Phoktey Dara Trek
₹ 12000 (8 person)
7 Days / 6 Nights
Pickup and Drop available from NJP (Optional)
Moderate to Difficult
Best Time to Visit
December to April
Pickup to Drop
NJP to NJP
Overview: Why you should choose this Trek
Phokteydara trek is one of the best moderate to difficult treks in Sikkim, where you can witness the breathtaking panoramic ranges of the Nepal and Sikkim high altitude Mountains. This mesmerizing trek takes you through the very less visited undisturbed and unperturbed patches of forests in Sikkim. Mixed Coniferous Forests, Sub-alpine Birch-Fir and Conifer Forest and Moist Dry Alpine Scrub (Rhododendron and Juniper scrubs) gives you a feeling that wetness and dampness are prevalent everywhere are prevalent everywhere.
Even in the winters the forest remains mostly green. Singalila National Park is full of flora and fauna. Spreading across an area of 104 Square Km, this sanctuary is home to endangered Red Panda, Barking Deer (Kakar), Himalayan Black Bear, Marbled Cat and many other mammal species. Singalila Pass and Phoktey Dara the two spurs offer majestic views of gigantic massif of Kanchendzongha range in a famous “Sleeping Buddha” formation.
Phoktey Dara trek is the famous trek of West Sikkim, situated at the height of 3734 meters. The trek is approximately 26 km. This trek is famous because it gives a view of the 4 highest peaks of the world out of 5 and these hilltops are Mt. Makalu, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhoste. On the eastern side, one can witness the view of Mt. Sinolchu, Mt. Kabru, Mt. Khanchendzonga, Mt. podium, Mt. Rathong, Mt. Kokthang. While doing this trek one can get a 360 view of many mountains and the ‘Sleeping Buddha’ formation of the Kanchenjungha range. From the top of Phoktey Dara, one will get the top view of Phalut, Sandhakpu, blossoming alpine trees, Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, and Nunthaley viewpoint. It is the gateway to Singalila Ridge Hike and is famous for different species of birds and Rhododendrons.
Phoktey Dara is the trek inside Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary and while trekking through this you will get to see many untouched forests. There are many forests Mixed coniferous forest, Montane wet Temperate Forest, Subalpine, Conifer, and Birch – Fir Forest. Mostly the atmosphere of the forest is damp and wet, rich in flora. Even during winters, one will get to see greenery. The sanctuary is spreading over the area of 104 sq. km. approximately giving a home to Barking Deer, Marbled Cat, Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, etc. This is the best place for people who have a great interest in photography.
ABOUT THE PLACE:
Location: Singalila Range, West Sikkim.
Altitude: 3733 meters (approx.).
Level: Moderate Trek.
Base Point: Uttarey, West Sikkim.
Best seasons: October to March.
Suitable for: Trekking with Camping, Daylong Trek, Hiking, famous for the most exotic view of Mount Kanchendzonga, Sleeping Buddha and Everest Group.
Temperature: Summer.20-25 degree, Winter: 5-15 degree .
Clothing: Warm woolen in winter, and light clothes in summer.
TO REACH UTTAREY (BASE POINT FOR TREK):
Uttarey is a small village in West Sikkim, situated very near to Indo-Nepal Border. It is one of the important adventure tourism destination of West Sikkim. All the necessary amenities required for the travelers live Hotel,Homestays,Cab services,adventure and trekking agents are available here.
Uttarey is accessible from all the parts of Sikkim. It is also easily assessable from outer parts of Sikkim like,Siliguri,Darjeeling,Kalimpong,New Jalpaiguri,Bagdogra etc.
You can instantly book a cab from any places mentioned above. A pre booked cab would be best option.
You can also get Sharing Taxi Cab (10 Seated) Which will be much cheaper as compared to booked one.
Brief Trek Itinerary
Day 1: New Jalpaigurit Uttarey by car (Approx. 161 km)
Day 2: Uttarey Achalley trek (Approx. 14 km)
Day 3: Achalley to Kalizar trek (Approx. 7 km)
Day 4: Kalizar to Chitrey via Phoktey Dara (Approx. 7 km)
Day 5: Chitrey to Uttarey trek (Approx. 5 km)
Day 6: Uttarey to NJP by car