Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary Trek

Barsey or Varsey is a small town in Sikkim. Located at an altitude of 10,000ft, Barsey is renowned for its Rhododendron Sanctuary. The sanctuary falls in the West Sikkim district and can be accessible by road via Hilley, Dentam or Soreng from Geyzing. If you want to try trekking in India, it would be an amazing idea to proceed up (4 kms) the hill from Hilley. The sanctuary falls in the Singalila range, and is a starting point to Singalila Ridge trek route. Lying at an elevation of 2900 mt. and has motorable road access up to Hilley. An easy 4 km trek from there takes one up to the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. One can also trek from Soreng to Dentum in West Sikkim. The Sanctuary boast of over 40 variety of Rhododendron and during full bloom, the whole sanctuary looks colorful.

Day 1: Arrive Kolkata
Arrive Kolkata. Met upon arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2: Kolkata - Bagdogra - Darjeeling
Transfer to airport in time to board flight for Bagdogra. Met upon arrival and drive to Darleeing and check into hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. In the afternoon visit Chaurasta, the activity hub of Darjeeling.

Day 3: Darjeeling
Very early morning drive (5 hours) to Tiger Hill to see Sunrise over Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga ranges. Return back to hotel visiting Ghoom Monastery en route. After breakfast board the Toy Train (subject to operation). Afternoon sightseeing of Darjeeling. Visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoological Garden etc. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4: Darjeeling - Jorthang
Morning after b/fast drive to Jorthang. Its a long drive but quite interesting for scenic views of green valleys and meandering rivers. Drive takes about five to six hours.

Day 5: Jorthang - Hilley - Barsey
Drive to Hilley – starting point of trek to Barsey Rohododendron Sanctuary. The first day of our trek to Barsey is a gradual climb and takes us 2-3 hours. As we approach towards Varsey we come across the changes in vegetation and the views of Mount Kanchenjunga and the surrounding regions become much more clearer. Barsey known for the different kinds of Rhododendron trees are very popular not only with tourist but also with the local people because we often see the local people coming to worship and pray to the Gods of the mountains. Overnight in tourist lodge / tented camp.

Day 6: Barsey
Day for hike in the region to see different varieties of Rhododendron plants and other Himalayan flora. Barsey also offers excellent view of Kanchendzonga range of mountains.

Day 7: Barsey - Dentam - Pelling
After breakfast we walk downhill (11 km) towards Dentam passing through rich and evergreen forest loaded with different kinds of flora of Sikkim. After trekking three to four hours downhill we arrive at a small quiet village town of Dentam and after a short break for lunch we drive (20 km) for another two hours towards Pelling, about 2 kms short of Pemayangste. Pemayangtse is known for its famous monastery which is said to be one of the oldest monastery in Sikkim. It was established by Lhatsum Chenpo and belongs to Nyingmapa Order of Tibetan Buddhism. One of the most important things to see here is the Sangtokpalri, a masterpiece in wood created by Dungzin Rimpoche and depicting the different realms. Overnight at Hotel in Pelling.

Day 8: Pelling - Pemayangtse - Gangtok
Morning after breakfast visit Pemayangtse Monastery. Later drive (144 km / Depart:0730 hours) to Gangtok via Singtam. Arrive Gangtok and check into hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9: Gangtok
Morning after breakfast city sightseeing of Gangtok. In the morning proceed for excursion to Rumtek Monastery. After visiting Rumtek reutrn back to hotel. In the afternoon visit Tibetology Research Institute, Orchid Sanctuary, Deer Park, Do-drul Chorten and Enchhey Monastery. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10: Gangtok - Bagdogra - Kokata
Morning after leisurly breakfast drive (110 km) to Bagdogra airport in time to board flight to Kolkata. Met upon arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 11: Depart Kolkata
Proceed for half day city tour of Kolkata. Afternoon free, evening transfer to international airport to board flight for onward destination.

Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights
Activities: Trekking, Camping & Photography of Nature
Best Time: Open
Price: On Request
Destinations Covered: Kolkata - Bagdogra - Darjeeling - Zorthang - Hiley - Barsey - Dentam - Pelling - Pemayangtse - Gangtok - Bagdogra - Kokata
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