Trekking Region : Uttarey, Singalila National Park, West Sikkim
Uttarey to Sandakpuh Trekking Duration : 7 Nights | 8 Days
Places Covered in Uttarey, Phoktey Dara, Phalut, Sandakpuh Trekking : Pelling-2N, Chewabhanjyang-2N, Phalut-1N, Sandakphu-1N, Tumling-1N
Mountain Range : Singalila Ridge
Trekking Grade : Moderate
Max Altitude : : 11,930 Ft [Sandakphu top]
Trekking Distance : : 45 kms [approx]
Altitude of Uttarey : 6,600 ft [27.2606° N, 88.0950° E]
Altitude of Chewabhanjyang : 10,300 ft [28.585777° N, 77.320913° E]
Altitude of Phoktey Dara : 12,250 ft [27.250093° N, 88.0307966° E]
Altitude of Phalut : 11,794 ft [27.1711° N, 88.0200° E]
Altitude of Sandakphu : 11,930 ft [27.0600° N, 88.0000° E]
NOTE: Apart from this Uttarey Sandakphu Round Trek, NatureWings operate Sandakphu Land Rover Tour Package, Sandakphu Trekking Package from Bangalore, Sandakphu Trekking Package from Mumbai, Sandakphu Trekking Package from Delhi also. For detail you may contact our Sandakphu Phalut Trekking Specialist at +91-97485-52505
Do pictures of Gangtok, Pelling, Nathu La Pass, Baba Mandir and Rumtek Monastery pop up in front of your eyes when you think of Sikkim Tour from NJP? It is very likely to happen since these are the most popular spots in the state. But if you think this is the limit to explore the state, you are terribly wrong. Sikkim is blessed by Mother Nature and there is simply no end to explore it. On the distant tops and laps of the green mountains stand innumerable beautiful villages and hamlets that showcase the scenic beauty of Nature in a completely different way. Uttarey is one such place. If you are tired of your daily routines and planning to break free, ignore the popular names and go for Uttarey Tour. You will get back with your soul and eyes enriched with blessings of Nature.
Uttarey is a very small village in the serene western part of Sikkim which could be reached from Pelling, Dentum and Geyzing. At a height of over 6,600 feet, Uttarey appears like a piece of painting on a paper, such as the scenic beauty of the place and its surroundings. Your Uttarey Package Tour would start from Singshore Bridge, the second highest hanging gorge bridge in Asia. As your car starts climbing the steep slopes you will start discovering an unseen form of Sikkim. Since Uttarey is still grossly unexplored, the place is very serene and is perfect for someone who wants to stay away from every sign of urban life.
Uttarey offers a breathtaking view of Mt Kanchenjunga, the Singalila Range and the Dentum Peak as well as the valleys full of pines at their feet, which appear like green carpets with wrinkles. Uttarey is a perfect place for exploring the Nature on feet. You can go out for a stroll through the grassy trails over the slopes to reach villages of the locales or get out of your hotel for a short trip to Kagju Gumpha or Monastery, which is highly regarded as a place of worship by the local people. Set at a quite place surrounded by dense forests, the Gumpha offers an amazing atmosphere where peace and tranquility are perfectly blended. If you have an interest in arts then ancient paintings on the walls of Kagju Monastery would surely catch your eyeballs. Your eyes will also get excited with the stunning view of the Dentum Peak from the monastery premises. Sights of Mainebass Falls and Chewyabhang Pass would also be great treats for your eyes. The Chewyabhang Pass, which is just 10 kilometers from Uttarey is the entrance to Nepal. Another exciting spot within the vicinity of Uttarey is the Maneybong Kagyuk Monastery. The monastery was rebuilt in 1982 at a spot where ancient ruins were seen. There is a strong belief among local people that under the ruins lay hidden treasures and scriptures. You also walk a few steps more to reach the Gombadara Pokhri.
Now Uttarey has another speciality also. It is one of the offbeat routes for Sandakphu Trekking. When we talk about Sandakphu Trek, the first route that appears in our mind is from Manebhanjan to Sandakphu via Meghma, Tumling, Kalipokhri. But there is another route also that starts from Uttarey in West Sikkim that goes till Sandakphu via Chewabhanjyang, Phoktey Dara and Phalut. This route is very uncommon but offers the stunning view of snow capped Himalayan peak and breathtaking beauty throughout your trek and this trek is known by Uttarey Sandakphu Round Trek that starts from Uttarey village of West Sikkim. So, come and join to explore this less explored trail with NatureWings. We assure, this will be your lifelong memorable experience.
The nearest railway station to reach Uttarey is by getting down at New Jalpaiguri Station [NJP] or traveling by flight to the Bagdogra Airport [IXB]. From here one have to travel Uttarey and this can be done in two ways.
Travelling Uttarey by private/reserved vehicle : From NJP/Siligiri Station or Bagdogra Airport you can book a reserved car to reach Uttarey. The cost may vary between Rs. 5500 to Rs. 7,000 depending on the demand, weather condition, travel season and fuel price. It is almost 165 km long journey and can take up to 6 to 7 hrs depending upon the road and weather condition.
Travelling Uttarey by shared vehicle This is one of the best and pocket friendly solution to travel up to Uttarey. From NJP/Siliguri Bus Stand or from Darjeeling More at Siliguri you can hire a shared cab up to Jorethang. The distance between NJP to Jorethang is almost 90km and can take almost 4 hrs. In a shared Cab this distance can cost Rs. 250 to Rs. 350 per person. Again from Jorethang you have to book another shared car up to Uttarey. From Jorethang getting a shared cab sometime becomes an issue so it’s better to book a private cab from Jorethang to Uttarey which will cost around Rs. 2500 to Rs.3000. So in this way also one can reach Uttarey and that of also cost effective way.
|Origin||Destination||Travel Time & Distance|
|NJP||Uttarey||5 hr 36 min (161.9 km) via NH10|
|Pelling||Uttarey||1 hr 26 min (35.5 km) via Pelling - Dentam Rd|
|Gangtok||Uttarey||5 hr 17 min (156.5 km) via NH10|
|Rinchenpong||Uttarey||1 hr 34 min (40.6 km) via Tenzing Hillary Memorial Park Rd|
|Kaluk||Uttarey||1 hr 29 min (38.0 km) via Tenzing Hillary Memorial Park Rd|
|Uttarey||Phoktey Dara||5 km|
|Phoktey Dara||Phalut||10.6 km|
|Train No||Train Name||Dep. Stn||Dep. Time||Arr. Stn||Arr. Time|
|12343||Darjeeling Mail||Sealdah (SDAH)||22:05||New Jalpaiguri Jn (NJP)||08:15|
|12377||Padatik Express||Sealdah (SDAH)||23:00||New Jalpaiguri Jn (NJP)||09:15|
|13149||Kanchan Kanya Express||Sealdah (SDAH)||20:30||New Mal Jn(NMZ)||09:31|
|13147||UttarBanga Express||Sealdah (SDAH)||19:35||Falakata (FLK)||08:38|
|13141||Teesta Torsa Express||Sealdah (SDAH)||13:40||New Maynaguri (NMX)||04:22|
|12345||SaraiGhat Express||Howrah (HWH)||15:50||New Jalpaiguri (NJP)||01:40|
|12517||Garib Rath||Kolkata (KOOA)||21:40||New Jalpaiguri (NJP)||07:45|
Basically there are three different seasons which can be opting for Uttarey to Sandakphu Trekking.
Spring / Summer:
Spring or Summer comprising of April-May is the best time for planning Uttarey to Sandakphu Trek. During this time, you can behold the mesmerizing rhododendrons and other Himalayan flowers in full bloom that makes the trekking trail absolutely stunning. The clear sky with picture perfect snow capped mountain peaks is best visible during this time.
Post monsoon, basically October to November is another best season to experience this trek as after the monsoon, the skies become clearer and offer 100% crystal clear view of snow covered 8000+ meter mountain peaks.
This season is for true adventure lovers who want to test their adrenaline through high altitude spine chilling cold. With thick snow carpeted every bit of the region and shivering cold, if you want to behold the beauty of this trail, come during end of December to February - best for true adventure junkie.
This is a difficult high altitude trek preferred by professional and armature trekkers around the world. Thus 9 days long trek starts from Uttarey and ends at Yuksom via Chiwabhanjyang, Dhor, Sikkim Megu, Dafeybhir Pass, Gomathang, Panding, Dzongri, and Tsoka. Several 8000+ meter mountain peak including Mt. Everest can be viewed in this trek at very close with clear view.
This is also one of the very popular trek routes among adventure lovers. The route starts from Uttarey and cover Mainebas Falls, Chiwabhanjyang Pass, and Kalijhar. During April to June the entire trekking trail become heavenly beautiful with blooming Rhododendrons, magnolias and colorful primulas.
This lesser known trekking route is less travelled and yet to be explored more. Hence this is more adventures trekking route among all that starts from Uttarey. This wonderful trekking route runs through Singalila National Park and Kanchendzonga Biosphere Reserve and reaches up to Sandakphu via Phoktay Dara and Phalut. From Sandakphu Top the trail goes up to Manebhanjan of Darjeeling district via Kalipokhri, Gairibas, Tumling, Tonglu, Meghma and Chitrey. To know more about Sandakphu Trekking or Sandakphu Land Rover Tour contact NatureWings - The Sandakphu Tour and Trekking specialist from NJP/Siliguri/Kolkata/Bangalore/Pune.
PLEASE NOTE : Foreigners must require special permits to trek this offbeat region of Sikkim and West Bengal as this is very close to international border with Nepal rather to say many time trekkers need to trek through Nepal.
On arrival at NJP Station or Bagdogra Airport, little freshen up before boarding to vehicle way to Uttarey. As it will be a long journey (approx 6 hrs min), so it is advice to get refresh before boarding the car. Either you can have a
little breakfast or you can have it on the way. Start your journey among the mesmerizing view of hills, clouds, dense forests. All the way to Uttarey, River Teesta & Rangit will follow you. On reaching Jorethang have your lunch. Again
proceed towards Uttarey via Jorethang, Richenpong, Dentam, and at last Singshore Bridge - the second highest suspension bridge in Asia. It will be evening to reach Uttarey. Check in your pre-booked Homestay or Camp. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight at Uttarey.
Basically, this is the first day of your Uttarey Trekking. After a sun kissed happy morning finish your breakfast and prepare your backpack. Let’s start your first days ascend to Chewabanjang (10,300ft) through the upper ridge of Singalila National Park crisscrossing between the borders of India and Nepal. The steep rocky path is nicely decorated with rhododendrons, pines and dense forest. Enjoy every turn of your trek, behold the amazing gift of Mother Nature among the chirping of many unknown birds. On the way you can find some lakes with turquoise green water steady and calm as well. Those lakes are considered as very sacred and have mythological value, among which Ram and Laxhman Pokhari, Lampokhari, Laxmi Pokhari and Zomlay Pokheri are worth mentioning. With trekking through the trail hide and seek among the Sikkim Nepal border, reach top of Chewabanjang and setup your tent for night stay. Enjoy the night under clear sky full of millions of starts. We bet for the first time in your life you will experience the innumerable stars above your head (provided sky need to be crystal clear). Spend the evening with camp fire, some music with guitar and hot ready to cook dinner. Go to sleep early. The night will be bone chilling.
Having situated between the junction of Sikkim, West Bengal and Nepal border, this place offers awesome view of entire stretch of Eastern Himalayas, including ranges from Nepal and Sikkim. The majestic 8000+ meters
peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse and many others can be viewed from Phokey Dara. Beholding stunning mountain peaks while hiking around Phoktey Dara is truly an unparalleled experience. From Chewabanjang to Phoktey Dara, it is almost 4-5 km long trek. After a day-long excursion, either you can
descend down to your campsite in Chewabanjang or can setup your tent at Phokey Dara top also.
There are two distinct seasons when trekking this beautiful place:
Basically this is called the Rhododendron season. Starting from mid of March to end of June, exploring this region will appear like heaven. Colorful Rhododendron and Magnolia along with several other wild flowers decorate the hiking trail from lower altitude to higher altitude. Though not rainy, but cloudy and mystic weather are common to experience and some time morning offers a clear view of the mountain peaks with awesome beauty.
Starting from end of October to February is the winter season here with snow all over and chill windy blizzard. The trails, mountains and tress get covered under thick blanket of snow. If you are really adventure lover, and want to find yourself among the kingdom of snow, trek this place during winter. It is worth mentioning that from 25th November to 10th of December, you can view its crystal clear mountain peaks in the horizon.
This is to keep in mind that this place has scarcity of water due to less no of water sources. From April to September, though water can be found in some small natural reservoir, many of them are not drinkable. Try to
use water from natural streams which can be found in many places during the trek. Keep an empty bottle with you and whenever find any water streams, fill it. Always carry good amount of clean drinkable water with you
and consume very little when necessary and yes carrying ORS is a must.
After a chilling night, try to get up early if you want to behold the magnificent Sunrise from Kalipokhri. Return back to home stay. Complete your breakfast with hot ginger tea and start for the final part of your trek. Almost 6 hrs steep trekking route through the rocky boulder road is waiting for you.
With one and half hrs steep trekking you will reach Bikhey Bhanjang, a small hamlet where you can take little rest. As it is almost 10k+ altitude, trekking seems very tough as oxygen level drops. So proper rest is a must time to time. From Bikehy bhanjan, the "Valley of Poison" starts. It is because that in this region various type of poisonous herbs and shrubs grow, so better not to touch any colorful plants no matter how small it is.
From Bikhey Bhanjang, Sandakphu is another 4km. The trekking may be strenuous, but the natural beauty will fill your heart with joy and happiness. Every turn in this path is awesome, beautiful with jaw dropping cinerary. Enjoy it. After all you are here for that. Then suddenly the mile stone will appear before you with Sandakphu = 0Km. Yes, you are almost done. You are at the top of West Bengals highest point.
Sandakphu is a window to one of the finest view of the snowy mountains, from the mighty Everest in Nepal, to the revered Khangchendzonga in Sikkim and the legendary Chomolhari in the Bhutan. The whole snowy range of Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal about 320km in length, a wonderful square mass of mountains looking like a wall of snow is visible but the gigantic height and breadth of touring Khangchendzonga with its attendant peaks, Kabru, Jannu and Pandim dominate the scene.
Take rest, enjoy the view for what you are doing this hard work for last three days. Behold the mesmerizing view of the entire Himalayan range with the Great Mt. Kanchenjungha calling you in front. Good Night sleep at home stays at Sandakphu.
Today we will start our return journey from Sandakphu. It will be another wonderful day as we will be trekking though some magnificent route that’s worth depicting. First we will set out for Gurdum which is almost 10km and can be trekked within 4 hrs through the dense Singalila forest full of blooming Rhododendron, Oaks and Chestnut trees. The path is extremely beautiful, full of serenity and carpeted with flowers of rhododendron between April to June.
Gurdum is a tiny picturesque hamlet at an altitude of 7150ft. Very small number of families live here. Having surrounded by dense forest, the ambience of the village is awesome and great spot to enjoy the nature’s beauty. After reaching here, take rest and have lunch at Sherpa Himalayan Lodge.
After an hour of lunch break, we will start towards Srikhola which is nearly 2 hrs trek. SriKhola is another wonderful place to behold. With an altitude of 6900ft, it's a tiny village with a beautiful mountain streams. Here to mention that in local language the word "khola" means "Stream". After reaching Srikhola, either you can take rest or can roam around the beautiful streams; in the evening you can enjoy campfire besides the stream also. It's a wonderful experience. We will spend the night at Srikhola.
With a hot cup of tea / coffee say good morning to Srikhola. Roam around the vicinity and experience the morning glory once for all as we will start our final decent soon. After breakfast take a shared vehicle to NJP / Siliguri / Bagdora via Rimbik, Manebhanjan, Sukhiapokhri and Mirik. It will be a long journey; almost 160km and can take 6 to 7 hrs. Here your Sandakphu Trekking Package from NJP ends with sweet memories.
→ Accommodation is on twin sharing basis
→ Meals : All meal (During trekking Veg meal will be prvided)
→ Transfers from one place to another
→ Vehicle will be provided based on the itinerary
→ All permits and applicable taxes
→ Guide Charges
→ Entrance fees at the monuments / temples / monastery
→ Meals not mentioned in inclusions
→ Train Fare, Air Fare
→ Porter / Pony Services
→ Any kind of insurance
→ Any increase in the govt. and state taxes
→ Personal expenses
→ Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
→ Anyone person irrespective of gender above the age of 12 with sporting abilities can join this trekking
→ First time trekkers and adventure lovers also can join provided they should have love and interest in trekking
→ The trekkers must be physically fit and have sufficient stamina to trek 5 to 6km without a break and stress
→ The trekkers should be able to carry approx 10 kg backpack through ups and downs of the hills
→ Persons having high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, vertigo will not be allowed to participate in trekking
→ Due to reappearance of COVID cases in some states, the Gov. of West Bengal has enforced a strict COVID negative (RT-PCR test) requirement for travellers coming from states like Maharashtra, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala and Telangana by flights. The test report should be within 72 hrs while checking at airport.
→ General COVID protocol should by maintained in public like – maintaining social distancing, carrying masks and sanitizer in the common areas etc.
→ Follow and cooperate with the Covid protocol at hotel/resort/home stay.
→ Use disposable items as much as possible, and dump it in defined place.
→ On day 1, you have to reach NJP/BAGDOGRA within 9 to 9.30am and on the day of return, you will reach NJP/BAGDOGRA around 4 to 5 pm. So arrange your train or flight ticket accordingly.
→ Trekkers can customize their trip with Darjeeling and its sightseeing points like Lepcha Jagat, Lamahatta, Sitong, and Toy train Joy Ride, Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway Ride etc. For that contact with NatureWings while booking your Sandakphu Trekking Package.
→ The last ATM that you can avail is in Sukhiapokhri (and that of no guarantee of cash due to link failure). It will be wise decision to withdraw adequate amount of cash from NJP/Siliguri/Bagdogra and make the cash in small denomination.
→ You are requested to carry at least 2 SIM card. Though most of the mobile network work here, but at the top of Sandakphu and Phalut Indian mobile network sometime disappear. Only Nepalese mobile network work here fine. You can use them on request to the hotel or trekkers hut owners.
→ Generally during the entire trek, we keep our guests at homestay or trekkers hut. But if you want to spend the night in camp under beautiful starry sky, make it confirm while booking.
→ Carry important medicine for fever, cough, dizziness, vomiting, band-aid, ORS etc.
→ Carry enough bottled water while on trekking and drink adequate water.
→ While trekking, there will be no modern toilet facility. So be mentally prepared for that.
→ Carrying raincoat is a must. It will be better if you can use waterproof trekking Suit.
→ Try to wear bright colour trekking suit and also choose your rucksack in bright colour. It will help to locate you easily in tough time.
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First thing to note that from the origination point, i.e. from Sandakphu Trekking Package from NJP or from Manebhanjan, you will not find any modern Hospital. If any emergency arrives, you need to come down either to Rimbik or to Sukhiapokhri.
From Sandakphu to Rimbik the distance is almost 25km. You need to stay one night at Gurdum before reaching to Rimbik via Srikhola.
Let's understand the distance:
Sandakphu to Gurdum (7250ft) - 10km
Gurdum to Srikhola - 6km
Srikhola to Rimbik (6500 ft) - 7km
The Health Center in Rimbik is:
Rimbik SC Health Sub-center
Rimbick Sc Govt Building
Above Rimbick Higher Secondary School
Darjeeling Pulbazar Bijanbari, Darjeeling Pulbazar, Darjiling, West Bengal 734201
Another nearest Hospital is at Sukhiapokhri. You need to drive down from Sandakphu to SukhiaPokhri through Manebhanjan. You can book a Land Rover or any four wheelers from Sandakphu to Manebhanjan and from Manebhanjan take another car and reach Sukhiapokhri. From Sandakphu to Sukhia Pokhri the distance is almost 40km and takes nearly 3 hrs. It is the shortest way to get down from Sandakphu if any medical emergency appears. The facility is:
Sukhia Pokhri Govt Hospital
Address: Sukhia Pokhari, West Bengal 734221
Sukhiapokhri Block Hospital
Address: Alipurduar Rd, Sukhia Pokhari, West Bengal 734221
The distance can be divided in two parts.
1st - Sandakphu Trekking / Sandakphu Land Rover Tour generally start from Manebhanjan which is 25 km from Darjeeling via Ghum and Sukhiapokhri.
2nd - Manebhanjan to Sandakphu is almost 32km. So the distance between Darjeeling to Sandakphu is about 55km in total.
Yes, absolutely, according to suggestion of NatureWings, Sandakphu is best trekked between end of September to end of November or 1st half of December. During this time air is cool, pleasant and fog free. Mountain views are best seen at this time. The chances to behold the exquisite beauty of entire Himalayan Mountain range along with four 8000+ meters peak (Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lohtse, and Mt. Kanchenjungha) can be visible clearly from Sandakphu at this time only. The possibilities are 100% crystal clear view.
PLEASE NOTE : As this is the Durga Puja Holiday Season in Bengal, Bengalis prefer to travel Sandakphu this time via Darjeeling either by Booking Sandakphu Land Rover Package Tour from NatureWings or by booking Sandakphu Trekking Package. Apart from that trekkers from different parts of India and the world prefer to trek here in September to November.
In the hands of NatureWings, any trek for Sandakphu and Phalut is safe. We cater top level arrangements in terms of homestay, trekkers hut, experience guide and porters, permit, equipments and safety norms. For any urgent evacuation we also remain alert all the time with Land Rover. So as per safety issue, Sandakphu Trek is 100% safe.
Sandakphu is just at 11,950ft above sea level. So in terms of height, it may not look so impressive to any experienced trekker. What makes Sandakphu so special is its location from where you can see four highest peaks in the world standing in a same place.
Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kanchenjungha are the peaks which stand majestically in a wide range and can be viewed from Sandakphu Top. That’s why Sandakphu Trek is so special.
From origination point of Mane Bhanjan (elevation 1,928 m / 6,325 ft), the distance of Sandakphu (elevation 11,950 ft / 3636m) is 32kms. A moderate trekking is required to cover this distance and generally it is done in 3 days i.e. spending 1 night in Tumling/Tonglu and 1 night in Kalipokhri.
First tak to our Sandakphu Trekking expert, plan your trek, register your name and pay 25% of your total Sandakphu Trekking Package Cost. Thats it. You are done. Our trek co-ordinator will in be touch with you and guide you as per schedule.
If you wish to trek Sandakphu during November and December (it is considered as best time to trek), then please be noted that you are going to experience Zero or sometime Sub-Zero temperature. It is freezing cold on top of Sandakphu at night. In deccember it may be as low as -15°C. So keep adequate clothe and equipment to keep you warm.
Most trek route in Sandakphu is flat walks. If you start from Manebhanjan then first 30 minutes trek up to Chitre has little steep. From Chitre to Tumling most of the treks' path has little ups, and down with moderate flat walk on the meadow, and through the deep forest with wild bamboo and rhododendron. From Tumling to Gairibas also it has fewer ups and downs. Then your trek will start from Gairibas to Kalipokhari with moderate walk on bolder path. Then your actual ascend starts from Kalipokhri to Sandakphu. It has steep ascends and many hair pins curve. So, to trek the entire path of 32 km you need at least a month longs preparation, and good fitness to avoid any misadventure or medical emergency during your Sandakphu Trek.
Before trekking, very carefully you have to pack your rucksack. The list may be long, yet the most important may be like : jackets, Waterproof jacket with hood, tracksuit, hiking shoes, pair of socks & underwear, toilet paper, towel, trekking gloves, trekking caps, snow glasses and sunglasses, trekking sticks, water bottle, water purifying tablets, headlamp, torch, candles, matches / lighters, binocular, camera, knife, first aid kit, moisturizer, dry foods, chocolate, candy etc.
This is notable that Veg and Non-Veg, both type of meal can be availed during the trek. Mainly Rice, Dal, Chapati, Roti, Sabji, Egg curry, Egg Omlet, Chicken curry etc is served where you stay. On top of Sandakphu, in Sunrise Hotel and Restaurant, you can avail Chinese dishes also like Chow mein (hakka & gravy), Fried Rice, Chicken Kabab, Chicken Tikka, French Fries, Rice, Dal, Papad, Salad, Egg Curry, Tawa Roti and Chapatti also.
Oh yes, obviously. If you carry your own drink it's great. Else on top of Sandakphu, in Sunrise Hotel and Restaurant you can avail it with genuine price. In the evening this restaurant comes to live. People throng the place to enjoy the evening with tea, coffee or drinks of their own choice. A variety of Nepalese Beer (carlsberg, tuborg, kingfisher, Hit super strong beer) is available there. It's good in quality. In terms of hard drinks, people or trekkers generally prefer Old Monk Rum. Either you can buy a bottle or can enjoy it as peg. Choice is yours. It is the best place to spend the night with beats of Bollywood and Nepali songs.
There are actually two seasons for Trekking, one is Summer and the other is Autumn or Winter.
Spring and Summer - End of March to May is comprises of Spring and Summer in the region. It is best time to behold the magnificent bloom of Rhododendron and Primulas. Sky remains partially clear.
Autumn and Winter - End of October to January is winter season in the region. It is best time to play with snow. Clear sky mainly prevails this time enhancing the possibilities for 100% crystal clear view of the mountain peaks and the range.
Yes, electricity is available in Sandakphu, but due to the low voltage, no Geyser or Room heater is available in Sandakphu or Phalut. Warm water is served in bucket on request. One bucket per room is free, extra will be chargable. In some guest house like PWD Bunglow of West Bengal Government electricity is available from evening [6 pm] to next day morning [8 am] only through solar power.
For Sandalphu Trek, you have to arrive at the base city of North Bengal i.e. NJP (New Jalpaiguri) or Siliguri. In two ways you can reach there easily. There are lots of train from Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore to NJP or Siliguri.
FROM KOLKATA TO NJP TRAINS:
12343 SEALDAH (SDAH) to NEW JALPAIGURI (NJP) DARJEELING MAIL
12377 SEALDAH (SDAH) to NEW ALIPURDUAR (NOQ) PADATIK EXPRESS
13147 SEALDAH (SDAH) to NEW COOCH BEHAR (NCB) UTTAR BANGA EXPRESS
13149 SEALDAH (SDAH) to NEW JALPAIGURI JUNCTION (NJP) KANCHAN KANYA EXPRESS
13141 SEALDAH (SDAH) NEW ALIPURDUAR (NOQ) TEESTA – TORSA EXPRESS
FROM MUMBAI TO NJP TRAINS:
15645 LOKMANYATILAK T (LTT) tO GUWAHATI (GHY) GUWAHATI EXPRESS
12519 LOKMANYATILAK T (LTT) to KAMAKHYA (KYQ) LOKMANYATILAK T KAMAKHYA AC EXPRESS
22511 LOKMANYATILAK T (LTT) to KAMAKHYA (KYQ) KARMABHOOMI EXPRESS
FROM DELHI TO NJP/SILIGURI TRAINS:
12424 NEW DELHI (NDLS) to DIBRUGARH TOWN (DBRT) DIBRUGARH TOWN RAJDHANI EXPRESS
12506 ANAND VIHAR TRM (ANVT) to KAMAKHYA (KYQ) NORTH EAST EXPRESS
15484 DELHI (DLI) to ALIPUR DUAR JN (APDJ) MAHANANDA EXPRESS
FROM BANGALORE TO NJP/SILIGURI TRAINS:
12503 BENGALURU CANT (BNC) to AGARTALA (AGTL) AGARTALA HUMSAFAR
12509 BENGALURU CANT (BNC) to GUWAHATI GUWAHATI (GHY) EXPRESS
12551 YESVANTPUR (YPR) JN to KAMAKHYA (KYQ) YPRKYQ AC EXPRESS
22501 KSR BENGALURU (SBC) to NEW TINSUKIA JN (NTSK) NEW TINSUKIA EXPRESS
And the other option is Flight. Bagdogra (IXB) is the sole domestic airport in this region and has regular flight schedule from all of the above cities. So, from Bagdogra or NJP we will start our trip for our Base camp or starting point at Mane Bhanjan (90km / 3 hrs). After spending a night at Manebhanjan, we will start our trek to Sandakphu and will reach their by trekking in subsequent 3 days.
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Last year in the month of November, we took a Sandkaphu Trip along with family and friends. It was during the 3rd week of November and sky was unbelievably clear and the of view of Mout Kanchanjhugha and Mount Everest was mesmerizing and surreal. We took a Land Rover from Manebhanjan to Sandakphu and took around 4 hrs to reach. The road from Kalaphokri to Sandakphu is really very steep and almost 45 degree gradient, the road condition was good till Tumbling and then it was a rough bolder road. We stayed in Sunrise hotel in Sandakphu, though this hotel is in Nepal. This is the best hotel in Sandakphu with awesome view of the ranges from the hotel. The hospitality of Bhabiji was really warm and with her smile she has served us a lot. Overall our trip was great and we thank NatureWings for arranging such a nice trip.
Our Trip to Sandakphu and Phalut in last year December with friends was an amazing experience. We did it a mix trip, with car and trek. Though we took a car from Manebhanjan, we did a very good trek from Chitre to Tumling. It was through dense forest of Singalila National Park. We trekked from Chitre to Tumling, sometimes we followed the jeep route also. It took around 2 hrs to reach from Chitre to Tumling through trek, our car was waiting at Tumling and we took the car to reach Sandakphu. While returning, we took a trek route from Sandakphu to Kalaphokhri, it was a quick route and took around just one hour to climb down from Sandakphu to Kalaphokri. I suggest this type of mix experience for the future traveler in Sandakphu. The hotels in Sandakphu was basic and those who want to just enjoy the nature, they are welcome here as the facilities and amenities here in Sandakphu is really limited.
Coming from a polluted city like Delhi, visiting mountains make me happy, and Sandakphu was next on my wish list for the 2019 visit. Being an old customer, I contracted NatureWings to arrange my trip, and Mr. Soumalya Ghosh, the specialist in this sector, explained everything with patience and provided me with a package for 4 nights along with some special discount for my loyalty.
After landing, we drove towards Manebhanjan, where we saw the legendary 50 - 70 years aged LandRover from the British period. On the next, we started our journeytowards Sandakphu on a 60 years old Land Rover along the bumpy road full of gravel and sharp turns enough to give you goosebumps. After reaching Sandakphu, we saw the stunning view of Mt.Kanchenjung and, Mt.Everest in a single frame drifting on clouds, followed by the spine chilly cold wind from the Himalayas that made us wear 3 clothes. Our stay at Sandakphu was for 2 nights, along with a day excursion to Phalut to see the Kanchenjunga more closely, and on the fourth day, we moved to Lepchajagat, a forested area.
We got decent and clean rooms with a mountain view while the food was average in taste but hot, network connectivity was terrible, but nature was at its best. The experience we got from this trip will be cherished forever, thank you NatureWings team for your effort, and Special thanks to Mr. Indrajeet Kar for tracking us.
We visited Sandakphu from Mumbai through NatureWings in 2020 beginning. This agency was suggested to me by my daughter after she read good reviews on Facebook from the Mumbaikars sharing their good experiences.
My daughter connected with this agency from Kolkata, where Mr. Soumalya Ghosh assisted with prompt service and thereby providing a fair priced itinerary. We received our hotel vouchers, driver details before the journey, and post landing at Bagdogra airport, our driver Mr.Gurung transferred us to Manebhanjan.
The next day, we started our journey towards Sandakphu via Indo Nepal border on a 70 years old noisy Land Rover inherited from the Britishers that craved out its way through the narrow road. Sandakphu has a breathtaking view of the Kanchenjunga, Everest, and other Himalayan peaks covered with snow and glitter with falling rays of the sun.
We spent two nights relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the Himalayas at Sandakphu and visited Phaluk on our way to Tumling, a small hamlet with great views, and last night at Lepchajagat.
The selection of our hotels/homestays was up to the mark, the car was in good condition, including the Rover, and food was limited but hot and fresh. We had a great time in the lap of nature, thanks to Mr. Indrajeet for his regular follow-ups and perfect arrangements.
We are 5 Trekking lovers from Gujarat, planned for Sandakphu Trek, the oldest and finest trekking point in India. While searching for a travel agent, we came across the NatureWings website and approached them to plan our trip based on the trekking route.
Mr.Sandip Raha NatureWings, M.D. showed interest to design our trip and guided us very well along with a 5 nights/6 days perfect itinerary.
We reached Bagdogra with our big rucksack, and from there, our driver transferred us to Manebhanjan, the base point of our trek towards Sandakphu. Early morning we were on with our trekking shoes and left towards Sandakphu along with our experienced guide following the well-marked boulder path of colonial Land Rovers.
There were some shops and settlements where we sat with our tired legs and ate hot Maggi before progressing towards our final halt for the day at Gairibas.
We enjoyed our stay in a homestay where we chatted with the locals and met other trekker enthusiasts like us. This trekking route has mild to moderate difficulty, and on the way, it allows us to experience the rich flora and fauna of this region while giving a peep to the lifestyle of the locals. The guide was an experienced man and was climbing for the 25th time while entertaining us on the way up. After trekking for nearly 8 hours on the gravel road full of steep hike and rhododendron apart from the marvelous view of the mountains, we finally met our destination. We saw the glorious Kanchenjunga, Everest, and others peaks shining in the daylight while the sun busy playing hide and seek with the clouds. After spending 2 beautiful nights at Sandakphu in the tranquil environment surrounded by tall coniferous trees, we started our final trek towards Srikhola nearly 16 Kms from the origin. We reached the same day while trekking for 6 hours through the dense forest of Singalila full of flowering plants, butterflies, and singing birds.
After spending one tiring night in Srikhola, we left for Bagdogra airport for an onward journey. The highlight of this trip was this awestruck view of Mt.Kanchenjunga shining like a gigantic diamond with the falling moon rays and learning a few Nepali words from our guide.
Well, the trip was worth each penny from on trip follow-up by Mr.Indrajeet, to homestay and hotel selection, guide, food, and transfer, all was perfect, and we cherished every moment. Thanks a bunch for making our trip memorable and we do recommend you guys.
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