6 REASONS WHY SANDAKPHU PHALUT TREK MAKES A GREAT TREKKING EXPERIENCE

The mighty Kanchenjunga

The mighty Kanchenjunga

Trek to Sandakphu starts from the picturesque village of Manebhanjan, a village near Darjeeling. Spanned across 5 days, the trek gives you the magnificient and best views of Kanchejunga ranges. It has very beautiful campsites or hamlets for night stay. Here are my 6 reasons of what makes Sandakphu an awesome trek.

  1. Get the best view of Kanchenjunga ranges

The trek offers august views of the Kanchenjunga and Makalu ranges along with a picturesque view of the Everest and Annapurna family. And the best thing about the trek is that, the view of the ranges stays with the trekker throughout the trek. You don’t have to wait for a day; the first clear view of Kanchenjunga is seen on the very first day of the trek, at Upper Chitrey. And Kanchenjunga plays hide and seek with you throughout the trek. After a tired and torturous hike, all your tiredness melts just at a look at the Kanchenjunga!

Resting at the meadows

Resting at the meadows

  1. A trek with the best sunrise and sunset points

This trek gives you the best views of sunrises and sunsets. The sunrise and sunsets are gorgeous from both Tonglu and Tumling.

Sunrise from Tumling

Sunrise from Tumling

The sunset from Kalipokhri is stunning.

Sunset at Kalipokhri

Sunset at Kalipokhri

And the climax is viewing the golden rays of sun falling gradually on the snow capped Kanchenjunga and then on world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest at Sandakphu.  And the icing on the cake is the sunrise from Phalut. Each day, you see a new and a better sunrise – a specialty of this trek.

First rays of sun at Lhotse range

First rays of sun at Lhotse range

  1. The stretch from Sandakphu to Phalut is a perfect potboiler.

The trail from Sandakphu to Phalut is a long 21 km but is full of twists and turns. You cross through rocky and muddy paths, you will go through a trail of forest and you will also see the vast meadows under clear sky.

The vast meadows en route Phalut

The vast meadows en route Phalut

The landscape keeps changing. And the best is the view of Kanchenjunga from the green meadows. The day is a long one and is packed with every delight a trek has to offer.

  1. Food and lodging easily available throughout the trek.

This trek has trekker’s hut and home-stays throughout with very warm and hospitable people. They will go all out to make your stay comfortable. So there is no need to carry tents and ration.

Trekker's Hut at Phalut

Trekker’s Hut at Phalut

Home-stays are available at Chitrey, Meghma, Tumling and Kalipokhri. Trekker’s hut are available at Tonglu, Sandakphu, Phalut and Gorkhey.

Homestay at Kalipokhri

Homestay at Kalipokhri

  1. Different view at different seasons

Each season has Sandakphu in a different look. If you love colours, visit Sandakphu during the springs. See the rhododendrons bloom in a riot of colours. The whole path will be blasting in red, pink and white.

Rhododendrons in full bloom

Rhododendrons in full bloom

Sandakphu will bear a dreamy look in the monsoons. With the clouds hanging just above, you will be transported to the misty and dreamy land.

The misty land

The misty land

October will give you the best view of the ranges. The sky will be clear and Kanchejunga will appear with all her glory in front of you.

Clear view of Kanchejungha from Phalut

Clear view of Kanchejungha from Phalut

And if you love snow, visit Sandakphu during December and January. The path will be covered with snow and you might even see a few frozen waterfalls on the way! Sandakphu will itself be snow covered during this time.

Snow covered trail in January

Snow covered trail in January

  1. A photographer’s paradise

Each day of the trek will give you different views of Kanchenjunga and Everest ranges. The path through the jungles will give you ample scope for photography. The sunrise and sunsets from the campsites are simply amazing.

Sunrise from Sandakphu

Sunrise from Sandakphu

You will also get the night sky and city lights together for photography! From Manebhanjan and Kalipokhri, Darjeeling city can be seen; and at night, little pecks lighting up Darjeeling city under the starlit sky is a great subject of photography.

And finally, photographer’s delight- birds are found in abundance at Gorkhey village. So overall, photographers are surely going to have a feast!

Everest family from Sandakphu

Everest family from Sandakphu

Sandakhphu- Phalut is a great trekking experience. It is not a very difficult trek and can be done by amateurs too. The best part of the trek is the Himalayan ranges so close to you. It makes you feel humbled. So what are you waiting for? Pack your backpack and visit Sandakphu and rejuvenate yourself. 

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We are Agni and Amrita, two backpackers from Kolkata, India. We are chalk and cheese in nature. Agni is gregarious, fun loving and prolific person. Amrita meanwhile is the quirky nerd, thoughtful & methodical one among the two. It is the love for each other and for travel that binds us together. We believe in being wings to each other and travelling helps us in doing so.

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11 Responses

  1. Sebastien says:

    Reason 7 : during the trek, you can meet really nice people 🙂
    Congratulation for the pictures. They are really beautiful.

  2. Arun says:

    Amazing pictures ..

  3. Arun says:

    Lovely pics. The place looks beautiful.

  4. manish goon says:

    hello there, its a good narration of the trip you took. two of us were planning to visit the area for trekking during the end of march. do you think that its a good time to go around that time? and can you please let me know about the total cost of the trip involved starting from NJP itself?

  5. as much as I shudder at the idea of trekking, it looks worth it for so many reasons in Sandakphu as there is such stunning scenery to take in!

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