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Cost : INR 9,000.
Duration : 5 Days.
Grade : Moderate.
Highest Altitude Gain : 3,733 Mtr ( 12,245 Ft. ).
Approx Trekking Km : 26 Kms.
Activities : Trekking, Camping & Photography of Nature.
Best Time to Go : October-May.
Phoktey Dara is Situated at 3733mtr. and famous for the hill top view point to witness the panaromic view of 4 out of 5 highest peaks in the world, Mt.Everest, Mt.Makalu, Mt.Lhotse, Mt.Nuptse and in the east one can see the magnificent view of Mt.Khanchendzonga, Mt.Pandim, Mt.Kabru, Mt.Narsing, Mt.Rathong, Mt.Sinolchu, Mt.Kokthang. You can see the 360 degree opening view of all mountains and Kanchenjungha range in a famous 'Sleeping Buddha' formation. From Phoktey Dara top one can also see the ariel view of Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, green and blossoming alpine trees, a nature’s paradise, Darjeeling, Phalut, Sandhakpu, Nunthaley view point can be seen from here. For the majestic sunrise and sunset, Phoktey Dara Top is considered as a very extraordinary view point of Sikkim and relatively lesser known trekking trail in West Sikkim. The trail inside Barsey Rhododendrone Sanctuary goes through the undisturbed pathches of forests in Sikkim. Chewabhanjang Pass, located at an elevation of 10,300 ft. is one of the important and famous Pass in the Indo-Nepal border. Phoktey Dara Trek is famous for Rhododendrons and different species of birds & Phoktey Dara is the gateway of the Singalila Ridge Trek. 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. The name Chewabhanjang means a ‘peeping valley’ in the local Limboo language. Lies under Indo-Nepal Pass, ewabhanjang pass has a famous trade route connecting many villages of Sikkim and Nepal. Phoktey Dara Trek is also known as Everest- Kanchendzonga View trek, Singalila Range Trek, Singalila Pass trek, Chewabhanjang Trek. This trek is still unexplored trek route in sikkim Himalaya which Majestic Himalayan Treks & Tours, the best adventure tour operator of Siliguri, Darjeeling & Sikkim, can arrange for you. Phoktey Dara trek starts from Uttarey. Uttarey is a small village located on the northern slope of Singalila Range in West Sikkim which is 160 km from Siliguri or Bagdogra. Phoktey Dara trek is not so famous among trekkers like Goechala, Sandakphu, Roopkund or Hamta Pass. But this trek route is very scenic and diversified. Our other trek routes are Goechala Trek, Sandakphu-Phalut Trek, Kishong La Trek, Danphebir Pass Trek, Varsey Phalut Trek etc.
"Meet & Greet" with our company representative on arrival at NJP / IXB / Siliguri and drive to Uttarey Valley ( 160 km., 6-7 hrs., ), Phoktey Dara trek starting point. En route enjoy the beauty of evergreen forests, the beauty of Teesta river, rural villages of Sikkim, lush green hills & mountain cloud view. In this 7 hr. journey you can take your lunch at Jorthang, 2nd important city of Sikkim. If you have to buy something for trek or need to withdrawl of money then it is the last market. On the way you will pass through some famous tourist places like Rinchenpong, Kaluk, Hee, Dentam, Singshore bridge. You can take a tea break at any of these place. After arrival at Uttarey check-in & get fresh. After that you can spend your leisure time at local area by walk. Overnight Stay at Uttarey in a hotel / home stay.
After breakfast go for Forest permit & Police permit for your Phoktey Dara Trek. After getting permit, trek towards Achalley, a 8 km trek ( 9800 ft, 4-5 hr. ). On the way you can see Sherpa village, Tenzing Hillary Memorial Park, fern species and other rich flora-fauna of Sikkim. After 1 hr. walk you will reach a point where you can see the beautiful & green Uttarey valley. First day trek of Phoktey Dara is almost a uphill trek through the dense sub-alpine and Rhododendron forests. After 2-3 hr. trek you can take your lunch and regain your energy to walk 2 hr. more. After a 4-5 hr. trek you will see a small forest surrounded ground which is your day 1 campsite, Achalley. After arrival you will get hot soup with Fried Egg-Maggi. If you are lucky then you can get glimpses of Mt. Kanchendzonga from Achalley campsite. Overnight stay at Achalley in Tent.
After a heavy breakfast fill your bottle and start your trek with full of energy. Today's trek is short but strenous in last part. After a 2 hr. trek you will reach at a big meadow surrounded by green lush forest which is called Thulodhap means Big ground ( In nepali language “Thulo” means Big and "Dhap” means Ground ). Here you can take a rest to walk the last toughest 3.5 km uphill trek. You will reach at Kalizar after a 2:30 hr. tiring trek. Interest trekkers can trek to Singalila pass ( 4 km up & down ). Kalizar campsite has very limited water source. The water streams are seasonal and it is difficult to get water around the campsite. So you have to be rational about water. Kalizar is the most beautiful campsite in Varsey Rhododendrone Sanctuary and most windy area also. It’s a perfect campsite to enjoy the unparalleled view of Mt. Kanchenjungha in last twilight with a hot cup of coffee. After dusk you have to wear good warm cloth. The temperature soon dropped to -6 degrees Celsius at night & this was accompanied by a strong breeze. Today dinner time will be at 7 pm. Overnight stay in tent at Kalizar.
Wake up early in the morning and trek to Phoktey Dara ( 12,000 ft., 30 Min walk) to witness the sunrise & wide range of Kanchenjunga & Everest range. If the weather is clear, then here you can witness the most amazing sunrise of your life. The "Sleeping Buddha" was bathing in colors of the rising sun. On a clear day one can see the top four out of five highest peaks in the world called Lhotse ( 8501m), Everest ( 8848m) and Makalu (8475m) of the Nepal Himalayas and the huge Kanchenjunga Massif (8586m) along with other peaks of the Nepal and Sikkim himalayas like Mt. Kumbhakarna, Mt. Kokthang, Mt. Rathong, Mt. Kabru groupof peaks, Mt. Talung, Mt. Pandim, Mt. Tinchenkhang, Mt. jopuno, Mt. Simvo etc. After spending some memorable time with our besties and Camera also at Phoktey Dara Top, trek back to Kalizar. After breakfast start descending towards Uttarey via Chewabhanjang pass ( 10400 Ft. ), Chitrey, Mainibas Falls ( 14 km., 5-6 hrs. downhill ). The first 3 km till Chewabhanjang the entire range was now visible in the brilliant morning sunlight. After that you have to face a 2 km steep downhill till chitrey. Again a 6 km downhill trek till Uttarey. On the way you can visit Mainibas falls which is another 30 min walk from the main trail. Today you can finish your Phoktey dara trek with a delicious Dinner. Night stay at Uttarey in a Home stay / Hotel.
After breakfast drive from Uttarey to NJP / IXB / Siliguri ( 6-7 hr. ) for your onward journey.
By Train :
New Jalpaiguri Railway Station or NJP is a major railway station located in Siliguri, the gateway to North Bengal, Sikkim, Bhutan and North-East India. There are many long distance trains arrives or pass through the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station or NJP station. You can choose to come to Kolkata and take one of the many trains to NJP. If you are coming from Delhi or north part of India, Mumbai, Pune or West part of India, Chennai, Bangalore or South part of India, try to take any north east train which directly goes to NJP by passing Kolkata. Please book the train which will arrive at NJP within 10 am for your Phoktey Dara Trek.
By Flight :
Flying to Bagdogra or IXB is another option that you can choose. Bagdogra is well connected with regular direct flight from Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Bengalore & Mumbai. Please book your flight which will arrive at Bagdogra within 11 am for your Phoktey Dara Trek.
NJP / Bagdogra to Uttarey apprx. 160 km. You will get 8 - 14 seater car for the journey. Uttarey is the starting point of Phoktey Dara trek.
1. Accommodation : As per the current availability over there we can provide you Dormitory room at Uttarey & you will be accommodated in Tents / Trekkers hut' during the trek.
2. Meal Plan : Day 2 Pack Lunch to Day 4 Pack Lunch (Food during trek only).
3. Transportation : We will provide you : NJP / IXB / Siliguri to Uttarey & Uttarey to NJP / IXB / Siliguri return - Non-Luxury vehicle - seat capacity maximum 8 to 9 seats ( Sumo / Sumo Gold / Spacio / Mahindra Maxx / Similar ).
( Please Note : Vehicle will be taken for all transfers (Point to point drop) & the mentioned sightseeing points including fuel expenses on hire basis ).
4. Tent, Sleeping Bag & Mattress.
5. Entry fees & forest camping charges for Phoktey Dara of Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary.
6. One group leader from our company
7. Local Guide.
8. Local Porters, Yak / Mule / Horse for ration & equipment carrying only.
9. Cook during trek.
* Food during transit.
* Any extra porter for personal luggage carrying.
* Any services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.
* Any Airfare / Train fare / Bus fare.
* Any transportation which is not mentioned in the itinerary.
* Any expenses of personal nature like Room Heater charges / Hot Water Bag charges / Mobile charging fees etc.
* Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
To prepare for a trek, we need to strengthen our 2 prime M’s – Mind and Muscle, the body. Only then, the spending of the 3rd M – Money; a little or more, can bring to us an intense lifelong experience like trekking.
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant. The percentage saturation of haemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our haemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.
You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.
You can follow this stretching before run
After 15 min of stretching you can follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.
Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body.
MIND, THE MENTAL ENDURANCE :
To build our physical endurance prior to trek, we workout in a gymnasium or outdoors nearby. In both the cases, we actually choose a suitable environment for us to sweat. So, even if you get extremely fit before the trek, you don’t get exposed to the versatile environmental or climatic challenges that nature offers during a trek. All these environmental conditions have a deep impact on our body and mind too. A walk through heavy rains or snowfall, even in a normal gradient, becomes more challenging than the same trail in a pleasant weather. And it happens not only because of rain or snow makes the walk more difficult. Also, you need to adjust, tolerate and fight the adverse nature psychologically in which your body and mind are not habituated. Here, your mind comes into play. This is where the game becomes more mental than physical.
1. Bulid your own motivation system.
2. Use your passion to bring more motivation.
3. Study about your trek route to gain knowledge to plan and prepare yourself appropriately.
4. Think positive & stay focused.
5. Visualization is a common technique for handling stress.
Developing mental strength is not a one day game. Your experiences are the best teacher. You become more confident after every trek. Cherish your journey after completion of the trek. Sense, the achievement. These will build your mind stronger forever, no matter where you want to use it for, a trek or a life.
1. Hire a digital trainer for free. The key is to do it perfect than more in numbers. Use video tutorial, mobile apps, read blogs and use a mirror to make it perfect.
2. Be a regular, rather inconsistent & intense.
3. Drink more water during the exercise routine and more importantly in the time of trekking. Keep dehydration, muscles cramps, and life-threatening hypothermia away.
4. Food is fuel. Maintain a well-balanced diet consist of carbohydrate, fat, and protein during your exercise and trekking days.
5. Sleep well. Finally, the lack of sleep can spoil your whole preparation for a trek.
Below are the list of personal articles which are required for a trek on the Himalayas. This guide helps you to give an idea about the things that you need to bring in as a trek member. Depending upon the number of days of trek, the articles quantity may vary and this list is made considering the trek duration being 5 to 7 days (week long treks).
Always try to avoid unnecessary Cloths, toiletries which are heavy and of little use on mountain. Pack light.
For selection of personal gear/equipment and backpacking please read the articles carefully, before buying an item:
Rucksack/Back Pack : A Must item. Between 40 to 50 Litres. Don’t buy more than 60L unless you are in expeditions. These will be heavier and can cause discomfort if not fully loaded. You can buy it online or offine from trekking gear store. We can help you to find the right one.
Sleeping Bag : You can hire from us or bring your personal one rated for high altitude in case you have. Personal one is always better for hygiene. You can purchase from us. http://www.majestichimalayan.com/final/hire-a-guide
Trekking Shoe / Boot : A must item. A good quality trekking shoe/boot must have the following specs :
i) A sticky rubber sole with lug (indentations for better grip).
ii) Ankle support (Medium or high ankle).
iii) Waterproofing membrane. (A must for high altitude and winter treks).
Mattress (Foam/Rubber) : It is very cheap. You can buy it from Hardware shop or trekking gear shop.
Micro spikes/Anti slip grip & Gaiters : Its necessary only for snow trek, specially in winter time.
Rucksack cover (Waterproof): Advised. MUST for protection from rain/dust/stain etc. (Alternately you can keep your clothing and warm jacket inside polythene pack. Do get the pack(s) back to home and re use/recycle).
Daypack/Knapsack : Optional (Can carry along with you with water bottle, food, camera and wind/water proof etc.) if you want to offload your Rucksack in permissible routes.
T-shirt (Base layer while you are hiking) : A must item and as per need. Take at least one Dry fit/Quick dry type which can ventilate sweat/moisture wicking. These are made of synthetic materials. Cotton T-shirts are NOT advised and avoid especially when you walk.
Warm Jacket (Mid layer clothing for warmth ) : A must item. Warm Fleece Jacket/Synthetic fill (Some refer as Hollow Fill Jacket/Down feather Jacket.
While hiking you will not require this unless you are hiking in cold conditions. Use this when you cool down at campsite. You can but from us - http://www.majestichimalayan.com/final/hire-a-guide
Windproof Jacket/Wind Cheater (Outer layer clothing for protection from wind and rain/snow fall) : A MUST item. A hooded one made of water resistant/repellent material is highly advised.
Use this along with Base layer (t-shirt) while hiking unless it is warm and sunny weather. Wear this always as outer later to protect from wind chill be while hiking or at camp site.
Thermal wear (Base Layer once you reach campsite) : Upper and lower (Woolly cot). Must for winter treks.
Trek pant : A must item. Can be Track pants (avoid cotton), 3 quarter/Cargo or Convertible kind.
One Dry fit/Quick dry track pant is advised. Water repellent/proof quality is a plus.
For altitude above 5000m/16400ft you should use wind proof and water proof trek pants.
Raincoat/Poncho/Waterproof clothing: Waterproofing is MUST during your trek in the Himalayas, be it in summer or winter.
This can be achieved by any of the following:
i) Use your windproof jacket and hiking pant having water repellent/proofing quality.
ii) A Poncho/Raincoat.
Balaclava/Woolen skull cap/Monkey Cap : A Must item for protection from cold. Made of woolen/synthetic warm material.
Sun cap/Wide-brimmed Hat/Bandana : For protection from sun while you hike.
Under garments/Inner wear : As per need.
Hiking Socks : 3/4 pair. Use full length socks (Don’t use tennis socks). 100% Cotton socks are NOT recommended as these absorb sweat and dry slowly. A pair of woolen material is nice to have especially in winter treks.
Woolen gloves : A Must item.
Waterproof gloves : Optional. Useful especially on high altitude treks where snow/ice is encountered.
Camp sandal : Can be a strap on sports sandal or a Hawaiian sleeper.
Walking Sticks/Trekking Poles/Ski Poles : Nice to have, reduces the pressure on knees and gives balance specially while descending. Advised at least one pole for treks involving snow/ice.
Knee cap : Optional. Makes a difference especially if you have knee injuries/problems (Neoprene added variant is better).
Water bottle/Hydration pack : Must. Good quality plastic bottle.
Sunglasses : This is MUST for all the high altitude treks and winter treks. Polarised/Anti-glare is always a better option in snow with UV400 (UV A & B) protection. Trekkers using spectacle can order custom make powered sunglasses.
Torch/Head Lamp with extra batteries : A MUST item. Head torch keeps your hands free.
Accessories/Toiletries : Optional and try to share when you travel in group.
Sunscreen lotion – Optional. At least 30/40 SPF.
Chap Stik/Cold & Moisturising cream – Optional. As per need. Use small tubes/bottles.
Tooth brush and tooth paste – Carry smallest available tube of tooth paste.
Soap/Soap strip – Carry small pocket size soap, or Soap strip.
Hand sanitizer – Optional. Small bottle.
Tissue roll ( Toilet paper) – This is a must item as water may not be available in the vicinity.
Towel – Medium size (light weight).
Anti-Fungal Powder – Optional. This helps to keep the socks and the trek shoe drier and odour free to an extent. Carry smallest container.
Camera with extra cells: Optional. Normally there is no charging point on the Himalayan trek routes, carry spare batteries/power bank.
Dry food items(Kit): Must. Carry some dry fruits, chocolate/energy/protein bars and GluconD/Tang/Getorade.
Personal First-Aid Kit: Optional – Anti septic cream, Betadine/Dettol/Savlon, Band aid, cotton, crepe bandage, safety pin etc.
Medicines Kit: This is a simple guide line and a doctor’s consultation is recommended.)
In case of cancellation of tour/travel services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reason/s we must be informed in writing. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive letter in writing and cancellation charges would be as follows:
Please note – Irrespective of above mentioned cancellations slabs – in case of cancellation of tour services after the booking is made with us – a minimum 10% service charges would be applicable.
In case you cancel the trip after commencement refund would be restricted to a limited amount that too would depend on the amount that we would be able to recover from the hoteliers we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation and missed meals etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.
In regard to refund of unused / unutilized services (which are paid for and cancelled in advance) the refund amount would be worked out on the basis of cancellation policy as described above and the money would be accordingly refunded to the person who has made the payment to us. Please note that the refund process may take 2 – 4 weeks due to banking procedures. If the refund is made to the credit card account OR to Bank account, the bank charges would be debited from the refund amount.
1. How do I choose a trek?
Ans : According to your time & fitness.
2. Are there any age restrictions to join Phoktey Dara trek?
Ans : Yes 5 years is the min age. Fitness is required for all ages.
3. I would like to book Phoktey Dara trek, do I need to bring my own equipment?
Ans : We will provide Sleeping bag, Sleeping Mat, Tent.
4. How long do we walk each day?
Ans : Apprx 6-8 km, 4-5 hr.
5. What is the fitness level required for Phoktey Dara trek and how hard are the treks?
Ans : Phoktey Dara is a moderate trek. But trekkers should practice ( running, Gym ) for 15 days atleast.
6. What would be the process of acclimatisation?
Ans : Walk slowly, be hydrated, proper clothing and be active after reaching at campsite.
7. What do I need to carry ?
Ans : Carry your personal clothing, Torch, Cap, Waterbottle, Umbrella. For details see whats to carry option.
8. I can’t carry my bag can anyone carry it for me?
Ans : If you dont want to carry bag then hire a porter ( Extra charge INR 2000 )
9. Do I need trekking poles ?
Ans : Yes, trekking pole is confortable to walk.
10. What are the major difficulties expected on a high altitude Trek?
Ans : Altitude sickness, Lack of oxygen, Headache, acclimatization, Disturbed sleep, loss of appetite.
11. What is the source of drinking water? Is it safe to drink?
Ans : Natural sources like river, Falls. Yes it is safe but you can use Geoline, Chlorine table as water purifier.
12. How to stay healthy during a trek?
Ans : Consume plenty of water, Proper diet, Sleep, proper clothing. Be active & happy always.
13. Does anyone need to purchase snow shoes for Phoktey Dara trek?
Ans : Yes you can but a good trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek.
14. What will the daytime and night temperature be?
Ans : Day time temperatures will range from 13-18ºC and night time temperature will range from -1 to 5ºC in May. Expect temperatures to be lower by a few degrees in October/November.
15. How many people will share a tent?
Ans : 3 /4 person.
16. Is it safe for girls? What if I am the only girl on the trek?
Ans : Yes its safe. We will provide you a separate tent.
17. What kind of food do you provide in Phoktey Dara trek?
Ans : We will provide Veg & Non-Veg both.
18. Do I need to carry any documents with me?
Ans : Yes you should carry your identity card.
19. Is there any medical assistance during the trek?
Ans : Yes our trip leader is well known of medicine and for any emergency we will transfer the trekker to Uttarey Health centre & then Jorethang..
20. Do we get mobile signal during Phoktey Dara trek?
Ans : You will get mobile signal till Uttarey.
21. Are smoking and drinking permitted on the trek?
Ans : It is advisable to not take any liquor & smoking objects.
22. Is diamox is advisable?
Ans : Yes you can start it before trek as per doctor advise.
23. Will I be able to recharge camera batteries ?
Ans : No the last charging point will be at Uttarey. You can carry power bank.