Phoktey Dara Trek




Duration: 5 Nights & 6 Days

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Closest Rail Station: NJP/Siliguri Junction

Closest Airport: Bagdogra

Best Season: March-June for Rhododendron, October-January for clear view

Short Itinerary

Day 1: NJP/Bagdogra to Uttarey

Day 2: Uttarey to Jaributi

Day 3: Jaributi to Kalijhar

Day 4: Kalijhar to Phoktey Dara and back

Day 5: Kalijhar to Uttarey

Day 6: Uttarey to NJP/Bagdogra


Day 1: Drive from NJP/Bagdogra to Uttarey

Distance: 160 Km

Duration: 7 hours

Altitude: 7,600 ft

Time: 9 A.M

Your journey with us starts upon reaching the frontier town of Siliguri. Depending upon your mode of arrival, pick up will be arranged from Bagdogra, NJP or Siliguri Junction. The cost of the transport from the pick up point to Dhotrey is Rs 7,000/- and is shared by the trekkers.

The journey to Uttarey starts as you cross the busy town of Siliguri. But soon you would find yourself driving by the meandering Teesta. You will be able to witness the various faces of Teesta along the route. You will be also journeying through lush greenery and beautiful rural Sikkim. You can stop to have your lunch at Jorethang. This will be the last major market and you should buy anything that you have missed out from your packing list. You will also pass through the places like, Hee, Kaluk, Rinchenpong etc. You will also cross the Singshore Bridge, the 2 nd highest bridge of Asia. After reaching Uttarey, you can relax a bit and post that, explore the local village life. Have an early dinner and call it a day as you need ample rest before the first day of your trek tomorrow.

Day 2:Uttarey to Joributey

Distance: 8 Kms

Duration: 4 hours

Altitude: 9,800 ft

Time: 9 A.M

Post breakfast, we will start our trek towards our first camp, Joributey. The trek today is mostly an uphill climb through dense alpine and Rhododendron forests. You will also find various fern species throughout the trail. You will get glimpses of Mt Kanchenjungha, Mt Sinolchu and Mt Simvo. Soon you will reach the campsite of Joributey. Once there you can relax with a hot beverage as your lunch gets prepared. Post that, settle in your camps and rest a while, or you can explore the surroundings. Overnight stay will be in tents.

Day 3: Joributey to Kalijhar

Distance: 4 Kms

Duration: 4 hours

Altitude: 11,800 ft

Time: 9 A.M

Today will be the most strenuous part of your trek. Post breakfast we will set out for Kalijhar. Soon you will reach a meadow, known as “Thulo Dhaap” translating to “big ground” in the local dialect. From there its mostly a steep uphill climb to Kalijhar. From the campsite, you will get unparalleled view of Mt. Kanchenjungha, Mt Pandim and Mt Jupino. Enjoy the panaromic view as you sip some hot beverage. Owing to the altitude, Kalijhar gets really cold after sunset and you should layer your winter wear accordingly.

Day 4: Kalijhar to Phokteydara and Singalila Top

Distance: 6 Kms

Duration: 3 hours

Altitude: 12,000 ft

Time: 8 A.M

Today is your summit day. You will trek to the Singalila Top and return to Kalijhar. So you needn’t carry your backpack. Just carry your day pack with some dry food and your water bottle. From the Singalila Top, You will get to witness panoramic view of Kanchenjungha and various other snow covered high mountain peaks. On a clear day you can witness four of the five highest mountain peaks of the world namely Everest ( 8848m), Lhotse ( 8501m), 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 time at the top, you will descend back to the Kalijhar campsite.

Day 5:Kalijhar to Uttarey

Distance: 12 Km

Duration: 6 hours

Altitude: 7,600 ft

Time: 8 A.M

Today after breakfast you will descend back to Uttarey through Chewabhanjang pass(10,400 ft), Chitrey and Mainibas waterfall. Most of the trail will be a downward descent, with some steep descents in between. You will reach Uttarey by after noon, where you can relax, reveling in the glory of completing your trek.

Day 6: Drive to NJP/Bagdogra

Distance: 160 Km

Duration: 6 hours

Time: 9 A.M

Today you say goodbye to the Singalila National Park as you drive down towards NJP. Post breakfast you will start towards Siliguri. The journey takes you along the mountain paths back to the busy city life. The cab fare to Siliguri is Rs 7,000/- and will be shared by the trekkers. Finally, your journey will end at NJP, from where you can depart for your onward destination with fond memories from the trip.

How to Reach

Sandakphu is accessible to the roadhead through Dhotrey. Dhotrey is easily accessible via motorable road from the town of Siliguri. Siliguri is very well connected throughout the country via rail. The two major rail stations are NJP and Siliguri Junction. Siliguri also has an airport of its own. Bagdogra airport connects Siliguri with the rest of the country and is at a distance of 12 kms from the Town Centre.


Rs 9,600/- per head


All accommodations.

All meals from day 1 Lunch to Day 6 Breakfast.

Experienced Guide and other support staff.

All equipment like, tents, sleeping bags etc.

All trek permits.


Transport to and from the station/airport.

Food during transit.

Any personal expenses.

Camera Charges.

Singalila National Park Entry Fees.

Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

things to Carry


  1. A sturdy ruck-sack with support rod(50-60 ltrs)
  2. A small day pack(15-20 ltrs) in case you are off loading your bag
  3. A trekking shoe with ankle support


  1. Photocopy of a Govt. issued id
  2. 2 recent passport size photos
  3. Medical certificate
  4. Disclaimer Certificate


  1. 4 pairs of polyester T shirt
  2. 3 Pairs of quick dry trek pants
  3. A lightweight Hollowfill/Feather jacket
  4. A set of thermal inners(For winters)
  5. A fleece Jacket(For winters)
  6. A rain coat/Poncho
  7. 4 pairs of cotton socks + 2 pairs of woolen socks
  8. 1 Pair of gloves


  1. Coca 30: 30 ml
  2. Crocin: 6 tablets
  3. Avomine: 4 tablets
  4. Avil(25 mg): 4 tablets
  5. Combiflam: 4 tablets
  6. Norflox TZ: 6 tablets
  7. Digene: 6 tablets
  8. ORS: 6 sachets
  9. Band Aid: 6 strips
  10. Eno: 4 sachets
  11. Betadine or any antiseptic ointment
  12. Pain spray
  13. Knee cap and crepe bandage


  1. Sunscreen
  2. Moisturizer
  3. Lip Balm
  4. Hand Sanitizer
  5. Tooth brush & paste
  6. Toilet Paper
  7. Light and preferable quick dry towel
  8. Hand Wash/Liquid Soap


  1. A pair of sun shades
  2. A cap/sun hat
  3. A head torch
  4. Hand Sanitizer
  5. Trekking Pole
  6. Toilet Paper
  7. Water bottle

Apart from these, trekkers can also carry some dry fruits/trail mix/chocolates or light snacks.

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