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Sandakphu Phalut Trek

Sandakphu Phalut Trek
8D/7N | Chitrey/Manibhanjan, Tumling, Kalpokhri, Sandakphu, Phalut, Gorkhey & Srikhola

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Bagdogra/NJP - Chitrey (2300m)
We'll arrive at Bagdogra/NJP and drive 3-4 hrs through the tea estates to Chitrey. Welcome to the mountains! Spend the night at our hotel and rest well for the trek starting tomorrow.

Depending upon the number of members in the trekking group, we will arrange a pickup and drop from NJP/Bagdogra to Chitrey and back. This will be shared equally by each member of the team and is to be paid directly to the driver in cash. Typically a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Maxx/Bolero charges Rs 3500 one way which can accommodate 6 to 8 people. This is NOT included in the TREK FEE and to be payable directly to the driver.

Meals - Dinner

Day 2: Chitrey - Tumling
The walk today starts from Chitrey and continues past several small settlements up to Tonglu (3,020 m), located in dense forest, overlooking the entire Darjeeling hills. From Tonglu we continue along the rhododendron covered ridges to Tumling, just inside the Nepal border, to gain our first uninterrupted views of the eastern Himalayas!

Trekking Distance - 5-6 hours

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Tumling - Kalpokhri (2950m)
The initial part of today's walk is on majorly level ground till we reach the Singalila National Park check post, where we obtain the permit to proceed into the National Park. We then crossover into Nepal on a rolling trail and reach the Nepalese village of Jaubari. Proceeding from here after a further hour, we cross back over to the Indian side of the border and decend to the Indian village of Gairibas. The day so far will be fairly easy. From Garibas however, after a short break we get ready for the climb through thick conifer, birch. and Rhododendron trees. After the gradual 2 to 3 hour climb, we'll see the Kalpokhri lake. Our teahouse for the night is not too far away from the lake.

Trekking Distance - 6-7 hours

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Kalpokhri - Sandakphu (3600m)
Today the distance we cover is not too much; however you may get breathless due to the immense altitude gain. We traverse the ridge to reach Bhikey Bhanjang on the trail inside Nepal. The road ahead has several turns. On the right hand we can see one ridge after another meeting the horizon. We then ascend to the top of the Sandakphu ridge which is the natural border between India and Nepal. We proceed to Sandakphu top (3636 m) marked with strings of prayer flags and click photos to take back home. We spend the night at one of the teahouses near the ridge.

Trekking Distance - 4-5 hours

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Sandakphu - Phalut (3550m)
There's something about the morning view in the Himalayas. The weather is going to be cold, but we will encourage to wake up in time for the sunrise. The sunrise at Sandakphu could be one of the best one's you've ever witnessed. On a clear day you'll be able to see an over 300 kilometer panorama of the Himalayas stretching from Sikkim to Nepal and Bhutan. You'll also be able to spot some giant peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kanchenjunga. After the mesmerizing sunrise, we have breakfast and proceed onwards to Phalut. The journey today is a long but easy stretch with gradual ascents and descents. A walk of eight to nine hours through rhododendrons and then for a couple of hours over treeless mountain slopes to reach Phalut, the meeting place of three ridges coming from India, Nepal and Sikkim. Phalut provides a spectacular view of Everest and Kanchenjunga.

Trekking Distance - 8-9 hours

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Phalut - Gorkhey (2400m)
For the second day in a row, we try and wake up early to try and catch the sunrise. Considering Phalut is further north east than the rest of the trail, you are right now as close as possible to the giant Kanchenjunga. After breakfast, we start with a steep descent initially through bamboo forests and then through more thicker Rhododendron, Oak and Pine forests to Gorkhey village.

Trekking Distance - 5-6 hours

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Gorkhey - Srikhola (1900m)
Today is the last day of our trek. We start off by ascending to the village of Samandin and keep moving along the trail passing through the village and then into a pine forest. We continue decending to the small stream and then ascend the ridge to the next village, Rammam. From here, we descend for another hour or so to finally make it to Srikhola, the end point of the trek.

Trekking Distance - 5 - 6 hours

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Drive Srikhola - Bagdogra/NJP
As this is the last day of our journey, we exchange contact details with our fellow campers over breakfast. Later, we load our packed luggage into the vehicle, which will drive us to either New Jalpaiguri or Bagdogra. On the way, enjoy the scenery provided by the lush green forests and snow-capped mountains. On reaching either of the two destinations, we thank the driver and bid farewell to fellow trekkers who may have become our friends. Afterwards, we either head to the airport or the railway station with memories of our journey still fresh in our minds.

Similar to the arrival day, we will arrange a vehicle to transfer you from Srikhola to NJP/Bagdogra. The cost of the vehicle comes to around INR 5000 and will be shared equally between all members of the trekking group.


Meals - Breakfast


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Inclusions:
1.7 nights' accommodation  as mentioned in the itinerary.
2.All meals during the trek along with early morning tea and evening snacks.
3.Buzzglobe travel Outdoor Experience Leader (OEL).
4.Experienced Local Guide.
5.All necessary support staff (cooks, helpers, porters etc.) as per the size of the group.
6.All trekking arrangements and transport of the trekking equipment if any.
7.Basic Medical and First Aid Kit.
8.Royalty and permits.

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Exclusions:

1.Entrance fees to monasteries / monuments.
2.Any meals during the transit on day 1 and 7.
3.Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages, etc.
4.Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
5.Evacuation charges and damage of any nature.
6.Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions
7.Government Service Tax of 5.0%.
6.Tips for the local guide and support staff. This is as per your discretion and will be collected by the Buzzglobe travel OEL towards the end of the trip
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