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What You Should Know More About Trekking in Gangtok
The best time to visit the region of Gangtok is from March to June. This is the spring season which is a perfect time for trekking and various other activities in Gangtok.
By Air: The nearest airport to Gangtok is Bagdogra and is at a distance of 126 kms from there. You can take private taxis from Bagdogra. It takes about 4.5 hours to reach Gangtok from Bagdogra by road.
By Train: New Jalpaiguri railway station is the nearest railway station to Gangtok and is located at a distance of around 148 kms. From here, you can get a taxi service very easily at an affordable cost.
By Road: Frequent bus services are available from Siliguri and Bagdogra to Gangtok. These provide for an inexpensive medium of tour. You may also opt to go by taxi or car which may provide an additional advantage of stopping at places you feel like.
Some of the famous winter treks are:
Yes, it is completely safe to trek in Gangtok. Gangtok, Sikkim attracts tourists and pilgrims throughout the year. However, there are many treks that are difficult in nature and might require expert guidance and additional safety precautions.
Some of the tips are to exchange the money at authorised dealing shops and always ask for a receipt. Don’t take unnecessary risks. Keep your documents handy while travelling, majorly your passport.
Always carry a map even when you are with a guide. Do not leave cash or valuables in cars or taxis and majorly do not trust strangers.
Goecha La Trek is one of the highest peaks in India, trailing through Mount Kanchenjunga which has a height of 28169 ft. or 8586 metres. Goecha La is anothermost beautiful Himalayan treklocation, famous for its spectacular views of mountain peaks, especially the southwest side of Mount Kanchenjunga.
It is the third highest peak standing in the whole world and can be seen from the top of Goecha La. Apart from this, you can enjoy a beguiling view of 14 other mountain peaks from Goecha La.
Goecha La trek has a distance of 90 km which have to be covered in a period of few days, but it is expected to become easy to hike, once you get a grip of it.
Goecha La is one of the most popular treks in the Himalayas. You can access the road to this trek by motorbikes. The trek initiates from Yuksom, and the best time to plan your trek here is in the month of May.
Drench in the greenery of the Kanchenjunga National Park and discover the fine variety of trees and fauna. Although, it is quite challenging to cover the required distance in one day, the hike gets easier as you go.
This is one of the famous short heightened treks in Gangtok. It is comparatively low in altitude than its peer, Goecha La. This trek initiates from Yuksom and ends at Yuksom.
Offering the pristine views of meadows and grasslands, this trekking destination is a traveller’s dream and is often called as ‘walking in paradise’. It will cost you around 20,000 INR. Plan a trip to hike up this trek which can be done in a period of 10 days.
Yes, of course, Singalila Ridge Trek can be done. It is a moderately difficult trek situated at an elevation of 3695 m, which is rising steadily to the mountains of Kanchenjunga.
You can witness a picturesque view of four out of world’s tallest peaks from atop the ridge. It is almost a 2 day trek to Singalilaridge . You can indulge in a camping activity on your Sandakphu trek with parts in Nepal and parts of India, as they say, ‘Mountains know no boundaries’.
However, this trek has stretched views of forests, rhododendrons and magnolias. The trek of Singalila ridge can be done in two rounds or twice in a year. Each season offers a unique experience to the trekker. You will witness seasonal wildflowers blooming in the summers and snow patches on your trail in winters.
Tholung trek in the North Sikkim is famous for its alluring rivers, lakes and tropical forests. This trek leads to lower valleys of ice cap mountains where you can sight grazing Yaks and cows.
Walk through tea plantations, hillocks and monasteries. It is graded as an easy trek which is not very lengthy. This trekking trail has an elevation of 12000 ft but can be stretched to 15000 ft. It is usually a 5-7 days trek.
Green Lake Trek initiates from the beautiful Thangu valley and is situated at the base camp of Mt. Khangchendzonga.
It is a melodious trek of North Sikkim, perched on the Zemu Glacier which passes through the meadows of the World Heritage Site of Kanchendzonga National Park.
Green Lake base camp is more than 5,000 metres above sea level and is totally worth experiencing.
Yambong in Singalila serves as an exotic trekking location, where you can sight rare view of five summits including Mt. Everest and Kanchendzonga. It is a high altitude strenuous trek which requires you to be fit and healthy.
This trek is a moderately rated trail. The climb to YambongSingalila requires 10-15 days of hiking on the path and has an altitude of 5000 metres high. This place can be favourably visited from June to September & October to Mid-November.
Mount Khangchendzonga is the third highest peak in the whole world and this moderately difficult trek is less than 4,000 ft to 16, 400 ft in height. This is full of musk deer and leopards.
Get a stunning view of ice formations and Magnolia and Rhododendron trees. The best times for this trek are mid-March through April into early May. Also from October into mid-November.
Tosar Lake is one of the popular hiking locations, bounded by Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet and is situated at the confluence of the Chola Range and the Mangan Ridge.
It is a moderately difficult pass which makes its way through the forests of broad leaved plants and bamboos, temperate forests of conifer and moist alpine and rhododendron.
The Versay Trek is a popular trek starting at Bagdogra and ending at the beautiful Versay crossing the areas of Hilley and Soreng. It is a famous trek known for blooming rhododendrons.
Hilley is the most accessible place from where Versay is just 4 km away and this trek is also graded as a soft trek. The best time to visit Varsey is during the springtime which comprises of the months from April and May when the whole area turns really beautiful.
Yes, you will stay in camps during your trek session in Gangtok. Explore the daunting mountain slopes, dance around a campfire and go on a star watching experience during your Gangtok hike.
You will find unique locations for your stay while trekking in Gangtok. During the hike at various sites you get to choose between spending a night gazing at stars or book a luxurious villa to stay in.
Make that scrumptious meal over barbeque grills. Apparently, camps will be there in most of the treks but it’s always advisable to check the dates before booking, also collect information about camping facility in a particular trek.
Tents will be spacious enough to accommodate up to 3 people. The tents will be waterproof, lightweight and equipped with comfortable sleeping mats or beds, compost toilets and hand basins.
Stay in tents with insulated mats and sleeping bags, experience bonfire and music in the evenings.
The things you must carry while going for trekking in Gangtok include:
As stated earlier, Gangtok is a safe tourist destination. It is situated in Sikkim and has been rewarded as the safest state in the whole of India for girls. Thus, it is completely secure for a solo female trekker.
As for girls, trekking is extremely safe. The vendors have highest regards for women safety and will ensure that they're safe during the entire trek. If there is only one girl in the trip, then she will be provided with a single tent to sleep alone. If there are more girls, then they can sleep under one tent.
Always make sure that you are never left on your own. Understand your pace and be with the group.
Usually, all the lodges provide proper blankets and sleeping bags with efficient insulation and soft inner fabric. You will be provided with proper and comfortable sleeping mats.
These will be long foamed mats on which a person can sleep with ease. These mats will help insulate your body from the cold ground.
Although, it is still better to carry your own synthetic sleeping bags during the trek as you can experience rainfall or snowfall.
Gangtok is a beautiful place in the North of Sikkim. While there are many things that can be enjoyed in Gangtok. You can experience some of the below mentioned:
The famous monasteries in Gangtok are:
Traveller Tales from Gangtok
29 March 2016
Dzongri Goechala Trek in Sikkim is one of the best treks in the town. It had been a great trek. I had a lovely time there. It was awesome. I loved it totally. One should definitely try this to know how it had been. It was definitely a nice and fun trek.
01 July 2015
Located in the state of Sikkim, this Goecha La trek is my dream and desire come true. This trek is a treat to all the adventure lovers who are in our country or visit our country. This place is nestled midst colourful, unique, and vibrant flora and fauna. This trek also paves way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park that can be visited in a day. This trek is an opulent beauty as it opens doors to murky valleys, snow clad mountain peaks, astonishing lakes, and lovely rivers in Sikkim. I was just marvelled at the spectacular beauty of this place.
16 October 2015
Trekking in the state of Sikkim is very different and a unique experience that you would not gain from trekking in any other part of India. The Indian Himalayas trek in Sikkim is awesome and a must take. What we enjoyed the most were the mountains, the trek trails, the people and their unique culture. This was a sharp contrast to our habits and culture. The trek is not that difficult and it is in fact very much feasible to be taken even by a first timer as well. The trekking was very nicely planned and organized with perfect budget. Do try this trek.
17 November 2013
The trek might sound easy, but it is really not for the amateur trekkers. Guys, make sure you know enough about the Himalayan terrains and all the quotients related to height. Also, the vendor you go along for the Goecha La trek also matters a lot. If you can, try to book with Thrillophilia or directly with their app. For our group, we booked it only 15 days prior the trek, but while we went to Bagdogra, we found everything on place and properly arranged. All the best for the new aspirants of Goechala trek.
12 April 2015
Definitely not for the light hearts. Make sure you have enough experience of trekking before you indulge in the Goechala trek. From around 5000 ft. it will take you to a greater height of around 16,000 ft. Pack well before you start, get all the required info form the trek operator and do your own research on it. To be on the safer side, try to book it with this organiser as they have the best of the Himalayan trek guides and other crew members.
03 June 2015
Trekking through the entire Goechala trek route was not so easy...but then that was the real fun of trekking. Every single move on the trek got us closer to the charm of the snow-capped peaks. The evergreen forest and the colourful views were also unbelievable. Had awesome moments with the crew members. Good going guys.
14 September 2015
I am madly and deeply in love with Sikkim. I can't believe a place like this can be so beautiful and still people are unaware about it. Walking through narrow pathways and tiny hamlets on the way make this place all the more interesting and worth the effort.
15 May 2015
Kanchenjunga is certainly an epitome of beauty and Sikkim is one place that provides you with panoramic views. loved the entire trekking part. Great place, great people amazing time - thanks to our trek guide who made sure people were satisfied and enjoying the trek.
18 November 2014
This was an expedition we went for when me and a few of my friends were visiting Sikkim. This trek not only taught us about ourselves but also brought all of us a lot closer together. I highly recommend to go for this trek if you are on a holiday with friends. But one needs to consult a physician before going on this trek since it can get challenging after a point of time.
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