Travel Tips

Not a single individual can trek any of the paths without any special permit. Sikkim is full of fragile ecosystem which requires preservation. Trekkers must take a special permit before they start any trekking. It is mandatory to take proper consultation before starting the journey. The duration of the trekking depends on the route. Equipment differs also. There are trekking organizations which offers flexible treks to the tourists by taking all the responsibilities. Fitness of the individuals are required for all the trips. Beginners must try low altitude treks to get a grip and understanding on trekking. Experts can take the path to the high altitude where night stay is required in most of them.

All the group or individual should carry a first aid kit full with emergency and important medicines. Make a route plan by discussing with a guide to understand what you must need to carry with you. Day trekkers need not to carry sleeping bags, tents and other camping equipment. They are required during the night stay mainly. The clothes are dependent on the season also. If it is rainy, it is best to carry waterproof items. For winter season, one must wear winter clothe which can help them battling the cold. The summers are full of sunshine. So, the clothes should be light also.

When to visit

  • Jan
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  • Nov
  • Dec
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Route/ Place

Sikkim is a trekker’s paradise on earth. The trekking experience at this state of India is different from any other trekking in India. This land of Kanchendzonga is fortunate by having plethora of reasons for tourists to have a glimpse of this point of earth during their lifetime.This state with capital Gangtok, is sitting proudly between Bhutan on east, Nepal on west and Tibet’s autonomous region on north. West Bengal is on the southern part of this state. High volume of world-wide travellers visits this land to have a glimpse of the proud queen Kanchendzonga. Starting from trekking, mountaineering, hiking, mountain biking, river rafting all are present to boost the tourist’s experience during their visit. Tourists can take Singalila trek, Goechala trek, Sandakphu trek, Versey trek, Tholung trek, Green lake trek, Yuksum trek, Uttarey trek, Kanchendzonga trek, Dzongri trek and etc. to complete their demand of trekking. All of these are the routes at an altitude of 3,000m or more. Best time to visit is mid-February to May and October to December.


Basic essentials like comfortable clothes, underclothes, trekking shoes with good grip, water, food, hiking sticks, first aid kit, sunscreen, sunglass, and headgear are important. If it is a day trek then one does not need a sleeping bag or camping articles. Otherwise they are important. It is beneficial to carry a map of the area along with a good guide. Compass, flashlight, notebooks and electronic devices have become part of the treks in now-a-days. Carrying a waterproof jacket is beneficial to beat the sudden gush of rain.

It is very much important to carry high energy snacks or bars to beat the hungry tide during the trekking. Water purifying tablet, mosquito cream and net, radio and etc. can be carried during the journey also. Most of the gears are available at the town or at Siliguri. They can be hired also.

Places to Stay

How to Reach

  • Bagdogra Airport of West Bengal from Sikkim which is 124 kilometre away. There are daily domestic flights connecting this airport from New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. The Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation has launched helicopter service from Bagdogra to state capital Gangtok.
  • New Jalpaiguriand Siliguri stations of West Bengal are the nearest railway stations. They are 125 kilometre and 114 kilometre away respectively. Shared taxis, autos and buses are available from outside the stations.
  • India National Highway 31A is the connection between Gangtok and Siliguri. This highway can be travelled through the bank of mighty river Teesta, lush greenery and valley of wild flowers. Buses, taxis, jeeps are available 24 hours at a legitimate rate. All other attractions of Sikkim can be reached from Siliguri also.

Surrounding Attractions

All the four district are boasted with several popular tourist places which can’t be completed within a single visit. In the East district, there are Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple, Aritar Lake, Bakthang Waterfall, Ban Jhakri Fall, Enchey Monastery, DodrulChoten, Ganesh Tok, Tsmgo Lake, Tashi View Point. Nathula Pass is one of the main interest of this part. In the west district, Khechepalri Lake, TashdingMonastry, Pelling, Yuksam, Varsey, Rabdentse ruins, SangaCholiMonastry, Rinchengpong, Kaluk, Uttorey are present for the delight of the visitors.

In north district, PhodongMonastry, Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthung, Lachung, Lachen, Thangu are equally beautiful to attract the eyes of the travellers. Temi Tea Garden, Namchi, Ravangla, Samdruptse, Borong, Menam Hill are welcoming the visitors at south Sikkim. The helicopter service is present to boost the platter of the visitors by taking them to the ride to show Kanchendzonga peak, Mount Siniolchu. It provides the bird’s eye view of the valley and the town also.

Archery, river rafting, Yak ride, rock climbing are other attractions which are keeping the adventurous enthusiasts busy.

Emergency No.

Foreigners Registration Offices (FRO):

  • FRO at Gangtok.
    The FRO is located at Kazi Road, Gangtok.
    Phone No. : +91 3592 203041
  • Superintendent of police of North District
    Phone No.: +91 3592 234242
  • Superintendent of police of West District.
    Phone No.: 953595 250763
    Phone No.: 953595 250763
    Phone No.: 953595 250763

Superintendent of police of South District
Phone No.: 953595 263726