Lots of trekkers started their first trek in Sandakphu trek. Height of Sandakfu is 3636 meters and it is the highest point of West Bengal.
On my Nepal trip I decided to go for Sandakphu trek in December 2014. Usually people love to go there on April-May to see rhododendron. But I wanted to feel the sub-zero degree temperature. I share that information with my friends if they want to join me on this trip and I got a great response. But due to some situation I had to change the time of the journey to January 2015.
Lots of people said it is not the perfect time to go for Sandakphu trek because people usually go for this trek on April-May. Because this is the season of blooming rhododendron. But I wanted to feel the chill of sub-zero degree temperature that I never experienced. People started canceling the trek one by one and at the date of our journey I was the only person left. And I decided to go for my first solo trip.
Start of the journey
I boarded a train from Howrah to NJP. It reached NJP at approx 8.30 am. I took a shared jeep to Darjeeling, it cost Rs 250/-. I bought lots Wai Wai, snacks and some cookies. Then I took another shared jeep to Manebhanjan. It is the place where the trek starts.
I decided to stay in a dormitory to save money, but the problem I was the only person in a 14-bed dormitory. Somehow I was able to convince the manager. The stay at the dormitory cost me only Rs. 100/-.
Then I was roaming around the place with a camera on my shoulder. Suddenly I random guy came from nowhere, and asked me where I was going. I asked if is there any problem. It was almost dark by then, and he said not to go any further because there could be a leopard.
I had my dinner at 7.30 pm and went to my room. I wasn't able to sleep that early, It's not my daily routine. Everybody slept, I was alone in a big 14-bed dormitory I had nothing to do, no one to talk to, no book to read and I didn't have a Smartphone at that time. That day I felt what loneliness is. That may be common for any other solo travelers, but it was the first time for me
Start of Sandakphu trek
I arranged a guide in the morning. It cost me 600 per day for 5 days total 3000/- with dinner at Sandakphu and Phalut. I started my trip at 8.30 in the morning. Yes it is late but I couldn't arrange a guide yesterday