The trek route to Sandakphu is a wild surprise for trekkers throughout the year. With every seasonal shift, the landscape drastically changes and the viewing experiences with it. From sighting wildflowers and butterflies to the Sleeping Buddha (Khangchedzonga range) that won’t go out of your sight, the Sandakphu trek is one that will capture your heart right away.
Here are a few trek highlights that make it one of the most-loved treks in India:
(1) Witness the 4 highest peaks in the world
The mighty eastern Himalayas dominate the views in Darjeeling. While Mt. Khangchendzonga is a constant backdrop, the Sandakphu trek, which takes you to an elevation of 11, 930 ft, lets you witness Mt. Everest the highest mountain in the world along with Lhotse and Makalu. There’s no other trek that offers views of the 4 highest peaks in the world.
(2) Flowering trail in summers
The trail comes alive with pretty blooms in the spring. Though the weather during this time obscures views of the mountains, the rhododendron and magnolia flowers perk up the trekking trail.
Rhododendrons inside Singalila National Park (Pic courtesy: Michelle Tirkey)
(3) Sunsets beneath you
Since the trek takes you up to an altitude of close to 12,000 ft, you will mostly have clouds floating below you. If that’s not mesmerizing enough, you can also view sunsets below you.