The Sandakphu Phalut Trek starts from the picturesque village of Manebhanjan, a village near Darjeeling. Spanned across 5 days, the trek gives you the magnificent and best views of Kanchenjunga ranges. It has very beautiful campsites or hamlets for night stay. Here are my 6 reasons of what makes Sandakphu an awesome trek.
1. Get the best view of Kanchenjunga ranges
The Sandakphu Phalut Trek trek offers august views of the Kanchenjunga and Makalu ranges along with a picturesque view of the Everest and Annapurna family. And the best thing about the trek is that the view of the ranges stays with the trekker throughout the trek. You don’t have to wait for a day; the first clear view of Kanchenjunga is seen on the very first day of the trek, at Upper Chitrey. And Kanchenjunga plays hide and seek with you throughout the trek. After a tired and torturous hike, all your tiredness melts just at a look at the Kanchenjunga!
2. A trek with the best sunrise and sunset points
Sandakphu Phalut Trek gives you the best views of sunrises and sunsets. The sunrise and sunsets are gorgeous from both Tonglu and Tumling.
The sunset from Kalipokhri is stunning.
And the climax is viewing the golden rays of the sun falling gradually on the snow-capped Kanchenjunga and then on world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest at Sandakphu. And the icing on the cake is the sunrise from Phalut. Each day, you see a new and a better sunrise – a speciality of the Sandakphu Phalut Trek.
3. The stretch from Sandakphu to Phalut is a perfect potboiler.
The trail from Sandakphu to Phalut is a long 21 km but is full of twists and turns. You cross through rocky and muddy paths, you will go through a trail of forest and you will also see the vast meadows under the clear sky.
The landscape keeps changing. And the best is the view of Kanchenjunga from the green meadows. The day is a long one and is packed with every delight a trek has to offer.
4. Food and lodging easily available throughout the Sandakphu Phalut Trek.
This trek has trekker’s hut and home-stays throughout with very warm and hospitable people. They will go all out to make your stay comfortable. So there is no need to carry tents and ration.
Home-stays are available at Chitrey, Meghma, Tumling and Kalipokhri. Trekker’s huts are available at Tonglu, Sandakphu, Phalut and Gorkhey.
5. Different view at different seasons
Each season has Sandakphu in a different look. If you love colours, visit Sandakphu during the springs. See the rhododendrons bloom in a riot of colours. The whole path will be blasting in red, pink and white.
Sandakphu will bear a dreamy look in the monsoons. With the clouds hanging just above, you will be transported to the misty and dreamy land.
October will give you the best view of the ranges. The sky will be clear and Kanchenjunga will appear with all her glory in front of you.
And if you love snow, visit Sandakphu during December and January. The path will be covered with snow and you might even see a few frozen waterfalls on the way! Sandakphu will itself be snow covered during this time.
6. A photographer’s paradise
Each day of the trek will give you different views of Kanchenjunga and Everest ranges. The path through the jungles will give you ample scope for photography. The sunrise and sunsets from the campsites are simply amazing.
You will also get the night sky and city lights together for photography! From Manebhanjan and Kalipokhri, Darjeeling city can be seen; and at night, little pecks lighting up Darjeeling city under the starlit sky is a great subject of photography.
And finally, photographer’s delight- birds are found in abundance at Gorkhey village. So overall, photographers are surely going to have a feast!
Sandakhphu- Phalut is a great trekking experience. It is not a very difficult trek and can be done by amateurs too. The best part of the trek is the Himalayan ranges so close to you. It makes you feel humbled. So what are you waiting for? Pack your backpack and visit Sandakphu and rejuvenate yourself.
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