The highest peak in West Bengal, Sandakphu is situated at the edge of Singalila National Park, on the northwest end of the city of Darjeeling at an altitude of approximately 3600 m. From here, one can get a panoramic view of the snowy Himalayas.


A paradise for adventure enthusiasts, Sandakphu offers opportunities river rafting on the gushing River Teesta. One can also view four out of the five highest peaks of the world from here, namely, Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu. You can view the famed Three Sisters between Everest and Kanchenjunga, and further to the east of the latter, you will have a clear of the Tibetan peaks of Narsing, Dongkya and Chola. This is why Sandakphu is a favourite among seasoned trekkers while the journey is challenging, the destination is worth the hard work.


Sandakphu literally means height of the poisonous plants. This is attributed to the aconite plants that grow in abundance here. They are only poisonous when consumed though, so visitors can rest easy. It is also the only place in the world with rhododendron and silver fir forests.

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