Located at an altitude of 11,941ft in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, Sandakphu is popularly known as a ‘Trekkers Wonderland’. It is the highest region of West Bengal.
This tour offers you the best of the views of the Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu along with a diverse range of flora and fauna, contrasting views of snow-clad peaks and evergreen forests. The package includes food and accommodation during the trip.
Detailed Trip Itinerary
Day 01: Drive from NJP – Manebhanjan/Chitrey (95km/4 Hours)
Upon arrival in New Jalpaiguri/Siliguri in the morning, you will be taken to Manebhanjan, the origin of this amazing Sandakphu trekking.
Day 02: Maneybhanjan to Tonglu/Tumling (11 Km trek)
Stiff and Adamant Trails, Trekking through Dense Forests Even though the terrains of Maneybhanjan appear to be quite challenging, they can be easily surmounted with proper skills and technique. Also, this is the reason, these trekking trails has become of the most sought after destinations for the adventure enthusiasts. In your Singalila Pass Trekking today, ascending through the rhododendron, giant magnolias, spruce and other forests of Maneybhanjan, you can reach Chitrey. On your way till here, you will also come across several varieties of exotic and colourful species of orchids. Trekking further from Chitrey, you will arrive in Meghma, from where the road divides towards Tumling and Tonglu. While Tonglu falls within Indian Territory, Tumling is a part of Nepal. Post your visit to Tumling, you will guided towards Tonglu; you can have fascinating glimpses of the Mt Kanchenjunga and its surrounding peaks from here. Overnight stay will be arranged in Tonglu.
Day 03: Tonglu/Tumling to Kalipokhri (16 Km trek)
Trekking Uphill and Downhill, Singlalila National Park, Kali Pokhri Lake. Early morning, after beholding the mesmeric beauty of sunrise over Mt Kanchenjunga, the expedition towards Gairibus will embark. This trek will be a downward trek and after descending 3 hours from Tonglu, you will arrive in Gairibu After a short break in Gairibus, the journey will take the uphill direction and passing through the Singlalila National Park, will advent towards Kalipokhri. Singlalila, the highest national park in West Bengal is the home to some of the exotic and rare species of animals. Leopard, Red Panda, Braking Deer and an enchanting list of avifauna can be easily spotted in this park. Trekking further, you will finally arrive in Kalipokhri. Fringed with Buddhist prayer flags, the Kalipokhri Lake offers mystique and overwhelming views.
Day 04: Kalipokhri to Sandakphu (08 Km trek)
Valley of Poisonous Plants, Panoramic Views, Medical Plantations. Today’s trekking will take you to Beekey Bhanjan or the ‘Valley of Poisonous Plants’. Known for the medical plantations, this region might appear strenuous, but on hiking to the top; Sandakhpu Hilltop, the fascinating views from the peak will surely make you forget the tiredness. Also, the panoramic views of the nearby peaks will at once relish your mind, alluring you to spend some memorable time on the cliff.
Day 05:Sandakphu to Phalut (18 Km trek)
Mt Everest, Mt Kanchenjunga, Sabarkum, Misty Forests. An early morning drive to Sandakphu will offer you the astounding sunrise views over Mt Kanchenjunga. Post this visit, you will proceed towards Phalut along the ridge of the Singalila Range. While sprawling fir and rhododendron forests add radiance to this trekking route, stunning sights of Mt Everest and Kanchenjunga makes this trek, one of the spectacular trek routes in the Eastern Himalayas. Upon trekking a total distance of 14 km, you will reach Sabarkum. Here in this junction, you can find a stone house located on the top of a small ridge. Hiking 7 km further, you will finally reach the misty forests of Phalut and can relax against the chilling wind at the higher altitudes.
Day 06: Phalut to Rammam (15 Km trek)
Streams, Lush Forests. Today in your Singalila Pass Trek, trekking downwards through the lush and dense Chestnut, Pine and Hemlock forests, you will be arriving at the confluence point of the Gorkhey and Khola, two of the vicious streams flowing through this region. Starting from Gorkhey, an 8 km hike will take you towards Rammam village which is enriched with picturesque settings and is known for its agricultural richness.
Day 07: Rammam to Rimbick (15 Km trek)
Sri Khola, Dense Forests, Orchid Plantations, Colourful Birds. Passing through the dense forests and flat regions of Rammam, today you will be descending to Sri Khola. Surrounded by dense forests, exotic orchid plantations and varieties of colourful birds, this area is named after the Khola Stream. An easy trek from here will finally take you Rimbick; trekking for the day will conclude upon arrival in Rimbick. hrs walk.
Day 08: Rimbick to Gangtok (130 km – 4 hours by road)
A pleasant drive through the picture-perfect valleys and spectacular surroundings of Rimbick will take you towards Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Once you arrive in this magnificent holiday destination, you will be checked-in into the hotel; overnight stay in Gangtok.
Day 09: Gangtok
Gangtok Sightseeing Tour. Today a sightseeing tour after breakfast will make you familiar with the fascinating beauty of Gangtok. Along with the local marketplaces and the nearby locales, you can also visit the Tsomgo Lake and Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial. With the downfall of the evening, you will be driven back to the hotel; overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 10: Gangtok to Lachung (117 km – 6 hours by road)
Singhik View Point, Seven Sister Waterfalls, Naga Water Falls After having breakfast in the hotel, you will be driven through the enchanting terrains of Gangtok and taken towards Lachung. En route, you can also visit Singhik View Point, Seven Sister Waterfalls and Naga Water Falls. Upon arrival in Lachung, you will be checked-in into the hotel; overnight stay in the hotel.