult is the Sandakphu Phalut Trek?
Sandakphu Phalut Trek is considered by comparison a moderate high altitude trek. But you need to have good physical fitness to complete this trek. Doing cardio vascular exercises is very helpful  for preparing for this trek.

What are the temperatures during the Sandakphu Phalut Trek?
During the Sandakphu Phalut Trek temperatures vary  between -15 to 10 degree celcius.There will be considerable variation between night and day and in the direct sun and shade, so it is important to plan accordingly.

 How much we have to trek each day?
Normally our trek are designed in such a way that we reach our camp by lunch time and on an average trekking distance is roughly 6 Kms each day and it takes around 6 hours by an average trekker to cover that distance.

What medicines should I carry during the trek?
Below is a list of basic medicines you should carry for a high altitude trek.
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Band aid – 10 stripsGauze cloth – 1 small role
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Cotton – 1 small roll
ORS – 5 packets
Betadine cream
Moov spray

Tablets:
Crocin – 5 tablets
Avomine – 4 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Diamox – 15 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Digene – 10 tablets
Diamox – 10 tablets

Is Diamox advisable ?
Diamox help in acclimatization but we do not advise it please consult your Doctor before taking it.

Who will lead and who all will go along with us ?
All our treks are led by certified & Experienced Trek Leaders/Guides. We believe in sustainable adventure eco-tourism which in effect means that our teams are locally sourced. Other than a Trek lead we in our team we will have local Guides, Cook, Helpers and Porters.

How big are the groups ?
We make it a point not to have more than 15 people in a trekking group as we believe that the best way to enjoy adventure is in small sustainable groups.

What is the minimum number of Trekkers required for Fixed Departures ?
Our Fixed departures are guaranteed and a promise to our customer that even if there is a Single trekker we will proceed with the trek at a loss.

I am the only girl in a trek, is it safe ?
We generally have a ratio of Male:Female of about 2:1. Mountains on the whole are much safer than the plains. Lots of solo female trekkers join us and we make it a point that only female trekkers share the tent with other female trekkers.

What thing we need to Carry for the trek?
You can follow the list at things to carry

Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter. What are the charges for the same.
When you are in the mountains you should be self-sufficient and  you should carry your own backpack. The charges to offload a backpack of roughly 9 kg or less is about 300 per day.

 Which type of shoes should I buy ?
Good trekking shoes  are a must for the valley of flowers Trek. Read more at How to Buy Trekking Shoes

How many trekkers will be in one tent ?
We generally have 3-man tents  were we accommodate anywhere between 2-3 people.

What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers?
Good physical fitness as well as mental fitness is required for the Har Ki Dun Trek. This is an ideal trek for a beginner who wants to familiarize him/herself with high altitude treks.To get into  optimum level of fitness you can go through our article How to prepare for a high altitude trek.

What is there in Food menu during a trek ?
We server wholesome and nutritious Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snacks. The food is vegetarian. Vegetarian food is preferable at high altitudes as it is easy to digest.

Is the water on the trek safe?
The advantage of trekking the Himalayas is that your trekking route is filled with fresh Himalayan streams. Your trek leader/guide will direct you to places where you can fill clean water from. We recommend this water but in case you are unsure you can carry water purifying tablets with you.

 What type of vehicles are used for transportation ?
We use Sumo/Xylo/Tempo for transportation.

What do you do if we encounter a medical emergency during the trek?
Our team at Renok is trained in handling high altitude emergencies. Apart from being trained mountaineers they bring a wealth of experience with dealing with high altitude illnesses. We carry First aid kits and oxygen cylinders with us and in case of other medical emergencies we rescue the trekker till the road head. If any additional cost of evacuation is incurred it is borne by the trekker. Also before the trek it’s your responsibility to get a medical fitness checkup by a doctor which certifies you are fit enough for this trek.

Can we change the itinerary?
Renok Adventures LLP reserves the right to change the itinerary depending upon the weather conditions and other factors. If extra cost is incurred due to rescheduling the trekker is informed beforehand and extra cost if any is borne by the trekker. Please note that we operate treks in some of the most remote regions and harshest conditions where unforeseen events may force us to change the itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.

Can you customize the Sandakphu Trek?
Yes Har Ki Dun Trek can be customised, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time for any number of people. The Cost for private customized  trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.

What if trek is cancelled at the last moment due to ‘force majeure’?
All the arrangements for the tour are pre-planned and prepaid.
We will offer you alternate trek options of similar value depending upon the weather conditions if a trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. In case of non-completion of the tour due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services.

What is your Cancellation Policy
Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days :- 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days :- No refund.

What is your Rescheduling  Policy ?
We will reschedule your trek without any extra charge if this is conveyed to us in writing ateast 1 month before the trek starting date.
Between 07-24 Days before start of the trek :- 30% of Trek/Tour cost  will be charged for rescheduling.
Less than 7 days:- 100% of Trek/Tour cost  will be charged for rescheduling.

NJP
NJP is the base location for the Goecha La Trek.We have to meet at 6:00 AM at NJP.From NJP we drive to our basecamp to Yuksom.The drive takes around 8-9 hours.

 Reaching NJP  by Flights
The Bagdogra Airport is the closest airport to NJP. It is around 20 Km from NJP. Taxis are easily available from Bagdogra Airport.

Reaching by train
NJP is well connected by railway network with major destinations of India because it’s a major Junction.

You can get a list of trains to NJP through this link.

For exact timings & Schedule of trains please check the Indian Railway official site.

Reaching NJP by Road (Bus)
NJP is well connected with comfortable buses run by government and private operators. You can catch luxury and normal buses to NJP from Kolkata.

AVAILABLE DATES

16th December 2018 (Open)

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Here’s a short itinerary of Sandakphu Phalut Trek:

Day 1: Reach Jaubhari; 4-5 hours drive from New Jalpaiguri. Jaubhari (6,400 ft) to Tumling (9,450 ft); 11 km, 6-7 hours
Day 2: Tumling (9,450 ft) to Kalipokhri (10,400 ft); 13 km, 7 hours
Day 3: Kalipokhri (10,400 ft) to Sandakphu (11,950 ft); 6.5 km, 3 hours
Day 4: Sandakphu (11,950 ft) to Sabargram (11,807 ft); 21 km, 7 hours
Day 5: Sabargram (11,807 ft) to Gorkhey (7,546 ft) via Phalut; 17 km, 6 hours
Day 6: Gorkhey (7,546 ft) to Sepi (6,234 ft); 15 km, 5 hours.

It is advised that you keep a buffer day because the weather is unpredictable in the mountains.

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