The Sleeping Buddha Trail
Situated in the state of West Bengal in India, The Sleeping Buddha Trail is a 65km trail which offers the breathtaking view of the world's four tallest peaks. The trail offers a unique experience of simultaneously venturing in two countries, although it starts from India but crosses into Nepal on a number of occasion.
The trail goes through the Singalila National Park, which is very famous among the trekkers, hikers and trail running enthusiasts. From Phalut, on your left is the Everest cluster, which includes the world's fourth- and fifth-highest mountains, Lhotse and Makalu. It's once-in-a-lifetime chance to see these three majestic peaks together from a vantage point.
The "Sleeping Buddha" formation of four 8000 m peaks is definitely something magnificent, Mt Everest stands tall and proud with a cluster of three other great peaks, The Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Lhotse, appearing much like Buddha lying on his side, hence the name. is even more impressive. The resemblance of the massif to a sleeping human form is uncanny. The third-highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga, stands out as the most prominent peak in this uniquely shaped massif.
Sandakphu-Phalut is one of the favourite spots in the world to view sunrises and sunsets. In the spring, when rhododendrons bloom, entire trail is covered with the showy blooms of pink, red, scarlet, and white flowers swathe the mountainside, creating a truly magical moment.
This trail is a spiritual journey towards the Sleeping Buddha landscape. But what comes with it is a chance to observe a rare culture, a bamboo and rhododendron forest like no other, and sunrises and sunsets no one has ever seen.