Best Trekking Expeditions in Sikkim

Awarded as the “Most picturesque destination” by Today’s Traveller as on August 21, 2007, the scenic state of Sikkim offers the wanderlusts an experience of a lifetime. As an emerging tourist destination, the state woos the soul of every adventurer who wishes to soak in excitement and trek their journey away amid the high mountainous ranges. Sikkim is the least populous and second smallest in India. Gangtok is the territorial capital of the state and owing to Sikkim’s bountiful flora and fauna, the state stands at par with most of the other large and more populated states.

As a host to Kanchenjunga, the highest peak in India and third highest on Earth and a part of the Eastern Himalaya, the state of Sikkim offers a wide range of trekking options to the trekkers. Trekking in Sikkim is a major adventure sport and enjoyed by all the nature enthusiasts who visit the place. Some of the popular treks in Sikkim are discussed in detail below:

  • Goecha La Trek:

The Goecha La trek begins from Yuksom, a large inhabited land in West Sikkim. The trek offers numerous captivating views to big mountains on the way, including Kanchenjunga and it is only from October to November that one can get the best views without any blurriness caused by haze. Entwined amidst vivacious and colorful flora and fauna, it is also the way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park. The trek extends to an altitude of about 4939 meters.


  • Altitude: 4939 meters
  • Trek Duration: 11 Days
  • Grade: Moderate to difficult
  • Best time to Trek: October to November
  • Dzongri Trek:

Dzongri Trek offers spectacular view of the great Kanchenjunga and Mount Pandim from a very close distance. It is situated at an altitude of about 4020 meters from Sikkim and starts from Yuksom Village. Further, it also crosses small scenic villages like Tshoka Village. The lush valleys and wide panoramic view of the range is something that will take your breath away during the trek. The trekking route is dotted with varied species of flowering and medicinal plants. It is also an abode of several endangered animals and an outright bliss on earth.

trekking down from dzongri

  • Altitude: 4020 meters
  • Trek Duration: 8 to 9 Days
  • Grade: Easy to moderate
  • Best Time to Trek: Mid-March to May and September to November
  • Varsey Trek:

Varsey Trek is one of the best suited treks amid the Himalayan Ranges for the trekkers who wish to wander closer to the nature. The trek provides spectacular views to the bountiful flora and fauna of Versay. The trek is beautifully adorned by Rhododendron trees which bloom with vibrant colors. The trek extends to an altitude of about 3060 meters. Some of the major attractions of the trek include Rumtek Monastery, Research Institute of Tibetology, Tibetan Market, Themi Tea Estate, Mirik, etc.
varsey trek

  • Altitude: 3060 meters
  • Trek Duration: 7 to 8 Days
  • Grade: Easy to moderate
  • Best time to Trek: April and May
  • Green Lake Trek:

Green Lake near Lachen in Sikkim is a hidden gem of the state that allows marvelous view of the Kanchenjunga and other glorious Himalayan peaks. The trekking place is hemmed in with breath-taking scenery and sharp edged mountains with rich biodiversity. The trek extends to an altitude of about 5050 meters. Orchids and vibrant panoramic scenes are the highlights of the trek.


  • Altitude: 5050 meters
  • Trek Duration: 16 days
  • Grade: Moderate to difficult
  • Best time to Trek: April or October
  • Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek:

This trek is one of the most famous treks in Sikkim. The Kanchenjunga trek offers mind-boggling view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other charismatic and exorbitantly high peaks of the world. The trek also lets you wander through Tshoka, Thangsing, Dzongri, Lamune, Goecha La, Samiti, and Kokchorung. This trek can be a little challenging for non-adventurers, as it takes them to some steep sides of the Himalayas. Further, it covers the Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve and provides an opportunity to view different bird species. The trek extends to an altitude of about 5086 meters.


  • Altitude: 5086 meters
  • Trek Duration: 11 to 12 Days
  • Grade: Moderate to difficult
  • Best time to Trek: March to May