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What You Should Know More About Trekking in Sikkim
This beautiful state of Sikkim observes five seasons, winter, summer, spring, autumn and monsoon respectively.
The best time to visit Sikkim is between March to June. Sikkim is ideal for hiking in the summer’s season. Summers provides a fine time to enjoy the blooming rhododendrons and orchids that grow in the region.
This is the spring season which is a perfect time for involving in various activities in Sikkim and Gangtok. However, in the peak season you will have to face scorching heat.
Sikkim is well connected by all different means of transportation. But, since it is a mountain territory, it does not have a railway station. Bagdogra serves as the nearest airport which is at a distance of 120 km from Sikkim.
You can even take a helicopter ride to reach Sikkim. Sikkim is near to the railway stations of Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri railway station. Moreover, you can board a bus to reach Sikkim.
Yes, there are separate winter and summer special treks in Sikkim like the famous winter trek of Goecha La and the summer trek of Dzongri.
Sikkim has been rated the safest places in India, thus, we can conclude that it is completely safe to plan a trekking getaway in Sikkim. This destination serves some of the most exquisite trekking locations which have been enticing tourists ever since.
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.
Goecha La Trek is one of the highest peaks in India. This trails through spreads of green and rhododendron flowers while witnessing the sunlit peak of Mount Kanchenjunga which is at 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. Being the third highest peak in the world it 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 has to be covered in a period of few days, but it is expected to become easier to hike as you get the hang of it.
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 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 per person.
Embark on this amazing journey from Bagdogra and meander in the tea plantations, spreads of flora and fauna, witnessing cows and yaks on your way up the hill.
Tholung trek in North Sikkim is famous for its alluring rivers, lakes and tropical forests. You will have to pay the cost according to the package you select or the days you require to hike.
Yes, one can enjoy the picturesque Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in Sikkim. Mount Kanchenjunga at an altitude of 8,586 metres is the third highest peak in the world and can be seen from the top of Goecha La, standing in parts in Sikkim and partly in Nepal.
Kanchenjunga trek is considered as one of the most adventurous peaks. This peak offers some challenging yet delightful trails and is undertaken by trekkers from different parts of the world. This trek has the highest elevation of 5200 metres, thus, serving as a perfect climb for the adventure seekers.
This trek is really lengthy and will kick through your adrenaline spine. It is a moderately difficult level of trekking. The best month to visit Kanchenjunga Base camp in summers is from March to May as this is the most pleasant time for trekking in this area.
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.
This trek takes you to the sprawling green landscape, dotted with few alpine trees and a serene lake situated at the base of third highest mountain. Green Lake base camp is more than 5,000 metres above sea level and is totally worth experiencing. This trekking trail can be climbed in the months of April and October.
Yamong in Singalila serves as an exotic trekking location where you can enjoy a 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 this peak has an altitude of 5000 metres high. This place can be favourably visited from June to September & October to Mid-November.
The LhabaTarumTsachu trek is celebrated for being among the best high altitude treks located in the region of Sikkim. LhabaTarumTsachu Trek is located in Gangtok and is just a 16 km distance to the tall and famous kanchendzonga peak.
This is a slightly moderate trek which gets difficult at times. It is a 5-10 days hike depending on the speed you travel with. Apparently, the best season to plan your trek to LhabaTarumTsachuis from March till June and from August till November.
The Versay trek initiates at Bagdogra and finally reaches the Versay though areas of Hilley, Dentam and Soreng. This is a fairly easy trek of 3060 m which could be completed in about a week’s span.
You can indulge in joy of bird watching and meandering in the shaded journey of rhododendrons or discovering the wildlife. 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 called as a soft trek.
The best time to visit Varsey is during the springtime which comprises of the months of April and May when the whole area turns really beautiful.
Yes, you will stay in camps during your trek session in Sikkim. Explore the daunting mountain slopes, cook that scrumptious meal over barbeque grills, dance around a campfire and go on a star watching experience during your Sikkim hike.
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 the 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.
Trekking in Sikkim requires you to be well equipped. You must carry these mandatory items when planning the trek:
Sikkim is a safe destination 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 also extremely safe.
The vendors have highest regards for women safety and 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 soft inner fabric, heat and insulation. These mats will help insulate your body from the cold ground. You will be provided with proper and comfortable sleeping mats.
These will be long foamed mats on which a person can sleep with ease. Further, it is still advisable to carry your own synthetic sleeping bag during the trek as you can experience rainfall or snowfall.
Sikkim is in the north eastern state which highlights discipline and adventure in one’s life. Discover the various activities which are popular in Sikkim apart from trekking in the Himalayan Range. Here is the list of things you can do:
Some of the famous Monasteries which are located in Sikkim are:
Traveller Tales from Sikkim
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.
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.
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.
17 December 2015
Trekking, mountaineering, camping, rock-climbing-I did everything I always wished for on this trek. The lovely sceneries and ranges of mountains took my breath away for the moment and I was gasping at the views.
14 August 2017
It was a dream come true for me and some of my friends. We have been planning a trek to Sikkim for a long time. We are a group of all girls and we were looking for some packages only for women. But we did not get many options. Finally we decided to book a tour package with other people also. But it went well. We did not face any trouble during the whole trip and very much thankful to all the people came with us and the guides. There was a woman manager too in the group since we were in the trip. Sikkim is a treasure house. It has everything for any age group. The trek was simply amazing. We were so excited and the routes were challenging. Our parents were asking how can we do trekking all alone. But I think, Kanchendzonga and other mountains in Sikkim do not have such variations as boys or girls. It was welcoming from the starting point to the end. Guys, the views from the top were extra ordinary. What we can see are long stretches of mountains and the snow cladding peak tops. The sunrise views were omg extremely astounding. The peaks were glittering in the first rays and it is the most scenic sight. We found yaks too. I was seeing yaks for the first time. They are so cute. Gentle too. But was scared to touch and pamper. What if they do not like us. They were roaming around freely. We were slow at many points since the routes were not so smooth but challenging too. So we had to stop in between, hydrate ourselves and continue. So according to the schedule we could not finish the trek also the last day was a little messed up. We could not explore the places as we discussed earlier but we did not feel it as a loss. Since all the places we saw were absolutely beautiful. We’ll plan some similar trips in the future and will head out to conquer the paths with more energy.
15 November 2013
We started our trip from the Bagdogra airport and then went Gangtok that almost took two hours on road. We stayed there for two days, because we had to explore that place to our fullest. We visited many awesome places of Gangtok, wao ita a wonderful city always crowded by tourists. after that we headed for Dzongri via Yuksom and Tshoka. Trekking at Dzongri was very adventurous trip for all of us. From there we went to Darjeeling the ultimate beauty. I never expected that these places would be so amazing.
25 January 2015
For those who want to join this trek, they must have prior trekking experience. And if possible they should have Himalayan trekking experience. Once done, they can sign in for the much acclaimed Goechala trek and enjoy the thrill of the Himalayas. Only make sure, while booking, the trek operators provide you with all the required info. I would personally suggest to book with this organiser as they have been very reliable and trust worthy to me during my other treks as well.
06 April 2015
A full 10 out of 10 for the Green Lake Trek in Sikkim. Over the 13 days of this enthralling trek, I and our entire group members were all so captivated by the beauty of the Himalayas of Sikkim. If you are planning for this one sooner or later, be sure to experience a lot of variations in the terrains. At places, they might appear easy and other places it might be a bit challenging to strenuous. In a nutshell, it was an amazingly awesome experience we all had.
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