If you love trekking then you will definitely benefit from visiting West Bengal, one of the beautiful states in India not only proud of its unique architecture and rich culture but also of its great destinations for trekking. This is where trekking enthusiasts will get the opportunity to have a thrilling experience on beautiful snowy mountains and densely covered forests.
- 1. Sandakphu Trek
- 2. Goecha La Trek
- 3. Trek to Kamala Falls
- 4. Buxa to Jayanti Jungle Trek
- 5. Singalila Ridge Trek
- 6. Bamonpokhri Jungle Trek in Darjeeling
- 7. Purbikhola Trek in Darjeeling
- 8. Neytham Holy Cave Trek
- 9. Phalut Trek
- 10. Everest Singalila Trek
- 11. Khangchendzonga Trek
- Weather and Terrain of West Bengal
Top Trekking in West Bengal: Destinations to Explore
Make sure to head towards the eastern side of India and you will be entering West Bengal which is situated between the Bay of Bengal and the Eastern Himalayas. Adventure enthusiasts consider trekking in West Bengal to enjoy its unique trails that pass through the lush tea gardens and vibrant jungles.
We are sure once you gain a detailed knowledge about the best destinations for trekking in West Bengal, you will be ready to book your tickets!
Here are the top 11 destinations for trekking in West Bengal (and some are shared with Sikkim) choose wisely from the list. They all seem too good to be true!
1. Sandakphu Trek
Duration: 7 Days
If you are an enthusiast in the field of trekking then Sandakphu Trek will certainly be the best destination to give you the opportunity to explore the highest peak in West Bengal and even have a glimpse of the Lhotse and Makalu which are the fourth and fifth tallest peaks in the world. The Sandakphu peak is at an altitude of 12000 feet and stretches through the border of Bhutan, India, and Nepal.
While going by the mountainous trails, you will get the opportunity to pass through a forest of pine, oaks, pindrow firs, morinda pruces, and deodars. You may have to face the toughest challenge while reaching Sandakphu peak but ultimately you will forget all of your worries after catching a glimpse of the beautiful mountain covered with snow.
The difficulty level in Sandakphu Trek is moderate and you will face steep and even gradual ascent throughout the expedition. If you want a unique experience while trekking in West Bengal then make sure to plan for one of these short treks in North Bengal in the month of September to November or April to June.
Check out the Complete Guide to Sandakphu Trek: A Trekker's Paradise
2. Goecha La Trek
Duration: 11 Days
This is also one of the best places to trek in West Bengal because it will give you a wonderful view of not only one big summit, the Kanchenjunga but also 14 other summits. You begin this trek in West Bengal and end it up in Sikkim. The difficulty level of this trekking expedition is considered hard because you may face harsh weather at any time.
The trek starts from the Yuksom town, a beautiful destination where you will be able to explore the culture of Sikkim.
A major reason that most people consider trekking in this place is that they are able to experience the magnificent beauty of the snow-covered mountains of Kanchenjunga and unique view of Kabru, Mount Pandim, and Rohtang. If you want to have a clear view of the big mountains while trekking then it will be wise for you to plan your visit to one of these places in West Bengal in the month of October to November.
3. Trek to Kamala Falls
Duration: 1 Day
This is also a highly popular weekend trip in West Bengal where trekking enthusiasts not only get the opportunity to enjoy the waterfalls of 550 meters high but will also be able to see the stalagmite Shiv Temple and even pass through the dense forest of Segun, Shaal, Eucalyptus, and Arjun.
Make sure to start off your trek from the Kalijhora Bridge and then climb slowly through the gradual ascent for about one and half hours to reach the falls.
While traveling, enjoy the dense forest where you will be able to find beautiful birds, flowers. After reaching your final destination, have a bath in the fresh water and then return back to the starting point. The difficulty level of this trekking expedition is moderate and the best time to visit this wonderful place is in the month of October.
4. Buxa to Jayanti Jungle Trek
Duration: 4 Days
The Buxa to Jayanti Jungle trek will enable you to visit the wild jungles of Buxa Tiger Reserve where you will encounter different species of wild animals. The difficulty level is moderate to hard and the best time to visit this place for trekking and enjoying the wilderness reserve is from the months of October to January.
One of the unique features of this forest trekking expedition in West Bengal is that people are able to explore the wilderness and spot different animals.
This popular trekking destination in West Bengal starts from Sealdah and then runs along the Buxa Duar Fort, Rydar River, Mahakala caves, Jayanti and Pokri Pahar and ultimately ends at Watch Tower.
While trekking, you will also come across different types of birds that migrate from long distances. Some of the unique species of birds include Fork-tail, Ibis Bill, Wagtail, Whistling Teal, Goosander and Gargani Teal.
5. Singalila Ridge Trek
Duration: 6 Days
The difficulty level in Singalila Trek is considered moderate because you will sometimes face stiff routes while passing by the trails.
It is also one of the most popular short treks in West Bengal because this trail is suitable for travelers of all ages and besides this, it runs towards the Mount Kanchenjunga which is at a height of 8586 meters.
This beautiful trekking trail in the Eastern Himalayan Region starts from Darjeeling and then stretches from an elevation of 2134 meters to 3636 meters and you will be able to get a beautiful view of the snow-covered peaks of Kanchenjunga, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and much more.
This is one of the most popular trekking places near Kolkata where you can easily spend around 6 days and experience the Himalayan Mountains in a unique way. Even though the best time to start this trek is from the months of March to May or October to December if you wish to challenge yourself further then choose the later season when the slopes are fully covered with snow.
6. Bamonpokhri Jungle Trek in Darjeeling
Duration: 1 Day
This is certainly one of the most satisfying destinations for trekking in West Bengal that runs just beside the Bamonpokhri Jungle, which is a Reserve Jungle located beside the Rungsung River. The difficulty level is moderate and the best time to plan this trek is in the month of March to May or September to November.
This popular trek begins from Garidhura, a place situated at a distance of 30 km from Siliguri and then runs through the beautiful Tea Garden and forest where you will be able to get a glimpse of beautiful birds.
After the completion of the trekking session, people mostly consider having a bath in the fresh water of Rungsung River and then eating delicious momos at Garidhura Bazar.
7. Purbikhola Trek in Darjeeling
Duration: 3 Days
The difficulty level is moderate so make sure this destination for trekking in West Bengal is planned in the months of April to May or September to November to make the best of its scenic beauty.
If you wish to experience the essence and culture of North Eastern India then it is recommended that you indulge yourself in this amazing and highly popular trekking expedition.
The trek which starts from Samthar to Purbikhola will give you the opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of tea gardens and dense forests at the foot of the Himalayas where some birds like the Scarlet Minivet and Cheeked Bulbul are always ready to be spotted.
8. Neytham Holy Cave Trek
Duration: 6 Days
The Neytham Holy Cave Trek is also a popular trip for people who love nature and wish to enjoy a wide view of Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Kabru, Mount Pandim and various other surrounding ranges.
The difficulty level is moderate and therefore you can visit this wonderful trekking destination in West Bengal all year round.
This trek starts from Labdang Gurung Heritage village and ends at Lhari Nimphu Holy cave which takes about 6 hours to complete. If you wish to explore this wonderful paradise in a special way then you need to trek for extra 4 hours from Dhoopi to Borong Hotspring.
9. Phalut Trek
Duration: 6 Days
Phalut is the highest peak of the Singalila Range in West Bengal which is located in the district of Darjeeling at an altitude of 11,811 feet. The difficulty level in the Phaluk Trek is moderate to hard and hence, the best time to visit this beautiful place in the month of April to May when the weather is more pleasant.
The Phalut trek starts from Sandakphu and ultimately ends at Phalut which is a distance of 21 kilometers.
During the trekking expedition, you will be able to enjoy the magnificent views of Mount Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest and even pass through a dense forest of Chestnut trees, Oaks, Silver Firs and Margolis.
10. Everest Singalila Trek
Duration: 9 Days
This is a popular trekking destination which runs along the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in West Sikkim. The difficulty level in Everest Singalila Trek is moderate to hard and the best time to plan your trek in this region is in the month of October to December.
Trekking enthusiasts generally consider visiting this place to enjoy a magnificent view of Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga. During the trekking expedition, you can also consider camping in the dense forest of Rhododendron and Oak.
11. Khangchendzonga Trek
Duration: 9 to 11 Days
This is a highly popular and one of the most exciting treks in the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga, which is the highest peak of West Bengal and the third highest peak in the whole world.
The difficulty level is moderate to hard and hence, the best season to plan your Khangchendzonga Trek is in the month of Mid March to June or Mid September to October.
While passing through this trekking trail, you will be able to enjoy a wonderful view of Mount Kanchenjunga from Dzongri and Gochilla which are at an altitude of 4800 meters. Throughout the trekking expedition, you will not only be able to enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges but will also hear the songs of beautiful birds and the sound of soothing streams flowing down the hills.
Weather and Terrain of West Bengal
The State of West Bengal has a tropical climate throughout the year since it is surrounded by the Himalayas in the north and the Bay of Bengal in the south. Since the northern districts of this state remain cold throughout the year, tourists generally prefer visiting the hill stations in summer. Besides this, the Himalayan region of this state offers a chilling temperature and even occasional rains.
If you wish to trek in the beauty of the Himalayas, and then relax, then make sure to go for the sightseeing tour in Siliguri.
Visit the above destinations for trekking in West Bengal, explore the culture of this region and get the glimpse of the highest snow-capped peaks!
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