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Druk Path Trek

A scenic high altitude trek between Paro and Thimpu, skirting several glacial lakes and offering grand views of the Eastern Himalayas

Snapshot

  • Best Season: October – December
  • Region: Sikkim
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activity: Adventure
  • Grade: Moderate
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This trek covers the higher reaches of the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in the West Sikkim, prescription
which is famous for its flowers, infection
and spectacular mountain views of Kangchenjunga and Everest. The views are complimented with camping in dense Oak and Rhododendron forest amidst the calls of barking deer and wild birds.

In Barsey one passes through dense thickets of Rhododendrons below the tall mountain ridge laden with conifer forests of silver fir and hemlock. The trek winds its way through the source of two rivers, which originate from moist grassy meadows. After Thulo Dhaap the trail climbs up to the Singalila Ridge and from Phokety one can experience the sunrise on Everest and Kanjchenjunga, the highest and third highest peaks in the world.

  • Walk through dense Temperate and Rhododendron forests
  • Enjoy views of Kangchenjunga range
  • Observe many rare birds
DayDescriptionTimeAlt
Day 1Drive: Bagdogra to Hee Bermiok
Pickup from Bagdogra airport and drive to Hee Gaon, the base village for the trek. Night halt at a village guesthouse.
6.5 hrs1800 m
Day 2Trek: Hee Bermiok to Samathar
The trek commences with a steep climb through mixed rhododendron and bamboo forests. On the way cross small quaint villages which seem to have been lost in time. O/n in tents.
5 hrs2494 m
Day 3Trek: Samathar to Barsey
Your ascent continues through the thick forest amongst the chirping of the birds. As you keep climbing up you see the transition from a temperate forest to a rhododendron forest. In the afternoon we explore some trails around Barsey. O/n in tents.
5 hrs3000 m
Day 4Trek: Barsey to Joreybotey
Today’s walk is long but an easy one, mainly through rhododendron and mixed temperate forests. On a clear day you will get grand views of the Kangchenjunga range from this camp; from Kumbhakarna all the way till Mt. Narsing. O/n in tents.
7 hrs3029 m
Day 5Trek: Joreybotey to Thulodhap
Today’s trek continues on the ridge till a final short climb gets you to a dried lake name Thulo Dhap. This is by far the most scenic campsite on your trek. Relax for the remainder of the day, absorbing the beauty of the place . O/n in tents.
4 hrs3062 m
Day 6Trek: Thulodhap to Kalijhar
After breakfast commence a steep ascent to the top ridge of Barsey, from where you can get magnificent views of Kangchenjunga range. A gentle climb up gets you to your high camp of Kalijhar. O/n in tents.
4 hrs3485 m
Day 7Trek: Kalijhar - Uttarey, Drive to Pelling
Start walking by 4 am to Phoktey Dara view point from where you can enjoy a grand sunrise over Everest and Kangchenjunga. Absorb the sheer tranquility and beauty of the place.

After breakfast descend down all the way till Uttarey. The initial part of the route runs along the Nepal border, providing good views of the Nepalese villages on the other side.

On reaching Uttarey drive to Pelling. O/n at a hotel in Pelling.

9 hrs2200 m
Day 8Drive: Pelling to Bagdogra
Drop to Bagdogra airport.
5 hrs
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Snapshot

  • Best Season: October – December
  • Region: Sikkim
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activity: Adventure
  • Grade: Moderate
Trip Enquiry

This trek covers the higher reaches of the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in the West Sikkim, prescription
which is famous for its flowers, infection
and spectacular mountain views of Kangchenjunga and Everest. The views are complimented with camping in dense Oak and Rhododendron forest amidst the calls of barking deer and wild birds.

In Barsey one passes through dense thickets of Rhododendrons below the tall mountain ridge laden with conifer forests of silver fir and hemlock. The trek winds its way through the source of two rivers, which originate from moist grassy meadows. After Thulo Dhaap the trail climbs up to the Singalila Ridge and from Phokety one can experience the sunrise on Everest and Kanjchenjunga, the highest and third highest peaks in the world.

  • Walk through dense Temperate and Rhododendron forests
  • Enjoy views of Kangchenjunga range
  • Observe many rare birds
DayDescriptionTimeAlt
Day 1Drive: Bagdogra to Hee Bermiok
Pickup from Bagdogra airport and drive to Hee Gaon, the base village for the trek. Night halt at a village guesthouse.
6.5 hrs1800 m
Day 2Trek: Hee Bermiok to Samathar
The trek commences with a steep climb through mixed rhododendron and bamboo forests. On the way cross small quaint villages which seem to have been lost in time. O/n in tents.
5 hrs2494 m
Day 3Trek: Samathar to Barsey
Your ascent continues through the thick forest amongst the chirping of the birds. As you keep climbing up you see the transition from a temperate forest to a rhododendron forest. In the afternoon we explore some trails around Barsey. O/n in tents.
5 hrs3000 m
Day 4Trek: Barsey to Joreybotey
Today’s walk is long but an easy one, mainly through rhododendron and mixed temperate forests. On a clear day you will get grand views of the Kangchenjunga range from this camp; from Kumbhakarna all the way till Mt. Narsing. O/n in tents.
7 hrs3029 m
Day 5Trek: Joreybotey to Thulodhap
Today’s trek continues on the ridge till a final short climb gets you to a dried lake name Thulo Dhap. This is by far the most scenic campsite on your trek. Relax for the remainder of the day, absorbing the beauty of the place . O/n in tents.
4 hrs3062 m
Day 6Trek: Thulodhap to Kalijhar
After breakfast commence a steep ascent to the top ridge of Barsey, from where you can get magnificent views of Kangchenjunga range. A gentle climb up gets you to your high camp of Kalijhar. O/n in tents.
4 hrs3485 m
Day 7Trek: Kalijhar - Uttarey, Drive to Pelling
Start walking by 4 am to Phoktey Dara view point from where you can enjoy a grand sunrise over Everest and Kangchenjunga. Absorb the sheer tranquility and beauty of the place.

After breakfast descend down all the way till Uttarey. The initial part of the route runs along the Nepal border, providing good views of the Nepalese villages on the other side.

On reaching Uttarey drive to Pelling. O/n at a hotel in Pelling.

9 hrs2200 m
Day 8Drive: Pelling to Bagdogra
Drop to Bagdogra airport.
5 hrs
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  • Best Season: March – May
  • Region: Sikkim
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activity: Adventure
  • Grade: Easy
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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, Hepatitis
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 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.
3 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 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.
6.5 hrs2621 m
Day 6Trek: 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.

4 hrs2050 m
Day 7Pelling sightseeing
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.
Day 8Pelling to Bagdogra
Drop to Bagdogra airport.
5.5 hrs
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  •   Region: Bhutan
  •   Duration: 10 days
  •   Activity: Adventure
  •   Grade: Moderate
  •   Price: On Request
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Cradled in the lap of the Himalayas, practitioner Bhutan has many scenic treks to offer trekkers. Following the ancient high-level route between Paro and Thimpu, the Druk Path trek is an excellent short trek skirting past several remote lakes and offering some great views of the Eastern Himalayas.

The first day’s walk leading to the ruined Jela Dzong sitting on a high ridge above the Paro valley commands breathtaking views of Chomolhari, the most revered mountain in Bhutan. During the succeeding four days of trekking, we climb above the tree-line crossing several passes, en route camping beside clear mountain lakes, visiting yak herders’ encampments and enjoying splendid panoramas of the lesser known peaks like Jitchu Drake and Gangkar Puensum.

  • Trek along glacial lakes
  • Enjoy grand views of Eastern Himalayas
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery
  • Visit monuments in Paro and Thimpu
DayDescriptionTimeAlt
Day 1Bagdogra to Phuntsholing
Pick up from Bagdogra airport and drive to Phuntsholing. O/n at a hotel in Phuntsholing.
5 hrs
Day 2Phuntsholing to Paro
After breakfast commence your scenic drive to Paro valley. As we keep driving up, the landscape changes from semi-tropical to temperate. En route halt for pictures, gradually absorbing the beauty of the country. O/n at a hotel in Paro.
6.5 hrs
Day 3Hike to Taktsang monastery
After breakfast set out for your hike to Taktsang monastery popularly referred to as Tiger’s Nest. This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 4000 ft. above the valley floor. O/n at a hotel in Paro.
5 hrs
Day 4Trek: Paro to Jele Dzong
The first day is a long climb as you gain more than 1000m of elevation. The trek follows a gravel road past a few farms for about 30 minutes and then climbs steeply up a ridge. O/n in tents.
5 hrs3450 m
Day 5Trek: Jele Dzong to Jangchu Lakha
This is a short day,which allows time to visit Jili Dzong, atop a promontory at 3570m. From the Dzong the route begins with a long ridge walk, first climbing on the west side of the ridge in a rhododendron forest to a saddle, then descending through a thick temperate forest. O/n in tents.
5 hrs3780 m
Day 6Trek: Jangchu Lakha to Jimilangtso
The trail follows the ridge from where once can get grand views of the mountains and the valleys on a clear day. The trail passes through a mixed rhododendron and pine forest before reaching Jimilang Tso, a beautiful lake. O/n in tents.
6 hrs3880 m
Day 7Trek: Jimilangtso to Simkota
The trail climbs from the lower end of the lake to a ridge which we traverse . From here a series of ascents and descents gets us to our campsite. All along with way we would get to see many beautiful glacial lakes. O/n in tents.
6 hrs4040 m
Day 8Trek: Simkota to Thimpu
Today you begin with gradual climb and if the weather is clear you will enjoy views of the surrounding mountains particularly Mt. Gangkhar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan. From the pass, descend and reach Phajoding all the way down, till you reach Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. O/n at a hotel in Thimpu.
8 hrs2400 m
Day 9Thimpu sightseeing, Phuntsholing
Half day sightseeing around Thimphu with a visit of Textile Museum, Heritage Museum, Painting School, Handicrafts Emporium, Zilukha Nunnery, Chang Gangkha Monastery, Memorial Chorten, and Tashicho Dzong. After lunch drive to Phuntsholing. O/n at a hotel in Phuntsholing.
5 hrs
Day 10Phuntsholing to Bagdogra
Drop to Bagdogra airport.
5 hrs

 

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