The advent of spring infuses a completely new life in the temperate slopes of the Sikkim Himalayas. Entire slopes are transformed into a color pallet of rich reds, yellows and pinks. The air is thick with the fragrance of the blooming rhododendrons.
The Barsey Rhododendron trek covers the higher reaches of the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in West Sikkim, which houses 13 different varieties of rhododendron species. Entire hill slopes are covered with Arboreum, Falconeri, Barbatum, Hodgsoni and Campanulatum, the most commonly found rhododendron species in this sanctuary. The flowering season also attracts a plethora of bird species making it a delight for bird watchers. The panoramic views of the Kangchenjunga range further add to the spectacular beauty of this trek.
Bagdogra to Sombarey
Pickup from Bagdogra airport and drive to Sombarey. O/n at forest guesthouse in Sombarey.
Trek: Hilley to Barsey
A short drive from Sombarey gets you to Hilley, the starting point of our trek. From here your trek commences over an undulating path through a mix of bamboo and rhododendron forests teeming with birds. This campsite offers us our first glimpse of Kangchenjunga . O/n in tents.
Trek: Barsey to Jorebotey
Today’s walk is a long but easy one, mainly through rhododendron and mixed temperate forests. Your path would be dotted with blood red and pink shaded rhododendron Arborium forests, brought to life by chirping of birds.
A short climb towards the end will get you to your campsite, which offers a stupendous view of the Kangchenjunga range. O/n in tents.
Trek: Jorebotey to Thulo Dhap
Continue traversing through hemlock and rhododendron forests, accompanied by the mighty Kangchenjunga. A final one hour climb will get you to a beautiful meadow where you set camp.
Trek: Thulo Dhap to Chitterey
A steep two hour climb gets you to the top ridge of the sanctuary, from where you traverse across the ridge. From Chewabhanjyang, a steep descent through rhododendron forests will get you to your campsite. O/n in tents.
Trek: Chitterey to Uttarey, Drive to Pelling
Continue your descent through mixed temperate forests teeming with birds to reach the serene village of Uttarey.
From here drive to Pelling. O/n at a hotel in Pelling.
After breakfast drive to Khecheopalri, a tranquil laike nestled in the midst of verdant forests. From here drive to Yuksom, the first capital of Sikkim. In the evening visit Pemayangtse monastery. O/n at a hotel in Pelling.