Sandakphu, being the highest peak in West Bengal, offers grand views of the world’s tallest peaks. Lhotse and Makalu, the fourth and fifth highest peaks in the world stand tall at 8,516m and 8,463m, trying to outdo the world’s tallest peak. But how can they? After all, the Everest stands between them, towering over everything! On the other hand, Kangchenjunga, the third highest peak, stands with its family at 8,586m. The Kanchenjunga cluster is famously called The Sleeping Buddha, thanks to its appearance. Mt. Kumbhakarna forms the head and face of Buddha, while Kanchenjunga forms the upper body. The other peaks that make up The Sleeping Buddha are Kokthang, Rathong, Frey, Kabru South, Kabru North, Simvo, Mt. Pandim, Tenzingkhang, Japanu, Narsing. The route of this trek lies along the border of India and Nepal. In fact, one constantly moves in and out of Nepal during the trek. The mighty mountains, of course, know no boundaries. They stretch through Nepal, India, Bhutan and further.
Reach Jaubhari; 4-5 hours drive from Jew Jalpaiguri. Transport will be organised from from NJP Railway station at 9.30 am. Cost of the transport will Rs.3,500 per cab (5-6 seater).
Jaubhari (6,400 ft) to Tumling (9,450 ft); 11 km, 6-7 hours
Tumling (9,450 ft) to Kalipokhri (10,400 ft); 13 km, 7 hours
Kalipokhri (10,400 ft) to Sandakphu (11,950 ft); 6.5 km, 3 hours
Sandakphu (11,950 ft) to Sabargram (11,807 ft); 14 km, 6 hours
Sabargram (11,807 ft) to Gorkhey (7,546 ft) via Phalut; 17 km, 6 hours
Gorkhey (7,546 ft) to Sepi (6,234 ft); 15 km, 5 hours. Depart from Sepi after lunch. It takes 4-4.5 hours to reach Darjeeling from Sepi and 6 hours to reach NJP. Indiahikes arranges this transport for Rs.3,000 to Darjeeling and Rs.5,500 to NJP, which will have to be shared by trekkers. You will reach NJP by 7.00 pm.
Please note: The stay on the Sandakphu trek is arranged at tea houses. You will be camping in tents on two days (Sandakphu and Sabargram).
BDT 13,500 per person
This trek is for every mountain lover. The grand Himalayan mountains stay with you throughout the trail and these are views you will get on no other trek. It’s a good trek for beginners who have religiously followed the prescribed fitness regime. A physically active person over the age of 12 can do this trek. The trail to Sandakphu constantly moves between India and Nepal. This is an exciting prospect for most trekkers.
The Sandakphu trek is rated as moderate-difficult. You cover long distances every day. While the average distance covered in a day is 10 km, you trek 17 km in 7-8 hours on day 6. The descent on this day is long and steep, which can take a toll on your knees. Hence, though the gradient is gradual, this trek requires a lot of stamina and endurance.
1 Oct to 7 Oct 17 (full)
8 Oct to 14 Oct 17 (open)
15 Oct to 21 Oct 17 (open)
22 Oct to 28 Oct 17 (open)
29 Oct to 4 Nov 17 (open)
5 Nov to 11 Nov 17 (open)
12 Nov to 18 Nov 17 (open)
19 Nov to 25 Nov 17 (open)
3 Dec to 9 Dec 17 (open)
10 Dec to 16 Dec 17 (open)
17 Dec to 23 Dec 17 (open)
24 Dec to 30 Dec 17 (open)