Sandakphu Trek

Sandakphu Trek

West Bengal 7 Days

Easy

53 KM

MAX 15

MAX ALTITUDE

3627 mts.


13200 + 5% GST

Jaubhari to Sepi

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Brief Description

Resting between the borders of India and Nepal, the trail to Sandakphu is breathtaking to say the least. The highest point of West Bengal may not be very high, but it’s got everything going for it. The thing that probably earned it the title ‘Trekker’s Wonderland’ is the constant company of expansive forests full of blooming rhododendrons of all warm and cool shades of colors spread as far as your eye can see and thick layers of milk-white clouds that literally conceal the world underneath. We may have seen a lot, but we’ve never seen anything as beautiful! It is quite literally a walk through heaven!

What’s more is that this 3,627M peak brings some of the tallest mountains and places them right in front of you. Bound by four of these – Mount Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu, Sandakphu remains one of the very few moderate level treks which offers such splendid views and puts you bang in the middle of 8,000M peaks.

There is no end to the wonders this trek has to offer. The trail of Sandakphu goes through the Singalila National Park which is a biodiversity hotspot that boasts of innumerous species of flora and fauna. In fact, the trail lies on the infamous Singalila Ridge which forms the border between Sikkim and Nepal running down the Kangchenjunga (also called the Kanchendzongha) Range earning it yet another name – the Singalila Ridge Trek.

If the constant flirting with the Indo-Nepal border, Kangchenjunga and its cluster forming what’s famously called The Sleeping Buddha, the forests full of rhododendrons and glorious sunsets and sunrises weren’t enough, Sandakphu adds just the right touch to the trek by offering warm beds, the company of locals, scrumptious home-cooked meals and a comfortable sleep in a closed room with warm blankets each night of the trek. Looking for insurmountable beauty but want to give uncomfortable and cold nights a miss? Sandakphu is the answer to all your wants!

While it may not be too high in terms of altitude, the trek offers up a few challenges in the form of long distances each day, various steep ascents and the unpredictable weather which could turn a bright, sunny day to a sudden downpour. It could also get very windy on the trail and extremely cold depending on the season in which you choose to trek here. Although it is a perfect trek for beginners as well as experienced trekkers, it would serve well to go with the knowledge that the mountain makes you work up a sweat in exchange for the magnificence it has to offer.

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Itinerary

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Day 1

Make your way to Jaubhari (2240M)

Distance: 110 kms

Duration: 5 hours

Day 1 is reserved to make your way to Jaubhari which is first of the many small, quaint and soul-calming villages on our trek. This one doubles up as the trailhead as well. (You may choose to have us arrange for your transport from and to NJP for an additional cost as mentioned on the website). At a distance of 110 kms from the closest airport, Bagdogra, in Siliguri, the 5 hour drive to this small village is the start of a refreshing experience. It is a soothing ride on smooth, winding roads bordered with forests and tea gardens on both sides – the route as clean and green as it can be. The 5 hours go by in a jiffy. Jaubhari exudes the quintessential vintage village vibe with step farming all along its mountain faces, people on bicycles carrying produce and the colourful houses with small fields in front of each home against the tall trees of mountain forests and the most glorious sunsets.

The village does not have too many shops, so remember to carry all that you need for the trek before getting on this ride.

We should get here by early evening. The rest of the day is reserved to get settled into your accommodation (homestay), get used to the mountain air, discuss some do’s and don’ts as well as the happenings of the next few days, go for an acclimatization walk on the beautiful roads of this village and finally to savor some delicious home-cooked dinner before tucking yourself in.


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Day 2

Jaubhari (2,240M) to Tumling (2,875M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 9 kms

Duration: 7-8 hours

The first day of our trek is going to be as rewarding as it is long. The sun comes out fairly early. Since it is all bright outside by 04:30 AM, it does not seem like too much effort to start your day early. The morning is misty and enchanting when the clouds come to visit and the sun is feeling playful enough to engage in a game of hide and seek. We have an early cup of tea to enjoy the shenanigans of the elements of nature. It is a relaxed morning with no rush. On the agenda is packing up with all you need for the trek and having a hot breakfast before we start off on this mesmerizing trail. 

There is electricity in Jauhari, use it to your advantage and charge all your gadgets that you might need during the trail. Airtel and Jio networks are also available till this point but start to get sketchy farther along on the trail.

We start between 08:30 AM and 09:00 AM. It will take close to 10 minutes to cross the village with houses vertically lined up on an elevation. After close to a 60M ascent, we exit the area of habitation and enter a thick forest. In an hour and a half, we reach a cemented road. The trail for this trek crisscrosses between isolated areas and the motor able road, so expect this to happen all the way through to the last day. Five minutes on the road and we enter the forest again and trek through the closed canopy of tall trees to the sound of barking deer, different species of birds and if we get lucky might even have a chance to spot the red panda. Along the way the forest cover reduces – trees giving way to bushes. Some points of the trail, we are close enough to the motor able road to hear the sound of cars but not so close so as to see them. 

At the mark of 2.5kms, the elevation on the trail becomes less steep – almost flat in places and in some going into a descent. The gain in elevation from here on is gradual. There are also sections with roughly laid out stairs which take you through the forest but most patches are dirt trails carpeted with freshly fallen leaves from the vegetation around - the air nippy from the dropping temperature.

Remember to carry ample water although there are water sources available each time we cross a village like Chitrey, Lamaydhura and Meghma. The Nepal border begins at Chitrey. A 3 km walk from here will get us to Lamaydhura which is a small village with a few Tibetan families. At the mark of 6 kms, we hit the cemented road again. One hour of following this road, we reach our lunch point in a small homely-looking dhaba which serves home-cooked food serviced with a warm smile! Interestingly enough the lunch point is Meghma which is in Nepal. We quite literally start the day in India and by afternoon are already across the border. Here begin our flirtations with the Indo-Nepal border which will be a constant throughout this trek.

Do not forget to turn off your phone/data, unless you have an international roaming pack on your phone, to avoid long-running phone bills.

After a total elevation gain of over 600M for today, expect to reach the homestay at Tumling between 3 and 4 PM to some freshly brewed tea and snacks on the house!


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Day 3

Tumling (2,875M) to Kalapokhri (2,990M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 15 kms

Duration: 8 hours

The one thing that’s different about the Sandakphu trek as compared to others is that you spend your nights in warm and comfortable beds and wake up well rested and fresh to start the next day’s adventure. Today is a little longer than yesterday but the terrain and the surrounding beauty is enough to keep weariness at bay. 

We wake up to our first view of The Sleeping Buddha in the first light of the day. The Kangchenjunga range of peaks give it the shape from which it gets its name. The cluster of peaks forming the Buddha seem even more reverential in the morning as the peaks shine golden soaked in the sun’s light. Remember to ask your local guide to name the peaks in this cluster – each one is of significance and might be a name you’ve heard before.

Today’s trek is a total of 15 kms. Notice the two roads diverging as you start the trek. We trek on the Nepal road & reach the Singalila National Park entry point within 15 minutes where we need to get our permits checked at the check post before continuing on. Once we enter the national park, if the skies are clear, we get a clear and unobstructed view of Mt. Everest.

The trail that leads to Gairibas to Kaiyakatta and from there to Kalipokhri (which translates to Black Lake) is stone-paved in some sections, in some sections a dirt trail - a few sections of steep ascents and a few sections with stairs. One of the steepest sections today is a 300M ascent over 2 kms right after our lunch point but overall the trail is fairly pleasant and easy to navigate made even easier in the company of the many different kinds of birds and their many kinds of sounds which are a constant throughout the trail. The little pockets on the mountains act as homestays for clouds weary of their long travels. Since the trail takes you through the National Park, it is rife with varieties of birds, animals and fauna waiting to be discovered – it’s quite literally a pleasant walk through the jungle full of peculiar trees. The setting is a queer mix of all the colours made transient only by the comings and goings of the gentle mist in the air and the thin clouds that dance around you the whole time.

Five kilometers from our lunch point, we reach a lake embellished with hundreds of colourful prayer flags. The village is right around the corner from here – right at the edge of India and Nepal. We should reach our home stay by early evening with enough day light remaining to explore the lake and its surroundings.


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Day 4

Kalapokhri (2,990M) to Sandakphu (3,627M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 5 kms

Duration: 2-3 hours

Today seems like a quick walk after the long distances we covered over the last few days. With only 5 kms to go, we have more than enough time to take the day slow and soak in all the beauty around us with absolutely no need for haste. Even though it is a short day, we start early so as to not miss the early morning view of the snow clad peaks.

From Kalipokhri the trail gradually ascends to Bikheybhanjang which is a small hamlet whose name literally translates to the ‘poisonous valley’. It gets its slightly scary name and reputation from the poisonous Aconite plants that are aplenty in the area. For the first two hours, the trail is fairly straightforward after which it is a steep and continuous incline all the way to Sandakphu. The last 200M are especially tiring for their gradient. The trail for today, too, like other days plays touch and go with the cemented roadway leading up to Sandakphu. There are shortcuts available which can be used to avoid the motor able road altogether but these sometimes get damaged due to excessive rains.

The viewpoint is less than 200M from the home stay. We go there at the crack of dawn to get the best panoramic view of four of the highest mountains in the world - Mt Everest, Makalu, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse along with other reverential peaks like Chomolhari, Pandim, the Three Sisters, Kumbhakarna, and many more. You’ve made your way straight to the climax of the trek. Pray for clear skies!


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Day 5

Sandakphu (3,627M) to Phalut (4,508M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 20 kms

Duration: 7-8 hours

Today is the day of beauty. We wake up at the crack of dawn to head to the viewpoint for a view that trumps all views – Everest to one side and Kangchenjunga on the other standing the tallest in the cluster of peaks forming The Sleeping Buddha. After soaking in this stunning visual bathed in the first light of the sun, we head back to the home stay to get prepped for our trek today. Like all days on this trail, today is really long too but just like all days, today is filled with mesmerizing beauty too. We leave early, right after breakfast at around 0730 AM. 

Since it is mostly flat, we would have already covered 6-7 kms within the first two hours of the trek to reach a lake. The two difficult patches for today are a 400M steep climb over 3 kms to get to Sabargram and a 250M steep climb over 2.5 kms to get to Phalut.

The stunning view that we started our day with, of Everest to one side and Kangchenjunga to the other, follows through for the entire day. If you are here in April or May, the landscape is packed with blooming rhododendrons of all shades, shapes and sizes – it is quite literally a walk through a mesh of colours on all sides – a carpet of rhododendrons, walls of rhododendron trees on both sides and a shower of rhododendrons from above. Rhododendrons in the foreground and rhododendrons in the backdrop – it is like they have invaded and taken over the entire landscape of the region.

The trail today takes us through a mostly bushy landscape so there is no place to rest in shade. The only respite from the sun or the rain (whichever whether you encounter) comes at the lunch point which is a small makeshift shelter that we get to after 13.5 kms and 650M of total ascent. Phalut is only 7 kms from here.

There are no water sources along the way, so remember to carry enough water to last you the entire day of trekking. Expect to reach the stay at Phalut by early afternoon. The shelter for accommodation is in an isolated region with no sign of people or habitation as far as your eye can see – we get to own the view.

It has been a long and tiring day, so we retire for the evening after a hot dinner and as soon as we can tear our gaze away from the beauty that surrounds us.


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Day 6

Phalut (4,508M) to Gorkhey (2,400M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 12 kms

Duration: 4-5 hours

Today is long as well, but it is mostly descent since we are going from the height of 4,500M to 2,400M. It is a pleasant walk through the forest with a brutal attack of rhododendrons for the first half and then that of bamboo in the second. We leave between 0900 and 0930 AM to start on this steady descent through the thick forest. It is a walk on a bed of fallen leaves; be careful with your balance because the terrain can get slippery. Expect to reach Gorkhey, which is a small village resting on a mountain pinnacle with fields in its backdrop and a river resting at its foot by early afternoon to a hot lunch waiting to welcome you at the homestay. The structure and interior of the houses, the cutlery, the food, and the warmth of the people all scream of the local culture giving us a glimpse of their faith and lifestyle - adding to the pleasant vibe of this quaint little village which seems to welcome you with every single grain!


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Day 7

Gorkhey (2,400M) to Sepi (1,900M)

Distance: 20 kms

Duration: 7-8 hours

We start early today since there is a lot of ground to cover but like yesterday, it is mostly descent. Walking through Sammamden and Rammam villages, we will reach Sepi by late afternoon. It is a long but satisfying hike and a perfect finish to the entire experience of Sandakphu. The trek ends here. Sepi to Bagdogra is a total of 140 kms and is a 5 hour drive. You can book your onward journey accordingly.



Frequently Asked Questions

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About the activity: Why should I go for this trek?

Sandakphu Trek

Sandakphu Trek is one of the best treks in West Bengal giving you glimpses of 4 of the world's highest peaks including the famous Kanchenjunga range known as the "Sleeping Buddha". Being an easy trek this trek takes you through dense forests, rhododendron studded trails and scenic landscapes that will keep you engrossed and leave you awe-struck. Ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers the Sandakphu Phalut trek is a beautiful trek in the North-east.

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Sandakphu Phalut trek is ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers. For the novice, Sandakphu Phalut is a great start to enter the world of trekking. It can get a bit rigorous for the first timers. Therefore, it is recommended to the first timers to maintain good physical stamina and read extensively. Any experienced trekker would love to go on this weekend trek for the love of its views and trekking.

Eligibility: Experience required

Sandakphu Phalut trek is apt for the first-timers. Those coming for the first time should prepare and read extensively about the trek. A basic knowledge about how to use a sleeping bag, toilet tents, sleeping tents, and mountain mannerisms will come in handy.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

Fitness Benchmark

  1. Jog/Run for 3 Kms in 30 mins and
  2. Hold your breath for 20 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

One should be familiar with the following:

  • Know campsite basics like how to use a sleeping bag, sleeping tent, toilet tent
  • Ascending & Descending technique for mountain trails
  • Basic mountain mannerisms
  • Ascending & Descending on snow
  • Basics of Mountain Sickness
  • Basics of Mountain Hazards
  • How to cross small water streams

Best Season:

September to April is the best season to do this trek.

Packing List: What to pack



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Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The starting point of the trek is Jaubhari that can be reached from NPJ. NPJ is easily accessible by rail or flights from all parts of the country. The nearest airport is Bagdogra.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

An intermittent network of BSNL and Airtel.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 9 years. However, minors aged between 9 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Accommodation: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

On trekking days accommodation will be on twin/triple sharing basis in 4 season tents.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accomodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward, provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek.These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

You will be provided with good quality of gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

Yes there will be snow on this trek in the winter season between December to March

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

It is recommended that you come prepared with all the stuff. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for a solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

We will pick you up from NPJ railway station. Drop off point remains the same.

Transport: What time will you drop us at the end point on last day of the trek?

Expect to reach your destination by evening.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

Please carry your ID card (Soft copy should be sent to us over email).

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

If you are arriving at NJP/Siliguri/Bagdogra Airport, then, you can avail transportation till Jaubhari through us.

Transport: What time will you drop us at the end point on last day of the trek?

Expect to reach NJP by late evening.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

It is mandatory to carry ID Proof for the trek. (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried along)

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Sandakphu trek is ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers. For the novice, it is a great start to enter into the world of trekking. It can get a bit rigorous for the first-timers. Therefore, it is recommended to maintain good physical stamina and read extensively. Any experienced trekker would love to go on Sandakphu trek for the love of its views and trekking.

Eligibility: Experience required

Since Sandakphu is a beginner’s trek, you need no special prior experience. Although one is required to have mental preparedness and stamina before he begins the trek. Running is recommended.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

1. Jog/Run for 3 Kms in 30 mins and
2. Hold your breath for 20 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

1. How to choose a right rucksack: It is essential that you choose a right rucksack for the trek since you are going to carry it all the time while trekking. Make sure you don’t make these common mistakes while buying a rucksack.
2. How to pack a rucksack: Trekking in mountains become more fun when your rucksack is well-organized. It also makes it easier for you to carry without being much load on your shoulders. Follow the guidelines on how to pack a rucksack.

About the activity: Why should I go for this trek?

Sandakphu Trek

Sandakphu trek is a great option for beginners as well as seasoned trekkers. The USP of Sandakphu trek is that one gets a stunning view of 4 of the highest peaks in the world along with Mt. Kanchenjunga. Sandakphu Trek is one of the most famous winter treks in India.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

The best time to do this trek is between the months of October to April.

Packing List: What to pack



Click here for packing list.

Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The start point of Sandakphu trek is Jaubhari. There are no direct buses or trains to this place. By rail: The nearest railways station to Jaubhari is New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP). it is located 120 km from Jaubhari. There are a number of trains from Delhi to NJP that you can board like Avadh Assam Express, Ndls Njp Sf Express. The jeep ride from NJP to Jaubhari will take about 5-6 hours. Get an early morning taxi from the taxi stand at Siliguri Railway Station. Avoid travelling in night since the road condition is bad.
By air: The nearest airport to Jaubhari is Bagdogra Airport, about 150 km from Jaubhari and 12 km from Siliguri. There are direct flights from New Delhi to Bagdogra. The jeep ride from Siliguri to Jaubhari will take about 5-6 hours to reach. For backward journey, the taxis are easily available from Jaubhari to bagdogra/NJP/Siliguri. Start your road journey in the morning.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

Intermittent network during the trek.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit for Sandakphu is 9 years. However, minors aged between 9 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Accommodation: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

At Jaubhari your stay will be made at a local guesthouse. The rooms will be provided on either twin or triple sharing basis. You will receive the details of your accommodation through email a few days prior to the trek. On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at every campsite as we roll.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accomodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek.These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

You will be provided with good quality gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

In winters, during the day, the temperature will range from 10-15 degrees Celsius. The nights will get cold dropping the temperature to 0 to -8 degrees Celsius. The higher the altitude you gain, the colder it gets.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

You can expect snows from December to March. It is difficult to expect snow during summers or monsoons.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

Do not leave anything for last minute buying as there will be no time for shopping because of immediate transportation to Jaubhari. It is advisable to come prepared with all the necessities,

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for a solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.


Why Bikat

Learning Experience
  • We are an Adventure Learning Organisation first.
  • We want you to not just complete a trek safely but also pick up some basic trekking knowledge and skills along the way.
  • To achieve this we have integrated learning modules into our itineraries.
  • These modules will help you build the necessary skills to progress from trekking to mountaineering over time.
Loyality Programs

Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.

  • Currently we have three levels:
  • Basic Membership
  • Summiteer Membership
  • Leader Membership
Personalized Attention
  • Our group sizes on treks don’t exceed 15 members in order to maintain a healthy Participants : Leader Ratio of 8:1.
  • Over time we have found this number to be optimum when it comes to ensuring personalised attention to every member of our group.
  • On mountaineering expeditions this number is even smaller. Our group sizes are capped at 12 members ensuring a Participants : HAP Ratio of 2:1.
Best Expedition Leaders
  • Our Expedition leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders.
  • Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
Eco-friendly Practices
  • Group sizes are capped at 15 people.
  • Batch sizes are capped at 250 people per trail per season.
  • We follow a rolling campsite model.
  • We are constantly exploring and introducing new trails to reduce the burden on existing ones.
Safety

For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.

  • To ensure this:
  • Every region of ours is mapped with an emergency evacuation plan.
  • The equipment we use is UIAA certified.
  • Our trek leaders are AMC certified with specialisation in rescue procedures.
  • Our support staffs are trained in first aid as well.

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What's Included

Whats Included

  • Veg Food as per menu on trekking days. Three Meals a day
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges/Permits, Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Camping tents, Temp rated sleeping bags, mattress
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with Wilderness Emergency Responder & Rescue. course from NIM Uttarkashi
  • First Aid Certified Local guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage

Whats Not Included?

  • Meals during road journeys
  • Any kind of Insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
  • Carriage of personal rucksack
  • Meals during Hotel Stay
  • Additional Forest/Camping charges for foreign nationals. Approx INR 2000/- to be paid extra by the foreign nationals.

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
5% Deduction

Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
50% deduction

Less than 15 days of departure
No Cash Refund

Voucher Refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
No Deduction

Cancellations less than 5 days prior to departure
No Refund

Please note
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
  • This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.

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