The thrill that Sikkim offers is beyond comparison; marked with 28 mountain peaks, 80+ glaciers, 227 high-altitude lakes, five major hot springs, 100+ rivers, and streams, this Northeastern State has enough challenges to quench the thirst for adventure. Not to forget, Sikkim is also home to the third tallest mountain peak, Kanchenjunga, also called Khangchendzonga that measures 8568 m in height. This smallest state of India does house several 5thousanders, like Frey Peak (5830 Meters), Mount Jopuno (5603 Meters), Lama Wangden (5868 Meters), and Brumkhangse (5635 Meters), evidently making it one of the best destinations for mountaineering for those who relish an added pinch of thrill.
Sikkim conceives a new adventure in the winter season, which begins from the month of October, right after the Hindu religious festival of Durga Puja. Slowly as the snowfall season sets in, the sharp gradients of mountains in Sikkim convert to stopovers for skiing. The winter months between November and March are an ideal time for all ski lovers to make their way to Sikkim’s Yumthang Valley. This valley is located 25 km from Lachung in North Sikkim; one more skiing destination to head to for some enthralling experience is Phuni Valley, located about 18 km from Lachung.
Sikkim is also an adventure abode brimming with exotic trekking trails, some being short and mesmerizing, and some just worth all the efforts. Passing through rustic hamlets, lesser-known places, and spots with breathtaking views, the trekking trails here are too good to be resisted by any nature or adventure lover. Amongst the most popular treks in Sikkim are Green Lake trek, Village trek, Monastic trek, Rhododendron trek, Phoktey Dara trek, Singalila Trek, Goechala Trek, and Dzongri Trek. Another adventure activity in Sikkim that is addictive is rafting, and the venues for this heart racing and blood pumping are the Teesta and Rangit rivers with their Grade II to IV rapids on offer.
Adventure in Sikkim is limitless. So, when you are coming to the verge of concluding there isn’t any challenge left for you to face in Sikkim, an adventure avant-garde is likely to pop up forth you. Amongst such surprises is Mountain Biking, an Eco-friendly sport that is perhaps the best way to explore the state. It is a fresh way to observe and explore the beauty of this surreal Northeastern State. Another not-to-miss adventure activity in Sikkim is Paragliding/Hang Gliding; offering a bird’s eye view of the villages, rivers, temples, and forests, this aerial sport can undoubtedly leave one wanting more.
Paragliding & Hang Gliding In Sikkim
Explore the lush green garden and witness Sikkim from above. The district is rich in flora and a lush river that flows along the lovely meadows. Live in the moment and take your adventure holiday to the next level. Enjoy overlooking the best landscape in the state and drift overhead tiny villages with an outstanding illustration of the exalted Himalaya. Paragliding is a thrilling adventure sport and is one of the best outdoor adventures in Sikkim. To fulfill the aforementioned, head towards Luing Resithang, which lies close to Gangtok’s Khel Gaon in the eastern part of Sikkim.
Nevertheless, for an ultimate Paragliding experience, be a part of the Annual Paragliding Festival during October and November. Yet another thrilling adventure you can partake. Hang Gliding is an interesting sport to test your guts as you float looking down at solid covers of the forest, towering mountains, and still rivers. While paragliding offers its best, Hand Gliding also allows coming closer to nature.
Yak Safari to the winning Mountainous range of Sikkim
Yaks are slow bulky built animals and they can stand up to 5.2 to 7.2 ft tall. Yaks are physically adapted to high altitudes and are usually domesticated. Sikkim introduces you to one of its kind, take a Yak Safari and pass through rolling ranch-lands linking the heavenly beauty of the hills and pristine Tsomgo Lake.
Yak Safari is organised in different parts of Sikkim, travellers from across the globe come here to relish the beauty meandering on a serene Yak ride. Other popular trails the Himalayan Sikkim offers are a ride to Dzongri area and other trekking points like Dzongri in West Sikkim.
Visit the veiled gems of Sikkim in a manner like never before, ride to Chungthang. Make sure you visit the Gurudwara, and then to Gangtok, where the sightseeing and exploration of Sikkim culture will welcome you with open hands. Head out to see the bubbling local market that lights up at dusk, offering travelers a great chance to get along with the locals and get acquainted with their culture. You will also pass through the exhilarating routes of hairpin bends in Zuluk. Keep your camera handy, as you might spot various picturesque frames, including India’s Highest Mountain Peak and Kanchenjunga. Read More.
Rock Climbing In Sikkim
Rock Climbing has always been an adventurer’s desire and to mount the natural rocks of the Himalaya is a dream come true. With all the things to do on your bucket list, rock climbing conceivably will take you there. In rock climbing, the thrill is endless, with ever step you grade up the more adrenaline rush kicks in.
In Sikkim Rock Climbing, there are two kinds of activities you can set your foot in. Free climbing and aid climbing: The difference is, in free climbing gears and ropes are made available in case of a drop. Whereas, in aid climbing, gears and ropes are provided for an easier route up with the help of equipment that is intact in the rock for progressing upwards. The suited months are from March to May and September to November when the weather is at its best.
Sikkim snuggled in the stretch of northeastern Himalayas is one of the best experiences of the mountains. The beautiful state remains unrivaled when it comes to the thrilling experience of mountaineering. Mountaineering in Sikkim has been introduced very recently. The Government of Sikkim has opened some of its alpine peaks for climbing and other adventures. Mountaineering season in Sikkim starts from April to June and from September to November.
Temperature is milder in spring, but there can be more snow around. Mid-April, June through the last week of September, to the first week of December, is considered the safest and the best time for mountain adventures in Sikkim. The breathtaking views from the magnificent heights. The beautiful trails through alpine meadows, rhododendron fields, scared lakes, bio-diversity, and humming mountain brooks. Adventure lovers have found their haven, and nature lovers will be lost in the magnificence of the scenic beauty of mountains. Read More.
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