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  • Located in the Eastern Himalayas, Sikkim is one of the most pristine and unexplored regions of India. It boasts of a magnificent landscape and is home to serene lakes and hot springs, gushing rivers, sky-piercing mountain peaks and crawling glaciers, and dense alpine forests - making it a perfect place for trekkers and adventure seekers. Trekking in Sikkim is a truly unique and thrilling experience. Some of the top treks in India can be found in the Himalayas of Sikkim.

    On your Sikkim treks, you get to see some of the highest mountains of the world like Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse and even Mt. Everest while trekking, along with crossing high altitude glaciers, quaint villages bustling with rich Tibetan culture and colourful rhododendron forests.

    Some of the best trekking routes in Sikkim are:

    Trekking in Sikkim: Dzongri Goechala trek

    This is a moderately challenging trek in Sikkim that is known for its breathtaking views. On the Dzongri Goechala trek, you get to see the mighty Kanchenjunga, the Three Sisters peaks along with Thingchingkhang, Jopuno and Pandim peaks. Along with this magnificent view, you also get to cross the high altitude pass of Goechala at 16,000 feet and enjoy the panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayas from Dzongri summit.

    The trek goes through the Kanchenjunga National Park, showcasing the gorgeous natural beauty of the subtropical, tropical and alpine forests of magnolias, rhododendrons, orchids and ferns along with patches of lush meadows along the trail. You also cross various small villages where you get to interact with the locals and explore their lifestyle. The Dzongri Goechala trek is also one of the best snow treks in India.

    Trekking in Sikkim: Sandakphu trek

    This moderate level trek takes you to the highest peak of Ilam district of Nepal and the highest point of West Bengal, to the village of Sandakphu. The trail cuts through the Singalila National Park, across thick subalpine forests on the Indo-Nepal border and crosses into Nepal to reach Sandakphu.

    The trek is popular as one of the most scenic treks in Sikkim as it offers splendid views of four of the five tallest towers in the world: Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu. You get to enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayas of Nepal, Tibet, Sikkim, Bhutan and even Arunachal Pradesh is the weather is clear.

    Trekking in Sikkim: Barsey Rhododendron trek

    This is one of the most colourful treks in Nepal that can be done by beginners. The easy trail cuts through blooming rhododendron and conifer forests showcasing a striking riot of pink and white flowers. At the same time, you get to enjoy the grand panorama of Mt. Kanchenjunga from the trail.

    This is the perfect trek for photographers and nature lovers as you get to explore a variety of rhododendron species on the trek. Even bird watchers will have fun on this gorgeous trek as the forests are home to some rare bird species like black-breasted parrotbill, blood pheasant and flycatchers.

    Looking for more adventure? Check-out the adventure activities you can do in Sikkim here.

    trekking in Sikkim Summary

     
    • State: Sikkim
    • Nearest city: Bagdogra and Silliguri
    • Total days: 6-11 days
    • Grade: Easy to challenging
    • Max altitude: 16,000 feet
    • Season: Summer and winter
  • Best time to go/Weather

    The best season to visit Sikkim is March to mid-May, or in the Sep-Nov months. During summer, the flowers are in full bloom, and the trails are covered with crimson blossoms from the rhododendron trees. While the weather is cool, you’ll have pleasant sunny days to enjoy. From September onwards, the weather becomes cold, but there is excellent visibility, so your views will improve.

  • Trekking in Sikkim - Route Map / Altitude Map

  • Trekking in Sikkim - Frequently Asked Questions

    What is acute mountain sickness/altitude sickness?

    Altitude sickness is the effect of high altitude and low oxygen concentration in the air on the human body. This usually sets in above 8,000 feet. Symptoms of altitude sickness include nausea, headache, dehydration, dizziness, etc.

    In order to avoid getting altitude sickness, you need to ascend slowly and acclimatize en route. And if you do feel altitude sickness setting in, you need to stop ascending and rest. If the symptoms don’t improve, then you need to descend to a safer altitude as soon as possible.

    Rest assured all the itineraries are designed with acclimatizing in mind and tour operators take special care to make sure you are acclimatized properly.

    Which is the best trek in Sikkim for beginners?

    What mountains should I expect to see on my trek in Sikkim?

  • Reviews

    • Rated : 2

      10-07-2020

      'We travelled to Joshimath, Valley of Flowers, Hemkund, Badrinath, Auli thr them. The destinations are extremely beautiful and must visit. However service of the tour operator was very average. The guide was not organised and cleanliness in the hotels were much wanting. Timeliness was also an area of improvement.'

    • Rated : 5

      10-07-2020

      this was our second trip with TGN and it is just getting better. We had a 12 day tour which included Kedarkantha trek, Mussorie,rishikesh and haridwar. the trip was very amazingly planned and there was not a single complaint from our side. all the hotels, trek planners, travelling staff and etc were best in their fields. My next trip will also be planned by them. THE GREAT NEXT= BEST ADVENTURE PLANNER IN INDIA.

    • Rated : 5

      10-07-2020

      'Great Next is very professional and also equally accommodative. We got an itinerary out of normal schedule being a five-member team. We trekked to Nag Tibba with two above the age of 55. The guides were very cooperative. While a couple of them were in front taking normal trekkers, one of them stayed with me and my wife who were very slow due to age. All in all, it is a great experience and worth the investment. I recommend Great Next for all, particularly for those, who are doing trekking first time. I also engaged their cab services for Hardwar and Rishikesh. The driver promptly picked us at station and at the end of tour dropped us at airport well in time. All the best to Great Next. Special thanks to Mr.Harshal for all arrangements, and also to Mr.Vijay and Mr. Bachan Rana for going out of their way in helping me and my family during the trekking period. Swamynathan'

    • Rated : 1

      10-07-2020

      Pathetic experience. They are broker they dont do anything . These guys just do the tie up with local treakking group who are responcible for all the activitites. They tie up with cheaper treakking group and they provide worst quality of food, worst tent, worst and dirty sleeping bags .

    • Rated : 4

      10-07-2020

      the service is good and the payment process is smooth. but they are just aggregators and you will be pooled to other service providers. I need to go on long treks to experience more about The Great Next services

    • Rated : 1

      10-07-2020

      Pathetic experience. They are broker they dont do anything . These guys just do the tie up with local treakking group who are responcible for all the activitites. They tie up with cheaper treakking group and they provide worst quality of food, worst tent, worst and dirty sleeping bags .

    • Rated : 4

      10-07-2020

      the service is good and the payment process is smooth. but they are just aggregators and you will be pooled to other service providers. I need to go on long treks to experience more about The Great Next services

    • Rated : 5

      10-07-2020

      It was a phenomenal experience. My first trek and it was way above my expectations. You guys were so warm and friendly, it felt like we've known each other for a long time. Thankyou for making my first experience a memorable one.

    • Rated : 5

      10-07-2020

      'The experience with The Great Next was amazing, start from the planning part to the last day of the trek. The spokesperson was easily accessible and was more than happy to answer any question.. All the do's and dont's were clearly explained right before the trek.. Everything was well arranged , supportive local staff , beautiful memories! It was just perfect..!! A trek to be remember always. Kudos to The Great next for the well-arranged trek. Looking forward for my trek with The Great Next.'

    • Rated : 5

      10-07-2020

      It was a phenomenal experience. My first trek and it was way above my expectations. You guys were so warm and friendly, it felt like we've known each other for a long time. Thankyou for making my first experience a memorable one.

    • Rated : 5

      10-07-2020

      Very well organised. Ours was a last minute request but they were very helpful in arranging it seamlessly. The entire trek was very smooth. What was promised was delivered. The food could have been better but I am not complaining. On the whole a great experience.

    • Rated : 5

      10-07-2020

      Very well organised. Ours was a last minute request but they were very helpful in arranging it seamlessly. The entire trek was very smooth. What was promised was delivered. The food could have been better but I am not complaining. On the whole a great experience.

    • Rated : 5

      10-07-2020

      Very polite and trained leads. Service was fantastic, food was on point. The trek was beautifully crafted by them. Can't wait for my next trip

    • Rated : 5

      10-07-2020

      'Wonderful !!! shout-out to my man Mr. Venkat for arranging the best trekking experience..'

    • Rated : 4

      10-07-2020

      The team is great. They properly guide you so that you can make the most out of your trip. They are very helpful and quick in resolving any of your queries. And the trip was amazing too. The way it was all planned was great. We didn't have to worry about anything. The guides with us on the trek were also very cooperative. The team makes sure that you have everything you need. Recommended 10/10 ❤️

    • Rated : 5

      10-07-2020

      Very polite and trained leads. Service was fantastic, food was on point. The trek was beautifully crafted by them. Can't wait for my next trip

    • Rated : 5

      10-07-2020

      'It all started when I found about this beautiful place named Valley Of Flowers and was so curious about visiting there, knowing August was the best month to visit; I started hunting or rather forcing people to join this nature journey with me. Finally we were a group of 3 girls who enrolled for the adventure, anxiously. Safety was the major concern all of us had in minds..But the moment we had started our journey with THE GREAT NEXT not even a single moment where we felt unsafe.. They made our trip more memorable as we did not have any concerns in our minds and were all set to explore. On the management part, I was in constant touch with one of their representative named Harshal, one of the most supportive, encouraging and understanding person I would have talked to. He had answers to all my queries may it be i bothered him on a Sunday night at 11. He managed everything seamlessly. They managed to arrange swiss tents for us which deserves a big thank you as all the tents were sold on those days being an extended weekend. The Great Next has affiliations with organizations who are masters in their field. The hospitality level they offered was incomparable. Even the trek leader was quite helpful and the one who kept us motivated till the last. Not a single moment of disappointment in the entire trip. They made our minds quite clear on which organization to choose when it comes to trekking or for that matter any outdoor activities. Thank you for a life time experience. And as the name signifies you guys are definitely the GREAT NEXT.'

    • Rated : 5

      10-07-2020

      'Honestly the experience was quite amazing and totally satisfied. Provided with premium quality of services and very responsive to the queries. It was my first time Manali trek with TGN and it was really a memorable experience for me. The quality of food, tents and all the amenities were quite satisfactory. Venkat, frankly speaking you're very responsive.. thank you Venkat for your support.. thank you TheGreatNext'

    • Rated : 5

      10-07-2020

      TGN has a very sophisticated and concise web page along with many optional details and information. This is one of the few sites that provides information about the operator. All the operators they recommend are safe, well-trained and reliable. They are easily accessible and offer reasonable deals. I've booked a trekking and river rafting trip with them already, and it was a very good experience. I'll always choose The Great Next to plan my adventure trips.

    • Rated : 5

      10-07-2020

      'The Great next is a great platform to discover, explore and book some of the best trails and treks nature has to offer! Although our trek group was managed by the amazing 'Renok adventures' , it was the great next that put us through to them. Thank you !'

    • Rated : 5

      10-07-2020

      TGN has a very sophisticated and concise web page along with many optional details and information. This is one of the few sites that provides information about the operator. All the operators they recommend are safe, well-trained and reliable. They are easily accessible and offer reasonable deals. I've booked a trekking and river rafting trip with them already, and it was a very good experience. I'll always choose The Great Next to plan my adventure trips.

    • Rated : 5

      10-07-2020

      Trekking on new year's eve was an amazing experience. Adding to that thanks to the great next for making the overall experience wonderful. Supportive staff, good guides and the facilities were also nice. Keep up the good work

    • Rated : 5

      10-07-2020

      'The Great next is a great platform to discover, explore and book some of the best trails and treks nature has to offer! Although our trek group was managed by the amazing 'Renok adventures' , it was the great next that put us through to them. Thank you !'

    • Rated : 5

      10-07-2020

      'When I bored of daily routines and surfing for some exciting trips or outings, I came across this website. I gave them my contact details and soon I got a prompt call from Mr.Raul from TGN. From then to till end of the trek they guided. coordination is appreciable. And trip was amazing with crazy trekmates and trek leads. It was one of my best well spent weekend. I would love to suggest TGN to you too...'

    • Rated : 5

      10-07-2020

      On trek best arrangement what can be offered.

    • Rated : 5

      14-07-2020

      On trek best arrangement what can be offered.

    • Rated : 4

      14-07-2020

      'I went on a trek to Brighu lake booked through The Great Next. The tour operator was Bikat Adventures. The trek was well organised and booking through ''The Great Next'' gave me a lot of ease in making payments, getting confirmations and booking my bus tickets. It was a group trek of 15 people, and we had an enjoyable experience with the operator. The pricing was apt, food was good and operator was responsive to our concerns during the trek. Although I had many options to choose from for the trek, I booked Brighu Lake as it seemed to be a lush green trek with beautiful views. The website gives us a lot of options to choose treks and the sales team knows and is able to guide us well in deciding what trek we should take up. Lucky to get in touch with ''The Great Next'' who can handle my upcoming trek requirements as well. Thanks a lot The Great Next team for your support.'

    • Rated : 5

      14-07-2020

      My first solo trip to kaas plateau and it was an amazing experience. Planning, transparency in sharing info, JAIN food, fun,and superb service. Will surely recommend to book your dates with TGN for memorable experience.

    • Rated : 5

      14-07-2020

      Last month we completed Kedarkantha Trek through TGN. Was our first trek ever and couldn't have been better. Everything right from the pickup to drop at dehradhun station was totally worthy. On booking the trek we were guided with respect to the gears required and the level of fittness. Emails for bagpacking and all the required checklists were circulated well before time.Dirver contact details and names of other particioants were also notified on watsapp .On the trek experience was out of the world with surprisingly awesome food even at an altitude of 12,500 feet's. Everything in inclusions were provided FOC. Would totally recommend TGN !!! Absolutely value for money !!!

    • Rated : 5

      14-07-2020

      'What an amazing trip we had. 6 of us decided to go for a trip to valley of flowers. and I started finding someone who could arrange a trip for us and found TGN sent query and immediately got back response from the team. Amit was our SPOC and the left no stone unturned to make sure we have a wonderful trip. All arrangements were awesome. comfortable stay / transport arrangement etc. Food in this area in any case is not great as the place is on too much height and sending stuff there is a challenge for locals. My team's feedback on this trip is as follows: 1. Journey was comfortable, all drivers were good & trained. 2. Stay @ Himalaya Abode was nice, What an awesome view from the valley. neat and clean property. one of our friend left a small valet with money inside, was safely returned to her after 4-5 days. We were highly impressed with this gesture. 3. Stay @ Holiday Home, Ghangria , looking at the seasonal & temporary arrangement, place was ok but Food was pathetic. That could be improved. 4. Guide : Our guide was very shy but helpful. We gave our feedback to him and to TGN. hope they work on it and he is more talkative next time. I guess we knew more then him ;-) about the place. he needs some training on guiding a tour. He helped one of our friend come down from Hemkund when she had high altitude sickness and was very slowly walking. Thanks to him for extending his help. Overall an excellent experience. Thanks to team TGN. Hope to have more and more trips with u guys.'

    • Rated : 1

      14-07-2020

      Pathetic experience. They are broker they dont do anything . These guys just do the tie up with local treakking group who are responcible for all the activitites. They tie up with cheaper treakking group and they provide worst quality of food, worst tent, worst and dirty sleeping bags .

    • Rated : 4

      14-07-2020

      the service is good and the payment process is smooth. but they are just aggregators and you will be pooled to other service providers. I need to go on long treks to experience more about The Great Next services

    • Rated : 5

      14-07-2020

      'The experience with The Great Next was amazing, start from the planning part to the last day of the trek. The spokesperson was easily accessible and was more than happy to answer any question.. All the do's and dont's were clearly explained right before the trek.. Everything was well arranged , supportive local staff , beautiful memories! It was just perfect..!! A trek to be remember always. Kudos to The Great next for the well-arranged trek. Looking forward for my trek with The Great Next.'

    • Rated : 5

      14-07-2020

      It was a phenomenal experience. My first trek and it was way above my expectations. You guys were so warm and friendly, it felt like we've known each other for a long time. Thankyou for making my first experience a memorable one.

    • Rated : 5

      14-07-2020

      We've 5 day for frozen river trek.its a great experience. With good team and good take care from the staff make this trip is memorable journey for me.( 5star for food, tents and sleeping bags��.)

    • Rated : 5

      14-07-2020

      Very well organised. Ours was a last minute request but they were very helpful in arranging it seamlessly. The entire trek was very smooth. What was promised was delivered. The food could have been better but I am not complaining. On the whole a great experience.

    • Rated : 5

      14-07-2020

      It all started accidentally when we came across the website of TGN while we were trying to decide which trek should we select.. We found the website very appealling & decided to go through the contents. They have contracts with all the leading trekking companies & even at a better cost! We, being 1st time trekkers were totally confused. But the expertise of their team (Amit & Venkat) made the whole proces very smooth. They helped us with everything.. right from which trekking company to select (according to our needs) to which shoes to buy!!! We sure did bug them a lot.. but they were very patient & helpful... Amit would even keep a track of our day to day fitness routines coz we had selected a difficult trek (Roopkund). They even called us after the trek to make sure if we were doing well & know about our experience. The trekking & camping experience was out of the world and something that we will cherish for the rest of our lives... & its all because of your help & support! Thank you Amit & Venkat!! All our adventures will be through The Great Next for sure.. Cheers!! -with Shruti Soni & Nirali Soni

    • Rated : 4

      14-07-2020

      'I have availed the serices twice. The first was for the Valley of flowers/ Hemkund sahib trek and the next was the Kedarkantha trek. I have had a pleasant experience both times. I have found the package reasonable and the guide and facilities which they provide are top notch. The only concern I had on both the treks was that the itenerary was a bit too stretched and on both occassions we completed the trek in half the time and left early, but that might be because me and my friend have good stamina. So, cant blame TGN for that fully. All in all i would alys recommend TGN to others. Special mention to Venkat, who has been my point of contact at TGN on both occassions and I have been really impressed with him.'

    • Rated : 5

      14-07-2020

      The coordinators are extremely helpful. They go to extra lengths for helping you in figuring out where do you want to go and will be there with you at every step whenever you need them. Amazing service, I wanted to book a last minute ticket, I didn't think I'd get any good treks, but they sorted me out. Highly recommended.

    • Rated : 5

      14-07-2020

      'Wonderful !!! shout-out to my man Mr. Venkat for arranging the best trekking experience..'

    • Rated : 5

      14-07-2020

      As the season open for the roopkund summit..i contact TGN to help me out regarding the dates..and TGN team was very helpful and provide the best dates for the trek..all the arrangements during trek were best. We as a group of 9 enjoyed the trek to the fullest. And I recommend everyone to go Roopkund as it's once in a lifetime trek you won't forget..and thanks to venkat for all the support and making this trip real for us..��

    • Rated : 5

      14-07-2020

      Very polite and trained leads. Service was fantastic, food was on point. The trek was beautifully crafted by them. Can't wait for my next trip

    • Rated : 4

      14-07-2020

      The team is great. They properly guide you so that you can make the most out of your trip. They are very helpful and quick in resolving any of your queries. And the trip was amazing too. The way it was all planned was great. We didn't have to worry about anything. The guides with us on the trek were also very cooperative. The team makes sure that you have everything you need. Recommended 10/10 ❤️

    • Rated : 5

      14-07-2020

      'Honestly the experience was quite amazing and totally satisfied. Provided with premium quality of services and very responsive to the queries. It was my first time Manali trek with TGN and it was really a memorable experience for me. The quality of food, tents and all the amenities were quite satisfactory. Venkat, frankly speaking you're very responsive.. thank you Venkat for your support.. thank you TheGreatNext'

    • Rated : 5

      14-07-2020

      'I had booked a trek to Devkund Waterfalls on 29th October through The Great Next. It was an amazing experience. As it was my first trek ever, I was very unsure about the expedition but started liking it as soon the the trip begin. Trek leads were friendly and well organized. The safety during our time at the waterfall was taken care very well and the information regarding what all to carry and what to expect during the trek was very accurate. Overall, I had an very good first experience and looking forward to go for more with The Great Next.'

    • Rated : 5

      14-07-2020

      TGN has a very sophisticated and concise web page along with many optional details and information. This is one of the few sites that provides information about the operator. All the operators they recommend are safe, well-trained and reliable. They are easily accessible and offer reasonable deals. I've booked a trekking and river rafting trip with them already, and it was a very good experience. I'll always choose The Great Next to plan my adventure trips.

    • Rated : 5

      14-07-2020

      'The Great next is a great platform to discover, explore and book some of the best trails and treks nature has to offer! Although our trek group was managed by the amazing 'Renok adventures' , it was the great next that put us through to them. Thank you !'

    • Rated : 4

      14-07-2020

      'I completed a trek few days back to Kuari pass and pangarchulla peak. I went solo for the trek and had my own apprehensions and doubts since the very beginning. But thanks to team TGN and Tanvi specifically for clearing out all my doubts, giving me the confidence to go ahead and helping me out on each and every aspect of the trek. This was my first trek and I'm so glad I took TGN's help because it surely wont be the last! From picking a correct trek to finally leaving for the trek, Tanvi surely did a great job :) So thanks TGN! Keep going guys :)'

    • Rated : 5

      14-07-2020

      'When I bored of daily routines and surfing for some exciting trips or outings, I came across this website. I gave them my contact details and soon I got a prompt call from Mr.Raul from TGN. From then to till end of the trek they guided. coordination is appreciable. And trip was amazing with crazy trekmates and trek leads. It was one of my best well spent weekend. I would love to suggest TGN to you too...'

    • Rated : 5

      14-07-2020

      Trekking on new year's eve was an amazing experience. Adding to that thanks to the great next for making the overall experience wonderful. Supportive staff, good guides and the facilities were also nice. Keep up the good work

  • Getting There

    Due to the mountainous topography of Sikkim, there are no airports or railways in the state itself, but reaching there is still easy even if you want to fly or take a train.

    If you want to fly to Sikkim, then you need to book your flight tickets to Bagdogra Airport of West Bengal. It is 124 km from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. The airport is connected by regular flights from most major cities of the country.

    Similarly, the closest railway stations to Sikkim are at New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri. NJP is 125 km from Gangtok and Siliguri is 114 km from Gangtok. Both the stations are well connected to most major cities of India by regular express trains.

    From NJP, Siliguri and Bagdogra along with the major cities of North India are connected to Sikkim via a network of roads. You can either drive your own car to the starting point of the trekking routes in Sikkim, or you can hail state or privately run bus services.

    What To Wear

    For trekking in Sikkim, you need to wear quick-dry apparel like a full sleeve t-shirt and trek pants along with inner thermals, down and fleece jackets. You also need to wear sunglasses and suncap.

    The most important thing you need to wear is a good pair of trekking shoes that are comfortable and well-broken in.

    What To Carry

    For your trek in Sikkim, you need to start with a sturdy backpack that will carry all your essentials and clothes. Make sure the bag is strong and comfortable. Additionally, you need to carry all your personal essentials like sanitizer, toilet paper, toothbrush, etc. along with a personal medical kit. You should also carry sunglasses, suncap, gloves, etc. for your trek in Sikkim.

    Preparation/Fitness

    There are various trekking routes in Sikkim that range from easy to difficult. If you’re going for one of the easier treks in Sikkim, then you don’t need any prior experience but you do need to have good fitness levels. You can start preparing for such treks a few weeks prior by starting a light workout routine of cycling, running or swimming.