Barsey Rhododendron trek:
Hilley is a small village in India, West Sikkim. People know it as Okhrey-Hilley to Barsey Rhododendron trek. Hilley is mostly inhabited by sherpa people from Nepal under Daramdin constituency and the main occupation of the Hilley/ Okhrey people is agriculture. They mainly produce Potatoes, cabbage, and green peas during the summer. Hilley is approximately 135 kilometers from Bagdogra airport and 130 kilometers from NJP Station.
Renowned for its Rhododendron Sanctuary, Barsey is the main attraction of the trek and in the sanctuary are the Rhododendrons which bloom in the month of April-May. The place also offers an exotic view of the snow peaks of Khangchendzonga and the Singalila range that refreshes the mind and soul. In full bloom, Rhododendrons turn the entire region into the riot of colors which is indeed a treat to the eye and a unique experience.
Okhrey takes pride in its natural beauty manifested by the Green landscape dotted with perennial streams and lush green forests, picturesque villages with natives in traditional dresses. Okhrey is such a place on the route to Barsey, one of the most popular trekking trails in Sikkim. A couple of days in this small but amazingly beautiful village in West Sikkim is sure to leave you with wonderful memories of the tranquil mountains and the way of life it nurtures. See grand views of Khangchendzonga throughout the trek, trek through Rhododendron forests blooming with multicolored rhododendrons, walk through dense forest trails teeming with birds, trek on an offbeat route taken by very few trekkers, stat in Homestay and Village stay. You can spot this small cozy and less famous village of Okhrey on your way to Barsey, one of the most sought after trekking trails of Sikkim. It is the most popular base for the Barsey Rhododendron trek. The journey from Okhrey towards Hilley, guest will pass through a small natural lake, some breath-taking views of Mt. Khangchendzonga along with the Himalayan Range and endless stretches of Rhododendrons.