NATIONAL HIMALAYAN SANDAKPHU-GURDUM
TREKKING EXPEDITION : 2006

Reporting Dates 2nd Dec. to 5th Dec., 2006

Dear Hostellers

        We are happy to inform you that this year in the month of December we are organising the EIGHT NATIONAL HIMALAYAN SANDAKPHU-GURDUM TREKKING EXPEDITION IN Darjeeling Region. High altitude Himalayan Range, Provides the mountainous glory of mother earth, for which West Bengal State Branch, is organising this venture to fulfill the growing demand of trekking in high altitude region.

DESTINATION DARJEELING
A land of infinite charm with breath taking views of Kanchenjungha from shake hand distance, bewildering variety of flora and fauna, colorful festivals, lush green tea gardens, exciting adventurous sports, daunting trekking routes and perfect solitude.

INVITATION TO SANDAKPHU
Sandakphu, the world famous 'Trekking Paradise' invites you to enjoy the clear views of snow capped mountains and varieties of flora and fauna. The skyline of the region is dominated by the high rising peaks of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjungha, Lothse, Naputhse, Makalu, Janu, Pandim, Norsing and many others. April-May is the best season for visiting this region as in this period the whole valley decorates itself with numerous varieties of flowers, specially world famous Rhododendrons and Magnolias. Himalayan Bear or Red Ponda will well come you if you are lucky enough. Incidentally Sandakphu is the highest point of West Bengal state which satisfies you basic impulses, the urge to tend forth and seek adventure, aiming at promoting National Integration.

AGE OF PARTICIPANTS
Participation in this programme is open to all youth Hostellers above 12 years of age. This condition will be adhered to strictly.

PARTICIPATION FEES
Rs. 1800/- will cover your stay in pucca built accommodation, simple but nutritious vegetarian meals. expert guidance and insurance. You will however bear to and for travel expenses between your Home Town and Base Camp at Darjeeling.
Adventure scholarship: 50% on participation fees for the handicapped youths.

DURATION & STRENGTH
The first group will report at Base Camp on 2nd Dec., 2006. Participants can join on any date thereafter till 5th Dec., 2006 in 4 groups, each group consisting of 30 heads only Duration of one trip in 8 days.

HOW TO APPLY AND PARTICIPATE
Members desiring of joining the programme may apply on prescribed Registration Form duly supported by a Medical Certificate, Which is attached with the Brochure. Photo copies of the attached form are acceptable. Completed Registration Form and Medical Certificate along with Draft of participation fees remitted only,
Enrolment Form
Registration Form
Medical Form
To the Secretary, YHAI, West Bengal State Branch, 28 B, Huzurimal Lane, Kolkata- 700014 should reach in the State Office latest by 20th November 2006.

HOW TO REACH BASE CAMP AT DARJEELING
On Broad Gauge Line new Jalpaiguri is the last Rail Head for Darjeeling.
Avail Auto or Rickshaw service from NJP Railway station to reach Siliguri Tenzing Norgey Bus Stand(10 km.). From there avail Bus or Jeep services to reach Darjeeling(80 km.) in 3.5 hours. It is better to avail direct share Jeep services from NJP Railway Station @Rs. 100/- per head to reach Darjeeling. Get down at Darjeeling Railway station and walk 1 km. upwards to reach MAL. Then Pass the Horse Stable and proceed to reach Base Camp at Darjeeling Youth Hostel in Jalapahar crossing TV centre and D.G. of Police Bunglow.

CANCELLATION
In case you are unable to join the programme after paying the participation fee you will get refund Rs. 900/- only, provided your request is received directly in the State Office, West Bengal State Branch at least 10 days in advance from your Reporting Date. No refund will, however be admissible if such notice of request falls short of 10 days.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING
Ruchsack, Sleeping Bag, Cotton Shirt and Pants, Woolen Jersey and Windcheater, Inner Garments, Two pair thick woolen socks and two pair cotton socks, Trekking shoe and chappal, Wollen gloves and Monkey cap, Light Rain Coat, Sun cap, Towel, Sun Glass, Torch, Water Bottle and water purifier, Plate, Mug and Spoon, Packed Lunch Box, Needle and thread with spare Buttons, Toilet papers, Vaseline, Soap, Pen and Note Book, Medicine which you normally use at home.
Optional : Camera, Musical Instruments.

SAFETY
Extensive and Painstaking preparations have done into the planning of trekking routes for your safety. Our Programme Director and experienced Camp Leaders have been visiting the area to check all in details. While every care has been taken to ensure safety Youth Hostels Association of India, West Bengal State Branch can not be held responsible for any accident, illness and such other unforseen eventualities. Deviation from the set route of the programme is not permitted. if participants desire to join any other activities they may do so at their own cost and responsibility and only after finishing the programme and checking out.

CERTIFICATE
Participants who will successfully complete the trek and abide by the discipline of the programme, will be awarded Certificates and Mementoes.

SPECIAL CASUAL LEAVE
The Trekking Expedition organised by Youth Hostels Association of India have the approval of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and pensions, (Dept. of Personnel and training), Govt. of India Vide Office Order No. 28016/89, Estt(A), dated 25.10.89, Participants working for Central Govt. can apply to the authorities concerned for availing special casual leave for the duration of the expedition. This leave can be sanctioned by their office up to 30 days in a calendar year.

Trek Map


PROGRAMME AND ROUTE SCHEDULE

Total Round Trekking Route-60 km.(aprox).
Programme & Route Schedule are subject to change without prior notice.

Day 1 Reporting at Base Camp. Darjeeling(2134 Mt.)
Day 2 Acclimatisation and Orientation.
Day 3 Transfer to Dhotrey by Bus/Jeep, Trek to Tumling (2900 Mt.) 7 km.
Day 4 Trek to Kalipokhri(3108 Mt.) 13 km.
Day 5 Trek to Sandakphu(3636 Mt.) 6 km.
Day 6 Trek to Gurdum(2910 Mt.) 14 km.
Day 7 Trek to Rimbik(2286 Mt.) via Srikho. 20 km.
Day 8 Transfer by Bus/Jeep to Darjeeling Base Camp(54km), Lunch, valedictory Function and Check Out.

YOUR ATTENTION
Please note that it is an environmental friendly trek. Do not litter any wrappers or spoil the trail in any way.

WARNING
Smoking, Use of alcohol and narcotics of any description are strictly prohibited during the programme. Burning of woods during the Camp Fire is not admissible.

PLACES OF INTEREST IN DARJEELING
Popularly known as the "Queen of Hill Stations", Darjeeling is at a height of 2134 Mt. (7000 ft.), offering a magnificent view of the Himalayan Panaroma including the Kanchenjungha Peak. It Has the Botanical Gardens the Natural History Museum, Dhirdham Temple, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park and the World Heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Toy Train. Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop with engineering skill, Barbotey Rock Garden and Ava Art Gallery.

For Further information please inquire to:

STATE SECRETARY, YOUTH HOSTELS ASSOCIATION OF INDIA
WEST BENGAL STATE BRANCH
28 B Huzurimal Lane, Kolkata - 700014
(Near Santosh Mitra Square)
Santi Kumar Roy(Programme Director)
Stimit Srimany(Field Director)
03217-266679, 9433112727, 9433369396, 9433196275, 9433173429
From 2 P.M to 7 P.M on all working days.
Website : http://www.geocities.com/yhaikolkata