Sandakphu is located in the region of West Bengal at an altitude of 12,000ft. It is known as the highest peak in the state of West Bengal. Sandhakhu means “Height of the poison plant”.It is named after the plants that grow near the top. The best view of Kanchenjunga, it is also known as sleeping Buddha. On a clear day, you can easily spot Mt Kanchenjunga (3rd highest peak in the world), Mt Everest(the highest peak), Lohatse(south peak) and Makalu. The scenic wilderness and wildlife of Singalila National park has a numerous fascinating Birdlife, animals, and flora will stun you with its diversity.

How to reach

By Rail: New Jalgapuri is the major railway station located in the southwest of Sikkim. If you are coming from any northeastern states like Delhi try to take any northeastern train which directly goes to NJP.

By Air: you can take a flight to Bagdogra and then hire a cab/taxi. 

Best time to visit

Spring is considered to be the best time to trek Sandakphu (April-May). Wildflowers are blooming and the beauty of rhododendron trees is at the fullest. The weather is sunny and pleasant, trekkers can enjoy the beauty of the place and the peaks to the fullest. The monsoon season is not ideal for visiting Sandakphu due to heavy rainfall.

About the trek

 

Reach Bagdogra from train or airways and then you will be covering the uphill road of 84km to Kopidana, this is going to be a 5km drive.

From kopidana the trek will begin of 11km it’s going to take  5-6hours at an altitude of (6400 to 9700ft). You will come across a tiny place called tumbling located at an altitude of 9600ft. You are going to find tea house accommodation which is run by the 10-12 Nepal families, there are some private lodges for trekkers.the sunset of tumbling is something panoramic. Further moving on the trail you will find a signboard towards Singhalia National park where you can explore the wildlife.

 

Heading from tumbling to Kalapokhri. The peaceful start of the morning in the middle of the Himalayas offers you the beautiful view of Kanchenjunga peak if the sky is clear. You can also spot some other peaks of Goecha, the Kabur set of peaks, Rathong, Koktang, and frey. The journey to Kalipokhri has begun passing by the forest of Singalia National Park. Kalipokhri is the stop, 4km away from Kaiyakatta the trail gets even more scenic and greener with the spotting of birds and species.

 

The trek from Kalipokhri to Sandakphu is a gradual ascent of 6 km it’s going to take 3-4hours to reach from the altitude of 10400 to 11929ft.  Once you reach the flats of Bikheybhanjang, you will be experiencing the astonishing view of the Sandakpu summit ahead of you, from here it’s another 4km trek. You will be reaching a teahouse and hut. The 180-degree panoramic view of the mountains and on a clear day you can spot glittering icy peaks Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Nuptse, Barun Tse, Chamling, Machhapuchare.The campsite will be around the summit.

 

Descending by the village of Sepi you will be passing through a forest of bamboo and from the natural habitat of red pandas and bears. Passing by the beautiful river known as Sri river.

After spending a night in Sepi back to Bagdogra.

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