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This trek is perhaps one of the best and certainly the most popular of all the treks in Sandakphu,Darjeeling for those having a limited time at their disposal.
Darjeeling the dream land of the East, it has been a popular hill station since the British period. The tourist flow to this place has been increasing day by day. Due to the proximity with three international borders, this place is strategically very important. The toy train coming from Siliguri is some thing which is liked by the elders and the children equally. The real fun in coming to Darjeeling is on the toy train. It takes six to seven hours to cover a distance of 82 kms and the slow speed gives you enough time to watch and appreciate the beauty which nature has provided it. This train passes through the Forests, waterfalls, over deep valleys and through the mountains and tunnels.It offers the travelers an excellent view of the Khangchendzonga and the Everest group of mountain peaks in Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan.
Darjeeling to Maneybhanjyang – 2134 m
Drive from Darjeeling to Maneybhanjyang is about 26 kms which takes about 2-3 hours.
Maneybhanjyang to Tonglu –3070 m
Follow a steep climb for about 3 hrs to Meghma which is a small hamlet with few houses, a small monastery and an impressive stupa. The climb to Tonglu is another 2 kms and is one of the peaks of the Singalila range, which falls on the West of Darjeeling town. A great view of the Nepalese valleys and the plains of North Bengal with snow fed Teesta on the east, the Koshi on the West can be view from here.
Tonglu to Sandhakphu - 3636 mtrs
The trail from Tonglu to Gairibhas is downhill through bamboo groves and from Ghairibhas to Kalipokhri is a continuous climb through rhododendron forest for about 6 kms. From Kalipokhri to Bikhaybhanyang or Valley of Poison ( Aconites grow in abundance here) the road descends and then a steep climb for about 4 kms reaches us at Sandakphu. Sandakphu commands one of the most spectacular views of the Kabru 7338 m, Kumbhkarna 7710 mtrs, Pandim 6691 mtrs and the towering Khangchendzonga 8598 mtrs , which is the most prominent of all. Far off to the west, among a group of other snowy mountain rising from graceful peaks of the Everest group can be seen.
04 Sandakphu to Phalut - 3606 m
Phalut is one of loftiest peak in the Singalila Range and the trail from Sandakphu is the most spectacular with burned silver-fir forest making the most beautiful sight and the view of Everest group on the left and Khangchendzonga range right ahead. A magnificent view of the snowy range is obtained from the Phalut summit at a much closer range.
Phalut to Ramman - 2560 m
The trail descends the ridge through virgin forest of chestnut, pines till it reaches the meeting of two streams calley Gorkhey Khola, a tributary of Ramman river. After a rest, climb upto Samandin, a lovely plateau. From here, descend to a small stream and then climb for about 2hours to reach Ramman.
Ramman to Rimbick - 2286 m
From Ramman, the trail is almost a walk for the first 9 kms till we descend to Srikhola. Rest at the stream and then walk to Rimbick which is a small village.
Rimbick to Darjeeling
Drive from Rimbick to Darjeeling for about 4 hours passing through Maneybhanjyang.