sandakphu trek in december

#1 Nov 28th, 2006, 18:03
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hi guys,
me and my friends are planning a trek to sandakphu-phalut this december.i know abt two alternative routes:

1.manebhanjan-tumling/tonglu-kalipokhari-sandakphu-phalut-gorkhey-srikhola-rimbik
2.manebhanjan-jaubari-sandakphu and so on.

which one these should we opt for given the season and the fact that we are not very experienced trekkers?also could you give me an idea abt accommodations on this trail and the living costs we would hve to bear?
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Thumbs up It's the same...

Hi Aritra,
from Tonglu / Tumling to Gairbas and finally to Kalipokhri you have three choices for the part Tumling - Gairibas.
1. Tumling-Jaubari (Nepal) - Gairibas Left most side route.-5 kms.
2. Tumling - Over the border line after the Singalila National park entry through the border-ridge to Gairibas - 8 kms. a little tough and may be the path is not always marked because thi path is not taken by the trekkers nowadays./ and the local guides also want to avoid that for not want to go up & down.
3. Tumling - National park gate - gairibas through Indian side Jeepable road through dense Rhododendron forest. - 9 kms.
So if you want to save some time and want to go through Nepal you can take the No. 1 route. if you like the forest and may be some extra slippery snowy route take the No. 3 route. (the extreme right-hand side one.
Best Wishes, Happy trekking.
Deba.
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thanks

Hi Deba,
thanks a lot for the info.forgive my ignorance,but shall we need a permit to take the tumling-jaubari-gairibas route tht goes through nepal?
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Hi Aritra,

I went through the route No.1 stated by Deba in 2001, and you do not need any permit for it. In fact there will be no one to check your permit (even if you have needed one) nepal police are more scared of the Maosists
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Thanks Bhaswaran...this is good news!

Three cheers for the Nepal Police!!

by the way,i still hvnt been able to find out abt the living costs on this trail.could u shed some light on it?
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Hi aritra,
I dont think u can go upto phalut i sheer cold of december as phalut is a pretty harsh place with storming winds.

manebhanjang -? joubari -> sandakphu -> srikhola(thru' gurdum)-> rimbik will be the optimum route

staying cost Rs100 per night
food total 120 per day.

private lodges are available in all the night halts I have suggested, incl Sandakphu.
Note : there is only one hut in phalut and the death of DGHC contact in kolkata, Mr Diggal, has created some problems in last 3-4 months.

see my website below to get more information on this route.

it will be better to hire holofill sleeping bags for night and holofil jackets for day. expect below freezing temperature and snowfall or even blizard.
hope this to be a all new experience of ur life

babu

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Originally Posted by i.aritra hi guys,
me and my friends are planning a trek to sandakphu-phalut this december.i know abt two alternative routes:

1.manebhanjan-tumling/tonglu-kalipokhari-sandakphu-phalut-gorkhey-srikhola-rimbik
2.manebhanjan-jaubari-sandakphu and so on.

which one these should we opt for given the season and the fact that we are not very experienced trekkers?also could you give me an idea abt accommodations on this trail and the living costs we would hve to bear?
Njoy

babu
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guide/porter charge Rs200-250 per day...one guide per team is mandatory....carry voter ID card for entry into Singalila National Park.

guides will arrange for their won food & shelter. be courteous to offer snacks & tea.
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Thumbs up Guide/porter is not mandatory

But the local agents try to put it like that. But I think it is better to take a guy alongwith in December for the obvious reason of bringing your tea etc. to your room in cold. I overlooked the date & your inclusion of Falut. Babuchand is correct Skip the Falut. It could be alot of snow too. It is already snowing this year. and it could be really bad. Adn try to get enough socks so that you can change once it is wet. generally it won't be any problem to get beds in the Govt. /pvt lodges. But still if you want to book give a call to Glenarys (who are the Leasing authority of the DGHC lodges. 0354 2257554 to book your beds in various lodges.

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Originally Posted by babuchand guide/porter charge Rs200-250 per day...one guide per team is mandatory....carry voter ID card for entry into Singalila National Park.

guides will arrange for their won food & shelter. be courteous to offer snacks & tea.
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Hi aritra,

Thanks for your PM, you can also e-mail to me at bhaswaran@rediffmail.com whenever you feel.

Your camera, the Canonet QL 19 is a lovely rangefinder camera and is almost antique now. I have never used this camera but i will recommend any ISO 100 film Fuji/Kodak. Fuji Proplus 100 negative film will be my choice. Do you use slides? IF yes, go for Fuji Sensia, Velvia, or Provia (ISO 100). I use all three and they produce excellent results. If you filter attachment is ok, and if possble, use a polarizer filter for better images (e.g. it deepens the blues in sky and makes other colors look more saturated) Remember to compensate the exposure by 1.5 stop if you camera metering is not ok.

Regarding paralax error: Don't worry if this is too complicated, if most of the objects you are picturing are distant from your lens (like shooting landscapes), then little parallax error will occur anyway. If you are just planning to take panoramic pitures of a landsdcape with no close objects, i do not think there will be much of a problem.

keep in touch

regards,

Bhaswaran
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thanks a lot guys for all the trouble you have taken to reply to this thread.i don't hve any more questions at this point.if and when i do,i shall surely get back to you.

cheers!
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