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Sandakphu Phalut Trek- All you need to know

Published On 31 May 2020 by Harshit Patel

The majority of Himalayan treks in India are enclosed in the northern part of the Himalayas which makes it difficult for the people living in the eastern region to avail it. But towards the eastern Himalayas, there is a lesser-known Sandakphu Phalut trek which throws an eye-catching panorama of the world's highest snowline. The criss-cross zigzag route accompanied by the switching of national borders makes it one of the most amazing treks which should be on your travel bucket list. The composition of flora and fauna along with the untamed forests will be worth the fatigue.

Mount Sandakphu Phalut trek elevation is encircled around 12,000 feet. The Sandakphu Phalut trek distance is approximately forty-six kilometers in length. It requires around 7 days to comfortably complete the trek along with acclimatization. The Sandakphu Phalut weather is considered to be quite cold with the temperature ranging between 8 to 15 degrees centigrade from May to April while it varies from 8 to -8 from October to December.

Although the trek is mesmerizing all year round, the best time to do the Sandakphu Phalut trek is in the month of October to December and then again from April to May because during this part of the year there will be plenty of snow which will make the Sandakphu Phalut trek experience even more magical. You can witness a collection of some of the highest peaks of the world covered with pristine and fresh snow. Sandakphu Phalut in June is considered to be quite relieving if you live somewhere in the plains where the temperature tends to hit half-centuries. Sandakphu Phalut Trek is not preferable during the monsoon months from July to September.

The Sandakphu Phalut trek difficulty is considered to be moderate. It has a crossover trail which starts from Kopidana and ceases at Sepi. It is better to carry the Sandakphu Phalut travel map with you because the trail is quite vast and confusing. The trail is considered to be one of the safest trails because of the kind of terrain present over here. This is one of the very few high mountain expeditions which is least prone to Acute Mountain Sickness.

Sandakphu Phalut expedition with Trekmunk will be a wonderful experience for all the wanderlusts. As per the reviews of various trekkers, Trekmunk is the best trekking company in India that assures you a quality service and a friendly atmosphere. Sandakphu Phagut trek cost is around 9,750 INR which will include an experienced trek guide. We here at Trekmunk aim to provide you with the cheapest Sandakphu Phalut trek.

Sandakphu Phalut trek itinerary is as follows:

The base camp is at Kopidana. Kopidana is a small beautiful village in West Bengal. The ambiance of this place is so quiet that you will be entitled to complete peace. This is generally the initial point of the Sandakphu trek. Kopidana is accessible only via roadways. The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri. New Jalpaiguri is well connected to the metro cities via the railway network. A drive of 5 hours from New Jalpaiguri will take you to Kopidana. The approximate distance between them is 100 kilometers. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra which is located at a distance of 30 kilometers from Siliguri. You can reach New Jalpaiguri from Siliguri in 15 minutes and further take a cab or bus to Kopidana.

The next step is the journey from Kopidana to Tumling. The trek distance is approximately eleven kilometers and it consumes around five to six hours to reach Tumling. Tumling is at an elevation of 9,700 feet from mean sea level. The border between Nepal and India becomes a blur at Tumbling and you find yourself in another country after crossing a check post. You can witness a magnificent view of the juggernaut Kanchenjunga peak. The sunset at Tumling is so serene, you will want to capture it in your memory and take back home.

From Tumling, we need to march towards Kalipokhri. Kalipokhri is at an elevation of 10,400 feet. The trek distance is around 14 kilometers and it takes around six to seven hours to reach Kalipokhri. Here you will come across the elegant sleeping Buddha drenched in the first rays of the sun. The glimpse is so sublime that it will keep you awestruck for a moment. The complete family of Kanchenjunga unveils itself if the sky is clear. The journey towards Kalipokhri advances through the stunning forests of Singalila National Park. The forests are well known for its diverse flora colors and along with the flowers, your heart also tends to blossom. Thereafter you will come across steep ascent. The trail tends to get greener and greener as you ascend.

The main ascent of the trek is from Kalipokhri to Sandakhphu. The trek distance is 6 kilometers and it demands around three to four hours for the ascent. Sandakhphu is at an elevation of approximately 12,000 feet above mean sea level. This is the highest point of the whole trek. The trail from Kalipokhri to Sandakphu is considered to be an easy one. There is initially a gradual ascent followed by a steeper climb. With the arrival of the flat land, you will be exposed to the panoramic view of the mighty Sandakhphu summit. Another 4 kilometers of zig-zag ascend will let to the top of the summit. From here, you can catch stunning glimpses of the snow-capped mountain peaks of Macalu, Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and many more. The overwhelming feeling of being on the top of the world will certainly take you by surprise. It will feel like a dream unless someone pinches you.

After reaching the highest point and the destination summit, we have to make a descend from Sandakphu to Sepi. The trail is around 15 kilometers and it takes around six to seven hours to get along with the descent. Sepi is at an elevation of 6,230 feet from mean sea level. This is the longest trail in the whole Sandakphu trek but the descent makes it less exhausting. You will come across bamboo forests where Red Pandas and Bears can be found if you are lucky. After crossing the serene Sri river, you will finally reach Sepi. The last step is a drive from Sepi to New Jalpaiguri. The distance from Sepi to New Jalpaiguri is around 140 kilometers and it consumes around 5 hours of time. The whole journey is a tiresome one but the beauty and magnificence of this journey will shape your thoughts into something new.

This trip provides you with complete assurance to enhance your relationship with nature. The blistering wildlife and amazing landscapes will take you on a journey to heaven. The trek to the summit is tough but returning back from that ambiance to the same old life will be even tougher. Known as the trekker's wonderland, this trek will certainly be a lifetime experience for you. So what are you waiting for? Get ready with your backpack and book the amazing Sandakphu Phalut trek 2021 with us right now. Trek the Himalayas with Trekmunk and turn your dream into reality.

  1. Harshit Patel : Co-Founder at Trekmunk. A certified Mountaineer, Skiier, has led more than 50 high altitude treks in the Indian Himalayas. He is an Engineer by profession but a traveler by passion. He has led treks in Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim and Nepal. He is a NOLS certified First Aid Responder and has covered 185,000+ km on Motorcycle. A Poet, Drone Pilot and Videographer at Insane Traveller Productions.

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