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    Kayaking in Sikkim

    Pack your bags for we are taking you to the north east heavenly kingdom of the Himalayas, Sikkim. The breathtaking beauty of the land surely is welcoming, and along with its high and low terrains, the flowing rivers of Sikkim enchant and seduce the adventure seeker like no mans business.

     while you are in Sikkim, do not miss out the opportunity to enjoy the flora and fauna trekking now and then. Also take some time out on a yak safari to visit the Himalayan wonder, Mt. Kanchenjunga in all her dense beauty, forest trails and proudly standing as the third highest peak in the world.

    Sikkim surely beckons adventure seekers and rightly said so, sports lovers and adventure seekers from all across the globe flock to this Himalayan kingdom for some hot adrenaline pumping action every year.

    Excitement, fun and thrills are promises made to be kept when you are in Sikkim, and never would you return feeling disappointed from the mountain biking thrill or the watery adventures that lay ahead. The best water sport activities that one could opt for apart from rafting in the untamed waters of the rivers in Sikkim would be kayaking, so are you up for it?

    Kayaking in the rivers of Sikkim is now am important attraction for travelers from across the globe. It is only Sikkim amongst all other north east provinces which gives you the best kayaking experiences.

    Thanks to the untamed Teesta and the tributary Rangit, you now have great chances to tread their untamed waters and have a whale of a time kayaking in them.

    The Teesta experience according to thrillophilia

    Most adventure seekers flock to the gushing Teesta to tread her waters and enjoy kayaking, so should you as well!! There are always instructors around to keep you safe and allow you to have the best time experiencing the adventure sport. The kayaks available are made of high international quality, some are even of fiberglass quality as well, and you can get them on hire.

    If you truly dream of rafting or kayaking in the lovely white waters anywhere in the world, Sikkim has plenty to offer. The river Teesta is an international adventure sport destination for many and the difficulty level is graded four on an international scale with her waters.

    The river Teesta has serpentine trails to kayak and raft on, and by her banks she has thick dense forest covers which take your breath away.

    The Rangit experience on kayaking

    The Teesta isnt the only river which allows for kayaking in Sikkim, you have its tributary Rangit as well offering equal pleasure for kayaking in its waters. The rapids for the Rangit are very challenging and hence it would be wise only for experienced kayakers to tread the waters.

    The best way to enjoy the experience even if you are an amateur would be to allow the trained and certified instructors help you with kayaking needs.

    You could challenge the turbulent currents alone, only if you are experienced, or else go in a group with the trained kayaking instructors and be marveled at the force of nature.

    The untamed Rangit is known to be a very violent and intense river. True to her nature and characteristics, only the most experienced can kayak or raft in her howling waters.

    Famous places to kayak in the Teesta

    1. Markha,
    2. Sirwani,
    3. Rangpo
    4. Bardang

    Famous places to kayak in the Rangit

    1. Sikip
    2. Jorethang
    3. Majitar
    4. Melli

    Difficulty levels

    1. For Teesta - Grade 4 and above
    2. For Rangit - Grade 4 and above

    Best time to visit Sikkim for kayaking adventures

    It totally depends on what is it that you want to have an adventure with. There are many who visit Sikkim for cultural tours and hire jeep safaris, and if you want that for yourself then the best time would be March to early June, or even October to late December.

    To have an experience with the snowfall in Sikkim most visit the place during January and February. Trekking in Sikkim is best enjoyed between March to late May, and then again from October to late November.


Attractions

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Goecha La Trek

Goecha La is a high mountain pass in the Himalayan range. The trek starts at the sleepy little town of Yuksom in West Sikkim. The town is very pretty with lush green surroundings and a salubrious weather to go with it. You can shop for all supplies at Yuksom before beginning the trek as this is the only place where you will get to buy all your necessary items.

Furthermore, before trekking the Goecha La, you will have to do two things, first make an entry at the local police station and second pay the permit fees at the forest check post. Usually the agencies take care of all these hassles and you will not have to bother about them.


The first phase of the trek to Goecha La will take you from Yuksom to Sachen. Yuksom is situated at an altitude of 5,700 feet and Sachen is situated at an elevation of 7, 200 feet. The trekking trail passes through a route of immense natural beauty. You will come across lush green fields, valley of the Rathong River and thick forests. From Sachen you will need to climb ahead to Tshoka which is at an altitude of 9,650 feet.

This trek is quite enjoyable in the initial phase but becomes tryingly steep towards the later phase. On reaching Bakhim, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Yuksom valley. As you trek on ahead, you pass through Dzongri and Phedang. You will also be able to enjoy the beauty of some of the densest rhododendron forests in India and get a breathtaking view of the highest mountains in the Himalayan range. You will pass through the beautiful Samiti Lake which will mesmerise you with its sparkling blue waters.

The entire journey from Yuksom to Goecha La is a treat to the eyes. Despite being a test of physical stamina, the route is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful routes that you can come across while trekking in the Himalayas.

Best Season: September- November & March-April
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging
Max. Elevation: 5002 m
Best Offers on Goecha La Trek

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