SANDAKPHU: Into the land of rolling clouds

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Want to witness the sunset above the clouds? Want to witness the surreal vision of the world’s massive peaks in one go?
Then Sandakphu in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal is the answer for this! Located at an elevation of 11,929ft, this is the summit in Singalila range as well as in West Bengal.
Sandakphu Phalut Trek is one of the few treks on earth from where you can see an incredible panorama of the world’s highest snowline, moving from the snow-ensconced peaks of Nepal, Bhutan, and east to Tibet.
When we talk about the Sandakphu trek, it is popularly known as a ‘Trekkers Wonderland’. The four massive peaks connected to this trek are Mount Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu.

Sandakphu Phalut
Sandakphu Phalut

From Phalut, on your left is the Everest cluster, which includes the world’s fourth- and fifth-highest mountains, Lhotse and Makalu. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see these three majestic peaks together from a vantage
The “Sleeping Buddha” on your right is even more impressive. The resemblance of the massif to a sleeping human form is uncanny. The third-highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga, stands out as the most prominent peak in this uniquely shaped massif.

Sandakphu: Sleeping Buddha

Sandakphu-Phalut is one of the favourite spots in the world to view sunrises and sunsets. The clouds come in like waves on the sea. In this magical cauldron of clouds, the sun slowly descends. Around us, still glistening orange, are the Everest cluster and the Sleeping Buddha.

Sandakphu_Kala Pokhri Lake
Sandakphu_Kala Pokhri Lake

Major Places to Visit on the Trek:

● Kala-Pokhri
● Chitrey
Singalila National Park
● Sandakphu
● Phalut


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