Sandakphu-Phalut Trek alternative route in December 2010

#1 Dec 5th, 2010, 11:10
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Hey guys,

i'm planning to attempt the sandakphu-phalut trek between 17-26th December 2010. According to a local guide which one of my treking mate met some time ago an alternative route exists detailed as below

Day 1- NJP to Jorthung (Arnd 5 hours by Car)
Day 2- Jorthung to Hiley (1.5 hours by car)
Hiley to Versey (4 km)(2hrs) (Trekking starts from Hiley)
Day 3- Versey to Unnamed CampSite (14km)
Day 4- Unnamed CampSite to Sinhalia base (14 km)
Day 5- Sinhalia base to Sinhalia top (&back)
Sinhalia base to Phalut (20 km)
Day 6- Phalut- Sandakphu
Day 7- Sandakphu-Gairibas
Day 8- Gairibas-ManeyBhanjang

First of all could anyone give an idea of the snow conditions in this area during late december and would there be a possibility of heavy snow?
Secondly route on Day 3 and Day 4 is through a forest which the guide has said can be navigated since he's a localite and the villagers are known to use the route sometimes but however it's not used very often even by them. Is anyone aware of any such route and could someone elaborate on the risks associated with taking such a route.
Thirdly after reaching phalut i've been confused as to take the route back via sandakphu or via rammam, could someone recommend as to which would be better bet.

Thanks in advance.

P.S. kindly excuse if i have mis-spelled the name of some places wrong as i'm not completely familiar wid the places yet.
#2 Dec 6th, 2010, 12:20
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It can snow at that time above 10,000 feet. However was in Sandakphu one January many years ago and there was no snow then .. Phalut was also clear.. so it depends on the weather and your luck!
#3 Dec 6th, 2010, 16:44
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Yes there is a route and a guide who knows very well about the route is needed,I'm little bit confused on day 5 b'coz there is a way to phalut from Singalila top.After reaching phalut you can take the route to gorkhey-srikhola, but you will miss sandakphu.

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