A Darjeeling short Trek in Neora Valley Nature Reserve Park
Rachela Pass Trek fondly called the Neora Valley Trek is located in Neora Valley National Park. A Bio Diversity Hotspot teeming with a huge variety of Birds, Mammals and unexplored forest cover. With an area of 89Square Kilometres it is the richest bio-diversity park in India.
Established in the year 1986 in Kalimpong Sub-Divison of Darjeeling is a UNESCO world heritage site. With an amazing bio-diversity & pristine ecosystem Neora Valley Reserve Park is home to a number of endangered plants, animals and birds.
It is also home to the famous Rachela Pass Trek. And when you have a trek route among these forests, you can experience the best of nature and her bounties. At an altitude of 3152 Rachela Pass is the highest point in Neora Valley National Park. It is also the tri-junction between West Bengal, Sikkim & Bhutan. Rachela Pass corridor was actually a trade route between Sikkim and Bhutan.
The Rachela Pass Trek is an absolute visual treat & there are various options for this trek to start or end. One can start the trek from Lava & end in Mulkharka. A small beautiful hamlet in the Darjeeling Hills or in Samsing in Dooars. This Trek can also be done in reverse manner.
Rachela Pass Darjeeling Short Trek winds through virgin forests of bamboo and pine that are hardly explored. Forests are thick and dense and you can really feel the silence of the forest here.
At Rachela pass, surrounded by rhododendron trees, you can get mesmerising views of Jelep La pass, Nathu La Pass, Singalila Range & Chola range. This unexplored trail through Neora Valley National Park is actually a true gem and a perfect opportunity to get close to nature.
TRIP FACTS :
- Minimum No. of Participants : 2 Persons.
- Best Season: March – May & October to May.
- Trek Grading: Easy to Moderate.
- Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
- Maximum Altitude: 3152m/10338ft. (Rachela Pass)
- Start / End Point: Bagdogra Airport/Nepal Border/NJP Railway Station.
- Tour Availability: Join a group trek (dates given below)
- Customized private Treks can also be arranged for a minimum of two persons on request on a date of your choice.
RACHELA PASS DARJEELING SHORT TREK ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrive at Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border.
Meet Local Guide & Drive to Kalimpong. HOTEL(B/B ONLY).
Day 2: AM : Visit the Durpin Monastery & Kalimpong Bazaar & Drive to Lava(2100m). HOTEL(B/B ONLY).
Day 3: Trek Lava to Zero Point ( 12Km). Overnight Tents.
Day 4: Zero Point to Rachela Pass –Alubari-14Km. Overnight Tents.
Day 5: Rachela Pass to Bada Ramitey -7Km. Overnight Tents.
Day 6: Bada Ramitey to Mulkharka (14Km). End of Rachela Pass Trek. Overnight Lodge.
Day 7: Drive to Back to Kalimpong. Overnight Hotel.
Day 8: Drive to Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border for Final Departure.
Sikkim Extension: 3 to 7-Day Extention Tours Available-Gangtok, Rumtek Monastery, Pelling, Tsango Lake, North Sikkim,etc.
Note: The above itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather,road conditions,the physical ability of the participants,etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being.
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