Tholung Trek in North Sikkim is home of the cultural Lepcha people of Sikkim.
Tholung Trek up this marvelously forested valley leads to elevated alpine valleys.
In these valleys the yaks nibble grass under the snow covered peak of the Kanchenjunga range.
This expedition takes us through verdant woods along the River Ringpi Chu and up to Tholung monastery.
A brass Chorten of the monastery holds the ruins of incarnates of Lama Latsun Chembo, the patron saint of Sikkim.
Tholung trek is one of the splendid treks.
The voyage starts from Bagdora to Lingsha. We get an opportunity to stay in Gangtok.
Then the majestic view of the main mountains will revive the visitors.
The diverse monasteries and the antiques are striking while going through this trek. Then we will go to the tiny villages which are forested with various flora and fauna.
The dense forest has slopes while going to Tholung valley.
Tholung monastery: This monastery domiciles various relics and antiques.
They are shown on a special day every three years.
Tholung valley: It houses the ethnical Lepcha people of Sikkim.
People of Lepcha dwell high above this picturesque Tholung valley.
Tingvoong homestay: It is one of the ideal trekking areas, which follows the northern outskirts.
There is the mixture of three communities, they live and work happily.
How to get there
By Air: The closest airport is Bagdogra near Siliguri, 125 km away from Gangtok.
Bagdogra is linked with cities like Delhi and Kolkata.
By Road: Sikkim can be reached through northern areas of West Bengal, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Siliguri, directly connected to Gangtok and other cities of the state.
Avoid traveling during the monsoon seasons.
Roads remain blocked in monsoons so inquire before taking the road.
By Rail: The nearest Railway 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 May end. October to mid December.
- Never use any uncertified or untested equipment.
- Check the condition of the equipments before a climb.
- While trekking in this area, keep in mind that make sure that you do not dirty the surrounding places and camping sites.
- Avoid walking fast and do not exert much.
- Tholung is at an altitude of 8000 ft.
- A difficult trek demands better physic.
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
Ganesh Tok: Ganesh Tok is the temple of Hindu god Ganesha, set near the Sikkim Government nursery in East Sikkim and is situated on a small hillock on the Gangtok-Nathula Road.
Menam Hill: It is placed at an altitude of around 10300 ft. Menam Hill offers a striking view of the scenic Kanchenjunga Hills and its close ranges.
You can take a glance of the plains of Bengal crossing Kalimpong and Darjeeling Hills in the South during sunny days.