We will meet at a pre designated spot in Darjeeling at around 7:00 am and from there drive to Manibhanjan. The walk starts from Manibhanjan and continues past several small settlements up to the Tonglu (3020m), located in dense forest overlooking the entire Darjeeling hills. From Tonglu we continue along the rhododendron covered ridges to Jaubari, just inside the Nepal border, to gain our first uninterrupted views of the eastern Himalaya. Overnight in tents
The day starts with a downhill trail passing through a picturesque Nepalese village, Khanyakatta. From here the route continues back to the ridge after a short climb to Kalapokhari. There are great views of Kanchenjunga throughout. From here we climb towards the Singalila Ridge. This is a perfect walk that holds a huge potential for bird watching. From here it’s a steady haul up to Sandakphu. Himalayan panorama from here is majestic. Snow clad ranges of Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal are visible. The gigantic peaks of Everest, Kangchenjunga and Makalu are visible from here along with other peaks like Kabru, Kumbhakarna and Pandim. Sunset from here is a sight to behold.
A long but easy stretch with gradual ascents and descents. A walk of four to five hours through rhododendrons and then for a couple of hours over treeless mountain slopes to reach Phalut, the meeting place of three ridges coming from India, Nepal and Sikkim. It provides a spectacular view of Everest and Kangchenjunga. Overnight in tents
From here we say bye to the views of Kanchenjunga and descend steeply through a rich forest of rhododendrons and magnolias, teeming with bird life. The lower hills are covered with moss-laden trees, different varieties of rhododendron, spruce, silver firs, chest nuts, oaks, pines, magnolias and hemlocks. En route Gorkhey village is a small settlement on the border with the northern part of western Sikkim. We continue trekking further to reach the village of Raman. Overnight in tents.
Today we will continue to descend through villages and terraced fields to Siri Khola. We cross the river after which it’s an easy walk to the picturesque market town of Rimbik. From here we drive to Darjeeling. Trip ends here
Vehicle Used : Tempo Traveller / Innova / Bolero / Tata Sumo / Local Jeeps
We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek
The following equipment is provided on the trek :
|Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)||250|
Down jacket (for additional warmth)
|Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover||75|
|Waterproof Trekking boots||300|
|Rucksack (60 ltrs)||150|
|Warm high-length woollen socks||50|
*Cost in INR per day
* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true
(Delhi – Bagdogra / New Jalpaiguri)
For travel from Delhi to Bagdogra or New Jalpaiguri , one can choose between air and rail. For air travel, the closest airport is Bagdogra airport. There are a couple of flights that link this airport to Delhi airport.The closest railway station is New Jalpaiguri. To Darjeeling it is a 4 to 5 hrs drive from NJP and Bagdogra.
(Delhi – Bagdogra / New Jalpaiguri)
On way back from NJP there are super fast trains available for New Delhi. There are flights also available to New Delhi from Bagdogra.
In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (Apr-Jun) there will be snow along the trail which generally melts by end April. Days are going to be sunny and warm (14-22 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 0-12 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Nov) there is possibility of snow towards the end of the season, which also melts very fast. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (12-20 °C) and the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (-2 to 8 °C).
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.
Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.
…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek
Note : In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.
We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of ‘Leave No Trace’ & ‘Tread Light’ policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the ‘GIO trekking Manual’. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.
This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.
Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details..
We have broadly classified our treks as below:
Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers
Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding
Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.
Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.
Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.
Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.
Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.
Sometimes you want to plan a trip to your own liking as according to your schedule & time as against taking a set group package tour, which leaves on fixed dates. You may want to go on a differemt trail to reach the destination or avoid a particular stretch or climb a certain peak. We handle the nitty gritty of planning such a trip.
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5 Days | Mar - May & Sep - Nov | Moderate | Max Alt: Phalut (3600m)
Day 01: Darjeeling - Manibhanjan (2150m) - Jaubari (2750m) (Drive / 1 Hr) (Trek / 5 - 6 Hrs)
Day 02: Jaubari - Kalpokhri (2950m)- Sandakphu (3580m) (Trek / 6 - 7 Hrs)
Day 03: Sandaphu - Phalut (3600m) (Trek / 6 - 7 Hrs)
Day 04: Phalut - Raman (2560m) (Trek / 5 - 6 Hrs)
Day 05: Raman - Rimbik - Darjeeling (Trek / 5 - 6 Hrs) (Drive / 5 - 6 Hrs)
Sandakphu Trek is categorized in easy to moderate type of treks in the Sikkim region which offers some unmatched views of the Himalayas, with a clear view of Everest and Kanchenjunga. The hilly trails are quite approachable and add up a lot more attraction for Trek enthusiasts heading for short treks which can be easily accessible and yet beautiful.
Trekking at Sandakphu is quite tiring but has a mystical charm. Situated at an altitude of 3636m is one of the highest peaks of West Bengal. It is situated at the edge of the Singalila National Park on the West Bengal - Sikkim border and is the highest point of the Singalila Ridge. The Singalila Ridge is considered to be the best spot to view the Kangchenjunga Peak also known as the Sleeping Buddha.
Snow trek to Sandakphu is a mountain trail that crosses through famous Singalila Ridge, which is recognized as a prominent spur of high ground located on the southern part of the Kangchenjunga massif. It is located in a strategic location and forms the basis of the border between Sikkim and Nepal. Trek to Sandakphu has a walking trail between beautiful rhododendron forests, alpine meadows and small villages that reach the ridge and give a clear, breath-taking view of the Himalayas.