The Sandakphu trek is special because it’s like no other in the world.
This trek provides an unparalleled view of some of the highest peaks that dominate the Himalayas, which includes Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world and Mt. Khangchendzonga, Lhotse and Makalu, the third, fourth, and fifth highest peaks in the world.
The Khangchendzonga range forms the Sleeping Buddha that is a constant companion during the first few days of the trek. This is replaced by the more profound view of Mt. Everest from Sandakphu.
Altitude: 11,930 ft.
Difficulty: Moderate (Due to long walking hours; sometimes upto 7 hours a day)
Duration: Depends on the starting trek point (between 3-7 days).
Mobile network: None.
Accommodations: Tea houses, lodges, and tents.
Best time to trek: Apr, May, Oct-Dec
Suitable for: Beginners and seasoned trekkers
UPCOMING TREK DATES (2022):
October: 2nd, 9th, 23rd
November: 6th, 13th
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The trek route is highly interesting too. Situated on the Indo-Nepal border, it zips through both territories and passes through tiny villages on both sides. The village inhabitants are welcoming and provide the needed rest spots on the trek.
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Trekking in Different Seasons
The Sandakphu trek provides different vistas at different times of the year. From the sighting of spring flowers at the beginning of the year to autumnal hues and snow towards the end, the trek route gradually transforms with the passing of seasons.
Sandakphu trek in spring/summer
Springtime is all about witnessing pretty flower blooms along the trail. Red and pink rhododendrons and white magnolias dominate the landscape from March-May. However, there might be the occasional showers that obscure views of the mountain ranges, which might be a dampener.
The temperature ranges between 15⁰C-20⁰C.
Sandakphu trek in autumn
The autumnal months starting end of September till beginning of November is the best time to enjoy uninterrupted views of the mountain ranges as the air is crisp and the days are bright and sunny. The surroundings too are photogenic with pleasant autumn colors dominating the landscape. It’s a good time to do birdwatching, so make sure you carry a pair of binoculars if you’ve timed your trek at this time. A word of caution though: Since the weather is perfect and it’s also vacation time for many, you will find a lot of people on the trail.
Sandakphu trek in winter
The winter months from mid-November-December let you experience the gradual change in season on the trekking trail, as the temperatures start to drop considerably and you feel the winter setting in around you and the peaks are more snow-laden. The sunrises and sunsets are phenomenal and there are chances of mild snow on the trail, which is another great reason to do this trek at this time.