Sandakphu-Phalut trek, West Bengal
This trekking route is in the eastern Indian Himalayas in the northwest corner of the state of West Bengal. The trek features the only point in India from where one can see the worlds four of the five highest peaks in the world in one panoramic view - Everest, Kanchanjunga, Makalu and Lhotse.
During April and May the beauty of the magnolias, rhododendrons, primulas and other alpine flowers are marvelous. It is aptly called the ‘Paradise of the trekkers’. The route to Sandakphu passes through the Singalila National Park situated at an altitude between 6990 ft to 11930 ft.
The trek starts from Manebhanjan at an altitude of 6400 ft. The route gradually climbs up through the forests of rhododendrons, giant magnolias, spruce and other trees of sub-alpine region and more than 600 varieties of orchids-the largest to be found in one geographical area in the world. From Sandakphu (11992 ft) extraordinary views of all the famous peaks of Nepal, India and Bhutan can be seen.
The route from Sandakphu to Phalut (11880 ft) is one of the most spectacular and passes over a ridge. After Phalut the rest of the trek is mostly downhill through the virgin forest of pines and chestnuts.
Throughout the trek accommodations are made in trekker’s hut. Alternate arrangements of stay can be made in tents. The nearest city close to the trek route is Darjeeling. From end of December to February snow covers most of the trek route. The route remains close during the monsoon (July and August).
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