Sandakphu Trek is a great and spectacular walk through the ridgeline coming down from Kanchenjunga massif all along the border between India and Nepal.
What makes Sandakphu trek so beautiful is the chance to see part of the Himalayan range including peaks such as Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kanchenjunga. The last peak is a constant beauty always in front of you.
Unlike other treks in Sikkim, like Goechala or Dzongri, Sandakphu offers the possibility to stay in tea houses along the way, so that you can breath the local culture. Tibetan settlements and villages are some of the last traces of the old Tibetan culture left on Himalayas.
Sandakphu trek is also very interesting from a naturalistic point of view. The diversity of flora and fauna is incredible. As you go from 1500 to 4000 meters you really see the environment changing. This makes it a great chance for spotting Red Pandas, and multiple different birds. It is indeed an ideal choice for the bird watching lovers. Forest is covered by beautiful rhododendron trees and charming magnolias.
Trek is 45km long and reach the altitude of 12000ft.
Itinerary can be modified and you may decide to include Phallut in it. It is 21km more from Darjeeling, 1 or 2 days more depending on the level of fitness. From Phallut you probably have the best view as you get closer to the giant Kanchenjunga. From Phallut, we’ll go down to Gorkhey village, an authentic heaven on earth.