Sandakphu is not only the most popular trek in West Bengal but it is also one of the best treks in Eastern India. At an altitude of 3636 meters or 11930 feet, this is the highest point in Bengal.
Sandakphu epitomizes the wild elemental grandeur of the snows. Nature here is at her pristine best, and the vista at the top is worth all the hardship endured on the way. Aptly called the Paradise of Trekkers, the peak is a vantage point from where one can see four of the world’s five highest peaks – Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and Lhotse – in a continuous snow-clad arc.
The trek is relatively easy and can be enjoyed by young or older people with reasonably good fitness. Sandakphu is also accessible by Jeep, though the road condition is quite poor and the Jeeps are very old vintages.
The trek to Sandakphu passes through the Singalila National Park which is home for the unique Red Panda. The trek follows a mountain ridge which is also the international border between India and Nepal.
The name Sandakphu means the ‘Height of the Poison Plant’, a direct reference to the profusion of the poisonous aconite plants that grow near the peak. The loftiest peak of the Singalila Range, it is the culminating point of many trekking routes in the Darjeeling – Sikkim region.