Sandakphu Phalut Trek

  • Sandakaphu

The Sandakphu trek is one of the best routes in Eastern India and it is famous for having some of the most beautiful scenic features and plenty of adventurous activities. This is also being suggested for Beginner Trekker to start with this and practice it at their best. It’s simple and breathtaking. The usual route covers Manebhanjan, Chitrey, Gairibas, Phalut, Sandakphu and Gorkhey. We plan something different and cover a route that has not yet been explored by regular trekkers but rich in natural beauty. Everywhere we have created alternate of the popular places so that we can provide experience to that particular places and out of mass traveler.

If you have always been a travel enthusiast and have always wanted to foray into the fascinating world of trekking, here is an amazing opportunity to begin your journey. We take you on a route that goes off the beaten track while providing you with an experience like never before.

Route:
Manebhanjan, Tumling, Kalipokhri, Sandakphu (2 nights), Phalut, Rammam, Rimbik, Darjeeling.
Detailed itinerary
Day 1 - Drive to Manebhanjan (92 km) in exclusive vehicle. The road to Manebhanjan follows the Hill Cart Road connecting Darjeeling with the plains. At Ghoom (The highest rail station in India) you leave the Hill Cart Road and it takes another hour from Ghoom to reach Manebhanjan. Check in at Hotel and free evening to acclimatize in the new environ. (ONH : Manebhanjan)
Day 2 - Trek Starts from Manebhanjan (7000 ft) in the morning. Today we trek to Tonglu (10000 ft, 13 km). This is probably the toughest phase of the entire trek as you start with steep climb even before getting accustomed to the trek. You can take a break at Tonglu (2 km from Manebhanjan) and at Meghma (9 km from tonglu, 9500 ft). Tonglu is a hill top from where you can have excellent 360 degree view of surrounding mountains of Singalila range and beyond. Depending on trekkers hut availability you may stay at Tonglu or at Tumling which is another 1.5 km away.
Day 3 - Wake up early in the morning for a rare and beautiful view of the mountains around. After breakfast start trekking. First phase of today’s trek takes you downhill to Gairibans (8600 ft) through Nepal border town of Jaibari (Jaubari), Trek distance 9 kms approximately. After light lunch at Gairibans you continue to trek uphill for another 6 kms to reach Kalpokhari / Kalepokhri (10200 ft). Overnight at Kalepokhari.
Day 4 – Today you will be trekking to Sandakphu. The first 3 kms to Bikebhanjan is through relatively less steep trail. Trek from Bikhebhanjang to Sandakphu is a steep climb of 4 kms. Since you are already at an altitude above 10,000 feet, you may find some breathlessness. Reaching Sandakphu at 11930 feet would reward you enough though. Sandakphu commands one of the most spectacular views of the mountain ranges of Kanchenjunga and Everest. The mountain slopes are covered with rhododendrons and silver fir trees. (ONH: Sandakphu)
Day 5 - Explore Sandakphu. Wake up early in the morning for beautiful view of Kanchenjunga and Everest range. Walk among the rhododendron. Enjoy the high. Overnight at Sandakphu.
Day 6 - Trek to Phalut. The trek from Sandakphu to Phalut is one of the most spectacular. The silver fir and rhododendron forests comprise the most beautiful sight. The trek takes you through the top of a ridge and is relatively easy. Phalut is one of the loftiest peaks (11800 feet) in the Singalila Range.
Halt at Phalut.
Day 7 - Phalut - Ramam. From Phalut the trail descends through the virgin forest of chestnut, pines, hemlock etc. till the trail reaches the stream known as Gorkhey Khola. One can enjoy the bath and savor midday meal. Resume trekking via Samandin to Rammam (8400 feet) Trekkers Hut. Total distance covered today is about 15 km. Overnight at Rammam
Day 8 - Rammam - Rimbik. From Rammam the road is almost level. Walk for the first 9 km and again it descends to Srikhola. The road rises steeply for about 1 km where it levels out again till it reaches Rimbik. The trek ends at Rimbik. Overnight at Rimbik.
Day 9 - Drive to Darjeeling from Rimbik (54 km). Check in at hotel in Darjeeling. Evening at leisure, take a walk to Darjeeling Mall. Overnight at Darjeeling.
Day 10 - Morning drive to Tiger Hill for a beautiful view of sunrise. Visit to Ghoom monastery and Batasia loop on your way back to Darjeeling. Drive back to Siliguri after breakfast. Tour concludes at NJP / Bagdogra.

Total Trekking Distance near about 70 Kms

Total Sandakphu Trekking Cost / Per head:

1 Person: INR 14000/-

2 Person: INR 12500/-

3 Person: INR 11000/-

4 Person: INR 10500/-

5 Person: INR 10000/-

6 Person: INR 9500/-

7 Person: INR 9250/-

8 Person: INR 9000/-

Same Cost above 8 person

Pick-up Location: Gurdum Backpackers camp

Drop-in Location: Bhoreng

Inclusion:

Fooding, Lodging, Trekking Guide which will be one of team member

Exclusion:

Your personal Cost, Singalila Forest Entry, camera charge if somebody wants to enter some reserve area

NB:

If you want to hire a dedicated Guide, this will cost you 900-1000 INR per day.

If you need a Porter which will cost also around 1000-1200 INR per day per porter.

If you want to stay 1 day more at Gurdum to experience the small Into the wild Trek and adventurous River crossing activities it will cost you another 2000/- roughly including 900 for tent stay and 500/- for each trek

You will get Campfire at Gurdum and Gorkhey with no added extra cost.

Fooding & Lodging:

The entire journey will indulge you in the old school charm of tents, giving you the ideal experience of trekking.

Find true Himalayan cuisine pampering your tastebuds with our healthy and delicious meal plan included in the package.

You will be provided Non-Veg during the entire trip twice or thrice and rest of the time you have to depend on Veg Food.

Innovative and Creative:

Our Main focus through any trek or journey is to provide experience so that somebody becomes rich in knowledge and cherish that moment throughout his life.

At Gurdum you can stay at Camper van. This is a unique concept of stay where 2 people can stay within a car. People can stay within a tent which is set-up over a Bamboo structure which is being built up on the slope of Mountain.

Rest of the places you will be provided tents and you can also opt for Homestays at the staying places. Staying at tents and watching star gazing is a lifetime experience.

The entire journey will not only quench your thirst of true trekking but you will also be exposed to new activities each step of the way. Be it the customized jungle trek or a trek to the Saejikhola river, Our “Into the Wild” themed camp will definitely provide you with an experience like never before.

Feed your sense of adventure with our complimentary river-crossing feat at Gorkhey and light up your night with a campfire. Find the true essence of living in the mountains with an unique take on trekking.

How to reach Gurdum?

  1. Reach NJP via road or rail. From NJP take a share auto to Darjeeling more. From there you will get share cabs for Rimbik. These cabs will directly drop you at Gurdum but they come less frequently.
  1. After Reaching NJP reach Darjeeling more take a share cab to Manebhanjan and from Manebhanjan another share cab to Gurdum.
  1. If you are coming via Darjeeling take a share cab to Sukhiapokhri. From there same way reach Manebhanjan and then Gurdum. Also we can reserve a vehicle from Siliguri to reach Gurdum.

What is the minimum cost for Gurdum?

Gurdum is a very light budget travel. The expenses for Gurdum per head are somewhat like this-

Travel to and fro from NJP: Rs.800-900/- (Share car) while trekking the cost will be around INR 1100-1200/- (Share car)

Rs. 5000-6000/- (Reserve Car to Gurdum from NP)

Rs. 6000-6500/- (Reserve Car to NJP from Bhoreng)

Stay at Campervan (for the whole stay): Rs.1200/-

Stay at tent (for the whole stay): Rs.900/-

Cost for into the wild trek for Kanchenjunga View: Rs.500/-

Cost for river trek: Rs.500/-

Contact Number for Booking this adventurous Trek:

7980514477 / 9836505038 (To know more details call them)

NB: We also encourage single Solo trekker to go with us

Small Trekking Package Cost or Trekking Gateway:

All the Cost based on 8 Heads Team.

Special Notes for this package:
1. The tariff mentioned is for Indian National only. Inbound visitors may ask for special quote.
2. We will organize guide service and there would be porters to carry common luggage. You will be required to carry your personal belongings yourself.
3. There is a lack of high end tourist facility in the trek route, you can expect only basic facilities at the trekkers huts.
4. The trekker’s huts in some cases cannot be booked in advance and has to be booked on the spot. Hence no particular facility can be guaranteed in advance. Although our guides and porters would try their best to ensure best accommodation for you.
5. You are expected to have taken medical advice from your doctor before coming for this trek. You are also expected to be in reasonably good physical condition.

Clothes

On a trek, carry fewer clothes than you would normally need. Do not pack for ‘what if situations’. That will only add to the weight of your backpack and not be used on the trek. Once your clothes get warmed up on a trek, you will not feel like changing. Just maintain personal hygiene.

Three warm layers: You will need at least three warm layers (two light layers such as fleece or woollen and one padded jacket) for this trek. Add another layer during winter. A hollow full sleeve windproof jacket/down jacket will help enormously because Sandakphu is a very windy trek.
Three trek pants: Wear one pair and carry two pairs. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry two. Let one of these be a dri-fit t-shirt. It will dry quickly in case you are trekking on a rainy day. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their tshirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes after reaching the campsite fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek.
Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night. From December to March, carrying this is mandatory.

Accessories

Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. There might be snow at the upper campsites regardless of the season. So carry a pair of sunglasses.
Suncap: The sun is intense at higher altitudes and a sun cap is absolutely essential to keep your face and neck safe from sunburns.
Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof gloves.
Balaclava: You may use woolen scarves instead as well. This helps to keep your ears and neck covered protected from cold winds.
Socks (2 pairs): Apart from two sports socks to wear while trekking, you can take a pair of woolen socks for the night.
Headlamp LED torch: Mandatory.
Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.
Poncho: Given its geographical location, Sandakphu is prone to rainfall almost throughout the year. It’s always wise to carry a poncho along with you.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit
Mandatory Documents:
Please carry the documents mentioned. Documents 2 and 3 need to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp.

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.)

1. What is the style of accommodation in this trek?

Stay on all days of trek except at Sandakphu and Sabargram will be in tea houses. You will be sharing rooms with fellow trekkers. Stay at Sandakphu and Sabargram will be in tents. Each tent accommodates 3 people and will be shared accordingly amongst trekkers.
2. Will you provide us with tents and sleeping bags?

Yes, Indiahikes trekkers will be provided with tents and high altitude sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC. Sleeping bags will be provided on the 2 days that you will be staying in tents.
3. What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

Summer day time temperatures will range from 13-18ºC and night time temperature will range from 3-5ºC. Winter day time temperatures will range from 8-15ºC and night temperature could drop to -5ºC.
4. Will there be snow on this trek?

You can expect to get snow on most parts of the trail in winter.

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