The Sandakphu trek, where you trek with four of the tallest mountains in the world!

The Sandakphu trek, being the highest trek in West Bengal offers grand views of the world’s tallest peaks. In the following video, Sandhya talks about her Sandakphu experience just after returning from the trek. She talks about the feeling of walking in and out of Nepal, the grand views of the Sleeping Buddha from Sandakphu and Phalut especially during dusk and dawn, and also a particular highlight that most trekkers tend to miss out on.

Best time to do the Sandakphu trek

Sandakphu is best done in autumn, when the sky is clear and the views are unblemished. But it is also one of the rare treks in India that are accessible throughout the year – including peak winter months of January and February.

Difficulty level

We rate Sandakphu as a trek of Moderate difficulty. While the terrain isn’t very rough, it is the long distances that tire you out. There are two days on the trek when you cover 14 km and 17 km. The trails are not steep and are mostly undulating. But you require a good fitness level to trek comfortably.

Take a look at the dates of the Sandakphu trek here.

Map of the trail

Here is a detailed map of the Sandakphu trail. Notice how it runs along the border of India and Nepal.

Sandakphu trek map indiahikes

If you have any personal highlights from the Sandakphu trek, let us know in the comments below. It would be nice to share it with the Indian trekking community.

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Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy is the Chief Editor at Indiahikes. She also runs a video series, Trek With Swathi. Before joining Indiahikes, she worked as a reporter and sub-editor at Deccan Chronicle. She holds a Masters in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications such as Deccan Herald. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates that mind like nothing else can.Read Swathi's other articles. Watch Swathi's video series here.

7 thoughts on “The Sandakphu trek, where you trek with four of the tallest mountains in the world!

  1. Dear Swati,

    I am first timer for winter trek and I am going for kedarkantha trek on 15th Dec, 2016,

    it will be helpful if you would guide me with my backpack gear so that I remain warm come back to Mumbai safely and enjoy full sprit of snow and mighty Himalayas.

    1. Hi Amita, January is a great time to do the Sandakphu trek. It isn’t as snowy as the Uttarakhandi treks, but it’s a great experience nonetheless for the long-distance views and the views of the Sleeping Buddha of course.

    1. Hi, There won’t be snow on Sandakphu trek in October. But you will have clear skies that will give you a brilliant view of the four tallest mountains.

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