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Trekking in Sandakphu Darjeeling

The Sandakphu Trek was established by the British during the Raj period. It was so popular that even the then Nawab of Hyderabad wanted to visit Sandakphu and Phalut to view the mountains. Since his physical condition was such that he could neither walk nor ride a horse for that distance, therefore, he paid the Public Works Department of the then Darjeeling to build a motorable road to Sandakphu and Phalut (21 km away from Sandakphu). The first vehicle to reach Sandakphu was in 1947. It was only after ten years, in 1957 to be precise, that the vehicles started to go to Sandakphu. Trekking into Sandakphu starts off from an altitude of 1,524 mtrs and gradually climbs up through forests of rhododendron, giant magnolias, spruce and other trees of sub-alpine and not to mention, more than 600 varieties of orchids the largest to be found in one geographical area in the world. The view of mountains from Sandakphu is unsurpassed by any other view anywhere.

Itinerary Details

Day 01: Arrival Bhadrapur/Bagdora Airport and transfer to Darjeeling. O/N Hotel.

Day 02: Early morning excursion to Tiger Hill to view sunrise over Mt.Kunechandzonga, the third highest mountains in the world. En route visit Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Railway loop. After breakfast full day guided tour of Darjeeling on foot for acclimatization before trekking. To you are being acclimatized at an apprx. altitude of 2,300 mtr. O/N Hotel.

Day 03: After breakfast drive to Rimbhick (alt. 2000 mtr) – the starting point of your Singalila ridge/Sandakphu trek. The drive takes about 5 hrs. Rimbhick is a small trading village near the Indo-Nepal border. Meals and overnight at Shiva Pradhan Inn.

Day 04: Trek to Ramam (alt. 2600 mtrs). Walking time apprx. 6 hrs. To-day from the very beginning of trek you will be walking through the rich emerald forests inhabited by hundreds of bird’s species and alpine vegetations. All along the trek route, one can experience total peace and tranquility and being close to the nature too. O/N trekker’s hut.

Day 05: Trek to Molley (3535 mtrs). Walking time appx. 5 hrs. The day starts with three hour climb to the highest point – the Singalila ridge. One can see the gradual change in vegetation and altitude is to be noted. The first glimpse of Mt.Everest and Mt.Kanchendzonga ranges can be viewed from Molley to their most pristine state. O/N Trekker’s hut.

Day 06: The walk of 3 hrs to the northwest point of the trek, not losing sight of the magnificent peaks and the rich abundant vegetation trail leads you to Phalut, the point of the trek, which forms the tri-junction of Indian States of West Bengal, Sikkim and neighboring country Nepal. O/N at trekker’s hut.

Day 07: Trek to Sandakphu (alt. 4000 mtrs). The name Sandakphu implies the height of the poisonous plant i.e. aconite plants which grow in abundance. The place commands the finest view of the Himalayas and is called “trekker’s paradise”. O/N trekker’s hut.

Day 08: Trek to Tonglu (3000 mtrs) about 5 hrs down hill walking through evergreen forests with abundant wild flowers. O/N trekker’s hut.

Day 09: Trek to Maneybhanjyang. You will be walking for 3 hrs through dense evergreen forests and hillsides covered with wild flowers. En route you can have spectacular views of Darjeeling hills and Mt.Kanchendzonga. On arrival, you will be transferred to Darjeeling . O/N Hotel.

Day 10: Drive to Bhadrapur or Bagdora Airport for your outbound flight.

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  • 46465_1603370169107_2986800_nNamaste Yadu

    I made it home safely and even was upgraded to business class for the first part of my flights home from Kathmandu to Abu Dhabi. Which was great.

    I would like to thank you for organising everything whilst I was in Nepal. You are certainly Mr FixIt when it comes to sorting out itineraries, hotels, guides, flights, buses, etc.This made my trip run very smoothly without any hitch. I will pass on you details to anyone I know who is looking to travel to Nepal.

    I also saw Ben a couple of days ago, he’s fine. He and Kate are expecting their 2nd child next year which is great news, he is really missing Nepal and we are talking about coming back.

    Do you have a postal address for Yala Adventure that I can courier some equipment for Pasang to. I have spoken to a few friends at some uk outdoor equipment distributors and have managed to get a pair of boots for him, free of charge which I would like to send over.
    I like to help out where I can and this would be a great way to say thank you.

    Hope all is well with you and your family

    Regards, your friend

    Sonny Bennett
  • Dear Mr Yadu,
    I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for arranging the trip to Mount Kailash intestimonials1 August 2012. Thank you for making this impossible dream becoming a Possible trip. Every moment has been cherished since then. It was such an amazing trip, carefully planned and prepared, and suitably adapted to my needs.I acknowledge how much efforts you put in this trip and how you went be.yond your limits. I would really recommend you to other travellers.
    Aarti Ramasamy
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