This trek is a do-it-yourself till Barsey, but to continue beyond, it helps to have a local or a guide instruct you around certain paths and also be equipped with tents and other necessary provisions. It's quite easy to find a guide at almost every village you cross along the way (₹500 per day). But it's better to venture into Barsey via a travel agent.
The Barsey Rhododenron trek is organised by many tour companies, such as:
Kipepeo | Contact: +91 99300 02412
Shikhar | Contact: +91 (0)11 41322 940
₹27,000 per person, from Bagdogra and back, if you are travelling with Kipepeo. This includes accommodation on a twin sharing basis, all meals, logistics for the trek and transportation using Innova/Xylo or a similar vehicle.
When to do it
The ideal months to set out for the trek would be from March through May. This is the duration when the hills are blanketed with the rhododendrons, abloom in a motley of colours ranging from rich reds to cheery yellows. June to September brings with it monsoons to Sikkim, making the trail quite slippery and wet. The second season for this trek begins from October, lasting all the way up to December. The Kanchenjunga and its neighbouring snow-capped peaks are visible almost every day, as the days are clear and there is little or no mist during these months.