Sandakphu Trek, Sandakphu Trekking Tour
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Sandakphu Trek Brief Ideas :
► Location : Sandakphu is the highest point of West Bengal State, located on India - Nepal border at an height of 3636 mtr from the sea level
► Pick Up & Drop Location : NJP Railway Station / Bagdogra Airport / Siliguri Bus Station
► Accommodation : Private Lodge / Trekkers Hut
► Food : Morning Tea , Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea & Snacks & Dinner with Titbits during Trekking
► Maximum Altitude to be gained during Sandakphu Trek : 3636 Mtr or 11,926 ft ( Sandakphu)
► Base Camp : Maneybhanjan
► Distance from Base Camp to Sandakphu Top : 35 Km
► Difficulties of the Sandakphu Trekking : Easy to Moderate
►Pick Up From NJP Railway Stn . : 12.00 Noon / Pick Up From Bagdogra Airport : 1.00 PM
Overview of Sandakphu
The highest point of West Bengal situated on the border of West Bengal of India and Nepal at an altitude of around 12,000 ft and in the area of Singalila National Park. The name Sandakphu – which means "Height of the Poison Plant" derives from poisonous plants that grow near the top. Any clear day anyone can be mesmerized by the awesome view of Mt. Kanchenjunga (3rd Highest peak in the world) and other neighbouring peaks. On the right beautiful Snow peaks of Bhutan and China are clearly visible .Watching Mt. Everest ( The highest Peak in the world ), Lhotse and Makalu is really a dream to mountain lovers and those are distinct from here. While going to Sandakphu, some parts of the routs enter into Nepal. One can experience light to heavy snowfall during winter, Spectacular view of snow caped peaks of blue mountains , valleys of Nepal & West Bengal, lots of known and unknown species of birds, flowers and trees with will mesmerize a nature lover . Few lucky people can get the glimpses of one of the most endangered animals of the world, "RED PANDA".
Like twin baby the other destination is Phalut on Singhalila Range situated close to 12000 ft and is just 22 kilometers away from Sandakphu. The Phalut top is try junction of Nepal, Sikkim and India. Another attraction of this area is the old Landover introduced by British people in the year 1948. Traveling up to Sandakhu (Some time up to Phalut) by Landrover is a memorable experience for those tourists who are not able to walk. There are lots of trekking route from Sandakphu and Phalut for the amateur and professional trekkers.
Sandakphu - Phalut trek route starts from Maneybhanjan - a small village in Darjeeling hills. The distance between Darjeeling to Sandakphu is 59 kms. Trekkers can make a base in either Darjeeling or Maneybhanjan before starting Sandakhu - Phalut trek. A season trekker can make the journey within two days. But for normal or ameteur trekkers it is better to cover the distance between Maneybhanjan to Sandakphu in three days.
Brief Itinerary of Sandakphu Trek
Day 01 : New Jalpaiguri Railway Stn. / Bagdogra Airport to Maneybhanjan
Day 01 : Arrive at Maneybhanjang.
Pick up NJP Railway Station / Bagdogra airport / Siliguri and transfer to Maneybhanjan. Maneybhanjang is the gateway to Singalila National Park and Sandakphu. Maneybhanjan is a small hamlet and at an altitude of 2150 metre or 7100 ft above the sea level. It is located just on the International border of India and Nepal and the border is demarketed by a small drain covered with a culvert. In local dialect the meaning of Maneybhanjan is “ A valley of ancient stupas”.
For acclimatization it is required to stay one night in Manybhanjan before proceeding to Sandakphu.
Day 02 : Maneybhanjan to Tonglu / Tumling
From the beginning of the trek, the road is almost stiff and seems to throw the challenge to the trekkers. But once habituated the road has become most friendly offers the view of spell bound natural beauty and gradually climbs up through forests of rhododendron, giant magnolias, spruce and other trees of sub-alpine region and not to mention, more than 600 varieties of orchids – the largest to be found in one geographical area in the world. After 03 kms from Maneybhanjan there is a short break in Chitrey. From Chitrey the road goes to Meghma, which lies under the cloud cover and where the clouds are worshipped as mother deity. The main road bifurcates from Megham and one leads to Tumling ( Nepal) and the another to Tonglu ( India). Both the road pass through the dense jungle and hill sides covered by wild flowers. From Tonglu the view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and its surrounding snow capped hills are fully mesmerizing.
Day 03 : Tonglu / Tumling to Kalipokhri
Very early morning watch the sunrise on Mt. Kanchenjunga. Tonglu offers the rare impression of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Pandim and Kumbhkarna, which is called Slipping Shiva or Slipping Buddha by local people.From Tonglu / Tumling road leads to Gairibus ( 2621 Mt.), which is 09 kms down way and takes around 3 hrs to reach. After a little break road starts going upward and proceeds to Kali Pokhri ( 3170 Mt.) through Singalila National Park.
Singlalila National Park is the highest National Park is West Bengal, which spreads over 2400 mt to 3650 mt. above the sea level and covers on an area of 79 sq. Kms. This virgin forest offers the spectacular view of the Himalayan mountains and enriched mainly by alpine, changes with the range in altitude. Trees found in this national park are Rhododendron, Magnolia, Oak, Hemlock, Silver Fir, Juniper, Mailing Bamboo etc and number of wild animal like Leopard, Red Panda, Barking Deer, Pangolin etc. It also hosts of varieties of birds like Cuckoo, Hornbills, Pigeons, Golden Eagles and large number of Migratory Birds.
There is a small lake in Kalipokhri which holds the same name, The colour of the water of the lake is surprisingly dark and considered to be sacred by the local people. The lake is fenced by Buddhist prayer flags and gives the view of Sandakphu Peak.
Day 04 : Kalipokhri to Sandakphu
From Kali Pokhri road descends to Beekay Bhanjan is around 2 kms away from Kali Pokhri and also known as the “ Valley of the Poisonous Plants”, as large number of Medical plantation are here. The most arduous and challenging part of the route starts from Beekay Bhanjan and offer the 06 kms ordeal. But after crossing this part all the tiredness of stiff climbing vanish once the road ends suddenly on the top of the Sandakphu Hill, the highest point of West Bengal and offers one of the most fascinating panoramic view of some of the world’s highest mountain summits covering 270 degree on entire North.
Day 05 : Sandakphu to Sri Khola
After watching one of the most stunning sunrise on Mt. Kanchenjunga from Sandakphu in the very early morning it is time to descend to Sri Khola. Strenous trek route passes through dense forest of Rohododendron, Magnolia and Oak and Dead Valley ( this valley named Dead Valley after the fire broke and entire tree lines of this area were burnt down ) to reach to Sri Khola, which is named after a beautiful wild stream. Sri Khola is surrounded by dense forest, orchids and home of numerous birds. Sitting on the bank of Khola or Stram after a tiresome day trek is really soothing.
Day 06 : Sri Khola to NJP Railway Stn. / Bagdogra Airport : 145 Kms
After early breakfast transferred to New Jalpaiguri Rly Stn. / Bagdogra Airport or Siliguri. Tour End
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