10 Adventure Hotspots to Explore on Your Sikkim Tour
Sikkim is a treasure trove for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. The diverse landscape studded with snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes, hot springs, curving rivers, rocky cliffs, and steep valleys calls out to wanderlusts from far and wide places. If you too are longing for some adrenaline rush in this heavenly place, you might like to know about some of the most popular hotspots that you can explore for a thrilling experience on your Sikkim tour package.
Top 10 Adventure Places Only For the Brave Hearts
These adventure places will definitely test your limits and keep your adrenaline levels high. If you think you can handle it, make sure to have them on Sikkim tour package:
1. Tsomgo Lake:
One of the most beautiful places that you can explore in Sikkim is the Tsomgo Lake. Located just 38km away from the capital city, the Tsomgo Lake is nestled among the strident mountains and is quite a breathtaking view. Driving through the serpentine roads leading to the lake could be quite a challenge.
How to reach: Get a cab from Gangtok or rent a car to get to this place
Best time to visit: Jan to May and Oct to Dec.
Bestowed with breathtaking natural beauty, this small village of Yuksom is among the most popular tourist places in Sikkim. Apart from providing an excellent getaway for a quiet vacation, it is also blessed with a number of trekking trails that suit all kinds of trekkers.
How to reach: A 6 to 7 hours long bus or cab ride from Jalpaiguri (nearest railway station) via Jorethang. The nearest airport is Pakyong airport.
Best time to visit: March to June and September to November
3. Nathula Pass:
One of the most popular attractions of Sikkim is the Nathula Pass. Located at an altitude of 4,310 m above sea level, this road marks the Silk Road connecting India with Tibet. The narrow road running through the snow-covered mountain on both sides is quite a spectacle.
How to reach:
Road: 4 to 5 hours bus ride from the east of Gangtok (54 km)
Train: The nearest railhead is Siliguri, 165 km away, and takes 4.5 hours by taxi.
Flight: The nearest airport is Pakyong airport.
Best time to visit: May and October
4. Teesta River:
Teesta River is one of the few places in Sikkim where you can take up water sports such as kayaking and river rafting. The lush greenery and flower beds surrounding the river banks gives it a picturesque appeal. Though frozen in winters, the river is a great spot for water sports during summers.
How to reach: Take a cab for 33 km from Darjeeling railway station
Best time to visit: April to May; and September to November
Studded with never-ending walking trails, the capital city of Gangtok is lined with beautiful silver fir trees set against the backdrop of a breathtaking valley. Apart from exploring the Enchey Monasteries and Jhakri Falls and Kyongnosla Water waterfalls, Gangtok is a place where you can enjoy paragliding as well.
How to reach: Take a cab for 148 km from New Jalpaiguri railway station. The nearest airport is Pakyong airport.
Best time to Visit: October to June
The Goechala is one of the most challenging trekking trails in Sikkim and also presents its visitors with the most breathtaking views of Mt. Kanchenjunga. If trekking is just not your thing, you can also take up hiking activities to admire the beauty of the peaky glaciers. Located at an altitude of 4,940 m, trekking is the only way to reach this place and easily takes 7-8 days of time.
How to reach: The nearest domestic airport is Bagdogra at a distance of 103 km and the nearest railhead is New Jalpaiguri at a distance of 106 km.
Best time to visit: April to June
7. Khangchendzonga National Park:
Though a national park does not sound to be a very adventurous place, this one in fact is quite different. It is listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2016 and happens to be the first Mixed Heritage site of India. Apart from displaying breathtaking vistas, this national park is home to trekking trails leading to Goechala.
How to reach: The nearest town is Yuksom at a distance of 34 km while Gangtok is at a distance of 46 km from the park. One can hire a taxi to get to the park.
Best time to visit: October to December
8. Kanchenjunga Base Camp:
With an altitude of 14,000 ft, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp is the starting point of the trek to the third-highest peak in the world. While treating you to some of the most amazing mountainscapes during the trek, it’s sure to put your endurance and stamina to test.
How to reach: The trek begins from Dzongri which is the last road head.
Best time to visit: April-June, Sep-Oct
9. Tso Lhamo Lake:
Located at an altitude of 5,330 m in North Sikkim, Tso Lhamo Lake can only be reached by trekking. Definitely not an easy task even for the trained professional, the view of the mighty Himalayas, the turquoise waters of the lake and the serenity of the can be quite alluring.
How to reach: The only way to reach is by trekking
Best time to visit: October-December, March-June
10. Zemu Glacier:
Zemu Glacier which is a 26km long range of ice is the source of the thriving Teesta River and is one of the most popular places visited by thrill-seekers. This giant glacier is the base for climbing Mt. Kanchenjunga and serves you with some enthralling adventure and picturesque landscape.
How to reach: Starting from Gangtok, you reach Lachen in North Sikkim by road and then head towards Jakthang on foot.
Best time to visit: From March to May and September to December
If you are bitten by an adventure bug or looking for places to test your adventure skills, there could be no better place to explore than Sikkim. Its beautiful landscape and natural terrains are sure to leave you enchanted while giving you enough dose of adrenaline. If you wish to turn your Sikkim tour package into an adventure-filled experience, make sure to explore these amazing places on your Sikkim holiday trip.