It's not required. it's very easy trekking. I can guide you , I have done it 2 years back with my friends. From NJP/ Bagdogra to Manebhanjan by Shared jeep/ sumo per person is around Rs.300/- to Rs.350/- per person. It includes break journey as there is no direct cab to Manebhanjan. Porter charges: Rs.800/- per day + Rs.300/- for meals in Sandakphu & Phalut only. Dorm at each rest point: Rs.150 to 200 per bed per night. Rooms are little higher: Rs.600 to 1000/- per night. Food: Lunch and Dinner: veg: Rs.120 to 200 approx, Non-veg: Rs.150-250 Approx per meal. BF and snacks: Rs.100/- per person approx. You will complete the entire trek, from manebhanjan to sandakhu, phalut and gorkhey, NJP to NJP total cost will be Rs. 9000 to 10,000 perhead if you take the rooms. Best time for the trek October to November end, this time average temperature will -5 to 5 approximately. Thanks
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Hi, With a height of 11,929 feet above sea level, Sandakphu is the highest summit in the famous Singalila National Park. Compared to other treks in the region, Sandakphu trek difficulty, is considered easy. You can go for this trek without going through a tour operator but in that case you have to make sure you have booked the trekkers huts/ guest houses well in advance or you are carrying your camping equipments with you. You can hire a guide from the base which is Maneybhanjan. Well this was the answer of your question. However I'd suggest to choose a LOCAL, trusted operator who have good guides with them. Remember it's a high altitude trek and generally the most experienced guides are associated with local operators. It's always good to travel with experienced guides not only in terms of medical safety but it's the years of their experience in this region which you can get a glimpse while walking with them. As per ones fitness and previous high altitude trekking experience this itinerary will vary. Also there are 6 different routes to complete this trek which take 4 days to 6 days to complete this trek. I'm writing down a general itinerary which we follow for our guests.. Day 1: Darjeeling to (drive) Maneybhanjan and trek to Tumling. Day 2: Tumling to Kalapokhri. Day 3: Kalapokhri to Sandakphu. Day 4: Sandakphu to Phalut. Day 5: Phalut to Gorkhey Day 6: Gorkhey to Sirikhola/Sepi. Trek Ends. From there drive to Darjeeling. this itinerary is designed such a way so that a trekker will follow the acclimatization rules and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Singalila National Park. I hope this information will help you to plan your trip