Sikkim is a Trekkers and Adventure lovers paradise. It has been blessed with Mighty snow capped mountain peaks, unspoilt nature, geographical condition and varieties of Flora and Fauna that offers a lot for the lovers of Adventure Tourism. Apart from Trekking, Tours and Mountaineering, sikkim offers various other activities like Mountain biking, River Rafting, Paragliding, Birds and Butterfly watching and many more.
Trekking in Sikkim is a wonderful experience an antidote to city stress of daily life and its memories will be cherished life long. While trekking one relishes the Pure air and the silence of the wilderness and feels the awakening of senses dulled by Urban Living.
As you trek in sikkim himlayas, identifying peaks, mountains, rivers and places around you becomes a good pastime. And whether you can climb the next hilltop becomes more important than anything else in life. From a distance these mountains may seen formidable and unapproachable but as you near them they seem to welcome you into the forest vibrant with life.
Goechala Trek, Dzongri Trek, Kasturi Trek, Yambong Singalila Trek, Uttarey Singalila Trek and Kanchendzonga Trek in west sikkim is a proper well beaten and famous trekking trails. At Yuksam the motorable road stops and the treks starts. The treks ranges from an altitude of 1,700 meters to 4,950 meters. The trekking trails goes through forest of Rhododendrons, Magnolia and silvers with views of mighty Mt.Khanchendzonga and surrounding peak,like Mt.pandim, Jupono, Frey peaks, Kabru North / South, Kothang, Thinkchankhang, Thalung and a lots more. The Singilila trek route starting from both Uttarey Viallage and Nambu Village which has been recently open lies on the ridge defining the political boundary between Sikkim and Nepal. One can see the different peaks of Mt. Khanchendzonga range, Chola range and also villages of Nepal on the other side on the clear sunny day. In this particular trekking trail there are many high altitude lakes on the way and it is also known as the lake trek. The Kasturi Trek which is also know as Round Trek is another beautiful trekking trails which lies exactly on the opposite side of singalaila range.
North part of Sikkim is relatively less explored by trekkers and has its own adventure to offer. It is harder and the altitude goes up to 5,250meters high. The scenic view is a lot similar to the Tibetan plateau with Mt. Khanchendzonga, Tent peak, Chorten Nyima Range and one of the world's most beautiful peaks Mt. Sinolchu. The vegetation here is mostly alpine. Green Lake trek is one of the most famous trekking route in north sikkim, however the permission formalities for this trek is different than all others as one need to apply for this particular trek at least 2 months in advance. This trek is an Expedition style Trek.
Trekking in sikkim range from 5 to 20 days or more. There are also shorter treks and day hikes option like Tendong trek, Hilley Varsey Trek and Yuksam One day private treks offering views of Mountains and variety of flora and fauna.
Goechala Kasturi Trek is a slighty different version of the Regular Goechala trek. Goechala Kasturi trek is also know as the Round trek or Kasturi Orar trek. This particular trek starts from Yuksam and ends up at Tashiding village. Kasturi trek passes through famous Dzongri view point and Goechala view point and divert itself from the regular Goechala trails from Thangshing on the way back. This treks provides specticular views of the snow capped peaks and mountains range and falls exactly opposite to the Singalila mountain range. The views are simply Amazing an captivating during this trek and are less explored by the trekkers each years. This trek is specially suitable for the trekkers who loves to explore less explored regions, face challanges and like to be with raw nature for bit longer period of time.
Goechala trek is the premier and the most well known trekking trail in Sikkim. This trek takes the trekkers upclose for a spectacular view of the mighty Mt. Kanchendzonga 8585m - the third mountain in the world along with several other towering snow capped mountains. Some of the most well know peaks seen during this trek are Mt. Pandim 6691m, Mt. Kabur north 7338m, Mt. Kabur south 7317m, Mt. Kumbhakarna (Janoo) 7710m, Mt. Simvo 6811m, Mt. Kabru Forked 6108m, Mt, Frey Peak 5830m, Mt. Rathong 6679m, Mt. Kokthang 6147m and Mt. Goecha Peak 5127m. Goechala trek is an extension of the Dzongri trek. Trekking beyond the meadows of Dzongri is a raw adventure at its best where the visitor is taken into the realm of towering mountain peaks and unspoiled nature. During Goechala trek the spectacular landscape of nature will make one find inner peace and one will start appreciating the beauty of the Nature and God's creation.
Yuksom Dzongri Trek is one the the most popular short high altitude trekking destination in sikkim. Dzongri trek is a shorter version of the Goechala Trek. This particular trek starts from Yuksam and ends up at Yuksam in 5 days. Dzongri trek is specially suitable and designed for the trekkers who wanted to explore more in shorter period of time. In fact Dzongri and Dzongri La (view point) is the best spot for a view of the mountains and its ranges in the sikkim himlayas. Along with Mighty Mt. Kanchendzonga 8585m - The third highest mountains in the world, some of the most well know peaks seen during this trek from Dzongri View Points are Mt. Pandim 6691m, Mt. Kabur north 7338m, Mt. Kabur south 7317m, Mt. Kumbhakarna (Janoo) 7710m, Mt. Simvo 6811m, Mt. Kabru Forked 6108m, Mt, Frey Peak 5830m, Mt. Rathong 6679m, Mt. Kokthang 6147m and Mt. Goecha Peak 5127m
The Yambong singalila trek is one of the rare spot on earth where the view embraces five summits rising above 7000m, amongst them are Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Lhotse of Nepal and Mt. Kanchendzonga and Mt. Sinoclu of sikkim. During this trek one treks on the narrow paths adjacent to Indo – Nepal border, sometimes at the edge of the jungle, sometimes through rhododendron forests and sometimes along the top of the hills. The visit to some of the beautiful high altitude lakes in this trek will give a blend touch of both nature and culture which make the journey a rare venture.Yambong singalila range is one of the few ranges to provides shelter to many endangered wild animals. In this range one would see animals like Red Panda, Himalayan Tahr, Blue Ship, Himalayan Black Bear and spectacular pheasants like Satyr Trapogan, Himalayan Monal and Blood Pheasant, however the sighting are very rare. One has to be Lucky enoughf to spot the animals.Yambong Singalila Trek is one of the most beautiful and exicting trekking destination of sikkim along with Goechala Trek, Kanchendzonga Trek, Uttarey singalila Trek, Kasturi Trek and Dzongri Trek
Sikkim Green Lake Trek Introduction: This is a very picturesque trail which combines natural beauty with spectacular views of high peaks.There are vast tracts of thick forest, with several varieties of rhododendrons, other colorful flowers,birds and many waterfalls on both sides of the trail. Kanchendzonga was one of the first peaks to be attempted by expeditions before world war two.As Nepal was closed, the approach from Sikkim,via the Zemu Glacier,was followed instead. Pre war Everest expeditions also passed through North Sikkim and this trail was part of their route.Today,it is still largely unexplored region as not many parties have been allowed across to Green Lake. The trek to Green Lake, the base camp of mount Kanchendzonga on the Zemu glacier in north Sikkim is a splendid walk with the variety of flowers like rhododendron, blue poppies and primulas all in bloom. The mountain views are fantastic with amphitheater of peaks with mount Kanchendzonga at the head of the valley. However, the green lakes base camp is more than 5000m and so proper acclimatization is essential to avoid altitude sickness.
Uttarey Singalila Trek route encompasses the area southwest of Dzongri and as defined by its name, includes several days of hike traversing the Singalila range, the lesser mountain chain that rises from the northern hills of Darjeeling district and extends to converge with the Kanchendzonga massif. The Singalila range demarcates the western borders of Sikkim and Darjeeling with Nepal. During this trek one will be able to witness and enjoy the Mounatains, passes and range of both India (Sikkim) and Nepal. Uttarey Singalila Trek passes through the Border and ridges of Indian and Nepal. During this Trek one has the flexibilities and option to trek through 5 to 7 different high altitude lakes of different sizes and shape however it adds few more days to the itinerary. This Uttarey Singalila Trek is also known as the Lake trek or the Uttarey Chewabhangyang Trek. Uttarey Singalila treks is specially suitable for the trekkers who love to be with Nature for longer number of days. The treks starts from Uttarey and Ends up at Yuksam or can be done vise versa.
Sikkim Darjeeling Kanchendzonga Trekking is a popular Long high altitude trek which offers Adventure Lovers to Experience the Pristine and Panoramic beauties of himalayas of both the region. Sikkim Darjeeling Kanchendzonga Trek offers Sandhakphu Trek and Goechala Trek togather as one. The views of the Snow capped Mountain Peaks and serene Beauty of both the region during the trek is Breathtaking. During this Trek one has the rare opportunity to witness and view the Singalila and Sikkim himalayan range of Mountains and Peaks from different location and Angle. From Sandhakpu one has the rare Opportunity to veiw Mt. Everest and Mt. Kanchendzonga at a same time. The best view of Mt. Kanchendzonga is seen from Sandhakpu which is also know as Sleeping Buddha or Sleeping Shiva Sikkim Darjeeling Kanchendzonga Trek is best suited for the Adventure Lovers and Trekkers who loves to Explore and be with the Himalayas for a longer period of time.
Mingma! Julay!namestey! hope you are in good health. Sorry to write you lately. Our trip to Thiland made us busy so we were unable to write you back. Mingma the trekking was well organised and I had a wonderful time with you.. . Ladhak is a wonderful place and your guiding made it much much better. We all are very happy and eager to visit your country sikkim next time.
The way you describe sikkim, it really seems to be a nice place. We will promote for you wherever we go. Thanks for your support when the chips were down..
Convey our regards to Jigmee,Arun and Horse man. Hope we will meet then again. Harry,Dorris Michael and Gracy Switzerland 2009
Max, hope you are doing fine business. We are thankful for your warm guidance and wonderful trekking arrangements in a short time. Mingma the food was excellent. We will return to sikkim with friends and family someday. We would no doubt recommend your company mountain tours and treks to all of our friends who want to visit India and specially sikkim and Darjeeling. Adam and wanda Netherland. 2010
Mingma, thanks for your mail. We are still in kerela and doing familiarization trip. Its very hot out here. Mingma your trekking arrangements was good and we had no hesitation in recommending your company. Your guide and cook was very good. We had more than enough varieties of food everyday. We surely hope that you will do well.
Well take care and best of luck Andrew, Roben and David Switzerland 2011 feb