Through the Rhododendron Blooms: West Sikkim

14 –21 April, 2019 | 8 Days/7 Nights

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Did you know the rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal? But you needn’t go all the way to catch a glimpse. We have them aplenty in our country, and you have a chance to catch more than just a glimpse as we trek through Sikkim.

Our trek covers the higher reaches of the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in West Sikkim, part of which forms the border with Nepal. The sanctuary houses 13 different varieties of rhododendron species. And not to forget rare birds like the Himalayan Monal and Rusty-bellied Shortwing, besides many varieties of Flycatchers, Laughingthrushes, and Babblers.

The trek begins at Hilley, and continues to Lasune, Joreybotey, Thulo Dhap, and Chewa Bhanjyang, and then descends to Uttarey and Darap till we finally reach Pelling. All the while you rustle and hustle through dense rhododendron forests.

Visit the ever-enchanting, wish-fulfilling lake at Khecheopalri. It is believed that leaves are not allowed to float on the lake – the birds keep a keen watch and pick them up as soon as they drop into the lake.

Tantalize your taste buds with traditional cuisine at Darap village, and visit the Pemayangtse Monastery, one of the oldest and most important monasteries in Sikkim.

Did we mention we will stay in tents like serious trekkers? Camping has never been more fun.

Did you know rhododendrons bloom bright red one year and white the next? Join Wonderful World on a thrilling trek that takes us through forests, and feast yourself on magnanimous views of the snow-clad Khangchendzonga range all along. Find out what’s in store for you – red or white bloom.

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PRICE

INCLUSIONS
  • Accommodation on a twin-sharing basis in lodges and tents, as mentioned
  • All surface travel using a Xylo or similar
  • All logistics during the trek, such as tents, guide, cook, and porters
  • Meals as mentioned
  • English-speaking guide throughout the trek
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in Pelling
  • Services of a trip lead from Wonderful World throughout the trip
EXCLUSIONS
  • GST at 5%
  • Travel from city of origin to Bagdogra and back
  • All personal expenses, such as laundry expenses, alcohol, cigarettes or tips
  • Personal equipment like backpack and woollen clothes
  • Excess stay and meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport
  • Soft drink charges, table drinks, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, beer, and liquor charges
  • Rescue/medical charges in case needed due to high altitude sickness, any ailment and/or accidents
Any other item not mentioned in Inclusions above

ITINERARY

Day1
Day 1 – Sunday, 14th April (includes dinner) BagdograOkhrey
  • Pick-up from Bagdogra airport.
(Please check flight timings before booking your flights (ideally reach Bagdogra by 12 p.m.) We have a group transfer planned from the airport.)
  • Drive to Okhrey (6 hrs).
Altitude: 9411 ft Overnight at Sherpa Lodge
Day2
Day 2 – Monday, 15th April (includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Trek: Hilley – Lasune
  • A short drive from Sombarey gets you Hilley, the start point of the trek.
  • The route commences with a gentle walk through a mix of bamboo and rhododendron forests teeming with birds, getting you to Barsey.
  • From there a detour passing through thick temperate forest gets you to your campsite at Lasune.
Trekking duration: 5 hrs / 9 kms Altitude: 9900 ft Overnight in tents
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