Sandakphu and Phalut Trek


Sandkphu and Phalut trek is a famous trek in the Eastern Himalayas. This trekking trail attracts not only people from West Bengal but from across the country, India and the rest of the world.

The unbeatable nature walks amid the Himalayan Forest, listening to birds chirping, the sound of wind through pine leaves and the magnificent panoramic view of the Himalayas on the horizon make the journey most beautiful.

The trek route follows the famous Singalila Ridge through small hamlets, green pasture or dirt trails. This is a must-do trekking route for any experienced trekker or someone as a beginner. The famous “Sleeping Buddha” mountain views four giant mountains, including many others, making this trekking most rewarding. The breathtaking views of the Nepal Himalayas, like Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Janu, Bruntse, Chamlang and the Kanchenjunga Range, make the most iconic stretch of high mountain ranges. During spring flowering of Rhododendrons and magnolia covers the forest and the Himalayan slopes with beautiful shades of pink, red and white. Similarly, the Himalayas turns into the most stunning foliage colours during fall.

If you are an adventurer and equally love nature, this trail will offer unique experiences to you.

  • Day 1: Bagdogra - Tumling

    Arrival at Bagdogra airport. Our representative will greet you at the airport, and we will start our journey. We will drive to Manebhanjan, a small town almost at the foothills of the Himalayas at an altitude of 7054 ft. In between, we will take a short Tea Break to enjoy the surroundings and the journey. It will be 4 to 5 hours of drive till Manebhanjan, and we will have our Lunch Break here. We will change our cars here and head towards Tumling, a small hamlet in the eastern Himalayas with small village houses and lovely locals. By reaching Tumling, we will gain altitude and stay at 9600 ft. We will stay in a Tea House. Overnight stay at Tumling.

    Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 2: Rest Day at Tumling

    Rest and acclimatisation day in Tumling. It is important to have a mandatory acclimatisation day today as you spent the previous day on a long journey. In the morning, get up late and enjoy your delicious breakfast. Today, after breakfast, we will go hiking to Tonglu 10,056 ft. and return to Tumling. This day increases our chance of enjoying the grand vista of mountains that Tumling offers and improves our acclimatisation. Enjoy the rest of the day leisurely.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 3: Tumling to Kalapokhri

    After breakfast, we will get ready and start trekking. Take it slowly and steadily, and enjoy the mountain walk. We will see mountains, and we are not in a rush. We will take a short Tea Break at Gairibas. Only a few people stop here. We can expect a tranquil environment. Time for photographs and making your own story. We have a short, easy walk to Gairibas which translates as the village amongst the bamboo thickets. The initial level walk takes us past a long mani wall to the Nepalese border post in the large village of Jaubari – one of the few border crossings in this part of the world where one is waved on without any formalities. After a tea break, take a downhill trail back into the Indian side, reaching Gairibas shortly after midday. After Gairibas, a bit uphill for 2.5 km and then a gentle traverse on a well-marked trail towards Kalapokhri. A fair-sized village beside a dark, prayer flag-lined pond that gives the village its name. Overnight stay at Kalapokhri.

    This day could be a lucky day for us to spot a cute Red Panda and Tragopan. Keep a sharp eye on your surroundings and alert the team whisperingly if you are the luckiest.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 4: Kalapokhri to Sandakphu

    After breakfast, we will start trekking to Sandakfu (3636m). The walk to Sandakphu is particularly interesting for bird enthusiasts, with minivets, flycatchers, finches, redstarts, falconets and several other varieties seen from the trail. Following the jeep trail with frequent shortcuts, we walk through rhododendrons, some of the large tree variety, to a tea shop from where we steeply climb to Sandakphu on the Singalila Ridge. Today’s walk is mostly uphill, with a steep climb for the last two kilometres. 4 to 5 hours of hiking will end at an altitude of over 11929.36 ft, Sandakphu. Sandakphu commands views of Kangchenjunga, Jannu, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and several high peaks in Sikkim and Bhutan like Chomolhari. Overnight stay at Sandakphu.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 5: Sandakphu - Phalut

    Wake up early to walk to a platform overlooking Sandakphu with grand views. Today is quite a long day of 7 – 8 hours of trekking but generally easy walking on the most spectacular section of the Singalila ridge. The undulating ridge trail runs north to the junction of Sikkim, Nepal and India. There are superb views of the Himalayas throughout the day. A walk along the Singalila Ridge is hard to beat for the sheer grandness of its views and the vastness of the surrounding landscapes, with a series of ridges fading away to the Arun Valley in the west, the mountains of Sikkim and Bhutan to the north and east and the enormous bulk of Kangchenjunga directly ahead. Overnight stay at Phalut.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 6: Phalut - Rammam

    After breakfast, we start trekking. Stay on the ridge for the first part of the day’s walk but descend through rhododendron and magnolia forests to reach Rammam, a large village that marks the border between Bengal and Sikkim. It’s a beautiful 5-hour forest walk that will awe-inspire you with its greenery and natural beauties. Overnight stay at Rammam.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 7: Rammam - Rimbick

    A downhill trail takes you to the floor of the Siri Khola valley before climbing through the thick forests of the Singalila National Park to the road ahead of Rimbick. A fascinating day as it offers another opportunity to experience a walk through new parts of the Eastern Himalayas, followed by a section through a few neat hillside villages, allowing us to see the local lifestyle from a close hand. Overnight stay at Rimbick.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 8: Rimbick to Bagdogra

    After breakfast, early morning transfer to Bagdogra. Time to say goodbye. We recommend catching the late Evening Flight back home.

    Meals Included: Breakfast.

Sandakphu and Phalut Trek

Country India
Tour length 8 days
Travellers Details Couple, Small Group, Solo Traveller, Women Only Group
Tour Categories Cultural Trips, Adventure & Activities
Travel Style Fully Guided, Susmita’s Itinerary
Journey Start & End Points Bagdogra Airport to Airport OR
NJP Railway Station to Station
Max Group Size 4
Age range 15 to 55
Operated in English, Hindi and Bengali
From ₹18,350

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    • Bagdogra Airport to Airport OR NJP Railway Station Pick-up and Drop.
    • All accommodations in twin sharing in villages during the trekking period.
    • All meals except breakfast on day one and lunch and dinner on the departure.
    • All required permits for national park entry or any essential entry fees as applicable.
    • Group leader, local guide and porters charges for the trek days mentioned. (2 porters for 4 persons)


    • Train Tickets.
    • Flight Tickets.
    • Travel Insurance.
    • Your Toiletries and medicines.
    • Personal entertainment equipment (music system, etc.).
    • Meals are not included that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Mineral wtaer, personal beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).
    • Any change in plan, visits to additional destinations and car hire.
    • Trip costs do not ensure the supply of local SIM cards and paying phone bills.
    • Personal guide fees if you are hiring during the trip for any additional activities.
    • The cost does not include any recreational activities before and after the scheduled trip as per the itinerary.
    • The cost does not include transportation or ticket costs (train or airfare) before and after the scheduled trip as per the itinerary.
    • Any medicines, medical treatment, and hospital charges if needed. Hospital commuting and waiting charges for vehicles.
    Service on request: (extra cost applicable)
    • icon Air tickets purchase (for Indian Citizens Only)
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    Fitness Level
    • icon A good fitness level will help you enjoy the trek.
    • icon Stair climbing will help you with cardio exercise.
    • icon We recommend daily walking and jogging for at least two hours.
    What to wear and bring for this trip
    • icon Sunhat, sunglasses and sunscreen lotions.
    • icon Medicines, painkillers and insect repellents.
    • icon Raincoat for unpredictable weather changes.
    • icon A down jacket to wear on top of everything.
    • icon Inner Thermals or Baselayers for top and bottom. Min 2 pairs.
    • icon Comfortable trekking pants or trousers to wear on top of baselayers.
    • icon Two sets of tops and a fleece jacket to maintain the layers on top of the base layers.
    • icon Woolen caps, Balaclava, Woolen Socks or Marino Wool Socks and mittens. 2 - 3 Pairs.
    • icon Comfortable trekking shoes or insulated boots for trekking days. Flip-flops for night times.
    • icon Water bottle, Mobile, Mobile Charger, Power Bank, Camera and extra batteries for your camera.
    Code of Ethics
    • icon Be a responsible Traveller.
    • icon Feeding wild animals is strictly prohibited.
    • icon Be respectful to the locals, their cultures and their religious beliefs.
    • icon Travellers must obey all rules and regulations The Indian Government and related authorities enforce.
    • icon Collecting, handling or keeping specimens/ any wildlife matter is strictly prohibited.
    • icon Walking off-roads or mountain trails is strictly prohibited as this could be dangerous for you and the team.
    • icon Keep the mountain trail clean. Please do not throw your garbage. Carry it and dispose of it in the designated areas.
    • icon Clients are always right, but not in the mountains. Please listen to your Tour Leader’s local guide’s words. They are with you to make your journey enjoyable.
    Sustainable Tourism Initiative
    • icon Animal Welfare.
    • icon Supporting Locals.
    • icon Zero-tolerance on plastic pollution.
    • icon Encouraging Environmental Protection.