- Max Elevation 3152 m. Views of Khangchendzonga and Chola Range
- Grade: Moderate
- Period: Nov to Apr
- Best for flowers in bloom: Feb- Mar
- Best for views: Nov
Himalayan forest Trek, through the uninhabited Neora Valley to the 3,152-m high Rechela Pass at the Tri-junction of West Bengal, Sikkim and Bhutan.
The Chola Range borders Sikkim and Tibet. This ridge with its 4700 M high fabled NatuLa and Jalepla passes, has been crossed by mule and yak caravans trading between India and Tibet from times immemorial. On the South of this range lies the RacheLa pass. This was the opening through which caravans of yore traded between India, Sikkim and Bhutan. At this spot was also held an annual fair. Here everything from Yaks to herbs, and prayer wheels to beads were exchanged. Rachela offers grandstand views of the Chola Range.
The Neora Valley offers, flora from the subtropical to the alpine, wildlife, and more than 200 species of birds. The return trek is via the picture postcard Rishi Valley.
The Trek begins and ends at Kalimpong. Pick up from Bagdogra, Darjeeling or locations in Sikkim can be arranged with overnight stop at Kalimpong.
We will pick you up from Kalimpong and drive you to Lava, 2100m, through pristine forests to spend one night at lava exploring the Buddhist monastery. On the second day, we will drive to the top of Hill 2400 m- where the jeep road ends to start our trek. Making a rapid descent to the Neora River Valley at 1650 meters, we walk through bio diverse virgin forests to steeply climb to our first camp at 2000 meters. On the third day we make an early start to enable clear views. Taking the steep forest trail, we will reach the 3050 meters high Rachela in just 2 ½ hours of steady climbing. On the return we divert to the Rishi River Val!ey, inhabited by the various friendly ethnic Lepcha, Nepali & Bhutia hillfolk.
Over two days we will be walking through lovely forests, cardamom plantations and picture postcard hamlets, for a nature and culture experience. The trek terminates, at the Changey Waterfalls, which drop for more than 200 feet, in three parts, one of which is a natural channel cut into a rock face. We return to Kalimpong on the fifth day to end the trek tour.