Adventurous people and trekkers might be heard about this place which is considered as the highest peak of West Bengal and one of the fascination trekking routes of Darjeeling. The word Sandakphu means ‘peak of the poison plats’ and gives a wonderful trekking experience to trekkers who like to chase the limits. This amazing peak is located at an altitude of 11,929 ft in Darjeeling district of northern West Bengal.
You can witness four tallest mountains in the world, i.e., Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Everest. A trek to Sandakphu goes all around the Singalila range and that’s why it is also known as Singalila trek. To make a lifelong memory, you need to experience this trek that starts from Manebhanjan and end towards Sandakphu. Let’s start your expedition by taking the information highlighted in this blog that speaks a lot about this trekking experience.
Complete Guide towards Wonderland from Manebhanjan to Sandakphu
Day 1: Manebhanjan
Manebhanjan is located at an elevation of 7050 feet, this destination is known for its connection with Land Rover and also known as ‘the land of Land Rover’. If you are planning for a bike trip then you need to drop out the plan because the government recently imposed a ban on two-wheelers on this roadside hill-town. Manebhanjan is significant for the gateway to the Singalila and finally takes you towards the wonderland of Sandakphu. This hill town will provide an entry permit for Singalila National Park.
Tonglu is located at the elevation of more than 10,000 feet above the sea level and takes almost 7 hours to reach the place by foot. Try to trek by walking to these routes which beautiful for its greenery, curvy roads, and blooming flowers along with mountain views. You can also hire a Land Rover to cover the distance of 11km to reach Tonglu from Manebhanjan. The view of Mt. Kanchenjunga will attract trekkers to maintain their enthusiasm for reaching the peak by offering spectacular views.
Tumling is a small village on the way to Sandakphu and situated in the Ilam district of Nepal. Tumling is located at an elevation of 9600 ft and keeps you amazed by its scenic views and enchanting landscapes. Tumling is the last place in the region where you will find electricity so make sure, you need to charge your mobile phones, though the other places supply solar power and charge an additional cost for charging.
Singalila National Park
All the way from Manebhanjan to Singalia National Park, you will find some of the breathtaking locales but once you entered this region, you will get amazed with the mesmerizing views of Himalayan ranges and give you the chance to witness some of the rare and endangered species of mammals Red Panda, Shrouded Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Barking Deer, and the Himalayan Newt along with more than 120 species of birds. If the sky is clear, you will find the best view to discover the hidden beauty on earth that appeals to a huge number of trekkers to set an example. Try your luck and enjoy the incomparable trekking experience through these routes that take you to the ultimate destination.
Day 2: Kalipokhri
Kalipokhri has located 13 km from Tumling and 15 km from Tonglu at an elevation of 10,400 feet and takes almost 8 hours to reach the place. The main attraction of this place is the black water lake surrounded by colouring flags from all sides. According to the local people, this lake never freezes even during the winter season. Take rest in this place because you need to trek for another 12 hours to reach Sandakphu. You will find Gairibas on the way which is also a picturesque destination for trekkers and nature lovers.
Day 3: Sandakphu
Get ready for the biggest adventure when you are trekking from Kalipokhri to Sandakphu because trekking for 6 km in that route is really an excruciating experience for any trekker. You need to chase the limits by trekking at an elevation of 10,000 ft, which is never easy for anyone. But once you reach Sandakphu, you will find heaven on earth. Enjoy a cup of tea to stay refresh and proceed towards the steepest route towards the viewpoint of Sandakphu from where you will find the mesmerizing and enchanting view of four tallest mountains on earth. The magical view and the whole ambiance will remove your pain in a definite way and will find the reason of getting overwhelmed if the view is clear enough.
Other routes are also available to reach Sandakphu but the above-mentioned will help you in finding the beauty of this peak in true sense. Do some breathing exercises and quit smoking for making the trek a little bit comfortable though you have the potential for reaching this place by staying positive and committed towards the goal.