5 Treks to do in Sikkim Himalaya in North East India

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Sikkim is blessed with world famous Himalayas and offers plethora of scope for adventure sports like mountaineering. Among the variety of adventure sports, mountaineering in Sikkim is gaining immense popularity year-by-year. Jopuno, Tinchenkhang, Frey’s Peak, Lamo Angden and Byrmkhangse are the popular peaks of Sikkim where mountaineering is allowed. One can undertake mountaineering in these peaks with special permits from the concerned authority.

May to October is the ideal season for mountaineering in Sikkim.

Sikkim offers some of the finest trekking experience in the Himalaya. The state’s vast unspoiled mountain range is a trekker’s delight and its Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary passes through forests of silver fir, hemlock, magnolia and rhododendron with a view of Kangchendzonga peaks in the background. The Dzongri- Goecha La Trek is the most popular trek in Sikkim and famed for great mountain views, a floral spectacle in summer, bird and views of pristine forest.

The trek to Green Lake, the base of Mt. Kangchendzonga on the Zemu glacier in the North Sikkim is the most enchanting of all treks in this area with a variety of flowers such as rhododendrons, primulas and blue poppies. Trek to this route needs a trekking permit from Tourism Department after getting clearance from Defense, Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi.

Here is a list of top 5 Treks in Sikkim Himalayas in North East India.

The Dzongri Trek in Sikkim Himalayas in North East India


  • Trek starting point: Yuksam
  • Trek ending point: Yuksam
  • Peak height: 4030 mts / 13500 ft.
  • Trek distance: Around 120 Km round trip
  • Time to trek: 6 - 7 Days
  • Camping site: At the base camps

At an altitude of 4,200 m Dzongri is among the best trekking destinations not only in Sikkim but also in India. The sights of the milky white peaks all around Dzongri are bound to keep you gazing with awe. The view from this place has too much to be recommended: a patchwork of green and gold streaked with blue - reminiscent of an abstract etching, framed by the majestic snowcapped peaks shining not very far away. The awesome presence of the great mountains thrusting their snowy peaks deciphers the strength of the Tethys Sea bulging its muscles to reach this towering height. No less than 14 of them soar majestically to 20,000 ft. plus. The centre of attraction of course remain the Kanchenjunga. (DETAILS)

Goechala Trekking in Sikkim Himalayas in North East India


  • Trek starting point: Yuksam
  • Trek ending point: Yuksam
  • Peak height: 4800 mts / 16000 ft.
  • Trek distance: Around 170 Km round trip
  • Time to trek: 7 - 6 Days
  • Camping site: At the base camps

The Goechala trek in Sikkim is also one of the most romantic trails the Indian Himalayas has to offer -- the enchanting walk through the Tshoka Rhododenderon forests, the vast Dzongri and Thansing meadows, the startling blue waters of Samiti lake, the looming presence of Kanchejunga and Pandim, the icy trail to Goechala make lots about the trek very romantic. (DETAILS)

Sandakphu Trekking in Sikkim Himalayas in North East India


  • Trek starting point: Tonglu/Tumling
  • Trek ending point: Tonglu/Tumling
  • Peak height: 3636 mts / 11000 ft.
  • Trek distance: Around 100 Km round trip
  • Time to trek: 4 - 5 Days
  • Camping site: At the base camps

Located at an altitude of 3,636m, Sandakphu is the highest peak of the Singalila Ridge and the entire state of West Bengal; no doubt you shall witness the most visually stimulating view from here. What if I tell you that you would see four of the five highest mountains in the world? Yes, the peaks of Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Lhotse all appear at the horizon and would baffle your eyes. The grandeur of snowcapped mountains, battalions of colorful wild flowers like primulas, rhododendron, magnolias, orchids and many other sub-alpine flowers, the melodic chirp of birds filling the air and the fresh green smell... soaking in all of this would definitely elate all your senses. Of course you will have to make an effort and trek uphill to experience this ‘top of the world’ feeling but we assure you it is definitely worth all the effort. Should you ever plan to undertake this trip on your own, here is our recommended Sandakphu trek map and itinerary that you can finish in 6 days. As you plan your travel to Darjeeling, make sure you don’t miss out on Sandakphu trekking or Singalila trek. All the best! (DETAILS)

Singalila Trek in Sikkim Himalayas, North East India in North East India


  • Trek starting point: Darjeeling
  • Trek ending point: Darjeeling
  • Peak height : 3636 mts / 11926 ft
  • Trek distance : Around 120 Km round trip
  • Time to trek : 9 - 11 Days
  • Camping site : At the base camps

This trek takes you along the famous Singalila ridge. Singalila is a prominent spur of high ground that lies at the southern end of a long crest, which runs down from Kanchenjunga itself. The trek along this ridge going through small settlements is renowned for being one of the most scenically rewarding in the entire Himalaya from the mighty Everest in Nepal, to the revered Kanchenjunga in Sikkim and the legendary Chomolahari in Bhutan. (DETAILS)

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in SIkkim Himalayas in North East India


  • Trek starting point: Yuksam
  • Trek ending point: Yuksam
  • Peak height : 4950 mts / 16210 ft 
  • Trek distance : Around 130 Km round trip
  • Time to trek : 9 -11 Days
  • Camping site : At the base camps

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is more than what you can imagine. It's an ultimate contrast from any other alpine treks in the Indian Himalayan belt. The Kanchenjunga, also known as Kangchenjunga, and its sister peaks contour a giant cross that spans the boundaries of Nepal, Tibet and the Indian state of Sikkim. By merit of the massif's entire isolation from any other group of mountains, precise definition of its boundaries is quite unnecessary. Until 1849 Kangchenjunga was thought to be the world's highest mountain, but today its accepted height of 8,586 m ranks it third, after Everest and K2. (DETAILS)

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  • Continent: Asia
  • Country: India
  • State: Sikkim
  • Zone: east
  • Region: Himalayan Range,North Eastern Region
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  • Location: Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
  • Season: apr, may, june, sept, oct, nov
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