Rating in India
$ 135

Sandakphu Phalut Trek

Trekking  +  walking
Trekking + walking
min $ 135
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Siliguri
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 135
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Trip Highlight

Length: 8 days; NJP to NJP. 6 days of trekking. Trekking from Chitrey to Rimbik around 80 Km.
Access: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is well connected by train from New Delhi and Kolkata. Nearest airport, Bagdogra, 10 Km from Siliguri. Connecting flights to New Delhi and Kolkata available. Drive to Chitrey, 100 Km from Siliguri/Bagdogra West Sikkim around 160km.
Highest Point: Sandakphu, ~ 3636 m/11930ft & Phalut, 3600m/11800ft
Grade: Easy
Seasons: Mid March to May and October to December
Further Options: From Phalut cross Singalila Pass in West Sikkim and descent to Barsey or Uttarey
Fixed Departure Dates: 19th March, 9th April 2016

Itinerary

Day 1: NJP to Chitrey by car – 100 Km – 4/5 hours 
Pick up from NJP railway station in the morning by 10 am and drive to Maneybhanjang (1980m, 6500ft). Distance around 110 km and takes 6 hours. The road goes through the foothills of Eastern Himalaya (also called Dooars) and gradually gains the height. There are two roads of which one goes through the hill town of Mirik and the other by Ghoom. The last 2 Km from Maneybhanjung to Chitrey is a steep road with several hairpin bends and eventually reaches the hilltop clearing at Chitrey (~ 2200 m, 7200 ft). Chitrey is a small hamlet with of handful houses and a solitary lodge. Night stay at Chitrey.

Day 2: Trek to Tonglu/Tumling – 9 Km – 6 hours 
Our trek starts today. There is a motor able road to Sandakphu from Maneybhanjung and the distance is 33 Km. We start walking and after few turns on the table top meadow reach the tea stall at Lameydhura in an hour. Now the trail can be seen clearly till Meghma and while we slowly gain height. As the route often defines the border between India and Nepal so posting of Paramilitary camps of SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal) at all the major points are common. From Meghma the the road splits and we take the left one. The one in the right leads to the top of Tonglu and then by descending eventually joins at Tumling. After traversing for an hour and half we reach the destination Tumling (~ 2900m, 9500ft). Total distance is 9 Km and can take 5 hours. We stay for the night in tourist lodge.

Day 3: Trek to Kalapokhri - 12 Km – 6/7 hours
We start our walk on a level ground and reach the Check post of Singalila National Park in 45 minutes. From here we obtain the permit and get into the national park. Shortly after check post the road bifurcates. We leave the jeep road and take the left trail into Nepal. The terrain is wide spread and walking on the rolling trail we reach the Nepalese village of Joubari. From the village the main road leads to the eastern Nepal town of Ilam and we take a right turn and descend on the stoned trail. The trail far ahead is clearly visible from here and after an hour we descend to the Indian settlement called Gairibas. There is a Trekekrs Hut, SSB camp and a shop which serves tea and noodles. From here we trek to Kalapokhri and stay for the night. Total distance is 12 km and takes approx. 6 hours to cover.

Day 4: Trek to Sandakphu – 6 Km – 4 hours
We traverse the mountain ridge to reach Bhikeybhanjung in an hour. This portion of the trail is inside Nepal and Indian road joins here from the other side of the mountain. On the horizon we can see one ridge after another meeting the horizon. Silver fir and Pine tree dominate the treeline. After ascending for an hour and half we turn left and reach the top of the ridge Sandakphu (~ 3636m, 11930ft). The left side of the ridge is in Nepal and the right side in India. We stay for the night at Trekkers hut in the Indian side of the top.

Day 5: Sandakphu to Phalut – 21 Km – 8/9 hours 
Today we wake up early. The wide panorama of Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan ranges about 320 Km long is visible from left to right. Snowy mass of mountains looking like a gigantic wall mesmerise. Towering Kanchendzongha is straight ahead and marks the border between Sikkim and Nepal,  along with Kabru, Pandim and Janu (Kumbhakarna) dominates the scene. Today’s walk surely makes entry in the list of finest ones in the Himalayas. The main trail from Sandakphu goes to the left towards Phalut and a secondary trail on the right descends to Rmbik via Gurdum and Srikhola. The 21 Km long trail runs along the ridge line while high mountains to the north and northwest. we pitch our camp or stay at Trekker's hut in Phalut.

Day 6: Trek to Gorkhey – 15 Km – 5 hours
We wake up before sunrise and climb to the top for 20 minutes. In the morning it can be cold and windy. Use windproof, gloves and balaclava. The views are simply breathtaking while the entire range is much closer. The shape of the Sleeping Buddha formation is surprisingly beautiful, Janu (Kumbhakarna) forming the head, Kanchendzongha  the body and Pandim forms the toe. Everest group of peaks are a bonus! Today we descend 15 Km to Gorkhey (~ 2400m, 7900ft). This is picturesque small village with a stream flowing by side and borders with the northern part of West Sikkim. Private lodges and a Trekkers Hut are available for stay.

Day 7: Trek to Srikhola – 12 Km – 5 hours ( We may move to Rimbik, which is another 6 Km)
We start the day by climbing a small hill to reach another village called Samandin. From there our destination for the day is Srikhola (~ 1900m, 6200ft). Total distance is 15 Km and can take 5/6 hour.

Day 8: By car from Srikhola/Rimbik to NJP – 150 Km - 6/7 hours

Price:

9800  (INR) per person (Chitrey to Rimbik) + 4.5% Service Tax

 

Inclusions:

  • 2 nights stay at Chitrey (Day 1) and Rimbik (Day 7) in tourist rest house/lodge on sharing basis and food.
  • The trek fee.
  • All meals during the trek. Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek (including eggs), breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.
  • Accommodation on sharing basis for all the night stays within the trek in private tourist lodge or Government Trekkers Hut.
  • Excellent Mountain Guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails around.
  • Permit fee for Singalila National Park.

Exclusion

  • Transportation from NJP to Chitrey and back.
  • We assume that you will carry your personal Rucksack/Backpack with all your personal belongings. If you want to offload your Rucksack and carried by our Pack Animal/Porter then you need to pay additional Rs 2400 for the entire duration of the trek. The Rucksack should not weigh more than 10Kg.
  • Still/Video camera charges inside the Singalila National Park.
  • Any tip/gratuity to the HT supports staffs. If you are happy with the service, please tip them generously.
  • Any kind of insurance during the trek or transit.
  • Any cost which is not mentioned in the “inclusions” or personal in nature.

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation policy

  1. If you cancel a trek/trip before 15 days, we will refund 75% of the trek/trip fee.
  2. If you cancel a trek/trip before 7 days, we will refund 50% of the trek/trip fee.
  3. If you cancel a trek/trip before 6 to 1 days there will be NO REFUND.
  4. In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake etc or any political unrest, if we cancel the trek/trip you will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek/trip within next one year.

Disclaimer
The activity is weather based and depends on the weather conditions.There may be last minute cancellation if weather conditions deteriorate.

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of TripHippie
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