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Motorcyle ride to Sandakphu

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by , 11-07-2018 at 02:11 PM (365 Views)
Hello all,

It's been over a year since I did this ride, and never felt the need of updating the travelogue as the Sandakphu was closed for motorcycles due to an unfortunate incident by some idiot riding group.

But now that it is open again, I am starting this thread to guide you for one of the most toughest trails in eastern Himalaya. Sandakphu is the highest peak in West Bengal, offering majestic views of the Kanchenjunga range from its unprecedented height. Primarily, Sandakphu is a trekker's paradise.

I never been to Ladakh, I am from Kolkata and done Gurudongmar, Silk route, DaringBadi, Ranchi and numerous rides across the eastern part of the India, and as per my experience so far, Sandakhphu is one of the toughest, if not the toughest ride you can take up. It will test your mettle, take it up someday.

If you are tough, Sandakphu is tougher!

I am posting my travel outlines and some pictures from the trip if someone finds it useful.

Day 1: Started riding from Kolkata and reached Islampur in the evening, took the NH 34 route, very basic stuff, nothing fancy.

Day 2: Started from Islampur and reached Manebhanjan, it was raining and we absolutely enjoyed the drizzled mountain roads.
Tip: Be easy on her curves, specially if it is wet.

Day 3: The most significant day, we started at about 10.00, and after some time, roads vanished and a pure mountain trail begins. It was quite wet from the yesterdays rain, and the ride was getting tougher and tougher with each turn. We ride through Singalila National Park and reached Kalpokhri. Upto this point, it was manageable with the rain.

Things gone wild after this. The last 8 Km was insane, and it took everything I had to get myself through this. The ride is quite OK for a FI motorcycle (FZ25 in the group), but for my Yamaha SZR , things were menacing and at times, the bike was about to absolute give up.

It is hard to explain in words what it takes to revv up a 153cc engine past 7000 rpm on a muddy rock surface with a hellish inclination angle in a rainy evening, but I can tell you the heavenly feeling and satisfaction you get once you complete the ride.

Day 4: We had plans for Phalut, but unfortunately, 2 of 5 motorcycles of our team did not made to the top. They were forced to leave their motorcycle on the mid way about 2 km from the Sandakphu and trek the way up. So we discarded the plan for Phalut, enjoyed the day at sandakphu, took up the majestic view of Kanchenjunga range with some warm "Khichri & Omelet" at lunch.

Day 5: Started from Sandakphu, way down with that inclination is some experience to recall throughout your life. Damn you all should visit Sandakphu. I was never that afraid as i was for the first 3 turns, it was that feeling when the brakes does't work, gears does't work, and all you feel is gravity.

We reached Dalkhola at the end of the day via Siliguri.

Day 6: Reached Kolkata.
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