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ST/ 07: 07 Days Barsey (Vershay) Rhododendron Sanctuary Trek

  • Max Elevation 3733 m. Views of Everest & Khangchendzonga
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Period: March - Apr and Oct-Nov.
  • Best for flowers in bloom March- Early April
  • Best for views: Nov
  • Includes visit to Pamayangtse and Sangacholing Monastery

Day 01: Arrive Hi Barmoik or Rinchenpong ( West Sikkim)

Drive from either Bagdogra, Darjeeling or Kalimpong; to arrive at the West Sikkim Village of Rinchenpong or Hi Barmoik. Choose between stay at Yangsum Farm at Rinchenpong or or Donghay House at Hi Barmoik. Each has its own charm. Browse gurudongma.com> Sikkim and Darjeeling> Homestay holidays and www.awakeandshine.org> Sikkim homestay.

Time permitting explore the local village with your host. Overnight.

Chettri Family homestay Hosts Hi Barmoik Y Farm Hosts Yansum Farm house

Day 02: Trek Hi –Barmoik/ Rinchenpong – Samatar  Nature camp, 2694 m

Trek Hi Barmoik/ Rinchenpong to Samatar Nature camp, 2694 m Walk through mixed forests with Rhododendrons  and bamboo (6-7 hrs). Fairly steep all the way. Camp overnight in mixed forest.

The Barsey (Vershay) Rhododendron Sanctuary ( BRS) is spread over 104 sq Kms. It forms a vital corridor connecting the Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve with the Singelila National Park in West Bengal. The altitudinal range of 2200m to 4100m supports a wide variety of habitat comprising Sub-tropical, Mixed broadleaf, conifer, and Alpine. During our exploration trips and birding tours we have recorded more than 200 species. Mammals inhabiting the park include Leopard, Leopard-cat, Yellow throated Marten, Palm Civet, Goral, Barking Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Wild boar, Red Panda, Flying squirrel, Crestless porcupine, Himalayan mouse- hare and others.

Day 03: Trek Samatar to Vershay, 3050 m

Continue trekking fairly steep  uphill for 04-05 hrs through mixed forest to Vershay, 3050 m. The top of the ridge is covered with Rhododendron forests (Blooming in Feb- Mar). Afternoon explore walking trails around Vershay. Over night camping amidst Rhododendrons.

Camping at vershay Relaxing

Day 04: Trek Vershay to Jhorbotay

Trek 06 hrs from Vershay to Jhorbotay, 3280 m through rhododendron forests. It is an easy walk. Overnight in camp located in a forest clearing with good views of Mount Khangchendzonga.

Forest trail Yakman

Day 05: Trek Jhorbotay – Kalijhar, 3696 m

Jhorbotay to Kalijhar 3696 m. First we descent steeply downhill into a valley with a small stream. Cross the stream and start climbing fairly steep through mixed forests to a small meadow; where we camp above the tree line.  Full views of the Khangchendzonga Range, and all round.

Day 06: Kaljhar - Photey Dara – Chiabhanjan, 3275 m – Chitery, 2700m – Uttery, 2320 m – drive to Pamayangtse, 2100 m

Early morning trek to Phoktay Dara ( 30 mins), a view point with superb views of Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest.  Watch the sunrise and enjoy the panoramic views. Continue to Chaibhanjan, a pass on the Indo –Nepal border. Thereafter descend in 04 hrs to Chitery medows. Continue for another hour to Utterey- the road head. Transfer by car to Pamayangtse in 1.30 hrs. Overnight at Elgin Mount Pandim

Day 07: Pamayangtse, 2100m. Local sightseeing

Get up early for sunrise view on the Khangchendzonga range. Latter visit Pamayangtse and Sanga Choling monasteries. Overnight Elgin Mount Pandim.

Day 08: Pamayangtse to next destination

Another chance to see the sunrise . After breakfast drive to next destination.

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