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Sandakphu Trek

A trail that run right in the heart of 4 of the 5 tallest mountains in the world

Easy

Sandakphu Trek

BRS 2
Max Altitude
West Bengal
7 Days
81 Km
Max 15
13200 + 5% GST
Jaubhari to Sepi

Add ons

Transportation Cost (to be paid on the spot)
NJP to Jaubhari
Sepi to NJP
Sumo
(Shared by 5-6 trekkers)
Tempo
(NA)
₹4500
₹NA
₹7000
₹NA


Brief Description

Grade:Easy
Location: West Bengal
Altitude:3627 m
Duration:7 Days
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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Brief Itinerary

Make your way to Jaubhari (2240M)
Jaubhari (2,240M) to Tumling (2,875M) (Click to View GPS data)
Tumling (2,875M) to Kalapokhri (2,990M) (Click to View GPS data)
Kalapokhri (2,990M) to Sandakphu (3,627M) (Click to View GPS data)
Sandakphu (3,627M) to Phalut (4,508M) (Click to View GPS data)
Phalut (4,508M) to Gorkhey (2,400M) (Click to View GPS data)
Gorkhey (2,400M) to Sepi (1,900M)

Detailed Itinerary


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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

What's 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

What's 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.

Are you Eligible for this Adventure?

Whether you are an avid trekker in search of a new territory or are beginning your journey into the world of trekking, Sandakphu is a trek worthy of consideration.

Easy
3627 m
81 km

BRS Level Required

BRS 2

Sandakphu Trek is a level 2 adventure on the Bikat Rating Scale.

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

If you do not know what level of BRS trek would suit you best, worry not! Fill out this Form:

we will send you a progression chart to help you comfortably get out of your comfort zone in order to level up and ultimately reach your highest potential in the big, bad world of outdoor adventure.

Terrain

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.

Prequisite Skills

The trek demands a few mountain skills:

Layering for Himalayan Treks

Mountain Mannerism

Ascending and descending on steep gradients

Using a sleeping tent

Working together as a team

Walking in snow

fitness benchmark

If you can do the following, physically you are ready to take on this trek:

Jog/Run for 5 kms in 30-35 mins
Walk continuously for 10 kms on a slight incline
Hold your breath for 40 seconds
Climbing 30 floors without a break
10 Push Ups
15 X 2 sets of Lunges & Squats

Packing List

This is a list of essential items for individuals doing the trek with Bikat Adventures. This list contains only those items which the participants are required to bring with them. The list excludes those items which are provided by Bikat Adventures on the trek. We have divided the items into five categories. All the items in the list are essential except for those marked as optional.

Trekking Gear

  • Ruck sack bag with rain cover. Qty -1
  • Day Pack Bag - Recommended for treks with summit day
  • Head Torch with spare Batteries. Qty -1
  • U V protection sunglasses. Qty -1 Here is how you can choose the best sunglasses for trekking.
  • Water Bottles: 2 bottles of 1 liter each

Footwear

  • Non-skid, deep treaded, high-ankle trekking shoes Qty -1
  • Pair of light weight Slipper/Sandals Qty -1

Clothing

  • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants. Qty - 2
  • Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts. 1 for every 2 days of trekking
  • Pair of thick woolen socks. 1 pair for every two days of trekking
  • Thermal Body warmer Upper & Lower. Qty-1
  • Undergarments. Qty - 1 for every day of trekking
  • Warm jacket closed at wrist & neck .Qty-1
  • Full sleeves sweater. Qty -1
  • Rain wear ( Jacket & Pants ) . Qty-1
  • Pair of waterproof, warm gloves. Qty-1
  • Woolen cap. Qty-1
  • Sun shielding Hat. Qty -1

Toiletries

  • Personal toiletries kit (Small Towel, Toilet paper, paper soap, Bar soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, cold cream, etc.)
  • Sun screen lotion small pack. Qty -1 Here is your Sun Protection 101 to stay safe in the bright sunny outdoors.
  • Lip Balm small pack. Qty-1

Utensils

  • Small size, Light weight & Leak proof lunch box. Qty-1
  • Plate. Qty- 1
  • Spoon.Qty-1
  • Tea/Coffee (plastic) Mug.Qty-1

Miscellaneous

  • Camera (Optional)
  • Carry your medicines in plenty in case you have any specific ailment. Consult your doctor before joining the trek.
  • Dry fruits, Nuts, Chocolate bars (Optional)


Frequently Asked Questions



The Sandakphu Trek, at BRS 2, is suitable for both beginners and seasoned trekkers.

If you can Jog/Run for 3 kms in 25-30 mins, you are ready to take on this trek. In addition to this, you can also add resistance workouts to your schedule like squats, lunges, push ups etc.

If you cannot do the above, there’s no need to worry. It is important to remember that it’s all about practice. Get on a training schedule and we can assure you that you will meet these standards in a matter of a few months.

A certain level of fitness and physical endurance are required to take on any high-altitude trail in the Himalayas. Basic knowledge about how to use a sleeping bag, toilet tents, sleeping tents, and mountain mannerisms will be helpful.

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


The Sandakphu Trek is located in the Eastern Himalayas of India, in West Bengal. The trek starts from the village of Jaubhari.

The Sandakphu trek is a breathtaking Himalayan trek that offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks, lush green valleys, and picturesque Himalayan villages. As the highest peak of West Bengal, Sandakphu enjoys all the benefits of its title. This 3,627M peak brings some of the tallest mountains and places them right in front of you. Bound by the Big Four – Mount Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu, Sandakphu remains one of the very few moderate-level treks which offer such splendid views and puts you bang in the middle of 8,000M peaks. The trail of Sandakphu goes through the Singalila National Park which is a biodiversity hotspot that boasts of innumerous species of flora and fauna. If you are super quiet and super lucky, it’s possible you might chance upon a Red Panda and some very rare Himalayan birds, too! One of the biggest highlights of the Sandakphu trek, while it has many, is The Sleeping Buddha which is a cluster of mountains that bear an uncanny resemblance to the perfectly proportioned form of Buddha lying in an eternal sleep. It is the Kangchenjunga range of peaks that give it the shape from which it gets its name. This magnificence makes itself seen numerous times along the length of the trek and it is so vivid that you cannot miss it even if you tried! For more details on the highlights of this climb, read Highlights of Sandakphu Trek

Though the trek does not take you to a very high altitude and the elevation gain is mostly gradual, it does cough 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. For more details on the challenges of this climb, read Who is this trek meant for?

The best season to do the Sandakphu trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these seasons, the weather is relatively dry and stable, and the views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks are clear and spectacular.

We stay in guest houses all througout the trail. Accommodation type would be mostly dormitories.

The temperature during March to May is pleasant, with average daytime temperatures ranging from 10°C to 20°C and nighttime temperatures ranging from 5°C to 10°C.

From mid-September to mid-November, the weather is generally dry and cool, with average daytime temperatures ranging from 5°C to 15°C and nighttime temperatures ranging from 0°C to 5°C.

The Sandakphu Trek is categorized as a level 2 trek on the BRS, which means it is relatively simple and suitable for novice trekkers. Therefore, if you're considering attempting a trek for the first time, Sandakphu Trek is a safe bet.


The start point of Sandakphu trek is Jaubhari. Read here on How to reach Jaubhari?

Intermittent network during the trek.

The nearest ATMs to the Sandakphu trek are located in the towns of Darjeeling and Siliguri, both of which are located at the base of the trek.

Pick up point for Sandakphu Trek is NJP to reach Jaubhari (the starting point of the trek). Payment for the same will be divided between the number of participants and made on the spot.

On the last day expect to reach NJP by late evening.

There are several nearby attractions that trekkers can explore while on the Sandakphu trek. Here are some of the popular ones:

1. Singalila National Park: This national park is located in the Darjeeling district and is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including the elusive red panda, musk deer, and black bear. The park is also famous for its stunning views of the Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest ranges.

2. Darjeeling: The town of Darjeeling is a popular tourist destination known for its tea plantations, colonial architecture, and stunning views of the Himalayas. Visitors can take a toy train ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or visit the Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre to learn about the Tibetan culture and handicrafts.

3. Mirik: Mirik is a picturesque hill station located about 50 kilometres (31 miles) from Darjeeling. The town is known for its serene Mirik Lake, which offers boating and fishing activities, and its orange orchards.

4. Kalimpong: Kalimpong is a small town located about 55 kilometres (34 miles) from Darjeeling. The town is known for its Buddhist monasteries, colonial architecture, and scenic views of the Himalayas. Visitors can also explore the flower nurseries and tea plantations in the area.

5. Kurseong: Kurseong is a quiet hill station located about 32 kilometres (20 miles) from Darjeeling. The town is known for its tea plantations, scenic views, and historic churches.


All the common gear is provided. All the technical climbing equipment (as required) are also provided to you. Safety equipment used for rescue is carried by our trek leaders.

We do not provide rentals for this trek.

We do not provide rentals for this trek.

We do not provide rentals for this trek.

For a detailed list, check the Packing List section on this page.

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.


Although not recommended, you can off load your bag at an additional cost. Add a request while making your booking for the trek and it can be arranged.

(Note: We don’t recommend offloading because the extra resources on a trail - ponies or porters depending on the trail - means extra load on the environment which can easily be avoided. It also goes against the spirit of trekking by eliminating a level of endurance and discomfort from the experience which are factors at the very heart of an outdoor adventure activity.)

You can leave your extra baggage in the guest house on the first day.

On all trek days, we provide 3 full meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) in addition to evening snacks and tea. The meals are vegetarian and the menu is pre-decided for all days of the trek. We do provide eggs as well on certain days. If you have any specific food-related allergies or restrictions, you can let our local staff (during the trek) know, and your requests will get accommodated. We try to provide a variety of food across meals so as to avoid repetition as well as cover all nutritional needs.

On campsites, our team will dig dry pits and assemble a toilet tent to provide for safe and secure quarters. A shovel will be provided within the toilet tent as well. Using water in the toilet tent is restricted; you will need to carry your own toilet paper. On the more difficult expeditions, toilet tents are not carried to the higher camps (above base camp) due to restriction of space (to pitch the tent).

In case you get your period on the trail and don’t have sanitary napkins, our trek leaders can provide them to you. If you need any other kind of assistance, you can let our trek leaders know. Irrespective of gender, our leaders are gender sensitised and equipped to assist you in any way you need them to.

Our team carries a first aid kit and all the basic medicines required during the trek. They are equipped to be the first responders in case of any injury or health-related issues. For higher expeditions, we also carry a HAPO Bag and oxygen cylinders to tend to any altitude-related health conditions.

You’ll get a charging facility on every campsite except Phalut.


A copy of your ID Proof and Medical Certificate are the mandatory documents required for this trek. (Soft copies for all of these are to be sent to us & originals should be on your person while on the trek.)

Yes, insurance for any high-altitude activity is highly recommended to cover for the cost of rescue, evacuation and any other emergency service required as well as to cover for medical cost in case of injury or illness during the trek. You can buy it on your own. Alternatively, if you want us to buy it on your behalf, you can speak to our post-booking team and they will arrange it for you. They will send you a payment link once the insurance has been purchased.

Yes, there are multiple permits required for this. We obtain the permits on every trekkers’ behalf. All the permit costs are included in your trek cost.


Yes, you will receive e-certificates (of completion) after the trek. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek. In case you were unable to finish the trek, you will get a certificate of participation.

On completion of the trek, the certificate will show up on your dashboard on our website. You can download it directly from there.


Sandakphu Trek is in India. If you are coming from outside, you will need a visa to enter the country. You should be able to find the rules for obtaining a Visa based on your home country on the internet. This information is easily available.

This does not apply to you if you are an Indian citizen. In case you don’t hold an Indian passport, you will need to check online for Visa application rules based on your home country.

If you are not an Indian citizen, you will need Travel Medical Insurance to travel to the country. Please make sure that your insurance policy is valid for the altitude you are going to and the activity you are undertaking, to cover risks during the trek. The insurance policy provided by Bikat Adventures does not cover foreign nationals. So, please do not purchase it while making the booking from our website.

Sandakphu Trek is part of the Eastern Himalayas. The Himalayas house the tallest mountains in the world and have long been a treasure trove for all adventure enthusiasts. The variety in terms of beauty, terrain, landscape, geography, culture and opportunity for adventure in the Himalayas, remains undisputedly unmatched.

You can make the booking any time depending on availability of slots in our fixed departure batches. You will get this information at the top of this page.


A Basic Mountaineering Course certification from one of the five recognized mountaineering institutes in India is a minimum requirement to join our team. Our field experts are also trained in basic medicine and first-aid response. We also conduct on-ground training for our staff once a year as a refresher for old skills and to learn some new ones. During this training that we call APW (Adventure Professional Workshop), our leaders learn close to 25 topics and techniques of rescue which are not covered in the BMC and AMC courses. For practical training, we simulate on-ground situations to prepare them for quick thinking and quick response during emergencies.

We follow a rigorous regime of hiring and training our experts on the field. Each trek leader is a certified mountaineer with years of experience in the field. The interview process to bring a trek leader on-board is close to 6 months long where we assess various skills as well as personality traits of an individual. They also go through an on-field assignment as part of the hiring process. Trek leaders also progress in time from leading easier treks before advancing to the more difficult ones where the stakes are higher. For detailed information on our selection process, please visit Forerunners - The Making Of A Trek Leader

It absolutely is. We recognize, value and embody the ideology that the world of outdoor adventure can benefit from diversity. We make it our mission to create outdoor spaces as equally accessible and safe for all genders as possible. We also encourage women leaders in the outdoors and all of our staff (irrespective of gender) is gender sensitised. As for accommodation, in case there are no other women on the trek, a solo female trekker is provided with a separate single-occupancy tent.

Our batch sizes for Sandakphu Trek are capped at 15 with the trek leader to trekker ratio of 1:8.

In addition to their qualification, our trek leaders are trained to tackle any and all kinds of sudden conditions that may present themselves on ground. During our recce stage, we study the trail in great detail and map out rescue routes before opening it up for our trekkers. We also have local support staff stationed in each area to arrange for emergency services at the place of need as quickly as possible.

We mobilise road rescue efforts where our trek leaders bring the person to be rescued down to the trailhead of the trek from where a car can take them to the nearest healthcare facility. The cost of rescue is not covered in the trek fee that we charge. It must be borne by the participant. However, if you opt for the insurance, the cost of rescue operations can be claimed from the Insurance company on production of valid proof e.g. doctor’s prescription & hospital bills etc. Please note that Bikat Adventures is only a facilitator & not a party in the Insurance policy. You need to raise the claim request directly with the Insurance company. Bikat Adventures is not responsible for any rejection of claim. You can call the insurance provider directly for any clarifications related to the Insurance policy. Although not mandatory, we recommend buying the insurance. You don’t necessarily have to get the insurance we provide, you can pick an Insurance company of your choice and get a policy directly from them. If you need more information on the terms and conditions of the insurance policy, get in touch with our customer support team.

All the gear used on our treks and expeditions is tried and tested, maintained for good quality and is overall top notch in quality and condition. We are continually looking to obtain the best of everything there is in the market so as to ensure optimum safety.

That will depend on the nature of your medical condition. Do give us a call, and one of our people will help you understand what is best for you. If not this, we are sure there would be plenty of other options you can choose from our vast portfolio to pick as your next adventure.


We have rolling camps on all our trails. To know why we are strictly against the concept of Fixed Camping, read Reasons to Ban Fixed Camping in Himalayas

This is a complex question and has a compound answer. The simple response is that because it is bad for the environment which we dearly love but if you are interested in a more detailed response to this question, please read Reasons to Ban Fixed Camping in Himalayas

There are a number of measures that we take to prevent overcrowding on some of the most popular trails. Some of them are capping our group size at 15, capping the number of trekkers on a trail to 250 per season, constantly looking for newer trails and routes to spread the crowd around and providing incentives to our trekkers to try unexplored territories with us. We put in place the system of dynamic pricing, which is the first of its kind in the trekking industry, which incentivises trekkers to choose less crowded trails by offering higher discounts. We have noticed, since we started this system, that this has helped in a big way to spread out the crowds between trekking routes. We are also going international so as to relieve some of the stress on the Himalayan landscape as well as explore newer ranges and design newer experiences for our community. If you want a more detailed description of all our measures in this regard, please read Simple solutions to overcrowding on Himalayan Treks

Some basic things to remember are: do not use water, do not dispose of anything non-biodegradable inside the pits, carry your own roll of toilet paper and remember to cover up after yourself to leave a clean toilet for your fellow trekkers. Everything else is much the same like using an Indian style home toilet!

Most wet wipes are not biodegradable which means it could take 100 years or more for them to decompose – not the best thing if you are trying to ‘Leave No Trace’, right?

This is quite a tricky situation but not a hopeless one. Since most of our sanitary waste is not biodegradable, we recommend that you pack your pads/tampons neatly, store it in a zip-lock bag and bring it back down with you where there are better options to dispose of them. In case you do not have zip-lock bags, ask our trek leaders for them and they should be able to provide them to you.

Each trekker is responsible for the use and hygiene of their own eating utensils. And as a measure to maintain proper hygiene, we do not provide plates and spoons. Also, dipping your hands in cold water to wash your own utensils adds something to the overall joy of high-altitude living, wouldn’t you think?


On making the payment, you will receive a booking confirmation along with the packing list and a copy of the undertaking form via email. You will subsequently receive emails detailing documents required, how to prepare physically and mentally for the trek, information on pick-up location on the first day etc. Please add info@bikatadventures.com in your trusted emails list to make sure our emails don't go to your spam folder.

A Whatsapp group will be formed a few weeks before departure. Members from our team are on those groups as well. Feel free to seek any clarifications you require in regards to the trek, on the group itself. Updates related to transportation/pickup point/pickup timing, accommodation etc. will be shared on the Whatsapp group as well.

Yes, we create a Whatsapp group a few weeks before the departure date so that the flow of information remains smooth and transparent.

Yes, it is one of the mandatory documents you will need to submit before the trek starts. The soft copy is to be sent to us & the original should be on your person while on the trek.

Yes, we will provide you an undertaking form through email which will need to be filled up by you and submitted to us post booking.

Why Bikat?

Small Group Size


Our batch sizes are capped at 15 for smaller treks with the trek leader and trekker ratio of 1:8. This ratio, in our years of experience, has proven to deliver the best trekking experience for individuals as well as groups. Capping the size of the group ensures individual attention to each trekker so that no signs of distress or need during the trek go unnoticed. It also helps to form a more cohesive cohort with better group energy which helps define the rhythm and pace of days on the trek.

As you go higher up on the BRS scale, since the stakes are higher, expeditions have an even smaller group size with the ratio of expedition leader to climber set at 1:2.


Qualified Trek Leaders


We follow a rigorous regime of hiring and training our experts in the field. Each trek leader is a certified mountaineer with years of experience in the field. In addition to their qualification, they also go through practical and situational training to tackle any and all kinds of sudden conditions that may present themselves on the ground. Being unpredictable is the core nature of the mountains but being ready for any circumstance as best as possible is a controllable asset that we try to nurture.

Our field experts are also trained in basic medicine and first-aid response.

Watch: Forerunners - The Making of A Trek Leader At Bikat Adventures


Guided Progression


Since Bikat Adventures is a learning-based organization, we help you climb up the ladder of difficulty within the sphere of outdoor adventure systematically. Our on-ground training modules are designed to handhold you through the upskilling process so that you are ready to take on bigger challenges.


Equipment Quality and Check


All the gear used on our treks and expeditions is tried and tested, maintained for good quality, and is overall top-notch in quality and condition. We are continually looking to obtain the best of everything there is in the market so as to ensure optimum safety.


Support Systems


Along with the staff you see on-ground, we have a team of superheroes working in the background to give you the best experience possible. Our background team also comprises local staff from each area who know the region best. Having local support helps with studying the area, pre-planning, execution, and in receiving timely support in case of emergencies in these remote locations.


Communication


Our on-field staff is in constant contact with our teams based in primary locations so as to eliminate any avoidable delay in reaching additional help and support when required. We try to use the best tools for communication available, including satellite phones, in regions where they are not restricted.


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Cancellation Policy


Cash refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date

5% deduction

Cancellations between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure date

50% deduction

Cancellations within 15 days prior to departure date

No Refund

Voucher refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date

No Deduction

Cancellations within 5 days prior to departure date

No Refund

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

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