The Rhododendron Trail

7 to 12 days

A trek along the Indo-Nepalese border in the states of Sikkim and West Bengal.This trek takes you to the Singalila Ridge and Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary

Tour Highlights

  • In the shadows of the high Eastern Himalayas.

  • Explore the sub-alpine belt of rural Sikkim.

  • Some of the most important monasteries of the state.

  • Tea Plantations, River Valleys, Remote Villages

  • Unsurpassed views of the Mighty Kanchenjunga massif.

  • Hotels, homestays, off the grid farms and Lodges

This trek takes you to the hills of Sikkim and North Bengal, a mystical land of abundant natural beauty with verdant forests, quaint sub alpine villages and high towering mountains. Sikkim is home to the magnificant Kanchanjunga Massif, the third-highest mountain on earth. The pinnacle of this majestic mountain is perennially snowcapped and ever towering over the region like the deity that she is. The trek will take you across state and sometimes national borders, as we make our way south from the Barsey Rhodondren Sanctuary along the Nepalese frontier, walking the phenominal Singalila Ridge.

This region is perched between the giant plains of the Gangetic and Brahmaputra valleys and the high Himalayan massif. Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary spans over the razor sharp Singalila Range which forms the border wall between India and Nepal. Ranging from an altitude of about 7000 to 14000 feet, the flora of the sanctuary ranges from broadleaf and coniferous forests to alpine meadows, but the queen of this sanctuary is the Rhodendron of which over 600 kinds can be found here itself. The route takes us from a starting altitude of about 2700 mts up to about 3750 mts. The Singalila ridge, which is about 50 kms long offers phenominal panoramas of the valleys of Nepal and Sikkim, and the high peaks of Himalayas especially the sights of 5 out of the 6 highest peaks on earth. The mornings and evenight offer spellbinding vistas, almost an amphitheatre where we are the spectators and the high peaks the protagonists.

This trek can be quite flexible in duration without losing its charms. Please write in to us with your ideal duration and we will get back with an appropriate itinerary.

  • Level
    Easy to Moderate

  • Total Days
    7 – 12 days

  • Avg walking time
    4 to 6 hrs

  • Terrain
    100% Hilly / Mountanuous

  • Altitude variation
    2700 to 3750 mts

  • Best Time
    Mar-May / Sept-Oct

  • Airport in
    Bagdogra (W Bengal)

  • Airport out
    Bagdogra (W Bengal)

  • All accommodation

  • All Meals

  • All transportation

  • Refreshment and water throughout

  • Guide

  • FA Kit

  • All Permits

  • Activities as mentioned

  • Meals
    As much as possibly we try cover all the local cuisines

  • Accommodation
    Hotels, Lodges, Camping

  • Refreshments
    High energy snacks and Water during throughout

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  • Terrain

    100% Mountanious

  • Backup

    Sturdy SUV’s and sturdier driver will accompany you on every trip. the condition of roads do not allow for larger vehicles, however do our best to provide you the best in comfort in relation to the routes that we ply on.

  • Permits

    Indian nationals require an Inner Line Permit (ILP) whereas foreign nationals require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP / PAP). These have a govt. charge attached to them. Rest assured we take care of the arrangements.

  • Weather Pattern

    Post monsoon months of September- October and pre monsoon months of March-April are very pleasant with blue skies and a fair days. Peak winters are from November to February with the mercury coming down below 0 C, with heavy snowfall.

  • Safety

    We have a very experienced team which is also local. This reflects in the overall safety of our tours. Rest assured your guides know where extra attention is required and when. All our routes are well known to us, we know where the nearest medical facilities are, we know whom to contact if in case of an emergency, we know all the alternate routes in case of road blockages. We have CASEVAC protocols in place to streamline the process in case of emergencies. You can rest easy knowing that in the outdoors in general and this region in particular you are in safe hands with us.

* Our Itineraries are quite unique hence we prefer not to put it up on the site. Please write in to us for the detailed itinerary and cost.

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