Sandakphu - A photo story

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#256 Sep 10th, 2012, 11:05
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Yes Aditi. By Landrover. DOnt know how will be the journey.

Can U plz tell me that how much time it takes to reach Phalut from Sandakphu?
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Back from Sandakphu trek..20/10/2012--27/10/2012.........!!!!!!!!!!
It was a successful trek throughout and all my group of 6 people were 1st timer on trekking.....!!!!!!
Thanks again for kind help and information....!!
Budget was also too moderate...!!!
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Where is TR and photographs please?
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Due to lack of time and slow net speed i would like to refer you to my facebook photo album .I tried to upload the photos with route caption.Though it is upto sandakphu morning now.
I personally regret for this.

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N.B-If anybody needs any contacts then please let me know.
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Originally Posted by arnabakash View Post Sir,

Due to lack of time and slow net speed i would like to refer you to my facebook photo album .I tried to upload the photos with route caption.Though it is upto sandakphu morning now.
I personally regret for this.

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As the net speed gets OK like ashishda I would also request please come up with your TR . Truly waiting to become nostalgic
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After reading this TR i feel like running away from home.
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Originally Posted by Legless soul View Post After reading this TR i feel like running away from home.
Ha Ha Ha! No need to do that. But really its a great thread for Sandakphu for all time trek. Thanks to all associated with the thread with their huge as well as little but valuable contribution.

Sorry for my late entry but special to AditiBan.

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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post Aditiban,
Your photo links are not quite right somehow.
photos are excellent

a great story

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Originally Posted by dus View Post photos are excellent
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post Aditiban,
Your photo links are not quite right somehow.
enjoyed reading your report
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Putting my Sandakphu travel report through Tumling,Kalpokhri,Sandakphu,Ph alut,Gorkhey,Srikhola,Rimbik earlier this year

April 14 Saturday - After an overnight train journey from Kolkata we got down at NJP station around 0800 hrs and hired a Sumo for Maney Bhajnang. Hiring a guide is a must for hikes inside the Singalila National Park. After reaching Maney Bhajnang around 1315 hrs the team arranged for a guide through Guide Association office. We took a bowl of hot noodle soup mixed with potato and spiked with some chilli and ginger chutney. Many british-era Land Rovers are found in Maney - they cater to the need of ferrying people and goods to places uphill. It was cloudy and we bought a big plastic sheet to cover ourselves along with our backpacks and made hasty start towards Tonglu at 1400 hrs. After going through some steep ascents and less than 30 feet visibility at places we reached Lamey Dura around 1700 hrs and had some tea and boiled egg in a roadside shop.The wind picked up speed in evening. We brought our lights out and crossed small village of Meghma around 1900 hrs. Strong chilly winds battered us throughout our steep ascent along the dark, cloudy slopes. At times the fluttering of prayer flags seem to come from all possible directions while we were climbing up one bend after another. Exhausted, cold and little disoriented we reached Tonglu at 2030 hrs. Tonglu has only one accomodation. Nearby Tumling have far more options in terms of accommodations. Later we regretted our decision to start so late and opt for a hike after dark.


April 15 Sunday - Woke up early on 0500 and was greeted by a clear view of Kanchenjunga which wiped off most of yesterdays pain. Amit had a strained groin and decided to go back home. We started at 0815 hrs for our 14 km trek to Kalpokhri. Through Jaubari ,Gairibas we moved on through a path which had a comfortable uphill gradient and had our lunch of Wai Wai in Kaiyakata. Wai wai became quite an important part of our on-trail diet and we carried supplies of it in our backpack. We entered the national park and occasional flowerings of Magnolia and Rhododendron greeted us along our way. At 1530 we reached Kalpokhri. Most of the villages along the way have solar cells for lighting. Dinner was served in Kalpokhri at 1900 hrs. In most places kitchen and residence were separate quarters and part of kitchen was used as dining place. Kitchen had a earthen chulha with flame fuelled by wood during times of cooking. The flame doubled as a warm place to chitchat or to dry things. All the utensils would be neatly arranged and a large number of kettles will be usually there. They will be used to heat water whenever the flame is free. There are different stories behind the word Kalpokhri but basically it represents a pokhri or a small lake


April 16 Monday - We started at 0845 and reached Sandakphu at 1130. It was very steep 6km uphill trek through mostly unpaved dirt road..As we climbed higher we got glimpses of Kanchenjunga on alternate turns and the wind also got stronger. With a strong sun on our back we reached Sandakphu comfortably, but weather changed soon with clouds descending from all directions. We had a lunch of khichdi - a little deviation from our most staple diet of rice-dal-vegetable or instant noodles. Sandakphu at 3636m is the highest point of West Bengal. Sandakphu literally translates to land of poisonous flowers. There are many hotels in Sandakphu and its the last and most popular point for the tourist-on-wheel coming in this route. The road ahead from Sandakphu was distinctly different.


April 17 Tuesday - We started on 0800 hrs for a 21km trek to Phalut which finally ended at 1530 hrs. This route had the most beautiful sights among all we travelled. Anybody doing this route should not miss it even if it means squeezing some time out by using a Land Rover for the earlier points. The length might feel intimidating but if you are conditioned and start early it’s a comfortable stretch We crossed meadows and shallow valleys with the snow peaks on one side as our constant companion. There was no human settlement on the route and found yak and horse grazing at frequent interval and the number of bird sighting was much more than earlier days. After one noodle break at Sabarkum forest checkpoint, we followed the winding route to Phalut. This stretch was harsh, windy and had its own character. We reached just in time to the lone guest house on top of the hill. While we were eating Tibetian pancakes and hot tea inside everything became covered with clouds . By 1930 hrs we had dal-bhaat-subzi in the candle lit kitchen with strong winds blowing into the stone walls of the guest house. Wind blew all night with same ferocity.



April 18 Wednesday - We visited the Phalut viewpoint and started at 0915 through a trail which entered the forest. The trail has been in use for a long time mainly by traders who ferry goods on horses. The vegetation was dense and provided much shade. We met only three persons throughout the day. The stretch had a gentle decline and forest on lower stretch was denser. Around 1330 after covering 15 kms we reached Gorkhey - a beautiful small village with a stream flowing through it and surrounded by hills on all side. For the first time we saw traces of organised farming - mainly potato and saag. The room in this hut was the best among all we stayed. A road is being built from Srikhola which may make Gorkhey a less than 10 km walk in coming days


April 19 Thursday- We had a breakfast of thick soft roti,omlet and fried potato in morning.
We climbed out of Gorkhey at 0930 and proceeded through dense forest cover. We heard birds chirping , loud insect sounds and there were small flows of water all around . On lower stretches we saw lot of cultivated land - pea being the most common. Most of the villages around here had schools and on one side we could see busier West Sikkim. Reached Srikhola in 1530


Cost head Amount
Car from NJP to Maney 1500 for entire Sumo
Guide charges 350 per day per group
Rimbik to Darjeeling ride 100 per person
Train ticket from Sealdah & back 500 per person
National Park fees 100 per person for whole trip
DGHC dormitory 110 per person per day
Full Lunch/Dinner 100 per person
Light lunch 40 per person
Noodle making charges 20 for group
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March - April: Flowering Rhododendrons all around. Stormy weather and rains is not very common.

Sept. - December: Clear sky with best view of mountains and less wind. Most comfortable and best view.

December - January: Snowfall. Heavy wind along the trail.


The route we followed :

Maneybhanjan(2150 m) –Chitre- Lameydhura – Meghma(2600 m) - Tumling(2900 m) -
9 km Steep ascend till Chitre rest is ok , Five and half hours

Tumling (2900 m)-Gairibas(2621 m) – Koiyakata – Kalapokhri (3186 m )
13 km Steep ascend Gairibas to Koiyakata, 5 hr 45 mins

Kalapokhri (3186 m)– Bikheybhanjan() – Sandakphu (3636 m)
6 km , last 4 km steep ascend Bikhey to Sandakphu

Sandakphu (3636 m)– Gurdum (2300)
11 km steep descend, 6 hours

Gurdum - Sirikhola - 5 km descend

Our Itinerary:


9th March : Uttarbanga Express from Sealdah
10 th March : Reached Maneybhanjan , Stay overnight
11 th March : Reached Tumling , Stay overnight
12th March : Reached Kalapokhri , Stay overnight
13th March : Reached Sandakphu ,Stay overnight
14th March : Reached Gurdum , Stay overnight
15th March : Reached Sirikhola ,Stay overnight
16th March : Reached Darjeeling ,Stay overnight
17th March :Start for NJP in afternoon

Stay Options :


Maneybhanjan - Hotel Exotica - 09733044512 Hotel Kanchenjungha 9932397449 , 95937385197, Hotel Pradhan - 0334 2264675,9734148217

Tumling – Siddharth Lodge Rs 150 for dormitory, Rs 500 for double bed
for booking phn no +9779742636578 Highly recommended for a stay

Gairibas -- We did not stay here but the numbers for stay option are 8016554497, 9475394307

Kalapokhri – Singalila lodge +9779742625520 highly recommended for their behaviour. Pandim Lodge - 7797804138

Sandakphu – Hotel Sherpa Challet 97727691127/974262176 Good hotel,Cozy room but the behaviour of owners was extremely bad. They are very much conscious that they are owner of a big hotel . Rs 20 for charging your mobile and Rs 50 for drying your shoes 
Sandakphu Trekker’s hut -9733045269

Gurdum -- Himalayan Sherpa Lodge 9733361799 (only one hotel) You cannot charge your mobile here , electricity only in the kitchen and dining . Candles for room. Highly recommended for a night’s stay.

Sirikhola – Goparma Hotel 9733361799 (You will get electricity in your room for the evening and night, no extra charge for charging your mobile), Hotel Red Panda –9475375105

Phalut - We did not go there but for those who wish to go 9734042165

Gorkhey - We did not go there but for those who wish to go Eden Lodge 9593769905 Poetry Cafe - 9593769905


Landrover Association Number : 08145822708, sandakphu_tour @yahoo.com

Guide and Porter’s Association Number : 9734056944

Number of Our Guide ,Srijan Tamang : 09679171954

Shared Car from Sepi (amit's number) :9609756957


Mobile network : Vodafone gots its network in Maneybhanjan. No network in Tumling. Network got again in Gairibas. No network in Kalapokhri. Sandakphu has got network in front of the Sherpa chalet hotel not inside the hotel . BSNL was worse everywhere.


For any query please feel free to drop a post....i will try my best to clarify...
Only Vodafone network is available in front of Kalapokhri lake. U have to stand next to the far corner of the lake and talk. If you move even 5 feet, the network will go off!

Guide from Manebhanjan: Santa Goley (the best in the route...as said by every hotel owner we stayed in the trek route) 9593290461/9635288292
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Originally Posted by Joydeep316 View Post Only Vodafone network is available in front of Kalapokhri lake. U have to stand next to the far corner of the lake and talk. If you move even 5 feet, the network will go off!

Guide from Manebhanjan: Santa Goley (the best in the route...as said by every hotel owner we stayed in the trek route) 9593290461/9635288292
Sirr,

Could you share the lat/long position?
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A very informative thread. We went there in April-12.......
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If we carry noodles and breads etc can those be cooked anywhere in the route, I mean would some one prepare it if we provide them with raw noodles?
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yes, of course......but obviously they charge for it....we had our noodles cooked at Bikhey..

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Trek to sandakphu

Here is the link of my album of Sandakphu Trek April-12 on my FB Account

https://www.facebook.com/himadri.kar...0716537&type=3

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