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Trekking in Sikkim and Darjeeling

Adventure, pleasure and thrill all are best personified when trekking the trails in Darjeeling and Sikkim. Trekking in India has its origin in Darjeeling, a primary hill station in West Bengal. The "Queen of Hills" - Kanchenjunga stands in all its beauty in Darjeeling. The trekking trails in Darjeeling are fascinating. Trekking to Tiger Hills in Darjeeling is recommended for adventure lovers who would love to see the mighty Kanchenjunga peaks and other eastern Himalayan peaks. Darjeeling, as a base, provides ample opportunity for nature admirers to enjoy trekking in Sikkim also. Sikkim has the low altitude treks, thus making it a hot destination for trekking. Each trek and each season is unique in Sikkim. You can enjoy trekking in Darjeeling and Sikkim from the month of May to Mid November.

Singalila Treks, Darjeeling

Darjeeling Popular Trek Routes
The famous treks you can see in Darjeeling are:
  • Sandakphu - Phalut Trek
  • Singalila Treks
  • Kalimpong Treks

Trekking through Sandakphu - Phalut you will enjoy magnificent views of the Kanchenjuna, Makalu and Everest peaks, spring rhododendrons and clear autumn views. Visit the Raj time hill resort town of Darjeeling and the famous tea plantations first started by the British. Move to the Singalila range, one of the rare spots on earth where the view embraces five summits, being Everest, Makalu and Lhotse amongst them. Singalila trek as its popularly called will enable you to discover the Sublime Himalayan interiors unmarred by mankind. Trek through the Singalila National Park. Explore the countryside around Kalimpong while your trekking offering a vast range of forests around Lava and Lolygaon, the wild and protected Neora National Park. Trekking through the most popular trek enveloped with fantastic mountain views in Goechala you will witness a floral spectacle in summer, birds and views of pristine forests. The trek passes through the Kanchendzonga Bio-Sphere Reserve

Popular Sikkim Trekking Routes
Dzongri Ttrek, SikkimPopular trekking routes in Sikkim are:
  • Dzongri trek
  • Green lake Trek
  • Trek To Tendong Hill
  • Trek To Menam Hill

Popular short trek in Sikkim is Dzongri Ridge in the Kanchenjunga National Park. You can trek through pristine rhododendron forests and discover the native culture of Sikkim. Enjoy climbing Dzongri Top at sunrise to enjoy spectacular close up views of Mt. Kanchanjunga, Kabru, Pandim and many other snow capped peaks. Trekking to Green Lake you see Zemu Glacier at the base of Mt. Kanchanjunga. Rendezvous with the Lachenpas, the inhabitants of Northern Sikkim, and trekking to East Base Camp of Mt Kanchanjunga at Green Lake will be great idea. Discover villages, hills and river valleys along the foothills of the great Kanchanjunga Range. Trek From Tendong to Damthang bazaar, the nearest road head, is just like a casual walk. Menam Hill towers the Tandong hill on the other side overlooking the Ravangla Bazaar settlement. It provides opportunity of mountain biking for adventure seekers.

You can enjoy mountain biking, river rafting in teesta and rangeet, Kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking and rock climbing in Darjeeling and Sikkim. There are many monasteries in Sikkim like Pemayangtse Monnatery, Rumtek Monatery, Enchey monatery etc. Darjeeling and Sikkim have rich wildlife. Foreign visitors to Sikkim must first get tourist permits. No permits is required for trekking trip to Sandakphu and Phalut provided trekkers inform the Foreigners Registration Office in Darjeeling at least 24 hours in advance and also report on arrival at Sandakphu and Phalut checkposts. Forests and special trekking permits with fees are paid.

Sikkim has a wide range of climates and conditions thus, the clothing should be accordingly. Try and avoid revealing outfits. If you prefer to bring food items, bring food which will help you up through steep slopes. Before commencing for treks check out with your local doctor for requirements and recommendations regarding travel in India. If possible try to bring your own medicine and first aid kit.

So come to enjoy the most amazingly pleasant encounter with the eastern Himalayan ranges in Darjeeling and Sikkim. Discover the secrets of Himalayas' sanctity and the treks would allure you to stay back in the unperturbed environs.

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