Nothing else compares to the Sandakphu Phalut Trek. It gives the stunning sight of four of the highest peaks in the world. But, it is also a trip where culture and environment coexist.
The Everest cluster, which contains the fourth- and fifth-highest mountains in the world, Lhotse and Makalu, is visible from Phalut on your left. A view of these three magnificent peaks combined is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The Sleeping Buddha greets you as you rise from our Sabalgram campground. Trekkers frequently cry when they see the scenery.
Our favourite place in the world to see sunrises and sunsets is Sandakphu-Phalut. The sunset we watch from Aahl is the most beautiful sunset we have ever seen. As an amazing natural phenomenon, a sea of clouds falls under Aahl in the twilight. Invading like waves on the sea, the clouds. The sun gently sets in this enchanted cloud chamber. The Everest cluster and the Sleeping Buddha are visible around us and are still gleaming orange. These are some of the most poignant scenes from the journey.
We genuinely want you to complete this walk only to witness the sunrises and sunsets. Our research has revealed that none of our excursions provide as breathtaking sunrises and sunsets.
NATURAL PARK IN SIBNGALILA
Of course, the Singalila National Park is a favourite among our hikers. These are some of the densest bamboo and rhododendron woods in the world. These woodlands are breathtaking.
Sandakphu is one of our Indiahikers’ top three rhododendron hikes in the spring, when the trees blossom. A wonderfully magnificent scene is produced by the brilliant blossoms of pink, crimson, scarlet, and white flowers that cover the slope.
One or two red pandas have been seen in these woodlands by our tour leaders. During this walk, it’s unlikely but not impossible to see a Himalayan black bear, a red panda, or a clouded leopard. We are excited about the Indo-Nepali culture of the walk as well. Our hike route often enters and exits Nepal. Our cooking tents are in Nepal, while some of our camps include sleeping tents in India.
The food is a combination of Tibetan and Nepalese. We like the wonderful, flavorful bread known as bhukiya roti. The handmade fruit jams complement it beautifully. Nonetheless, we like the Nepalese Thukpa! Compared to the thukpa we receive in our cities, it is completely different. Don’t forget to bring back the Dalle Khursani, one of the spiciest peppers in existence. Your collection of mementos is completed with the yak cheese and bamboo shoot pickles.
The hike from Sandakphu to Phalut is a pilgrimage to the Sleeping Buddha. Yet it also offers the opportunity to see a unique culture, a bamboo and rhododendron forest unlike any other, and sunrises and sunsets that have never been witnessed before.
ADVICE AND HINTS
With the exception of the wet months of May to August, the Sandakphu walk is accessible for around 8 months out of the year.
With the rhododendrons and magnolias in the spring, the crisp golden vistas of the fall, and ultimately the soft snowy setting of winter, the walk offers a different flavour for each season. Seasonal changes may be observed in the vistas, landscapes, and flora and animals.
Drive to Sepi from NJP or Bagdogra on Day 1 130 kilometres; seven hours; driving
DAY 2: 14 km, 7-8 hours, with an elevation gain of 6,400 to 7,760 feet on the trek from Sepi to Samanden.
DAY 3: Samanden to Molley Trek (10 km; 7 hours; 7,760 to 11,220 feet of elevation gain)
DAY 4 Hike through Phalut from Molley to Sabargram.
Trekking for 7-8 hours and covering 15 kilometres with an elevation gain and loss of 11,220 feet to 11,450 feet through 11,810 feet.
DAY 5: Hike from Sabargram to Aal, covering a distance of 12 kilometres, taking seven hours, and gaining between 11,450 and 11,570 feet in elevation.
Trekking from Aal to Gurdum on Day 6 through Sandakphu.
Trekking over 10 kilometres for seven hours with an elevation gain and loss of 11,570 feet to 7,395 feet through 11,930 feet day.
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