Sikkim Himalaya Trek – Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary

Basic Information

The Barsey (Varsey) Rhododendron Sanctuary trek is one of the most scenic treks in Sikkim himalayas. You will get full view of the moutains of Sikkim including kangchenjunga (third highest mountain in the world 8586m from sea level), Pandim, Rathong, Kabru group, Kmbhakarna and more. The Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary houses 13 different varieties of rhododendron species. The rhododendrons and the windflowers in the sactuary attracts abundance of bird species which making it also a birding hotspot. The sanctuary is also renowned for its fauna including the elusive Red Panda, Himalayan Yellow-throted Marten, Leopard cat, Marbled cat, Himalayan Black Bear, Assamese Macaque are some of them

Tour Itinerary

Tropic Trail tour leader will receive you from the Bagdogra Airport and drive you to the hotel it will take 30min. In the evening you have an option to visit local hong kong market

After an early breakfast, you will be tranferred to Rinchenpong Sikkim, it will take 5hour drive to reach Rinchenpong. En-route, you have the mandatory halt at the check post to submit requisite documentation to enter Sikkim. You will be staying in a homestay at a farm in Rinchenpong. Afternoon you will be going for a acclimatization walk around the village and visiting an ancient Monastery. Rinchenpong Monastery is the 3rd oldest Monastery in Sikkim at an elevation of 1700m. The Monastery houses a rare Adi Budda (Primeval) statue.

After an early breakfast, an our drive to the start point Hee Patal. The Barsey (Varsey) Rhododendron Sanctuary lies in the south west corner of the west Sikkim district. Spreading over 104 kmacross the razor sharp Singalila Range, which forms the natural international border with Nepal. Initially walk through thick forest and trek uphill through bamboo forest and thick vegitation.

  • Min Elevation: 1781m
  • Max Elevation: 2587
  • Climb: 821m
  • Distance: 5.50km

Today you have a comparatively shorter trek, an uphill trail through stone cut steps and bamboo forests and walk through narrow ridges. The ditant view of hills, valleys and villages from the viewpoint on the ridge with Budhist prayer flags around evokes a feeling of timelessness and serinity. Reach camp by noon and have lunch at camp. In the afternoon an optional walk to a small lake nearby

  • Min Elevation: 2495m
  • Max Elevation: 2819m
  • Climb: 416m
  • Distance: 5.00km

Today you will be walking through undulating terrain and thick Rhododendron forests. Along the way , you will be traversing the canopy of the cloud forest interspersed with the white, pink and Rhododendron flowers lighting up the trail. The tree ferns, orchids and mosses all along. Today you will carry the packed luch for trek. You will reach the camp by evening. The camp looks out on an immensely scenic Himalayan landscape.

  • Min Elevation: 2767m
  • Max Elevation: 2878m
  • Climb: 310m
  • Descent: 248m
  • Distance: 9.80km

Today is a challenge day as you face up to the toughest trek of the tour. You will be taking packed lunch today also. You exit from the thick rhododendron forests and initial undulating terrain to reach meadows and grasslads. Here villagers with grazing yaks are common sight. Gear up for the steepest climb to Kalijhar near the Indo Nepal Border using the big steps along the senic trail. Camp will be set up at Kalijhar the highest campsite throughout the trek. You will get another chance to view the mighty Kangchenjunga range. From the camp you have an optinal walk to a viewpoint nearby highlights the spectacular view of Mt Everest and Mt Kangchenjunga on a clear sky day.

  • Min Elevation: 2790m
  • Max Elevation: 3395m
  • Climb: 830
  • Descent: 310m
  • Distance: 7.50km

You will trek along the India Nepal border to reach border police and army outpost camps. After submitting requisite documentation, you progress further downhill using the numerous stone steps whith wooden cladding. You will have lunch near Military Camp at Chitrey. After lunch, you descent further to exit the santuary and enter the unspoilt Uttarey village, crossing fish farms and numerous srteams on small wooden bridges. With fond memories of the forest behind you and carrying forward the high spirits of accomplishing the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary trek, you now set out on a drive along moutain roads, all the while gazing at the stark beauty of the craggy vally below. You will reach the well-appointed and cozzy hotel located in the senic town of Pelling to re-energise your body after the last weeks adventure.

  • Min Elevation: 1942
  • Max Elevation: 3440
  • Climb: 102m
  • Descent: 1601m
  • Distance: 9.40km

You will be transferred from Pelling to Siliguri. En-route, you have to halt once again at the check post to submit requisite documentation to exit ikkim. This will be a long ride thrurh countryside, enless scenes of the valley with dramatic views of landscapes along the river Rangeet will take you to siliguri. We will be stopping en-route to stretch those tired limbs and rest. This North East Indian state of West Bengal is situated at the foothills of the himalayas, surrounded by tea gardens and scenic landscapes. Once at the hotel itis now time to celebrate the end of an exhilarating and spectacular weeks Himalayan adventure with celebratory meal at the hotel.

Fond farewells you tranfer to the Bagdogra Airport for departure.