If you want to be lucky enough to witness 4 of the highest mountains in the world, you’d want to take the Sandakphu Trek. Starting at an altitude of 6,450ft and climbing to 11,950 ft, this moderate level trek has so much to provide. The uniqueness of this trek lies in the fact that trekkers keep shifting between India and Nepal throughout. So one gets to experience the culture of both countries. One can witness the Kanchenjunga peak which is known to be the world’s third-highest peak. Then there’s a cluster of peaks called the Sleeping Buddha which remains your friend in the initial days of your trek. Tea-houses and picturesque villages are yet another beautiful reason to lure you into this trek.
It’s a moderate level trek. The most difficult part is being able to walk long distances without rest. You need to have the stamina to walk and enjoy at the same time.
Best time to visit
It is open for 8 months in a year and closed for the monsoon ( May- Aug). Every season has its beauty in this trek. The Rhododendrons along with different flowers make the trek heavenly for spring trekkers.
Autumn is a treat as the days are sunny and warm and birds are all around. But it can be a little crowded because of a huge number of people trekking at that time.
Winters are the best if you want to experience snowfall with flowers around you. Also, not many people choose to trek in winters so it’s good for people who want privacy and solitude during trekking.
About the trek
Sandakphu Trek is a must if you want a complete package. Snow, flowers, cute villages, camping, sunrises, and sunsets. You get everything.
- You get to see the Sleeping Buddha properly when you arrive at Tumling.
- You can see Lhotse and Makalu, the fourth and fifth highest peaks in the world.
- You can see Mt. Everest as well.
- You will come across Samaden and Gorkhey, two very picturesque villages. These villages will make you want to stay here forever. The greenery, the pine trees, and the small houses add all the more to the experience.
- It’s a very long trek so you can see the next few days of trek right in front of yourself. This is a unique and beautiful feature of the trek.
- You can see clouds below you and witness the sun rising and setting below you. The skies turn pretty during this time and the place becomes gorgeous. Surely something to remember and cherish forever.
- You get to experience the cultures of two countries, India and Nepal. You are back and forth in the two countries throughout the trek and that’s something new to experience. You can also see the pillars marking the India-Nepal border.
- You make stops in tea houses which are small lodges that provide a place to sleep and eat. These cute and cozy houses are a must to experience once in a lifetime. These are usually made up of rocks and are usually cheap. You can also charge your electronics here.
Precautions and Essentials
- Have good trekking shoes.
- Take enough Jackets and woolen clothes if you decide to go in winters and raincoats if you decide to go before the monsoon.
- Carry and fill water and readymade food.
- prepare yourself to walk long distances and take balms to apply for relaxation of legs.
- Carry a flask to keep hot liquid because it might get pretty cold at night.
- Carry a first- aid box and paracetamol.
- Carry sunscreen, lotion, and other essentials.
- Carry sunglasses and don’t forget your camera.
- Carry flashlight and toiletries.
Overall, this trek is one of the best treks to consider as it gives a unique experience compared to other treks. This trek is breathtakingly beautiful and good for your soul and health. This trek is worth every bit of stamina you give. And the tea houses add the cherry to the cake. Photographers and travel bloggers must consider this trek. This can also act as a long getaway. You get to bond with nature and experience new things throughout the trek. Surely, this is an experience you wouldn’t want to miss out on.