Sikkim: The Round Uttarey Trek
Trek Grade: Medium
UTTAREY’ (1,980 meters) small village located 30 kms from Pelling and is only 140 km from Gangtok in West Sikkim, promises to be new heaven for nature lovers. Sikkim bordered by Bhutan, Tibet, West Bengal, and Nepal, has the small village of Uttarey located on the northern slope of Singali La Range.
Uttarey in West Sikkim is slowly emerging as a little township. Pelling is famous for the majestic view of the magnificent Mount Kanchenjunga., the third highest peak in the world at a height of 8,586 meters. It also affords a panoramic view of other snow-capped Himalayan peaks surrounding the main mountain. The breathtaking views of Mount Kanchenjunga from Phoktey and neighboring sites are rewarding. Hikes to the Barsey rhododendron sanctuary can also be taken from here or to Nup Dechenphu, one of the sacred caves of Sikkim. A beautiful village with abundant nature lies amidst a valley of herbal plants surrounded by hills which bloom in a never-ending array of Rhododendrons. Tucked away in the lap of mother nature is the tranquil village of Uttaray, the gateway to the Singali La trek.
The nature here has whole heartedly showered itself in this village and that is very much evident in the never-ending greenery of the area. Uttarey is famous for its tranquility and natural beauty. The place provides a beautiful view of the Himalayan Mountains and is yet relatively less traveled by tourists. This allows a more serene atmosphere to be enjoyed. During winter the mountains around here are covered with snow allowing heavenly views.
An ideal place to experience rural life in Sikkim. Uttarey with large stretches of virgin natural beauty along with the Singali La range, this new found trekker’s paradise could be much more and is a wonderful Himalayan experience under the shadows of the Mount Kanchenjunga where the precious jewels of Buddhism reside.
- A 13 days adventure with 6 days of trekking along the Singili La ridge with spectacular views of Mounts Kanchenjunga, Kabru, Tolung and surrounding peaks plus, Mounts Makalu, Nuptse, Lhotse & Everest from Poktey Danra (3,657 meters)
- Trekking guide with camping equipment and personal porterage of 20 kgs with ponies
- Hotels in Darjeeling & Kalimpong & lodge at Uttarey
- Entrance fees at the monuments at Delhi, Darjeeling & Kalimpong with English speaking guide
- Arrival & Departure transfers with Representative and transportation with SUVs
- Prices on request
Delhi is said to be one of the oldest existing cities in the world, along with Jerusalem and Varanasi. It is the Capital Territory of India and a modern-day citadel that's dotted with ancient monuments.
History and Culture
Legend estimates it to be over 5,000 years old. Over the millennia, Delhi is said to have been built and destroyed 11 times. The oldest alleged incarnation of the city shows up in the Indian mythological epic Mahabharata as Indraprastha.
Spread over a steep mountain ridge, nestled amidst acres of lush green tea plantations, Darjeeling stands at the height of 2,050 meters above sea level, thus boasting of cool climes all year round. This scenic hill station is the perfect getaway for a romantic honeymoon and is just around 700 kilometres away from Kolkata.
Uttarey is a small village close to Nepal border in West Sikkim. The place is about 30 km from the popular tourist destination of Pelling. Uttarey is popular among tourists for the serene environment of the place and many tourist attractions in and around. From the higher ridges of the Uttarey hills, view of the great mountain of Kanchenjunga can be seen.
lies in the south west corner of the West Sikkim district. Spreading over 104 sq. km, across the razor sharp Singalila Range, which forms the natural international border with Nepal.
After clearing Customs and Immigration, step into the receiving area, where our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel.
On arrival, check into the hotel.
Overnight at hotel (No Meals)
Delhi is a dynamic city where the past coexists with the present. While historic evidence shows that the area around Delhi was first occupied around 2,500 years ago, Hindu mythology predates that by another 500 years. The British captured the city in 1803 and when they decided to make it the capital of India in 1911, they commissioned Sir Edwin Lutyens to draw up the plans. The result is slightly surprising with spacious tree-lined avenues punctuated with architecture which is among the most striking in the world.
On the tour of “Old Delhi,” you will head out to explore this exotic locale with its narrow dirt roads, myriads of people and inexpensive and colorful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship for which Delhi has always been famous. Drive past Red Fort and visit the Jama Masjid, one of the largest Muslim mosques in India. A bicycle rickshaw will take you into the heart of Chandni Chowk (the silver square - so named because of the silver merchants).
Drive past India Gate, a 42-metre archway built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War and Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy. Today, it is the official residence of the President of India.
Thereafter, visit the most prominent Sikh Gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi. It was originally a bungalow belonging to Raja Jai Singh, a 17th century Indian ruler. It is open to people of all faiths, castes or creeds. The premises house a sacred pond in which devotees bathe. They believe that this would wash off their misdeeds and thus allow them to attain peace of mind. The 'Langars' or the community kitchen proves to be the ideal example of prodigious hospitality of the Sikhs. Anyone and everyone can have scrumptious meal irrespective of caste, color or class.
Conclude the day by visiting the Delhi's most striking monument, The Qutub Minar, which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was constructed in 1192 by Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. Built in red sandstone and marble, it has a height of 72.5 meters (237.8 ft) and contains 379 stairs. A Soaring conical tower, it is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture and is the tallest minaret in India.
Overnight at hotel (B)
Fly Delhi – Bagdogra & Drive To Darjeeling (4 Hour’s Drive)
Indigo Flight # 6e-2181 Delhi/Bagdogra Etd: 09:50/Eta: 11:50 Hrs.
Early morning transfer to the Airport in time to board the flight to Bagdogra.
You will be met by our representative at Bagdogra airport and transferred to your hotel Darjeeling.
Day at leisure and overnight at the hotel.
Overnight at hotel (B, D)
Early morning drive to Tiger Hill to see the sunrise and Mount Kanchenjunga can be seen from Observatory Hill but a much better view of the peak is from Tiger Hill, 10 km south of Darjeeling.
On the way back, you can stop at Ghoom, a small Tibetan monastery by the roadside, built in 1875 and housing a 5- meter statue of Lord Buddha.
Darjeeling, situated at an altitude of 2,134 m, was developed by the British as a hill resort to escape the heat and rains of the plains. In the 1840s, tea plantation was introduced in the area.
At the Centre of the town is the Mall, Darjeeling's commercial street, lined with souvenir shops which lead to Chaurastha, a square with a bandstand and several antique shops. The Observatory Hill is perhaps the oldest built-up site in Darjeeling.
A Red Hat Buddhist monastery, Dorjeling once stood here but was destroyed by the Nepalis in the 19th century. On Birch Hill to the north stands the Shrubbery, the residence of the Governor of West Bengal and further down along the Birch Hill Road is the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute previously headed by the late Tenzing Norgay. A museum displays the equipment used on the first successful expedition to Mount Everest.
The nearby Zoological Park specializes in high-altitude wildlife – yaks, Himalayan black bears, pandas, but is also has four Siberian tigers. Below, the tea estate of Happy Valley is one of the best in Darjeeling and can be visited every day except Sundays and Mondays. Dominating the Mall is the Planter's Club, where planters from all over the area meet, particularly on Sundays.
Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)
Drive Darjeeling To Uttaray In West Sikkim
Transfer: Darjeeling to Uttaray (2,000m). An early departure from Darjeeling by jeep to the trekking area in West Sikkim. Six exciting hours through winding roads across valleys and over hills clad with a variety of vegetation.
We swoop down to cross the wild Ranget River before climbing steeply up to Pemayangtse (2100m), perched dramatically on an airy ridge with a panorama of Himalayan peaks ahead. After crossing some spectacular bridges on the way, we stay at Uttray (2,000m).
Here we spend our first night in a trekking lodge and meet local guides who will accompany us on our trek.
Overnight in Lodge (B, L, D)
Uttaray To Achhaly ( 2,377 Meters) 4-5 Hours
Enroute stop and visit the Kagyud monastery Mangheem Thegu and the Sherpa village Laminey Pokhari, located in the pine, dense Rhododendron and magnolia forests with chirping of various Himalayan species of birds and beautiful views of the snow clad mountains of the Mount Kanchenjunga massif.
Overnight in Camp (B, L, D)
Achhalay To Kalijhar (2,745 Meters) 4-5 Hours
Enroute constant view of Mount Kanchenjunga, wide and beautiful grassey slopes and patches inside the rhododendron forests between the hills, filled with the very rich bio-diversity of Sikkim’s flora, fauna and herbs.
One can hear the humming of bees and chirping of birds with the Magnolia and rhododendron blooming is a remarkable day of trekking.
Overnight in Camp (B, L, D)
Kalijhar To Danra Barkhey Via Phoktey Danra (3,200 Meters) 4-5 Hours
In the morning between by 3-4 a.m. (3,657 meters) climb up-to the top of the Phoktey Danra to get the amazing view of a spectacular sun rise with a 360 degree panoramic view of Mt. Kanchendzonga with its all dominant peaks within Sikkim and further West looking at the great massifs of Mt. Everest 8,849 meters, Mt. Makalu 8,463 meters, Mt. Nuptse 7,861 meters, Mt. Lhotsey 8,516 meters and Mt..Dhaulagiri 8,167 meters as part of the Central Himalayan Range in Nepal. Danra Barkhey camp site also is one of the beautiful view point for the Himalayan range of Mount Khangchenjunga and surrounding peaks of Mounts Kabru 7.412 meters, Kabru Dome 6,600 meters, Simvo 6,811 meters and Tolung 7,348 meters from the slopes adorned with the Rhododendron forest.
Overnight in Camp (B, L, D)
- Day 9 Danra Bharkhey To Deoningali Dhap (3,140 Meters) 4-5 Hours
Deoningali Dhap To Barsey (3,050 Meters)
We get the very beautiful and soft trekking trail walking towards Barsey which is a famous for Rhododendron and one of the beautiful camp with the panoramic view of Mt. Khangchendzonga range. It is rich in bio-diversity with different species of flora and fauna. The place is a natural habitation for Wild Boar, Blood Pheasant, Deer etc.
Overnight in Camp (B, L, D)
Barsey To Uttarey (4-6 Hours) Trek Via Deoningali Dhap & After Trek Drive To Kalpimpong (4-5 Hours Drive)
The trekking trail towards Uttarey is enjoyable with the lushness of the dense wild forest of Rhododendron on the mild slope offering an easy walk.
Upon arrival Drive to Kalipmong.
Overnight in hotel (B, L, D)
Drive Kalimpong To Bagdogra Airport (4 Hour’s Drive) & Fly To Delhi
Indigo Flight # 6e-6283 Bagdogra/Delhi Etd: 16:45/Eta: 18:50 Hrs.
After breakfast, Visit the Zang Dhok Palri Monastery. This is an ancient Buddhist monastery which was built in 1975 under the guidance of Dalai Lama. This monastery is a fine sample of Buddhist architecture and an important site for Buddhists. It houses close to 110 published texts on Buddhism. One can also witness the amazing view of the Himalayas from there. Later transfer from Kalimpong to Bagdogra Airport a drive of about 4 hrs. upon arrival board flight for Delhi.
You will be met upon arrival in Delhi and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Overnight in hotel (B)
- Day 13 Delhi & Departure