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.
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.