From NJP you can get share car for Manebhanjan, It will take around 4 hours. From manebhanjan your journey to heaven will began. From Darjeeling, Manebhanjan is only 1 hour 15 minutes . So while coming from NJP/Bagdogra, most tourists prefer to stay overnight at Manebhanjan and then proceed for Sandakphu next morning. However from Darjeeling, there is no such issue of long driving hours and you can proceed directly to Sandakphu.
The fixed cost is 4500 but additional for night stay as mentioned above.Under this option one is recommended to reach Manebhanjan by afternoon and take a Land Rover for Tonglu. Spend the night at Tonglu and witness the sunrise the next day and depart for Sandakphu. Take a night halt at Sandakphu and witness Sunrise and then depart back for Manebhanjan. Route three: Visit all 3 and returm The fixed rate is 6500(tentative) and additional charges for night stay. Under this option one should reach Manebhanjan by afternoon and depart for Sandakphu. Take a night halt and witness sunrise and start for Phalut and return back the same day and halt at Sandakphu. Start the next day to Tonglu and take a halt and witness sunrise the next day. One can even skip Tonglu and return back to Manebhanjan. One can take a halt at Phalut also if desired. The entire trip would become very cheap if around 6 people are travelling but the pros in travelling in big groups is known to all. Day 3 :- Tonglu to Sandakphu
Maney Bhanjan to Sandakphu-Trek
One of the most fascinating treks of my lifetime. Involves a trekking distance of 32 kms which can be covered in 2 days depending on the speed. There are lot of rhodendrons, trees, flowers and lot of wild animals on the way to trek like the red panda,sloth bear and the snow leopard. It is also the way to Singalila National Park which is an important park.It is the best spot for viewing peaks like Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu and Everest. Sandakphu reaceives lot of rainfall so the best time to visit this place is Mar-Apr if one wants to witness snow in the region..Also one can achieve the best view of Kanchenjunga, Mt Everest, Lhotse and Makalu during Mar-Apr.
There is wilderness in this place to the maximum level..covered with dense trees and forests..
Mane Bhanjan is the gateway of all the trekking activities in Sandakphu region. One can reach Mane Bhanjan by afternoon (around 1:30 pm) if one starts from NJP railway station around 9'o clock. This is a small town busy with various activities. It hosts a school and a playground attached to it. Nothing much scenic though. But it was really foggy and cold at that time. You can get your trek guide from here. We though had our guide booked beforehand. He already arranged a delicious bengali lunch in a small homely restaurant. We had our lunch there and started towards Rimbik by the car we had from NJP.
an ideal itinerary would be like
Travelling from Darjeeling/NJP railway station/Bagdogra airport to Manebhanjan.
Trek ahead to TUMLING.( OPTIONAL // kep a land-rover as a back-up in case you are tired and don,t feel like walking after some time ). Overnight at TUMLING.
Trek to TONGLU ( 4KM. Gives you an excellent view of Kanchenzonga )
Trek to JAUBARI ( 6KM.// OPTIONAL // a Nepal village )
Overnight at TUMLING.
Start walking by 0900 hrs ( 11 KM to reach MANEBHANJAN )
Reach MANEBHANJAN by 1200 hrs .
Start for NJP/Bagdogra/Darjeeling by 1400 hrs.