Duration: 08 Days
Max. Altitude: (3,636 m / 11,929 ft.)
Best Seasons: March, April, May, September, October, November
Accommodation Type: Teahouse, Hotel, Lodge
Geography: Hills, Forest, Mountains, Lakes
Transportation: Flight/Public Bus/Private Vehicle
Ethnic Peoples: Brahmin, Chhetri, Rai, and Limbu
- You can witness four world’s highest peaks like Everest (8,848 m), Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Lhotse (8,516m), and Makalu (8,481 m).
- Witness countless wildlife species including Red panda.
- 36 species of rhododendron can be found.
- Connect with local peoples.
- Trek through southeastern borders of Nepal.
- Newly opened trail with less crowd and amazing landscape.
Sandakpur (3,636 m), the majestic and highest peak in the Ilam district is between Nepal and India. Sandakpur Trek takes you to the highest peak in the district of Ilam, Nepal and West Bengal, India. The peak of Sandakpur is located at the edge of Kanchenjunga National Park and has small hotels and settlements at the top. It is famous for the amazing sunrise and fall views with dreamlike Himalayan ranges. The virgin trails on Sandakpur trek lead you to the lap of majestic mountains with the best view of sunrise. Sandakpur the only place where we can see the mountains of three countries, Nepal, India, and Bhutan. From the summit, you can see the world’s four highest mountains like Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu.
The major attraction during Sandakpur trek is Mai Pokhari, Kanyam, Antu Hill, and Sandakpur Hill itself. Antu Hill and Sandakpur Hill is famous for its mesmerizing view of sunrise and sunset point. From this hill, you will witness the amazing golden sun over the Himalayas. Mai Pokhari is famous for its encircled nine ponds, which is believed to be paying tribute to nine different gods. Mai Pokhari is considered a sacred place and a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Kanyam is another attraction for its beautiful green tea garden. This place is famous for mesmerizing natural beauty, horse riding, traditional heritage, and for the honeymoon too.
Day 1: Take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. Drive to Pashupathinagar (2200 m), 2 hours.
The day begins with a short flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur over the green hills. The journey turns south heading for Jhapa. As we land at Bhadrapur, we take some time off to rest and make our way towards the town of Pashupathinagar. Overnight at Pashupatinagar.
Day 2: Trek from Pashupatinagar to Tumling. (2900 m), 6 hours of trek.
As we are heading away from the Nepalese border, we go down west towards the market place of Phikal. Then we pass the Jogmai River and continue our trek through lush green forests alongside the Gupte Stream. Enjoying the dense forests we reach to Tumling. Overnight at Tumling.
Day 3: Trek from Tumling to Sandakpur. (3636 m), 6 hours of trek.
Continuing through the lush green forests which form so much of the landscape in the hilly regions, the journey takes us alongside the Nepalese Indian border crossing it on multiple occasions. Upon reaching Sandakpur, we take some time off to enjoy the mesmerizing Himalayan views. Overnight at Sandakpur.
Day 4: Trek from Sandakpur to Chintapur. (3500 m), 5 hours of trek.
When the first rays of the sun illuminate the sky of Sandakpur it holds the power over your emotions beckoning you to feel something larger than yourself. The view in front of us unfolds slowly clouds rolling over hills crowned by snowcapped mountains, there was pure, and there was magic.
As the sun slowly rises over Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m), and Mt. Makalu (8,481m) and the entire Himalayas are colored golden. After the mesmerizing view from Sandakpur, we will have our breakfast and head towards Chintapur. Overnight at Chintapur.
Day 5: Trek from Chintapur to Maimajuwa. (1500 m), 4 hours of trek.
From Chintapur too you can see the mesmerizing view of mountains. After witnessing the views, we descend towards the Mai River. The trail again enters into dense forests. Enjoying the rhododendron forests you reach to Maimajuwa. Overnight at Maimajuwa.
Day 6: Trek from Maimajuwa to Mai Pokhari. (1200 m), 4 hours of trek.
Following the banks of the Mai River, we descent and crosses the villages of Mabu and Sulbung. The trail then joins the roadways ascending towards Mai Pokhari. Mai Pokhari is well known for the religious place. The lake of Mai itself is believed to be the abode of the snake God Basuki. The lake is surrounded by forests on all sides. According to locals, it is said that one can never see all 9 edges of the lake from a single spot.
Day 7: Trek from Mai Pokhari to Barbate (Ilam). (1500 m), 5 hours of trek.
Today is the final day of our trek and we will head towards Barbate of Ilam. Today we will witness the lovely tea garden of Ilam and pastures lands. You will also get the chance to see tea factories and roam around there. Overnight at Barbate.
Day 8: Drive to Bhadrapur and flight to Kathmandu.
Essential Packing Lists
The requirement of gears will vary depending on where to travel, size of the group, type of your trip, and duration of your trip. Before packing you should ask these questions to yourself. Are you hiking near a populated area or into a dense forest? Is there any animal or insect? Are you traveling alone or you had booked from a travel agency? Most of the equipment is managed by the travel agency if you book the tour package.
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