“The body roams the mountains; and the spirit is set free”

- Hsu Hsia-k’o, 17th Century Chinese poet

         In Indian mountaineer and writer Harish Kapadia’s Across Peaks & Passes in Darjeeling and Sikkim, he listed 20 major passes in the Sikkim Himalaya, ranging from the 3500m-Chhiya Bhanjang to Jongsang la (6145m) and 14 major peaks, from 6147m-8586m, that have been explored or topped out since the late 1880s. Many of the pre-World War II Everest expeditions passed through the northern valleys of Sikkim en route to Tibet when Nepal’s border was closed for 100 years during the rule of the Rana dynasty.

         But due to political turbulence and its sensitive borders with neighboring countries of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, access to the former Himalayan kingdom was severely restricted from the 50s. From around 1961, Sikkim border was shut completely, except for army personnel. It was only in 1975, when Sikkim became part of India, that the first expedition to Talung from the Goecha La and Talung glacier was approved.

         Although Sikkim and Nepal share the Himalayan range on their borders, including Mt Kanchenjunga which straddles both countries, Sikkim’s trekking industry is less commercialized and developed compared to Nepal. Unlike Nepal’s teahouse-trekking concept, with lodges for travellers enroute, most of the treks in  Sikkim are run expedition-style with tents, porters and cooks.     

Trek Grading

  • Easy: A beginner’s trek that includes 3 to 6 hours of walking, covering 4 to 12km a day with some steep ascents and descents, and altitude reaching up to 3,800m. Previous Himalayan trekking experience is not required but you should be physically fit.

  • Moderate: For experienced trekkers who seek a higher level of physical challenge. Treks of up to 12km a day, averaging 5 to 12 hours of walking, and a 1000-m elevation gain over steep, rugged terrain, exposed areas and altitude exceeding 4000m. Expect to scramble over rocks and boulders and traverse a series of moraines. You will camp at an altitude of over 4000m.

  • Difficult: Although a non-technical climb, this trek is physically demanding and caters to experienced Himalayan trekkers. You trek over steep, rugged terrain at elevation gains over 1000m. Daily hikes averaging 8 to 10 hours, usually for more than 10 days, and you camp at an altitude over 5000m. The high altitude and long days make the trek strenuous. 

 

All Treks

  • Darjeeling Sandakphu Trek

    9 days

    A heady blend of outdoor adventure, peak-gazing, splendid nature and cultural experience to satiate the most intrepid of travellers.

    Darjeeling Sandakphu Trek

    Season: April to May; October to mid-December

    Duration: 9 days

    Grade: Moderate

    Altitude range: 2135m-3645m

    Costs: USD80 per person per day; minimum of 6 pax

    *Family-friendly; please see FAQ for details 


  • Hilley-Singalila Round Trek

    16 days

    A stunning parade of majestic peaks and glacial lakes and serendipitous encounters with warm Sikkimese - this ultimate trek has it all.

    Hilley-Singalila Round Trek

    Season: April to May; October to mid-December

    Duration: 16 days

    Grade: Moderate to Difficult

    Altitude range: 2750m-5000m

    Costs: USD80 per person per day; minimum of 6 pax

  • Sikkim Expedition

    17 days

    A rare opportunity to top out at a 6010-m peak in Khangchendzonga National Park

    Sikkim Expedition

    Season: mid-March to mid-June; mid-September to December

    Duration: 17 days

    Grade: Difficult

    Altitude range: 2700m - 6010m

    Costs: Contact Us to get a quote

  • Green Lake Trek

    12 days

    An expedition-style trek to the base of Mt Khangchendzonga - an amphitheater showcasing lofty peaks.

    Green Lake Trek

    Season: mid-March to mid-June; mid-September to December

    Duration: 12 days

    Grade: Difficult

    Altitude range: 2700m - 4935m

    Costs: Contact Us to get a quote

  • Dzongri Goechala Trek

    10 days

    Awe-inspiring spectacle of 15 Himalayan peaks, starring the world’s third highest mountain, Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m)

    Dzongri Goechala Trek

    Season: mid-March to mid-June; mid-September to December 

    Duration: 10 days 

    Grade: Moderate-Difficult 

    Altitude range: 1780m–4950m 

    Costs: USD80 per person per day; minimum of 6 pax 

  • Dzongri Trek

    5 days

    Jaw - dropping panoramic views of rugged,snow - dusted peaks on the Singalila and Kanchenjunga ranges from the Dzongri La viewpoint

    Dzongri Trek

    Season: mid-March to mid–June; mid-September to December

    Duration: 5 days

    Grade: Moderate

    Altitude range: 1780m-4030m

    Costs: USD80 per person per day; minimum of 6 pax

    *Family-friendly; please see FAQ for details 

  • Phoktey Dara Trek

    7 days

    Front - row view of the mighty Kanchenjunga peaks from Phoktey Dara viewpoint at 4,000m altitude.

    Phoktey Dara Trek

    Season: mid-March to mid-June; mid-September to December

    Duration: 7 days

    Grade: Easy

    Altitude range: 2100m-4000m

    Costs: USD80 per person per day; minimum of 6 pax

    *Family-friendly; please see FAQ for details 

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