Sandakphu Trek

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Sandakphu Trek


Sandakhpu Trek

We trek to the highest point in West Bengal – Sandakphu Trek. With approx. 55kms of trekking in 7 days, we get up close to the worlds tallest peaks – (Mt. Everest, kangchendzonga, Makalu and Lhotse). The route takes us through the Singalila National park that offers a variety of flora and fauna. We trek through a forest of rhododendrons and wonderful and colorful orchids. Singalila National park is also home to Red pandas. They are very shy creatures hence spotting them is very rare.

We get amazing views all throughout the trek. This trek offers camping as well as homestay. Graded as a moderate trek, this is one of the best treks to do, getting close to these gigantic mountain peaks.
Day 1. NJP/ Bagdogra to Jaubari Base camp (110kms/ 6hours) (300 feet – 6500 feet)

It takes us 5 to 6 hours to cover this distance of 110kms. These are mountain roads and will be passing through tea estates and villages. We stop for lunch on the way and continue our drive to Jaubari. We reach by 4pm and witness one of the most beautiful villages on our journey – Jaubari.

Day 2. Jaubari to Gairi Bas (20kms drive) and trek to Chori Chok (8kms) (7,040 feet – 8,340 feet – 10, 400 feet)

After breakfast, we start our drive to Gairi Bas. It is a total of 20kms however it still takes us an hour to get to. This is a steep uphill drive and takes approx. an hour to cover. On reaching Gairi Bas, we start our 8kms trek to Chori Chok. This route will be beautiful with amazing views. We trek through the villages across the trail to reach Chori chok. This site is generally has less trekkers/ tourists.

Day 3. Chori Chok to Sandakphu (5kms) (10,400 feet – 11,980 feet)

We start our trek towards Sandakphu today. It has patches of steep climbs, with beautiful views. We get to the teahouses right at the starting of Sandakhphu site. We continue trekking to get to the summit view point – Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Nuptse, Machapuchhare and Annapurna range, Chamling and a few more. The sleeping Budha (formation of these ranges) should be clearly visible on days with clear skies.

Day 4. Sandakphu to Thukum (7kms) (11,980 feet – 11,500 feet)

For Sandakphu to Thukum, we cover a distance of 7kms in approx. 4hours. Thukum has huts/ accommodation on flat lands and meadows that puts us right in the laps of nature.
In the evening, we step out for a short hike to click some pictures and have a good time. Not too many people camp/ stay in Thukum.br>
Day 5. Thukum to Phalut (14kms) (11,500 feet – 11,880 feet)

We get the views of the mighty kangchenzonga on our route for the day. This route is not crowded with trekkers/ tourists generally. It is a long walk of 14kms today. Phalut offers some wonderful views all around. The accommodation we set for the day is a perfect “photographic site”, for photographers. Post our evening tea and snacks, we enjoy the sunset views before calling it a day.

Day 6. Phalut to Upper Sri Khola (17kms) (11,880 feet – 7,900 feet)

We have steep descents to trek through today. We loose approx. 3500 feet altitude and enter into Sri Khola. It would take us 6 to 7 hours to cover this distance. We spend the night in a homestay/ hotel in Sri Khola.
Later in the evening, we have a team briefing with the closing ceremony her itself.

Day 7. Upper Sri Khola to Sri Khola trek 5km descend and drive to NJP/ Bagdogra (130kms/ 6 hours)

Today is going to be a long day, hence we start as early as possible. We have a trek of 5kms which has steep descends. We reach Sri Khola by noon and post lunch we drive down to NJP/ Baghdogra.
You can choose to either stay the night and travel the next day, or plan for your travel the same night.

Total trek distance – 55 to 58kms (including acclimatization walks)

Inclusions:

Meals - All the meals from Jaubari to Sri Khola
Accommodation – Jaubari to Sri Khola: camping/ tea house on double/ triple sharing basis
A certified wilderness first aid responder for any medical emergencies with fully equipped medical kit
Oxygen cylinder with oxy meter for a close daily check-up
An experienced and certified skilled mountaineer as the trek leader
2 guide for a group of maximum 12-14 trekkers. Generally it is 1 guide to about 6 members.
All our guides and trek leads are professionally trained/ skilled and have
many years of relevant experience in guiding and leading treks.
Clean sleeping bags
Camping Mattresses
Toilets – clean and hygienic (traditional cat pit style) while camping
Camping & trekking permits and permissions from the local
administrations/ authorities

Exclusions:

Service tax 5% (as per the current in GST)
Transport – NJP/ Bagdogra to Jaubari on Day 1 and Sri Khola to NJP/ Bagdogra on Day 7
Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bags/ offloads
Any meals/services not mentioned above
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
Travel/ trek Insurance
Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
Price : INR 11,650/- PP (exl. 5% GST)
Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of M/S Wanderers payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway.

Bank details:

Name: Wanderers Expeditions Pvt. Ltd
Account Number: 070163300002799
Bank: Yes Bank Ltd.
Account Type: Current Account
Name: M/S Wanderers
IFS Code: YESB0000701
Account Type: Current Account
Branch: Yes Bank, Sector 50, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips.

Cancellation Policy:

45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15 Days: No refund

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