Sandakphu Trek on Singalila Ridge:

Fixed group departures for winter and spring-summer from January to May 2024 are published and marked in the calendar of the Booking Inquiry Form available on the page.

Below is your Definitive Guide to Sandakphu trekking tour 2024 and the associated details. Click on a link to jump to a specific part of information.

Notes on Itinerary
Altitude gain over distance breakup
Trek vs Jeep safari
Best time for Sandakphu trek
Peaks visible from Sandakphu
Why would you trek with us?
Snow during winters
Temperature and clothing
Packages: Fixed group departures vs Private tours
Insights on local culture
How to reach the trek base?
Mobile network availability and charging facilities
Seasonal restrictions on trekking
Permits for foreigners
Stay restriction on foreigners 2023
Frequently asked questions on Sandakphu

Our Itinerary:

Day 1: Drive from NJP or Bagdogra to trek base Chitrey (2360 m, 7740 ft) – 90 km – 4 to 5 hours via Maneybhanjung town (1980 m, 6500 ft,) Chitrey is 3.5 km uphill from here, following the Singalila ridge. Homestay accommodation on a sharing basis.
Day 2: Our trek starts today. We trek to Tumling (2920 m, 9580 ft)– 9 km – 6 hours or so. Lodge on a sharing basis. Initial 3 km moderately steep climb till Lameydhura, following a gradual climb of 3 km to Megmha for lunch. The last 3 km to Tumling is an easy flat walk.
Day 3: Trek to Kalapokhari (3030 m, 9940 ft) – 12 km – 7 to 8 hours. From Tumling checkpost, descent to Gairibas (2570 m, 8430 ft), and then a moderately steep climb to Kaikata for lunch. The final 4 km is an easy walk to Kalapokhri. Homestay on a sharing basis.
Day 4: Trek to Sandakphu (3636 m, 11926 ft) – 6 Km – 3 to 4 hours. Initially 2.5 km on level plain to Bhikhay Bhanjung, and following a steep climb, we reach Sandakphu top. Have your lunch here. Lodge or hotel accommodation on a  sharing basis.
Day 5: Trek from Sandakphu to Timburey (2060 m, 6760 ft)– 15 km – 6 to 7 hours. Moderately steep descent throughout to our lunch spot at Gurdum village. From here, another 3 km of gradual downhill leads us to Timburey village. Homestay on a sharing basis.
Day 6: Walk 1 and a half hours to the Srikhola Bridge roadhead (1900 m, 6230 ft), 3 km. Trek ends here. Drive to NJP or Bagdogra (150 km) in 6 to 7 hours. Queen of the Hills, Darjeeling City, is 75 km and 3 to 4 hours drive from Srikhola.

Important notes on travel & itinerary:

  • This is a  Lodge/Homestay/Trekkers Hut based trek or what may be called a Tea House trek“. We don’t camp anywhere on this trail.
  • Accommodations are simple and basic, as one should expect at high altitude with limited options and facilities. Read about the accommodations or package options that we have before your booking.
  • Foreigners or non-Indian citizens need to stay on the Indian side, i.e., in West Bengal. In other words, you can’t get accommodation in the private homestays in Nepal, which are comfortable with more options. Instead, you need to stay in Gorkhaland Territorial Administration-operated GTA huts at Tonglu, Gairibas, and Sandakphu to complete the itinerary. GTA Trekkers Huts are very basic in nature, with limited facilities (shared dormitories with Indian-style common toilets). Check with us for itinerary and more details that you need.
  • You need to arrive the latest by 9 am on Day 1 at NJP, Bagdogra or SIliguri city. While returning, you will reach to NJP or Bagdogra in 6 to 7 hours drive from Srikhola on Day 6, around 5 pm. Arrange your tickets accordingly.
  • Sometimes it is convenient to reach Bagdogra (IXB) on Day 0 if you are planning to take a flight. Similarly you may depart anytime on Day 7. Siliguri city is 10 Km from the airport with various accommodation options. Darjeeling city is only ~25 Km/1 hour from Maneybhanjung (our basecamp Chitrey is further 3.5 km up from here) and 75 Km (3 to 4 hours drive) from our trek end point Srikhola (via Maneybhanjung).
  • You may leave your additional luggage which you don’t require on the trek at Maneybhanjung. Collect it while returning from Srikhola. Don’t leave any electronic gadget, money or any important item. Your additional clothes etc should be fine in the left baggage (preferably with a lock).
  • Last ATM at Mirik. Withdraw cash well in advance from NJP/Siliguri/Bagdogra.
  • Listed TREK FEE on the website is for the Fixed Departures and doesn’t include the car transportation to basecamp and return.
  • Airtel and Jio work here and there throughout the trek.
  • It is possible to tailor the above itinerary while modifying, adding or even shortening the tour. However that is the case only for private or customised tours.

An introduction to Sandakphu trek

Sandakphu at 3636 m/11926 ft (Geo Coordinates: 27.105096°N, 88.001708°E), is the highest point of West Bengal, inside Darjeeling district, bordering Nepal. This trek follows the famous Singalila Ridge, a prominent spur of high ground that lies at the southern end of a long crest, which runs down from the Kanchendzongha massif. In fact Singalila ridge forms the border between Sikkim/Darjeeling of India and Nepal. Also because of this fact, Sandakphu trek is often referred to as “Singalila Ridge Trek.

A view of Sandakphu
From Sandakphu: Fascinating views of Kanchendzongha and Sleeping Buddha (P.C. Titas Chanda)

One of the unavoidable necessities of trekking in the Himalayas is that the best views are from high up. In contrast, the trail along this ridge, passing along small settlements, is perhaps one of the most scenically rewarding in the Himalayas. Additionally the charm of the Eastern Himalayas who didn’t get a chance to visit here yet.

There are a very few Himalayan homestay/tea-house mode treks in India. Almost all are camping treks. Sandakphu trek  gives the opportunity to those who prefer comfortable accommodation during the trek.  Probably this is also helpful for beginners who wish to take it easy at the beginning.

At the same time, a must visit for the experienced trekkers too. You get to see the spectacular panoramic views of Nepal Himalayas including Kanchendzongha range, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Jannu (Kumbhakarna), Chamlang, Baruntse and a host of Sikkim peaks all seen in one stretch. The famous “Sleeping Buddha” formation of peaks is a delight for all.

A Tea House at Tumling, Nepal
Different flavour of a Tea House trek
Sleeping Buddha from Sandakphu

The trail goes along the motor-able road to Sandakphu (yes  only 4X4 WD, there has been one since the last 40 years! You won’t mind it much), frequently taking detour and shortcuts. Sandakphu trek trail switches between India and Nepal all the way till Sandakphu. In fact the PWD motor road is the de facto border at stretches.  Most of the settlements and hamlets we pass by are geographically in Nepal. Also, as a matter of fact most of our homestay/lodge during Sandakphu trek are in Nepal.

A perspective: Motor road to Sandakphu

This trail inside Singalila National park boasting numerous species of birds and wild flowers. This region is in Eastern Himalayan diversity hot spot and home to endangered Red Panda .  It is rare but not impossible that you get a glance of this shy animal, especially around Gairibas or while descending to Gurdum. Flowering of Rhododendrons and Magnolia turn the forest into red, pink and white shades during spring time. Misty scent and flowers have its own charm. During fall weather turns clearer and hue of the foliage is eye catching.

Rhododendron riot in spring
A stream while descending to Srikhola
Red Panda on the way to Gurdum (P.C. Joy NG)

Sandakphu trek distance and altitude graph:

Below graph will give you an idea of places and corresponding altitude, day wise elevation, ascents and descents on the trail.

Sandakphu: Altitude Profiling

Is Sandakphu a trek or a Jeep safari? Which tour do I choose?

Some of you may already know that there is a motorable road to Sandakphu and Phalut as well. Though the highest altitude of the road is much lower than the high mountain/pass roads (as you get in Ladakh and some western Himalayan regions) but the gradient is much steeper accompanied with sharp hairpin bends. A whooping ~ 1660 m/5500 ft from Maneybhanjung to Sandakphu on 33 Km road track. The journey to Sandakphu in a “Land rover”  is a harrowing  one.  These are used for 50 years or more with very basic seating arrangement and no shock absorber whatsoever. The ride on stone cobbled bumpy road is an experience in itself, if you prefer so! So it is used by the ones it is intended to, the carriage of goods/supplies, short distance local passengers and occasional tourists.

There is another high concern due to acclimatisation reasons. Well, it may get you to Sandakphu in 7/8 hours but people feel the sudden height gain. Strong headache, breathing issues, feeling excessively cold are common symptoms.

We highly suggest to take the trekking trail and don’t recommend a Jeep safari to Sandakphu or Phalut.

RIP! Fall colours @ Kalapokhri

Seasons for Sandakphu trek:

Being in the eastern Himalayas this area observes prolonged monsoon like its neighbour Sikkim. Clouds start to gather from April and prolong till October beginning. There are two distinct seasons when this year trail is particularly beautiful.

1) Spring/Summer for Rhododendron season: From mid of March to Mid of May. Flowering starts from early March in the lower elevation, and gradually towards end of spring on higher altitude. Rhododendron and Giant Magnolia are two most famous along with several other wild flower species. Cloudy or misty atmosphere is common during Spring. Although clear mountains views are not uncommon, specially during morning.

Sandakphu Rhododendron trail in spring

2) Autumn/Fall & Winter for clear weather: From mid October to January. In the beginning of October clouds start moving out from this region and weather becomes clearer. November is  particularly known for its crystal clear views of the mountains. Fall colours changing around Gairibas and higher on the trail is another reason to choose this trek in autumn.

Fall promises clearer weather

Peak views from Sandakphu:

Due to its location, the peak view from Sandakphu and several other points on Singalila ridge is unparalleled. Starting on East you can see the peaks in Sikkim, then the giant Kanchenjunga massif and farther to the west the Everest and other peaks bordering up to Tibet.  Here is how it may look like on a clear day 🙂

The peak panorama is wide enough to capture in two frames. One is the much acclaimed “Sleeping Buddha”.  Looking on your right count the peaks in Bhutan and Sikkim, looking straight ahead north is Kanchenjunga massif completing the revered figure.

A view from Sandakphu: Kanchenjunga and adjacent peaks forming Sleeping Buddha

Now looking ahead turn left towards north-west, you will see Everest group of peaks far away, yet clearly recognisable. Remember that you are standing on India Nepal border and Everest is in Nepal/Tibet border! Its the sheer size of the mountains that still you can see clearly without any gadget.  Here is how “Everest Group” looks from Sandakphu when zoomed in.

Mt. Everest and other peaks inside Nepal as seen from Sandakphu

Why Sandakphu trek with HT?

We believe that we understand this region fairly well for and curate the perfect itinerary for you  (and yes, there are fantastic premium category Darjeeling based agencies). Since 2011 we operate Sandakphu and the longer Phalut variant. All our guides are licensed local and comfortable operating with small to medium size groups (~ 6 to 12 trekkers) that they can take care of. Occasionally during peak season or holidays, group sizes reach its maximum i.e. 15. All our accommodations are selectively chosen that you get most out of your trek.

Sandakphu trek with HT

Sandakphu temperature range and weather data:

Remember that Sandakphu is at 3636 m/11930 ft of altitude and on windy Singalila ridge. Expect cool to cold conditions along with some dampness. You may get freezing temperature even in summer season.


  • Minimum temperature can likely occur late night to early in the morning between 2 am to 5 am. Similarly maximum may attain during mid day/noon.
  • The temperatures are measured outside. It will be approx ~ 10°C warmer inside the room than outside.
  • Wind chill can significantly impact the real feel and feels like temperature can be 5°C lower than the actual considering wind speed/gust 15-20 Km/hour. Similarly a bright sunny day will feel warmer.
  • As you will be trekking mostly between 8 am to 3 pm during the day, expect warm to cool conditions depending upon the month you are trekking.

Here is the monthly low, high,  and average temperature forecast of Sandakphu. All values are in Degree Centigrade (°C).

Sandakphu monthly temperature (high, low, avg)
Month Avg High Avg Low Extreme High Extreme Low
January 4 to 7°C – 10 to -12°C 10°C -25°C
February 8 to 10°C – 10 to -12°C 12°C -20°C
March 10 to 12°C -5 to -7°C 18°C -15 °C
April 12 to 15°C -2 to -5°C 18°C -10 °C
May 15 to 18°C 0 to 2°C 20°C -5°C
June 18 to 20°C 2 to 5°C 22°C -3°C
July 20 to 22°C 5 to 8°C 22°C 2°C
August 18 to 20°C 5 to 8°C 22°C 2°C
September 15 to 18°C 3 to 5°C 20°C 0°C
October 10 to 12°C -5 to 0°C 15°C -12°C
November 8 to 10°C -5 to -8°C 12°C -15°C
December 5 to 8°C -8 to -10°C 10°C -25°C


Do you get snow in Sandakphu trek during winters?

Well, Sandakphu trek is NOT really a snow trek.  Darjeeling/Sikkim region has a higher snowline comparing to its western Himalayan counterpart. This is due to the lower latitude of Eastern Himalayas. Usually the trail gets 4 to 5 low to medium (2 inch to 6 inch) snowfall every year. Rarely it gets a heavy snowfall amounting in excess to 6 inches.

Snowfall on Sandakphu trail during winters of 2018-19

The area receives lesser amount of yearly snowfall than usual snow treks in Uttarakhand or Himachal Pradesh. Snowfall normally starts in January and can occur as late as end of March. In fact trekkers witnessed fresh snow in recent years during early spring, when clouds  start to get in to the atmosphere. You will get some snow on patches or inside jungle where sunlight doesn’t fall directly. But if you are lucky, then this is how it may look like 🙂

Sandakphu: After a brisk snowfall in early spring (P.C. Kangkan Thakuria)
Sandakphu: After a fresh snowfall

Check this photo story through lenses, on how Sandakphu looks like after a snowfall.

Types of accommodations during the Sandakphu trek for Indian and foreigners:

As this is a “Tea House” trek, we don’t camp inside Singalila National Park (which is not allowed as well!). Instead, we stay in a homestay or lodge available on the trail. As you should expect on a mountain trail, these are basic accommodations—a simple place to eat and sleep! Families reside throughout the year and are ethnically Nepalese or Tibetan.

As the trail runs along the India-Nepal border, i.e., the Singalila Ridge, more of our overnight stays are in Nepal. As a matter of fact, at present, we stay for 3 nights in Nepal and 2 nights in India (West Bengal).

Note that foreigners, i.e., non-Indian citizens, are not allowed to stay in Nepal but have to sleep inside India, i.e., on the West Bengal side. Here you have to stay in the GTA (Gorkha Territorial Administration)-operated Trekkers Hut in the simplest dormitories. Get more understanding in the section below.

In the Fixed group departures, we provide triple or quad sharing rooms, which are usually dormitory style rooms. Male and female trekkers are given separate rooms. You will get a clean bed and blanket(s). Toilets may not be attached to the room, i.e., common in nature or Indian-style lavatories without running water facilities.

Additionally, there are a few rooms with attached western-style toilets and running tap water in some of the locations. The inclusions of these types of rooms are what we refer to as a “standard package,” which you can read here. But again, the facilities will be very limited compared to what you get in a hill station or a mountain resort.

Despite all this, people have enjoyed the trail while adjusting to the available facilities. Simply put, this is how a travelling mode is in these places rather than a mere tourist mode.

If you still have any doubt or confusion in your mind, please feel free to get in touch with us over the phone or email.

Stay-Accommodation rules for foreigners during Sandakphu trek 2023:

​Starting from December 2021 Indian authorities are not allowing foreigners to stay in Nepal while walking on the Singalila ridge. Non India citizens are only allowed to stay inside India and not in any accommodation which is in Nepal. So for foreign nationals the accommodation options are GTA operated Govt huts within Singalila National Park, and private lodge/homestay outside the national park in West Bengal. This is enforced onspot by the Indian paramilitary personnel stationed at various check posts along the trail on the India – Nepal border.

Now most of our accommodations are in Nepal either following Sandakphu or the longer variant Sandakphu and Phalut.  So it is not possible to follow the same itinerary for the foreigners as mentioned on the website and has to be a customised/private tour altogether. In other words, foreigners won’t be able to join a fixed group departure at present until the restriction is revoked. We will keep you posted on this or drop an email to to know the latest updates.

Note that the govt. huts are available at limited spots with very basic setup. Rooms are of dormitory type and toilets are common.

At present foreigners can stay at Maneybhanjung, Tonglu, Gairibas (non functional/almost deserted), Sandakphu, Timburey, Phalut, Gorkhey, Srikhola/Sepi. They can’t stay at Chitrey, Tumling or Kalapokhri as there is nothing in the West Bengal/India side.

Sandakphu Tour Type & packages: Fixed Departure vs a Private or Customised tours:

Our Fixed Group Departure dates are published in the Upcoming Trek Calendar from time to time. Same dates you can also check here on this page inside the calendar available in the Registration/Booking Enquiry Form. These dates are marked marked in green on the booking enquiry calendar.

Note that, these tours are of Economy/Budget inclusions type.  Room are shared by 3/4 persons or of dormitory type. Toilets may not be attached, rather common ones. Male and Female trekkers will get separate room(s). Meals are vegetarian along with occasional eggs. The maximum group size is 15 and reach on rare occasions during peak seasons/holidays. However there is no MINIMUM number of persons for a group. Meaning once we have taken your booking, your tour is guaranteed.

We also arrange private and customised trekking tours to Sandakphu for smaller groups of 2 persons and more. There are many advantages of this type of tours than our usual group departures, albeit with a price premium.

You can choose your preferred dates and desired level of services. This is usually a Standard category inclusions than that of group departure treks. Accommodations can be on twin sharing basis or a family room with kids (based on availability, check with us specifically). Usually these are upgraded spacious rooms with attached western style toilets. In these trips we can arrange non veg food as well and more variety than our group departures.  On a private/customised trip, there will be none other than your group members and trekking guide(s). We also support transportation by car from and to the airport or try to help with any other bookings around this area. Also it is possible to modify the itinerary by adding  day(s) or shorten the itinerary. The TREK FEE will depend on the number of persons and level of service inclusions.

Sandakphu private tour package

Local culture, people and food habit:

This region in Eastern Himalaya is different than Western Himalayan states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. There are differences in religious practices which reflect in local culture and thus in the people behaviour. Majorly Buddhism is followed in Nepali and Tibetan ethnicity. People are friendly, helping and smiling. Though your major meals will consist standardised Indian meals (Rice, Roti, Dal, vegetables etc.) but expect mix of local noddles soup, momo, chow mein in lunch or snacks.

A Buddhist prayer room inside home stay 
Om mani padme hum (P.C. Sripradha)

Access to trek base (Chitrey, 3.5 km above Maneybhanjung):

We will arrange a pickup  from NJP/Bagdogra/Siliguri to Chitrey and drop from Srikhola to NJP/Bagdogra. You share the amount among availing fellow trekkers and pay directly to the driver. Mainly Tata Sumo/Mahindra Bolero type Jeep/SUV are available on this route. Typically a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Bolero is comfortable for 5 to 6 persons and can accommodate accommodate up to 8 or 9 persons. This cost is NOT included in the TREK FEE.

NJP/Bagdogra to trek base Chitrey: ₹ 4500 (Tata Sumo) + ₹ 480 per car Forest levy @ Maneybhanjung check-post.
Trek end point Srikhola to NJP or Bagdogra: ₹ 7000 (Tata Sumo)

Here is a road map with major points enroute from NJP/Bagdogra/Siliguri to trek base Chitrey.

Road map to trek base Chitrey

To reach the trek base Chitrey the access is from NJP/Siliguri/Bagdogra. For details on how to reach nearest railways station/airport and move to trek base independently/public transportation check the details in GETTING THERE TAB.

Mobile network and battery charging facility during your Sandakphu trek:

You will get network around your all the night accommodations. However the networks are not steady and working network depends upon place to place and network providers. If you switch on your international roaming then probably you will get through a call using more st Nepal networks.

At present you will get to charge your battery at all our night accommodations, starting from Chitrey to Timburey. Note that electricity may not be present due to various reasons in these interior and mountainous places. It is always good to carry a fully charged power bank or at least a spare battery for your camera.

National Park timing – Restrictions in Sandakphu trek:

The trail to Sandakphu mostly runs inside Singalila national Park.  During monsoon no permit is issued inside the Park (boundary starts just after Tumling) and annual closure of national park from  15th June to 15th SeptemberSo Sandakphu trek remains CLOSED from 15th June to 15th September every year.

If you are interested to witness the green monsoons of Eastern Himalayas then you may try the shorter hiking experience of Dhotrey – Tonglu – Tumling – Chitrey – Maneybhanjung circuit. This part of the trail is outside the boundary of the Singalila National Park and hence no such restriction in terms of permit. This is as good as in term of views (only you are few miles aerially farther from the Big guys than you are from Sandakphu or Phalut!) This is a wonderful experience to initiate hiking experience in kids and families.

Sandakphu trekking permit for Non Indian nationals/foreigners:

As this trail is inside the Indian state of West Bengal, so the permit procedures are easier and there is no restrictions as opposed to the neighbouring Indian state of Sikkim. Here are the steps:

1) The entry permit to Singalila National Park is processed from Maneybhanjung with the strength of your passport and valid Indian visa. You need to show your documents at Frontier Check Post, Maneybhanjung. Though the trekking trail frequently enters into Nepal but you don’t need Nepal visa for this trek. Carry two photocopies of your passport and Indian visa along with the original. Few copies of your recent passport size photos can be handy to keep with. Once you meet our representative/guide at Maneybhanjung, he will facilitate the process.

2) There is NO minimum number required as non Indian national for trekking to Sandakphu. For routes inside Sikkim the “Trekking Permit/Restricted Area Permit (not to be confused with ILP) is given to  minimum 2 persons.

3) We charge ₹ 3000 per person additional + 5% Govt. Tax to Non Indian nationals/foreigners Due to the following reasons we collect this additional levy:

  • Higher per day ticket/entrance fee of Singalila National Park. Starting from Oct 2020, Per day Singalila National Park permit fee is increased from ₹ 2oo per day to ₹ 500 per day for foreign/Non Indian nationals.
  • Higher guiding charges as outlined by the Maneybhanjung Guide and Porter’s association.

Past update: Winter update and forecast for Spring/Summer Sandakphu trek 2022:

This year the Sandakphu trail and surrounding region got significantly more than the average that we have seen in the last 10 years or so. The area received first snow during Christmas and followed by multiple snowfall in January and February. The trail has multiple patches of snow left and may hold on a few sections as late as mid of March.

Sandakphu trek winter update 2021-22

As a result spring may come a bit late this season. Rhododendrons at higher altitude above 3000 m/10000 ft may start to bloom late March/early April. Some flowers around Sandakphu may remain as late as mid of May.

Sandakphu trek: A delightful hike in Eastern Himalayas for friends and families (PC: Ayan & Nishant)

Here are some common questions and answers about Sandakphu, where, how, what and more:

What do I need to carry in Sandakphu trek?

As this is a trek route, you should be careful about choosing right warm clothing, shoes, rucksack and a waterproof. Here is the detailed list of things to carry in a trek. Call or drop us an email for any queries or advice.

Where is Sandakphu located?

Sandakphu (Geo Coordinates: 27.105781 N, 88.001410 E) is a peak upon Singalila ridge inside Darjeeling district, West Bengal, India. The ridge itself defines the border of India to east and Nepal on west. The trekking trail to Sandakphu often zigzag between India and Nepal.

What is the height of Sandakphu?

Altitude of Sandakphu peak is 3636 m/11930 ft.

Are there hotel accommodations at Sandakphu?

Yes you will get 2 privately owned hotel/lodge (Hotel Sunrise and Hotel Sherpa Chalet) on the Nepal side and Govt Trekkers Hut and PWD rest house on the West Bengal side. You will get decent food options (veg + non. veg) as one can expect at 12000 ft. Hotels havet 3/4/4 bed or dormitory rooms with common toilets and better/deluxe rooms with attached western style toilets.

Note: We are not a hotel booking agency, so we don’t book rooms, neither Landrover/cars. Instead, we provide a complete trekking tour package.

How can I book Sandakphu Trekkers Hut?

You can book West Bengal state operated GTA (Gorkhaland Territorial Administration) Trekkers Hut at Sandakphu by visiting either of the below locations. There is no online or telephone booking facility , neither any availability check. You need to visit any one of these office, check the availability for your desired date and book.

Kolkata: Gorkha Bhavan, near City Centre, Salt Lake

Darjeeling: GTA Tourism Division, Silver Fir building.

How to reach Sandakphu from Kolkata/Bengaluru/Mumbai/Pune/Delhi?

Nearest railways station and airport are New Jalpaiguri (NJP) and Bagdogra (IXB) which are on two sides of Siliguri city, West Bengal. There are multiple overnight trains from Kolkata. From here you drive 90 Km to a small town called Maneybhanjung on India/Nepal border. Our Sandakphu trek base is 3 Km above Maneybhanjung called Chitrey, a small hamlet. From Chitrey the trail length to Sandakphu is 27 Km.

How far is Sandakphu from Darjeeling city?

Take a shared vehicle or private one to Maneybhanjung, which is just 25 Km from Darjeeling via Ghoom and Sukhiapokhri. The drive takes one hour or so. From here the trail to Sandakphu is around 30 Km.

You can reserve a car (approx ~ ₹ 2000) or you may get a shared car service from Darjeeling Chawk Bazaar Motor Stand . Distance is 25 Km. The fare is ₹ 100 per seat. Note that timings are important for shared jeep service and it takes time to get all the seats filled in a car which are 8 to 10 seat.

I am in Sikkim. How do I reach Sandakphu from Gangtok or Pelling side?

Your shortest route to reach Maneybhanjung from Gangtok  is via Rangpo – Melli – Takdah – Ghoom – Sukhia Pokhri – Maneybhanjung – around 120 Km, and will take 5 to 6 hours. You need to reserve a car on this route.

Otherwise if you are somewhere near Jorethang/Namchi in south Sikkim (or further to Pelling , Yuksom, Uttarey etc in west Sikkim) you can take a shared service Jeep to Darjeeling from Jorethang stand – 40 Km – 2 hours (road is very uneven, bumpy and steep) via Jamuney and Singmari. Note that ONLY Indians are allowed in this route. From Darjeeling take another shared ride to  Maneybhanjung, 25 Km, an hour or so.

What is “Sleeping Buddha” from Sandakphu actually?

This is an amazing formation of high sacred mountains as if a person is lying on the back with face up. These mountains are revered ones and the formation as a whole is called “Sleeping Buddha”. The head is formed by Pandim peak, Kanchenjunga and others forming the main body and Kumbhakarna (Jannu) forming the feet. This is indeed an experience to watch out Sleeping Buddha from Sandakphu, specially during sunrise and sunset.

What is the best time for Sandakphu trek:

April And May during spring/summer for Rhododendron bloom and October to January (autumn and winter) for higher possibility of clear skies and views .

What is your Sandakphu trek package and cost?

₹ 12,500 + 5% GST per person, Chitrey to Srikhola. This is our scheduled departure trek cost and you can join any of our published dates, solo or with your group. The cost includes 5 nights accommodation at lodge/homestay on triple/quad or dormitory sharing with other trek members. Male and female members will be provided separate room(s), all meals (vegetarian and occasional egg), licensed local guide(s) and your permit and entry fee for Singalila National Park. Also your tour is covered with a 7 days travel and medical insurance. For details check COST INCLUSIONS tab.

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Why treks with HT?

Highest Point3636 m/11925 ft
Trail Length45 Km
Expertise:12 years of on ground experiences
Support staff:Qualified local & office staff
Group size:Small groups up to 15
Insurance:Travel insured trek and tour itinerary
Easy Bookings:25% Booking Deposit
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Tour Reviews

4.88 based on 16 reviews
November 3, 2022

Did a customised trek to Sandakphu with my wife and our 9 yr old daughter. The experience was very good, right from the booking of the trek to the actual arrangements during the trek. The entire team was very helpful and will highly recommend Himalaya Trekkers to everyone..

April 30, 2022

Our team of four children and their fathers and myself just completed the Sandakphu trek organised end to end by HT. I very much appreciate the easy flow of communication by Mr.Sapto and HT team from the very beginning . The responses were quick and fast and with all relevant info.The arrangements were true to the words in their communications.We enjoyed the accommodation and food esp. Shikar Guest House Tumling and Sunrise Hotel, Sandakphu. . More than what we should expect on a trek. The guide Tshering and porters Manoj and Saroj made our trek comfortable. Tshering moved with the kids quite warmly and made the walks look easy for them. To sum up our experience with HT was very satisfactory. I wish them good luck.

November 11, 2021

We went to Sandakphu with 6 kids ranging from 10-13 yrs and the experience was fabulous. The guides Arpan and Jigmay were very helpful, polite and patient. The organisation was also very good.
The available accommodations in the area are very basic (no heating) but the views of Kanchenjunga and Mt Everest more than make up for it. Thanks Rhik and team.

February 24, 2021

I was with HT at the Sandakphu in February 2021 with my two friends. It was my first time with HT and second time on trek. Had an wonderful experience with HT, great arrangements (good accommodation with spectacular scenery, delicious meals) with a very friendly guide Mr. Gazendra, having a lot of knowledge in Himalayan flora.

January 7, 2020

I have been to Sandakphu Trek on December 2019 with Himalaya Trekkers and it is my 3rd trek with them. Every time I choose them I feel so much satisfaction with their arrangement that I would love to be their repeated customer.

November 17, 2019

We completed the Sandakupu trek through Himalayan Trekkers (HT) in the month of Oct/Nov. Though we were a bit apprehensive initially , HT local guides make sure you complete the trek with clock work precision. Their local guides have complete knowledge of the terrain. We were also lucky to have some clear skies in Tumbling which helped us in getting an uninterrupted view of Kanchenjunga. Special mention – Hosts of homestay in Timburay were very caring and welcoming.

May 6, 2019

I had an amazing time doing the Sandakphu Trek with Himalaya Trekkers. Everything was well organized, from the providing me the necessary information about the trek (esp because I am a foreigner) and prompt replies for all my queries, the hassle-free reservation and payment for the trek, arrangement of transportation before and after the trek, the food and accommodations and our guides. Highly recommended!

May 1, 2019

As a solo trekker on her first Himalayan trek, I had my own apprehensions from the start. I had ventured on the Sandakphu Trek in April 2019. Aritra and his team were patient enough to wait for my confirmation till the last minute and unlike other travel agencies they did not rush me into booking my seat unless other arrangements from my end were sorted. All the communication, coordination was smoothly done before and even during the trek. Our guide, Jimmy made the journey all the more memorable. The homestays were cosy, the local people were all comfortable and warm in their welcome. Food was of standard quality. Although the inclement weather with hailstorms on the first day of the trek did dampen our spirits a little but the view from Sandakphu took away all our worries. Superb coordination and response from HT team. Until next time, cheers!

April 23, 2019

It was my first experience to trek and Sandakphu trek is the right place for beginners. learn lot of things about trekking through our guides and it’s will be help me for future journey. Thanks to HT for making my trek experience more beautiful.

April 9, 2019

Dear Himalaya Trekkers,

I wanted to thank you for organizing a really beautiful trek for us. I don’t know if we were just lucky with our guide, Amar, or if all your guides are that great, but we had such a good time with him. We found the trek rather easy – usually coming to our destinations well before planned, but Amar made it entertaining no matter what. We experienced all sorts of weather (snow, hot days, fog, clear sky, …) which was great and only added to the variety of each day. On the top of Sandakhpu we even experienced the beautiful view on the full mountain range – from Everest to Kanchenjunga. Last but not least, I have to mention the lodges and homestays which were just awesome and the food they served had no comparison. Thank you, we really enjoyed ourselves.

Best regards,
Jan & Kristyna

March 18, 2019

I did Sandakphu trek with Himalaya trekkers. it was a wonderful trek and my team was also awesome. my guide Gazen was very friendly and helpful also… through out the trek the food arrangements was also tooo good… the people in the tea houses where very friendly… this was my first trek and very interesting also.. I will also try to plan my next trek with Himalaya trekkers..thumbs up guys….

March 1, 2019

Had a wonderful time in Sandakphu even though the weather got really bad. Met a few amazing strangers who were the nicest and friendliest thanks to Saptarshi and his team. Overall arrangements were well up to expectations. Would definitely recommend to trust them to make your experience amazing, if you’re a first time trekker or a seasoned one..

April 28, 2018

It was my first such trek and I came alone for it. But the group, the guide and the HT team member made the entire experience very comfortable and enjoyable. Being the only girl in the entire group was also never a problem. Looking forward to more such treks with HT.

January 11, 2018

Sandakphu trekking with HT was one of the best I have experienced – the lodging and food arrangements were wonderfully taken care of. Also, the guides and the porters who travelled with us were very good and friendly.

May 1, 2017

It was amazing to go for my first solo trek through HT team. We had great fun. The guide was super cool and the stay was perfect. All in all I had a great experience with team HT. Cheers guys!!

April 20, 2017

I had a great time and felt cared for with my guide. Would highly
recommend you to friends for a trek… though likely a custom trek as they too would prefer faster pace.

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