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#1 Jan 5th, 2007, 19:33
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Me and my Friends have a plan to make a Trip to Sandakphu.
Need to know the contact info of the Trekkers Hut available
for stay.If any other equivalent good scenic spot to stay.
How much can we move by Jeep and how much is the Trek.
We will go on Mid March. Friends plz suggest.
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#2 Jan 6th, 2007, 11:48
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Sandakphu, a quiet Himalayan village at 3636 Mts., is the peak of the Singalila range - and probably offers the best views of Mt. Kanchendzonga and Mt Everest - simultaneously. It is reached by a 10 hour trek from Maneybhanjan (Darjeeling).
More at: http://www.sandakphu.com/
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Originally Posted by SANJAY_DEL Sandakphu, a quiet Himalayan village at 3636 Mts., is the peak of the Singalila range - and probably offers the best views of Mt. Kanchendzonga and Mt Everest - simultaneously. It is reached by a 10 hour trek from Maneybhanjan (Darjeeling).
More at: http://www.sandakphu.com/

Sanjay,

may be hardcore locals in this region can reach Sandakfu from Maneybhanjan in 10 hours (and even I am not sure of that), the distance is 36 km and going up steeply and down somewhere, it is not only going up. Maneybhanjan is around 5500 feet and Sandakfu is 12000 feet approx. So, if even one can do it in one day, it is not advisable.

Good trekkers do it in 2 days and bad trekker-cum-photographers like me do (I did) in 3 days.

Day 1: Maneybhanjan-Chitrey-Tonglu (10,000 feet)

Day 2: Tonglu-Gairibus-Kalpokhri (10,000 feet)

Day 2: Kalpokhri-Bikaybhanjan-Sandakfu (12,000 feet)

Among this places, Tonglu is very scenic and provides a great view of the Kanchanjunga range apart from Sandakfu.

Fooding and Lodging facilities are available in almost every village in this route. Govt. trekkers hut is avialable in Maneybhanjan, Tonglu, Sandakgu, Gairibus, Phalut, Gorkey, Rimbik, etc. Contact Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) Tourist Desk at Indian Tourism Development Corporation Office at 4, Shakespeare Sarani, Kolkata, West Bengal for booking of these trekkers hut.

You can reach Sandakfu in jeep also. It takes around 4-5 hours and is a bumpy ride over boulders on those good old Landrovers.

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You are right buddy.
Here is an itie suggested by an operator:

http://www.summittoseatours.com/sandakfu.html
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THANKS SANJAY, I AM PASTING THIS HERE. THIS IS THE PERFECT ITINIARY FOR THE SANDAKFU TREK

Sandakphu-Phalut Trek, West Bengal

This trekking route is in the eastern Indian Himalayas in the north-west corner of the state of West Bengal. The only point in India from where Mt.Everest is visible is on this trekking route.

The route to Sandakphu passes through the Singalila National Park situated at an altitude between 6990 ft to 11930 ft. A variety of Alpnine flowers can be seen all along the route during the months of April and May. A variety of Himalayan Pheasants including some rare ones can be seen on this route.

Notable wildlife species that can be seen in this jungle are the red panda,the Himalayan bear,and several species of deer. This trekking route offers magnificient views of some of the worlds highest mountain peaks including the Kanchenjunga, Mount Everest, Makalu, and Lhotse.

This trekking route is open throughout the year except during the monsoon season (15th June to 15th September).


Typical Schedule:

Day 1 : Arrive at Kolkata. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 2 : Kolkata – Siliguri : We take overnight train to Siliguri, which leaves Kolkata in the evening.

Day 3 : Siliguri – Darjeeling: We arrive at Siliguri in the morning and then drive to Darjeeling by car covering a distance of 56 miles in about 4 hours. Overnight at the hotel in Darjeeling

Day 4 : Darjeeling - Manebhanjan - Tonglu: We travel to Manebhanjan by car early in the morning which takes about 1 1/2 hours and then start our trek for Tonglu (10098 ft) . It takes about 5 hours to trek the 6.8 miles up to the trekker’s hut, where we stay for the night.

Day 5 : Tonglu – Kalipokhri: Today we trek to Kalipokhri (10257 ft) covering a distance of 6.9 miles in about 5 hours. The route passes through the beautiful Singalila National Park. You may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the rare red Panda. Overnight at trekkers hut in Kalipokhri.

Day 6 : Kalipokhri – Sandakphu: We start our trek just after breakfast. It takes about 4 hours to cover 5 miles to reach Sandakphu (11992 ft). This is the only place in India from where gets a fantastic view of Mount Everest. View stunning sunset on some of the mighty peaks like the Kanchenjuga, Makalu, Lohtse, Annapurna, Pandim and Siniolchu. Overnight stay at Sandakphu trekkers hut.

Day 7 : Sandakphu – Phalut: Today we trek to Phalut (11880 ft) through one of the most spectacular route in this region. It takes about 7 hours to cover the 13 miles distance, which is quite easy. The whole route passes over a ridge with the view of the mighty peaks in front of you. Overnight stay in trekkers hut or tent in Phalut.

Day 8 : Phalut – Gorkhey: Today we trek to Gorkhey (8910 ft) through the virgin forest of pines and chestnuts. The route is completely downhill and we cover 9.5 miles in 5 hours. Overnight stay in Gorkhey at the trekkers hut.

Day 9 : Gorkhey – Srikhola: We start for our today’s destination, Srikhola (7544 ft), after breakfast. It is an easy trek and we cover 13 miles in about 6 hours. Overnight at trekkers hut in Srikhola.

Day 10 : Srikhola – Rimbick – Darjeeling: Today we start for the last day of our trek after breakfast. We cover 5 miles in about 2 ½ hours to reach Rimbick. From Rimbick we travel to Darjeeling by car, which takes about 3 hours. Overnight stay at hotel in Darjeeling.

Day 11 : Darjeeling – Siliguri: After some local sightseeing including the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, we travel to Siliguri by car to board evening train for Kolkata.

Day 12 : We arrive at Kolkata in the morning and check in at the hotel. The tour concludes at the end of the day.


hOWEVER , If wanted, Darjeeling can be avoided. One can proceed directly to Maneybhanjan from Siliguri (the road bifurcates at Ghoom, one is the Hill Cart Road that goes to Darjeeling and the other is the Mirik Road that goes to Sukhiapokhri, then again bifurcates, one goes to Mirik and the other goes to Rimbik via Maneybhanjan.

We took a share jeep/taxi of Darjeeling from Siliguri and got down at Ghoom. then hired a Maruti Van for Rs 200 directly to Maneybhanjan. That is cost effective, and advisable if you are not into a conducted tour.

On the return way, catch the Darjeeling daily morning bus from Rimbik and come to Darjeeling, then catch a share Taxi to Siliguri.

Aryan, if your holiday permits, I will advise an extra resting day at Tonglu and Sandakfu, that will be worth it.

We did that.

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Here are some variations if you want-

1. Going from Maneybhanjang to Tonglu is very tough -steep all the way (1000meter gain). if you want to make it a bit easier and give yourself a good, enjoyable start start from Dhotrey - 45 minutes away from Maneybhanjang. Ths trail passes through lovely forest and you can stop for a nice picnic enroute.

2.Going to Phalut - I have a love/ hate relationship with this place. IT has the best view - PROVIDED the weather is clear. The only option to stay is the tourist hut - there are two small rooms with 4 beds or so. and then there is a large domitory - which means that your porter or someone has to run fast to make sure you have a bed to sleep on! besides, the security guys have taken up one portion of the hall and having them play blaring Hindi music and oggling a the girls - may add to the pain of the long walk from Sandakhphu.

3. I will DEFINITELY advise spending one full day at Sandakphu - just to enjoy the surrounding.

4. From Phalut - I would choose to go to Samandin - a lovely hamlet set in the middle of the fields down in the valley. My idea of a perfect getaway. It is much nicer than Gorkhey.

5. For overnight stays - I prefer to stay on the Nepalese side of the ridge - lots of family run guesthouses offer you cosier rooms and services.
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BTW Sanjay - your info isn't entirely incorrect. The locals have their own speed race.

However don't go entirely by what your local 'Sherpa' guide tells you. Over the years, the 'Sherpa's' have developed a bloated ego - and invariably most of them boast about their various 'superhuman adventures'.
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That is nice route. Dhotrey to Tonglu is around 5 km i think. You can also try this route
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Originally Posted by Bhaswaran That is nice route. Dhotrey to Tonglu is around 5 km i think. You can also try this route

Which part of the year can we find clear views?? during this trek...
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november and early december are the best times, after then, till february is also good time but there will be occasional hinderence for days (may be) for cloud accumulating for snowfall.

MY preference lies with November.
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If you promise not to SUE US, then I will tell you

For mountain views - October to mid November.
For flowers March to Mid April
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Originally Posted by mountaingirl If you promise not to SUE US, then I will tell you

For mountain views - October to mid November.
For flowers March to Mid April

Thanks mountain girl...

if that is the case then we may have to sue all the travel websites

You have to be lucky with weather!!!
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u r right Victory. Weather is the most unpredictable thing in the Himalayas. I saw the best views in November. I went to Sandakfu in March but it was very cloudy/foggy.
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Originally Posted by Aryan Raj Me and my Friends have a plan to make a Trip to Sandakphu.
Need to know the contact info of the Trekkers Hut available
for stay.If any other equivalent good scenic spot to stay.
How much can we move by Jeep and how much is the Trek.
We will go on Mid March. Friends plz suggest.
Mid March is thebegining of Rhododendron season. Gr8 time to visit Sandakphu.
For trekkers hut booking contact Mr Diggal( 9830464254). Upto Sandakphu u can either walk or go the entire distance by jeep.If u r in reasonable shape the u can easily complete the walk. Don't try to reach Sandakphu from Maneybhanjang in a day,32 km of uphill road will be too much unless u r in top physical condition.
Best is to stop for the first night at Tumling at Shikhar lodge(really good) and then proceed to Sandakphu the next day.
For guide u can contact Tsering Sherpa(B) (0354 2264387) @ Maneybhanjang. He is a really good guide with a reasonablly good botanical knowledge ( can be of great help with flowers).
Chalk out the route after conslting ur guide but i feel that the real fun of the trek is if u go to Phalut and then descend to Rimbik via Gorkey. The view is mindblowig and many more species of flowers.
Let me know if u need anymore info. U can also contact Babuchand on this forum. He is an authority on Sandakphu !!
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solo trekking.

Dear sir,

i would like to trekk to Sandakfu alone and without any guide is it possible in the solo trekkers point of view ? please reply me back if you have an experienced with solo trekking.

thanking you

yours truly,

Supratick sengupta.

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