The charm of Sikkim exudes from the charismatic mountain ranges, scenic beauty and the profundity of vegetation that make the hills a brilliant green. These irresistible mountain ranges offer a plethora of natural mountain trekking options. The misty mountains and gorgeous slopes are regarded as ideal for some thrilling expeditions for the lovers of nature and adventure. Gear up for some picturesque popular trekking routes in this part of north eastern India and stay in awe of the dark deep secrets of the mystic mountain ranges of Himalayas. Bare your heart to encounter some exotic and divine trekking trails that will unfold the best of Himalayas. The mountain trekking expedition in North Sikkim will breathe in a new lease of life to your weary soul and you will be enchanted to a point when you would be coming back for more of this nature’s bounty.
North Sikkim houses the Bhutia and the Lepcha tribes mainly. Trekking through the slopes of North Sikkim will portray the various shades of green forests and profuseness of wild flowers. There are treks with moderate level of difficulty and even easy level of difficulty that can be attempted by both young and old. The charm of abundant wild flowers that contain Blue poppy and various different varieties of rhododendrons and blue sheep is exotic. Besides the enigmatic flowers that cover the slopes and mesmerize the trekkers, the view of Karpo-la, Dongkhya peak, Lhako peak and Sengkamo also steals the hearts.
The first step is to travel from Bagdogra to Gangtok which is around 124 kilometres that takes around 4 hours travel covering some very pretty and picturesque roads. The scenic and winding drive through the mountain scapes take you along the gorgeous River Teesta till eventually you reach Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.
Gangtok to Lachung
The next step would be to start travel from Gangtok towards Lachung in North Sikkim that is situated at a height of 2400 metres. The distance is approximately 125 kilometres and takes around 5 to 6 hours of road travel. Lachung is situated at an altitude of 8,600 feet. While travelling towards Lachung, you can enjoy the surreal beauty of various tourist attractions such as Tashi viewpoint, Kabi Lungstok, Naga waterfalls and the confluence of Lachen Chu and Lachung Chu at Chungthang, Twin Waterfalls and Bhim Nala Waterfalls. A stay at Lachung amidst pristine mountain beauty will further add to the thrill and charm of trekking. These are secluded destinations surrounded by hills and Lachung Chu is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Sikkim.
Lachung to Yumthang
The next part of the trekking route can be Lachung to Yumthang which is situated at a height of 3600 metres and is a trek involving 24 kilometres of mountain path which can be covered by a 5 to 6 hours of walk. Major part of the trek involves walking via motorable roads. This trek is extremely beautiful and offers panoramic view of the surrounding mountains that are towering and majestic. In the spring time, during the months of April and May, the trek assumes all the more glamour because of the delightful walk through the spectacular forests of Rhododendron that comes to full bloom and of colourful meadows dressed up in scattered beauty of ethereal Primulas. Spending the night in tent at Yumthang brings you closer to the soul of nature.
Yumthang to Tsethang
The next phase of trek is up a height of 3800 metres and involves 4 hours of walk. The trail leads to Tsethang and is a gentle climb towards the beginning but ends in a steep climb for the last part covering approximately 2 to 3 hours. The steepness involves skill and effort in achieving the climb. But the summit of the mountain is worth the effort as you drink on the beauty of amazing ranges of Langkyong Khang and the Dongkyari. From the tenting point or camping point, short excursions will take you to the nearby hills that are equally enchanting. Overnight stop in tent will be a restful and peaceful haven amidst wild nature at its very best.
Tsethang to Snowlion Cave Camp
The next part of the trekking route of North Sikkim takes you from Tsethang to Snowlion Cave Camp which is around 3000 metres above sea level. It involves a trek of about 4 hours. The trek takes you through one of the most beautiful and unique Rhododendron forests. The trekking path presents a phantasmal world of Rhododendron. After you reach the top of Lhaba-Pass at a height of 4200 metres, you get to experience the majestic view of the mountains and glaciers in the area, which in itself is an other-worldly experience never to be forgotten.
Snowlion Cave Camp to Tarum Hot Spring
The trekking route further guides you through the Snowlion Cave Camp till the famous Tarum Hot Spring situated at a height of 2600 metres. This trek is of 4 hours. The trek from Snowlion Cave Camp to Tarum Hot Spring is majorly downhill and as you walk you cross some very thick forests of silver Fir, Magnolia and Bamboo thickets. The camping point will be close to the hot spring which is also one of the most enigmatic places to visit in Sikkim. A silver lining to the expedition would be a relaxing dip in the hot spring to rejuvenate your tired body after the arduous trek across the wilderness of Sikkim’s most alluring destinations.
Tarum Hot Spring to Road Head
The trek from Tarum Hot Spring will lead you to the Road Head involving a 2 to 3 hours walk. The trail leading towards the road is again majorly downhill. After reaching the road, pickup shall be arranged for an onward travel to the closest and major tourist point. Usually, the trekkers opt for Gangtok to spend a day or two enjoying the beauty of the capital and its surrounding places of interest.