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Sandakphu Trek

 
 

SANDAKPHU TREK AT DARJEELING REGION
09 Days 08 Nights

 Day 01

 

Bagdogra to Darjeeling
Leave for Darjeeling via Kurseong and break journey for refreshments at Kurseong.The journey will take 4 hrs following along side world famous small gauge rail track of Darjeeling Toy Train. This train made its first maiden trip in September 1881. Puffing along the two foot gauge track, the gradient of which stays at a maximum of 1 to 20, the train passes through a region, the sheer beauty of which it starts to manifest itself as soon as one begins the journey. UNESCO has declared this train as World Heritage

 Day 02

 

Darjeeling Sight Seeing
After breakfast visit the Japanese Temple Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Zoo, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre and Happy Valley Tea Estate. After Lunch visit the Ghoom Monastery. Evening free to explore the market.

 Day 03

 

Darjeeling/ Maneybhanjyang/ Tonglu
Drive to Maneybhanjyang (2134m), ( 1 1/2 hrs), the starting point of the trek. The days walk , about 06 hrs , is uphill and the trail passes through small village of  Chitre and forests of Rhododendrons and Magnolias. The camping area at Tonglu ( 3020m)  is located on a hill top over looking the Sikkim Himalayas. Overnight at Tonglu.

 Day 04

 

Tonglu / Kalpokhri
This is also a pleasant walk through the forest which is home to the rare Red Panda and the Tragopan. After about 05 hrs the camping area of Kalapokhri (3100 m) is reached, where we spend the night.

 Day 05

 

Kalpokhri / Sandakphu
After breakfast , start the trek to Sandakphu (3636m) which takes about 06 hrs. Sandakphu is the place to view the mountains.On a clear day one can see the peaks of Lhotse( 8501m), Everest( 8848m) and Makalu(8475m)  of the Nepal Himalayas and the huge Kanchenjunga massif (8586m) along with other peaks of the Sikkim himalayas.Overnight at Sandakphu.

 Day 06

 

Sandakphu / Phalut
The trail is along a ridge and can be considered as one of the most enjoyable and scenic walks in the Himalayas. The whole range of snowy peaks is always in view and the trail passes through high altitude vegetation and areas of dwarf rhododendrons and firs. The walk  to Phalut(3600m) is about 07 hours. Overnight at Phalut.

 Day 07

 

Phalut / Rammam
Early morning walk up to Phalut Top to view the sunrise over the himalayas. After breakfast start trek to Rammam (2560m) which takes about 05 hrs. The trail passes through the villages of Gorkhey and Samanden and the forest provides ample oppurtunities for bird sightsighting. Overnight at Rammam.

 Day 08

 

Rammam / Rimbik: 

From Rammam the trail descends (6 hours) to the bridge at Sirikhola and passes through a number of small villages to reach Rimbik (2280m), the road head. Overnight at Rimbick. 

Day 09

 

Rimbik / Gangtok
After breakfast drive to Gangtok via Mungpoo and Rangpo. While half way you arrive at a place called Rangpo, this is the entry point to Sikkim. You will have to fulfill the entry formalities against your special permit to tour around Sikkim, which may take about some time then continue the drive to Gangtok.

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