In this photo blog, I'll be sharing my first trek to Sandakphu Phalut with India Hikes.
This trek lies at the Indo-Nepal Border which is in and around Singalila National Park from where you get to see four of the tallest mountains in the world.
My journey starts from Mumbai(BOM) to West Bengal at Bagdogra Airport(IXB).
On a bright sunlit day, seated on the left side of aircraft, flying towards Bagdogra can become a memorable experience. Half hour to 40 minutes to touch down, the Himalayan panorama unfolds, prominent peaks being Everest, Kanchenjungha and other assorted Himalaya peaks.
After touching down and walking few metres away from the airport, I decided to take a shared rickshaw to Siliguri and stayed in a lodging for the night. Tried Bengali thali along with jaggery rosgulla(nolen gur rosgulla) and mishti doi.
Day 1- Next Morning our pickup had been arranged by India Hikes to the basecamp(Sepi) which is ₹6500 and it was shared among us fellow trekkers. It was a beautiful drive where you get to see beautiful tea gardens, old darjeeling houses but to top it all I got to meet these two - one in his mid seventies and the other in her late sixties, who have travelled the world and have done few Himalayan treks before and now wanted to resume after the covid break.
Talking to them felt so good and inspiring;
Hoping to have the same energy and curiosity.
And now after 6 hours of drive with few halts in between and change of cab from Manebhajang due to landslide that happened a year earlier, we finally reached Sepi where we were given evening snacks followed by briefing from our Trek leader Sanket and post which we had our dinner and good sleep as we were starting our trek tomorrow.