Barsey Rhododendron Trek
Barsey, Sikkim, India
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  • Trip introduction

    Join us on one of the most colorful treks in Sikkim, set among blooming rhododendrons and grand panoramas of the Khangchendzonga range. This trek is an easy one, perfect for trekking newbies and nature lovers. We trek in the higher sections of the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in west Sikkim, which is home to 13 different varieties of rhododendron species. Bird-lovers can spot many rare birds like the Black-breasted Parrotbill, Blood Pheasant and many varieties of flycatchers.

    Destination

    The slopes of the Sikkim Himalayas are peppered with the bright hues and warm fragrance of thousands of blooming rhododenrons. The flowering season also means an area rife in bird and insect species, and is a nature-lover's delight.

    On this trek we pass through conifer forests and soft green meadows, set against flowing river, and enjoy magnificient views of the many snow-capped mountains of the Khangchendzonga range.

    Destination highlights

    • Spot many rare mountain birds
    • Photograph the many species of rhododendrons in bloom
    • Take-in panoramic views of the Khangchendzonga range
    • Walk through forests of oak and rhododendron

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Bagdogra airport
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    Drop off point
    Bagdogra airport
    Mode of transport
    SUV
    Start point
    Hilley
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    End point
    Darap
    Time of departure
    02:00 PM
    Time of return
    06:00 PM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    25 hrs
    Total distance covered
    40 Kms
    Start point elevation
    8500 feet
    Maximum elevation
    10100 feet
    Minimum elevation
    6500 feet
    Average per day distance
    5 kms
  • Day 1: Bagdogra to Sombarey

    Travellers should reach Bagdogra airport by 2 p.m. from where we pick you up and start on a scenic 5-hour drive to Sombarey.

    Overnight at a forest guesthouse in Sombarey.

    Day 2: Trek from Hilley to Lasune

    We begin the day early, and reach our start poing for the trek after a short drive from Sombarey to Hilley. Our trek commences with a gentle walk through a mix of bamboo and rhododendron forests teeming with birds, getting us to Barsey – our lunch point. Post lunch, we continue walking through the enchanting forests till we reach our campsite at Lasune.

    Overnight in tents.
    /Trekking Barsey North East Trekking Plesant walks to rejuvinate yourself.

    Day 3: Trek from Barsey to Joreybotey

    Today’s walk is an easy but a long one, mainly skirting through rhododendron and mixed temperate forests. Our route is encrusted with Siver Firs and Oaks, which house many spectacular birds like Rufous-vented Yuhina, Red-tailed Minla and Rufous-bellied Niltava. At some places, the path offers us a sneak peek of the majestic Khangchendzonga range. We finally reach a dried lake, from where it is a gentle up-hill climb to our campsite.

    Overnight in tents.
    /Rhododendron Trekking North East Trekking Trek through the mixed jungles of rhododendron and bamboo.

    Day 4: Trek from Joreybotey to Thulo Dhap

    We continue our trek through hemlock and rhododendron forests, accompanied by the mighty Khangchendzonga range. Most part of the trek will be on top of the ridge offering grand views of the valley below. A final one-hour climb gets us into rhododendron forests thick enough to block sunlight. On crossing these forests, we reach an open meadow with cris-crossing gurgling streams, where we set-up camp.

    Overnight in tents.
    /Rhododendron Trekking North East Trekking The more you trek, the closer you go to nature.

    Day 5: Trek from Thulo Dhap to Chewa Bhanjyang

    A steep climb gets us to the top ridge of the sanctuary, just above the tree line. The mighty hemlocks give way to slopes filled with Rhododendron Setosum bushes. We traverse the U-shaped valley, from where we get grand views of Khangchendzonga on a clear day. We set-up camp on the0 Indo-Nepal border outpost of Chewa Bhanjyang.

    Overnight in tents.
    /Rhododendron Trekking North East Trekking Spectacular view of the Kangchenjunga range.

    Day 6: Trek from Chewa Bhanjyang to Uttarey to Darap

    Today, we descend through the dense forest to reach the the blissfully tranquil Uttarey village. After lunch at Uttarey, we drive to Darap village near Pelling.

    Overnight in a homestay in Darap.

    Day 7: Pelling Sightseeing

    After a delicious breakfast, we get ready for a day of sight- seeing.

    We drive to Khecheopalri lake which is considered very holy by the local people, and then continue to Yuksom, the first capital of Sikkim.

    Overnight in a homestay in Darap.

    Day 8: Pelling to Bagdogra

    We wake up early, to leave for Bagdogra airport for our flight back home.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Bagdogra
    End point
    Sombarey
    Day start time
    08:00 AM

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Hilley
    End point
    Lasune
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    5 kms
    Trekking time
    9 hrs

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Barsey
    End point
    Joreybotey
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    9 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Joreybotey
    End point
    Thulo Dhap
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    5 kms
    Trekking time
    5 hrs

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Thulo Dhap
    End point
    Chewa Bhanjyang
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    7 kms
    Trekking time
    5 hrs

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Chewa Bhanjyang
    End point
    Darap
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    4 hrs

    Day 7 - Milestone

    Start point
    Darap
    End point
    Darap
    Day start time
    08:00 AM

    Day 8 - Milestone

    Start point
    Darap
    End point
    Bagdogra
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Accommodation as specified, on a twin sharing basis.
    • All surface travel using Xylo or similar.
    • All logistics and meals during the trek like tents, guide, cook and porters.
    • A knowledgeable English-speaking guide.
      Excludes
    • Travel from city of origin to Bagdogra and back.
    • Personal equipment like backpack and woolen clothes.
    • Excess stay and meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport.
    • Rescue/medical charges if needed due to high altitude sickness, any ailment and/or accidents.
    • All expenses of a personal nature like laundry expenses, telephone expenses, cigarettes or liquor charges.
    • Any other item not mentioned in the inclusions.

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Long pants/track pants and long sleeve t-shirts
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Cap/Hat
    • Good quality trekking shoes
      What not to Wear
    • Clothes that do not offer any protection against heat, dust and insects
    • Sandals/Slippers

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Technical equipment needed for the hike, if any.
      You need to get

    Medical Kit

    • Specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.
  • Day 1: Bagdogra to Sombarey

    Forest Guesthouse

    Clean, spacious rooms with attached toilet and bathroom.

    /North East Kangchenjunga Trekking Spectacular view of the Kangchenjunga range.

    Day 2: Trek from Hilley to Lasune

    Tent

    Stay in clean and comfortable tents, close to nature.

    /Camp site North East Trekking Participants having a quick bite at one of the camp sites.

    Day 3: Trek from Barsey to Joreybotey

    Tent

    Stay in clean and comfortable tents, close to nature.

    /North East Kangchenjunga Trekking The mighty Kangchenjunga range.

    Day 4: Trek from Joreybotey to Thulo Dhap

    Tent

    Stay in clean and comfortable tents, close to nature.

    Day 5: Trek from Thulo Dhap to Chewa Bhanjyang

    Tent

    Stay in clean and comfortable tents, close to nature.

    Day 6: Trek from Chewa Bhanjyang to Uttarey to Darap

    Homestay

    Stay in a cozy roomhosted by friendly local community.

    Day 7: Pelling Sightseeing

    Homestay

    Stay in a cozy roomhosted by friendly local community.

    Day 8: Pelling to Bagdogra

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