Trip facts

Activity Trekking

Sandakphu Trek is a quintessential trek in the Eastern Himalayas and hardly any trek in the world can boast of impeccable views of world’s 5 highest mountains and other Himalayan ranges in a single canvass. Its versatility are its forte in term of different routes one can pursue to the summit (3636 m). Besides its unparalleled view, the trek is adorned with other natural landmarks. Its rich foliage with varied form of wildlife and the villages vibrant with tradition, culture and people’s congeniality. Over the year, if natural trails outgrown into paved road yet the air is crisp and fresh smell of flowers in spring is as before. When one treads upon the forest trail, its either the birds chirping or disturbed fallen leaves in ground that breaks the silence. A rendezvous of these elements with a traditional villages, friendly locales, unparalleled mountain views, vegetation, wild life etc makes it a classic trek.

• Trekking along the ridge of Singalila National Park.
• Stupendous views of Kanchenjunga in the east and Everest range in the west.
• Birds, and other fauna and rich flora.
• Remote villages along the border of Nepal, Darjeeling and Sikkim
• Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim
• Historical Darjeeling and its colorful streets
and markets

Trek Duration:
09 days including touring portion.
Max. Elevation:
3,636m at the summit(Sandakphu).
Easy to moderate.
Trip Season
Best from Mar till May and from Oct till Dec.
Best Months
April, May, October, November
Good Months
March and September
Lean Months
January, Febraury, June, December
Note :
Singalila National Park remains close from June 15th -Sept 15th , hence no trek during this period.

Day 1: Arrival at Bagdogra-Drive to Darjeeling.(2042m/67kms/3-4hrs)
Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport, meet our representative and drive to Darjeeling. The road climbs up the hill with various curves till Kurseong, from here its a gentle down hill drive till Darjeeling. In the evening we can take a walk through Chowrastha mall road. Overnight in Darjeeling.

Day 2: In Darjeeling
Today we have a full day in Darjeeling, take a short walk to visit Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute(closed Thursday), further visit Tibetan Refugee Center – a rehabilitation center for Tibetan refugees(closed Sunday), Tenzing rock, Llyod’s Botanical garden and the Happy valley tea estate. In the afternoon visit the Japanese Peace Pagoda and the Dali monastery. Option is also available to take a joy ride on the UNESCO World Heritage toy train which makes en-route stop at the Batasia Loop(with extra cost). Overnight in Darjeeling.

Day 3: Drive to Dhotrey(2600m/43km/2-3hrs)-Trek to Tumling. (2926m/8kms/3-4hrs)
Early morning drive to Dhotrey passing through narrow road with thickets of conifer and pine vegetation and begin our trek from Dhotrey. The trail follows a gentle gradient through rhododendron forest till Tonglu (3088 m), which requires 6 km to cover. Followed by 2 km hike over mostly gradual and descending trail until Tumling, a small Sherpa village, on a clear day it provides a magnificent views of the Kanchenjunga range. Overnight in Trekkers lodge.

Day 4: Trek to Kalipokhari.(3169m/15kms/5 hrs)
After breakfast trek through the Singalila National Park to Kalipokhari through Gairibas. The trail goes through bamboo glades and farmlands. From Gairibas the ascent is gradual until Kalipokhari. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 5: Trek to Sandakphu. (3,636m/7kms/3-4hrs)
After breakfast we hit the trail once again, the trail ascends gradually until Bikhey Bhanjyang, from here an steep ascent lands us to Sandakphu. Sandakphu, the highest point (3636m) in the Singalila range that provides uninterrupted 180o views of the entire Himalayan range including Mt Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Chomolhari, Pandim, Three Sisters, Kumbhakarna etc. Rest of the day is free to explore around. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 6: Trek to Molley.(3150m/18kms/6-7hrs/Descent-800m)
Wake up early to experience the sunrise over the Himalayan peaks. Climb up to the viewpoint, a small hillock nearby and look at the entire Himalayan range open up before you. After breakfast we hit the trail once again towards Molley. Today the hike is the longest, with a few ascent and descent across meadows and rhododendron forest and stunning mountain views all along the way. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 7: Trek to Rammam. (2453m/15kms/6hrs/ Descent-320m approx.)
After breakfast we continue our journey towards Rammam our next destination. The trek is a gradual descent through the Singalila National Park with dense pine, rhododendron forests and thick bamboo bushes where you have the chances of sighting the rare Red Panda among the bamboo groves. Overnight in trekkers lodge

Day 8: Trek to Sirikhola (12 km/2 hours)-Drive to Siliguri (126 km/ 4 hours)
Today the trek portion is relatively easy, the first part of the trek is almost level and then descend to the bridge at Sirikhola. At Sirikhola, board on to the waiting vehicle and drive to Siliguri via Mirik. Overnight in Siliguri.

Day 9. Departure.
After breakfast drive to the airport for your departure flight homewards.

• Private tour with your own dates.
• Cost depends on the no. of participants and the choice of hotels.