Sandakphu- Trekker's Paradise

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23rd Dec 2015

Tonglu top as the morning breaks

Photo of Tonglu top as the morning breaks by Himadri Sinha Roy

Tonglu

Photo of Tonglu by Himadri Sinha Roy

frozen kalpokhri lake

Photo of frozen kalpokhri lake by Himadri Sinha Roy

SleepiNG Buddha from Sandakphu

Photo of SleepiNG Buddha from Sandakphu by Himadri Sinha Roy

Sandakphu

Photo of Sandakphu by Himadri Sinha Roy

kalpokhri

Photo of kalpokhri by Himadri Sinha Roy

Above the clouds at Sandakphu

Photo of Above the clouds at Sandakphu by Himadri Sinha Roy

Srikhola river

Photo of Srikhola river by Himadri Sinha Roy

This trek is often termed as a beginner's trek as it passes through small villages with local tea houses with well laid out road. Sandakphu is also well connected by cars from Maneybhanjan, the traditional starting point of this trek. On this trail you can still witness the British made land rovers making it to the top with grandeur.

It is a special trek as it the one and only trek from where you can see four Eight thousanders along with some other prominent peaks of Eastern Himalayas in one frame. In the month of April March and April , the trail is blessed with variety of Rhododendrons which makes it even more special for the hikers.

Best Time to visit:

Sandakphu is almost a round the year trek, every season got its own specialty . But to view the mountains in its full glory avoid the monsoon time.

Guides and Porters:

Guides and Porters can be hired from Maneybhanjan or Dhotrey. It is mandatory to hire a guide to obtain permit for entering Singalila National Park.

Trek Itinerary:

Day 1: Getting to the base camp – Maneybhanjan (a 3-3.5 hrs drive from Siliguri, West Bengal)

Day 2: Maneybhanjan to Tonglu

Day 3: Tonglu to Kalpokhri

Day 4: Kalpokhri to Sandakphu

Day 5: Sandakphu to Srikhola

Trekkers can also extend their trek and hike way up to Phalut another 21kms from Sandakphu.

Photo of Singalila National Park by Himadri Sinha Roy
Photo of Singalila National Park by Himadri Sinha Roy
Photo of Singalila National Park by Himadri Sinha Roy
Photo of Singalila National Park by Himadri Sinha Roy
Photo of Singalila National Park by Himadri Sinha Roy
Photo of Singalila National Park by Himadri Sinha Roy
Tonglu is one of the most scenic village a backpacker would love to visit...first view of the Sleeping Buddha some real authentic Nepali homestay, calm and serene atmosphere everywhere...
Photo of Tonglu, Singalila Forest, West Bengal, India by Himadri Sinha Roy
Photo of Tonglu, Singalila Forest, West Bengal, India by Himadri Sinha Roy
Photo of Tonglu, Singalila Forest, West Bengal, India by Himadri Sinha Roy
It is the optional stopover before you make your final push for Sandakphu.. "kal" means black and "pokhri" means pond in nepali..so literally this place got its name from the little water-body that lies next to the trail to sandakphu. Kalpokhri got some good nepali homestay for trekkers to spend night and have food
Photo of Kalipokhri, West Bengal, India by Himadri Sinha Roy
Photo of Kalipokhri, West Bengal, India by Himadri Sinha Roy
The highest point of the trail as well as the highest point of West Bengal.Sandakphu, allow the trekkers to witness the Mt. Khangchendzonga massif along with some prominent peaks like Mt Pandim, Mt Everest, Mt Makalu, Mt Lhotse ,3 sisters etc. Sandakphu or Sandakfu or Sandakpur as it is known in nepali is 11,941 ft abovethe sea level, it parly falls in Darjeeling district of west bengal and Ilam district of Nepal. Unlike others places we've been in this trek, Sandakphu got some nice number of hotels, trekkers hut and tea houses..even got some well designated glass covered view point for the visitors.
Photo of SANDAKPHU, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Himadri Sinha Roy
Photo of SANDAKPHU, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Himadri Sinha Roy
Photo of SANDAKPHU, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Himadri Sinha Roy
The last destination of our trek called Srikhola or Sirikhola..it was long trek but whole route was down hill through forest. Srikhola is a small village with atrekkers hut and few number of hotels by the side of river. It is a very photogenic village with a old hanging bridge over the river, we bathed in the river after 6 days and enjoyed the evening by the river , chatting along with other trekkers. It was very pleasant evening as we were on the verge of winding up our much awated trek very successfully.
Photo of Srikhola Bridge, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Himadri Sinha Roy
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Hey, can you provide me an estimate of your expenses to and from the trip? Thanks :)
Sun 10 23 16, 07:56 · Reply · Report
Mr. Roy ---Hats off to you
Mon 08 08 16, 09:55 · Reply (1) · Report
Thank you, ma'am
Tue 08 09 16, 09:13 · Report
beautiful pictures. pretty informative post.
Tue 06 14 16, 02:17 · Reply (1) · Report
Thank you brother
Tue 08 09 16, 09:13 · Report
Which is best time to visit sandakphu May end or Nov Dec..?? When is if more picturesque?
Wed 04 27 16, 00:52 · Reply (1) · Report
Visit there in November-December for clear sky and better view...but in April-may you'll get the blooming rhododendrons
Wed 04 27 16, 21:22 · Report
Its tumling and not tonglu if i am not wrong!
Sun 04 17 16, 05:07 · Reply (1) · Report
No its Tonglu only, personally i love tonglu more than tumling just because of the views it provide, thats why everytime i hit this trail i make sure that i stay at tonglu only
Sun 04 17 16, 13:13 · Report