• Trip introduction

    The Sandakphu trek is one of the most iconic treks in Sikkim, and is a great opportunity for even fit first-timers to spend days in the mountains. On the Sandakphu trek, you'll explore dense oak and rhododendron forests, camp through alpine meadows, and see some of the highest peaks in the Himalayas.

    This trek is not technically challenging, but it involves long hours of trekking on most days, so you should be prepared for that. It is a tea-house style trek, which means you will not stay in tents, but in simple rest houses run by local families. These tea-houses are rustic and charming, but will not have attached washrooms or running hot water.


    On this trek, you'll be trekking to 11,941 to get to Sandakphu, the highest point in West Bengal. You'll hike along the Singalila ridge, with views of the mighty Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest always by your side. You'll also be walking through gorgeous forests of bamboo and rhododendron, and camping at scenic spots with stunning views.

    This region has a diverse range of vegetation, from temperate forests to alpine meadows, so you can expect to see some unique flora and fauna, such as the clouded leopard, the red panda and the yellow-throated marten.

    Destination highlights

    Tek along ridges for views of the tallest moutnains in the world: Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse. | Ramble through the lush rainforests and bamboo groves of Sikkim on this Sandakphu trek. | Camp at gorgeous campsites across Sikkim, and see dramatic sunsets over the highest peaks in the Himalayas.

    Activity Details




    44 kms

    25 hrs

    10 kms

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the Sandakphu trek: Drive to Chitrey

    You will be picked up from the NJP Railway Station at 10:00 hours and driven to Chitrey today. The drive takes about 4-5 hours, but you'll get great views, and the last stretch has some thrilling hairpin bends. You'll get to Chitrey by early evening, and can spend the rest of the evening relaxing or exploring this small hamlet. You'll be able to see Darjeeling city in the distance, looking like a small sprinkle of lights. Overnight in lodge.

    Overnight in a lodge in Chitrey.

    You will be driven from NJP to Chitrey today, where you'll check in to a tourist lodge. These lodges are basic, with dormitory-style rooms on triple/multi sharing basis, with simple bedding to keep you warm. There is usually a shared washroom and no running hot water. Today's package does not include any meals.

    Day 1 Milestone



    10:00 AM


    No meals will be provided today.

    Day 2 of the Sandakphu trek: Chitrey to Tumling
    Day 3 of the Sandakphu trek: Tumling to Kalapokhri
    Day 4 of the Sandakphu trek: Trek to Sandakphu
    Day 5 of the Sandakphu trek: Trek to Timburey
    Day 6 of the Sandakphu trek: Trek to Srikhola, drive to NJP
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made 0-7 days before the departure date of the Sandakphu trek: No refund.

    For cancellations made 8-14 days before the departure date of the Sandakphu trek: 50% of the total trip cost will be refunded.

    For cancellations made 15 days or more from the departure date of the Sandakphu trek: 75% of the total trip cost will be refunded. You can also shift to another trek that departs within 12 months from the departure date of the cancelled trek (but 25% of the total trip cost will be deducted before transferring the remainder to the next trek.)

    Rules on trip

    Participants must adhere to the instructions of the trip leader/guide at all times during this trek.

    Consumption of alcoholic beverages, drugs and smoking during the Sandakphu trek is strictly prohibited.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    In case of non-completion of the Sandakphu trek due to any reason, there will be no refund for any unutilized services. Any extra expense due to alteration or extention of itinerary has to be paid extra by the participant.

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

    In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire or any political unrest, if the operator is compelled to cancel the Sandakphu trek, the participant will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek within one year.
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  • Includes / Excludes


    • Basic accommodation in dormitory-style lodges/huts on triple/multi sharing basis

    • All meals from lunch on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 6
    • Experienced local guide and support staff
    • Basic First Aid and medicine kit
    • Permit fee for Singalila National Park
    • All applicable taxes


    • Transportation from NJP-Chitrey-NJP (can be arranged for INR 1200-1500 per person)

    • Personal porters (can be arranged for INR 1000 per day for 17 kg bag or INR 1200 for a mule to carry 4 bags)
    • Still/video camera charges
    • Personal expenses like tips, packaged water, snacks or meals not included in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Any cost which is not mentioned in the inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Comfortable trekking shoes
    • 3 full sleeved T-shirts
    • 1 warm fleece jacket
    • 1 windproof jacket
    • Thermal innerwear
    • 2 pairs of synthetic track pants
    • Raincoat/poncho
    • Balaclava
    • Sun cap/bandana
    • Undergarments
    • 5-6 pairs of hiking socks
    • Woollen gloves
    • Waterproof gloves
    • Woollen socks for the night
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery, watches or electronic items
    • Suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Technical equipment needed for the hike, if any
    • Accommodation in dormitory-style lodges on triple/multi sharing basis
    • First aid kit

    You need to get

    • Rucksack with raincover
    • Day pack with raincover
    • Your own sleeping bag (optional, if you have your own high altitude bag)
    • Trekking poles
    • 2 ltrs water bottle/hydration pack (compulsory)
    • UV protected sunglasses
    • Torch/head lamp with extra batteries
    • Sunscreen
    • Lip balm
    • Toothbrush and tooth paste
    • Soap/soap strips
    • Hand sanitiser
    • Tissue roll
    • Towel
    • Anti-fungal powder
    • Camera with fully charged batteries
    • Light snacks like dry fruits, energy bars, etc.
    • Slippers for after trekking hours

    Medical Kit

    • Anti-diarrhoea medicines
    • Antibiotics
    • Mild analgesics (avoid codeine based painkillers)
    • Strong analgesics
    • Anti-inflammatory/Nurofen
    • Diamox
    • Volini pain spray or gel
    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.