Phoktey Dara is the campsite in Singalila Range. This is approachable by trekking from the village of Uttarey and also from Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. The trail goes through peaceful patches of forests in Sikkim. Forest types range from Montane Wet Temperate Forests, Mixed Coniferous Forests, and Conifer Forest and Moist Dry Alpine Scrub at varying altitude. One has to pass through evergreen forests, the floating river Teesta and some of the rural villages of Sikkim in this trek.
Rhododendrons trees or scrubs and giant Magnolias blossom are found in spring at this location. Rich ground flora comprised of primulas, potentillas, gentians, poppies and aconites. Even during winter the forest remains deep green in contrast with Maple foliage during fall. Flycatchers, Sun birds, Thrushes & Babblers and Fiches tweet and sing relentless. This region is home to endangered Red Panda, Barking Deer (Kakar), Himalayan Black Bear, Marbled Cat and many other mammal species.
View from Phoktey Dara
A rampant untouched jungle trail with charming beauty of panoramic High Nepal/Sikkim ranges is difficult to describe Phoktey Dara trek. Due to the proximity of Sikkim and Nepal High Himalayas, the views of High Himalayan ranges are fascinating. Phoktey Dara offer majestic views of gigantic massif of Khangchendzonga Range in a famous “Sleeping Buddha” formation. Sunrise and sunset panorama are unreal and profound. 4 out of the 5 highest peaks in the world, Mt. Everest, Kanchendzongha, Lhotse and Makalu are distinctly visible from here on a clear day.
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