Sandakphu being the highest peak of Singalala national park offers breathe taking views of the four tallest mountains in the world. Mt. Kanchenjunga (8598m), Mt. Makalu (8481m), Mt. Lhotse (8571m) and Mt. Everest (8848m) with very good clarity as the Mt. Kanchenjunga range if only 100km by road and the Ariel distance make you feel that the mountain is just standing beside you.
“Morning 5.30am I was trying to search which one is Everest among those mountains. Restlessly I asked my guide. Which one is Everest of these mountains?” He said, wait for a second, let the sun come up and you will find it. Just after he said that, I saw the magnificent mountain. Do ask us about this when you are travelling to Sandakphu-Phalut trek with Nature Walkers.
Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world situated in the middle of the Kanchenjunga range also called “The Sleeping Buddha“. The Name is given for its appearance. The Mt. Kumbakarna peak makes its nose, forming a human face, Kanchenjunga peak makes its body and Mt. Pandim makes its feet.
The other part of the Sandkphu Trek, Kanchenjunga range is described in detail in the Itinerary.
The Singalila Forest is a home of many wildlife species. Red Panda are most famous among all as it’s a state animal of Sikkim and also it’s very rare to spot red pandas because of their shy nature. Sure they are rare but it is worth travelling long distance for just a glance of this beautiful animal.
The route of this trek is on the India and Nepal border. In fact on the trek you will constantly enter and exit Nepal. As the trek is long distance trek, it is always advised to follow your guide instruction and forest regulations.
The trail includes several monasteries, grass lands, snow covered tracks, jungle trail surrounded by huge mountains and amazing helping people.
The suitable seasons to do this trek is after the monsoon, i.e. after September mid as it amazing clear sunrise and Mountain View. It can also be suitable to travel in February to April months as its blooming season of Rhododendrons flowers and the probability of season a Red Pandas are more in this season (Keep looking for thin green bamboos and trees beside).
Difficulty Level of the trek
It is said that the difficulty of any trek depends of the ability and strength of the person travelling. Although considering other treks this trek is considered to be Moderate – Difficult trek. The gradient is gradual incline. The average kilometres of trek is about 10-11 KMs per day which is mostly covered in the morning and afternoon as the weather changes a bit foggy after later afternoon.
It is very much required to get acclimated to the weather because of which we stay a day longer before the start of the trek.
The trek does test your stamina, your endurance, you motivation and your will power because of which we request you to do proper planning and preparation for this trek. We would also suggest you to please watch our videos for the minimum fitness training required for this trek.
Day 1) Getting to Manebhangjung. Pickup from NJP station is at 9 am till 11 am one day prior the trek date. The travel time from NJP to Manebhagjung is about 4-5 hours. The cost of the transportation is Rs. 3500 per cab (5-6 people).
Day 2) Tumling – (2895 m or 9499 ft.) through Chitray (2400m – 7874 ft.) and Meghma (2800m or 9186 ft.), Distance – 11 kms from Manebhagjung.
Day 3) Kalipokhri – (3185 m or 10449 ft.) Distance – 11 km from Tumling.
Day 4) Sandakphu (3636m or 11929 ft.) through Gairibas (2625 m – 8612 ft.). Distance – 7 kms from Kalipokhri
Day 5) Sabargram (3585 m or 11761 ft.) Distance – 12 kms from Sandakphu
Day 6) Gorkhey (2142m or 7027 ft.) Distance – 17 kms (covering Phalut on the way).
Day 7) Sepi (1900m or 6234 ft.) t or hrough Manna – Distance – 15 kms
Departure from Sepi to NJP. (5-6 hours travel time) The Cost of the Cab from Sepi to NJP Station is Rs 5500 (5-6 people). You will reach NJP Station approximately at 8pm. (We request you to do the onward journey after 8pm from NJP).
COST: 9350/- (9% of service tax would be added when registration).
Please Note: The Stay on the Sandakphu Trek is arranged in Tea houses.
*It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek.