Overview

Sikkim – Backpacker’s Paradise

  • The Indian state of Sikkim, nestled in the eastern Himalayas within the northeast region of the nation, stands as one of India's tiniest states. Sikkim shares borders with the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China to the north and northeast, Bhutan to the southeast, West Bengal to the south, and Nepal to the west. Its capital, Gangtok, resides in the southeastern part of the state.
  • Part of the Eastern Himalaya, Sikkim boasts remarkable biodiversity and features alpine and subtropical climates. Home to Kangchenjunga, the third-highest mountain globally and the highest peak in India, Sikkim takes pride in its natural wonders. Gangtok, the capital, hosts the expansive Khangchendzonga National Park, covering over 35% of the state.
  • Initially, an independent political entity, Sikkim became an Indian protectorate in 1950 and achieved statehood in 1975. Despite its modest size, Sikkim holds significant political and strategic importance for India due to its location along various international borders.
  • Sikkim, nestled in the northeastern part of India, offers breathtaking landscapes and tranquil beauty. Its landlocked terrain and immense natural charm provide a soothing escape from the hustle of daily life. Dominated by the mighty Kanchenjunga, known as a benevolent guardian, Sikkim welcomes visitors seeking respite from the scorching summer heat. It beckons travelers to rediscover serenity amid its tranquil landscapes before returning to their bustling urban lives.
  • Whether you're a mountain enthusiast or not, Sikkim deserves a spot on your travel bucket list. It serves as India’s second smallest state and acts as a gateway to the Himalayas. Sharing borders with Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, and West Bengal, Sikkim's capital, Gangtok, is renowned for its stunning landscapes, verdant meadows, vibrant forests, and serene waterfalls.
  • While Sikkim is renowned for its picturesque mountains and crystalline valleys, it offers much more to its visitors. This mystical land caters to nature lovers, adventure seekers, and spiritual enthusiasts alike. Moreover, its unique and flavorsome local cuisine promises a culinary journey like no other.

Notable destinations to explore in Sikkim include:

  • Tsomgo Lake: Also known as Changu Lake, Tsomgo is a glacier lake situated 40 km from Gangtok, offering mesmerizing reflections of snow-capped mountains.
  • Kanchenjunga Base Camp: Providing a glimpse of the world’s third-highest peak, Kanchenjunga Base Camp offers an exhilarating trekking experience amid the Himalayas.
  • Nathula Pass: Serving as a vital link between India and Tibet, Nathula Pass showcases a blend of Indian and Tibetan cultures and offers opportunities for shopping and cultural immersion.
  • Lachen, Lachung, and Yumthang Valley: These quaint villages offer cultural richness and access to picturesque lakes like Gurudongmar and Tso Lhamu.
  • Pelling: Known for its monasteries and lush greenery, Pelling exudes tranquility and positivity, captivating visitors with its serene ambiance.
  • Teesta River: Offering relaxation and thrilling water sports like river rafting and kayaking, the Teesta River attracts tourists with its captivating views and adventure opportunities.

Short itinerary for Sikkim Backpacking Tour:

  • Day 1 : Arrival at Bagdogra, Transfer to Gangtok (135 km / approximately 4.30 hrs) / Overnight stay in Gangtok
  • Day 2 : Transfer from Gangtok to Lachen (120 km / 5 hrs / Altitude: 8,500 ft.) / Overnight stay in Lachen
  • Day 3 : Excursion to Gurudongmar Lake, Transfer to Lachung (50 km / 2 hrs) / Overnight stay in Lachung
  • Day 4 : Excursion to Yumthang Valley, Transfer from Lachung to Gangtok (24 km / Altitude: 11,800 ft.) / Overnight stay in Gangtok
  • Day 5 : Excursion to Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir (Optional visit to Nathula Pass) / Overnight stay in Gangtok
  • Day 6 : Visit to Namchi and Ravangla / Transfer to Pelling / Overnight stay in Pelling
  • Day 7 : Sightseeing in Pelling / Overnight stay in Pelling
  • Day 8 : Departure from Pelling to Bagdogra
7 Nights 8 Days Available on request
Highlights
  • Explore the highest and largest freshwater lake, Gurudongmar, nestled in Sikkim.
  • Revel in the breathtaking alpine flower valley of Yumthang in North Sikkim.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich Buddhist culture and traditions at the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology in Sikkim.
  • Witness the grandeur of one of the largest and oldest Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim.
  • Delight in the picturesque beauty of Tsomgo Lake, one of the highest altitude Himalayan lakes.
  • Experience the border gate between India and China at Nathula Pass.
Itinerary
Day 1: Bagdogra to Gangtok (135 km / approx 4.30 hrs) / Overnight in Gangtok
  • Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport or NJP railway station, board your vehicle to Gangtok (altitude: 5500 ft / 1677 Mts). Enjoy a picturesque drive through the Himalayan hills from Tista Bazaar to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Check into your hotel and freshen up for a leisurely evening. We recommend strolling along MG Road around the Mall to experience the typical hill city life of Gangtok. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 2: Gangtok to Lachen (120 kms / 5 hrs / Altitude: 8,500 ft) / Overnight in Lachen
  • After an early breakfast, proceed to Lachen. The route passes through small villages and valleys up to the forest grove of Kabi Lungchok. Enjoy breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga from Shinghik. Stop for lunch along the way. Visit Chungthang, the confluence of Lachen Chu and Lachung Chu rivers, and Vimala Falls on your journey to Lachen. Arrive in Lachen in the late afternoon, a base for the popular Green Lake trek.
Day 3: Excursion to Gurudongmar. Lachen to Lachung (50 km / 2 hrs) / Overnight in Lachung
  • Early morning, drive to Thangu Village (4100m / 13450ft), a remote high-altitude village of Tibetan Nomads. Proceed further to Chopta Valley (4000m / 13124ft) for breathtaking views. Drive to Gurudongmar Lake (5225m / 17143ft) close to the Tibet Border, one of the highest freshwater lakes in Sikkim. Return to Lachen for a late lunch. Check out from Lachen and drive to Lachung via Chungthang. En-route, visit Chungthang's confluence and Vimala Waterfalls. Check into the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
  • Lachung - A remote high-altitude village known for its vibrant landscapes and cultural richness.
Day 4: Excursion to Yumthang. Lachung to Gangtok (24 km / Altitude: 11,800ft) / Overnight in Gangtok
  • Early morning, drive to Yumthang Valley, an alpine flower valley. Enjoy the scenic landscape and hot springs. Proceed to Yumesamdong (4725m / 15503ft) or Zero Point close to the Tibet Border, one of the highest motorable roads in Sikkim. Full day excursion to Yumthang Valley. En-route, visit Sulphur Hot Spring. Lunch at the hotel in Lachung. Visit Handicraft Centre & Lachung Monastery. Return to Gangtok. Check into the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 5: Excursion – Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir (Optional Nathula Pass) / Overnight in Gangtok
  • After breakfast, check out from the hotel and embark on an excursion to Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir. Drive to Nathula Pass (depending on permit availability, extra charges apply). In the evening, explore M G Marg, the busy market of Gangtok, for shopping and local delicacies. Overnight in Gangtok.
Day 6: Namchi - Ravangla / Overnight in Pelling
  • After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing in Namchi and Ravangla. Reach Pelling for an overnight stay.
Day 7: Pelling Sightseeing / Overnight in Pelling
  • Explore Pelling's attractions, including monasteries and the Pelling Sky Walk and Chenrezig Statue. Overnight in Pelling.
Day 8: Pelling to Bagdogra
  • Check out from Pelling early morning around 4.30 AM and head to Bagdogra for your 11.30 am flight. Depart with happy memories of your journey.
Packages
  • Reaching Bagdogra Airport on your own : 29999/- per person 

  • Mumbai to Mumbai by Indigo Airline  :  49,999/- per person

Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Comfortable, clean, and hygienic triple sharing accommodation / home stays throughout the trip
  • Internal travel arrangements, including pickup and drop facility to Bagdogra Airport
  • Breakfast and Dinner included throughout the Sikkim backpacking trip
  • All permits, entry fees, and other expenses during the Sikkim backpacking tour
  • Services of an experienced Maharashtra Gadkille buddy throughout the Sikkim backpacking trip
     

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Transportation expenses for arrival at Bagdogra Airport on Day 1
  • Transportation expenses for departure from Bagdogra Airport on Day 8
  • Nathula Pass & Zero Point Permit fees
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and Day 8
  • Meals during transit to and from Bagdogra Airport
  • Personal expenses incurred during the Sikkim backpacking trip
  • Any additional expenses not mentioned in the inclusions
Things To Carry

ESSENTIALS : ID Proof, Water Bottle, Power Backup, Wallet, Backpack.  (No trolley bags allowed)

CLOTHING : Full sleeve shirt/top & full pants for Trek, Extra pair of Clothes as per need, Raincoat /Jacket / Sweater, Trekking shoes, Quick Dry Towel, Cap.

ADDITIONALS : Energy Drinks/Supplements, Dry Snacks, Facewash, Sunscreen, Brush & Toothpaste, Sunglasses, Hankerchief, Gloves, Camera, Torch, Personal medicines if any, etc.

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Terms and Condition
  • Please confirm on call about the seats availability before paying.
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  • Please make sure you are added in the whatsapp group 6-8 hours prior to the trip as all the pickup & lead details would be shared in the group.  
  • Food and Stay arrangements are done as per the availability of the locations so kindly don't expect too luxurious. 
  • Backpacking trips are arranged for the people who are looking out for pocket friendly trips and are more about chasing experiences. 
  • First two seats will always be reserved for leaders to lead & show route to the driver. 
  • Seats arrangement will be on first come first serve basis at the time of pickup and it will be same throughout journey. (Any disputes regarding seating arrangement would result in dismissal of both the parties and would not be liable for any refunds.)
  • Please note that the advance amount paid would not not refunded in any case, except if the trek/tour departure is cancelled by us. Do check cancellation policy in case any refunds or cancellations.
  • No compensation would be given due to sudden closure of the destinations, road accidents, unexpected circumstances, vehicle breakdown, any natural or unexpected calamities after reaching the venue.
  • If the event is cancelled due to any natural calamity, political unrest or other such reasons beyond our control the same cancellation policy will apply.
  • We need at least 12-14 Travellers to manage our Trip, so our team reserves all the rights to cancel the Trip if the minimum batch size is not enough.
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FAQs
  • What is Sikkim known for?

Sikkim is renowned for its natural beauty, boasting a landscape that includes the majestic Himalayan mountain range, lush forests, and serene lakes. It is also celebrated for its cultural diversity, characterized by a blend of Tibetan, Nepali, and Indian influences, as well as for its Buddhist monasteries and temples.

  • How can I get to Sikkim?

reach Sikkim, you can fly to Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri (West Bengal) and then take a taxi to Gangtok. Alternatively, you can take a train to New Jalpaiguri and then proceed to Gangtok by taxi.

  • What are the best places to visit in Sikkim?

Some of the top attractions in Sikkim include Gangtok, the vibrant capital city, along with Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass, and Yumthang Valley. Other notable destinations include Pelling, renowned for its stunning Himalayan vistas, and Rumtek Monastery, a significant religious site in Sikkim.

  • What is the best time to visit Sikkim?

The ideal time to visit Sikkim depends on your preferences. The winter months, from November to February, offer pleasant weather for sightseeing. In contrast, the summer months, from April to June, are perfect for trekking and hiking adventures.

  • Where are the best pilgrimage sites in Sikkim?

Sikkim boasts numerous sacred sites revered by people of various faiths. Some prominent pilgrimage destinations include Gahesh Tok, Siddheshwara Dham, and several other places of worship scattered across the state.

  • What should I pack for a backpacking trip to Sikkim?

Essential items to pack for a backpacking trip to Sikkim include comfortable clothing, sturdy shoes, a raincoat or umbrella, a flashlight, insect repellent, sunscreen, and any necessary medications. Don't forget to carry a water bottle, snacks, and a first aid kit. Additionally, consider bringing a power bank for your electronic devices and a map or GPS device for navigation.

  • What is the local language spoken in Sikkim?

While English serves as the official language of Sikkim, you'll also encounter local languages such as Nepali, Bhutia, and Lepcha spoken throughout the state.

  • What is the food like in Sikkim?

Sikkimese cuisine reflects a blend of Tibetan, Nepali, and Indian flavors. Popular dishes include momos (dumplings), thukpa (noodle soup), and churpi (dried cheese). Additionally, you'll find delightful delicacies made from bamboo shoots, wild berries, and other indigenous ingredients.

  • What is the weather like in Sikkim?

The weather in Sikkim varies based on the season and altitude. Summers (April to June) offer warm temperatures, while winters (November to February) are cooler and drier. The monsoon season (June to September) brings heavy rainfall and high humidity.

  • What kind of transportation is available in Sikkim?

Transport options in Sikkim include buses, shared taxis, and private cars. Flights are available from Kolkata to Bagdogra Airport, located approximately 124 km from Gangtok. For road trips, consider renting a car for convenience.

  • Can I hire a bike from Gangtok for a ride to Gurudongmar Lake?

Yes, you can rent a bike from Gangtok for both solo and group rides.

  • How do I reach Gurudongmar Lake from Gangtok?

You can book a taxi from Gangtok or anywhere in Sikkim at a reasonable fare to reach Gurudongmar Lake.

  • Can I obtain a permit for Nathula Pass online from my hometown?

Currently, permits for Nathula Pass are not available online. You can obtain a permit upon reaching Gangtok.

  • What adventure sports are available for tourists?

Sikkim offers a wide range of adventure activities, including trekking, river rafting, mountain biking, kayaking, hang gliding, and mountaineering. The state's scenic trails and diverse terrain make it a paradise for adventure enthusiasts.

  • When is the best time to experience snowfall?

Sikkim experiences pleasant weather during the summer months (April to June). However, if you wish to witness snowfall, plan your visit during the winter season. Places like Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthang Valley, Nathula Pass, Rumtek Monastery, and Khangchendzonga National Park are particularly enchanting during this time.