Rhododendron trek is simple and runs along the high Himalayas. There are good views all the way.Rhododendron trek is known as Guras. Guras is the real charm of the Eastern Himalayan Mountains. You will be brought to a land of flowers and ever smiling people. Experience the majestic Himalayan Treks with all its beauties. Villages are nestled in the lap of the grand Himalayan Kingdom. Barsay and Maenam in the south and west of the region are there for explorations.
Move towards Yumthnag Valley, which is one of the best places, where the meadows are swathed with delightful blooms of alpine flora. In early spring the rhododendron forests turn crimson. The views from the Chandrashilla top will remain in your memory for a very long time.
Yumthang valley: It lies in North Sikkim, 140km north of Gangtok. This valley offers panoramic view of an impressive array of peaks with Pauhunri and Shundu Tsenpa. There are many hot springs, scattered in the valley.
Sherpa villages: While passing through high mountain villages, you will find villages of Sherpa, dwelt by the Sherpa people. These villages adhere to the sides of steep mountain slopes.
How to get there
By Air: Sikkim doesnt have any airport, but the nearest Airport is Bagdogra (near Siliguri) in West Bengal, which lays only 125kms away from Gangtok the capital of Sikkim. Bagdogra linked with cities like Delhi and Kolkata.
By Road: Sikkim can be reached through northern areas of West Bengal. Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Siliguri are directly connected to Gangtok and other cities of the state. Avoid traveling during the monsoon seasons. Temporary problems may occur.
By Rail: The nearest Railways Station is New Jalpaiguri (near Siliguri), which is linked with Gangtok. Gangtok has an extensive rail network with major Railway Stations in India, such as Kolkata, Delhi. It is also linked with the cities of Northeastern India like, Guwahati.
Best time to visit: March to June & September to November
- Get familiar with the climate before trekking.
- Camping is done on pre-defined campsites near source of water and requires no technical climbing equipments accept ropes.
- Keep in mind that you do not dirty the surrounding places and the camping sites.
- Maximum altitude is 4940meters.
- This moderate trek requires normal or average fitness.
Things to Carry
- Walking stick
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
- Medical kit
- A good compass
- An extra pair of clothes
Lachung: The village of Lachung reveals its unique culture and tradition. You get a chance to explore the monastery of Lachung and the local inhabitants. Take a glance of the religious functions and occasions. Lachung is hardly 25 km away from Yumthang.
Tsomgo Lake: The Lake in Sikkim, Tsomgo is a holy lake, worshipped by the Sikkimese. Temple of Shiva is built on the lake side. Alpine plantation and the flowers of Primula grow around this lake.
Lachen: Located at an altitude of 2750 m, Lachen monastery is set on a top of the village. It dominates a broad view of the surrounding hills and country side.