Sandakphu – Phalut Trek

The Sandakphu-Phalut Trek is the most popular trek in West Bengal, famous for its outstanding views of Mt. Kanchenjungha, the third highest peak of the world. Both Sandakphu and Phalut provide a panoramic view of Kanchanjungha and its sister peaks along with Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Lhotse. Both the view points offer views of four 800+ m peaks. The trek covers Sandakphu (3636 m), the highest point of West Bengal and Phalut (3600 m) the northern most point of West Bengal. Phalut is also the meeting point of the Indian state of West Bengal, Sikkim along with the neighboring country of Nepal. Most of the route runs along the Indo – Nepal border crossing and re-crossing it innumerable times.

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The trek route passes through the Singalila National Park. Both Sandakphu and Phalut are connected by motorable road from Manebhanjan however a trek route also exists. The trek route is different from the motorable road however they do overlap at many places. The entire route has lodges and tea houses serving meals. The route is open to trekking, jeep tour or a combination of both.

  • December – March: Very good time. Clear skies and great view of snow peaks. High possibility of snowfall. Very cold but enjoyable.
  • April – May: Very good time. Clear skies and great view of snow peaks. This is the blooming time of Rhododendron flowers. They turn the entire route into a bright shade of red.
  • June – September: Not a good time. Heavy rainfall. Chances of landslides. Poor visibility and hardly any views of snow peaks.
  • October – November: Again a good time. Good weather with clear skies and great view of snow peaks.

The trek to Sandakphu is easy however the Phalut section is moderate. The trails are well marked and there are tea stalls every few kilometers still Sandakphu. During winter snow can make the Snadakphu – Phalut difficult.

  • The entry fee for Singalila National Park is ₹120 per head per day for Indian nationals. For foreigners, the entry fee is ₹500 per day per head.
  • Digital camera fee is ₹100 and video camera fee is ₹400
  • Although the trails are well marked with proper signage a guide is compulsory for trekkers. For Indian nationals guide charges are ₹1000 per day for a group of 7, for each extra person the charge is ₹150 per day. For foreign nationals guide charges are ₹1200 per day for a group of 7, for each extra person the charge is ₹300 per day. The charges are inclusive of food and lodging
  • Porter charges are ₹800 per day and a porter carries a maximum of 20 kg load. The fee includes fooding and lodging through out the route except for Sandakphu, where an extra ₹200 is to be paid per day for fooding and lodging.
  • Lodging is available throughout the trek route and dormitory beds cost about ₹200 – 300 per person per day. Rooms are also mavailable.
  • Food is also available throughout the trek route and average cost is about ₹500 – 600 per person per day
  • Land rover tour
Manebhanjan – Tonglu/Tumling (round trip) ₹2500
Manebhanjan – Sandakphu (round trip) ₹5500
Manebhanjan – Phalut (round trip) ₹9000
Night halt charges ₹1500 per night

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