Sandakphu and Phalut Trek [Premium]
When it comes to trekking in West Bengal, one of the most popular names that come up is the Sandakphu trek. Boasting spectacular views of the world's highest peaks from Nepal to Bhutan and all the way up to Tibet, Sandakphu is your one-stop trek that covers all major 8000ers in the Himalayan region. Sandakphu, located at an altitude of 3636 m/11926 ft is West Bengal's highest point in the District of Darjeeling. Phalut is the second highest peak in the Singalila range right after Sandakphu and is more or less like a tabletop on the same ridge. Phalut also shares the border with Nepal, Sikkim, and West Bengal. The major difference between the Sandakphu trek and the Sandakhphu + Phalut trek is the extra day's trek to Phalut top and Gorkey which is not included in the regular Sandakphu trek itinerary. Phalut and Gorkhey offers one of the most beautiful views of the Singalila National park.
A wondrous adventure for naturists
The Sandakphu-Phalut trek route trails along the Singalila Ridge and into the Singalila National park. You can expect to find charming wildlife along this patch which may be of interest to naturists. The birds, animals and even the flora found on this trail are extremely diverse and incredibly fascinating to explore. Some of the exquisite species you can expect are - Red Panda, flowers such as Rhododendrons, Magnolias in all hues and shades.
Views of the mighty giants
Undoubtedly one of the reasons The Sandakphu trek is super famous is because of the front row seats you get to view the world's highest mountains. The spectacular panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Janu, Chamlang, Baruntse, and Mt. Kanchenjunga is what you get to see when you do this trek. Need more reason to do this trek? You also get to see the famous Sleeping Buddha, a stretch of peaks in Sikkim that have been formed as a Buddha sleeping peacefully. You can also clearly get a glimpse of the Kanchenjunga massif from the Sandakphu trek!
Dreamy villages along the trail
Ever dreamt of running away and settling in one of those peaceful villages with a nice small hut and smoke coming out of a chimney? Well, the villages of Samanden and Gorkhey are just that. Not to mention, when you set your eyes on them you'll feel like you're looking at a quaint wallpaper. With small patches of pine trees, wooden huts, small farm lands, you'll definitely fall in love and want to stay back here. Tucked away from civilization, this will reintroduce you to a simpler, minimalistic life that we all dream of.
Long trails that reach the horizon
Ever thought of long roads that you can see for kilometres? Well, imagine that but in the mountains. The Sandakphu and Phalut trek gives you long-distance views as far as the eyes can see. You'll notice the clouds touching the horizon and the sun setting below you. Now that's a trek we wouldn't want you to miss!
You get to be in two countries at the same time!
Ever heard of this saying before? Due to its extremely close proximity to Nepal and no actual border, you keep going back and forth from India to Nepal making you tick Nepal off your bucket list. You end up camping in India, having dinner in Nepal or vice versa. The only way you'll know when you've passed a border is an old pillar which marks the borders along the trail. Now isn't that interesting?
After due consideration and after understanding the guidelines and precautions set by the respective State Governments and the Government of India, we have decided to resume our operations and reopen our treks, ensuring the full safety and security of our Nomads and our on-ground staff.
Click here more about the safety protocols followed by TrekNomads before, during and after the trek.
With the changing travel advisories and newer regulations coming into the picture, we understand that deciding and booking a trek can get tricky. We have relaxed our cancellation policy, read our new terms and conditions for cancellation here