Moderate | Level 3
12 to 55 years
12 to 55 years
Moderate | Level 3
Sandakphu Phalut Trek
See Four of the Tallest Mountains in the World!
Sandakphu Phalut Trek is one of the few treks on earth from which you can see 8,000-meter peaks. Standing at an altitude of 11,930 feet on Sandakphu, on your left, you can see the Everest cluster.
There is Lhotse and Makalu, the fourth and the fifth highest peaks in the world, trying to outdo the world’s tallest peak. And then there is Everest, effortlessly towering over everything.
On your right, is the world’s third-highest peak, Kanchenjunga, standing with its family of peaks. This family of peaks is famously called The Sleeping Buddha, thanks to its appearance.
While the Everest cluster will only be seen from Sandakphu and beyond, the view of the Sleeping Buddha starts on the first day and stays for a good 4 days on the trek!
Very few spots in the world can give you views of eight-thousander peaks like this. Even fewer of them would be accessible via a moderate trek.
Just for these views, Sandakphu is a must-do.
Sandakphu Phalut Videos
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A route map of the Sandakphu - Phalut trek
Drive from NJP / Bagdogra to Sepi
Transport from NJP Railway Station / Bagdogra Airport will be arranged at 9.30 AM from NJP and at 10.30 AM from Bagdogra. It costs Rs.6,500 per vehicle (5-6 seater), one way. This amount is shared by trekkers. You will reach the base camp, Sepi by 6.00 PM.
Alternatively, you can opt for the pick-up from Darjeeling near Keventers Milkshake Shop at 12.30 PM. This costs Rs.4,000 per person.
Trek from Sepi to Samanden
Trek Distance: 14 km | Trek Duration: 7-8 hours | Altitude Gain: 6,400 ft to 7,760 ft
Moderate, mostly ascend with some steep sections. Descend after Ramam. Sufficient water sources are available all through the route.
Trek from Samanden to Molley
Trek Distance: 10 km | Trek Duration: 7 hours | Altitude Gain: 7,760 ft to 11,220 ft
Difficult, steep ascent till Molley with no flat terrain. Carry 2 litres of water and refill your bottles at available water sources.
Trek from Molley to Sabargram via Phalut
Trek Distance: 15 km | Trek Duration: 7-8 hours | Altitude Gain and Loss: 11,220 ft to 11,450 ft via 11,810 ft
Easy, mostly level walks interspersed with a few ascents and descents. Start with 2 litres of water. You can refill your water bottles at Phalut, where you will reach in 3.5 hours.
Trek from Sabargram to Aal
Trek Distance: 12 km | Trek Duration: 7 hours | Altitude Gain: 11,450 ft to 11,570 ft
Moderate. Hillocks with ascents and descents of varying steepness. Carry 2 litres of water as water is scarce on this route.
Trek from Aal to Gurdum via Sandakphu
Trek Distance: 10 km | Trek Duration: 7 hours | Altitude Gain and Loss: 11,570 ft to 7,395 ft via 11,930 ft
Easy. Complete descend with a gradual decline. Today won’t be as tiring as previous days as you will descend all through till Gurdum. You will get the best views of Kanchenjunga while trekking to Phalut. Carry 2 Lltres of water from Sandakphu.
Trek from Gurdum to Sepi. Drive from Sepi back to NJP Railway Station / Bagdogra Airport
Trek Distance: 4 km | Trek Duration: 3 hours | Altitude Loss: 7,400 ft to 6,400 ft
Drive Distance: 130 km | Drive Duration: 7 hours
Transport from Sepi will be arranged by Indiahikes. It costs Rs.6,500 per vehicle (5-6 seater), one way. This amount is shared by trekkers. You will reach NJP Railway Station / Bagdogra Airport by 8.00 PM.
Alternatively, you can opt for the drop at Darjeeling near Keventers Milkshake Shop. This costs Rs.4,000 per person.
- It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek.
- At the base camp, your stay will be arranged in lodges.
- On the trek, you will be staying in tea houses on all the days except for two days, at Molley and Sabargram, where you'll be staying 3 in a tent.
- We have a cloakroom facility at the base camp for excess luggage. Do not leave behind any valuables in the cloakroom
Please note: Twin sharing tents may not be available in May, June, July and August. This is because raw materials for making tents are sourced from different countries. But their export has been affected due to international unrest. This has led to a global shortage of tents. Having said that, you'll still have comfortable space as these tents have been designed to accommodate three trekkers.
A route map of the Sandakphu - Phalut trek
There are two ways to reach your pick-up point -- reach NJP railway station by taking a train, or reach Bagdogra airport by taking a plane. If you cannot reach the pick-up point before 9.30 AM on Day 1 of the trek, plan your travel in such a way that you reach NJP / Bagdogra the previous day (Day 0) and stay for the night.
If you're reaching Darjeeling, make sure you are there at Keventers Milkshake Shop before 12.30 PM on Day 1 of the trek.
While returning, you will reach NJP / Bagdogra by 5.00 PM. Plan your travel any time after 8.00 PM from NJP railway station / Bagdogra airport.
Teahouses and Campsites at a Glance
At Indiahikes, we are very particular about choosing terrific campsites. For the Sandakphu - Phalut trek too, after a lot of back and forth, we have settled on these terrific campsites, which trekkers have come to love.
Beautiful teahouse in quaint Samaden Village. Trekkers stay here on Day 2 of their trek. Picture by Harsh Chhadva
Alpenglow on Sleeping Buddha is a mesmerizing view you don't want to miss. The picture was taken from the Sabargram campsite by Sandip Roy.
Molley campsite covered with fresh snowfall . Picture taken by Dhaval Jajal
Why I Believe Everyone Must Trek: A Note from the Founder
Trekking transforms lives. It has completely changed my life. When I see my colleagues at Indiahikes, all of them have been impacted greatly. The transformations have been profound and irreversible.
I see it in our trekkers too. I have seen them change professions, careers or start a new life. I have seen them get in and out of relationships, and start new projects. These are life-changing experiences.
I have seen children building resilience. I have seen families come together. When I see those above 55, I see them rediscover passion and a sense of purpose. These are not small gains.
In the mountains new professions, new economies and new businesses have opened up. Our staff no longer go to cities to earn their living. Their income has increased. Above all, they are happiest working in this world. Trekking has been truly transformative.
Everyone must trek. It transforms lives far more than you imagine.
What I Like and Don't Like About the Sandakphu - Phalut Trek
What I Like About the Sandakphu - Phalut Trek
The panoramic view of sleeping buddha along the trail to Sandakphu.
Picture by: Anil Vesvikar
The Sandakphu Trail
Know Your Trek
We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a superficial experience.
Use this section to learn about the Sandakphu - Phalut trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Trekkers find that extremely useful.
Things Nobody Tells You About Sandakphu - Phalut
Did you know that Sandakphu is the most culturally rich trek?
As compared to any other trek, here you observe the local culture very closely. When you stay in tea houses, it takes you close to their culture. You get to witness their lifestyle, cooking, and so much more. Make sure to try out the bamboo shoot pickles at any of our campsites.
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