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EXPEDITION SANDAKPHU 06/12/18 – 15/12/18❄ In the early days of December, Team India enjoyed a 4-day adventure in Singalila National park, where we reached Sandakphu (3636m) the highest point of the state of West Bengal, followed by an arduous and long trek to Phalut. We were greeted by the views of the majestic lying buddha which consists of the third highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga(8586m) and also a special guest appearance from the almighty Everest (8848m). We ended our adventures by exploring the hilltown at the foothill of the Himalayas, Darjeeling, as well as a quick trip all the way to Agra to visit the Taj! Thank you all for the memories and laughter, coupled with the beautiful photos~ And may the new friendships forged last a lifetime! Merry Christmas everyone!☃
When is the trip?
It is from 06 December to 15 December 2018. We will meet you at Changi Airport on 06 December at 0000HRS and arrive back in Singapore on 15 December 0430HRS!
Where and what is Sandakphu?
Sandakhpu is the tallest peak in the state of West Bengal, which resides at an altitude of 3636m above sea level. Sandakphu is located on the border of India and Nepal. So imagine walking in Nepal and India at the same time!
What are some of the places we are visiting?
Before the trek, we will be staying in the town of Darjeeling, situated in the state of West Bengal. The trek will take place in Singalila National park,which is about a 4 hour drive from Darjeeling. We will be taking a jeep up to Sandakphu, and trekking past Phalut, Gorkhey and Sepi. After the trek, during R&R, we will be exploring the town of Darjeeling. On the last few days, we will be staying in New Delhi and visiting Taj Mahal and Agra Fort in Agra City.
Will this trek be difficult?
We are rating this trip 3.5/5. While we won’t be doing many steep climbs (if any) compared to other trips, we will be covering long distances, where the distance of one of the trek days will amount to 21km! Not to mention, the constant altitude of about 3600m will pose a challenge!
Most places that we are visiting might not be well-paved and you might experience difficulties trekking on unfamiliar grounds such as rock-like conditions
Hence, your level of fitness really determines how difficult this trek will be.
How much is it and what does it include?
This trip will be $1101 for NUS Rovers Members and $1151 for non-members. (Learn more about membership here!)
This price includes airfare, accommodation, an English speaking guide, meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) as stated in the itinerary*, and transport (train and airport transfers and 4WD).
What is not included?
- Travel Insurance. There is minimal insurance coverage provided by NUS for NUS students ONLY. However, NUS students are advised to purchase your own travel insurance for the trip for more coverage.
- Anything else such as food (that is not mentioned in the itinerary), shopping and transport during R&R.
What is the brief itinerary?
Day 1 (6th December): Flight from Singapore (SIN) to Calcutta (CCU), rest in the airport for a few hours, followed by another flight from Calcutta(CCU) to Bagdogra(IXB). Travel to Darjeeling, where we will stay for the night,
Day 2: Depart to Singlaila National Park, and jeep ride to the summit of Sandakphu.Acclimatize at high altitude. Accommodation in the lodge at Sandakphu.
Day 3: Depart to Phalut. Longest Trek day(21km). Accommodation in Phalut
Day 4: Trek from Phalut to Gorkhey. Accommodation in Gorkhey lodges.
Day 5: Trek from Gorkhey to Sepi. End of trek. Travel back to Darjeeling, stay for the night in Darjeeling.
Day 6: Free and easy in Darjeeling town.
Day 7: Depart for Bagdogra airport. Fly from Bagdogra(IXB) to Delhi(DEL). Free and easy for the night
Day 8: Tour to Taj Mahal (Agra) and back to New Delhi.
Day 9: Depart for New Delhi airport. Flight from New Delhi (DEL) to Bengaluru (BLR). Rest in Bengaluru airport for a few hours. Flight from Bengaluru (BLR) to Singapore (SIN)
Day 10: Reach Changi Airport in the morning.
How’s the weather like?
Expect temperatures from 5 to 12 degree Celsius in the day to 0 to -5 degree Celsius in the night. We will be staying in Lodges for the trek so there will be heaters. You might even experience snow at the mountain peak!(Lets hope so!) So it is important to have warm clothing.
Where will we be spending our nights?
For the days in Singalila National park, we will be sleeping in Lodges along the trek routes. For other days in Darjeeling and New Delhi, we will be staying in hostels.
Will there be a local guide?
Yes, we will have an English speaking trek guide.
Who is going?
4 committee members will be bringing 11 of you! Slots are definitely limited so sign up now!!
Important things for me to know before I sign up:
- Remember to bring warm clothing because it will get cold!
- Do note that there are some days where we will not be able to shower! (for the trek duration)
How is this trek different from the others?
Imagine walking through a trek with a full-blown view of the sleeping Buddha, which entails the third highest mountain in the world, right in front of you. Not only that, ever wanted to see some of the other tallest mountains of the world, but couldn’t get a chance to? Fret not!
The beautiful view of the Everest range resides on this trek as well! The trek might seem a little daunting, but the panoramic view of the mighty mountains and newly forged friendship makes the climb all the more worthwhile! And what’s more, you can tick off your bucket list by visiting Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Are there any particular medical and safety cautions to be aware of?
You may choose to get additional travel insurance on top of the one provided by NUS (if you are an NUS student).
As an additional precaution, you may get vaccines such as rabies vaccination.
How do I find out more information?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries!
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