Sandakphu - Phalut Ridge Trek

#1 Apr 8th, 2008, 20:12
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Hello Everyone

I am going to be in Darjeeling at the end of May/start of June and would like to do the Sandakphu - Phalut Ridge Trek. Has anyone done this trek at this time of year? What kind of weather can i expect?

I would like to hire a guide, is it best to arrange before leaving or waiting until I'm in Darjeeling? How easy is it to book accommodation along the trek, and what is the standard like?

From searching online i have found several companies who can arrange a guide, accommodation/meals, porters etc for a combined price. Is it worth doing this or is it easy enough to organise my self?

Once company (Gurudongma Tours & Treks) have quoted me INR 23550 for a 7 day trek or 17000 for a 5 day trek. is this a fair price? or will it be cheaper to arrange something like this in Darjeeling? Is 5 days enough time or is it best to go with the 7 day option?

thanks in advance for any advice, Steven.
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Steven,

End of May would be the onset of the rainy season so you can expect sporadic showers along the way. Since the area is a National Park it is mandatory to take a guide along with you (really sucks) so you don't have to go through a travel agency. there is a government check post at Manebhyanjang from where they will allocate a guide to you for a fee of Rs.400 per day. All you need to carry are your clothes and some other personal stuff, food and accomodation would be available on the way. Most of the tea houses are very nice and server very good food. The only tea house which is in run down condition is at Phalut as it is being maintained by a guy who is perpetually intoxicated. Only over here would you need your own sleeping bag as the beds are really dirty and filthy, but all other places are really great.

Approximate cost for a bed would be between Rs.80 to Rs.100 and a meal would cost around Rs.70. Also recopmmend that you carry some dry food stuff as you will requre it on one day during the trek.

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I am right now in Darjeeling just after completed the sandakphu trek yesterday (6 days, 3-8th April). You might want to see the post I made at this thread:

http://www.indiamike.com/india/trekk...95/#post471085


I think weather should be OK in May.

I dont think you need to book any accomdation in advance. At least in april 1st week. Everywhere trekkers huts and pvt lodges are available with adeqaute sleeping & food arrangements. I didnt carry any sleeping bag. The food and stay costs per day averaged just Rs 300 per day for me.

The *official* porter (acts as guide as well) rate is Rs 250 per day (at least in april). I hired the porter from the Tourists Office (actually a Cabin or a booth on Main Street) of Maneybhanjang as you enter town. The porters are listed there on a waiting-list and you get assigned a guy, next in turn on that list. You specify a minm no of days and get an official receipt and pay a small advance.


So my expense for a 6-day trek would have been approx (300+250=say 600)i.e Rs 3600 .... Rs 4000 total including extra tip of INR 400 I paid the porter. The porter I was assigned turned out to be excellent ..... & very cheerful guy!

- KS
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Originally Posted by piran_e View Post Steven,

End of May would be the onset of the rainy season so you can expect sporadic showers along the way. Since the area is a National Park it is mandatory to take a guide along with you (really sucks) so you don't have to go through a travel agency. there is a government check post at Manebhyanjang from where they will allocate a guide to you for a fee of Rs.400 per day. All you need to carry are your clothes and some other personal stuff, food and accomodation would be available on the way. Most of the tea houses are very nice and server very good food. The only tea house which is in run down condition is at Phalut as it is being maintained by a guy who is perpetually intoxicated. Only over here would you need your own sleeping bag as the beds are really dirty and filthy, but all other places are really great.

Approximate cost for a bed would be between Rs.80 to Rs.100 and a meal would cost around Rs.70. Also recopmmend that you carry some dry food stuff as you will requre it on one day during the trek.

Piran
Thanks for the advice Piran, much appreciated mate
I think i will wait until i get to Manebhyanjang to arrange a guide and accommodation, as it seems easy enough to do and the organised treks are very expensive in comparison.
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Originally Posted by ks_bluechip View Post I am right now in Darjeeling just after completed the sandakphu trek yesterday (6 days, 3-8th April). You might want to see the post I made at this thread:

http://www.indiamike.com/india/trekk...95/#post471085


I think weather should be OK in May.

I dont think you need to book any accomdation in advance. At least in april 1st week. Everywhere trekkers huts and pvt lodges are available with adeqaute sleeping & food arrangements. I didnt carry any sleeping bag. The food and stay costs per day averaged just Rs 300 per day for me.

The *official* porter (acts as guide as well) rate is Rs 250 per day (at least in april). I hired the porter from the Tourists Office (actually a Cabin or a booth on Main Street) of Maneybhanjang as you enter town. The porters are listed there on a waiting-list and you get assigned a guy, next in turn on that list. You specify a minm no of days and get an official receipt and pay a small advance.


So my expense for a 6-day trek would have been approx (300+250=say 600)i.e Rs 3600 .... Rs 4000 total including extra tip of INR 400 I paid the porter. The porter I was assigned turned out to be excellent ..... & very cheerful guy!

- KS
Thanks for the advice mate much appreciated
I have read the thread and it was very informative, and has answered most of my questions.

How did you get back from Rinbik? Is it easy enough to arrange a jeep/bus back to Darjeeling, and is it best to arrange this in advance?
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Originally Posted by stevenhiggins View Post Thanks for the advice mate much appreciated
I have read the thread and it was very informative, and has answered most of my questions.

How did you get back from Rinbik? Is it easy enough to arrange a jeep/bus back to Darjeeling, and is it best to arrange this in advance?
There are share jeeps from Rimbik to Darjeeling (via maneybahnjang) in teh morning ...the last one at Noon. Since I last stayed at Ramam and started trek to Rimbik early, I reached by 11am and got the Noon jeep which dropped me at Darjeeling at 4:30PM

BTW: As soon as you reach Rimbik you need to first book your seat at the the Share-jeep Counter (on main street). There are locals also travelling and scrambling for seats. If you miss the noon one you may have to stay overnight there perhaps. In May there be more traffic, but I dont think you need to book in advance.

PS: You can call in advance and book seat from Gorkhay or Ramam ... my porter was suggesting that ... but we didnt do that as I was not sure of reaching before noon.

- KS
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Originally Posted by ks_bluechip View Post There are share jeeps from Rimbik to Darjeeling (via maneybahnjang) in teh morning ...the last one at Noon. Since I last stayed at Ramam and started trek to Rimbik early, I reached by 11am and got the Noon jeep which dropped me at Darjeeling at 4:30PM

BTW: As soon as you reach Rimbik you need to first book your seat at the the Share-jeep Counter (on main street). There are locals also travelling and scrambling for seats. If you miss the noon one you may have to stay overnight there perhaps. In May there be more traffic, but I dont think you need to book in advance.

PS: You can call in advance and book seat from Gorkhay or Ramam ... my porter was suggesting that ... but we didnt do that as I was not sure of reaching before noon.

- KS
Thanks for the reply mate, very useful.
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hi ,

I am planing to go sandakphu this oct.I contacts to DGHC 4 Shakespeare Sarani,kolkata.But they have not respounsded me,I am really ocnfused.If I did not get any trekers hut,it will a big problim,So could you give me some priveted lodge or trekershut ph no or any contacts.plz plz help us
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Hi all!!! I have been following IM for last 1 to 2 years but, this is my 1st post. Anyways, lets get back to the business. We are planning to trek sandakphu on december as per the following schedule.
Day 1ecember 25: Manebhanjan to Garibas
Day 2ecember 26: Garibas to Sandakphu
Day 3ecember 27: Sandakphu explore and rest day.
Day 4ecember 28: Sandakphu to Molley
Day 5ecember 29: Molley to phalut
Day 6ecember 30: Phalut to Chiwabhanjan via Singhalia pass
Day 7ecember 31: Chiwabhanjan to Uttarey

I do have the information till the Phalut part but beyond Phalut and till Uttarey i am totally in darkness. Can any one help me out with the detailed information including Route Map of Phalut to Utterey, distances and accommodation in Chiwabhanjan. We don't want to carry tent.
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hi,
i am new of this forum. i and some of friends have decided to go sandakphu - phalut as trek on September last or October first .
we are not know anything about the route and the expenses (we want to complete it with in 7 days). So any one guide me for what we have to do for this trek, and do we need any permission of this trek? etc. please help.
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Hi Arindam Maji,

Welcome to IndiaMike.Hope you will have a pleasant stay here.

The trek starts from ManeyBhanjan(This is the Normal route).

You can also start from Dhotrey.Starting from Dhotrey will save 1 day compared to starting the trek from Maney.

You don't need any permission for this.

Guide/Porters are mandatory(Govt. rules).
If you have 5-6 members in your group it can be completed well within 6000 per head.

Go through the below forum,you will have idea of the itenary:

Sandakphu-Phalut in December

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Originally Posted by ks_bluechip View Post There are share jeeps from Rimbik to Darjeeling (via maneybahnjang) in teh morning ...the last one at Noon. Since I last stayed at Ramam and started trek to Rimbik early, I reached by 11am and got the Noon jeep which dropped me at Darjeeling at 4:30PM

BTW: As soon as you reach Rimbik you need to first book your seat at the the Share-jeep Counter (on main street). There are locals also travelling and scrambling for seats. If you miss the noon one you may have to stay overnight there perhaps. In May there be more traffic, but I dont think you need to book in advance.

PS: You can call in advance and book seat from Gorkhay or Ramam ... my porter was suggesting that ... but we didnt do that as I was not sure of reaching before noon.

- KS
I just cannot open the link giving details given by KS Bluechip. Sorry, but is there some other way to read this? I was planning to go later this month and have been offered a tour from Bagdogra for 26,000. However, from what I read it should be easily done for half or even less! I'd like the details as otherwise not sure about the travel details. I can see trains from Delhi to Jalpaiguri and presume one then heads to Darjeeling. If anyone has done this route please do give details. thanks a lot.
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Unhappy Need Guide to Sandakphu-Phalut

hello everybody... i am new to this page along with trekking...... so as refferd by my friends...i am deciding to go on this trek in the month of october...i would like to know the total route...the number of days to cover it.......total expenses......

P.S. I want to stay a night at Darjeeling or Gangtok along with the Trek
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Originally Posted by deeprock View Post hello everybody... i am new to this page along with trekking...... so as refferd by my friends...i am deciding to go on this trek in the month of october...i would like to know the total route...the number of days to cover it.......total expenses......

P.S. I want to stay a night at Darjeeling or Gangtok along with the Trek
Do you want to trek in the normal manebhanjan /dhotrey gairibas sandakphu phalut sirikhola rimbik route?
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