Uttarey to Barsey Round Trek

Uttarey to Barsey Round Trek

price from $600

UTTAREY-BARSEY ROUND TREK

Overview: Uttarey is a small typical Himalayan village and beautiful valley surrounded by undulating hills, waterfalls, streams and dense forest. It is also one of the oldest societies located at the Indo-Nepal Border in the extreme location of the west district of Sikkim as an eco-tourism circuit. It lies between the Singalila national park towards the south and the Khangchendzonga biosphere reserve in the North. It is mostly inhabited by Limboo, Gurung Sherpa, Rai, and Bhutia mix community people under Manaybung Dentam constituency district Gyalshing. The main occupation of the Uttarey people is agriculture. They mainly produce potatoes, cabbage, and green peas during the summer. Uttarey is approximately 163 kilometres from Bagdogra airport and 158 kilometres from NJP Station.

Short itinerary:

Day1: Pick up from New Jalpaiguri railway station (NJP) or Bagdogra Airport to Uttarey (7 to 8 hours and 165kms).

Day 2: Uttarey (1,950.mtrs) to Chewabanjang (3,145.mtrs) 15.km appx.

Day 03: Side Excursion to Phoktey Dara (3588.mtrs).5km appx.

Day 04: Chewabanjang (3145mts) to Jorbutey Campsite (2880mts) 4 to 5hrs.

Day 05: Jorbutey to Varsey 4 to 5 hours.

Day 06: Barsey to Hilley (1 hours) and same day drive to Pelling.

Day 7: Leave from Pelling to N J P/ Bagdogra Airport as planned.

Detailed Itinerary

Day1: Pick up from New Jalpaiguri railway station (NJP) or Bagdogra Airport to Uttarey (7 to 8 hours and 165kms).

Trekkers have to report either at NJP Railway Station which is the nearest railhead to Uttarey or at Bagdogra Airport by 8:00 AM. The transportation would be arranged either in Max, Bolero or Tempo Traveller depending upon the number of trekkers and the cost for the same would be borne by the company. Drive from NJP to Uttarey is mesmerizing with dense forests all along the way to Uttarey. It usually takes about a 7 to 8-hour drive to arrive at Uttarey from NJP/Bagdogra. Trekkers can stop at Jorethang for the lunch. Make sure to carry sufficient cash while arriving at Uttarey as after Jorethang there are very few options for ATMs. The drive goes via Jorethang, Richenpong, Dentam and at last Singshore Bridge which is the highest bridge in Sikkim and the second highest suspension bridge in Asia. Make sure to start from NJP or Bagdogra by 10 am so that you can arrive easily by 5 pm before it gets dark. The altitude gain from NJP (114mts) to Uttarey (1950mts) is about 1836mts. overnight in tented camp/hotel.

Day 2: Uttarey (1,950.mtrs) to Chewabanjang (3,145.mtrs) 15.km appx.

Our ascent takes us to the upper reaches of the Singalila Ridge, which forms the border between Sikkim and Nepal. We pass through a rich and dense forest, swathes of Rhododendrons, open ridges, sacred lakes and remote trails. Our first day takes us to Chewabanjang. An easy trail rises gently through the rainforest until a final steep ascent for the last couple of hours brings us right up to the Nepalese border and our first camp. We spend the following day here for necessary acclimatization before further ascending. Overnight in tented camps at Chewabanjang.

Day 03: Side Excursion to Phoktey Dara (3588.mtrs).5km appx.

A walk to Phoktey Dara in the wee hours of the morning provides one of the most breath-taking panoramic views of the Sikkim and Nepal ranges.

Phoktey Dara (3,618m) is at a junction between Sikkim, Nepal and West Bengal and the borders meet here. You will have a full view of towering peaks including Mt. Everest, Makalu, Nuptse, Lhotse, Three sisters, Kumbakarna, Kanchenjunga and several other peaks in the region. This is one of the best grand-stand views one will get of the majestic Himalayas from anywhere in the mountains. Overnight in tented camps at Chewabanjang and rest.

Day 04: Chewabanjang (3145mts) to Jorbutey Campsite (2880mts) 4 to 5hrs.

Today we trek close to the ridge until we are near the Kalijhar campsite. From here the trail descends to Achalley Campsite. Stop over for some time at Achalley campsite to enjoy the majestic views of Himalayas. Finally, we make our gradual descent to Jorbutey campsite. Overnight in tented camps at Jorbutey.

Day 05: Jorbutey to Varsey 4 to 5 hours. 

Today we trek down to Barsey and would enter the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary which is sandwiched between Singalila National Park in South and Khangchendzonga Biosphere reserve in North. During the months of March and April, we find many Rhododendrons in bloom and is considered as the best season to visit. Also, during Mid-April many locals do a day trek to Barsey for Birth of God Ram fest.

Day 06: Barsey to Hilley (1 hours) and same day drive to Pelling.  

After having breakfast, we descend down to Hilley village which is an hour-long 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 as a Moderate climate during the summer. Finally, we drive to Pelling which is 3.5-hour drive and overnight at Hotel in Pelling.

Day 7: Leave from Pelling to N J P/ Bagdogra Airport as planned.

After having breakfast, we depart to NJP or Bagdogra Airport depending upon the trekker’s mode of transportation to their respective homes. It is advisable to start early since it is a long drive. We suggest packing the luggage in advance before starting your journey. The distance from NJP/ Bagdogra airport is 155 kilometers which ideally should not take more than 7 to 8 hours. Lunch can be enjoyed at Jorethang or Malli Checkpost. After having lunch, continue your drive to your destination at the N J P/Bagdogra Airport.

How to Reach

If you are trekking with Black yak expeditions

Arrive at (NJP) Railway Station, Siliguri or Bagdogra airport by 9 am (on your own)

Black Yak Expeditions will arrange pick-up vehicles from NJP railway station and Bagdogra airport to Yuksom the base camp of your trek. We provide luxury vehicles like INNOVA, ZXILO or normal vehicles like TATA SUMO GOULD, BOLERO, etc. And mini cab suitable for 2 or three family with light travel bags like, Wagoner, Alto etc. We cannot arrange shared jeeps because it is not reliable. Above all there are no direct shared jeeps to certain parts of Sikkim from pick up points. You have to break down your points while taking shared jeeps. For example if you are traveling to Yuksom for Goechala Trek or Dzongri Trek there are no direct shared jeeps from New Jalpaiguri Railway station NJP or Bagdogra Airport. First you have to reach silliguri junction from there you have to take a vehicle to Jorethang. (Jorethang is a small business town or main point that connects to most part of Sikkim.) Even though if you reach Jorethang than here comes another challenging part that is all the regular shared jeeps that comes to Jorethang from Yuksom Leave within 2:00 pm. So you have to be there within 1:00 or 2:00 an. Even after that there is no 100% guaranteed that you will get the shared jeeps because it is pre booked by locals by call and you should also keep one thing in mind that in tourist season most of the vehicles are pre-booked. So thinking about shared jeeps is not good at first place.

Transport is arranged in a Tata Sumo (or similar vehicle). Each cab costs Rs. 5500/-

If you request pre booking for pick up and drop along with trek or tour package than this statement is not applicable to you since Black Yak Expeditions will pay for the charges but in case if you have not asked for pick up and drop facilities than you should know that the transportation cost is additional, to be shared among the trekkers and paid directly to the drivers.

On the day of pickup at least do your best to be present at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) or Bagdogra Airport within 9:00 Am or 10:00 Am.  Incuse if we start late from this two points than we will reach certain trekking basecamps like Yuksom very Late at night and that can cause great inconvenience to you as we have to begin the trek early next morning. It takes around 6-7 hours from New Jalpaiguri Railway station NJP or Bagdogra airport to Yuksom. Expected arrival time at Yuksom is 5 pm. Due to ongoing constructions on the route and sometimes heavy traffic jams it can delay our travel on the route.

Getting Back:

Depart from Pelling/Rinchenpong early morning.

Black yak expeditions we will arrange reserved vehicle to drop trekkers to NJP railway station or Bagdogra airport.

The transportation cost from Yuksom to NJP/Bagdogra is additional, to be shared among trekkers and paid directly to the driver.

The approximately cost for reserved vehicle is Rs. 5,500/-

Expected arrival time at NJP/Bagdogra is 5 pm. It is wise for you to book your train/flight tickets late in the evening to give you enough buffer time. Or Plan extra days in your itinerary to avoid busy schedule.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY WITH BLACK YAK EXPEDITIONS

Please contact us directly through phone or email us through filling up the enquiry form for the Best Rates and Availability. The rates depend on Number of people and the minimum required number of the person for the trek. The more the number of trekkers the better the Price. The given rates will be based on per head per day basis which will include all the necessary facilities required during the trek from the point of start to the end. We arrange up to the maximum number of 60 people and minimum should not be less than 2 people.

We provide considerable rates for the bigger group, Student Group, Religious Group and Senior Citizens. The rate is based on quality service requested by groups. Do email us [email protected] to know the special prices and services provided.

 

PRICE INCLUDE AND EXCLUDE

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN PRICE 

1: 2 night in the standard hotel at Yuksom (MAP plan)

2: Accommodation during the trek (camping/guest house)

3: All meals – vegetarian (starting from dinner at Yuksom and ending with breakfast at Yuksom.

4: Meals while on trek (Veg& Egg)

5: Trekking permits and forest camping charges.

6: Accommodation on trek Trekking equipment (sleeping tents 2 Or 3 man Dom, Dining tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent, sleeping bags walking stick etc.

7: Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher, etc.)

8: Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)

9: Services of an expert trek team (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)

10: Transport from N J P / Bagdogra airport to Yuksam and return.

Note: Normally other company charges extra for uploading Bag Pack, but black yak expeditions allow up to 15 kg free. More than 15 kg you have to pay ₹. 300/- per day per bag. If you have bag packs weighing more than 15 kg than you can give it to the yaks or horses prior to the trek before leaving arranged exclusively for the trek.  The backpack cannot weigh more than 15 kgs. No suitcases/trolleys’/duffel bags will be allowed.

Withdrawing cash: If you are intended to visit places like Yuksam for Goechala Trek or Dzongri Trek or sightseeing then don’t expect for withdrawing cash in Yuksam because Yuksam does not have ATM services till updated the year 2018.

 

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED 

1: We do not provide travel insurance except for any Expeditions.

2: Food during transport is not included (pick up point to and from the base camp to drop point)

3: Alcohol, Soft Drinks, bottled water

4: Anything Not Specifically Mentioned Under The Head.

5: Any costs arising out of unforeseen Circumstances like Landslides, Road Blocks, Bad weather, etc.

6: External purchase you make during your travel or on trek routes like food, local crafts or drinks.

7: Itinerary includes transport for pick up and drops yet if you do not want then you can exclude this option) Transport to and from the base camp (N J P/Bagdogra airport to Yuksom and return)

8: Any charges for carrying still/video cameras etc.

9: Personal expenses of any kind

10: Anything apart from the inclusions.

11: Tips for guides, cooks or trekking staffs and telephone calls, laundry, etc.

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