Phoktey Dara in West Sikkim

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Day 1: Trek started from Uttarey....constant uphill path through jungles took us to Achalley in about 5.5 hrs. covering a distance of around 14 km....Achalley top gives a great view of the mountain ranges and would have been a nice place to camp.....but water source is a bit far off.....so, we had to travel another 2 km. on a gradual downhill path to Jorbutey for the first camp.......Achalley to Jorbutey took about 35 min.

Day 2: got good views of Kanchenjungha,Kumbhakarna,Pand im in the morning....today's trek would take us to Thulodhap......we first retraced our way back to Achalley.....this took about 45 min........Achalley to Thulodhap took about 2.5 hrs. for a distance of around 6 km.....the first part from Achalley to Thulodhap is a pretty steep descent of 1 km............then comes the ascent for about 3.5 km....the last leg is a gradual descent of 1.5 km into the grasslands of Thulodhap.......got magnificent sunset colours on the mountains from Thulodhap

Day 3:Thulodhap to Kalizar is about 6 km........the first 5 kms. till Kharka Chowk was a constant steep ascent and took 3 hrs..........Kharka Chowk gives a grand view of the whole mountain range starting from Lhotse,Everest,Makalu in the West to Pandim,Narsing to the East.....camp sites are in place here....but lack of water source nearby makes it difficult to camp here.......Kharka Chowk to Kalizar is the most scenic part of the whole trail and is pretty easy 1 km. trek...Kalizar also gives a good view of Kumbhakarna,Kanchenjungha and other peaks to the East.....but you can't see Everest or Makalu from Kalizar camp site

Day 4: started for the final ascent of 1 km.to Phoktey Dara at 4.30 A.M.......reached at 5 A.M...........and what a view !!!!!!........the entire range from Lhotse,Everest,Makalu in Nepal, through Kumbhakarna,Kabru,Kanchenjungh a,Pandim,Narsing to the far away peaks in Bhutan was visible at sunrise.........it was extremely cold and windy....could not even keep the camera tripod standing still.........after spending an hour at the top,we trekked down to Kalizar.......after breakfast started our return trek.....the first 1 km. was till Kharka Chowk........the entire range was now visible in the brilliant morning sunlight....from Kharka Chowk,instead of following the path towards Thulodhap,we took a diversion to the left into a jungle......then began one of the toughest descents I have ever experienced.....it was very steep..there was no clear trail.....thorny bushes, slippery leaves and stones under the feet......this jungle path finally met the conventional route from Chewabhanjan after about 10 km.......this 10 km took about 4 hours.....next 1 km of gradual descent took us to the Red Panda Gate of Barsey Sanctuary......another 1 km ahead we ended at the motorable road towards Uttarey...from there Nagbeli Resorts,Uttarey,was 2 km


The arrangements for the trek were managed by Nagbeli Resorts,Uttarey. The guide,porters and cook were all very helpful throughout the trek.
Phoktey Dara certainly gives you a much closer view of Makalu,Lhotse,Everest,Kanchenj ungha etc. compared to either Sandakphu or Phalut.But the trek route itself is a bit boring and monotonous lacking any decent view since it runs mostly through dense jungles.We met not a single human being apart from our own group in our 4 days of trekking.Reagarding the final descent,I think the conventional route via Chitrey and Chewabhanjan is preferable in spite of being somewhat longer. In my opinion this is definitely not a soft trek.But,the spectacular view of some of the highest peaks makes the pains worthwhile.

I have attached a rough schematic map of the trek with a rough estimate of the distances.
Will upload the pictures as soon as possible.

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#2 Nov 12th, 2012, 15:31
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Hey, the photos are stunning, and the peaks are absolutely mesmerizing - as usual.

i envy this trekking expedition of yours. When did you go there ?

No no, just kidding. Wish you many more successful treks like this in future.
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the pics are stunning.......what was the approximate cost per head for the tour sir?????
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Originally Posted by chalo lets go View Post the pics are stunning.......what was the approximate cost per head for the tour sir?????
Thank you...........about Rs.7-8 thousand
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Originally Posted by sics66 View Post Day 1: Trek started from Uttarey....constant uphill path through jungles took us to Achalley in about 5.5 hrs. covering a distance of around 14 km....Achalley top gives a great view of the mountain ranges and would have been a nice place to camp.....but water source is a bit far off.....so, we had to travel another 2 km. on a gradual downhill path to Jorbutey for the first camp.......Achalley to Jorbutey took about 35 min.

Day 2: got good views of Kanchenjungha,Kumbhakarna,Pand im in the morning....today's trek would take us to Thulodhap......we first retraced our way back to Achalley.....this took about 45 min........Achalley to Thulodhap took about 2.5 hrs. for a distance of around 6 km.....the first part from Achalley to Thulodhap is a pretty steep descent of 1 km............then comes the ascent for about 3.5 km....the last leg is a gradual descent of 1.5 km into the grasslands of Thulodhap.......got magnificent sunset colours on the mountains from Thulodhap

Day 3:Thulodhap to Kalizar is about 6 km........the first 5 kms. till Kharka Chowk was a constant steep ascent and took 3 hrs..........Kharka Chowk gives a grand view of the whole mountain range starting from Lhotse,Everest,Makalu in the West to Pandim,Narsing to the East.....camp sites are in place here....but lack of water source nearby makes it difficult to camp here.......Kharka Chowk to Kalizar is the most scenic part of the whole trail and is pretty easy 1 km. trek...Kalizar also gives a good view of Kumbhakarna,Kanchenjungha and other peaks to the East.....but you can't see Everest or Makalu from Kalizar camp site

Day 4: started for the final ascent of 1 km.to Phoktey Dara at 4.30 A.M.......reached at 5 A.M...........and what a view !!!!!!........the entire range from Lhotse,Everest,Makalu in Nepal, through Kumbhakarna,Kabru,Kanchenjungh a,Pandim,Narsing to the far away peaks in Bhutan was visible at sunrise.........it was extremely cold and windy....could not even keep the camera tripod standing still.........after spending an hour at the top,we trekked down to Kalizar.......after breakfast started our return trek.....the first 1 km. was till Kharka Chowk........the entire range was now visible in the brilliant morning sunlight....from Kharka Chowk,instead of following the path towards Thulodhap,we took a diversion to the left into a jungle......then began one of the toughest descents I have ever experienced.....it was very steep..there was no clear trail.....thorny bushes, slippery leaves and stones under the feet......this jungle path finally met the conventional route from Chewabhanjan after about 10 km.......this 10 km took about 4 hours.....next 1 km of gradual descent took us to the Red Panda Gate of Barsey Sanctuary......another 1 km ahead we ended at the motorable road towards Uttarey...from there Nagbeli Resorts,Uttarey,was 2 km


The arrangements for the trek were managed by Nagbeli Resorts,Uttarey. The guide,porters and cook were all very helpful throughout the trek.
Phoktey Dara certainly gives you a much closer view of Makalu,Lhotse,Everest,Kanchenj ungha etc. compared to either Sandakphu or Phalut.But the trek route itself is a bit boring and monotonous lacking any decent view since it runs mostly through dense jungles.We met not a single human being apart from our own group in our 4 days of trekking.Reagarding the final descent,I think the conventional route via Chitrey and Chewabhanjan is preferable in spite of being somewhat longer. In my opinion this is definitely not a soft trek.But,the spectacular view of some of the highest peaks makes the pains worthwhile.

I have attached a rough schematic map of the trek with a rough estimate of the distances.
Will upload the pictures as soon as possible.

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Dear sics66, We are 5 from kolkata planning to trek Phoktey in Oct 2nd week, need your suggestion regarding weather & road conditions.....please help
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@SSoumya,

2nd week of October should be good enough weatherwise for this trek....but you never know for sure with Sikkim. It would be better to take the route via Chewabhanjan,instead of the route we took.
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Excellent photos sics66

The Everest family appears closer from this trail compared to Sandakphu-Phalut it seems.
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The Everest family appears closer from this trail compared to Sandakphu-Phalut it seems.
Not only does it appear closer, it IS closer ! Phoktey Dara is about 40 km. ahead of Sandakphu(towards Everest). Phalut lies just midway from Sandakphu to Phoktey. As you look towards Everest/Makalu from Phoktey, everything you see(all villages,roads etc.) will be in Nepal.
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We want to do this trek .Please share some contact details for the same.We have already contacted Green valley tours & travels (http://sikkimuttareyhimalayan.com) .They quote us Rs.1050 per head /per day for 4N/5D trek with everything.Please suggest what are things we must keep in mind before doing this trek .
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Originally Posted by subhasish202 View Post We want to do this trek .Please share some contact details for the same.We have already contacted Green valley tours & travels (http://sikkimuttareyhimalayan.com) .They quote us Rs.1050 per head /per day for 4N/5D trek with everything.Please suggest what are things we must keep in mind before doing this trek .

Our trek was arranged by Nagbeli Resorts...undoubtedly the best resort at Uttarey.http://www.nagbeliresort.com/Index/index.html
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They have asked Rs.10000 per head for the trek .
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Too high definitely.
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Help required

Hi,

We are planning for Singalila peak and Phoktey Dara trek on 15-Nov-2013, a team of 5-6 persons.
Our route will be Hilley -> Bersey -> Jorebotey -> Thulo Dhap -> Kalijhar/Phoktey -> Chewabhanjang -> Uttrey.

The information required is from Hilley or Okhrey we need to hire guide, porter and cook (preferably porter cum cook), what might be per day payment for the guide and porters and cook?

We are trying to stay at Phoktey Dara for 2 days, one day to reach Singalila peak and back. Is it possible to camp at Phoktey or its definitely to be Kalijhar?

Please reply.

Regards,
Sam G
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In hilley there is no organized travel agent for this trek .They used to hire tent & other necessary thing from uttray & other parts of sikkim.I spoke with various travel agent at uttray they have quoted Rs.1500 per person per head basis for 4N/5D trek .

We can contact Green valley Tours & trek.
http://sikkimuttareyhimalayan.com/
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