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Walking The Colorful Woods – A Rhododendron Trek To Sandakphu – II

sandakphu and singalila trek

(continuing from the 1st part of my Sandakphu trek blog)

…By the time we reached Tumling, we had realized that from Tumling to Sandapkhu, the rhododendron blooms were pretty much the same as what we had come across so far. In fact less. Also, we were really liking the location, views, and slow life at Tumling – a small Nepali village on the Sandakphu trek route. And being disconnected with the outside world was like an icing on the cake to us. We decided to stay put in Tumling for today and not proceed towards Kalipokhri, that was supposed to be our night – halt today, if we had followed the plan!

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The gorgeous blue sky – Tumling, Singalila Sandakphu trek

Walking around Tumling Village and Tonglu Top

For the day, we decided to explore our small village of Tumling and then walk up to the Tonglu top. Our Sandakphu trek guide Sange initially thought we were a little weird for not moving ahead towards Sandaphu on such a bright and beautiful day but soon understood that we were more keen on breathing the fresh air of the mountains than reaching anywhere in particular.

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The Tonglu trekker’s hut at Tonglu top and us, Sandakphu Trek
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Beautiful colors all around, Sandakphu Trek
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More of the beautiful colors around Tumling and Tonglu, Sandakphu Trek

Sandakphu Trek Route

This trek route is one of the most beautiful treks I have done. The only thing I did not like about the Sandakphu Singalila trek route is the fact that you can also do Sandakphu by car which means, on a regular interval, vehicles ply on the same route which people walking also take. You can always ditch the paved road if you are walking and that is exactly what we did – walked on Nepal side of the trail, though the jungles and villages. But there are places where you must come back and join the cemented road. Not something we enjoyed doing.

Sandakphu Trek nepal side
Sandakphu Trek through the jungle
Sandakphu Trek nepal side
Sandakphu Trek through the jungle
Sandakphu Trek trail
Nearing Tumling Village, Sandakphu Trek

Anyways, so back to the good stuff about the Sandakphu trek trail. The walk to Tonglu top was not a very long one from our homestay in Tumling, so after a heavy breakfast, we had taken it easy on our way to the Tonglu top, with a lot of photo-stops, thanks to the gorgeous weather and clear skies. But, not so surprisingly, by the time we were on at the top, I was hungry! After a quick Maggi session, we slowly started back for Tumling – but not before making many photo-stops along the road again.

Coulds floating over the valleys near Tumling Village
Houses at Tumling Village, Nepal
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Clouds floating over the valleys near Tumling Village

By the time we came back to our Tumling homestay, the weather had abruptly tuned bad. It was being said that, heavy rains should be expected for the next 2-3 days. So, all we did that evening was sat by the fireplace, enjoyed great food and chatted with fellow travelers.

sitting by the fireplace in tumling
Sitting by the fireplace in Tumling

The next morning, we started our walk all the way to Maneybhanjang. Thankfully, it was mostly downhill and this time we took more shortcuts that we had taken on our way up. We got good weather around the small village of Lamadhurya where we relaxed a bit and also bought a couple of local rhododendron wine. More than two months down the line, the bottles are yet to be opened!

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Sange, our trek guide and us
wild flowers on the sandakphu trail
Wild flowers on the Sandakphu trail
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Walking down from Tumling village
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Some more of the wildflowers on the Sandakphu trail

By late afternoon, we were nearing Maneybhanjang. The plan now was to reach Darjeeling for the night and then from there, the next day to Gangtok. We had no plans to spend time in Darjeeling this time but since reaching Gangtok on the same day, without reserving a vehicle was not possible, we had to stay in Darjeeling. Which means, I might even write a blog post on things to do in Darjeeling in 24 hours, who knows!


maneybhanjang to chitrey
Walking down from Chitrey to Manybhanjang
india nepal border maneybhanjang
Where borders do not mean much, Sandakphu India – Nepal
india nepal border maneybhanjang
The eerie woods of Singalila National Park
sandakphu trek couple
We after the trek, Manybhanjang

And that is how ended our Sandakphu trek.

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25 thoughts on “Walking The Colorful Woods – A Rhododendron Trek To Sandakphu – II”

  1. Have a enjoyable adventure of Tumling Village, photos are Amazing really, I love all the pictures, thanks for the share.

  2. Thank you for writing such a great post. The way you express things in content is just mindblowing. I am looking forward to reading more of your content. I hope you have a beautiful day.

  3. I have been to Sandakhphu peak and I must say your blog freshen up my memories back. I enjoyed your blog from beginning to the end and I would love to read more from you . Thanks for sharing.

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