10 Treks in Sikkim For The Adventure Enthusiasts

There is no better way to enjoy the beauty and diversity of the picturesque North-Eastern state of Sikkim by trekking one's way on the major trails in and around the area. While trekking sounds as easy as putting one foot in front of the other, our list of popular treks in Sikkim includes some of the most challenging treks too which will keep you at your toes.

So, lace your boots and pack your gear to head out on some of the most adventurous treks in Sikkim to overcome your wanderlust:

1. Dzongri Trek

Offering a majestic view of Kanchenjunga and Mount Pandim, Dzongri Trek is an ideal choice for adventure enthusiasts. The hiking will showcase some of the best features of the trails as you trek your way to the 4020 metres high peak. Snow-capped mountains, rocky rushing rivers and streams, lush Rhododendron, maple, magnolia pine forests and deep valleys will give you goosebumps as you enjoy the breathtaking sight here. Dzongri Trek is often suggested for beginners as it will take you to some of the best spots in the region, starting from Yuksom Village. You can stop at the Tshoka Village to get some rest as you progress on the truck with excitement. If you are fortunate, you might even spot the Bharal or Blue Mountain Sheep here as you ascend.

Best Season: From mid-March onwards to May and between September and November

Duration: Around nine days

Difficulty level
: Easy to moderate

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2. Sandakphu Trek

Considered among the best trekking trails in Sikkim, Sandakphu Trek, offers a magnificent view of some of the tallest peaks in the world such as Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu. The entire trail is surrounded by wide varieties of flower beds of Rhododendrons which blossom between March to May and during September to November. The Kanchenjunga peak's family which stands tall 8587 m, consists of Kokthang, Rathong, Kabru South, Kabru North, Frey, Simvo, Mt. Pandim, Japanu, Tenzingkhang, Narsing and are also referred to as the Sleeping Buddha. The trekking route is along India and Nepal while some of the peaks also spread over to Bhutan. On the rarest of all occasions, you might even spot a red panda.

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Best Season: From mid-April and May are a good time to visit and witness Rhododendron bloom while snowy mountains can be best seen from October to December

Duration: Around 8 to 9 days

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

3. Varsey Trek

An offbeat trek that is perfect for nature-lovers who would like to enjoy some alone time amidst the beauty of nature. A no-sweat trail, Varsey Trek offers mesmerising views of pink and red rhododendron forests. Trot up to a height of 3300 metres while you enjoy the verdant landscape that surrounds the hills. The hanging mosses and abundant flora and fauna beautify the region. If you are looking forward to a short weekend getaway, Varsey Trek is for you.
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Best Season: From mid-April and May are an ideal time trek in the serene landscape

Duration: Around 7 to 8 days

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

4. Kasturi Orar Round Trek

Have you always been dreaming of clicking some mind-blowing pictures against the backdrop of stunning glaciers? Plan for Kasturi Orar Round Trek, which, as the name suggests is a round trek that will give you a wonderful opportunity to go beyond the gigantic glaciers. These are Goecha La, Dzongri Thangsing Valley and Tashiding. While on the trail, you can also visit some unexplored territories such as the Kanchenjunga National Park and a few remote villages where you might make a pitstop to rest and start off for the ascend with a fresh wave of energy. While you get to go up to 4500 metres, you will also get to observe the Nepali culture and tradition practices in these villages.  

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Best Season: March to May and September to November are the perfect months to visit.

Duration: Around 15 to 16 days

Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult

5. Goecha La Trek

This trek will allow you to contemplate the beauty of the tranquil landscape around the region - beautiful tea gardens, valleys, mountain peaks and even more than you can imagine. If you are a bird-enthusiast, this is a lifetime opportunity to spot some of the rarest species here. It is among the most recommended treks in this exotic region. Be amazed at the wilderness of nature as you trot along the rhododendrons, pine and oak forests. The trek is ideal for large group of buddies. From thick forest cover to a verdant rhododendrons forest and waterfalls, the trek offers panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan mountains to woo your heart

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Best Season: From mid - In May, it is recommended to visit

Duration: Around 11 days

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

6. Rhododendron Trek

You can enjoy a variety of landscapes on the Rhododendron Trek where you can see the most natural form of Himalayan beauty as you move across scented flower beds across your path. The pretty sights of blooming rhododendrons have made this trek as one of the most popular choices in Sikkim. To visit this luscious and vibrant region with abundant scenic beauty, one needs to reach the basecamp Yuksom. One can quickly take a taxi from Sikkim to reach the base camp after a journey of approximately four hours. Some of the most exotic species of rhododendrons found here are Arboretum, Barbatum Campanulatium, Falconeri, and Hodgsoni.

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Best Season: From mid-April and May are a great time when the rhododendrons are in full bloom

Duration: Around 10 to 11 days

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

7. Dzongri - Goecha La Trek

A mesmerising trek of contrasts, Dzongri - Goecha La Trek offers the view of Kanchenjunga in its generosity. The view down the depths of the valley is dizzyingly attractive. A spectacular trail, it follows the Rathong valley and Bakkhim where the trekkers get to see the Himalayan beauty from a birdseye's view into the gorge. Following the Tshoka trails, the path leads to Phedang and finally to Dzongri, at an altitude of 4020 metres. The turquoise colours of the inlets in and around the region are just magical.

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Best Season: From mid - Between March  - May and September - November is the best time to visit

Duration - Around 10 to 11 days

Difficulty level - Moderate to difficult

8. Green Lake Trek                      

Want to take a trip to the wonderland? Picturesque lakes, gigantic peaks, thick forest cover and verdant meadows make this as trekkers' heaven as adventure enthusiasts plan on the Green Lake Trek merely to enjoy the glory of the landscape here. As the name suggests, the gorgeous green lake is the major attraction of this trek. Considered among the least explored treks in the region, the winding trails take you up to 5050 metres high where you get the pleasure of seeing the orchid blooms.

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Best Season: From mid - Between April and October May

Duration: Around 16 days

Difficulty level: Moderate to difficult

9. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek                 

If you happen to be visiting Sikkim, most of you would hear volumes about the spectacular trail which needs a lot of efforts and physical fitness to conquer it but yet remains among the popular choice for adventure seekers. While the base camp for Kanchenjunga Trek remains the serene town of Yuksom, the trail covers Tshoka, Dzongri, Thangsing, Lamune, Goecha La, Kokchorung and Samiti. The trail also takes you to the meandering path that leads to the Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve which has awe-inspiring diverse flora and fauna. The trek enveloped between Rathong, Kabru and Talung ranges on the southwards side whereas Kirat Chuli and Pyramid on the north side.

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Best Season: From mid - April and May are the perfect months to visit

Duration: Around 11 to 12 days

Difficulty level: Moderate to difficult

10. Singalila Trek and Goecha La Trek

Get a sweeping view of the Kanchenjunga and Everest which makes it all the more reason to trek at the Singalila and Goecha La Trek. Also, home to the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, the trail will offer enchantingly scenic views of the colours across the entire Sikkim. Along with Everest and Kanchenjunga, the trekkers can also view the Makalu and Lhotse summit. Don't miss out on the Singalila National Park while you are on this trail.           
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Best Season: From mid - Plan to trek here between June and September

Duration: Around 17- 19 days

Difficulty level: Moderate to difficult

From easy to challenging ones, Sikkim has a wide array of spectacular trekking options for those who believe in exploring a place in an adventurous style with binoculars and other trekking gear. From the above comprehensive list of trekking, pick one or more to get glimpses the mighty mountains, the gushing streams, dense forests as you check off your must-visit list. Get going with the planning to Sikkim as you embrace the phenomenal beauty of the north-east by viewing the panoramic sights on your ascents and descents while you enjoy the tranquillity of the region.

This post was published by Deepshri Mishra

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