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Sandakphu Phalut Trek | Plan The Unplanned

Sun, 23 Dec 2018 5:00PM - Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Rs 10350
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Plan The Unplanned in collaboration with IwasThere presents Sandakphu Phalut Trek


Known as a trekker’s paradise, this West Bengal based trek takes you to the highest point of the state, the Sandakphu peak. The peak gives one a majestic view of 4 of the 5 highest peaks in the world’s 8 thousander - Mt. Kangchenjunga, Mt. Everest, Mt, Makalu and Mt Lhotse. This trek switches between the borders between India and Nepal. The eastern and western part of the peak lies in India and Nepal respectively. It makes a perfect trek for the 1st timers as it’s not situated at a very high altitude. The trek through the Singalila National Park gives trekkers gives an opportunity to explore the flora and fauna. There are over 600 varieties of orchids in this area, the largest concentration in any single geographical area in the world as well as rare animals like Red Pandas and Pangolins are found here. If it’s a clear sky day, they shall also witness the entire set of Mt Kanchenjunga peaks. It’s a feast to your eyes, making this trek gain popularity at a fast pace. The trek has long walk days even crossing 20 KMs on one of the days’ means the trek is graded as Moderate.


Why should you choose this trek? To have a tea house experience, to witness the 4 world’s mighty peaks and the Sleeping Buddha view are enough reasons to make you want to pack your bags and choose this as your next trek . Travel makes one experience something unexplainable, so broaden the horizon of creating memories for lifetime with Plan The Unplanned and IWasThere.


Type: High Altitude Trekking

Region: West Bengal

Duration: 7 Days

Grade: Moderate

Distance: 81 KMs

Highest Altitude: 12,000 Ft.

Grade: Moderate


Cost: 10,350 plus 5% GST


Cost Inclusions:

-Transport: Non AC coach from NJP/Bagdogra/Siliguri to Kopidana on Da 1 and back on Day 7.

- Accommodation: 4 nights stay in Tea Houses and 2 nights of camping in tents on twin/triple

sharing basis.

- Meals: All meals since arrival at Kopidana till the lunch on Day 7.

- During the trek - Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks and Dinner will be provided. The food

will be vegetarian and eggs may be provided. Tea will be a part of breakfast and evening


- An expert and experienced Trek Leader.

- Professional and experienced local trekking guides.

- Entry fee for the park

- Environment levy fees

-Any other permits that may be required.


Cost exclusions:

- Air fare/Train tickets

- Accommodation at NJP/Bagdogra

- Any charges for carrying still/video cameras etc.

- Soft drinks, bottled water, beverages, etc.

- Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.

- Trekking equipment like trekking bag, shoe, trekking pole etc.

- Any meals/services not mentioned above

- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, bad weather, etc

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Map & Directions

Map & Directions
M.G. Road (Mayo Hall) Bus Stop Mayo Hall, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Sivanchetti Gardens, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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We went for this trek on 19th-21st Oct 2018. We were amazed to see the rich biodiversity at Kotagiri. It's a very good place for birding enthusiasts. There is a lot of wildlife in these Nilgiri Hills. Weather was excellent and we did not face much rains during the trek. We did not take the overnite bus ride provided by the organisers. We went on our own one day earlier and stayed at a homestay and joined the group at the camp on Saturday morning and stayed there for the night at camp and left on Sunday morning. +ves - The group was very energetic and fun. The trek leads were keen to make us explore as much as we can in the limited time we had. They were also very enthusiastic about making the whole trip fun for people by trying to organise fun activities in the evening.-ves - My overall review is negative so obviously there are more -ves than +ves. Will make it objective for future trekkers to keep these in mind as they chose this place for a trekking/camping experience1. The camps are set up in a tea estate down the valley. There is one big campsite started by a tea estate owner and then there are a couple small ones which mushroomed around it. We were in one of the smaller campsite. This was the first major concern. the site was barely enough to pitch 3-4 tents and have max 10-12 people. There are 2 restrooms (which were filthy by the way). The organisers booked 27 people for this trek (+3 trek leads) and there was another group of 10 at the same campsite. So in all we were 40-45 people at a such a small place and there were 12-14 tents pitched next to each other. There was hardly any place to even walk or sit outside comfortably. This was a major dampener in our camping experience.2. Food - the food and camping is provided by the people who own the camping site. Plan the unplanned is just taking bookings and taking people to this campsite and making a margin out of this. The food was very average. I have been to multiple treks and lot of them at very high altitudes. The food is far far better than what was offered here. 3. Lack of experience of trek leaders - The trek leaders had very little or no experience in managing a trekking group. They were not able to assess risks, they had no first aid kits, they had no mode of communication to check the progress, whereabouts and safety of such a large group, and they were not able to guide the group to move at a pace which was required to cover the treks in time. After reaching sites, people were just left on their own to spend as much time as they want. This led to the group missing going to dolphin peak as it got dark. 4. Respect for nature/jungles - Lot of trekkers were first timers and they did not have much awareness on conduct in forests and treks. Some basic rules are avoiding being too loud, making lot of noise, playing loud music etc. What was surprising was trek leads also lacking these basic principles. The whole campsite was very loud specially in the evening and the dance, music and party continued till 11 PM disturbing the wildlife/birds in that area. This was led and initiated by trek leads themselves. Moreover, during the trek, trek leads were playing music on their mobiles which set the example for other youngsters also and they thought thats an ok thing to do. This was really really disappointing. Having fun is important but at the same time, in these zones, we have to respect the forests and the wildlife there and be sensitive. Fellow trekkers - chose this trek if you are a nature lover, contact local campsites on your own and do it the proper way. Do not expect the organisers to add any more value than arranging a shared transportation for you (and making a huge margin on that).I dont have any trust in capabilities of these organisers especially because they don't seem to be nature lovers and have poor planning and execution skills. - by Yogendra for Kotagiri Trek - Camp Amidst The Nilgiri Hills organized by Plan The Unplanned .

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