AN ADVENTURE ODYSSEY
perfect destination for vacationers in quest of enchantment,
tranquillity or adventure. A Jewel embedded in snow clad mountains,
Sikkim is a primeval land that is unlike anywhere else. Where
one dreamy day blends into the next. Bordered by Tibet, Bhutan,
Nepal and West Bengal, Sikkim's rugged and dramatic terrain
has elevation variations ranging from 284 mts. to 8540 mts.
This land of mystery and myths casts an enchanted spell that
holds a visitor in thrall. A land so rich in culture, tradition
and steeped in religion.
You can wander up lush green mountain trails, in the very
footsteps of those early travellers. Marvel at the stupas,
monasteries and temples. Acquaint yourself with a culture
that is at once uncommon and fascinating. With its endless
intriguing rituals and festivals and festivities. Sikkim offers
you a holiday that is more than a dream - a voyage of adventure
and discovery. Discover Sikkim.
Scaling new heights :
To the adventure lovers, trekking in Sikkim is an experience
of many dimensions. For sheer exhilaration, nothing can match
the view of the mountains which seems to reach the heavens.
When misty rain wraps the slopes in lacy wisps of clouds,
you will find yourself trekking at 14,000 ft. or more. Indeed
a unique experience.
Experience enroute And as you trek up the blue-green mountains,
revel in the excitement of being part of a unique culture,
a rich tapestry woven with legends, myths, rituals and festivals.
The whole vast landscape studded with ancient stupas and monasteries.
The tranquil sombre monastic life and the pageantry pomp and
splendour of the festivals stand in dramatic contrast with
your recollections of the modern world you've left far behind.
The trekker can spend an evening sipping Chhang, a local drink
of fermented millet. Listen to folklore and myths of the sacred
mountain Khangchendzonga as told to you by villagers. Feel
the weariness of the day's trek slip away as you fall asleep
under the Sikkimese night sky.
A rapport with nature :
As the adventure winds his way up a mountain trek, he establishes
an easy rapport with nature. Make a little detour en-route,
chasing a butterfly, sing alongwith a thrush as he gayly serenades
you on the way. Trekkers in Sikkim are spell-bound by the
profusion of plants and flowers. A variety of over 4,000 species
of plants magnolias, rhododendrons, junipers, blue poppies,
gentians, primulas makes a pretty posy of memories of your
trekking holiday, into this botanical odyssey.
One of the unique features of the Sikkim Himalayas is the
splendour of numerous mountain lake flowers in a riot of colours
beyond 10000 ft. - a feast to the eye of the trekker. Tranquillity
all the way! You may chance upon the shy musk deer on one
of your treks, or wave out to the exotic Red Panda perched
among the tree-tops. Sikkim's forests abound in all kinds
of fauna-the barking deer, the Himalayan black bear, the blue
sheep and the snow leopard. By the time you cover the last
lap of your trek, you will be familiar with the hospitality
of the Sikkimese, the deep rootedness of their religion and
culture, and will be able to discern the difference between
a 'Lepcha', a 'Bhutia' and a 'Nepali', interwined in a unique
Trek Itinerary :
The following itineraries have been drawn up with Yuksam as
base. You can also draw up your own detailed trek itinerary
with the help of Sikkim Tourism, Adventure Division, Gangtok
or any recognised Travel Agent in Sikkim. Trekkers huts along
trek routes are at Pemayangtse, Khechopalri, Yuksam, Tsokha,
Dzongri, Thangshing, Zemathang, Chaurigang, Tashiding, Varsey,
Yangang, Rabongla, Sang and Sikip.
Monastic Trek :
March - May/Oct - Dec
Pemayangtse - Sangacholing - Khacheopalri - Dubdi - Sinon
- Tashiding - Ralang
March - May
Naya Bazar - Hilley/Soreng - Varsey - Dentam - Pemayangtse
Khangchendzonga Trek :
Mid March - Mid June/Oct - Dec
Yuksam - Bakhim - Tsokha - Dzongri - Thangshing/Bikbari -
Zemathang/Chaurigang - Goechala/Rathong Glacier and back.
Coronation Trek :
Oct - Dec
Ruktek - Sang - Yangang - Rabongla - Tashiding - Yuksam
Trekking Information :
The treks will not be exceptionally difficult though one must
be in good physical shape before taking the journey, since
the altitude varies from 6000 ft. to around 14000ft. Some
trekking experience is required and a good guide familiar
with the topography will be advisable.
Most of the camp points have primary Health Centres but it
is advisable to have personal medical kits.
Light weight trekking shoes, two/three pairs of woollen socks,
woollen shirts, thick trousers, pullovers, windproof jacket,
cap, anti-sunburn cream, sleeping bags. Rucksacks, sleeping
bags, tents, jackets can be hired from the Tourism Department
at very nominal costs. Please strictly observe mountain laws
and do not litter. Heavy penalty shall be imposed. Keep the
environment clean. Please camp on identified camp sites only.
White Water Action :
Get ready to rip! The Teesta and Rangeet rivers sparkle and
beckon. And with enough rapids to thrill river aficionados.
See some white water action with every bend of the river revealing
new panoramas - gorges with vegetation covered vertical walls
soaring from the swift waters; luxuriant waterfalls and tranquil
lakes. This however, is seasonal.
River Rafting Information :
Sikkim Tourism organises package programmes during Oct - Nov
and can prepare special itinerary for those interested. Permission
is required from Sikkim Tourism for conducting rafting trips
by private parties. Contact the Adventure Division, Sikkim
Tourism or any recognised travel agents for further information.
Teesta Experience :
Makha - Sirwani - Bardang - Rongpo
Sikip - Jorethang - Majitar - Melli
Kayaking is undertaken on the Teesta and is arranged for special
groups. Some experience in Kayaking is required. Kayaks are
available with Sikkim Tourism.
Yak Safari :
Yak Safari is organised from Dzongri onwards by Sikkim Tourism
or recognised Sikkim Travel agencies on prior booking. A unique
Mountain Biking :
This sport is being promoted in most parts of North Sikkim
and West Sikkim. For further details contact Sikkim Tourism.
Hang Gliding :
The Department is shortly introducing hang gliding in Yumthang
in North Sikkim and Jorethang in West Sikkim. For further
details contact Sikkim Tourism.
Entry Formalities :
(A) Trekking permits are issued to Foreign Tourists consisting
of a group of 4 or more provided they are sponsored by recognised
B) Follow the formal entry routes into Sikkim as prescribed
in the Inner Line Permit.
(C) Foreigners may now visit Lachung and Yumthang valley in
North Sikkim for 5 days and Tsangu in East Sikkim for one
day, subject to obtaining protected area permits from Secretary
Tourism, Govt. of Sikkim or Home Secretary, Govt. of Sikkim,
Gangtok. Permits may be obtained in advance or on arrival
at Gangtok through recognised Travel Agents of Sikkim.
Application for permits to visit Sikkim should be in the prescribed
forms specifically mentioning the purpose of the visits. i.e.
Tourism or Trekking, Sikkim Tourism offices would be pleased
to assist you.