Barsey Sanctuary Trek
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Easy
All about the Barsey Sanctuary Trek.
Geographically smaller state, Sikkim, is a paradisiacal mountain landscapes, which has Khangchendzonga along with many varying ranges. It is almost like a heaven for mountaineers and is one of the places where there are many religiously significant peaks, covered in snow. It is shelter for many wild plants and animals too, as it has lots of deep forests and also conservation sanctuaries at quite high altitudes. There is 10 square kilometer dense wilderness, which actually is Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. It gives space to diverse species of Rhododendron, Red Panda (endangered specie) Pine, Oaks, Magnolia, Primula and various kinds of endangered birds. The sanctuary also have variety of forests like Mixed Broadleaf, Conifer, Sub-Tropical and also Alpine Meadows.
Precisely, it is one of the easiest trek, which will be more like a picnic. If you are with a family or group of friends and are planning to spend the time near nature, where it’ll be fun, calming and peaceful, along with some adventure, out somewhere, then Barsey Sanctuary Trek is a thumbs-up!
Maximum Altitude – 11,483 Ft.
Duration – 7 Days
Difficulty Level – Easy
- Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary
- SSB Unit Camps
- Phoktey Dara, from where you might be able to see Khangchendzonga and Everest Ranges.
- Deoningai Dali campsite
- Rhondonderous filled valleys
- Orchid nurseries at Kalimpong
Day 1 Reach Uttarey ( 6,600 ft)
You can reach Uttarey by first reaching at Bagdogra and then enjoying a drive to Pelling via Singshore bridge and finally Uttarey. It’ll be a long journey from Bagdogra to Uttarey, of around 10-11 hours. It is advisable that you reach here a day before, so you can gear up for the trekking routine the next day.
Altitude – 6,600 ft
Day 2 Trek to Chitre (8,340 ft)
You’ll meet your group the next day at the decided place where everyone will gather. From there we will walk through the wilderness of Rhododendron Forest towards Chitre. You’ll smell the aroma of various trees, oaks and sometimes orchids. We will reach a surface of SSB Unit Camps, near which we will spend our night in a camp.
Altitude – 8,340 ft
Day 3 Trek to Kalijhora and Phoktey Dara Excursion (11, 482 ft)
We will resume towards steep terrains of Chiwabhanjhang, towards another army campsite and will turn towards the Singalila Ridge. We will reach Kalijhora and after lunch, will ascend towards Phoktey Dara, from where you might be able to see Khangchendzonga and Everest Ranges. We will spend the night at camp.
Altitude – 11, 482 ft
Day 4 Trek to Achalay
After having our morning meal, we will march towards the dense jungle, through which we will reach the small peak at Achalay. This peak is a vantage point to have a look at world’s highest peaks. We will not stay here for the night but walk for another forty-five minutes towards Joributey. The campsite at Achalay, sometimes doesnt have water, thus we will spend our night at Joributey campsite.
Day 5 Trek to Deoningai Dali (9,186 ft)
Today we will climb on one of the most amazing paths, where you’ll encounter as it is filled with many white Rhododendrons. We will leave the wild forest areas behind and reach Deoningali Dhap. The campsite gives an astonishing view of all the great peaks and is a major attraction for tourists as it is popular for the Wild Bears and for “Deoningali” which is a special specie of Bamboo. Locals use it to weave things for domestic purposes.
Altitude – 9,186 ft
Day 6 Trek to Barsey (9,022 ft)
After having a relaxing sleep at the campsite of Deoningali, we will resume our climbing the next day, again amidst the forests and trunks filled with Orchids and mosses on every other tree. We might end up seeing the rhondonderous filled valleys. We will spend the night at camp.
Altitude – 9,022 ft
Day 7 Trek to Hilley (8,530 ft) and drive back to Kalimpong (4,091 ft)
On our last day of the trip, we will trek towards Hilley. Barshley and Hilley also have lodged on both sides. We will have a drive to Kalimpong town. The day will be spent exploring the town famous for its orchid nurseries. After dinner, we will bid each other adieu.
Altitude – 8,530 ft – 4,091 ft
Who can go for this trek?
This is one of the easier treks. If you are with a family or a group of friends, planning to spend the time in a maiden natural place or somewhere little adventurous yet calming and peaceful then Barsey Sanctuary Trek is a good option. If you are someone who just wishes to give a start to your trekking journey on Himalayan ranges, then it is again a good option.
How many hours we are expected to walk on an average day?
The altitudes are moderate and thus temperatures are moderate too. The maximum altitude is 11,483 ft. On an average trek day, you’ll be expected to walk for four to five hours, climbing on the mountain paths. On a few days of the trip, you might have to walk for six hours a day.
Will I get time to relax my mind?
We will walk a maximum for six hours on the odd days of our trek. Thus, you’ll spend most of your time completely relaxing your minds and souls, completely away from stress. In fact, it’ll be more like a pilgrimage for you.