Trekking options from Darjeeling
Trekking in the Himalayas from Darjeeling...
Kanchenjungha: view from Sandakphu
One of the famous trekking routes comprise of the Darjeeling
- Sandakphu/Phalut trek. This trekking route is best
during the months of April-May and October-November. During these months the visibility
is clear and the weather is also hospitable. For trekking on this
route, one does not have to carry much luggage as the Gorkha Hill Council provides
trekkers hut and other facilities all along the route. But it is
advisable to carry your own sleeping bags and water bottles as some areas experience
acute water scarcity. On this route the trekker must be prepared
for all kinds of weather and high altitude mountain sickness.
Way from Tumling to Sandakphu
The trek passes through low areas and very high ridges so temperature varies a lot.
The surroundings are mostly very attractive. Regular meals are available. Guides
and porters can also be arranged.
Phalut, also called the view point of the Himalayas, is one of
the most important and famous treks in the region. The trek starts with a small
bus trip to Manebhanjang and passes through the mountains to Sandakphu. From here
you can proceed further up or you can return via Rimbik then to Darjeeling
by bus. One can also take a short cut and not go to Ohalut. From Sandakphu back
trek to Bikhaybhanjang and cut across to Rimbik. But keep in mind that this trek
is a difficult one and no water or food is available en route.