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Overview

The Sandakphu Phalut Trek West Bengal is one of the most popular trekking routes in the eastern Himalayas, located in the Indian state of West Bengal. This trek offers breath taking views of the world’s highest peaks including Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu.

The trek for Sandakphu Phalut Trek West Bengal begins from Manebhanjan, a small town near Darjeeling, and leads to Sandakphu, the highest peak in West Bengal, before descending to Phalut. The entire route passes through the Singalila National Park, offering diverse flora and fauna.

Typically, the Sandakphu Phalut Trek West Bengal takes around 6 to 8 days to complete, depending on the pace and route chosen. It covers a distance of approximately 47-51 kilometers

The Sandakphu Phalut Trek West Bengal is considered moderate in difficulty, suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. The trail involves gradual ascents and descents through rhododendron forests, charming villages, and alpine meadows. Altitude sickness can be a concern for some especially as Sandakphu and Phalut are at considerable heights.

While the trek is considered moderate in difficulty, trekkers should be prepared for varying weather conditions, including cold temperatures and occasional snowfall, especially during the winter months. Altitude sickness can also be a concern, so acclimatization is crucial.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Munebhanjan to Tumling

Start early from Manebhanjan, the gateway to the Singalila National Park. Trek through dense forests of rhododendron, oak, and magnolia. Arrive at Tumling, a small village with panoramic views of the Himalayas. Overnight stay in a guesthouse or homestay.

Day 2: Tumling to Kalipokhri

Begin the trek with a gradual ascent towards Gairibas. Pass through charming hamlets and lush green meadows. Reach Kalipokhri, a small lake surrounded by prayer flags, at an altitude of around 10,000 feet. Rest and acclimatize to the altitude. Overnight stay in a lodge or guesthouse.

Day 3: Kalipokhri to Sandakphu

Start the day with a steep climb towards Sandakphu, the highest peak in West Bengal. Enjoy stunning views of the Himalayan range including Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu. Reach Sandakphu and witness a breathtaking sunset over the mountains. Overnight stay in a lodge or trekker's hut.

Day 4: Sandakphu to Phalut

Begin the trek with a descent towards the valley, followed by a gradual ascent to Phalut. Traverse through rhododendron forests and alpine meadows. Enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayas from Phalut, including the majestic peaks of Kanchenjunga and Everest. Overnight stay in a trekker's hut or tent.

DaY 5: Phalut to Gorkhey

Descend from Phalut towards Gorkhey, a picturesque village nestled amidst pristine forests. Trek along the Singalila ridge, passing through dense bamboo groves and cascading waterfalls. Arrive at Gorkhey and unwind by the riverside. Overnight stay in a homestay or tent.

Day 6: Gorkhey to Sepi or Rimbik

Trek through lush green forests and quaint mountain villages. Reach Sepi or Rimbik, depending on the chosen route. Bid farewell to the majestic Himalayas as you conclude the trek. Drive back to Manebhanjan or Darjeeling.

Note

The above itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions, group size, and other factors. It's always best to check with your trekking company for the most up-to-date itinerary and any changes. Additionally, it's important to ensure that you are physically fit and acclimatized before attempting the Sandakphu Phalut Trek West Bengal, as it involves high altitudes and strenuous trekking.

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Things to Carry

If you are planning to go on the Sandakphu Phalut Trek West Bengal, here are some essential items that you should carry with you:

  • Backpack: A sturdy backpack with a capacity of at least 40-50 liters to carry all your essentials.
  • Trekking Shoes: Good quality trekking shoes with a good grip and ankle support.
  • Warm Clothes: It is essential to carry warm clothes as the temperatures can drop significantly at night. Carry thermals, fleece jackets, down jackets, gloves, and woollen socks.
  • Rain Gear: Carry a raincoat or poncho to protect yourself from rain and wind.
  • Sun Protection: Carry sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, and a hat to protect yourself from the harsh sun.
  • Headlamp or Torch: A headlamp or torch with extra batteries is necessary as there will be no electricity on the trek.
  • Water Bottles: Carry at least two water bottles with a capacity of 1 litre each to stay hydrated throughout the trek.
  • First Aid Kit: Carry a basic first aid kit with medicines for headaches, stomach upsets, and other common ailments.
  • Trekking Poles: Trekking poles provide stability and support and reduce the strain on your knees while descending.
  • Miscellaneous: Carry a camera, power bank, and pocket knife for emergencies. 

Make sure to pack light and carry only the essentials to avoid unnecessary weight on the Sandakphu Phalut Trek West Bengal.

How to Reach

The Sandakphu Phalut Trek West Bengal is located in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, and the nearest city is Singtam. You can reach Singtam by air, rail, or road. From Singtam, you can hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach Maneybhanjan, the starting point of the Sandakphu Phalut Trek West Bengal.

Nearest Rail Head: Singtam (Approx 119 KM) from New Jalpaiguri.

Nearest Bus Stand: Sumbuk (Approx 21KM) 

Nearest Airport:  Vadodara Airport, Baroda

Singtam is well connected by all three major modes of transportation. One can easily board Train, Bus, or Plane from most of the major cities of India.

Safety & Security

Here are some safety tips that you must keep in mind while on the Sandakphu Phalut Trek West Bengal:

  • Always carry a first-aid kit with you, including medicines for altitude sickness
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and fluids
  • Listen to your body and take breaks when needed
  • Follow the instructions of your trekking guide and do not venture out alone
  • Respect the local culture and traditions

Cancellation Policy

We understand that planning an outdoor trip brings a lot of excitement and joy. However, we also know that cancellations can be disappointing. While Hello Hikers rarely cancels treks due to our efficient ground operations, cancellations can happen due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions, government regulations, or any other factors beyond our control. In such cases, the following cancellation policy will be applicable.

To ensure a hassle-free experience, we recommend making your booking at least two months in advance. If you do need to cancel your trek, please inform us in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive written advice.

Our cancellation policy is as follows:

We have designed a cancellation policy that is fair, feasible, and convenient for all our customers. The procedure is as follows:

  • If you cancel your trek 21 or more days before the start date, we will deduct 10% towards GST and transaction charges and refund 90% as a trek voucher valid for 1 year.
  • If you cancel your trek 15-20 days before the start date, we will deduct 30% towards GST, transaction, accommodation at base, ration, etc., and refund 70% as a trek voucher valid for 1 year.
  • If you cancel your trek 7-14 days before the start date, we will deduct 50% towards GST, transaction, accommodation at the base, ration, trek leaders, permits, equipment, etc., and refund 50% as a trek voucher that is valid for 1 year.
  • If you cancel your trek 1-6 days before the start date, we will deduct 100% as all arrangements have been made, and we are ready to take you on the trek.

We also have some terms and conditions for the trek voucher:

  • The voucher will be valid for 12 months from the date of issuance.
  • The voucher can be used for any trek with Hello Hikers.

Thank you for choosing Hello Hikers, and we hope to see you on our treks soon!

FAQS

What is the best time to do the Sandakphu-Phalut Trek?

The best time to undertake the Sandakphu Phalut Trek West Bengal is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer pleasant weather and clear skies, providing optimal conditions for trekking and enjoying the breathtaking views.

How difficult is the Sandakphu-Phalut Trek?

 The Sandakphu Phalut Trek West Bengal is considered moderate in difficulty. While the trails are well-defined and not extremely steep, trekkers should be prepared for long hours of walking, varying altitudes, and occasional challenging sections. Proper physical fitness and acclimatization are essential.

Is altitude sickness a concern during the Sandakphu Phalut Trek West Bengal?

Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern, especially when ascending to higher altitudes such as Sandakphu and Phalut. It's important for trekkers to acclimatize properly by ascending gradually, staying hydrated, and recognizing the symptoms of altitude sickness. Adequate rest and medication (if necessary) can help alleviate symptoms.

What are the accommodation options along the trekking route?

Accommodation options vary along the route and typically include guesthouses, lodges, trekker's huts, and homestays. Facilities may be basic, with shared amenities such as bathrooms and dining areas. It's advisable to carry a sleeping bag or sleeping mat for added comfort. 

Are permits required for the Sandakphu Phalut Trek West Bengal?

Accommodation options vary along the route and typically include guesthouses, lodges, trekker's huts, and homestays. Facilities may be basic, with shared amenities such as bathrooms and dining areas. It's advisable to carry a sleeping bag or sleeping mat for added comfort. 

What should I pack for the Sandakphu-Phalut Trek?

Essential items to pack include trekking gear (boots, backpack, trekking poles), warm clothing (thermal wear, jackets, gloves, hat), rain gear, sunscreen, sunglasses, first-aid kit, water bottles, snacks, and a camera. It's advisable to pack light while ensuring you have all necessary essentials.

Are there any risks associated with wildlife during the Sandakphu Phalut Trek West Bengal?

 While encounters with wildlife are rare, the Singalila National Park is home to various species including red pandas, Himalayan black bears, and different bird species. Trekkers should exercise caution, avoid disturbing wildlife, and follow guidelines provided by guides or local authorities.

Can I trek independently or do I need a guide?

While it's possible to trek independently, hiring a local guide or joining a guided trekking group is recommended, especially for those unfamiliar with the area. Guides provide valuable assistance, share local knowledge, ensure safety, and help navigate the trails effectively.

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07/Oct/2023

08/Oct/2023

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15/Oct/2023

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22/Oct/2023

28/Oct/2023

29/Oct/2023

04/Nov/2023

05/Nov/2023

11/Nov/2023

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19/Nov/2023

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