Greater Rangit Valley EcoTourism Project

                                              Greater Rangit Valley EcoTourism Project

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Accessibility is very easy round the year with entry into Sikkim from Melli in South Sikkim district with an extensive road network. October to May is the best season for visiting.
  • Food and Stay will be arranged in a homestay in the village wherein you get the advantage of homely comforts of staying with a village family along with a chance to enjoy their culture, local delicacies and daily activities.
  • Rangit River which is a snow fed river will follow you throughout the trek, its sparkling blue waters and white sand is an angler’s delight.
  • Unique Pristine Sal Chir Pine Sub-Tropical Forests
    • Sal Forests
      The Rangit Valley is characterized by Lower Hill Forests of Sal (Shorea robusta) which is generally gregarious, confined to south and south eastern slopes. Principal associates of Sal are Dabdabe (Garuga pinnata), Pakhasaj (Terminalia crenulata), Chilaune (Schima wallichii), Burra (Terminalia chebula), Pandanus nepalensis and Panisaj (Terminalia myriocarpa).
    • Chir Pine Forests
      The sal occurs in association with Chir pine (Pinus roxbughii). The common associates are Panisaj (Terminalia myriocarpa), Tanki (Bauhinia purpurea), Bassia butryca, Toon (Toona ciliate), Pandanus nepalensis, Khirra (Holarrhena antidysenterica), Bauni kath (Wightia gigantea), Angeri (Pieris ovalifolia) and a profuse undergrowth of palm (Phoenix acaulis). Regeneration of Sal is profuse and plentiful in suitable areas. Block plantations of Sal, Chir Pine and Teak also exist.
  • Important Bird Area (IBA) with special birds like Chestnut-breasted Partridge (Arborophila mandellii), White-rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis), Slender-billed Vulture (Gyps tenuirostris), Ward's Trogon (Harpactes wardi), Rufous-necked Hornbill (Aceros nipalensis), Grey-crowned Prinia (Prinia cinereocapilla), Yellow-vented Warbler (Phylloscopus cantator), Rufous-throated Wren-babbler (Spelaeornis caudatus), Wedge-billed Wren-babbler (Sphenocichla humei), Slender-billed Babbler (Turdoides longirostris), White-naped Yuhina (Yuhina bakeri) Black-breasted Parrotbill (Paradoxornis flavirostris), Beautiful Nuthatch (Sitta formosa), Rusty-bellied Shortwing (Brachypteryx hyperythra)
  • Animals include the Common Leopard, Common Palm Civet, Crestless Porcupine, Rufous Tailed Hare, Chinese Pangolin, Lesser Cats, House Shrew, Fruit Bats, Assamese macaque, Rhesus macaque, Common Langur, Golden Jackal, Eurasian Otter, Wild Boar, Barking Deer, Serow, Orange Bellied Himalayan Squirrel and Gangetic Dolphin.

 

Great Rangit Valley Ecotourism Package

Packages:

  1. Kitam Bird Sanctuary Short Trek                     3 Days
  2. Great Rangit Valley Medium Trek                    5 Days


Itinerary:

  Day   Details Attractions Distance / km / hour Lead NGO
Day 1 Reach Melli Night halt at Melli Danra / Paiyong By Road
Day 2 Melli to Sumbuk Alpine Beer Factory, Rolu temple and Triveni confluence Trek INM
Day 3 Sumbuk to Kitam Floriculture, Cultural Programme Trek INM
Day 4 Kitam to Ghom Early morning bird watching, Peacock point, Python point, Tare Bheer Trek MCK
Day 5 Ghom to Namchi to your next destination Sorok Monastery, Rock Garden, Samdruptse, Ahley Monastery By Road SJC

Partner Organizations

  • Indreni Natya Manch, Sumbuk (INM)
  • Munal Club, Kitam (MCK)
  • Surya Jyoti Club, Ghom (SJC)
  • Greater Rangit Eco-tourism Committee (GREC)

 

Contact Details:
Pooran Giri – 097332-89566
K.N. Pradhan - 098324-27887
Email: grec@tmi-india.org


Rates: New revised rate 2006
Porters (with food) :             Rs.200/-per day
Homestay (with food) :         Rs. 600/- per day
Village campsite :                  Rs. 30/ tent
Cook :                                 Rs. 300/day
Guide :                                Rs. 300/day
Cultural show on request :      Rs. As you wish