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Trekking in Sikkim

Sikkim TrekkingSikkim the tiny Himalayan state is a wonderland by all accounts. Overlooked by Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak, Sikkim is attractive equally fortheightseer, the adventure sports enthusiast and those interested in Buddhism and Tibetology. From a low of 800 ft. above sea level to the Summit of Mt. Kanchenjunga (28,169 ft.), the guardian deity of Sikkim and the third highest peak in the world. Mountains criss-cross the country that is rich in flora and fauna, stunning mountains, beautiful alleys,clearlakes and lush evergreen forests. In high altitudes where yaks graze are found the snow leopard, the blue sheep, goral, tahr and the red panda the state animal of Sikkim.

Referred to as the ‘Garden Kingdom of the Himalayas’, flora and fauna of Sikkim with over 600 varieties of Orchids, 30 species of Rhododendrons and Primal, is considered one of the botanical minefields in the world. Seventy percent of the landscape is still untouched by the modern civilization . Forest life as such are still magically primeval and refreshingly intact, spared the chopper’s ace due to the eco-consciousness of the people advocated widely.
Long a restricted area,

Sikkim now welcomes a few visitors from around the world to share its rich heritage and natural bounty.

Sikkim has to offer a number of fascinating trekking routes to enterprising trek enthusiasts. The best time to trek in these parts of the Eastern Himalayas is between mid- February to May and again from October to December. The treks pass by beautiful gompas, simple but colourful hamlets and through so fascinating alpine forests full of a rich variety of flora and fauna. Yuksom is an ideal take-off point for trekking. This point is invariably used as a centre of climbing and trekking expeditions by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling. The trek to Bakhim is an unforgettable B experience. Dzongri at an altitude of 3,962 metres, offers the visitor an excellent and unobstructed view of the Khangchendzonga Massif. It also provides a trekker with superb views of sunrise and sunset.

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