A serene location of the eastern Himalayas may be found not far from the famed hills of Darjeeling, in the elegant northern highlands of West-Bengal, perilously near and occasionally interspersed with the borders with Nepal.
The Singalila Ridge, north to south, divides the Bengal mountains from the other east-Himalayan ranges to the west. With its unspoiled perpetual greenery, the Singalila National Park encompasses this undulating alpine crest and protects some of the world’s most beautiful animals.
What is so special?
Located in the eastern Himalayas, this little village is a must-see because it puts forward a 180° view of four of the world’s five tallest peaks on a clear morning, especially at dawn’s early hours.
Lhotse (27,940 feet) and Everest’s five lofts also puts forward a beautiful view at sunrise. The vista from west to east is breathtaking, with peaks from Nepal, Tibet, Sikkim, Bhutan, and even Arunachal Pradesh.
Incredibly vibrant red-pink golden color breaks across the night sky and reflect off the captivating snow-capped mountains and billowing clouds that encircle the valley below.
How difficult is the Sandakphu trek?
- Well, for an experienced trekker, it would be a walk in the park.
- Even absolute beginners will find it manageable.
- Walking has nothing similar to do with climbing mountains or ice climbing, to begin with. It’s merely another name for mountaineering or hiking.
- In fact, we feel that Sandapu can be a great start for beginners for a number of reasons:
The route is well marked. There are some interesting shortcuts here and there but they are bold so they are strong.
The journey is very simple and not too difficult, so it gives beginners a real taste of the journey. The whole area takes 4-5 days to complete.
Overnight accommodation is permanent accommodation, most of which have comfortable rooms and amenities. Getting a good night’s sleep after a stressful day trip is very important.
In an unexpected emergency situation if a person is unable to move forward, land rovers may be called for a unique rescue.
Set alarms directly depending on the season and time of sunrise. Sunscreen 100 meters from the Sherpa Chalet. As darkness begins to recede, welcoming another new day, powerful peaks begin to glow in the first soft lights.
As the light continues, the westernmost object in the 180 ° plane appears to be the wall of a large square, this is Chamlang. Just to the right is the Titanic of all the mountains of the planet, Mount Everest.
Rhode and Makalu came closer. Probably at the CenterStage of the show, the most notable is Mount Kanchenjunga and his sister. Between Chomolungma (the Tibetan name Everest meaning mother of all mountains) and Kanchenjunga, stands the ‘Three Peaks Peaks’, so named perhaps because of its similarity and intimate connection.
Route forward and downhill
The stone road continues from Sandakphu to Phalut. It is 21 km north of Sandakphu Trekking. Traders cover the distance in about 10-12 hours, mostly over a simple gradient.
Land Rovers take approximately 3 hours to reach. Another way to visit Phalut is a day’s journey from Sandakphu in Rovers, from which one can return back to Sandakphu Trekking or descend to Manebhanjan. Unlike the green-covered Sandandakphu, Phalut is sterile.
The trail passes through beautiful scenery and on many journeys, Kanchenjunga keeps you watching. To complete the final 7 kilometres, some trekkers set out for the day at Sabargram, which is 14 KMs from Sandandakphu and has a forest cabin to stay in.
Best time to visit
With the exception of the three months between mid-June to mid-September when Singalila National Park is officially closed due to monsoons, a trip to Sandandakphu can be held during the rest of the year. However, the months of March-May and then October-December are considered the best tourist locations.
Accommodation and Food
Trekker’s Huts and Lodges are located in Tonglu, Gairibas, Kalipokhri, Sandakphu Trekking, Phalut and Srikhola. They are cheap and provide the basic amenities. A bed in the bedroom costs about 300 INR per night.
Permissions and guidelines
Singalila’s entry permit is a must as any other national park in India. In addition, the cost of a 100 INR camera for standalone digital cameras and 400 INR for video footage. Login can be received from Manebhanjan or at the entrance to the park just after Tumling. Visiting Tonglu, Tumling, and Srikhola independently will not need any permits.