Sandakphu Phalut trek takes you to the rewarding Sandakphu peak, with views of 4 of the 5 highest mountains in the world. The trekkers get to witness the enormity of the Makalu, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest from the trek.
The trek is an easy to moderate category trek in terms of difficulty. It can be attempted by first time trekkers with moderate level of fitness, if they do not have any ailments. Add to this what the trek offers and this makes it a must do for every trekker.
The trek is geographically located in West Bengal, bordering Nepal & Sikkim. Sandakphu and Phalut are two ridge tops respectively after which the trek in named. A drive of 104 Km to Dhotrey in around 4 hours takes us to the starting point of the trek.
The trek can even be started from Manebhanjang, but the route from Dhotrey has lesser crowd, at least for the first day, as both the trails eventually confluence at Tumling. A tea house based trek, it comes on the easier side owing to the prior arrangements.
The Sandakphu trek can be done in all months except the rainy season. The trek can be done from September to April months. Rainfall arrives May onward and subsides by September.
Given that India is deprived of any snowfall except in the Himalayas, for trekkers from India, winters is the best recommended time to witness the spectacle of a snowy wonderland.
For wildlife or bird watching enthusiasts spring and autumn are a great time, as well as for non-Indian citizens who are well accustomed with snow landscapes, these two seasons make up for a great time. Rhododendrons & Magnolias bloom in the months of March & April the most.
Autumn months of September and October are the best time for bird watching. The views are spectacular around these months as the weather stays clear and visibility is the most. Downside of trekking can be increased crowd especially around the festivities of the October month, such as Durga Puja. Planning your visit post the festive period of October and prior to the arrival of winters (early November) will be the best time for the trek overall.
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