Phoktey Dara Trek

One of the best and least done trek in Sikkim with best views of the Sleeping Buddha

Phoktey Dara Trek Introduction And Details

Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Phoktey Dara Trek

22 Popular Peaks:
Baruntse ( 7220m ), Chamlang ( 7319m ), Chomo Lonzo ( 7818m ), Lhotse ( 8516m ), Lhotse Shar ( 8400m ), Machhapuchhare ( 6993m ), Makalu ( 8462m ), Mount Everest ( 8850m ), Nuptse ( 7861m ), Kanchenjunga ( 8586m ), Talung ( 7349m ), Rathong ( 6679m ), Kabru N ( 7353m ), Koktang ( 6147m ), Simvo ( 6812m ), Frey ( 5853m ), Kabru S ( 7318m ), Kabru Dome ( 6600m ), Kabru Forked ( 6100m ), Pandim ( 6691m ), Tenchenkhang ( 6010m ), Jupono ( 5650m )
1 High Passes:
Singalila Top ( 3700m )
4 Tranquil Rivers:
Ramam River, Siri River, Siri River, Lodhama River
4 Beautiful Remote Villages:
Gorkhey, Bhareng, Hilley, Barsey
2 National Parks Or Forest Reserve:
Singalila National Park, Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary
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Day 1
Jorethang
Day 2
D2Hilley
Day 3
D3Barsey
Day 3
Lassuney
Day 3
Deolingaa Dhap
Day 4
D4Joributey
Day 4
Acchaley
Day 4
Thulo Dhaap
Day 5
D5Kalijhar
Day 5
Kalijhar
Day 5
Phoktey Dara
Day 6
D6Kalijhar
Day 6
Singalila Pass
Day 7
D7Phalut
Day 7
Gorkhey
Day 8
D8Bharyang
Day 9
Bagdogra / NJP

Phoktey Dara Trek Daywise Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Hilley

Overnight In: Hilley (2525m )
Accommodation: Homestay
Meals Included: Evening Snacks, Dinner
Cost Of Transport Included: No
Activity: Drive Day
Take the 6 hours scenic drive to arrive in Hilley. Enjoy the beauty of West Sikkim en route.

Day 2From Hilley To Barsey ( 5 Kms,3 hours )

Day 2
2525 - Hilley
Day 2
2970 - Barsey


5Km, 3hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Barsey (2969m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals
Today we start our trek. Wake up to a wonderful morning in the beautiful village homestay in Hilley and breathe the fresh air which will definitely energize you to take on the day. After breakfast, we start our trek as we wind up through the dense forest towards Barsey. It's an easy trek today to start our long journey towards Phoktey Dara and Phalut.

Day 3From Barsey To Joributey, Via - Lassuney, Deolingaa Dhap ( 12 Kms,6 hours )

Day 3
2970 - Barsey
Day 3
2900 - Lassuney
Day 3
3000 - Deolingaa Dhap
Day 3
2800 - Joributey


12Km, 6hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Joributey (2800m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals
Second day into the trek and the trek slowly shifts gears up as well. The trail is beautiful with occasional openings in the middle of dense forest. Nature and wildlife will be at its best today.

Day 4From Joributey To Kalijhar, Via - Acchaley, Thulo Dhaap ( 12 Kms,6 hours )

Day 4
2800 - Joributey
Day 4
2850 - Acchaley
Day 4
2885 - Thulo Dhaap
Day 4
3450 - Kalijhar


12Km, 6hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Kalijhar (3450m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals
Day 3 and the trek shifts its gear further up as we not just cover the distance but also start to feel the altitude that we climb.

Day 5

Exploration Day


Excursion to Phoktey Dara. Return To Kalijhar ( 3 Kms,2 hours )

Day 5
3450 - Kalijhar
Day 5
3450 - Kalijhar
Day 5
3800 - Phoktey Dara
Day 5
3450 - Kalijhar


3Km, 2hrs.

Activity: Trek, Explore, Relax Day
Overnight In: Kalijhar (3450m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals
Today is a complete rest day and we live our day tp the fullest. Early morning we wake up to witness the magical sunrise from the top of Phoktey Dara. It takes about 40 minutes to reach the Phoktey Dara top and the view of the Sleeping Buddha is considered the best from Phoktey Dara. Sleeping Buddha formation is all about the angle you see it from and Phoktey Dara presents the best angle to realize the Sleeping Buddha formation. The entire day is on our hands and we spend it wisely to our heart's contentment. We are right in the middle of a dense forest with abundant wildlife. Since it's a very less done trail, sighting wildlife is very much possible if you maintain proper forest decorum.

Day 6

Pass Crossing Day


Cross Singalila Pass And Reach Phalut ( 12 Kms,6 hours )

Day 6
3450 - Kalijhar
Day 6
3700 - Singalila Pass
Day 6
3600 - Phalut


12Km, 6hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Phalut (3600m )
Accommodation: Tents / Homestay
Meals Included: All Meals
Today will be a long day and tiring day as we negotiate the Singalila Pass to enter Toriphuley and the beautiful pasture land of Phalut in West Bengal. The day's trek will involve a lot of climbing, descending and then again climbing up to Phalut. The views throughout are amazingly beautiful and will keep you motivated throughout the trek with its charm. Sleeping Buddha is visible much closer and uninterrupted unless for clouds deciding to play hide and seek game with you. Be prepared mentally for today and plan your water and food efficiently.

Day 7From Phalut To Bharyang, Via - Gorkhey ( 15 Kms,6 hours )

Day 7
3600 - Phalut
Day 7
2290 - Gorkhey
Day 7
1900 - Bharyang


15Km, 6hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Bharyang (1900m )
Accommodation: Home Stay
Meals Included: All Meals
Today we reach the roadhead Bhareng. It's an easy walk as we start our descend to Gorkhey very sharply where we break for hot lunch at a local's home to be treated with local delicacies and excellent exchange of knowledge and culture. Gorkhey is an excellent place to relax and spend some peaceful time. It's very easy to get fascinated by the village life here in such a remote mountainous landscape. Many of our trekkers get carried away by the beauty and relaxed life around this beautiful hamlet in the Eastern Himalayas. Bhareng is just about an hours trek from here and after lunch and spending a good time in Gorkhey, we leave for Bhareng to make it easy and quick for getting down to Bagdogra or Gangtok tomorrow.

Day 8Departure From Bhareng

Activity: Drive Day
Accommodation: None
Meals Included: Breakfast
Cost Of Transport Included: NO
We either take a shared public cab to get down to Siliguri or Bagdogra or book a reserved cab to get us to Bagdogra or Gangtok or Darjeeling or any other desired places like Pelling, Easter Sikkim etc.

Why Should You Do The Phoktey Dara Trek

  • The Phoktey Dara trek boasts of the best views of the Sleeping Buddha formation, which is formed by Mount Kanchenjunga and 16 other popular peakes aligned in such a way that it appears like a giant Lord Buddha sleeping over the clouds.
  • The Phoktey Dara trek also provides the rare opportunity to view 4 of Worlds highest 8000 meter peaks together in a single frame. The peaks are  Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Kanchenjunga which are top 5 highest mountains of the World except for K2, which lies in the Karakoram range.
  • Not just this. The Phoktey Dara trek offers the panorama of more than 26 peaks of Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal. Chomolhari, Narsing, Jupono, Tenchenkhang, Pandim, Simvo, Goecha Peak, Forked Peak, Kanchenjunga, Kumbhakarna, Frey, Rathong, Koktang, South Kabru, North Kabru, 3 sister peaks, Everest, Makalu, Chamling, Chomolonzo, Lhotse, Nuptse, Baruntse, Macchapucchare, etc 
  • The Phoktey Dara trek goes through the dense jungle of rhododendrons, magnolias and many other wild flowers, some of which are only to be found in these mountain ranges of the Himalayas. Rhododendrons and magnolias bloom during late March to early May and the entire route is mystified with their colour and fragnance.
  • The Phoktey Dara trek is home to innumerous species of wild birds and a lot of wild animals. Since this trek is less frequented by human beings, it makes one of the ideal treks to sight wildlife.
  • Watch out for the glorious, dramatic and magnificent sunrises and sunsets on the Phoktey Dara trek.
  • The Phoktey Dara trek offers a great opportunity to experience the hospitality of some of the most welcoming and loved tribes in the Himalayas. They are namely the Lepchas, Sherpas, Bhutias, Limboos and other Sikkimese and Nepali people. They have rich culture and their deep connection and love with mother Nature is something to be inspired from.
  • The Singalila Pass - Phoktey Dara trek is a borderline treks which swings between India and Nepal multiple times. Its altogether a different experience to trek on this ridgeline which divides different states in India and Nepal. The villages that comes on the way are very beautiful.
  • Crossing over from Sikkim to West Bengal via the Singalila pass

Phoktey Dara Trek - Elaborate Description

As a borderline trek, our Phoktey Dara - Singalila Pass Trek is one of the best and least done treks to experience the rich culture of Sikkim, Darjeeling and Nepal in one go. Offering the view of 4 out of 5 highest peaks in the World, not many treks can boast of the same. Mt. Everest ( 8850m, 1st), Kanchenjunga ( 8586m, 3rd), Mt. Lhotse (8516m, 4th) and Makalu (8481m, 5th). The trail goes through the dense canopy of forest and beautiful openings amidst it creating some beautiful campsites. It has abundant in wildlife and vivid flora. During the springs, many species of rhododendrons and other wildflowers colour up the trail. There are many varieties of birds that dwell in this National Park and makes it a bird-watcher's delight. The distinctively remote trail is lit up by the energy and happy mindedness of the locals, some of whom accompany us on the trek as our support staff. You also witness the mixture of Tibetan, Nepali, Sikkimese, Subba and Lepcha culture in this entire trek route in form of its people, their way of living and architecture.

In short, this is one of the best treks to be done in the Eastern Himalayas.

Phoktey Dara Trek Package Cost Details

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  • Day 1

    Drive

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Hilley (2525m )
    Overnight In: Hilley (2525m )
    Accommodation: Homestay
    Meals Included: Evening Snacks, Dinner
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2

    Trek

    From Hilley (2525m ) To Barsey (2969m ) . 3 Hrs. 5 Kms
    Overnight In: Barsey (2969m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 3

    Trek

    From Barsey (2969m ) To Joributey (2800m ), Via - Lassuney (2900m ), Deolingaa Dhap (3000m ). 6 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Joributey (2800m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4

    Trek

    From Joributey (2800m ) To Kalijhar (3450m ), Via - Acchaley (2850m ), Thulo Dhaap (2884m ). 6 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Kalijhar (3450m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5

    Trek, Explore, Relax

    From Kalijhar (3450m ) To Kalijhar (3450m ) . Excursion to Phoktey Dara (3800m ). 2 Hrs. 3 Kms
    Overnight In: Kalijhar (3450m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6

    Pass Crossing Day.

    From Kalijhar (3450m ) To Phalut (3600m ), Via - Singalila Pass (3700m ) . 6 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Phalut (3600m )
    Accommodation: Tents / Homestay
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7

    Trek

    From Phalut (3600m ) To Bharyang (1900m ), Via - Gorkhey (2286m ) . 6 Hrs. 15 Kms
    Overnight In: Bharyang (1900m )
    Accommodation: Home Stay
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 8

    Drive

    Departure Day
    Departure From Bhareng
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
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Rules Of Cancellation: 

  1. Up to 10 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total paid amount
  2. Between 10 days to 0 days before the trek start date - No refund. Free rescheduling or transfer of slot is allowed.
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Phoktey Dara Trek Quick Informations

  • 📅 Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights Hilley to Sepi
  • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3800m
  • 🛑 Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
  • 👍 Best Time: Jan - May, Sep - Dec
  • 🌄 Terrain: Rhododendron forest, alpine meadows, rocky
  • 🏃 Activity Type: Trek
  • 🔄 Trail Type: Different Entry Exit Point
  • 🚩 Starts From: Hilley
  • 🚩 Ends In: Bhareng
  • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
  • 🎌 Country: India
  • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
  • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
  • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Hilley
  • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone, Airtel, BSNL, sparsely
  • 🌐 Internet Option: 4g and 3g on trekking roadheads. No signal on trek
  • 🌞 Temperatures: -5 to 7 during winters. -1 to 10 during summers. Upper reaches are colder. Lower reaches are warm
  • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
  • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan

Covid19 Safety Protocol For Himalayan Treks

We had started our treks from October 2020 and since then we have served many trekkers without any problems related to covid. Thanks to our safety protocol and SOW.

Covid Negative RT-PCR Test Report or Vaccination Certificate Is Mandatory To Trek With Us.

All our permanent staffs are fully vaccinated and we hire vaccinated local resources only to ensure everyone's safety.

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Phoktey Dara Trek Frequently Asked Questions

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How Is The Covid19 Situation In Phoktey Dara Trek?

You may trek in Sikkim with a proper trekking permit and showing a valid RT-PCR test report and covid19 vaccination certificate (both doses)

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How Is The Phoktey Dara Weather And Temperature In Springs?

March to May are designated spring months in Sikkim. During this time, the entire trek route is full of colourful flowers, especially rhododendrons and magnolias. Lots of other wildflowers grow here during this time and it's a birds paradise. The weather is comfortable. While early months might have accumulated snow on higher altitudes and shady areas, most of the trek route will remain off the snow. Having said that, it can snow anytime in the spring months, especially in the month of May. The grasses are green as new grass grow after snow melts off or the temperature gets suitable.

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How Is The Phoktey Dara Weather And Temperature In Autumn?

Designated autumn months are from October till December. During this time the weather starts to prepare for harsh winter and gets colder each day, and turns drier as well. The grasses start to change their colour to brownish from green and the leaves start to fall. Quite a few species of wildflowers bloom during this time as well. The weather remains steady and the skies are usually very clear offering good views of the high mountains. This is the best time to experience the panorama of the peaks you see from this trek.

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How Is The Phoktey Dara Weather And Temperature In Winters?

Winter months are from the end of December till the end of February. Winters are very cold and dry here. This trek can be done even during the winters. However, it is very very cold and dry and trekking conditions offers an adventurous challenge. Snowfall on this side of the mountains isn't disrupting as compared to Western Himalayas.

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Which Is The Best Time To Do The Phoktey Dara Trek?

We consider the Spring months from March to May and then the Autumn months from October to December to be the best time to do the Phoktey Dara trek. If you love flowers and want to trek in comfortable weather, then springs are the best time, whereas, if you want a better experience of the mountain panorama, then autumn months are the best to do this trek.

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How Are The Accommodations And Toilet Facility On The Phoktey Dara Trek?

The Phoktey Dara trek has mixed accommodation. While in the Sikkim side of the trek, we have to camp and there is no other option. After crossing the Singalila Pass and reaching Phalut, we can stay in homestays. While on camps, it will be mandatorily dry toilets but in homestays, it will be wet toilets.

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What Are The Fitness Requirement Of The Phoktey Dara Trek?

This is a beginner trek and does not demand high physical stamina or endurance. However, having it always helps. Anyone who wishes to do this trek should be in good shape with good cardiovascular health. Strong legs and core muscles help a lot in negotiating steep climbs.

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Can Novice Trekkers Do The Phoktey Dara Trek?

A beginner can undertake this trek under the guidance of a good support team and mentor. Any beginner opting to do this trek must possess basic cardiac stamina and strong muscles.

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How Safe Is The Phoktey Dara Trek?

Altitude wise this trek is not that risky. However, proper mountain discipline should be maintained, This trek is remote and the climb involves steep climbs, slippery terrain under a dense canopy of the forest. Physical injury may become very cumbersome to manage.

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