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Sandakphu-Phalut Trek, West Bengal


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This trekking route is in the eastern Indian Himalayas in the north-west corner of the state of West Bengal. The only point in India from where Mt.Everest is visible is on this trekking route.

The route to Sandakphu passes through the Singalila National Park situated at an altitude between 6990 ft to 11930 ft. A variety of Alpnine flowers can be seen all along the route during the months of April and May. A variety of Himalayan Pheasants including some rare ones can be seen on this route.

Notable wildlife species that can be seen in this jungle are the red panda,the Himalayan bear,and several species of deer. This trekking route offers magnificient views of some of the worlds highest mountain peaks including the Kanchenjunga, Mount Everest, Makalu, and Lhotse.

This trekking route is open throughout the year except during the monsoon season (15th June to 15th September).

Typical Schedule (we can customize it):

Day 1 : Arrive at Kolkata. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 2 : Kolkata – Siliguri : We take overnight train to Siliguri, which leaves Kolkata in the evening.

Day 3 : Siliguri – Darjeeling: We arrive at Siliguri in the morning and then drive to Darjeeling by car covering a distance of 56 miles in about 4 hours. Overnight at the hotel in Darjeeling

Day 4 : Darjeeling - Manebhanjan - Tonglu: We travel to Manebhanjan by car early in the morning which takes about 1 1/2 hours and then start our trek for Tonglu (10098 ft) . It takes about 5 hours to trek the 6.8 miles up to the trekker’s hut, where we stay for the night.

Day 5 : Tonglu – Kalipokhri: Today we trek to Kalipokhri (10257 ft) covering a distance of 6.9 miles in about 5 hours. The route passes through the beautiful Singalila National Park. You may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the rare red Panda. Overnight at trekkers hut in Kalipokhri.

Day 6 : Kalipokhri – Sandakphu: We start our trek just after breakfast. It takes about 4 hours to cover 5 miles to reach Sandakphu (11992 ft). This is the only place in India from where gets a fantastic view of Mount Everest. View stunning sunset on some of the mighty peaks like the Kanchenjuga, Makalu, Lohtse, Annapurna, Pandim and Siniolchu. Overnight stay at Sandakphu trekkers hut.

Day 7 : Sandakphu – Phalut: Today we trek to Phalut (11880 ft) through one of the most spectacular route in this region. It takes about 7 hours to cover the 13 miles distance, which is quite easy. The whole route passes over a ridge with the view of the mighty peaks in front of you. Overnight stay in trekkers hut or tent in Phalut.

Day 8 : Phalut – Gorkhey: Today we trek to Gorkhey (8910 ft) through the virgin forest of pines and chestnuts. The route is completely downhill and we cover 9.5 miles in 5 hours. Overnight stay in Gorkhey at the trekkers hut.

Day 9 : Gorkhey – Srikhola: We start for our today’s destination, Srikhola (7544 ft), after breakfast. It is an easy trek and we cover 13 miles in about 6 hours. Overnight at trekkers hut in Srikhola.

Day 10 : Srikhola – Rimbick – Darjeeling: Today we start for the last day of our trek after breakfast. We cover 5 miles in about 2 hours to reach Rimbick. From Rimbick we travel to Darjeeling by car, which takes about 3 hours. Overnight stay at hotel in Darjeeling.

Day 11 : Darjeeling – Siliguri: After some local sightseeing including the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, we travel to Siliguri by car to board evening train for Kolkata.

Day 12 : We arrive at Kolkata in the morning and check in at the hotel. The tour concludes at the end of the day.

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