Sandakphu Trek

Departure Date

01th of every month

Duration

7 days

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Maximum Seats

10

Why This Trek?

The Sandakphu trek is an absolute delight for trekkers as you can see the panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas including four of the highest peaks in the world Kanchenzongda, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu.

  • DIFFICULTY : Moderate.

  • MAX AlLTITUDE : 11,930 ft

  • BASE CAMP : Manyebhanjang.

  • DURATION : 7 Days 6 Nights.

  • BEST SEASON : May – June /  Mid September – October.

TREK FEE PER PERSON

Rs. 9500

Sandakphu Trek Cost: 9500 + 9% GST (Ex Manyebhanjang)

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The Sandakphu trek has well laid trekking trail located in Singalila Wildlife Sanctuary and Sandakphu Trek is the highest point of West Bengal. Best time to do Sandakphu trek is May to June and mid August to October.

 

Destinations Covered during Sandakphu Trek Trek : Manyebhanjang , Sandakphu , Phalut Top

What’s Included :

  • Accommodation during Trek (Camping) on Sharing basis
  • All meals while on trek(Veg) from day 2nd lunch to day 7th breakfast.
  • All necessary fees and permit (for Indian)
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
  • Trekking equipments

What’s Not Included :

  • Surface transfer from Darjeeling – Manyebhanjang & Rimbik – Darjeeling
  • Any meal during transit and at Maneybhanjang
  • Any expenses incurred due to natural reasons.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag.
  • Anything not mentioned explicitly

Here’s a short itinerary of Sandakphu Trek:

Day 1: Drive from Darjeeling – Mneybhanjang via Ghoom (110 kms , 6 hrs).
Day 2: Trek from Maneybhanjang – Tonglu – Kalipokhari (9 kms , 6 hrs).
Day 3: Trek from Kalipokhari – Sandakphu (10 kms , 5 hrs).
Day 4: Trek from Sandakphu – Phalut Top ( 8 kms ,  5 hrs).
Day 5: Trek from Phalut – Rammam via Gorkhey (15 kms , 6-7 hrs).
Day 6: Trek from Rammam – Rimbik (9 kms , 6 hrs).
Day 7: Drive from Rimbik to Darjeeling (58 kms , 3 hrs).

Detailed Sandakphu Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Darjeeling to Mneybhanjang via Ghoom (110 kms, 6 hrs)

We will start our trek after an early morning drive from Darjeeling to Maneybhanjang a small Buddhist Sherpa village. Our first camp will be at Tonglu and trek to Tonglu is through dense forest and hillside covered with wild flowers and breathtaking view of Kanchendzonga and its neighbouring peaks like Kabru north, Sleeping Buddha etc. Overnight stay in tents / Lodge.

Sandakphu Trek

Day 2: Trek from Maneybhanjang – Tonglu – Kalipokhari (9 kms, 5 hrs)

Start our trekking after an early morning exercise and breakfast through farmlands and small village inhabited with friendly villagers. You will find the rhododendron flowers in abundance along the trek route. Overnight stay in tents or huts at Kalipokhari.

Sandakphu Trek

Day 3: Trek from Kalipokhari – Sandakphu (10 kms , 5 hrs)

Sandakphu is situated at an altitude of 3,636 m and is around 58 kms from Darjeeling and commands some the spectacular views of Kanchendzonga massif and other near by Himalayan peaks. The initial trek descends to the “Valley of Poison” – Bikhebhangang and then steep climb to Sandakphu which takes around 3-4 hours.

Sandakphu Trek

Day 4: Trek from Sandakphu – Phalut Top ( 8 kms , 5 hrs)

Phalut is the highest point in the Singalila Range and trek from Sandakphu to Phalut is most fascinating part of the entire Sandakphu Trek. Silver fir forest and rhodendron makes most of the beautiful scene.
Sandakphu Trek

Day 5: Trek from Phalut – Rammam via Gorkhey (15 kms , 7 hrs)

Start your trek through beautiful dense forest of Pines, Chestnut, Hemlock, Oak etc till the trail reaches the meeting point of two streams called Gorkhey. Gorkhey is small beautiful place where you can enjoy your packed lunch after a bath in the stream. After enjoying our lunch we will trek further towards Rammam.

Day 6: Trek from Rammam – Rimbik (9 kms , 6 hrs)

The trekking trail from Rammam to Rimbik is almost level walk for around 9 Kms and then it descends to small village called Sirikhola and then after 1 Kms of steep trekking we reach Rimbik. Overnight stay in tent of trekker’s hut.

Day 7: Drive from Rimbik to Darjeeling (58 kms drive)

Drive from Rimbik to Darjeeling.

Fitness Required for Sandakphu 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 Trek is amoderate trek suitable for first time trekker with basic to above average fitnessTrekking Experience: Prior trekking experience is helpful for this trek but not necessary.Fitness Required: The Sandakphu 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 carry for Sandakphu Trek

Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella any one is must
Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
Floaters or Sandals
Trekking Shoes
2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
3 Pair of Socks
Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece 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
Trekking Pole
CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !

What is the Sandakphu Trek?
Sandakphu Trek is a moderate high altitude trek done primarily during the pre-monsoon and post monsoon. The trek is situated in the state of West Bengal.

When is the best time to go to for the Sandakphu Trek?
The best time for Sandakphu Trek is during the months of April, May,June, September and October,November, December.

 How difficult is the Sandakphu Trek?
Sandakphu Trek is considered by comparison an moderatehigh 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. Please check the preparation  section to get a better understanding of this.

What are the temperatures during the Sandakphu Trek?
During the Sandakphu Trek  temperatures vary between 0-20 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 6-9 Kms each day and it takes around 6-7 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 will have local Guides, Cook, Helpers and Porters.

How big are the trekking 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 refer to the section things to carry for this information

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 Pindari Glacier 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 Goecha La Trek. This is a trek which can be done by experienced trekkers. 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 kitsand 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 a Sandakphu Trek?
Yes Sandakphu 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 privatecustomized 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 Sandakphu Trek .We have to meet at 6:00 AM at NJP.From NJP we drive to our basecamp.

 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

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AVAILABLE DATES

  • 07 Oct to 19 Oct 2016 (Open)

  • 17 Oct to 24 Oct 2016 (Open)

  • 07 Oct to 19 Oct 2016 (Open)

  • 17 Oct to 24 Oct 2016 (Open)

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SHORT ITINERARY

Day 1: Drive from Darjeeling – Mneybhanjang via Ghoom (110 kms , 6 hrs).
Day 2: Trek from Maneybhanjang – Tonglu – Kalipokhari (9 kms , 6 hrs).
Day 3: Trek from Kalipokhari – Sandakphu (10 kms , 5 hrs).
Day 4: Trek from Sandakphu – Phalut Top ( 8 kms ,  5 hrs).
Day 5: Trek from Phalut – Rammam via Gorkhey (15 kms , 6-7 hrs).
Day 6: Trek from Rammam – Rimbik (9 kms , 6 hrs).
Day 7: Drive from Rimbik to Darjeeling (58 kms , 3 hrs).

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7 Reviews
  • Bikash
    March 14, 2017

    Sandakphu Trek is one trek where you can see some of the highest peaks of World. We book Sandakphu trek package with Renok Adventures and our Sandakphu Trek Guide was Rohan and Sandakphu Trek route we followed was Maneybhanjang – Sandakhphu – Rimbik. Best Time to visit Sandakphu is during winter months of December, January, February and March.

  • Amir Khan
    March 6, 2017

    Best Trek

  • Rahul guha
    November 13, 2015

    will there be any trek for sandakphu in february or march 2016?

  • Anjan
    September 28, 2015

    Even I was thinking to booking through this but seems there are no fixed departures. So I have decided to go on my own and have already started making the arrangement for logistics. If anyone is interested in 14th to 15th October, please drop a mail to me (anjansarmah@gmail.com)

  • Kaushik
    August 24, 2015

    Would like to join the 11th Oct batch. Plz Let me know if 02 slots are available.

    • Rohan Jain
      August 25, 2015

      Hey Kaushik,
      As of now we don’t have fixed departure for Sandakhphu Trek.
      Apologies 🙂

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