Kanchenjunga Valley Trek or Sandakphu trek takes you to the highest peak in West Bengal, offering grand views of the world's tallest peaks - Mt Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and many other peaks of Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet and Bhutan. A wonderland for trekkers, located at an altitude of 11,929 ft., the Kanchenjunga cluster is famously called 'The Sleeping Buddha', thanks to its appearance. Mt. Kumbhakarna forms the head and face of Buddha, while Mt. Kanchenjunga forms the upper body. The other peaks that make up the rest of The Sleeping Buddha are Kokthang, Rathong, Frey, Kabru South, Kabru North, Simvo, Mt. Pandim, Tenzingkhang, Japanu, Narsing.
This is one of the few treks in India that have adopted the Tea House accommodation system common in Nepal. Tea Houses are basic homestays with small cosy rooms and spectacular views. Usually run by one family, a teahouse is a pleasant change from camping treks common in India. The picturesque village of Kalapokhri is on the border between Nepal and India. During the trek you will bob and weave crossing the border several times and, on some occasions, starting the trek from Nepal, having lunch in India only to cross the border after your meal.
The early riser gets the opportunity to watch the sunrise over ‘The Sleeping Buddha’ Formation and is truly a magnificent view. The endless views of the mountains while on the trek is one of the most addicting views and the high Himalayas of Everest and Lhotse feel like your trekking companions.
You have a choice to begin the trek at Bagdogra, the nearest airport or from New Jalpaiguri which is the nearest railway station.
The Sandakphu trek is a moderate trek and is recommended for beginners and amateurs. Though there are no technical sections, the long days of trekking give it a moderate grade. With a maximum altitude of 3700 metres, the altitude gain over the course of the trek is manageable. The maximum distance you will be covering over the course of the trek is close to 50 kilometres.
Best Time : January - December
Duration : 06 Days
Max. Altitude : 3636 Metres
Commences At : Bagdogra / New Jalpaiguri
Ends At : Bagdogra / New Jalpaiguri
A moderate trek with pleasant temperatures. A high chance of rain during the monsoon seasons. Day-time temperatures can range from 15C-20C and at night 0C-5C.
The Sandakphu Trek is a moderate level trek. We would recommend a 7-week fitness plan that will ensure that you are fighting fit for the trek.
Please remember, consistency is the key here. Do not do anything to exert yourself or something that will increase the chances of Injury. Running / brisk walking 4-5 km for 5 days in a week is far better than running 20 km on one day of the week and injuring your Knee/Ligaments in the process. If you can be consistent with the above-mentioned schedule, The Sandakphu Trek, though physically challenging, will become a pleasant and enjoyable experience for you. Feel free to call us or mail us in case you want more details on how to prepare for this trek!
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