Sandakphu - The highest point of West Bengal! - 11th April 2016.

Sandakphu or Sandakfu (3636 m; 11,941 ft) is the highest peak in the state of West Bengal, India. It is situated at the edge of the Singalila National Park in Darjeeling district on the West Bengal-Nepal border, and is the highest point of the Singalila Ridge. Sandakphu has a small village on the peak with few hostels. Four of the five highest peaks in the world, Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu can be seen from its summit.
If luck favors you, the panoramic view of the mighty Himalayas will be at your sight.
Mapping Sandakphu!

Date : 11-15th April 2016.
Height : 3636 mt (11941ft).
Route : Maneybhanjang - Chitrey - Tumling - Kalipokhri- Sandakphu - Rimbik.
Cost : Rs. 10,500/- per person.

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Brief Itinerary : Day 0 : Receiving at NJP (New Jalpaiguri) station or Bagdogra airport (16kms from NJP). A 4hr drive will take us to our base camp Maneybhanjang. The cost of reaching till the base camp to be shared by the travellers.We will arrange for jeeps to reach base camp.

Day 1 : Maneybhanjang to Chitrey in Jeep followed by Trek till Tumling.
Day 2 : Tumling - Kalipokhri Trek.
Day 3 : Kalipokhri - Sandakphu Trek.
Day 4 : Sandakphu - Rimbik Trek.
Day 5 : Rimbik - NJP Station (Till Afternoon).

Detail Itinerary : 
Day 1 :  We will be starting our journey till the top by taking our jeeps further till Chitrey (8340ft). A small Buddhist monastery awaits at Chitrey, we will take it easy, halt for a while, and start our trekking marathon. The day will end at Tumling. We will be trekking from Chitrey till Tumling which is approximately 11km and takes around 5-6 hrs. Our day ends at Tumling and the magical view of the famous Sleeping Buddha.

Distance covered today : 13km. 
Maneybhanjang - 6600ft.
Tumling - 9842ft.
View from Tumling!

Day 2 : Say good morning to the mighty Kanchenjunga and its neighbours in the view.
Today we move from Tumling towards the famous Singalila national park followed by Gairibas and finally to Kalipokhri. Kali means black and Pokhri stands for water area. The village name is so derived, the water is black not due to pollution but because the pond is very muddy and hence the water never freezes. Kalipokhri lies 6 kms away from Gairibas, approximately 3.5hrs is required to reach Kalipokhri from Tumling.

Distance covered today : 13km.
Tumling - 9842ft.
Kalipokhri - 10196ft.

Day 3 : Today the enthusiasm will be doubled as we will be trekking right up till Sandakphu covering roughly 6 kms which requires 3 hrs approximately. We will start early morning to make sure that we get to see the snow peaks twice, once when we will reach Sandakphu and again before leaving from Sandakphu. On route we will be coming face up with Bhikeybhanjang (2km from Kalipokhri, the name literally means "Valley of poison" because of the poisonous Aconite plants that grow in abundance here.) Sandakphu peak can be seen from Kalipokhri itself. Get ready for the steepest climb starting from Bhikeybhanjang right till Sandakphu. This 4 kms trek can easily take up 2.5hrs. Finally, after trekking for 2 days, we will reach SANDAKPHU - THE HIGHEST POINT OF WEST BENGAL.

Distance covered today : 6km.
Kalipokhri - 10196ft.
Sandakphu - 11941ft.

View from Sandakphu!

Day 4 : Today we start moving towards Rimbik.
The most popular return route from Sandakphu is via Gurdum to Srikhola and then to Rimbik. The trail descends through the dense Singalila forest full of oaks and chestnuts. There are some places where even sunlight can't enter. You will find lots of flowering rhododendron trees on the way that bloom in April and May.  
This is one of the shortest routes. The stretch from Sandakphu up to Gurdum is 10kms and can be covered in about 3.5 hours. Gurdum is a picture perfect tiny village.
The village is surrounded by dense forests. If you are lucky, you can even see animals like Himalayan bears.
In about 1.5 hours walk from Gurdum, you will reach another beautiful place called Srikhola. The place has been named after a lovely mountain stream which too has the same name (the word khola means a stream).  From here, Rimbik is another 7kms away(3 hours from Srikhola), stay there overnight and take early morning shared jeep back to NJP/Airport.
Distance covered today : 19km. 
Sandakphu - 11941ft.
Rimbik - 7498ft.
Enroute Sandakphu!

Day 5 : Jeep till NJP Station/Bagdogra airport.

Cost : Rs. 10,500/- per person.

Cost inclusions :
All food (Lunch,Tea,Dinner,Breakfast).
A local guide.
All Stay charges (All attached washrooms except at Kalipokhri and Sandakphu).
Jeep costs (Manebhanjang - Chitrey, Rimbik-NJP/Bagdogra ).
Entry and Guide fees.
Safety and First aid.
Singallila enrty fee.

Exclusions :
Travel from till Maneybhanjang.
Personal Expenses.
Camera Charges.
Tips / Mineral Water / Beverages.
Insurance of any kind.
Medical and Evacuation Charges.
Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
Anything not included under "inclusions" 


Payment Options :

Bank Name: ICICI Bank

Name: Ankita Phalle

Account no.: 107401505442

IFSC Code: ICIC0001074

Branch: Thakur Complex Branch


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Cancellation Policy:
For Cancellation, If you inform us, 

30 days from the start of the trek - 100% refund. 
30 to 20 days prior to the trek - 70% refund 
10- 20 days before start of the trek - 50% refund.
Less than 10 days - NO refund.

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