Trekking in Bengal

 

...See four of the tallest mountains in the world... Sandakphu, being the highest peak in West Bengal, offers grand views of the world’s tallest peaks. Lhotse and Makalu, the fourth and fifth highest peaks in the world stand tall at 8,516m and 8,463m, trying to outdo the world’s tallest peak. But how can they? After all, the Everest stands between them, towering over everything! On the other hand, Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak, stands with its family at 8,586m. The Kanchenjunga cluster is famously called The Sleeping Buddha, thanks to its appearance. Mt. Kumbhakarna forms the head and face of Buddha, while Kanchenjunga forms the upper body.

 

The route of this trek lies along the border of India and Nepal. In fact, one constantly moves in and out of Nepal during the trek. They stretch through Nepal, India, Bhutan and further.

 

This trek can be done in two seasons but the months of October and November offer crystal clear mountain views you can enjoy with sights of sunrise from Sandakphu and Phalut. If you trek later in winter, you can expect fresh snow at Sandakphu. Trekking on this route in the spring gives you views of the forest including rhododendrons and magnolias.

 

During the Trek in winter, you will learn walking skills such as using crampons and ice axe, avalanche rescue and awareness and emergency shelter building, including sleeping a night in a purpose built snow mound/cave if one wishes as an option. This is a special skill that takes time to master, however, our mountain leader will be on hand to ensure an efficient build and of course, a safe night! Below is one of the trekking huts en route.

Price £2110 based on 12 attending.

Outline Itinerary:

 

Day 1: Fly from London to Bagdogra 17 hours, transiting in Dubai for 2-4 hours then Delhi for 2 hours.

 

Day 2: Overnight in Bagdogra then transport to base camp.

 

Day 3: Reach Jaubhari; 4-5 hours drive from New Jalpaiguri. Transport will be organised from from NJP Railway station at 9.30 am to Jaubhari.

 

Day 4: Jaubhari (6,400 ft) to Tumling (9,450 ft); 11 km, 6-7 hours

 

Day 5: Tumling (9,450 ft) to Kalipokhri (10,400 ft); 13 km, 7 hours

 

Day 6: Kalipokhri (10,400 ft) to Sandakphu (11,950 ft); 6.5 km, 3 hours

 

Day 7: Sandakphu (11,950 ft) to Sabargram (11,807 ft); 14 km, 6 hours

 

Day 8: Sabargram (11,807 ft) to Gorkhey (7,546 ft) via Phalut (11,950 ft); 17 km, 6 hours

 

Day 9: Gorkhey (7,546 ft) to Sepi (6,234 ft); 15 km, 5 hours. Depart from Sepi after lunch. It takes 6-6.5 hours to reach NJP. You will reach NJP by 7.00 pm. Accommodation in NJP.

 

Day 10: Transport to Bagdogra for the flight to Delhi and UK.

 

Day 11: Arrive in UK.

 

Notes:

 

  • Flights from UK to Bagdogra via Delhi return, including 23kg of hold luggage.

  • Accommodation, meals included whilst en route to Delhi, then on the trekking phase and again from Delhi to UK.

  • Transport to base camp in Jaubhari.

  • Trekking guide, camping equipment, food and transport back to Jaubhari in preparation for return to UK.

  • Crampons and ice axe if necessary.

  • The accommodation on the Sandakphu trek is in traditional tea houses. You will be camping in tents on two days (Sandakphu and Sabargram) unless you are on a D of E assessment, in which case there will be 3 nights camping.

  • Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of climbers can all contribute to changes. The Expedition Leader and our local agent will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

 

Not included:

 

  • Transfers in UK.

  • Travel and activity insurance.

  • Meals and beverages in hotels.

 

Dates available: 

 

  • January to March 2022. Ended.