Head to Sandakphu for mesmerising sunsets, quaint villages and views of the highest peaks in the world.
Sandakphu is a mountain lover’s paradise – you get a panoramic view of the Sleeping Buddha (Mt. Kangchenjunga, Kumbhakarna, Pandim, Kabru) and Mt Everest from here. At an altitude of 11,950 ft, the trek takes seven days and is best in October (some early holiday plans?). What’s awesome? Even beginners (as young as 12 years old!) can embark on this journey.
Before you embark on the trek where you traverse through quaint villages, enchanting forests, breathtaking sunsets peeking through the mountain tops, beautiful lakes and snowy peak, stop at the base camp Jaubhari. Jaubhari is a unique tiny eco-village (it has just 10 cottages!) and is the ideal start to your journey.
“Mountains don’t know borders” is what you’ll learn on the Sandakphu trek. Camp in India, with your sleeping tent in Nepal and constantly blur the lines between ‘this side and that side’.
The week will show you the natural wonders of West Bengal and Nepal from the walk through Singalila National Park, a trail flooded with fiery red rhododendron trees to Sabargram, which will give you a one-of-a-kind view of the mountain tops. Don’t miss out on Gorkhey and Samanden – two tiny villages which act as pit stops towards the end of your journey. Both the villages are tiny, quaint and straight out of a storybook (think pine trees, wooden cottages and home gardens).