Trekking in Sikkim

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September 27, 2017

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Sikkim has numerous picturesque valleys and hills. Photo: Flickr/CC By 2.0/soumyajit pramanick

Sikkim has numerous picturesque valleys and hills. Photo: Flickr/CC By 2.0/soumyajit pramanick

In the north-eastern Indian state of Sikkim, several mountain peaks, flowers and breath-taking views welcome trekkers.

Home to breath-taking peaks of the Himalayas and a number of wildlife sanctuaries along with rhododendron flowers, Sikkim makes for an ideal state to make trekking itineraries in. Bordered by neighbouring countries of India, Bhutan, Nepal and China, it is home to glaciers as well as parts of the Kanchenjunga, which Is the third largest mountain in the world with five peaks. Summer months are the most preferred and hospitable months to plan treks up the hills of Sikkim yet visitors do visit in the months of September to November, just before the chilling winters set in. Depending on one’s physical fitness level, trekking is possible for both beginners and the more advanced.

Among the most popular treks in the state, the Yuksom to Goecha La treks is a wonderful option to begin with while exploring, with rhododendron flowers littering the way in spring and river Rathong Chu in sight. Known as the Goecha La Trek, this trek begins at the large settlement of Yuksom in the western part of Sikkim. Perhaps one of the reasons that this trek is so popular is because of the spectacular views of the hills it offers, with Kanchenjunga and another 14 or so large summits in the vicinity. October to November months are considered ideal for this trek as the sky clears up and the peaks in the distance can be seen. However, the cold starts settling in and one is advised to make adequate preparation for this trek which can last over a week. Before the trek begins, an entry needs to be made at the checkpoint, and as there are several routes to approach the top, one is advised to go in for a guided trek up these mountains as the trail is not clearly marked throughout.

Another fun trek in Sikkim is the Green Lake Trek, a picturesque climb up the hills to see the Green Lake. En route the lake, which is considered the base of the Kanchenjunga, this trek provides for a surreal experience with a number of flowers on the way. The trek takes one to North Sikkim’s Zemu Glacier, starting from Thangu valley, that is located 30 kilometres from Lachen in northern Sikkim. This is a more intensive almost two-week trek, with rugged terrains and requires acclimatisation to avoid mountain sickness. This trek also requires several permits so preparations need to be made in advance.

Flowers in the hills

Sikkim’s vast natural beauty is only enhanced by the large presence of flowers in this state, and the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is a picturesque place that passes through a forest that has the Kanchenjunga peaks in the backdrop. Not only are there a large number of wildlife species, trees as well as other flora and fauna to be found in this sanctuary, the flower it is named after, rhododendron is its speciality.

A trek through this sanctuary could thus be another option to explore, especially for those who love the sight of flowers. The trek begins by registering at the Hilley Forest, with several options to explore the sanctuary ranging from a day to a seven-day trip. Depending on one’s level, one can opt for a short or long trek.

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  1. Avatar Sara says:

    Short Annapurna trek 2018
    Annapurna Culture Trek covers Ghandruk Loop hike for 3 days which is suitable for children or weary trekkers, as it doesn’t require any particular fitness and long walking days and there is always plenty things to see. The trek envolves no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitude range. The trail passes through rhododendron forest and fascinating traditional Gurung villages at Dhampus & Ghandrung a nice opportunity to witness the culture and tradition of Nepalese countryside in Annapurna midhill around.

    Annapurna Culture Trek gives great views of the Annapurnas Himalayas, The hike start from Birethanti and ends at Phedi. Along the trek you will pass through Nepal’s famous Gurung Village Ghandruk which provides you magnificent views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli. Together you will be exploring the scenic and magnificent beauty of the rich Nature, encounter Gurung culture in Ghandruk , Landruk , Pothana and Dhampus villages.

    Trip Facts

    Duration: 7 days
    Activities: Short Hiking-4 days
    Maximum altitude: 1900m
    Best season: March/ Apr/ May/ June – Sep/ Oct/ Nov/Dec
    Trip starts/Ends: Pokhara to Pokhara
    Accommodations: Eco Teahouse lodge room managed by local community inclusive breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
    Transport: Necessary as per package you have required depends on group size – car /van/bus/flight/ to and from starting and ending point and drive or flight from gateway town

    Trek Booking Information

    Cost: US $ 560 per person
    Single supplement: US $ 150
    Kathmandu-Pokhara –Kathmandu By flight: extra (if you like flight)
    Minimum Group size: 2
    Grading: 2
    Departure date: as per your convenience.

    Dhampus Culture Trek Itinerary

    Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, meet our airport representative, pick up & transfer to Hotel.

    Day 02: Fly or drive to Pokhara
    Early in the morning after breakfast we will drive you to the Domestic Airport to fly Pokhara (30 min). Or you can take a tourist bus to Pokhara from scenic Prihivi high way which will take you about 6 to 7 hour drive and transfer to hotel.

    Day 03: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Ghandruk (1960m)
    Start hiking from here we start walk along the terraced fields beneath the splendid panorama of awe-inspiring glaciated Himalayan mountain ranges. After passing a flatland, forest, cultivated lands and a suspension bridge we arrive at the beautiful village of Ghandruk after walking for 3 to 4 hours. An ideal vantage point in this pristine village offers breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli.

    Day 04: Trek Ghandruk to Landruk(1990m)
    We descent down through stone steps of Ghandruk village past several tea houses, After crossing a stream on a suspension bridge the trail drops in to the Modi Khola valley and reaches Landruk-Tolka and overnight at tea house lodge.

    Day 05: Trek Landruk to Dhampus
    The trail follows through rhododendron forest before arrive Dhampus,it is inhabited by a mix of people: Gurung, Brahman, Magar communities. At Dhampus village walk and enjoy panoramic views of Ammanurna and Fishtail incredible views and overnight at tea house lodge.

    Day 06: Trek Phedi and drive to Pokhara
    From here work down to mostly downhill through forest to Phedi from here 1 hour, end the trek and drive to Pokhara. Afternoon free for personal activities simply visit beautiful lakeside market,

    Day 07: Pokhara to Kathamndu: Drive or take a flight to Kathmandu. It is 30 minutes flight to Kathmandu or 6 to 7 hour drive by tourist coach and overnight at hotel.

    Day 08: Final departure, transfer to airport

    Trek Package Cost Includes

    1. Airport transfers – pick up and drop upon arrival and departure
    2. Full board basis on the way of trekking- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner -3 meals per day and overnight accommodation at tea house lodge.
    3. Transportation- to and from starting and ending point.
    4. Necessary trekking permit, conservation and TIMS fee.
    5. Supporting staffs (trekking guide and porter), as well as their necessary insurance, and accommodation meals allowance and salary
    6. 2- Nights accommodation in Kathmandu and 2-nights Pokhara before and after the trek.
    7. Sightseeing Tour as per above program, inclusive of all entry permits, tour guide and transportation
    8. Domestic airfare, airport tax, overland bus fare for (Kathmandu- Pokhara – Kathmandu) before and after the trek as you wish to have in your package.
    9. Wildness First aid kit pack for the trekking.

    Trek Package Cost Excludes

    1. Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara extra days stay.
    2. Food (Lunch & Dinner) before and after the trip in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    3. Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks (including cold drinks and mineral/hot water/ hot drinks/shower tea-coffee, chocolate hot drinks), tips for the guide, porter & other staffs etc.
    4. Travel insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
    5. Additional costs- extra days stay, in case of flight cancellation due to the natural calamities, bad weather forecast and other unforeseen circumstances
    6. Personal trekking gear for the trek.

    http://www.nepalguideinfo.com
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    Nepal Mounatin Guide TeamS (Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd.)
    GPO: 4453 Paknajol ,Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
    Phone: +977-1-4252196
    Mobile: +977-9841613822 (Sanjib)
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  2. Treks Himalaya trekking company offers wide verity of trekking, helicopter tours, mountain flight, jungle safari tours and much more yours demand. We have 3 days to 30 days your Nepal trekking trip to choose but it depending of your timetable.
    Further information visit below:-
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  3. Part of the Himalayas, Sikkim is also home to glaciers, alpine meadows and thousands of varieties of wildflowers.
    And it cannot be describe just by few words..:)

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