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Sandakphu Trek

Sandakphu Trek


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Region :- West Bengal
Duration :- 6 Days
Grade :- Moderate
Max Altitude :- 12,000 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 46 Kms.

Sandakphu throws open an incredible panorama of world’s highest snowline, swerving from the snow ensconced peaks of Nepal to Bhutan and farther east to Tibet. The trek route zigzags along the Singalila Ridge and moves this side and that of the Indo-Nepal border, switch backing and switch-bordering towards a enchanting visually charged summit that makes it all worth it.

The charming wilderness and wildlife expected of a Himalayan Trek is met as we pass through Singalila National Park, making the hike also one of keen naturalist interests. There are innumerable intriguing bird life, animals, and flora that you would be fascinated to explore in the diversity along this trek route’s sub-alpine and temperate coniferous, broadleaf, and subtropical coniferous forest biomes.

The route is not really out of civilization’s way. Lined with quaint localities inhabited even through long winters and their economy depending largely upon the Sandakphu-Phalut trek and tourism which run round the year, the route is logical, realistic, and “safe” in many regards. Sandakphu-Phalut trek is also one of those few high-altitude Himalayan treks which are provided through and through with comfortable teahouse accommodation.


A Mesmeric High Peak Panorama

What stand Sandakphu out as a journey are many things—the replete hairpin bend ridden Old Silk Road route to the base camp, the impeccable hospitality of the people of Sikkim and Nepal along the way at the teahouses, the charming green haven of Singalila, and the theatre of the clouds. But it’s the absolutely mesmeric peak view that brings a climax so superb!
The greatest of the greats unravel and shine their glory beams on this Everest view trek as the sun comes up every day and we are moving inches closer to the top-

  • Makalu- one of the eight-thousanders of the world and the fifth highest stands at 27, 838 ft., visible in the Everest range of peaks along the horizon from Sandakphu summit on a clear day.
  • Lhotse- Meaning the “south peak” in Tibetan is part and parcel of the Everest massif and forms one of the most marked climbing routes of the world’s highest summit through Everest’s South Col. Lhotse is also the fourth highest peak, toweringly present from the vantage point of Sandakphu.
  • Everest- The world’s highest peak towers over the above two. A pair of powerful binoculars will bring the Lhotse Face zone of the Everest climbing route closer, where it joins with South Col, when looking on from Sandakphu. The view from Phalut trekking in India, extending further from Sandakphu will bring this glorious ice capped tower even closer.

  • The Ultimate Vision of Kangchenjunga

    The Kanchenjunga family of peaks had to come as a different pointer. The sunlight streaming upon this ice ensconced conglomerate becomes a vision to behold from early on, on this trek. Looking out of your Tumling teahouse at dawn reveals the “Sleeping Buddha” structure of the Kanchenjunga in its relentless glory, and comes to get bigger and sharper as we approach summit.
    Gold and amber spreading through the crystal vision of Kanchenjunga up close at sunrise and sunset on this prized trek in West Bengal, makes moments you should reserve for your most prized photo-ops.

    Rhododendron and Magnolia Spring

    Spring comes in these mountains in plenitude of colours. Cottony white Magnolias and pink-red rhododendrons sweep the slopes with the spirit of summer mirth. There is a festive feel to the days of Singalila forest walks on this trek in the north east at the height of spring that you must look out for.
    The Elusive Red Panda
    The Singalila National Park is the natural home to red pandas. These charming but elusive creatures move inside the jungles hopping in the trees and you just might get lucky enough to catch one in your photo frame!

    Kalipokhri- The Black Lake

    On Day 3, we will reach the Kalipokhri settlement build around the small lake of Kalipokhri. Literally meaning black water, this little waterhole makes for a quiet, contemplative, and picturesque site cradled amidst the gorgeous mountainous terrain with the Kanchenjunga beckoning in the distance. This area is well within the Nepal border and shows the signs of the ethno-religious Buddhist community of Nepal living in the Kalipokhri settlement. Prayer flags strung around the lake flutter in the wind as the sun starts to dip behind ice peaks soon after we reach the site on Day 3.

    Sandakphu happens to be a mixed terrain trek with no abrupt height gain and mostly swinging through a tree cover, therefore remaining clear of the risks of Altitude Sickness. However, the sheer distance can be challenging and one must prepare for lasting stamina to make this trek a success.

    Brief Itinerary

    Day 01- NJP/ Bagdogra to Kopidana

  • Altitude – 6,400 ft.
  • Distance – 84 KM (By Drive) (5 hrs. Drive)
  • Accommodation in Tea house
  • Pick up time 12:30 PM at parking of NJP railway station/Bagdogra airport
  • Day 02- Kopidana to Tumling

  • Trek Distance – 11 km (5-6 hours)
  • 6,400 to 9,700 ft.
  • Hot lunch on the way
  • Accommodation in Tea house
  • Day 03- Tumling to Kalapokhri

  • Trek Distance – 14 km (6-7 hours)
  • 9700 to 10400 ft
  • Hot lunch on the way
  • Accommodation in Tea house
  • Day 04- Kalapokhri to Sandakphu

  • Trek Distance – 6 km (3-4 hours)
  • 10400 to 11929 ft
  • Hot lunch at Sandakphu
  • Accommodation in Tea house
  • Day 05- Sandakphu to Sepi

  • Trek Distance – 15 km (6-7 hours)
  • 10400 to 6230 ft
  • Hot lunch on the way
  • Accommodation in Tea house
  • Day 06 – Sepi to NJP / Bagdogra

  • Distance – 140 KM (By Drive) (5 hrs. Drive)


    Who can go

  • Anyone above the age of 12 with sporting abilities
  • First timer can apply, should have some interest in trekking and mountaineering
  • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 45 minutes without a stress
  • The climber should be able to carry a 10 kg backpack
  • Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above
  • Detailed Itinerary

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    How to Reach

    By Train :-

    New Jalpaiguri or NJP is a major railway station located in south west of sikkim. There are many long distance trains arrives or pass through the NJP station. You can choose to come to Kolkata and take one of the many trains to NJP. If you are coming from Delhi or north part of India, try to take any north east train which directly goes to NJP by passing Kolkata.

    By Flight:-

    Flying to Bagdogra is another option that you can choose though flights to Bagdogra tend to be pricier than those to Kolkata. Most of the flight foremost metros in the country come here.

    TTH’s Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up you from NJP Railway Station at 01:00pm.
    Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek
    You will reach Kopidana by 6:00 pm

    Cost Terms

    Inclusions: -

    1. Accommodation – Day 1 to Day 5 Stay in Tea house
    2. Meals while on trek (Veg.) - Dinner at Kopidana on Day 1 to Breakfast at Sepi on Day 6
    3. Crampon (if required) – As per the snow condition
    4. All necessary permits and entry fees and forest fees
    5. First aid, medical kit and oxygen cylinder
    6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guides, cook and Support staff
    7. Transport NJP to Bagdogra and Sepi to NJP / Bagdogra


    1. Any kind of personal expenses
    2. Food during the transit
    3. Insurance
    4. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges
    5. Mules or porter to carry personal backpack
    6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head

    Note :

    Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
    Charges of offloading backpack:-
    INR 1400/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
    INR 1600/- if you inform us after reaching Yuksom
    The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed. Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee:

    The fee can be paid by online transfer/check deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

    When to book:

    It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking)

    In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -

    Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek
    Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund
    (Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)

    Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek
    Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund

    Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
    Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.

    Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
    Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.

    1)- Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
    2)- In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH.
    3)- TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

    Trek Essential


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    If your BMI is normal, you can plan your fitness regime as mentioned. If your BMI is not normal, consult your trusted physician before you plan your fitness regime.
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    Risk & Respond

    High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.

    Risk: Altitude Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.

    Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.

    Risk: Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.

    Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.

    Risk: Injuries Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.

    Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.

    Risk: Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.

    Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.

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    Fixed Departure

    Brief Detail

    Trek Itinerary

    Day 01- NJP/ Bagdogra to Kopidana
    Day 02- Kopidana to Tumling
    Day 03- Tumling to Kalapokhri
    Day 04- Kalapokhri to Sandakphu
    Day 05- Sandakphu to Sepi
    Day 06 – Sepi to NJP / Bagdogra

    On Day 6, you’ll reach NJP between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. You can book your travel any time after 3:00 pm.

    Trek Info

    Region: West Bengal
    Duration: 06 Days
    Grade: Moderate
    Max Altitude: 12,000 Ft.
    Trekking Km: 46 Kms.
    Trail Type: A cross over trail. The trek starts from Kopidana and ends at Sepi
    Rail head: New Jalpaiguri (NJP)
    Air Port: Bagdogra
    Base Camp: Kopidana 84 Km Drive 5 hrs
    Best Season: October to April
    Batch Size: 18-22 trekkers including Male and female.
    Services from: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to New Jalpaiguri (NJP)
    Food: Meals while on trek (Veg + Egg)
    Stay: Tea House
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