Sandakphu Trek

Sandakphu Trek

Places Covered:

Jaubhari, Tumling, Kalipokhri, Sandakphu, Sabargram, Gorkhey via Phalut, Sepi etc.

Duration:

07 Days
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ITINERARIES



Day 1: Arrival day ( Base camp – Jaubhari)
  • Arrive at Bagdogra airport or NJP railway station in the morning (on your own).
  • Quest Tour will arrange for pick up vehicles/shared cabs from the aiport/railway station to the base camp – Jaubhari.
  • The cost of transportation to the base camp will have to be borne by the trekkers (to be shared).
  • It will take approximately 5 hours to reach Jaubhari from the airport/railway station.
  • Reporting time at Jaubhari is 5 pm, sharp. The trek starts at 8:30am the following morning.

Day 2: Jaubhari to Tumling
  • Start trek at 8:30 am from Jaubhari to Tumling.
  • You will need to cover a total of 11 km with an altitude gain of 953 m in 7 hours today.
  • The trail is a combination of gradual as well as steep ascents.  There are a few rocky paths, and level meadow walks.
  • Look out for Chimal and Magnolia trees.
  • You will pass through Chittrey – the first tea stall and SSB campsite. India-Nepal border starts here- from now, on the entire trek, India is on your right and Nepal on your left. After Chittrey, we enter Lamaydhura, a small Tibetian village.
  • We have our lunch break at Meghma ( “Mother of clouds”). You can explore the Buddhist monastery here.  Foreigners need to keep their visas and Indians need to keep their ID proofs ready for verification at the SSB post here. 
  • The trek ends at Tumling. Camp for the night at Tumling.

Day 3: Tumling to Kalipokhri
  • Wake up early morning to view an amazing sunrise above the peaks of the Kangchenjunga range.
  • Today’s trek covers a distance of 13 km-15km starting from Tumling with an altitude gain of approx 300 m.
  • The trail goes through forests, a clearing, few meadows and the Singalila National Park. Once you enter the national park,  you can see Sagarmatha (known as Mt. Everest).
  • If you are lucky, you’ll spot red pandas on the trail till Garibas. Watch out for a border stone near Garibas. We head towards Kaiyakatta which is on a 2 km incline.
  • We have lunch break at Kaiyakatta. The trail from Kaiyakatta to Kalipokhri is perfect for bird watching.
  • The final destination of the day is a small black lake known as Kalipokhri. You will find Buddhist prayer flags hanging above it.
  • Camp overnight at Kalipokhri, which is exactly on the India-Nepal border.

Day 4: Kalipokhri to Sandakphu
  • You can explore the Kalipokhri lake in the morning. Today’s trek is relatively easy, mostly level walks with some gradual ascents and a few steep ones.
  • It is a 7 km trek from Kalipokhri to Sandakphu with an ascent of 466 m.
  • It will take you approximately 4-5 hours to reach Sandakphu.
  • Watch out for Bikheybhanjang (Valley of Poison) en route. It gets its name from a poisonous aconite plant which grows in abundance here.
  • You will trek through forests of silver firs, rhododendrons, magnolias and lovely large-leaved drumstick primulas.
  • Enjoy a 180-degree panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks from here.
  • You will be able to see Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Nuptse, Baruntse, Chamling, Chomolonzo, Machapucchare and other peaks of the Annapurna range spread on towards the west. Three sister peaks stand tall towards the north and then of course, the Sleeping Buddha lies before you.Towards the east, you see the highest ranges of Bhutan – Chomolhari which rises above of all other peaks around it.
  • Mobile network is available at the highest point in Sandakphu.
  • The temperature at the top dips to sub-zero post sunset.

 Day 5: Sandakphu to Sabargram
  • Start trekking early morning from Sandakphu to reach Sabargram. 
  • It’s a long trek covering 15 km in approximately 7-8 hours.
  • From Sabargram, Phalut (from Pha-le-lu. Pha means wind, lu means stone) is about 6 kms.
  • Camp for the night at Sabargram.

Day 6: Sabargram to Gorkhey via Phalut
  • The trail is mostly descending  between dense forest cover. You will see Kangchenjunga on your left.
  • It covers a distance of 14-15 km starting at Phalut and ending at Gorkhey.
  • It will take you around 4 hours to reach Gorkhey.
  • After crossing Gorkhey river, you’ll enter Sikkim. You can explore Gorkhey village and interact with locals.
  • Camp overnight at Gorkhey.

Day 7: Gorkhey to Sepi
  • Depart from Gorkhey to Sepi early morning. You will cross Sammamden and Rammam village.
  • 12 kms from Gorkhey is Srikhola where you will cross a river via a hanging bridge.
  • You will reach Sepi around 2 pm. The trek ends at Sepi where we have lunch.
  • Indiahikes can arrange for transport from Sepi to Darjeeling/Siliguri through shared cabs.
  • The cost of transportation will have to be borne by the trekkers.

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