Day 2: Sandakphu Phalut Trek Tour: Manebhanjan to Tonglu (11kms), 6-7 Hours Trek
Manebhanjan (also known as Mane Bhanjyang), Altitude: 7,054ft Many trekkers come to Manebhanjan a day before the trekking starts. This is to acclimatize themselves with the conditions before starting the trek early next morning. Manebhanjan is a small settlement. There is no ATM here. To get cash, the nearest ATM is at Sukhia which is about 15-20 minutes by car (it would be on your way when you arrive at Manebhanjan).
Chitre (3kms from Manebhanjan, Altitude: 8,340ft), 1.5 hours trek. Chitre is a small village about 3kms from Manebhanjan located at an altitude of 8,340 ft. The route up to Chitre passes through pine, fir, birch forests and bamboo glades. This part of the trek route is very steep and really warms you up. It takes about 1.5 hours to trek up to Chitre. Lamaydhura (further 3kms, Altitude: 8,792ft), +1.5 hours trek Lamaydhura is a hamlet inhabited only by five odd Tibetan families. This part of the trek is more comfortable than the earlier stretch up to Chitre. It’s a steady but gradual incline from Chitre and takes over an hour of trek. You will get drinking water here as well as snack-type food like noodles, eggs etc. Meghma (further 3kms, Altitude 9,514ft), +1.5 hours trek. This is another small village located at the border of India and Nepal, and about 3kms from Lamaydhura. Meghma is at an altitude of 9,514 ft. From Lamaydhura, it takes about 1.5 hours of trek to reach Meghma.Tonglu (2kms from Meghma, Altitude: 10,130ft), +1 hour trek.Tonglu is a small hamlet located at an altitude of 10,130ft. This is where most trekkers take the first night halt.