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.