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The Ultimate Trekking Guide to Sikkim

By Swathi - May 18, 2020
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The first state in India to adopt organic farming methods, Sikkim has come a long way and earned a spot as one of the most visited tourist places in India. Home to the highest mountain range in India, the Kanchenjunga, Sikkim also houses the Kanchenjunga National Park that preserves many exotic species of birds and animals. The most sparsely populated state in India makes it nature’s own abode as most of the state remains untouched and has survived the test of time. The state is also bordered by the majestic Himalayas on one of its sides which makes it a trekking hotspot. Speaking of trekking, here is the ultimate guide to trekking in Sikkim.

Varsey Trek

With beautiful trails lined with pink flowers, this place is sure to take you off guard because of its sheer beauty. Even before you reach the summit, make sure you click some Instagram worthy pictures here! This place is situated close to the Indo-Nepal border, so once you reach the summit, you will be greeted with some grand views of the majestic Himalayas.

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Kanchenjunga Trek

This has to undoubtedly be part of the list right? What’s visiting Sikkim without trekking up to India’s highest mountain peak? Apart from the gorgeous views of the summit, visit the Kanchenjunga National Park in the vicinity. You will be blown away by the size of the reserve and also the variety of animals they house here. These include snow leopards, musk deers, and red pandas to name a few when we talk about trekking in Sikkim

Kanchenjunga peak
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Sandakphu Trek

This is yet another scenic trek like the Varsey trek and the best part is, once you reach the summit, you are greeted with the magnificent view of the great Mount Everest. The Mount Everest is the highest mountain peak in the world standing tall at a whopping 8,850 metres of height. The name of the trek ‘Sandakphu’ refers to the poisonous aconite trees that you will see through your hiking trail. Do not eat the fruits of any of these trees as they are literally poisonous as the name suggests!

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Green Lake Trek

For an offbeat trekking experience, the Green Lake Trek is the go-to location. Apart from offering a stunning view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the lush meadows and grasslands in the surrounding areas will leave you awestruck. The whole trek will take close to two weeks time, so make sure you are well prepared for a good camping and trekking experience.

Singalila Trek

Yet again, this trek is a must-do for all the trekking enthusiasts out there. This trek will again last for about two weeks but the view of the valleys and mountains that you would wake up to on a daily basis will make the whole experience worthwhile. The beauty of the Himalayan ranges is also enhanced with the outline of the Oak trees in the region.

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Trekking in Sikkim
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Useful tips

Always wear the correct pair of shoes and clothing. The weather in the mountainous regions is unpredictable, so it is always better to carry a raincoat and a sweater along with you. Keep a spare set with you just in case of an emergency.

Keep enough water and instant food handy so that you don’t starve through your trek. Blood sugar levels in our body tend to drop as we climb up the mountain ranges, so it is always better to keep some chocolate candies or energy bars in stock.

You may take up these trekking experiences as an individual or even with a group of friends. As its said, more the merrier! This ultimate guide for trekking in Sikkim has offers clarity regarding the treks before you venture into anything. Check out some useful information regarding various tourist destinations in India right here. You can also log onto pickyourtrail.com for some great travel packages. Until then, start planning and happy trekking. Alternatively, you ping us on Whatsapp too.

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