Zemu chu trek to Green Lake trek navigates past a very charming scenery. The trail has innate splendor and remarkable views of lofty peaks. There are umpteen forests on your way with quite a few assortments of rhododendrons, other bright flowers and birds and many waterfalls on both sides of the track. Cross the Zemu glacier. If you trek to Yuksom via Kewzing, there will be a stopover at the Bon monastery. Continue trekking till you reach another monastery called Tashiding on the hill top. Discover the famous Norbugang Chorten, Kathok Lake and Dubdi Monastery. While moving ahead, you will get a chance to visit Pemayangtse Monastery and Rabdentse Palace. Take a small hike to Sangachoeling Monastery; the 2nd oldest monastery in Sikkim after Pemayangtse. The pictorial Green Lake is the most convenient route, which is normally used by many trekkers. While coming back, you will find another route to Chopta Valley, our last leg of trek. The striking views of lofty mountains will leave you speechless! While heading further, you can get chance to take a look at the famous peak Khanchendzonga. The sights of the peaks are out of this world. Put up your camp at the base of Green Lake and get familiar with climate.
It is over hill top at an elevation of 6840 ft. This monastery provides a remarkable panoramic view of the ranges of Himalaya and places around. Built in 17 century, this monastery is one of the ancient monasteries in Sikkim.
The most explored and an important monastery was established on top of a hill that comes out up among Rathong and Rangit rivers. The flagstones of this monastery are bounded by sacred mantras like "Om Mane Padme Hum".
One of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, Dubdi monastery is set at the top of a hill near Yuksam. The routes to Dubdi pass through thick forests, scenic villages and awesome mountain ranges. This place is a paradise for bird viewers.
The largest and pictorial Zemu glacier is settled at the foot of the Kangchenjunga in the Sikkim Himalaya. It is one of the roots for the River Teesta.
How to get there:
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.
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.
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.
Places to visit nearby/ in North Sikkim:
It is the district headquarters of North Sikkim. A little and picturesque village is with flower patches, and lovely miniature gardens.
The small town of Bhutias, Lachung has scattered villages. Explore monastery and handicraft centre. You can do fishing also.
It is regarded as one of the holy lakes of Sikkim. People of Sikkim believe that, Guru Padmasambhava had touched this lake when he visited this place.
Get familiar with climate before trekking.
You need to be very fit due to its elevation of 5050m.
Foreigners are required to get permits for most of the routes in Sikkim.
Make sure that you do not dirty the surrounding places. All the waste should be disposed off away from the camping site.
Prefer traveling in groups rather than moving alone.
Do not pick plants or flowers and do not disturb wildlife.
Best time to visit:
March -April & September - November
Things to carry:
Water, juices, snacks
A good compass
An extra pair of clothes