Rhododendron Trek in Sikkim

Posted on Sat, 15 Feb 2014 13:00:05 by Arun Joshi

Travel Trove… the Rhododendron Trek in Sikkim

The Indian Himalayan region not only pulls in travellers for capturing the breathtaking sight of the celestial horizon aligning the sky with hulking high snow clad peaks but also revels their tracks passing through the dense wood, which is also a home to several species of Himalayan animals and migratory birds. Layered over a vast ecosphere, the tourism in Indian Himalaya has won the heart of nature lovers who seek to breath in the bracing mountain breeze and pass through the rejuvenating nature. The Indian Himalayan terrain houses different species of plants and thus forming a vast stretch of sub-tropical and deciduous forest. Trekking in the Indian Himalayan region further enriches the explorers to reveal the rich verdure layering down the rocky slopes. Further, delving into the plenteous nature blanketing the mountain ranges under the shadow of Kanchenjunga, eco-tourism in Sikkim has been a gossip to travellers – trekkers, eco tourists, wildlife lovers, leisure seekers and photographers.
Sikkim ecovaganza
Rhododendron flowers Trek

Sikkim has been one of the popular picks for leisure holidays like weekend getaways, honeymoon tours and cultural tours. Moreover, this part of the Indian Himalayan region also hosts several high altitude lakes and mountain passes and is also popular for housing an indigenous culture. With the improvement of eco-tourism in Sikkim, the trailing tracks lead to several trekking destinations in Sikkim that creates a close bond between nature and travellers. The gneissose and half-schistose rocky trails passes through a rich bed of evergreen and deciduous forest that encounters you with over 7000 species of plants, including the state tree, rhododendron, which has 36 different species. The popular Rhododendron Trek in Sikkim thus acquaints you with the vast eco-sphere… where you can further sight some rare species of birds and animals like musk deer, red panda, different types of cats, wolf and more.

Walk through the bed of leathery leaves

The Rhododendron Trek in Sikkim takes you through the traditional culture of the Sikkimese, en route the Kagyud Monastery and Sherpa village. While embracing the sweet melodies of nature… of the humming of bees and chirping of birds, the trail heads up to Danra Barkhey via Phoktey Danra from Kalijhar. From Danra Barkhey one can enjoy the binocular view of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lutsey, Dhaulagire range and Mt. Kanchenjunga. Passing through the dense Rhododendron forest, the trail veers to Deoningali Dhap and then the tracks gently descends to Varsey, which is popular for exhibiting a vast bed of rhododendrons beneath the grace of Mt. Kanchenjunga. It is rich in Bio-diversity with different species of flora and fauna. The place is a home to Wild Boar, Blood Pheasant, and Deer etc. Nonetheless, the breathtaking ambiance also allows you to set up an overnight camp and experience the exotic mood under the starlit sky. The trail down, from Varsey, leads the tracks back to Uttarey. Well… this trek is also known as the Varsey Trek, which is a popular trek in Sikkim.

Further the adventure holidays in Sikkim unfolds the beer valley of Sikkim, Yuksom, which is the gateway to the Dzongri-Goecha La Trek. On this trek, one will bawl with surprises at each turn. It exhibits a vast natural vista of the farfetched snow capped ranges that secludes the colourful valley bedded with vast forest of rhododendron and other species of flowering plants. The rich undulated terrain is also a home to varied species of Himalayan birds. From the Dzongri summit one can capture a binocular sight of the Kabru, Ratong and Kanchenjunga peaks. Beyond the Dzongri summit, after crossing the Prek Chu River, the trail heads up to a lofty height of 3800 mts to Thangshing that nestles under the divine shadow of Mount Pandim. Passing through Onglathang and capturing the exotic ambiance of the lush green meadows the trek reaches the mesmerizing Samiti Lake from where starts the gradual climb crossing a dry lake at Zemathang to Goech La Pass, which is set at a mighty height of 4940 mts. Thereafter the journey trails back to Thangshing and heads toward the remote village of Lampokhari. Acquainting the cultural harmony confined within the lost terrain in Sikkim the trail then traces toward Kasturi en route Chamrey.

The landlocked state of Sikkim also offers numerous trekking destinations that allow beginners to participate in the adventure tours to Sikkim. Some of the low altitude treks in Sikkim are the Tengdong Trek, Jhandidara Trek, Mainam Trek and Khedi Trek.

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A thoroughbred adventurer, Arun Joshi was born in the picturesque and landlocked district of Chamoli, Uttarakhand. He is well known for his close association with the Indian Himalayas for the past 16 years, and knows the region inside out. His vast knowledge and first-hand experience of trekking to the many challenging regions of the Indian Himalayas have also helped him to establish himself as the go-to guide in the region.