What is it like to be in a wonderland?
The trek to sandakphu peak will show you what it feels like to be in a wonderland. Raised to an altitude of 11,930ft above sea level, this trek is popularly known as ” trekkers wonderland “. Bound by the great peaks like Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu, this trek follows the singalila ridge lying at the high ground of the long Crest at the southern end which goes down from the Kanchenjunga range forming the borders between Sikkim and Nepal. Offering you the best of views, this trek will do justice for its popularity.
Important things to note
- Climatic conditions in the high ranges vary dramatically and take enough time to get acclimatized.
- Make sure you are not littering on the way or in the campsites
What all to carry
- Carrying your personal medication and first aid is mandatory
- Make sure you carry warm clothes, toiletries, an extra pair of socks, hiking shoes, woolen caps, mittens, and a scarf.
- Your backpack, day pack with a water bottle
Quick facts about the trek
- It is ranked as a moderately difficult trek.
- It roughly takes 5-6 days to complete this trek.
- The range lies at an altitude of 11,930ft
- You will be covering around 44km in this trek.
- The nearest ATM is located at the new Jalpaiguri railway station (NJP).
Highlights of this trek
- The “sleeping buddha ” formation by the tallest mountain peaks is a view, not to miss.
- The magnificent view of Mt.Everest at the horizon.
- The mysterious beauty, the sacred black water lake ” kalapokhri ” is a major attraction.
- Finally the pink and red decorations of the rhododendron and magnolia flowers.
- The trek starts from the base camp at maney bhanjang, which is located at an altitude of 1980 mts
- You will gradually start trekking to tumbling, a peak of the spectacular singalila range.
- You will find it hard to blink your eyes even for a second because all you see is the beautiful and breathtaking view of the landscape.
- While you gradually hike up, you’ll have a clear view till Meghna. You’ll be seeing the defined border between India and Nepal with paramilitary camps at all major points.
- The next stop is kalapo khri. Walking past the singalila national park you’ll witness the enchanting beauty of the vicinity.
- You’ll trek through the dense forests: springs make it so vibrant with rhododendron flowers blooming all pink and red.
- Before reaching the next stop, you will come across the mysterious black water pond ” kalapokhri”
- From here you will trek up to sandakphu, the highest point in West Bengal. This part lies in Nepal and the Indian roads merge from the other side of the mountain.
- Sandakphu presents you with the panoramic view of Mt.kanchenjunga and the great Everest along with the forest underneath.
- Looking at the sun go down and crawl up from behind the great peaks is a mesmerizing sight and you’ll be totally fascinated by it.
- You’ll also see the gigantic massif Kanchenjunga along with Jannu or the Kumbha Karna to its left and pandit to the right forming the beautiful ” sleeping beauty “.
Best time to visit.
- You can experience this trek at any time during that 8 months, that is from September to April.
- Every season offers you an all-new feel.
Views on the way
- After Meghna, you’ll reach tongue lake, which is almost 2km from the spot. This mesmerizing lake located at the top of the hill offers you a panoramic view of Mt.kanchenjunga getting reflected on the lake.
- The most popular village in Nepal, tumbling gives you the scenic view of the snow-laden singalila and the Kanchenjunga range.
While climbing down from the Sandakphu Peak, you will pass Srikhola. Srikhola river and the village are some of the most explored places in Darjeeling. If you are in that mood to chill amidst nature and click beautiful pictures then you must halt for some time at this village. This scenic village is located at the foothills of the Singalila National Park.
While crossing this place you can sometimes spot Red Panda. You can relax near the settlement, admiring your surroundings, being pampered by nature, and breathing the freshness in the air at Srikhola.