Grade

Easy

Accommodation

Teahouses

Transportation

Jeep, Bus

Max Altitude

4023 m

Chai

Unlimited

Food

All included

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.

  • Category
  • Location
  • Grade
  • Days
    6
  • Nights
    5
  • Accommodation
    Teahouses
  • Transportation
    Jeep, Bus
  • Max Altitude
    4023 m
  • Chai
    Unlimited
  • Food
    All included
Day 1
NJP/ Bagdogra to Kopidana
Altitude – 6,400 ft.
Distance – 84 KM (By Drive) (5 hrs. Drive)

We pick you up at the airport or whatever place you need, and we lead you to Kopidana, the starting point of the trek.

It's a 5 hour drive until we reach 6400ft.

Overnight in a teahouse.

Day 2
Kopidana to Tumling
Sandakphu Trek Distance – 11 km (expected 5-6 hours)
Altitude - 6,400 to 9,700 ft.

We begin with a morning ascent after a fulfilling breakfast.

The daily trek usually takes 5 to 6 hours, with mixed terrain but easy ascent.

At the end of the day we reach the settlment of Tumling, exactly at the border between India and Nepal. You should have your visa and passport ready with you to show and get access to it.

We'll probably arrive on time to enjoy a great sunset over the Kanchencjunga massif

1km from Tumling there's the official entrance of the Singalila National Park.

 

Day 3
Tumling to Kalapokhri
Trek Distance – 14 km (expected 6-7 hours)
Altitude - 9700 to 10400 ft

The day starts with an unforgettable sunrise. The Sleeping Buddha lies in front of you, and it gets pinker as the sun is about to rise. You can recognize the shape of Kanchenjunga. Beside you will spot Kumbhakarna and Shimbho peaks. Also, you can see the peaks of Goecha, Rathong, Koktang, and Frey. Most of them over 6000 meters.

Our trekking day starts with a nice trek in the forest, as we officially enter the National Park. Rhododendrons and magnolias are a beautiful companion along the way.

Soon we will reach Gairibasa, a tiny village where we can rest for a bit. Even because after that we have a demanding way up until Kaiyakatta.

Kalipokhri, final stop of the day is 4 km from Kaiyakatta. Trail here gets really panoramic, and this is a great point for bird-watching! Take out your binocles!

When you see a dark water lake, you are arrived. There's a settlment over there: Kalipokhri.

 

Day 4
Kalapokhri to Sandakphu
Trek Distance – 6 km (expected 4-5 hours)
Altitude - 10400 to 11929 ft

The day starts with a gentle ascent, until we reach the flats of Bikheybhanjang. If you look up, you'll see the top of Sandakphu, ending stop of the daily trek.

It's a 4 hours walk up, but when you reach the top you have an amazing panoramic view of the peaks.

Enjoy this moment because this is possibly one of the best view of the eastern himalayan treks!

On a clear and lucky day, the peaks show Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Nuptse, Baruntse, Chamling, Chomolonzo, Machapucchare, extending to the Annapurna in the very West.

In Sandakphu we stop, take some pictures, and rest in chilly teahouse in the settlement.

 

Day5
Sandakphu to Sepi
Trek Distance – 15 km (6-7 hours)
Altitude -  10400 to 6230 ft

After a great sunrise which will make the boost to our day, along with a nutrient breakfast as usual, we are ready to start the long descent to Sepi.

We'll cross bamboo and rhododendrum forests. Don't make too much noise: red panda and small himalayan bears moght be close to your sight!

After a great lunch in a very nice place we won't tell you now, we arrive at Sepi in the afternoon.

Day 6
Sepi to NJP / Bagdogra (or Darjeeling for sightseeing)

In the morning, we leave the pretty settlment of Sepi and we go back to the airport or to Darjeeling, if you want to visit the beautiful mountain town.

It takes 5 hours the Bagdogra, 3-4 hours to Darjeeling.

THINGS TO BRING WITH YOU:
  • warm clothes: important a good pair of trekking shoes and a good jacket for when we stop walking. Three layers + jacket are recommended
  • gloves, scarf for the neck and a warm cap
  • powerbank for camera or phone to take pictures
  • trekking poles
  • sunglasses
  • toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser
  • water bottle
  • if you have binocular you can see great birds and wild animals
Included
  • Trekking guide
  • Porter and Yak
  • Cook and Food
  • High quality sleeping equipment
  • All permits included
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