escape - trekking in Sikkim

This small but beautiful area of the Indian Himalaya; sandwiched between Nepal on the west, Bhutan on the east, and Tibet on the North; has grown rapidly in popularity due to the recent troubles of neighbouring Nepal. Despite this recent surge in interest the state remains amazingly unspoilt and it’s people untainted by outside influence. The population of Sikkim is largely made up of immigrants from bordering countries as well as the Lepcha tribe, the first recorded inhabitants of the area in the 13th century.

The evergreen valleys of tightly interlocked spurs, myriad hues of brightly painted ancient Buddhist monasteries, set in looming snow capped peaks dominated by the world’s third highest mountain Kangchenjunga (8536m), form the backdrop to your visit. High altitude trekking is limited to two routes due to travel restrictions placed on foreign visitors in the form of ‘Inner Line Permits’. These can be obtained prior to arrival at the consulate when you apply for your Indian visa, or we will guide you through the process once you arrive. The former method could save you a few hours experience of infamous Indian bureaucracy though!

 

Goecha La
Sometimes referred to as the ‘Kangchenjunga trek’ as it ends with a very spectacular, close encounter with the mountain. Starting in the peaceful village of Yuksom the trek takes you through rhododendron filled forests to numerous spectacular panoramic mountain views, before arriving at the picturesque Simiti lake a few hours trek below the pass. The pre-monsoon season starts earlier than almost anywhere else allowing the trail to be followed from April. The trail is mostly good but the lower parts can be challenging when it rains due to yaks and ponies churning up the soft mud. Acclimatisation is essential due to altitude.
Trek Grade: Moderate
Duration: 9-10 Days
Altitude Reached: 4940m
Season: April to Mid-May, and October to Mid-November

 

Uttarey to Goecha La
Is a little used, longer, more challenging version of the Goecha La trek. Starting in the quaint village of Uttarey the trail follows the border of Nepal along the spectacular Singalila Ridge, via Dafey Bhir Pass (4400m), for eight days before joining the Goecha La trail at Dzongri. Acclimatisation is essential due to altitude.
Trek Grade: Moderate - Demanding
Duration: 14 Days
Altitude Reached: 4940m
Season: April to Mid-May, and October to Mid-November