About Gorkhey Srikhola Trek
The Gorkhey to Srikhola trek is a picturesque and relatively short trekking route located in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. It offers a serene and offbeat experience through the lush landscapes of the Singalila National Park. Here are the key details of this trek:
Starting Point: Gorkhey is the starting point of the trek. It's a small, charming village located at an altitude of approximately 6,500 feet in the Singalila National Park.
Ending Point: The trek concludes at Srikhola, another picturesque village nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Trek Duration: The Gorkhey to Srikhola trek is a relatively short trek, usually completed in 2 to 3 days. It covers a distance of approximately 13 to 15 kilometers.
Best Time to Trek: The best time to undertake this trek is during the spring (March to April) and autumn (September to November) months when the weather is pleasant, and the views are clear.
Trek Difficulty: This trek is considered to be of easy to moderate. While it's not extremely challenging, it does involve some uphill and downhill stretches. It's suitable for beginners and families, as well as experienced trekkers looking for a shorter trek.
Highlights of the Trek:
Village Life: Along the route, you'll pass through charming villages like Samanden and Rammam, where you can interact with the friendly locals and experience their culture.
Flora and Fauna: Singalila National Park is home to diverse flora and fauna. The trek takes you through dense rhododendron forests, home to various bird species and even the elusive red panda.
River Crossings: You'll cross several small rivers and streams on suspension bridges, adding to the adventure.
Tea Gardens: The trek takes you through some beautiful tea gardens, allowing you to witness the tea-picking process if you visit during the tea-plucking season.
Getting There: The nearest major transportation hub is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) or Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal. From there, you can hire a vehicle to reach Gorkhey.
The Gorkhey to Srikhola trek is a delightful journey for those looking to explore the serene beauty of the Himalayas, experience village life, and relish the natural wonders of Singalila National Park.
Arrival at NJP station, pick up from NJP station, and transfer to Srikhola. Briefing and registration to be completed , spend the evening leisure time exploring the beautiful Srikhola Village and its surrounding, explore the Srikhola river bed, and spend some leisure time. Overnight stay at Homestay.
After morning breakfast Trek will start from Srikhola to Rammam (12kms). The first two hours are climbing uphill and our paths get level through the forest filled with flowering trees. This forest also offers hundred species of birds, including the colourful Himalayan Monal, the emerald dove, the maroon Oriole and the many others. Crossing through the towering forests of moss laden trees of rhododendrons, silver firs, pines, spruce, chestnuts, oaks, giant magnolias and as well as through open country fields we reach our camp site. Rammam is a thinly populated village inhabited by Nepalese and Sherpa farmers mostly growing potatoes, millets and maize. From this campsite, spectacular views of Darjeeling hills, Rimbick town and the southwestern villages of Sikkim are seen. Overnight stay at Rammam in lodge.
After breakfast trek to Gorkhey. The trek route from Rammam to Gorkhey is a gradual climb and passes through the thick forest and small streams. Slowly climbing up the stream we come across a picturesque village called "Samanden", one of the most prettiest village of Darjeeling, better known as the lost valley. Standing at a plateau in the middle of the dense forest this village is noted for its fertile lands. Gorkhey is a small village and another most beautiful village of Darjeeling, the village which will make you feel lost in the nature, situated on the border with northern part of western Sikkim. Situated on the meeting point of two streams namely Gorkhey Khola which is a tributary of Rammam river, Gorkhey village is a beautiful village of Sikkim which offers a trekker a ideal place to relax. Overnight stay at homestay Gorkhey.
After breakfast trek to Bhareng, which is a short trek. then drive to NJP. We will leave you to NJP railway station or Siliguri Bus Terminus(Tenzing Norgay Bus terminus). Our Service end here, leave only footprints,take only memories.
Cost of transportation to and from. (NJP to NJP)
Cost of accommodation in Huts/Hotels/Homestays.
Cost of Fooding while on trek (Morning and evening Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner- meals will be provided. Breakfast-Roti, Sabji/Maggi, etc., Lunch/Dinner-Rice/Roti, Sabji, Dal, Achar, etc.).(Day 1:- Evening tea to Day 4:- Morning breakfast)
Cost of Permit fees.
"What not included"
Cost of Personal expenses.
Cost of emergency due to bad weather conditions.
Cost of personal porter.
Meals during transit i.e. meals while on road or travelling will not be provided. No meals will be provided in Last day (Day 4)
Cost of personal porter to carry his/her backpack.
To book your trek, you need to pay 30% of the trek fees as advance. Rest 70% to be paid in cash when you reach the basecamp, to be collected by the team leader.
One can pay the amount online(Net Banking, GPay, UPI ID).
Details to be shared on request.
30 days before the trek date, full refund of the paid amount
15 days before the trek date, 50% refund of the paid amount.
Cancellation less than 15days to the start date of the trek, no refund possible
In case Himalayan Passion cancels the trek or trip, full refund will be paid.
One has option to send another person on their behalf.
One has option to adjust the paid amount on any other trek, if a person cannot join the trek he/she paid for.