Treks in Sikkim: Part I

treks in sikkim part i

Sikkim’s vast, unspoiled mountain ranges are a trekker’s delight and its sanctuaries and national parks serve up vistas of forests of silver fir, magnolia, rhododendron and primulas, the rich wildlife and even views of the majestic Mt. Khangchendzonga and the rank and file of its attendant peaks. Trekking in Sikkim not only serves as a visual treat with spectacular views of its great mountains, it also introduces you to its mighty botanical wealth, incredible wildlife, pristine landscapes and friendly people.

The various treks on offer in Sikkim can be classified on the basis of their difficulty level, duration, grade and season. In the first of our two-part series on the treks one can do in the state, we look at the Dzongri-Goecha la or Khangchendzonga Trek, the most popular trek of Sikkim.

The TrekIt is famed for its superb mountain views, a floral spectacle in summer, birds and views of pristine forest. It may get crowded on this route during October and sometimes during May as well, but trekkers who can brave early spring (April) and late autumn (mid-Nov to mid-Dec) would be suitably rewarded. The trail initially meanders through dense forests and, in summer, flowering orchids can be seen clinging to the bark of the highest trees…

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