A Guide to Trekking in Sikkim | Best Treks in Sikkim

Trekking in Sikkim allows you to explore some of the unknown parts of the region with the distant valleys, scenic meadows and the snow-capped mountains. Bordered by Nepal, Bhutan and China and is regarded as the Himalayan Shangri La, Sikkim is celebrated as one of the lavishly kept secrets in the range of Himalayas. 

The freshness in breeze and silence in the wilderness which the trekker experiences while trekking in Sikkim is worth cherishing. Not just its natural beauty but the scenic views of the region make the travellers stare at it for long. Whether you are a nature lover or adventure seeker you will have the best of experience here.  There are numerous best treks in Sikkim that one can take each offering some of the exciting surprises ever. With a plethora of scenic places and natural mountains, this destination is considered the seventh heaven on earth. 

As you take one of these treks, you will get some hair rising view of the surrounding which will make you want to stay in this region forever. Restore your soul in the old sod of Himalayas as you take the secret trails to the summit. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and the witness the distant flickering light at the small hamlets. As you keep continuing you will come across the enchanting waterfalls cascading down from the bosom of the mountains and luring you away.

Not just this, also get a chance to witness the rich flora and fauna of this region. With the rare and exotic birds and plants, you will love to take some shots in your lenses. This time, get ready to experience the fun while you head out for best treks in Sikkim.


Here are some of the best treks in Sikkim:

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About the Sandakphu Trek:

Known as another of the beautiful Himalayan trek Sandakphu Trek is a must do the trek for the adventure seekers and nature lovers. This trek takes after the well known Singalila Ridge, an eye-catching goad of high ground that lies at the southern end of a long peak, which keeps running down from the Kanchendzongha massif and structures the outskirt between Sikkim and Nepal. You will start this fascinating trek from New Jalpaiguri and then reach Manebhanjan from where you will start your trek. 

You will start trekking towards Tumling, on your second day which is one of the spectacular peaks of the Singalila Range. On your third day, you will trek to Kalipokhri covering a distance of around 9 km in 5 hours and the pass the Singalila National Park. On your fourth day, you will come across the amazing sight of the Sandakphu Peak, Mt Khanchendzonga, and Mt Everest. Standing tall these peaks will beckon you to stare at it for long. Get a chance to witness the majestic sunrise while during your trek.

On your fifth day, you will start your descending trek from Sandakphu to Srikhola. Keep admiring the beauty of the whole place as you continue trekking. You will also come across the spectacular panoramic views of Nepal Himalayas including Kanchendzongha range, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Janu, Chamlang, Baruntse and a host of Sikkim peaks all seen in one stretch. The awesome stroll along the edge is perfect for the learners/beginners, who need to investigate Darjeeling/Sikkim Himalayas. Your trek to Sandakphu will indeed be a lifetime experience.


About Sandakphu:

Located at an altitude of 11,941ft in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, Sandakphu trek is popularly known as a ‘Trekkers Wonderland’. It is the highest region of West Bengal. This 6-day long trek takes you through the journey of Sandakphu through different picturesque locations which are untamed until now. Not just this during your trek catch the glimpse of the Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu along with a diverse range of flora and fauna, contrasting views of snow-clad peaks and evergreen forests.  

This trek is considered as the highest trek in West Bengal. The trek route to Sandakphu goes all along the Singalila range and therefore this is also known as Singalila trek. During the trek, you will not only see the famous peaks but also Three Sisters and few other peaks of Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet and Bhutan in one single stretch of snow. Soak in the beauty of the region as you continue your trek and watch the towering peaks touching the sky. The cluster of Kanchenjunga forms the upper body and is popular among the people as The Sleeping Buddha.  

Your trek route lies along the border of India and Nepal. There is also the Singalila National Park where one can find a rare species like Red Panda and is a birder’s paradise. You will also find blooming Rhododendrons and Magnolia which will turn the forest with red, pink and white shades during spring and foliage hue during fall. The Sandakphu Trek is definitely the best trek you should try this season.


Sandakphu Trek Highlights:

- Sandakphu Trek is one of the most beautiful treks which will take you through some of the most unknown and unexplored parts of Sikkim and Nepal.

- During the trek, you will come across the Mt Everest the snow peak which is said to bears bequest of the mythical stairway to heaven.

- You will also have the chance to camp under the brilliant night sky and that too with a bonfire.

- Pass through the small streams and witness the beauty of the whole region.

- Stop for a while and meet the friendly locals of villages and learn about their day to day life.

- Get a chance to witness the majestic sunrise on your fourth day.

- You will also find blooming Rhododendrons and Magnolia which will turn the forest with red, pink and white shades during spring and foliage hue during fall.


Quick Facts:

Sandakphu Temperature: Day: 8°C to 15°C and Night: -5°C to 5°C

Sandakphu Trek Trekking Distance:  47km

Sandakphu Trek Altitude: 11,941ft

Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate 

Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the nearest railway station 

Airport: Bagdogra Airport

ATM: You can withdraw money at New Jalpaiguri (NJP).

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Goecha La Trek

Goecha La Trek
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Known as one of the beautiful treks in Sikkim, Goecha La trek is a must do the trek for you while you visit this exotic destination.  Blessed with natural beauty and legendary chronicles this trek is a must do the trek for you. Trekking in this region of India allows you to explore some of the unknown parts of the region. As you take a walk through the rhododendron, pine forest and the oak trees you will be amazed by the wilderness of nature. Offering the majestic view of the mountains and the beckoning valleys you will remain awestruck with the beauty of the region.

As you keep moving further on your trek you will come across the magnificent view of famous Kanchenjunga which is among the imperial vista of the other Himalayan Mountains. The menacing existence of Kanchenjunga and Pandim and the frosty track; all make Goechala trek one of the most romantic treks of the Himalayan range. Get ready to explore the vivid wildlife of this region with the rare flora and fauna as you keep continuing your trek. 

During your trek, get a chance to camp under the billions of sky as you enjoy a small bonfire along with your friends. Pass through the small lakes and the witness the waterfalls during this amazing trek. Goecha La is one of the beautiful places in Sikkim that you must visit.

Altitude: 16,200 ft

Duration-
 11 days

Best season-
Month of May

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult

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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

This is one of the most thrilling as well as amazing trek route in Sikkim. The trail of this trek passes through the luxuriant forests of rhododendrons, spruces, giant magnolias and pines, then merges into the lush green meadows and mystic pastures.

While trekking through this trek one reaches the western region of Sikkim which is quite close to the border of Nepal. The Kanchenjunga trek is wrapped with Kabru, Rathong and Talung ranges towards its south and Pyramid and Kirat Chuli peak towards its north.

Altitude: 17,000 ft

Duration:
 8 days

Best season:
The months of April and May

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult

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Sikkim Dzongri Trek

Sikkim Dzongri Trek
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For those of you who are looking for some thrilling trekking expedition, the Sikkim Dzongri Trek is another best trek for you. With the verdant beauty of the snow-capped mountains, deep valleys and the stunning hamlets, this trek is just the perfect for the nature lovers and the adventure seekers. This trek takes you through some of the unknown places of the region. 

Also, popular among the people as a short altitude trek in Sikkim, this trek offers you with the spectacular view of the Mt. Pandim 6691m, Mt. Kabur north 7338m, Mt. Kabur south 7317m, Mt. Kumbhakarna. As you keep continuing your trek you will come across the deep gorges and the hundreds of Rhododendrons. Pass through the distant valleys covered with lichen and moss as you keep continuing your trek. The scenic landscape of the region will make you wonder about the places which you will come across there. 

While you are heading out for this trek, you can also do some birding as this region is home to some of the rare and exotic birds. For the shutterbugs, they can click some of their best pictures here during the trek. Another best part about the treks is that you will come across the Bharal or Blue mountain sheep which is very famous here.

Altitude: 16,404 ft

Duration:
11 Days

Best Season:
March - October

Difficulty Level: 
Moderate to Difficult

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Singalila Trek from Utteray Side

Singalila Trek from Utteray Side
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The Singalila trek is the rarest of the spots of the country from where one can view the four summits which include Everest, Makalu, Kangchenjunga and Lhotse.

One can also take a view at the peaks which are located in the region of Tibet and Bhutan. The rhododendron and oak forests are a common occurrence on this trek. The trails of this trek are not much steep and one can also visit the Singalila National Park.

Altitude: 12,140 ft

Duration:
17 days

Best Season:
June - September

Difficulty Level: Moderate

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Everest Singalila Trek

Everest Singalila Trek

The Everest Singalila trek starts from the Yambong region and offers a natural walk near the border of India and Nepal. The trek offers a number of stupendous views of both the Kanchendzonga range as well as of the Mt. Everest. The trail of this trek passes through a large number of strenuous passes which test the true trekking skills of the mountaineers.

Altitude: 15,000 ft

Duration:
 9 days

Best Season:
June - October

Difficulty Level: Easy to Medium

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Tholung Trek

Tholung Trek
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The Tholung trek is located in the Northern region of Sikkim. The Tholung trek starts from the region of Bagdora and extends till Lingsha. It ascends through the beautiful valley of flora and fauna. The alpine trees and yak can be commonly seen in this region. While one treks through this trek, the Ring Pi Chi River acts as an ally. The majestic hamlets and hills make the visitors feel captivated.

Altitude: 7,999 ft

Duration:
10 days

Best season:
March-May

Difficulty Level: Difficult

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Dzongri Trek

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Dzongri Trek
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The Dzongri trek stretches from Yuksom till Dzongri and even leads to Goecha La. This trekking route provides an opportunity to take a breathtaking view of the Mt. Pandim and Kanchenjunga. Once the trail of this trekking route reaches Phedang, it drops down steeply in the Thangsing River.

This Sikkim trekking route is considered as the traditional one which passes through the breathtaking mountains, wonderful landscapes and lush green cover of greenery. The Dzongri trek is often tagged as the paradise of trekkers. Being easy in terms of trekking, this trek offers the true joy of trekking in limited time duration so Dzongri trek must be included in your Sikkim tour package

Altitude: 13,189 ft

Duration:
9 days

Best season:
From March till June and From August till November

 Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

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Versay Trek

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Versay Trek

The Versay trek is also called the soft trek and is located near the border of India and Nepal. This route is often considered as an abode to rhododendron. While trekking in Sikkim through the Versay trek one can indulge in the joy of bird watching and discovering the various aspects of the wilderness.

The facility of camping is also available on this trekking route. On the trekking route, there is the presence of a number of monasteries which can add a charm to the trekking experience. The beautiful orchids are definitely the striking feature of this trek.

Altitude: 10039 ft
Duration: 9 nights and 10 days
Best season: Month of December till the middle of March

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Tosar Lake Trek

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Tosar Lake Trek

The Tosar lake trek is located in the middle of the Chola range and Mangan range. A giant peak of mountain is situated towards the south east direction of this lake. The trek possess cow and yaks in the forest cover.

The trek passes through the temperate forest cover which include the trees of Conifer, bamboos, rhododendron and alpine. If one desires of witnessing the pristine floral cover of the northern Sikkim, then the Tosar Lake is the best route for trekking in Sikkim.

Altitude: 13,123 ft
Duration: 16 days
Best Season: March - June and September - December

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Green Lake Trek

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Green Lake Trek

The Green Lake trek is considered as the perfect blend of the pristine beauty and breathtaking views of the peaks which are high in altitude. The trail of this trek passes through a thick cover of forests, varieties of the rhododendrons, flowers which fill the trail with various colours, waterfalls and various species of birds.

The Green Lake is considered as a restricted area, so not many individuals are allowed to explore the region. One needs to take a prior permission in case one desire of exploring the region beyond Green Lake. The most amazing aspect of the Green Lake trekking route is that the view of the various nearby peaks seems to be crystal clear when viewed from here. It is no doubt one of must-see sight in Northeast India.

Altitude: 16,191 ft

Duration: 11 days

Best season: Months of November till March

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult

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Lhaba Tarum Tsachu Trek

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Lhaba Tarum Tsachu Trek
The Lhaba Tarum Tsachu trek is celebrated for being among the best high altitude treks located in the region of Sikkim. The trek provides the tourists with a lush green wilderness, a great quantumm of thrill and enticement. The Lhabha Tarum Tsachu trek is perfect if one desires of exploring a place which is blend of pleasure, adventure, wildlife, romance and spiritualism.

The amazing peak of Kanchendzonga is just 16 km away when one treks through this route. The joy of enjoying the mountains is just brilliant when one treks through this route. This trek is also called a paradise of forested slopes of mountains.

Altitude: 8,694 ft

Duration: 6 days

Best season: March-May

Difficulty Level: Moderate

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North Sikkim High Altitude Trek

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North Sikkim High Altitude Trek
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The peaks which are located towards the northern region of Sikkim offer a great opportunity in terms of trekking. The mountaineers experience their adrenaline flying high when they undertake the North Sikkim high altitude trek.

A large number of scenic sights and a bunch of hamlets can be easily seen on this trekking route. However, each of these places is not open to the visitors; therefore prior to the start of trekking, one is required to take permission from the Indian Government.

Altitude: 14,239 ft
Duration: 15 days
Best season: May - October

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20 November 2018
Excellent
About the operators: Thrillophilia ties up with trek operators for this amazing trek. The team that carries the group is well trained, well versed and allows the trekkers to focus on their trekking. To provide service at such altitude with smile on face is bliss. They also have some hidden gems planned during the trek for people to be pleasantly surprised. Our trek guide Premtuk is an old hand and lives in Yaksum region. His ability to guide the team as well as captain the support staff was fantastic. He also made sure that trekkers were absolutely taken care off. He had excellent support staff and 12 horses to make sure that we had a glitch-free day’s and nights. Tenzing, vijay and others who worked tirelessly and with laughter all the time made the time memorable. About the trek: this trek offers variety for a serious trekker. The trails and paths are not the same throughout or even different times of the year. It has varied degree of difficulty and hence one needs to be physically and mentally prepared to harness the strength. One connects to self and nature throughout and comes back rejuvenated. It’s not just the moments of seeing sunrise or the summit from various points or watching Mt Pantim alone that takes your breath away but also the journey. It’s a pilgrimage to your own inner self that one ends up discovering. Finally few words of suggestions: for city dwellers who come for this trek, it’s a great idea to come and stay In yuksam few days in advance and do some of other amazing treks. Not only it helps in acclimatisation but also allows you to soak in local culture and food.
20 November 2018
Excellent
"The beauty of this trek is all about the landscape. You start of the trek from dense forest with fresh streams and then to Rhododendron trees when you gain altitude , later which you would come across a beautiful valley overlooking Mt Kanchenjunga. Try out the local cuisine in Yuksom. Thukpa and Chang are two things you need to try out. Although the trek is not recommended for first time trekkers you can still give it a shot provided you are fit and have taken all the items in checklist. "
23 November 2019
Excellent
This was my first trip with Thrillophilia as well as with complete strangers. I must say that Thrillophilia did not disappoint me ( nobody is perfect, so be flexible to accept minute glitches) . The whole trip went so smooth , starting from the pick up from airport, the hotels we got, arrangement of permits, site seeing and drop at the airport. Special thanks to Deep ( trip coordinator from tour angle) and Ammu ( my cab driver) . P. S. : if you want to see the flower calf yumthang valley and the frozen Tsomgo and Gurudongmar lake , then the ideal time to visit north Sikkim is March-April. November is the ideal time to witness the pleasant winter of sikkim along with its untouched beauty. Looking forward to travel more with Thrillophilia. P.S: the only problem which we faced was two co- passengers who used to get late for everything and because of them we had to rush from each location because of time constraint ( I totally understand that this things isn’t in the hand of Thrillophilia)
28 April 2016
Excellent
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.
01 July 2015
Suryakanta Patil Goechala Trek, Sikkim, 2020
Excellent
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.
26 March 2020
Excellent
The Singalila Trek by Thrillophilia had everything that I wanted from a trek. From adventurous forest trails to sights of the Everest, this trek was the most enjoyable experience of my entire life. The support staff, guide and even the whole organised process of the trek was all due to Thrillophilia and their committed people. They even made sure that the group was having fun during the strenuous ascents and descents, which not many people think of. Thrillophilia even customised the booking process according to our convenience, and did everything on our behalf. With this trekking tour by Thrillophilia, I am happy to say that they have gained a permanent customer who will be coming back for their help pretty soon.
23 March 2020
Excellent
Though Dzongri trekking is a short trek of 11 days in West Sikkim, it is quite challenging because of altitude acclimatization. But the package includes an overnight stay in a local hut in Tshoka village that will help you to adapt to the change in weather. The accommodation is quite comfortable and includes all the basic amenities.
16 March 2020
Excellent
Previously, I have booked Kedarnath Trek in Uttarakhand from Thrillophilia and had an amazing experience. Whether it is the description on the website or the pictures, Thrillophilia has been my travel assistant from beginning till the end of Dzongri Trek. With an amazing customer support team who is always available to solve your queries, you can easily enjoy your magnificent and soak in the natural beauty.
16 March 2020
Amritambu Nambeesan Singalila Trek, Sikkim 2020
Superb
I am an ardent lover of trekking and other adventure sports and activities. Thanks to Thrillophilia, I found a trekking tour to Singalila at the cheapest price ever, that too with the inclusion of permits as well as a guide. This year, my wish to complete the Singalila national park Trek came true only because of Thrillophilia. Everything, right from the booking procedure, to the mode of payment was easy and without any issues. In fact, they made sure that everything was taken care of even during the trek. Upon my arrival at home after the trek, Thrillophilia even made sure to ask for any issues that I might have faced during the Singalila Trek, which is commendable. Thank you for such a memorable trek.
04 January 2020
Very Good
It was overall a good tour to have on a new year. There were few goods and few bads which I want to mention. When we reached Gangtok from Bagdogra, the hotels provided were very good and it was easy to register yourself there. Highlight of the tour was that we got the permit for Nathula which we covered on Day 2 along with Changu Lake and Baba Mandir. We came to know that Gurudongmar was not accesible and we were given the very basic option to see the local sightseeing of Gangtok which is no where equals to Gurudongmar Lake. We should have been given an option equivalent to GD Lake. The hotels at Lachen and Lachung were below average. The planning for meal was not adequate as we have to call again and again to the organizer to check what is included and what is not as the plan was changing very frequently. Deep helped us in every way possible but it could have been more organized and they should have a back up plan ready when one plan fails which was not there. Another disappointment was that we failed to see Yumthang Valley too due to weather issue(which we can blame on Kismet and not on organizers ofcourse). It was overall a good trip but it could have been better. The group was very understanding. I want to give it a 3.5 rating but there is no option for .5 so I went with 3. Here are some pictures.

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