Top 10 offbeat trekking destinations in India

Trekking and adventurous sports have always been a matter of attraction for the adrenaline junkies. To be honest, normal, real life civilians with no adrenaline rush has also been attracted as well. So, for all those people out there planning there next holiday for some adventure, here is a list of top 10 offbeat trekking destinations in India including trekking in Sikkim.

trekking destination in india

1. Roopkund Trek, Uttarakhand

Roopkund Trek

Have you experienced walking with the dead? If not then give this place a try. While trekking yourself to the Roopkund lake, you will find hundreds of human skeletons lying especially near the lake. So, it’s a thrilling experience of trekking with a horrific sightseeing.

2. Satpura Mountains, Madhya Pradesh

Satpura Mountain Trek

Want to check how tough you are? Well that’s the exact place where you want to be visiting then.  With bold terrain, Satpura mountain range in Madhya Pradesh offers remarkable rock climbing thrills.

 3. Rishikesh, Uttaranchal

 Rishikesh Trek

The one thing that can rock the core of even the biggest daredevils is bungee jumping. But if you want to try it anyway, the highest, 83-freaking-meters of Bungee Jumping podium in Rishikesh will give you the chills you be looking for. You can also go for other adventure sports in Rishikesh, too like river rafting, kayaking, mountain climbing, and paragliding.

4. Sikkim

Trekking in Sikkim

The ‘Incredible Sikkim’ is mainly meant for contentment and pleasure for the visitors in heart comforting locations like snow-draped peaks. Trekking in Sikkim offers a great opportunity to get a glimpse of the rich heritage and village lifestyle of north east India. Trekking through the snow fed mountains, beautiful orchards, exotic flora and fauna and translucent water streams will make your memories sugar lump sweet. It is a land of serenity and a perfect destination for a sweet trekking tour. People say that if you want some good time trekking memories, Dzongri trek , Goechala trekSingalila trek are some places that are a must visit.

5. Meghalaya

Trekking in Meghalaya

Caves of Meghalaya are famous since quite a long time now and people are giving quite a fancy to the idea of caving these days. Nestled among the waterfalls and green forests, these caves will definitely rejoice you.

 6. Khajjiar

khajjiar-trek

Also known as the Indian Switzerland, Khajjiar is a Hill station situated Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh.  The hill station is situated in the midst of ‘Deodar’ forests.  A small plateau in its green turf of dense pine and Deodar forests along its fringes adds to the pastoral scenery. This offbeat place in India has the rarest combination of three eco systems. The lakes, the pastures and the forests come together to make a visit to this place a unique experience.

7. Magnetic Hill, Ladakh

Trekking in Magnetic Hill in Ladakh

Can you ever imagine a vehicle moving up a steep hill with the ignition off? Madness right? The Magnetic Hill is located near Leh in beautiful Ladakh, at a height of 11,000 feet above sea level and is known to possess strong magnetic properties which have the strength to pull cars up-hill. This self-profound magnetic hill is one of the popular stops for domestic tourists to experience nature’s mysterious ways.

8. Paradise of Trekkers, Sandakphu

Sandakphu Trek

Located at an altitude of 3,636 metres, Sandakphu is the highest peak located in Darjeeling district in the eastern part of India. The patronizing peak of the Singalila ridge trek, Sandakphu is the most audacious point of many trekking routes in Sikkim region.

9. Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley Trek

Spiti Valley is located in Himachal Pradesh and is a paradise in itself! Situated at the altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level, it is surrounded with mountain ranges, high-altitude alpine lands, soaring peaks enveloped with snow and one of the oldest and most beautiful monasteries.

10. Moorang, Himachal Pradesh

Moorang Trek

Moorang is located near Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. The apricot orchards is a must visit place in this area as like as Moorang fort which has a mythological dimension to it, believed to be the one mentioned to constructed by Pandavas from Mahabharata.

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Top 7 health benefits of trekking

Now a days the people are quite busy for their work. The nature beauty starts from the Himalayas and ends in the water. Don’t you ever get bored of daily work and getting too much of stressed. Working efficiently is good for your future benefit but not for your health. An amazing fact is that, a person working in office with full comfort get attached with the diseases more than the people working under the sun and moving here and there by walk. The most important thing that we don’t get about it is trekking.

Trekking, is not compulsory to do every day but twice in a year for about 3-4 days can actually remove your stress and keep your body, weight and Muscles fit and average. People trekking every year is totally safe from the heart and lungs diseases as because trekking is the only activity through which you can gain the pure oxygen of the nature from the mountains.

In India there are many states that provide Trekking for the peoples which are conducted by the nearby local peoples or specific travel agents all over India. Taking an example of a state that is Sikkim which provides different types of trekking to different places. Treks available in Sikkim are Dzongri trek and Goechala trek. Trekking in Sikkim is not quite easy, the distance is less but due to the slope of the mountain and dense forest it takes more time to reach the base camp. Singalila trek is another example of trekking in India in North East. The trekking for the Singalila trek starts from the Singalila National Park in Darjeeling in North Bengal (WEST BENGAL).

Planning is must for the trekking as because in certain height of the mountain you won’t find any house, electricity and food facility. It is necessary to hire a guide from the place where your trek starts. You need to pack your bags according to the needs which might occur in the trek route.

Here are we discussed about some health benefits of trekking:

1. There are plants which can cause you to get Allergy but never mind as because the plant which will harm you will surely have a plant beside it which will help to cure the Allergy. It’s common in trekking.

helpful plants

 

2. Climbing up and down the mountains keep your heart healthy and the increased blood rate helps to make the body fit.

health benefits of climbing up

3. Walking through the dense forest and inhaling the pure oxygen of the forest and trees of the mountains keeps the respiratory system clean and which helps you to get rid of stress.

walking through a dense forest

4. After having a long trek you can see that due to too much of pressure taken by your body will remove your depression and make you sleep deeply.

relaxing after trekking

5. An important fact, the trekking can make your extra unusual weight to loose and make your body healthy by having the weight required for the body. It’s calculated that hiking burns up 370 calories an hour.

calories burn

6. Sitting at home and eating oily foods and snacks increases cholesterol in our body due to which we are unable to any work for a longer period. Trekking helps to remove the extra cholesterol and giving you the lower risk of heart diseases, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, diabetes and from the respiratory problems.

cure yourself from diseases

7. Walking makes the muscles and bones tight and active same as well trekking helps to make the muscular cells fit and active.

trekking can make tight your muscles

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7 must see places in your Dzongri trek route

The trek starts from YUKSOM covering the Himalayan range forest and then passes through Tshoka and Thansing and then reaches to Dzongrilia and the trek completes reaching Yuksom back via same route. The nearest railway station is about 163km, NJP and Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri from Yuksom. Shared jeeps and local car rental services are available from Sikkim and Siliguri.

The place is beneficiary for the trekkers, Dzongri trek or Goechala trek route. Geyzing is a sub-division of west Sikkim in which Yuksom is a small town located in it. Yuksom consist many Buddhist Monasteries and have a special religious and culture and it is a starting point of Khangchendzonga National Park.

First place when you reach from Yuksom while trekking will Tshoka. Tshoka a small village inside the Khangchendzonga National Park. It is the place for the trekkers to take a halt for the day and continue the next day. The mountain slope of the Tshoka is covered with dense forest and due to steep slopes and dense forest the trekkers are allowed to continue the trek next day. The next halt after arriving from Tshoka is Phedang, a small area covering the dense forest and sloppy mountains having Pine and Oak trees all over and it’s a close point or halt to Dzongrilia.

Must see places while trekking from Yuksom to Dzongrilia:

1. Monastery in Yuksom, Dubdi Monastery: 

dubdi monestery

Dubdi monastery is the pilgrimage of the Buddhist Religion and having three more Monastery side by side Norbugang Chorten, Pemayangtse and Tashiding Monastery. These monasteries are from the ancient times but reconstructed in recent years. The best place to visit before starting the Dzongri trekking.

2. Rabdentse Palace: 

rabdentse palace

The second former capital kingdom of Sikkim was Rabdentse. Now the ruin and chortens of the palace can be seen and visited. It is the historical monument of Sikkim.

3. Khangchendzonga National Park:

3. Khangchendzonga National Park

 A biosphere reserve and a national park in Sikkim named from the world’s third highest peak M.T Kanchenjunga. It is the one and only national park in Sikkim. Animals like Musk Deer, Snow Leopard and Himalayan Tahr are found in this park. So while you are in a trek you can find these animals who are reserved in the park with proper safety and preventing the risk to the trekkers. The park continues from Yuksom to Dzongrilia and then to Goechala. The park is covered with Pine, Oak trees and dense forest. It’s lucky to see a red panda hanging on the trees but they don’t come down.

4. Lake in Tshoka

Lake in Tshoka

It is said as a quiet lake just ahead of the Tshoka village where 7 Tibetan families have settled down and they help the trekkers with the fruit like orange And also they inform us not to drink too much of plain water but to drink fruit juice which is provided by them in exchange of money. They not only help you by giving fruits but medical treatment side by side.

5. From Tshoka you can clearly see the peak of the M.T Kanchenjunga

 

 kanchenjunga from tshoka

Early in the morning from Tshoka you can clearly see the peak of the M.T Kanchenjunga fully covered with snow. The best thing is to do is that you can be provided by your hired cook or else ask the people residing in Tshoka for a bowl of Garlic soup and drink it you will get a some bit of hot temperature inside your body.If you can consume alcohol then try out the local made “Rum” made by the residence which they make themselves and drink to get rid out of the thundering cold. You can get it from the guide but let him know before so that the guide can arrange it from Yuksom.

6. Above Tshoka you can get a lake in Samiti which gives the reflection of M.T Pandim

 samiti lake

A quite higher above Tshoka you can get a lake in Samiti which gives the reflection of M.T Pandim. M.t Pandim is also well recognized mountain all over the world, which is only seen clearly from Sikkim that is Thansing. Thansing is a place having small tents and small base camp for the trekkers before reaching Dzongri and Goechala. The place is just on the slope of the mountain consisting dense forest with pine and oak trees.

 7. View from Dzongri

view from dzongri

Dzongri is an amazing and an adventure place and one of the best trekking in Sikkim. It’s like you have got the full most adventure of your life as from Dzongri you can see the peak of 6 mountains covered with snow. The viewing place is at a high altitude so it’s better to carry oxygen mask for the people who have suffocation and heart diseases. The 6 mountains are as follows:

  • Mount Koktang,
  • Mount Kabru,
  • Mount Kanchenjunga,
  • Mount Simvo,
  • Mount Pandim,
  • Mount Ratong.

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Goechala Trek Route: Experiences shared by 6 Trekkers

It is always important to have some kind of adventure in life that is memorable as it would hold throughout the life and bring the feeling of happiness. This is a post about an adventurous trekking that arouses the feeling of happiness and excitement in each other’s heart. A trip of Adventurous trekking in sikkim through the Goechala trek route, a mountain passes in Sikkim, India. Some of the trekkers around the world consider it as a paradise as many giant mountains are visible.

Goechala trek route

goechala trek route

The journey of the trek starts from Yumsom, which was once considered to be the historical capital of Sikkim. The transit point or the gateway to Yumsom base camp is Siliguri. Siliguri can either be reached by Train or a Flight. NJP is the nearest railway station from which one can reach Yumsom by hiring a cab outside the station, covering a distance of about 150km.Bagdogra Airport is the nearest Airport to Siliguri. Tourists can contact the tour and traveller agencies for a hassle free trip and packages. The approximate time required to cover the Goelacha trek route is 10-11 days covering a distance of about 90 km.

Yumsom which is at an altitude of 5670 ft. marks the starting point of the trekking; it lies in a beautiful valley from which the amazing views of the peaks are visible. The first stop being Sachen at an altitude of (7150 feet) which inside a coniferous forest, between this route the trekkers can encounter the expansive grassland and forest and have a glimpse of the beautiful Rathong Chu River. One will also encounter suspension bridges across the stream.

Goechala trek route map

goechala trek route map

After a halt at Sachen, continuing according through the Goechala trek route map, ascending higher up will lead you Tshoka at an altitude of 9700 feet, moving through the trek you will come across a wooden suspicion bridge which sways as you walk on it. The massive forest of rhododendron can be seen. It is from this point that the ranges of Himalayas and the peaks of mountain Kanchenjunga is visible. One can fin forest hut, or forest tents so, a comfortable stay at night can be desired. 

When you are illuminated by the light rays of sun, early in the morning you can gear up for the journey, a beautiful Buddhist monastery lies on the route from which the path is quite steep for sometime after which on can find the comfort of walking on a rough pebble lands, finally reaching Phedang which is at an altitude of (12050 feet).Beautiful landscape is visible from this point. After Continuing you will reach (Dzongri) at an altitude of (12980 ft.) which marks the beginning of the grasslands. Enjoy you stay at the Dzongri Base Camp.

base camp

Now, the journey involves trekking from Dzongri Base camp to the Dzongri top which is at an altitude of 13675 ft. Start the trek early in the morning in order to view the beautiful ranges of the Himalayas and the perfect Sunset, after encountering this perfect scenery return to the base camp.

This phase doesn’t involve much of effort and time. This will take you to Thansing (12900 ft.), which is covered with lush green grassland. This is reached via kokchurang which is at a much less altitude (12090 ft) compared to Dzongri.

goechala trek

This part of the trek from Thansing to lamuney, and is one of the most exciting and easiest part of the trek, where one can enjoy the beauty of walking through the clouds in a chilled climate, with beautiful ranges of Himalayas on both the sides. At the end one can find a camp for the night stay.

The last Phase before you reach the destination might be a bit tough as it involves walking through a long distance. At first you will pass through a rocky and flat land you will encounter Samti Lake from which the path suddenly takes another fold, i.e. ascends higher up which further take you to Zemathang Plateau, spot covered with snow all the year, the glimpse of the beautiful sunset over the Kanchenjunga range is the worth watching.

goechala trek

Continuing your Journey for few hours will lead your way to Goechala (16000 ft.), the spot from which the third highest peak of the world i.e. is Kanchenjunga is visible.

Return Journey

At the end, you can find your way to Kokchurang, where you can find the stay at night. The second phase of the return journey involves, Involves journey to Tshoka via Phedang, It is an easy way out travelling for about 7 hours with a halt at Phedang. At last you can trek through the same route from Tshoka to Yuksom via Bhakim and Sachen.

Some of the experiences about Goechala Trek shared by 6 trekkers are:

goechala trek

1.“Great Sikkim Trek to Goecha La” by Alex E (Vietnam) from tripadvisor.in

“Great trek to Dzongri and Goecha La, stunning scenery a this was more like ‘luxury’ trekking than I expected with table and chairs etc. We took 8 days in total, and 3 days to reach Dzongri, which I recommend to help with acclimatisation. Did the trek in April and the weather was fine and clear with superb views in the mornings but usually cloudy and cold in the evenings. Bring good cold weather gear” 

2. Sunil Jugulkar (from goechala.com)

“Goecha La, the word brings a surge of happy emotions to my mind every single time it is mentioned. Being my first multi-day trek, I wasn’t sure what to expect, apart from the fact that it was going to be difficult. However the trek surpassed all my expectations. The mountains were higher than I’d ever seen, the climbs harder than what I’d ever done, and the weather colder than what I’d ever experienced” 

3. Krishanu Majumder ( from goechala.com)

“It is 4:45 A.M. All of us are standing in the viewpoint one, spellbound by the gorgeous Kanchenjunga, panting and waiting for the sunrise. Even now, while writing this trek report, a strange thought keeps coming to my mind.”

4. Gopal Ahuja ( from thrillophilia.com)

“The entire experience of Goecha La trek was memorable and much more thrilling than any other treks in Sikkim. From the beginning to the end, there was adventure on this trek. Moreover, the Goechala trek cost is so reasonable that you cannot afford to miss out on this.”

5. Anusuya Mehrotra (from thrillophilia.com)

“Really, Sikkim is a paradise for the adventure lovers. And the Goecha La trek is one of the must to do in here. You will get to experience everything on this trek that starts from Yuksom and completes a circuit via places like Sachen, Tshokha, Phedang, Dzongri, Thangshing, Goecha La and Lamuney.”

6. Ashutosh Kothari ( from thrillophilia.com)

“I am a huge nature enthusiast and always on a quest for discover the beauties of Mother Earth. Hence for someone like me the Goecha La Trek, Sikkim was really rewarding. The high peaks, flowing rivers and charming meadows made the trip worthwhile.”

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Uttarey Singalila Trek Route: Experiences shared by 15 Trekkers

Everyone in life desires to fulfil not only the needs but also the wants. Some are fascinated by the current up gradation in technology, inventions, fashion, and lots more but one thing we find common in everyone is adventure. At some phase of time everyone in life wants to have an adventurous life, full of joy and one form of this adventure is Trekking, the way to explore new places which most of the peoples enjoy.

singalila trek

Uttarey Singalila Trek route:

singalila trek route map

Though there are many trek routes that will lead you to astonishing places, but the Uttarey Singalila Trek route one of the most popular trekking routes in Sikkim that will lead you to Sandakphu, which is the highest peak in West Bengal (11,929 ft.), is a breathtaking one. Sandakphu provides the spot for viewing four out of five world’s highest peaks i.e. Mt.Everest (8848 m), Kanchenjunga (8586 m), Lhotse (8516 m) and Makalu (8485 m).

Singalila Ridge Trek:

singalila ridge trek

Singalila National Park provides the necessary route for trekking which is located on the Singalila Ridge Trek in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, those peoples seeking for an adventurous trek through the Singalila ridge trek route can have a glimpse of the forest which provides habitat to a number of mammals such as red panda, leopard cat, wild boar, barking deer, It provides house to over 120 species of birds including many rare as well as exotic species such as the scarlet mini vet, blood pheasant, satyr tragopan etc.  One can also find various floras such as magnolias, spruce, bamboo. Trekkers can enjoy the view of more than 500 types of orchids.

How to reach: Uttarey Singalila Trek route Map

singalila trek route map

The best time of the year to visit this place is spring (March-June) and post monsoon (September-November). People coming from all over the world can exit either at the Bagdogra Airport (IX B) or the Siliguri Junction Railway Station. Trekkers arriving at Siliguri Railway Station or the Airport can hire the required cab parked outside which will take you to Manebhanjan, via sukna and ghoom as it is the entry point for the Singalila National Park. This entry point marks the beginning of the trekking. Peoples from Darjeeling can get take a shared Jeep and come up to Manebhanjan.

There are many trek huts provided along the Singalila Trek, therefore people can have a comfortable stay.

Here are some of the experiences Shared by the Trekkers:

singalila trek

1. “Singalila Trek (Sandakphu and Phalut)” by 6kram,(Mumbai, India.) – from tripadvisor.in

The Singalila trek via Sandakphu & Phalut is the most memorable trek I have been on. Pictures cannot describe the sheer ruggedness of the mountains and the forests. But trek is only as good as the arrangements made for it – and in this respect, hats off to Adventures Unlimited for a fantastic experience

2. “Sandakphu Trek Experience” by Abhijit Bhandopadhya – from tripadvisor.in

The only place in the world from where you can view the world’s four highest peaks out of five.
Everest Himalayas Nepal/Tibet 29,035

1. Kanchenjunga Himalayas India/Nepal 28,169
2. Lhotse Himalayas Nepal/Tibet 27,940
3. Makalu Himalayas Nepal/Tibet 27,766

You can get the 360 degree view of Himalayas from Sandakfu and Phulet in a clear day. The bumpy motor-able road to Singalila National Park remains open during March-May and Septmber-November. The rest six months road remains closed or blocked due to monsoon and heavy snowfall. The place is a must visit to have a lifetime experience.The highest point of this Park is Sandakfu is located at an altitude of 12000 feet. The place does not have electricity and runs on solar power. 

3. “Trekking in Darjeeling” by Hensell (Canada)– from tripadvisor.in

Had a great experience with off road adventure in Darjeeling, Went 5 day’s Singalila trek with offnroad adventure last year. Highly recommended.

4. “Excellent Experience” by Pranit (Darjeeling, India)– from tripadvisor.in

I have done Camping, Adventure and Paragliding and Singalila Trekking. Singalila Trek is the one of the most visitable place and its memorable moment of my life and I enjoy the Singalila Trek

5. “Incredible Sandakphu” by Akharga (Hyderabad, India)– from tripadvisor.in

Trip to and Sandakphu was just incredible, will recommend to all fellow travellers.

6. “Tonglu &Tumling” by John P Bern (Switzerland)– from tripadvisor.in

A great day trek from Darjeeling to Tonglu and Tumling. Made the trip to Darjeeling.

7. “Breathtaking View of Himalayas” by K_Bipin (Thane,India )– from tripadvisor.in

I have been there for Trekking in Jan 15, this is the second time I went there for trekking, I did it in Dec 2006 also. You will get breathtaking views of Eastern Himalaya including all 25000 ft peaks Mt. Everest, lothse, Makalu & Kanchenjonga except K2.
Especially sunset and sunrise is must watch. 

8. “Serene Trekking” by mrmozo29 (Kathmandu, Nepal )– from tripadvisor.in

Trekking to Sandakphu from Darjeeling is a beautiful experience. The trek goes through the scenic Singalila forest range. The rhododendrons along the way make it even more beautiful. Once you reach Sandakphu, on a clear day you will be able to see Mt. Everest, Kanchanjunga, Makalu and Lhotse. It’s simply beautiful.

9. “Amazing first Blush and Sunset” by shivana0101k (Bengaluru, India)– from tripadvisor.in

I had never seen the sun rise and sun set like this before, sandakphu is one of the memorable place in my life. It is famous for this. In the early morning sun seems to be get out of the laps of the dark mountain. Believe me its true, its like a magic but its true, sun rises from the dark, i have the photograps bt not in digital form. I love the place, and in the evening the during the sun set the rays of sun when falls on the mountain kanchanjunga it looks light orange in colour. Believe this and feel the magic by spend some time there.. 

10. “A must visit for all the Trekkers” by paglaghora_BCMT(Kolkata)– from tripadvisor.in

Often called ABCD of treks in the eastern himalayas. The trek season is varied. One must go avoiding monsoon. Spring offers magnificent colors of Rhododendron along with majestic Mt Kanchajungha view. Autumn is relatively clear in weather. On a clear sunny day you may be lucky to see the prominent peaks entire eastern Himalaya range – Mt Kanchanjungha, three sisters, Pandim, Kabru , Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, Baruntse, ShishaPangma and may be Annapurna too. There are several accommodation option now – State PWD, Forest dept bunglow, apart from Trekker’s Hut, two-three private guest houses etc. A great trek route for bird lovers.

11. “Must see – place Sandakphu” by Avijit (Kolkata)– from tripadvisor.in

I have been to this place twice. Excellent place with breathtaking view of Kanchanjunga

12. “Breathtaking View” by amrita_nandi29(New Delhi, India)– from tripadvisor.in

The place is a brilliant getaway for hikers and backpackers. It offers moderate level of hiking difficulty and an awesome experience for beginners. A must visit on my list.

13. “Wonderful” by anjsha0953 (New Delhi, India)– from tripadvisor.in

I went to Sandakphu trek last year, completed this trek in 3 days on the way did a lot of birding, Garibus is place for birders, spent one night there, before reaching the top when we were just 2 or 3 km down it started snowing, since it was my first snowfall I enjoyed trekking in snow although other people were running for the shelter but I thoroughly enjoyed. Next day morning we saw the sun rise which is beautiful sight overlooking mountain peaks.
I would recommend it to anyone who can trek to visit there.

14. “Hiking from Manebhanjan” by Mural007 (Orangeburg, South Carolina)– from tripadvisor.in

We hiked this lovely mountain 60 km trail for 5 days halting at night in tea houses. The modest altitude trekking does wonderful things to the brain and body. It is an immersive experience to be enjoyed if your limbs and lungs can take it!

15. “Top Trek” by davemscott (Edinburg, United Kingdom)– from tripadvisor.in

The scenery up in the hills is stunning and if you like bird watching you are in for a treat! The trek down from Phalut to Gorky through the forest was simply magical and all round it was an unforgettable experience.

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Top 10 Trekking Attractions in Sikkim

If you’re passionate about trekking,you should surely not miss out the Sikkim trekking expeditions. These are the trekking expeditions which give you the real feel of the rough, rocky mountainous along with breathtaking scenic views. Here are some popular trekking sites in Sikkim.

1. Goecha La Trek

Goechala Trek

The main attraction is to see the Kanchenjunga peak. This trekking expedition is an extension of the Dzongri trek of the meadows. This gives you a raw experience of the rocky hills of the Sikkim region. You get to view the magnificent Kanchenjunga Mountain too. You can find out the Goecha La Trek itinerary and also get the Goecha La trek map from the trek conductors. This is one of the best treks at an altitude of 4990 meters. You happen to see the wild flowers and fauna of the place. Camping among the mountains is also a great experience.

2. Darjeeling Kanchenjunga trek

Darjeeling Kanchenjunga Trek

The main attraction is the Kanchenjunga peak. Besides trekking the hills of Darjeeling you get the feel of nature closely. The best time to trek is from March to mid May and September end to middle of November. The picturesque beauty of the hills and the peaks is a great attraction for the shutter bugs too.

3. Green Lake view trek

green lake view trek

The main attraction is the Green Lake view. This is a unique trek. The trekkers reach the lake by passing through many small streams and village hamlets. The places you will be crossing during this trek are Siniolchu, Yakub, Jakthan, Lachen etc. Maintaining the spirit of seeing the beauty of the great lake helps you to fight with the mountain sickness too.

4. Barsey-Rhododendron Trek

Barsey-Rhododendron Trek

The main attraction of the trek is to see the pink coloured Rhododendron flowers, which grow as bushes and add beauty to the already beautiful Sikkim. You also see many other Himalayan flowers of various colours and fragrances.

5. The Glacier view trek

The Glacier view trek

The trekking in sikkim himalayas takes you to the frozen beauty of the glaciers. The panoramic beauty of the snow clad mountains encircling the glacier is a sight worth seeing. Trekking beyond the meadows gives you a raw adventure.

6. Singalila Kanchenjunga trek

Singalila Kanchenjunga trek

The main attraction is the Mount Everest peak. This trek touches the altitude of 4940 meters on the Sikkim Himalayas. The best time to trek is mid March to May and September to October. This trek is of long duration of about twenty days. The reward of this challenging trek is the view of the snow clad peaks of Kanchenjunga Mountain (8850 m), Mt Makalu (8481m), Mt Lhotse (8516m) and Mt Everest (8850m). The plus point of this Uttarey Singalila trek is that it has a gradual elevation and therefore the trekkers get enough time to get familiar with the climate and the low air pressure in which they have to trek. You get the chance to see the Orchids too.

7. Heritage trek

Heritage trek

The main attraction of this trek is to observe the culture and heritage of the heritage-wealthy Sikkim. Singing, dancing, colourful dresses, celebrations are the areas that will be covered in this trek, which are otherwise not covered in a normal tour. The areas covered are Nambu, Chongri etc.

8. Maenam and Barsay Wildlife Sanctuary Trek

Maenam and Barsay Wildlife Sanctuary Trek

The Sikkim trek including the Uttarey Singalila trek reaches you to the main attraction of the area that is the Maenam and Barsay wildlife sanctuaries. This proves to be one of the memorable treks as you walk besides miles of blooming Rhododendron flowers too.

9. Dzongu Homestay trek

Dzongu Homestay trek

The main attraction is to get drenched in the beauty of nature and feel the traditional way of living of the Lepcha community.

10. The Ravangla Trek

ravangla trek

The main attraction is the steep climb, which takes to a great height. During the Ravangla trek, you get the chance to see the Oaks, sub alpine Rhododendrons and the Hemlocks too.

20 Essentials to Carry While Trekking in Sikkim

Trekking in Sikkim is very different from trekking in other parts of India, as Sikkim is full of bio diversities. The topography and height of the area makes it a difficult terrain to trek on. Although it is advisable to carry a light back pack during trekking, for trekking in Sikkim you need to carry with you many essential commodities to help you on your way.A few essentials are –

1. Warm Jacket :

jacket needed for trekking

As many places in Sikkim are much higher from the sea level, the temperature remains low. So you need to carry warm jacket to keep you warm during the trekking tour.

2. Warm Pants

pant needed for trekking

Similarly you also need warm pants to protect your legs from the cold temperature of the place. Better keep two to cover some problem like getting wet in rains.

3. Rain Jackets

rain Jackets for trekking

As Sikkim is in the north east side of India, it often rains there. So you should keep rain jacket to protect you from sudden rain while trekking.

4. Shell pants

shell pants needed for trekking

These pants are important for trekking expedition, as you may have to walk in the rains during your trekking.

5. Warm caps

Cap Needed for Trekking

While trekking during the early morning or when the temperature is low near the mountains, you may require the warm head gears to cover your head and ears. So don’t forget them.

6. Trekking hats

hat needed for trekking

While trekking on a sunny day, you may require a cap to protect your head from the powerful rays of the Sun. So keep it with you.

7. Sun Glasses

sunglass needed for trekking

This is also very necessary for your trekking trip, as the need to protect your eyes from the scorching bright rays of the Sun may arise. You need to take sunglasses with ultraviolet and infrared filtration protection, which have the detachable side protections too.

8. LED Headlamps

LED head lamps for trekking

Headlamps are required to see the way if it grows dim during your trek and also to see or read in your tent. Keep extra batteries and bulbs too.

9. Warm Gloves

Gloves for trekking

You should have warm gloves which should have a water proof outer covering to avoid it from getting wet.

10. Liner Socks

shocks for trekking

Liner socks are important to prevent moisture and blisters on your feet.

11. Hiking Socks 

Hiking Shocks for trekking

These socks are important to make the outer covering of your feet to save from cold.

12. Hiking Boots

Hiking boots for trekking

 Taking light or medium trekking boots is recommended to protect your feet from soars and blisters, as these may mar your trekking trip badly.

13. Thermal Inner

Thermal inner for trekking

 This should be taken to form the inner most layer of ‘layering’ pattern of clothing to keep you warm.

14. Back Pack

Back pack for trekking

This should be of light weight and should be spacious enough to hold all your necessary goods.

15. Water Bottles

water-bottle for tekking

Water bottles are required during your trek to prevent you from getting dehydrated.

16. Sleeping Mattress

 mattress for trekking

You should carry a self inflatable trek mat with you to give you a peaceful night sleep.

17. First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit for trekking

A first aid kit with all the necessary medicines is very essential for you, so that you may be able to take medicines in time and avoid falling sick.

18. Insect Repellant

Insect repellant for trekking

Insect repellents are important as you will be trekking in the forests and hills, where mosquitoes and many kinds of poisonous insects too may come up.

19. Military knife

military knife for trekking

An all purpose knife should be kept handy, so as to help you in your small problems such as cutting any rope or opening bottles etc.

20. Power Adapter

Power Adapter for trekking

This is very important, as you may not be able to charge your phones or cameras during your trekking tour of Sikkim.

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