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Barsey Rhododendron Trek

It is one of the most colorful treks in Sikkim, set among blooming rhododendrons and grand panoramas of the Kangchenjunga range

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  •   Dates: 01 Apr – 08 Apr
  •   Region: Sikkim
  •   Duration: 8 days
  •   Activity: Adventure
  •   Grade: Easy
  •   Price: Rs.31, pharm epilepsy 000/-
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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, infection 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.

  • Walk through Oak and Rhododendron forests
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Kangchenjunga range
  • See many species of rhododendrons in bloom
  • Observe many rare birds
DayDescriptionTimeAlt
Day1Bagdogra to Sombarey
Pickup from Bagdogra airport and drive to Sombarey. O/n at forest guesthouse in Sombarey.
6.5 hrs2940 m
Day 2Trek: Hilley to Lasune
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, getting us to Barsey – our lunch point. Continue walking through the enchanting forest till we reach our campsite at Lasune. O/n in tents.
5 hrs3094 m
Day 3Trek: 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.

7 hrs3125 m
Day 4Trek: 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.
5 hrs3160 m
Day 5Trek: Thulo Dhap to Chewa
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 Kangchenjunga on a clear day. Put up our campsite on the Indo Nepal border outpost of Chewa Bhanjyang. O/n in tents.
5 hrs2621 m
Day 6Trek: Chewa to Uttarey, Drive to Darap
Our final descent through the dense forests gets us to the blissfully tranquil Uttarey village. After having lunch at Uttarey, drive to Darap village. O/n a homestay in Darap
4 hrs2050 m
Day 7Pelling sightseeing
After breakfast drive to Khecheopalri, a tranquil lake 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 homestay in Darap.
Day 8Darap to Bagdogra
Drop to Bagdogra airport.
5.5 hrs
Cost per person (for Indian nationals): Rs.31,000/-
Cost per person (for Foreign nationals): Rs.34,000/-

Included

  • Accommodation on a twin sharing basis
  • All meals
  • Logistics for the trek
  • Transportation using Innova / Xylo or similar

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Rescue / medical charges in case needed due to high altitude sickness, any ailment and/or accidents
  • Soft drink charges, table drinks, bottled water, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, and liquor charges
  • Excess stay & meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport
  • Any other item not mentioned in “Included” section above
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