About Sandakphu Expedition :

Sandakphu is a wonderland for the trekkers. It’s located at an altitude of 11,929ft (i.e. 3,636 meters) in Darjeeling district and north west of Darjeeling hill town. This is the summit or the highest point in Singalila range as well as in the state of West Bengal, India. The trek route to Sandakphu goes all along the Singalila range and therefore this is also known as Singalila trek.

So, why do you think the trekkers from all over the world are so fanatic about Sandakphu and Singalila trek? The answer is simple…. Where else can you see four of the five highest peaks of the world including Mt. Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse, along with Three Sisters and many other peaks of Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet and Bhutan in one single stretch of snow? Yes, this is what you get to see when you stand on the grounds of Sandakphu.

Where else in the world will you be able to walk through the forests of flowering rhododendrons of numerous types, giant magnolias, spruce and wide range of amazing orchids? There are over 600 varieties of orchids in this area, the largest concentration in any single geographical area in the world. You can see them bloom in spring.

The trek route passes through the Singalila National Park. So, your trek journey is further complemented with a national park that has some of the most fascinating rare animals like Red Pandas and Pangolins. However, rare animals are rarely seen. The national park is also rich with varieties of birds

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  1. OUTING DATES

    Batch 01 : 2nd – 8th May 2020

  2. SHORT INFORMATION

    Category : Trekking
    Level : Medium
    Duration: 6 Night / 7 Days
    Meeting Place: Bagdogra

  3. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

    1. A Mesmeric High Peak Panorama
    2. The Ultimate Vision of Kangchenjunga
    3. Rhododendron and Magnolia Spring
    4. Kalipokhri- The Black Lake
    5. Mesmerizing views of the tallest four mountains in the world, i.e., Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kanchenjunga
    6. A home to a wide range of wildlife species

  4. ITINERARY

    Day 1 : Bagdogra or New Jalpaiguri railway station to Maneybhanjyang. (6325 feet) 
    Manebhanjyang, is a tiny village nestled in the hills of the Eastern Himalayas and takes pride in the Land Rovers from more than 50 years ago that are still used as a major transit vehicle. It is also right on the border between India and Nepal. This is the start point of the trek and we will assemble at the base camp and have a short session about the plan for the trek. It takes 5- 6 hours to reach Maneybhanjyang from the nearest railhead and airport. Maneybhanjyang has a pharmacy and a small market where you can get gear for the trek in case anything has been forgotten.

    Day 2 : Maneybhanjyang to Meghma (8530 feet) (8km) 
    After Breakfast we leave for Meghma, after the last house there is a checkpoint where everyone would need to check in. After this point is a very steep ascent of 2 kms to Chitre. Chitre has a monastery and a Chorten of enlightenment. We spend some time at the monastery, have some tea and then get on our way. The route to Meghma from here is fairly undulating, the trail goes through dense forests, with Deodars and Broadleaf trees surrounding the trail, after 1.5 hours from Chitrey we will reach Lamaydhura, From Lamaydhura we trek uphill through a meadow for another 2 hours till we arrive in Meghma.

    Meghma translates to “the hamlet in the clouds”, and itstands up to its name. Meghma is a beautiful village that shares the border between India and Nepal. The sunrise from here is an unforgettable experience, one can also visit the Monastery here when it is open. We will hault here for the night.

    Day 3 : Meghma to Kalipokhari (10,500 ft – 6 km) 
    After breakfast and a warm up we will head towards Kalipokhari. It’s a short 2 km ascent to Tumling from Meghma and after Tumling you will need to check in again before entering Singalila National park or SNP.

    There is a very pretty forested trail from here where you begin to see the Rhododendron trees in full Bloom. There is a descent for an about an hour and then we reach Gairibas, we can have a few refreshments here. From Gairibas it is a steep uphill climb of 6 kms to Kalipokhari. On the way we can break for lunch at a place called Kaiyakata.
    From Kaiyakata it is another 2 hours to Kalipokhari.

    Kalipokhari translates into the “the Black Lake”. It is considered a Holy lake because it never freezes even in the Winters. The colour comes from a very specific Algae that grows on the Lake’s surface. By arriving in Kalipokhari we have entered the High-altitude zone.

    Day 4 : Kalipokhari to Sandakphu (11,950 ft – 6.5 km) 
    From Kalipokhari we would have to ascend gradually to Bikheybhanjang, which translates into “the village of the poisonous plant” Look out for these plants that are grown here, they are used as ingredients in medications that prevent stomach ailments, but if consumed directly it is extremely poisonous.

    The trail from here to Sandakphu is a steep incline of 4 km. We need to trek through a beautiful meadow in Nepal and gradually ascend till we arrive in Sandakphu.

    Sandak itself is believed to mean “wind” However this is yet to be verified. The approach to the homestay itself will take one’s breath away, the view of Kanchenjunga range from here is referred to as the sleeping Buddha for obvious reasons. Sandakphu is like a pilgrimage site for us. The view makes people spellbound and I have seen people who cry with uncontrollable emotion after witnessing the mighty Himalayan range.

    In the evening we will hike to a nearby horse herders village called Al, for Sunset.

    Day 5 : Sandakphu to Phalut (11790 ft – 22km) *** 
    This is one of the best days of the trek, the trail offers amazing views of the Kanchenjunga and Everest range of mountains. The trek is through an awestriking meadow and Kanchenjunga will be our companion through the entire duration of the trek. This is a long day, but the views make up for the amount of effort put in.

    After a straight gradient trek initially, there is an ascent of half an hour till we reach Sabargram, where refreshments are available and after this there are gentle ascents and descents till, we arrive in Phalut.

    The Kanchenjunga range will be visible throughout the trek from Sandakphu to Phalut.

    Day 6 : Phalut to Gorkhey (7500 ft – 24 km)
    From Phalut the trail descends to a village called Gorkhey, this is the border between Sikkim and West Bengal. The route is very scenic and Gorkhey is one of the most beautiful villages you will ever see.

    Day 7 : Gorkhey to Sepi (6250 ft – 15 km)
    We trek through a forest. After this there is an ascent till a village called Samaden, where you will get good network connectivity.

    From Samaden it is a steep descent Sirikhola and as we cross the bridge, the trek will come to an end.

    We leave for Bagdogra/ Darjeeling depending on each person’s plan.

    ***Note: There is just one hut in Phalut, it is very difficult to get a place to stay here, we will try our best to get accommodation, if this is not possible. On Day 5 We will reach Sabargram and descend to a place called Molley, and the next day morning we will go to Phalut for Sunrise and descend to Gorkhey.

     

  5. PRICE

    Tour Price: Rs. 16,499/- per person + Tax as applicable
    For Lifetime Member: Rs. 15,999/- per member + Tax as applicabl
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    For Lifetime Membership Details (Rs.1000/- only), click here

    Inclusions :
    1. Well experienced and qualified trek leader, guide and the support staff.
    2. All permits for the trek
    3. Veg Meal throughout the tour from Dinner on the first day to breakfast on last day.
    4. Accommodation in Tea Houses throughout the trek according to the itinerary.
    5. Safety equipment such as Oximeter, BP meter along with the first aid kit.

    Exclusions :
    1. Transportation from Bagdogra and back to the base village.
    2. Porters
    3. Personal expenses.
    4. Travel Insurance
    5. Tips, Local Sight Seeing and anything which is not specifically mentioned in the cost inclusions.

    Note: It is expected to carry your personal luggage on your own during the trek as you are challenging yourself against the odds, but in some cases if someone feels tired, the porters can carry your extra personal luggage for a fee.

    Responsible Trekking
    We firmly believe in trekking with sincere love for the Himalayas. The mountains are precious and extremely ecologically fragile. We should always come back without leaving anything but memories behind, we humbly request everyone who treks with us to bring less or no plastics, and to not litter the trail.

    Terms and Conditions:

    1. How to reach:
    (a) Flight operators: Air India, Go Air
    (b) The flight tickets get very expensive at the last hour; it is advisable to book your tickets well in advance to get a cheap fair.

    2. Transport (approx.) – at actual
    (a) Transport from Bagdogra to Maneybhanjyang: 3500/- per cab
    (b) Transport from Sepi to Darjeeling: 4000/- per cab
    (c) Transport from Sepi to Bagdogra: 4000/- per cab
    (d) Transport from Darjeeling to Bagdogra: 4000/- per cab

    3. During Sandakphu Trekking Days – if you wish to come back to the base or reach Bagdogra – there will be additional charges for the same.

    4. For any Medical Emergency or Accident – Please note: The whole responsibility will be yours and expenses will be paid by you. The organization will not be held responsible for the same. The trek leaders will help you to reach the hospital and even help you out with all the arrangements that may be required during that time.

    5. Porters
    (a) Cost per porter: Rs 1000/- per day
    (b) Cost of offloading on horse (if available): 500/- per day

    6. Cloak room: You can leave any extra stuff you might not need on the trek at Manebhanjyang. We will stop on our way back from Sepi at Manebhanjyang and pick it up before heading out to Darjeeling/Bagdogara.

  6. CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY

    1. If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 90 days of Tour/Event/Activity 80% of total price will be refunded.
    2. If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 60 days of Tour/Event/Activity 60% of total price will be refunded.
    3. If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 30 days of Tour/Event/Activity No refund will be provided.

  7. THINGS TO CARRY

    Things to carry : Id Proof Compulsory
    1. Two pairs of thermals
    2. Two pairs of trek pants (min)
    3. Two pairs of Fleece (min)
    4. One poly fill or down-jacket
    5. Woolen socks – 2 pairs (min)
    6. Woolen/ Fleece gloves (Use fleece liner and a waterproof glove)
    7. Sunglasses (no to blue/ green shade)
    8. Moisturizer cum sunscreen (even in winter sun burn happens)
    9. Trekking shoes
    10. Sleeping bag, sleeping mat & tent (if you are going on your own)
    11. Basic first aid kit
    12. Rain protection gear/ poncho (it may rain/ snow in winter in mountains, since Sandakphu has long trails, poncho will come handy)
    13. Dry fruits & emergency handy ration like biscuits etc.
    14. Backpack cover
    15. Water bottle – 1 liter; if possible, carry two 1-liter water bottles
    16. Woolen cap/ neck warmer/ balaclava
    17. Cap- to protect from direct sun rays
    18. Toiletries (brush, toothpaste, lip balm, toilet role, light towel, hand sanitizer)
    19. Camera (to click awesome pictures)
    20. Head light/ torch and extra batteries
    21. Undergarments – as required
    22. A small zipper bag to collect all the wrapper/ waste generated during trek – clean and green trekking

    Good to have:
    1. Gaiters
    2. Power bank
    3. Rain protection gear/ poncho (it may rain in winter in mountains)
    4. Trekking pole (It really helps)

  8. FAQS

    With Sandakphu being a one of a kind trek and a popular one, people always tend to have a lot of questions about the trek. Here’s listing a few FAQs, answered.

    Hope this helps in clearing some air about the Sandakphu trek.

    1. Is the water available on the trek safe to drink?
    Yes, it is a tea house trek (camps are at Local villages, the water is safe to consume).

    2. What is the minimum and maximum age group for joining on this trek?
    There’s no age limit to trekking, (except for babies) children are welcome to trek too. However, the person trekking should be fit and should not have any major health issues.

    3. What if the trek is cancelled at the last moment?
    The trek will be cancelled only if there are major concerns, natural disasters, Political turmoil’s etc. You will be notified beforehand if such concerns are in place.

    4. Will there be any change in the itinerary?
    Yes, the number of days will NOT change but itineraries can be modified.

    5. What is the type of food available on trek?
    With regards to food, please expect basic items like Dal-bhat (which is the staple food in the mountains), chapatis, vegetable sabjee, and sometimes egg curry. We have arranged for Morning tea, lunch, tea and snacks in the evening and dinner.

    6. What if we require a porter in the middle of the trek? What will be the charges for the same?
    Getting porters last minute is difficult, we will keep someone on standby, but the charges per day would be higher, for one person, the porter would be Rs. 1200-1300 per day (last min charges are higher)

    7. How should one prepare for the trek?
    We have a workout chart that helps you prepare for the trek, this will be shared with the person, after confirmation.

    8. Will there be charging switches while we are on the trek?
    Yes, some villages do have that facility but you would not find it on all the days.

    9. What kind of bedding will be provided? Is there anything required for us to bring?
    The accommodation will be in tea houses, on a multiple sharing basis. The bedding will be there. Boys and girls will be in separate rooms most of the days, however sometimes we might need to adjust, depending on the situation. This is the real spirit of trekking.

    10. How safe is it for women trekking with the group and to the location?
    There are absolutely no hindrances to safety for women on this trek, we have trekked to Sandakphu alone several times and have never once faced an issue, the locals are very accommodating and protective.

    11. Can Sandakphu be my first trek?
    Yes, we recommend Sandakphu to every first timer.

    12. What are the facilities in the homestay?
    Food, Beds, Blankets, charging points, Bathrooms.

    13. What kind of footwear do one needs to wear on the trek?
    A trekking shoe, (no Sports shoes) which should be waterproof.

    14. Will we light a campfire during the trek?
    NO, this is very strictly prohibited in Sandakphu and most of the Eastern Himalayan belt.

    15. Do we need to carry a walking stick?
    It is recommended to carry one, but it is up to one’s comfort level with a trek pole.

    16. What are the medical facilities on the trek? If something major happens, how do we handle that?
    Jude, our expert leader is a qualified Wilderness first responder, and has plenty of experience in handling difficult medical situations on treks. We will make sure that Altitude sickness is prevented as much as possible. But in case of any major situations then the only 2 options are either to bring down in a land rover (If the person concerned is at on route Sandakphu or Phalut) or to be carried down to Manebhanjyang and then taken to the nearest major hospital in Darjeeling town.

    17. How are the sanitary facilities during the trek and the camps?
    Toilets are available at every village we stay at. While trekking, a suitable spot has to be found on route.

    18. Can we intake alcohol or smoke during the trek?
    This is an absolute no, both Smoking and Alcohol if consumed at high altitude make a trekker highly susceptible to Altitude sickness. We will ask you to move out of the group, and not join us for the trek thereafter.

    19. How much money do we need to take while we are on the trek?
    Usually cash is required only for personal expenses and for providing tips for the guides and porters. What the trekker wants to carry is their choice.

    20. Do you provide any non-veg meal during the trek?
    NO, only veg meal will be provided throughout the trek.

    21. Is there any medical test taken before the trek?
    Yes, we are sternly uncompromising when it comes to the medical aspects of trekking and will require a medical certificate to be submitted to us to have the history of the trekker at disposal if a medical situation arises.

    22. How cold will it be? How will be the weather conditions considering May month?
    The average Sandakphu temperature in May is between 6-degree Celsius to 12-degree Celsius. Though Sandakphu remains open throughout the year, this is the best period to embark on a mesmerizing journey.

    Most Important
    Participants has to bear any additional Expenses/ cost incidental to any change in the itinerary / stay caused by reason beyond our control such as Natural Calamities (Land Slides, Floods etc.), any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes, evacuation costs, flight cancellation for any reasons including bad weather, etc.

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