Do you love trekking and challenging the heights? If yes, then here is your next destination. Sandakphu is the highest peak in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal and is extremely popular for its exciting trekking routes which pass through the forests and small hills. Who would not love to trek through the richness of West Bengal and savour the nascent beauty of its mountain? Read on to know more about how to reach your destination and why it should be on your bucket list this season.
Best Time To Visit Sandakphu
Sandakphu is a year-round destination. However, if you are not expecting trekking trails to be covered with snow, then the best time to embark on your journey to Sandakphu is from March to June and October to November, as during this period of time, the climatic conditions are favourable and the weather is clear, letting you trek properly.
A Little About This Beautiful Peak
Sandakphu is the highest peak in the state of West Bengal with an elevation of 11929 feet. Even though it is immensely popular amongst trekkers and campers, it is also an ultimate destination for photographers and nature lovers who can be seen atop this peak capturing the grandeur of the world's highest peak in their cameras.
Sandakphu peak is also home to a village and few hostels. From the summit of Sandakphu, you can clearly see the unimaginable beauty of four of the world's five highest peaks, Everest, Kangchenjunga, Makalu and Lhotse. How about gearing up your level of enthusiasm and overcoming the enormous height of Sandakphu?
Trekking To Sandakphu
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It is rightly said that your trip to Darjeeling is incomplete if you have not savoured the thrill of trekking to the highest peak in the state of West Bengal. Well, let us tell you that the trekking trails to Sandakphu are incredibly stimulating and full of enthusiasm.
Once you have reached Darjeeling or Siliguri, you need to hire a cab to Manebhanjan where the trek begins. From Manebhanjan, you need to trek up to a distance of around 2.5 km when you first stoppage comes at Meghma. From Meghma, you need to trek to Gairibans which is located at a distance of around 3 km. You can also take the alternative route from Meghma via Tonglu. Once you have reached Gairibans, you can take a break for few minutes and then head towards Sandakphu which is at a distance of around 4 km.
On the top of the mountain, you can also relish few moments gazing at the breathtaking views of Mount Everest and Kangchenjunga which look surreal out of their heavenly presence amidst clouds, fog and snow.
Why It Should Be On Your Bucket List
If you love trekking, then unarguably, Sandakphu should be on your bucket list. Apart from enjoying its thrilling routes passing through rich vegetation and challenging heights, you can also enjoy its beauty at the summit surrounded by the dense clouds.
Singalila National Park is another tourist attraction in the vicinity of Sandakphu. Here, you can spot several rare and endangered species of plants and animals. How about witnessing the rich wildlife in the forests of this beautiful national while on your to Sandakphu?
How To Reach Sandakphu
You can take a flight to Bagdogra Airport at Siliguri and then from there, you can take to the base of Sandakphu where you need to start your journey to the summit. Siliguri is also well connected by rail and road to nearby cities and town. Once you have reached Siliguri, you can take a cab to the base of Sandakphu and then from there, you can commence your journey to the highest peak in West Bengal.