Sikkim Rhododendron Trek
Places Covered : NJP/Bagdogra – Gangtok – Jorethang – Versey – Hilley – Uttarey – Pelling
Duration : 10 Nights / 11 Days
About the circuit: Rhododendron locally known as “ Guras ” is the delight of the Eastern Himalayan mountains, this trek will take you to a land of flowers and ever smiling people. You can experience the sleepy Himalayan village with all its beauties, nurtured in the lap of the wonderful Himalayan Kingdom.
Day 01: NJP/Bagdogra-Gangtok
Arrival at IXB/NJP received and transferred to Gangtok. Rest day at leisure. Overnight at Heritage Hotel.
Day 02: Gangtok
After breakfast set out to discover the cultural heritage of the small hill resort, flung by the Buddhist religion, you will taken to Rumtek Monastery (seat of Karmapa Lama who heads the Kagyupa sect of Buddhism), one can see the beautiful Thankas, your next destination is Namgyal Institute of Tibetology , Tsuklakhang (The Royal Chapel) , Ganesh Tok . Overnight at Heritage Hotel.
Day 03: Gangtok
Early morning walk to Tashi View Point to watch the sun rising from the horizon, catering a golden touch in the horizon. After breakfast you will be transferred to Phodong Monastery , one of the six major monasteries of Sikkim, en-route you can see Kabi Lungchok, where historic treaty after bloody war between Lepcha & Bhutia tribe took place. Evening return back to hotel. Overnight at Heritage Hotel.
Day 04: Jorethang
After breakfast drive to Jorethang, check into hotel rest day free to acclimatize, with the new atmosphere, and prepare yourself for the trekking. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Trek to Versey—from Hilley (3030m or 10000ft.)
Today morning after a refreshing breakfast, the vehicle will drop us at Hilley from where we will start walking to Versey, through the bamboo forest, small stream, and pebbled road, after a walk of 5km we will reach the valley of Rhododendron, VERSEY. Overnight at Guras Kunj.
Day 06: Trek to Uttarey via Dentam Bazar
A walk up to Dentam, an 11km road from Versey, along the valley and amidst high hills. Then a walk of another three and a half hour will take you to Uttarey. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07: Trek to Pelling
Today we will walk past the high rising mountains, by watching the snow capped peaks, water falls, orchards, crossing the streams, through the zigzag road for a six hours gentle walk to Pelling. Check into hotel. Overnight at Pelling.
Day 08: Pelling
It is a rest day for the tired leg. You are free to take glance of the majestic peak of Khanchenjunga from the balcony of your hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 09: Pelling
Early morning we will walk upto the second oldest monastery of Sikkim, Sanga-Choling Monastery , through alpine family, after spending some lazy time we will be back to visit the old and sacred Pemayangste Monastery , to discover its richness. After a leisurely walk we will reach the Rabdentse ruins the second capital Sikkim. Overnight at Resort.
Day 10: Pelling
This morning we will visit the sacred and most worshiped Khecheopalri Lake, on the way you find the Orchards, and several streams and falls and small yet lively village people. Overnight at Resort.
Day 11: Pellin
After early breakfast you will be transferred for your onward journey. Tour Ends