- Trek Overview
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Sandakphu is perhaps one of the oldest trek trails in the country. On this trek, allow Kanchanjunga to cast its magical spell on you. Even though it has become slightly commercial, it still has a lot to offer in terms of spectacular views. You can see 4 out of 5 highest peaks of the world – Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu. You also get an opportunity to trek through the beautiful Singalila National Park & if you’re lucky, you might just spot a Red Panda! This is a tea house trek and we will be residing in peoples houses (called tea houses in the area). Each day a different family hosts us!
P.S. -We take an offbeat route which has less traffic on trail and more jungle trail!
About the area
The Sikkim Darjeeling belt is one of the most laid back places in the Himalayas! The Gorkhas and Sherpas that reside here are an extremely welcoming and fun loving community. One of the highlights of your trip to this area would be the interaction with the locals and to be able to get an understanding about their culture! The language commonly spoken here is Nepali.
Expected Weather –
March – May Trek
- Chances of rain/hail – less likely
- Snow on trail- less likely
- Temperatures –
Afternoon upto 25 degrees (May)
Nights around -5 degrees (March) at higher camps
- Chances of rain/ hail – Less likely
- Snow on trail – Possible snowfall in December
- Temperatures – Afternoon upto 20 degrees
Nights around -5 to -8 degrees (Dec) at higher camps
- Day 1: Pick up from NJP/ SIliguri/ Bagdogra Airport. Drive to Sepi base village (1900m). Driving Duration: 6-7 hrs. Night stay in Tea House
- Day 2: Trek from Sepi to Samaden / Gorkhe (2350m). Lunch at Rammam; Trek Distance: 11 Kms, Trek Time: 5-6 hrs
Beginning with a gradual descent we reach Srikhola river. A steep ascent after the river, passing through quaint villages and small streams we reach Rammam. We break here for lunch. Walking through dense forests reach Gorkhe.
- Day 3: Trek from Gorkhe to Molley (3400 m). Packed lunch enroute; Trek Distance: 8 Kms, Trek Time: 6 hrs
Today we walk through marvellous bamboo forests. The trail is a steep ascent for couple hours and then it becomes gradual towards the end.
- Day 4: Molley to Sandakpu (3636m). Packed lunch enroute; Distance: 16 kms, Trek Time: 7-8 hrs
It is a long long walk today. Walking through meadows, with gradual ascents and descents, throughout the day we see views of majestic peaks.
- Day 5: Sandakphu to Gurdum (2293m). Lunch on the trail; Distance: 10 kms, Trek Time: 5 hrs
Complete descent (gradual in the beginning, steep towards the end) through dense forests. Today there's a chance we spot a red panda!
- Day 6: Gurdum to Sepi (1900 m) ; Distance: 6 kms, Trek Time: 3 hrs
Lunch at Sepi.
Walking through a dense forest where hardly any light touches the ground, and that's why it is called Black Forest. An extremely steep descent towards the end.
Drive back to Darjeeling (1 hours)
Trip price includes:
- Pick up from Siliguri & drop to Darjeeling (In Tata Sumo or similar vehicle)
- All meals from evening Tea on Day 1 to Lunch Day on Day 6.
- Stay and lodging in Tea houses all throughout the trek.
- Permissions, forest entry charges and guide and expertise charges.
Trip price excludes:
- 5% GST
- Flight/Train/Bus ticket till Siliguri & back
- Meals or drinks purchased by participants during the travel or trek (example biscuits, fruits etc)
- Rentals for personal gear (You’re expected to bring your own personal gear. Refer things to get section)
- Bag offloading charges (Participants are expected to carry their own backpack and offloading it to mules/ porters is going to be chargeable)
A certified trek leader, a guide, cook & porters will accompany you during the trek
The common perception is that alcohol makes you feel warmer, however it also dehydrates you & dehydration can be fatal while trekking. Hence consumption of alcohol is prohibited. Smoking in camps is not allowed.
Wild animals do not frequent camps. They tend to stay away.
In all the camps where the accommodation is in guest houses/home stays, there will be proper toilets.
Yes, you are ideally expected to carry your backpack. But you do have an option of offloading your bags on a mule for an additional cost. The cost will be 400/ per day per bag. One is expected to inform us about offloading 1 week prior to the trek