Sandakphu Trek & Phalut Trek
West Bengal | 7 D/6N | 11,929 ft
January – May and October – December
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
- Reviews 3654.9/5
- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
Undoubtedly the highlight of West Bengal and the gem of the country, Darjeeling is a town that resides in the Himalayan foothills. With a backdrop of mt. Kanchenjunga, the highest peak in India, towering over the azure sky, Darjeeling is rightly called the queen of hills. Vast tea estates seem like emerald green ribbons spread across the steep mountain ridges. When you aren’t gazing open-mouthed at Kanchenjunga, you can decide to engage in a trek that will leave such an impact on your life that your perspective will change entirely. Can you imagine a place in India where your eyes can witness a panoramic view of 4 of the highest peaks in the world; Everest, Kanchor zonda, lhotse, makalu? (the whole cluster of all these 4 together makes the sleeping Buddha that this trek so proudly boasts of). Sandakphu Phalut Trek is one of the most preferred treks India has to offer. It runs along the India and Nepal border so practically you will be moving in and out of Nepal on several occasions. Also called the trekker’s wonderland, the night sky here is going to leave you awestruck.
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 you have to trust us on this that the eastern part of Himalayas is worth the visit. Towards the eastern Himalayas, there is a lesser-well 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.
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.
Sandakphu Trek weather
The Weather is considered to be quite cold with temperatures 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 from mid-February to May because 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 most of the top 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. This 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 Jaubhari and ceases at Sepi. It is better to carry the Sandakphu phalut trek 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.
The base camp of Sandakphu Phalut Trek is at Jaubhari. Jaubhari 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 via foot. Jaubhari 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 Jaubhari. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra airport 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 Jaubhari.
The next step is the journey from Jaubhari to Tumling. From Tumling, we need to march towards Kalipokhri. The main ascent of the trek is from Kalipokhri to Sandakhphu. The trek distance is 6.5 kilometers and it demands around three to four hours for the ascent. After reaching the highest point and the destination summit, we have to make a descend from Sandakphu to Sabargram. From Sabargram, we will trek to Gorkhey via Phalut and finally reach Sepi after a long walk. A further drive of 5 hours will advance us back to New Jalpaiguri.
Sandakphu Trek Highlights:
- Moderate and simple trek to start with. This trek is good for beginners as well as regular trekkers, this one if for all mountain lovers. It is a high mountain trek but yet the maximum height from the mean sea level is Twelve Thousand (12,000) feet. A general study says that you start to feel altitude sickness above the height of Eight Thousand (8000) feet. So, the risk of developing altitude sickness is also not so high. Anyone who wants to experience a blissful trek must opt for this trek.
- Sandakphu is a wonderland for trekkers. Being the highest point in West Bengal offers views of the world’s tallest peaks. This trek is done along the border between India and Nepal. In fact, one constantly moves in and out of Nepal during the trek. Not to forget the sleeping Buddha view. If this is not enough, what else do you want?
- Sandakphu Phalut Trek is considered to be one of the best winter treks in the Himalayas. It is snow-clad from the middle of February to the middle of April. There will be a lot of snow in February and March but in the later season, rhododendrons bloom and take your heart away. Life will come to a standstill as you witness the amazing landscapes and the snow-clad mountains all around you.
We believe that if you possess a moderate level of fitness, you can opt for this trek. A lot of people claim to find this trek very interesting to refresh themselves amidst their daily routine life filled with boredom. You are assured to get an amazing company of wanderlusts alongside you. You might think that embarking on this trek with total strangers won’t be that fun but believe us, you will certainly descend the trek with your hand over their shoulders promising to trace more peaks together in the future.
Sandakphu Trek Expedition
The Sandakphu Phalut expedition with Trekmunk will be a wonderful experience for all the wanderlusts. As per the Sandakphu trek reviews of various trekkers, Trekmunk is the best trekking company in India that assures you of quality service and a friendly atmosphere. Sandakphu Phagut trek cost is around 9,750 INR which will accompany all inclusions such as accommodation, food, travel gears, permit, and an experienced Sandakphu Phalut trek guide. Book your Sandakphu trek with Trekmunk. We here at Trekmunk aim to provide you with the cheapest trek while maintaining excellent services. Also, as far as the documents are concerned, we need to show some documents of identification for the trekkers to the forest department officials in order to get the Sandakphu Phalut Trek Permit. So, make sure that you carry the required documents that are asked of you.
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 2019 with us right now. Trek the Himalayas with Trekmunk and turn your dream into reality.
Best Time To visit Sandakphu Trek
Sandakphu Phalut trek is best during the winter months. Winters are chilly and summers are pleasant in the regions of the Sandakphu Phalut trek. The best time to do Sandakphu Phalut Trek is in October to March where there will be a blanket of snow to step upon. The whole region and the surrounding hills in the vicinity will provide a picturesque setting. You will get to witness the snow-laden ranges of some of the highest peaks in the world.
How To Reach Sandakphu trek :
The nearest airport is at Bagdogra airport 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.
The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri. New Jalpaiguri is well connected to the metro cities via the railway network, from where frequent buses and cabs are available.
New Jalpaiguri is accessible from the other parts of the country via the National Highway. The New Jalpaiguri bus stand has a sufficient network of public buses available from Kolkata.
Sandakphu & Phalut Itinerary
Day 1 : Drive from New Jalpaiguri - Jaubhari/Manebhanjan
Note: Pick up will be arranged from NJP Railway Station to Jaubhari/Manebhanjan at 9.30 am on day 1 of your trek. The cost of each cab is approximately Rs 3,500. It will be shared among your co trekkers in the same vehicle.
The base camp is at Jaubhari/Manebhanjan. Jaubhari/Manebhanjan 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 Jaubhari/Manebhanjan. The approximate distance between them is 100 kilometres. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra which is located at a distance of 30 kilometres from Siliguri. You can reach New Jalpaiguri from Siliguri in 15 minutes and further take a cab or bus to Jaubhari/Manebhanjan. The whole journey from New Jalpaiguri to Jaubhari will take you on boulevards of mountain meandering through estates of tea and villages bordering India and Nepal. Jaubhari/Manebhanjan is a small beautiful village in West Bengal. The ambience of this place is so quiet that you will be entitled to absolute peace. This is generally the initial point of the Sandakphu trek.
Altitude: 6,400 ft.
Time Taken: 5 hours
Drive Distance: 105 km
Day 2 : Trek from Jaubhari/Manebhanjan to Tumling
We will start our trek from Jaubhari/Manebhanjan towards Tumling, which will be an 11 km trek and it usually takes 6-7 hours to complete. The next step is the journey from Jaubhari 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.
There is a steep climb lasting for a duration of 1.5 hours. Thereafter, a gradual ascent along with descent for another hour, followed by 3 hours of level walk accompanied with gradual ascents. There are approximately 3 water points namely Chittrey, Lamyadhura and Meghma which are at a duration of 1.5 hours from each other. This area has about 10-12 Nepali families living in the mountains who provide teahouse accommodations for travelers throughout the year. Along with this, there are a few private huts and lodges adding up to the services available for the trekkers and wanderlusts. You will come across a signboard indicating the way to Singalila National Park emanating right ahead. On the other side, you will find an elevated trail towards Tonglu which is another high mountain settlement.
The border between Nepal and India becomes a blur at Tumbling and you find yourself in another country after crossing a check post. Hardly any restrictions are imposed for entering the place irrespective of whether you are an Indian or a foreigner. 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. This will mark the end of day 2. We will have our dinner and have an early sleep.
Altitude: 6,400 ft. to 9,450 ft.
Time Taken: 6-7 hours
Trek Distance: 11 km
Day 3 : Trek from Tumling to Kalipokhri
On this day we will trek from Tumling to Kalipokhri, which will be a 14 km trek and it usually takes 6-7 hours to complete. 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.
There is a gradual ascent lasting for a duration of 1.5 hours. Thereafter, a 40-minute descent followed by steep ascent for an hour from Garibas which is again followed by an easy descent. A level walk continues for the remaining 2 hours of trek. There are approximately 2 water points namely Garibas and Kaiyakatta which are at a duration of 2 hours from each other.
Here you will come across the elegant Sleeping Buddha drenched in the first ray 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. You will come across a lot of water bodies and vibrant tiny flowers throughout the trail. The lush green patches along with a variety of flora will transmit to you another world. Thereafter you will come across steep ascend. The trail tends to get greener and greener as you ascend. This beautiful scenery and serenity of the place will surely restrict your return back into the chaotic world. After reaching the campsite, we will continue with the dinner and then get back into the world of wonderland.
Altitude: 9,450 ft. to 10,400 ft.
Time Taken: 6-7 hours
Trek Distance: 14 km
Day 4 : Trek from Kalipokhri to Sandakphu
We will be trekking to Sandakphu on this day from Kalipokhri. This trek is a 6.5 Kms stretch and usually takes 3-4 hours to complete. The main ascent of the trek is from Kalipokhri to Sandakhphu. The trek distance is 6.5 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. You can replenish your water needs at Bhagsa and Bikheybhanjang, both of which arrive during the first hour of the trail. 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 Makalu, Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and many more. The temperature here surrenders to less than zero after sunset making it very cold for survival. A dizzy mobile network sometimes persists at the highest point in Sandakphu.
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 on your body. A feeling of immersing yourself into the magnificence of nature will surely accumulate your body with an immediate adrenaline rush. Life will come to a standstill witnessing the amazing landscapes snow-clad mountains all around you. Every single soul returns back with a happy heart and a self promise to attempt newer and higher treks again and again.
Altitude: 10,400 ft. to 11,950ft.
Time Taken: 3 hours
Trek Distance: 6.5 km
Difficulty- Easy to moderate
Day 5 : Trek from Sandakphu to Sabargram/Mole
From Sandakphu we will trek to Sabargram/Mole, this stretch of the trek will be 14 Kms and usually requires about 7-8 hours to complete. The trail is very long and this is why we need to start as early as possible. After the completion of an early breakfast, we will set out on our journey from the Sandakphu campsite to Sabargram/Mole Camp. We need to carry sufficient water from Sabargam/Mole as the water sources are not profound throughout this trail. Sabargram/Mole consists of an open pond near the Forest Post. We need to replenish our water sources at this water point.
The trail emanates with a gradual descent accompanied with a combination of steep and gradual ascents along with level walks. You will come across rocky paths lined up with gravel roads along with a few muddy segments. There is a thick covering of forests. The chirping of mountain birds feels wonderful to the ears. The whole trail is aligned with alpine berries and rhododendron. The red blooming rhododendrons will certainly fill your heart with joy.
This trail proves to the longest and toughest of all the other trails. Generally, the trail gets tricky when the rain pours. You can witness amazing snow-capped mountains throughout the trail. The beautiful sunrise amidst these awe-striking mountain peaks is quite alluring. Words fall short to describe the exquisite landscapes and scenery of this place.
Altitude: 11,950ft. To 11,807ft.
Time Taken: 7 to 8 hours
Trek Distance: 14 km – 16 km
Day 6 : Trek from Sabargram/Mole to Gorkhey via Phalut
We will trek to Gorkhey on this day from Sabargram/Mole. This stretch of the trek will be 21 Kms and usually takes 5-6 hours to complete. On route will be Phalut which has a zig-zag trail from Sabargram. You are entitled to grab the best view of Kanchenjunga on this trail from Sabargram/Mole to Phalut. Phalut is a very small grassland with very less or empty vegetation. It is so small that it contains only an SSB Post and a guest house which has the maximum accommodation limit of 8 people. Even though it is a remote location, this place assures the best panoramic view of the entire setting.
We need to start early as we have to make a long descend from Sabargram to Gorkhey. The trail is around 17 kilometers and it takes a long walk to get along with the descent. Gorkhey is at an elevation of 7,546 feet from mean sea level. This is one of the longest trails in the whole Sandakphu trek but the descent makes it less exhausting.
The difficulty level is moderate with an initial descent accompanied by a combination of gradual ascents till Phalut. Thereafter, leveled walks to Gorkhey precedes except for the last hour of a steep descent. You are advised to carry 2 liters of water from the last campsite. You can refill your bottles from a stream adjacent to Phalut.
The cool breeze during the descent is quite pleasurable and helps in refreshment after a long ascent. The composition of flora and fauna amidst the forested land has a tranquil impact on the minds of travelers. You will come across many alluring landscapes. You will certainly be amazed at the astounding beauty of this place.
Altitude: 11,807ft to 7,546ft via 11,950 ft..
Time Taken: 5-6 hours
Trek Distance: 21 km
Day 7 : Trek to Sepi and Depart for NJP
On this day we will trek to Sepi, this stretch of the trek is about 15 kms and takes 5-6 hours to complete. Once reaching Sepi, we will either depart to NJP(6 Hours) or Darjeeling(3 hours). Sepi is at an elevation of 6,230 feet from mean sea level.
The trail is basically easy consisting of level walks with patches of ascents and descents. You need to carry a sufficient amount of water. An hour into the trek, you will reach Ramam where you can refill your water demand. A break can be taken at the teahouse adjacent to the SSB Post at Ramam. You will come across bamboo forests where Red Pandas and Bears are found. After crossing the serene Sri river, we will finally reach Sepi.
Altitude: 7,546 ft. to 6,230 ft.
Time Taken: 6 to 7 hours
Trek Distance: 15 km
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. You will reach New Jalpaiguri by evening. Plan your further stay at a hotel or return back as per your convenience. If you plan to stay, you can visit Siliguri and advance further to sightseeing at Darjeeling.
Sandakphu trek is a perfect getaway to throw out all the stresses of life and fall in love with the beautiful nature. This trek will ensure you a sharp contrast to your habits and culture. One can easily connect to himself and come back rejuvenated. You end up discovering your inner self that was long lost in the chaos of the lives in cities.
Altitude: 6,230 ft. to 246 ft.
Time Taken: 5 hours
Drive Distance: 140 km
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Accommodation at Sandakphu Trek
All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise.
Sandakphu Trek Leader and Guides
A team of an experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
Services of a Professional Trekking Team
A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
Meals at Sandakphu Trek
All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
Camping and Safety Equipment
All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
Permits and Forest Camping Charges
Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
A Life Changing Experience
We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.
GST and Other Taxes
The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
Accommodation and Food in Bagdogra/New Jalpaiguri
Food and stay in Bagdogra/New Jalpaiguri are not included in the package. You can book your hotels or homestays in Bagdogra/New Jalpaiguri, we can recommend a few good options.
Flights and Transportation
Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation from Bagdogra/New Jalpaiguri to Jaubhari and Sepi to Bagdogra/New Jalpaiguri and travel expenses to and fro Bagdogra/New Jalpaiguri from home city are not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to that weather and difficulty of the trek.
Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading)
We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures.
Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, snacks, orders tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides, Camera fees etc) are not included in the package.
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.
1. When is the best time to go to for Sandakphu trek?
Sandakphu trek is best during the winter months. Winters are chilly and summers are pleasant in the regions of the Sandakphu Phalut trek. The best time to do Sandakphu Phalut is from mid-February to May. However, the best season to go for Sandakphu Phalut is during the winter right from November till March because you will find snow throughout the trail. The whole region and the surrounding hills in the vicinity will provide a picturesque setting. You will get to witness the snow-laden ranges of some of the world’s highest snowline. Just make sure that you don’t forget to carry a good camera or smartphone.
2. How difficult it is ?
Sandakphu trek is a high altitude Himalayan trek. The level is easy to moderate, which demands physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. No prior trekking experience is required which means beginners are always welcomed. The duration is 7 days and it is around 46 kilometers altogether. You would find some steep slopes or risky ridges. Most of the trail is covered with forests. It might get a bit difficult during the winter when the snow starts to play its part because the trail gets submerged in the snow, otherwise, it is considered to be a very easy trek all around the year.
3. How much fitness is required for Sandakphu trek?
Sandakphu Trek is a high altitude trek demanding 7 days of trekking. The level is easy to moderate, which demands physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. No prior trekking experience is required which means beginners are always welcomed. Also, please do basic exercises such as jogging, sit-ups, burpees, etc for 1-2 weeks before the start. Moreover, we would suggest increasing your stamina by walking 4-5 kilometers daily for 1-2 weeks prior to the start. Keep yourself in a good frame of mind and be physically and mentally fit. This will help you enjoy the beautiful Sandakphu Phalut trek to the fullest and take back good memories to cherish later.
4. Is it safe for first timers?
Sandakphu Phalut Trek is a high altitude trek. The level is easy to moderate, which demands physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. No prior trekking experience is required which means beginners are always welcomed. The duration is 7days and the total distance of the trail is 46 kilometers. It might get a bit difficult during the winter when the snow starts to play its part but if you are mentally strong it won’t affect you. This is of the best one for the first-timers who have no prior experience of trekking a summit. You can book a seat without worrying.
5. What will the temperature like on Sandakphu trek?
Sandakphu Phalut during the winter months of November to March tends to go below the 0-degree centigrade mark. The minimum temperature is around 8-degree centigrade while the maximum is around 8-degree centigrade. There will be snowfall and the whole region will be covered with snow. During the rest of the year, the weather remains quite pleasant. The minimum temperature is around 8-degree centigrade while the maximum temperature hovers around 15 degrees centigrade. You can expect rains during the months of July and August as the weather remains overcast due to cloud covering the entire region.
6. When will there be snow ? Can it be done in Snow?
Sandakphu Trek stands tall at an elevation of 12,000 feet approximately. The best season to go for Sandakphu Phalut is from mid-November to March because you will get to walk on the blanket of snow which is really amazing. Yes, it can be done on snow. It becomes a little difficult during the winter season because the trail gets submerged into the snow. The best part is you will get to see the whole surrounding and the surrounding hills in the vicinity covered with snow. You will get to witness the snow-laden ranges of some of the world’s highest mountains including Mount Everest.
7. Which are the best months to visit ?
Sandakphu Phalut lies at a high altitude in the laps of Himalayas. Winters are chilly and summers are pleasant in the regions of the Sandakphu Phalut. The best time to do the Sandakphu Phalut is from mid-October to March. The weather is quite cold and numbing. The whole region and the surrounding hills in the vicinity will provide a picturesque setting. You will get to witness the snow-laden ranges of some of the world\'s highest mountain peaks. Just make sure that you don’t forget to carry a good camera or smartphone.
8. What things do we need to carry?
This is a high altitude trek. You need to be fully prepared for the comfortable completion. All the essential kinds of stuff required for the trek such as Rucksack, 2 pairs of quick-dry T-shirts and trek pants, 2 pairs of socks, trekking shoes, fleece, sunscreen SPF 50+, towel, lip balm, headlamp/torch, water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines should be available with you.
9. What type of food is served ?
One thing for sure, you won’t have to worry about the food. We can assure you that the food served will be one of the best that you might have encountered throughout your life. Generally, only vegetarian food is served, because the non-vegetarian food has a high amount of protein which makes it difficult to digest. We have a serving of 4 meals per day which includes breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, dinner. We don’t compromise on the quality of the food. Hence, all you need to do is explore the beauty without worrying about the food.
10. How do I book this package with you?
Sandakphu trek booking with Trekmunk is very easy. I would like to assure you that booking the package with us is as simple as putting the icing on the cake. All you need to do is go to search for the Sandakphu Phalut trek. You will find a “Book now” option. Click on the option and fill in all the details that are being asked and then forget everything and prepare for the trek. In case of any kind of queries, you can mail us or call us on the number that is provided on the website. Our executive will always be ready to assist and guide you.
11. Will backpacks, raincoats and other equipment be available for rent?
Sandakphu Phalutis a long 7-day trek and hence backpacks, raincoats and other types of equipment are necessary. Backpacks and raincoats including other items will not be available for rent by us. These are the things you need to bring on your own. You can check our website to make sure that you know about all the things that you need to carry by yourself on this trek. It is advised to carry all those things for your own convenience. The only accessories that we will provide on rent are trek poles and ponchos. All the other necessary items or equipment are not available for rent by our side.
12. Is this good for a first timer?
Sandakphu Phalut Trek has a level ranging from easy to moderate, which demands physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. No prior trekking experience is required which means beginners are always welcomed. The duration is 7 days and the total distance of the trail is 46 kilometers. It might get a bit difficult during the winter when the snow starts to play its part but if you are mentally strong it won’t affect you. This is of the best one for the first-timers who have no prior experience of trekking a summit. You can book a seat without worrying.
13. Who will be there with us on the journey?
There will be a trek leader along with an assistant trek leader. A bunch of people who have booked for the Sandakphu Phalut on the same date of departure. You are assured to get an amazing company of wanderlusts alongside you who are bored with their lives as well. People from different spheres of life joining each other on an isolated trek might seem like a thrilling adventure. You will feel like going with strangers won’t be that fun but believe me, you will certainly descend the trek with your hand over their shoulders promising to trace more peaks together in the future. We will also have porters, kitchen staff and mules along with us to make our journey a comfortable one.
14. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like ?
This is a treehouse trek, the washroom facility will be basic. Also, one-day camping will be done and we will set up toilet tents in which pit will be dug and you have to do your business in it. Later we cover it with mud and close it.
15. What are the interesting places to visit if I have time before or after ?
We will pick you up at the New Jalpaiguri station at 6 o\'clock in the morning and drop you back to New Jalpaiguri after the completion of the Sandakphu Phalut trek. The interesting places in and around New Jalpaiguri include Darjeeling which is famous for its tea gardens and toy train service and Gangtok which is the capital of Sikkim. Malda, Mirik, Kurseong are other nearby attractions that can be availed. You can also visit some of the parks and wildlife attractions in and around New Jalpaiguri. Buxa National park is at a distance of 37 km whereas Gorumala national park is at a distance of 25 km All these places are amazing and if you have an extra day or a complete weekend, we suggest you go out and explore the beauty of this place. The scenic beauty and impeccable natural landscapes are something to look out for.
16. How to get safe drinking water ?
Sandakphu Phalut has a trail passing through a lot of villages and streams. Water points are available at different intervals of the day to day trail. The water that we take from streams is safe and uncontaminated. But still, if you want it to be 100 percent pure, you can carry chlorine tablets with yourself. You can get it easily at any kind of medicine store.
17. Which type of shoes should I buy ?
Sandakphu Phalut is lasting for 7 long days. During the whole trail, we are ought to encounter many kinds of water bodies that we will have to cross. Moreover, during winter, the whole region will be covered with snow. So, it is very important to wear a high ankle trekking shoe that is waterproof. Normal shoes are not suitable for this type of Himalayan trek.
18. Is the trekking pole necessary?
It is not mandatory to carry trekking poles with yourself. But we strongly advise you to carry one. Without a trekking pole, it is almost impossible to go on a trek. They help in providing balance when we pass through streams. They reduce the stress on our knees while carrying a heavy load on our shoulders. They are very useful to cut our way through the blanket of snow present on the trail. We provide trekking poles for rent and we strongly advise you to carry it for all the above-mentioned reasons.
19. What is the Starting and ending point of this trek?
Sandakphu Phalut trek starts from New Jalpaiguri and ends at New Jalpaiguri as well. New Jalpaiguri is connected by roadways, railways, and airways. The roadways are well connected and the landscapes are alluring throughout. The nearest railway station is the New Jalpaiguri railway station which directly connects major cities of India like New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and many more. Most of the cities have premium train services like Shatabdi and Duronto which makes the journey faster and comfortable. The air network is also very good. The nearest airport is the Bagdogra Airport which is 30 kilometers from Siliguri. You can reach New Jalpaiguri from Siliguri in 15 minutes and further take a cab or bus. You can get daily flights from most of the cities in India.
20. How to reach the base camp ?
The nearest airport is at Bagdogra airport 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. The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri. New Jalpaiguri is well connected to the metro cities via the railway network, from where frequent buses and cabs are available. New Jalpaiguri is accessible from the other parts of the country via the National Highway. The New Jalpaiguri bus stand has a sufficient network of public buses available from Kolkata.
21. Can I take my child along ? What is the minimum and maximum age limit?
Sandakphu Phalut Trek\'s difficulty is considered to be easy to moderate. However, walking hours are extremely long and tiring. The minimum age limit will be 12 years. You have to make sure that your child is fit and willing to do the trek else he/she will be whining all the way to the top. If you think that your child is fit enough and his/her legs can carry them till the summit and then back to the campsite even after reading the itinerary, you are most welcomed to experience this trek with your kid. Just make sure that they don’t have any kind of lung or heart problems.
22. When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?
it is strictly against the consumption of alcohol. At such a high altitude, it\'s amazing to dance on \"daaru desi\" song but very harmful to consume the \"desi daaru\". Alcohol acts as a depressant and can reduce the frequency of breathing and even cause dehydration. Consumption of alcohol can help in the development of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which can prove to be fatal at times and can cause an adverse effect on your body. It is very important to be fit and active both physically and mentally in order to complete successfully.
23. What kind of Tents and Sleeping bags are provided to us ?
Trekmunk has well-defined tents and sleeping bags that are used at the campsite. Currently, talking about the tents, we are using 3 men Coleman, Husky and Vango tents which are 5000 mm waterproof. When it comes to sleeping bags, we have custom A shape Columbia sleeping bags especially made for expeditions. It can withstand up to a maximum of minus 20 degrees centigrade. We never compromise on the quality of all items that we provide for treks. The tent and sleeping bags are of impeccable quality and you can blindly trust on us on all the equipment that we provide on the trek. All you need to do is just enjoy the beautiful landscapes, leaving everything else on us.
24. Can I leave travelling clothes in basecamp behind and collect them after ?
No, as the starting point and ending point are different in this trek, we do not have a cloakroom facility at the base camp. You can leave your clothes in the hotel in Bagdogra or Siliguri which will be convenient for you.
25. Do I have to convey any documents with me?
Sandakphu Phalut demands some documents that will be necessary. You need to have a set of documents along with you on this trek. The forest department has made it compulsory to showcase the identity proof and other documents in order to proceed for the trek. There is a list of documents that you need to carry along with you. It’s compulsory for you to carry your identity card that has your photo attached to it. Along with the identity card, you need to have a Medical Certificate, Mischief Managed, Disclaimer and Personal Information about yourself. All the documents must be present with you on this trek without fail.
26. Would we be able to expect rain during the trek to this trek? What will we do if it rains?
Sandakphu Phalut trek has the most rain from July to September. Rain is a law of nature and we can go against the laws of nature. We can’t stop it, right? So yes, we need to be prepared for the worst scenario and carry all the necessary things that are required irrespective of whether it is going to rain or not. Rain depends on the weather. If you opt for this trek during the rainy season, you can obviously expect rain. If the rainfall is light and there is only drizzle, we will continue. But if the rainfall is too heavy, we will have to stop. We will have raincoats with us. So, there is nothing to worry about the rain.
27. Is there a doctor going with us on the trek?
Sandakphu Phalut Trek with Trekmunk doesn’t have a doctor along with us. But our trek leaders are very experienced and they have knowledge about all the necessary things that need to be taken care. Our trek leaders have enough medical knowledge and experience to handle any kind of medical emergencies that can happen on a trek. There’s another plus point of having oxygen cylinders along with us and your oxygen level will be checked daily. This will make sure whether you are fine enough to proceed further or not.
28. Do we get mobile network ?
This trek has very less network connectivity. Indian mobile networks do not work for the most part of Sandakphu Trekking. Vodafone and BSNL are the only mobile networks that work in patches along the way. But who needs a network when mountains are calling you. As you pass Jaubhari, it will tend to get weaker and weaker and then a few kilometers ahead you will find your smartphone with no network at all.
29. Are smoking and drinking allowed ?
Sandakphu Phalut trek comes under the High Himalayan trek. Smoking and drinking are strictly not allowed. At such a high altitude, it\'s amazing to dance on \"daaru desi\" song but very harmful to consume the \"desi daaru\". Alcohol acts as a depressant and can reduce the frequency of breathing and even cause dehydration. Smoking can Drinking can help in the development of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which can prove to be fatal at times and can cause an adverse effect on your body. It is very important to be fit and active both physically and mentally in order to complete successfully.
30. Is diamox advisable?
Diamox is a kind of medical prophylaxis agent which helps in the prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness. Above a height of 8,000 feet from mean sea level, an individual is prone to acute mountain sickness. As this trek exceeds the 8,000 mark, diamox can be taken. The currently advised dosage is 250 milligram which should begin 24 hours before making an ascent. You should talk to your doctor and your trek leader about it as they are the only people who can give you the best advice.
31. How big are the groups?
Sandakphu Phalut trek group size hovers around 16. The bigger the group, the lesser the fun and serenity amidst the beautiful landscapes. We don\'t have bigger groups because they take away the essence of trekking. So, we have tried to accommodate an average number of people that will end up making the trek experience blissful. When you have a small group, it’s easier for everyone to interact with each other and this adds up to the beauty. You will come across 15 other wanderlusts like you and I can assure you that you will return home turning those strangers into friends.
32. Is it safe for female solo travellers to go in a fixed departure group with Trekmunk?
Yes, it is safe for female solo travelers to go in a fixed departure group with Trekmunk. You can completely trust us on your safety. We never compromise when it comes to the safety and security of our travelers. Till now, many independent and solo female travelers have completed a lot of treks along with us. There was no complaint or disappointment by any of our members. All of them returned back happily. They have given satisfied reviews and are keen to hike a trek again with us in the future. You can check the reviews on our website for more details.
33. I can’t carry my bag can anyone carry it for me( Portage/Offloading of bags?
Yes, we do have offloading facilities available for all the trekkers during the Sandakphu Phalut trek. Though we advise you to carry your own rucksacks because that is one of the major features of trekking in the wild, but if due to any unavoidable circumstances, you decide to offload your bags, you can definitely opt for a mule to carry your stuff. Let us know in advance if you wish to avail this service as we need to make arrangements accordingly.
34. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
For Sandakphu Phalut or any other trek, generally, there is an accommodation of only two persons in a single tent. In some cases, we can accommodate three trekkers in a tent but that is very rare. You should always try to follow the norms of the tentmate etiquettes in order to have a warm and happy stay inside the tent. It is very important to create a healthy environment inside the tent. We can assure you that you may enter the tent as strangers but when you shall return back, you will go back to becoming good mates.
35. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
Sandakphu Phalut Trek is a high altitude trek demanding 7 days of trekking. The level of this trek is easy to moderate, which demands physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. No prior trekking experience is required which means beginners are always welcomed. Also, please do basic exercises such as jogging, sit-ups and similar for 1-2 weeks prior the start of the trek. Moreover, we would suggest increasing your stamina by walking 4-5 kilometers daily for 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the trek. Keep yourself in a good frame of mind and be physically and mentally fit. This will help you enjoy the beautiful Sandakphu Phalut trek to the fullest and take back good memories to cherish later.
36. Do you think I should bring some medicines with me?
Sandakphu Phalut trek is at an elevation of around 12,500 feet. So, generally, you should always consult a doctor before going for this trek if you think you have breathing or any other problems. So make sure you consult an experienced doctor and tell him about all your past medical history and symptoms. Acknowledge him about the altitude you are planning to climb and the difficulty level of the trek. He will probably suggest you prophylaxis medication or else a prescription of acetazolamide. All these drugs are tested and it is proven to reduce the incidence and severity of altitude sickness. You should also carry some basic medicines like Paracetamol, Crocin, Diamox, Avil, Combiflam, Norflox, Crepe Bandage, Digene etcetera.
37. Can we change the itinerary?
Sandakphu Phalut trek itinerary can\'t be changed. We take a lot of members alone with us for a trek and it is difficult to change the plan at the last moment except if trek leaders feel like it needs to be changed due to bad weather or any other natural calamity. Moreover, when you do a high altitude trek, it becomes very important to have a planned schedule. Otherwise, things may get worse because there are many factors that can affect a trek. So, to have a successful trek experience, it is important to trust the trek leaders and follow the planned schedule. Just in case you have a personal batch, you can talk about this when you book and our back end team can figure out if there is any possibility of this.
38. Can we customize this package ?
Yes, Sandakphu Phalut trek can be customized according to you. Tekmunk provides you with the luxury of customizing the trek. The starting date, the itinerary, the food menu, everything can be set according to you in a tailor-made batch which is just for you and/or your friends and family.
39. What is AMS? How to prevent it?
During Sandakphu Phalut or any other trek or any other mountain expedition, we ought to travel to high altitudes. As we ascend, due to change in elevation, there is a change in various other factors such as temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, radiation, and oxygen saturation. The temperature and atmospheric pressure gradually fall down and the ultraviolet(UV) radiation increases with an increase in altitude. Moreover, the humidity and oxygen level tends to lower down. These changes have an adverse effect on our body and sometimes our body fails to withstand it. Due to these changes, there arises a condition called altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS). The prevention tips are:
- You should always try to ascend a mountain as slowly as possible.
- It will be good if you plan a few extra days and spend it acclimatizing after every 3000 feet.
- Before starting to ascend, make sure you have a day of rest and a night of tight sleep.
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat with proper guidelines. Avoid non-vegetarian food at high altitudes. Also, avoid alcohol and caffeinated products
Trek Dates and Prices
|Trek Package Confirmed Dates||Trek Status Availabilty||Price (Per Person) Excluding Flights||Price (Per Person) Including Flights|
November 17, 2019 - November 23, 2019
November 23, 2019 - November 29, 2019
November 30, 2019 - December 6, 2019
December 7, 2019 - December 13, 2019
December 14, 2019 - December 20, 2019
December 24, 2019 - December 30, 2019
January 4, 2020 - January 10, 2020
January 11, 2020 - January 17, 2020
January 18, 2020 - January 24, 2020
January 25, 2020 - January 31, 2020
February 1, 2020 - February 7, 2020
February 8, 2020 - February 14, 2020
February 15, 2020 - February 21, 2020
February 22, 2020 - February 28, 2020
February 29, 2020 - March 6, 2020
March 7, 2020 - March 13, 2020
March 14, 2020 - March 20, 2020
March 21, 2020 - March 27, 2020
March 28, 2020 - April 3, 2020