Sandakphu Trek in West Bengal
Siliguri, Sikkim, India
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  • Trip introduction

    Trek to the small village of Sandakphu, located at over 11,900 feet along the Indo-Nepalese border in West Bengal, and get breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak in the world. Climbing over the mountain ridge, across dense woods of rhododendron and oak, you'll get spectacular views of snow-capped Himalayas on the horizon. Cloudless days and clear skies can bring views of peaks like Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and more. En route, you'll stay in basic tea-houses, run by the local natives in small Himalayan villages, to experience the Buddhist lifestyle and tradition.

    Although prior experience of trekking is not required to book this trek to Sandakphu, travellers will be required to enough health and fitness to allow trekking for 5-6 hours everyday.

    Destination

    The small village of Sandakphu, inside the Singalila National Park, is located atop a mountain ridge that runs parallel to the Indo-Nepalese border in West Bengal. At a height of over 11,900 feet, Sandakphu is the highest mountain peak in the state of West Bengal. The dense woods of the Singalila National Park are home to several alpine flowers like magnolia and rhododendron and wildlife like red pandas and bears.

    Destination highlights

    • Climb the highest peak in West Bengal on this Sandakphu trek.
    • Get a chance to spot the peaks of Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu and more.
    • Explore the dense forests and mountains of the Singalila National Park.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

    Travellers are required to follow instructions of the trek leader during the trek to Sandakphu.

    Consumption of alcohol and drugs is prohibited during the trek. Consumption of tobacco products and cigarettes is not recommended.

    Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made more than 24 days before departure of the Sandakphu trek: 95% refund.

    For cancellations made 14-24 days before departure of the Sandakphu trek: 70% refund.

    For cancellations made 8-14 days before departure of the Sandakphu trek: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 7 days before departure of the Sandakphu trek: no refund.

    In case of no show: no refund.

    All cancellations will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Transport from New Jalpaiguri to Kopidana on day 1 and transport from Sepi to New Jalpaiguri on day 6 is not included in the package. Travel arrangements can be made for an additional cost of INR 9,500 per vehicle, one-way, in a Sumo/Xylo with a capacity of 5-7 travellers.

    The tour operator reserves the right to change or cancel the itinerary of this trek to Sandakphu due to bad weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances to ensure maximum safety of travellers and staff. Travellers are required to bear any additional costs arising due to such a change in itinerary.

    The tour operator takes utmost care to ensure safety of the travellers and shall not be held responsible for any mishap, accident or loss of life during the trek to Sandakphu.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    New Jalpaiguri railway station at 06:30 hrs
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    Drop off point
    New Jalpaiguri railway station by 18:30 hrs
    Mode of transport
    Sumo/Xylo or similar
    Start point
    Kopidana
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    End point
    Sepi
    Time of departure
    06:30 AM
    Time of return
    06:30 PM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    24 hrs
    Total distance covered
    46 kms
    Start point elevation
    6400 feet
    Maximum elevation
    11929 feet
    Minimum elevation
    6230 feet
    Average per day distance
    12 kms
  • Day 1 of the Sandakphu trek: New Jalpaiguri to Kopidana

    Assemble at the New Jalpaiguri railway station by 06:30 hrs. Although transport from New Jalpaiguri to Kopidana, the start point of this trek, is not included in the package, it is strongly recommended to take the additional transfer from New Jalpaiguri. Travelling across the winding roads of West Bengal, you'll arrive at Kopidana in 5-6 hours. You can spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in a tea-house at Kopidana.

    Day 2 of the Sandakphu trek: Kopidana to Tumling

    Begin the first day of trekking and head towards Tumling, a small village on the Indo-Nepalese border. Trekking over a well-defined trail across mountain slopes, you'll pass through several small villages to reach Tumling. Spend the evening at Tumling to views of a crimson sunset over the Kanchenjunga. Overnight in a tea-house at Tumling.

    Day 3 of the Sandakphu trek: Tumling to Kalapokhri

    Continue trekking over the mountain ridge along the Indo-Nepalese border towards today's destination of Kalapokhri. Trekking through the Singalila National Park, you'll make your way across views of the Kumbhakarna, Kanchenjunga, Kabru, Goecha-La and Rathong peaks. You'll trek under patches of dense rhododendron and magnolia, apart from several other alpine flowers and wildlife. Overnight in a tea-house at Kalapokhri.

    Day 4 of the Sandakphu trek: Kalapokhri to Sandakphu

    On the most awaited day of the trek, you'll climb higher to reach the village of Sandakphu. You'll trek along the mountain ridge, with sections involving a steep and strenuous climb, with spectacular mountain peaks on either side of the trail. On reaching Sandakphu, you can relax to views of the Seven Sister peaks, and even Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu on clear, cloudless days. Overnight in a tea-house at Sandakphu.
    /Trekking Sandakphu West Bengal Adventure Travel The Great Next Gorgeous Himalayan landscapes on the horizon.

    Day 5 of the Sandakphu trek: Sandakphu to Sepi

    Begin the descent from Sandakphu for one of the longest days of the trek. En route to Sepi, you'll make your way across forests of rhododendron and bamboo, with possible sightings of red pandas and bears. Just before reaching Sepi, you'll trek alongside the Sri Khola River before crossing the stream and arriving at Sepi. Overnight in a tea-house at Sepi.

    Day 6 of the Sandakphu trek: Sepi to New Jalpaiguri

    Travel back to the New Jalpaiguri railway station to arrive by 18:30 hrs. Although transport from Sepi to New Jalpaiguri is not included in the package, it is strongly recommended to take the additional transfer from Sepi. Travelling across the winding roads of West Bengal, you'll arrive at new Jalpaiguri by 18:30 hrs, subject to traffic conditions. Your trip ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    New Jalpaiguri
    End point
    Kopidana
    Day start time
    06:30 AM

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kopidana
    End point
    Tumling
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    11 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Tumling
    End point
    Kalapokhri
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    14 kms
    Trekking time
    7 hrs

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kalapokhri
    End point
    Sandakphu
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    6 kms
    Trekking time
    4 hrs

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Sandakphu
    End point
    Sepi
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    15 kms
    Trekking time
    7 hrs

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Sepi
    End point
    New Jalpaiguri
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Accommodation in tea-houses for 5 nights on triple/multi-sharing basis
    • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any
    • All vegetarian meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 6
    • Services of experienced trek leader and support staff
    • All government permits and entry fees
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Travel arrangements from NJP-Kopidana and Sepi-NJP (can be arranged in Sumo/Xylo or similar vehicle with a capacity of 5-6 travellers at an additional cost of INR 9,500 per vehicle, one-way)
    • Any meals not included in the inclusions
    • Adventure travel or health insurance
    • Personal expenses like tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
    • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Comfortable, quick-dry apparel
    • T-shirt/shirts and track pants
    • Woollen cap and balaclava
    • Trekking shoes
    • Woollen socks, gloves and monkey cap
    • Windcheater and fleece jacket
    • Sweater and thermal wear
    • Raincoat or poncho
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive jewellery or gadgets
    • Hard luggage like trolley bags, suitcases etc.

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any
    • First aid kit
      You need to get
    • Rucksack (with rain cover)
    • ID proof
    • Water bottles
    • Insect repellent
    • Toilet paper
    • Sunglasses (polarised, anti-glare)
    • Torch (with extra batteries)
    • Sun-screen lotion and lip balm
    • Light towel/napkins
    • Dry snacks (biscuits, energy bars etc.)
    • Personal toiletries

    Medical Kit

    • Specific personal or prescribed medication
    • Personal first-aid kit
  • Day 1 of the Sandakphu trek: New Jalpaiguri to Kopidana

    Overnight in tea-houses at Kopidana.

    Assemble at the New Jalpaiguri railway station at 06:30 hrs, and travel to Kopidana via a private, shared vehicle. Although this transfer is not included in the package, it is strongly recommended that you take the additional transfer. You'll be accommodated in basic tea-houses at Kopidana on triple/multi-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes dinner only. You may stop at any of the restaurants or eateries en route to Kopidana to have meals at your own expense.

    Day 2 of the Sandakphu trek: Kopidana to Tumling

    Overnight in tea-houses at Tumling.

    Trek from Kopidana to Tumling. You'll be accommodated in basic tea-houses at Tumling on triple/multi-sharing basis. While accommodation is usually on triple-sharing basis, if unavailable, it may be changed to multi-sharing in dormitory-style rooms. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 3 of the Sandakphu trek: Tumling to Kalapokhri

    Overnight in tea-houses at Kalpokhri.

    Trek from Tumling to Kalpokhri. You'll be accommodated in basic tea-houses at Kalpokhri on triple/multi-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. During days when you're scheduled to reach the destination after lunch time, either a packed lunch will be served or lunch will be arranged at an en-route village.

    Day 4 of the Sandakphu trek: Kalapokhri to Sandakphu

    Overnight in tea-houses at Sandakphu.

    Trek from Kalpokhri to Sandakphu. You'll be accommodated in basic tea-houses at Sandakphu on triple/multi-sharing basis. Tea-houses, largely run by local natives, offer basic meals and accommodations. Often, they may only have common washrooms. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 5 of the Sandakphu trek: Sandakphu to Sepi

    Overnight in tea-houses at Sepi.

    Trek from Sandakphu to Sepi. Since you'll be trekking alongside the Indo-Nepalese border, you'll be required to stop and present your ID at several check-posts along the way. You'll be accommodated in basic tea-houses at Sepi on triple/multi-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 6 of the Sandakphu trek: Sepi to New Jalpaiguri

    Your trip ends by late evening.

    Travel back from Sepi to New Jalpaiguri railway station in a private, shared vehicle. Although this transfer is not included in the package, it is strongly recommended that you take the additional transfer. Today's meal package includes breakfast only. You may stop at any of the restaurants or eateries en route to New Jalpaiguri to have meals at your own expense.

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