Sikkim Green Lake Trek is a very spectacular trek to Green Lake, situated at the foothills of Mt. Kanchenjunga and considered the most enchanting of all treks in North Sikkim with natural beauty and close up views of soaring Himalayan peaks. Very few trekkers have explored this area till date.
There are vast tracts of thick conifer forest, with several varieties of rhododendrons, and many colorful flowers, birds and waterfalls on both sides of the trails. trek takes you to one of the regions in Sikkim. The Green Lake base camp is above 5000m. So, proper acclimatization is required for trekkers to avoid altitude sickness. Since there are no trekkers’ huts or lodges along the trails, so we must be entirely self-sufficient, with proper trekking equipments, food, porters etc.
Arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be welcomed by Trek Himalayan representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free until evening when you will enjoy a welcome drinks with your guide and introduce each other. Overnight in Kathmandu
Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to begin your city tour of Kathmandu. You will visit the Boudhanath temple, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and possibly view cremation ceremonies along the banks of the Bagmati River. Continue drive to Patan Durbar Square to see the ancient Nepalese architecture and end your tour after lunch.Then, you will visit
the Patan museum. There will be a briefing on the day to day itinerary. Overnight in hotel
After breakfast the guide will come to pick you up in the hotel and transfer to the airport. Then, you will fly to Bhadrapur. Upon arrival in Bhadrapur you will drive to Gangtok. It will be six hours long drive through winding roads across valleys and over hills abundand with a variety of vegetations. You will enjoy mountain scenery on the way. Overnight in hotel
A leisure day in Gangtok! You will visit places of cultural and religious importance that include Tashi view point, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, famous Enchey Monastery and back to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast you will continue sightseeing visiting other sites which include Institute of Tibetology, Institute of Cottage Industry, Drodrul Chorten, Rope Way, Flower Show and Rumtek Monastery. Return to hotel
and stay overnight.
After breakfast we drive 121 km from Gangtok through the North Sikkim Highway. The road from Gangtok passes Phodong and Mangan. At Chungthang the road bifurcates, the road on the right leading to Lachung and the one on the left going to Lachen. It is a 6 hrs drive from Gangtok to Lachen. In fact, this Lepcha village is located between tall rock faces standing like guards and not visible from outside.
When our trekking crew loads up the porters and ponies you may take a short walk around Lachen and visit the local monastery. After breakfast you start trekking towards Zemu, where the Zemu River merges with the Thangu River. The Zemu River flows from the Zemu glacier which is the source of the Teesta River. Today’s trek is approximately 6 – 7 hours as you pass through magnificent forest areas where you can find wild orchids. After approx. 12 km walk you cross a bridge and climb steadily to Shobuk then the trail descends steeply for another 10 km to Jakthang, a small meadow with a broken herdsmen’s hut which is a good place for camping.
Today you continue your climb as you ascend approximately 2,015 ft. There are several ascents and descents and after a tiring 8 km you reach your campsite at Yabuk. Since it takes about 4 – 5 hours to reach the campsite you should be there by lunch time allowing you time for exploring the surrounding area. Overnight stay with dinner at tented camp
Today we follow a boulder strewn trail marked by cairns for about 2 hrs to Sona Camp. From here the valley opens up and you see the perfectly symmetrical and conical face of Siniolchu standing out around the other mountains. Gharal or blue sheep have often been sighted here. Overnight stay with dinner at tented camp
It’s a gentle climb but you need to keep your walking pace slowly due to the altitude gain.You walk along a wide valley climbing gently to Green Lake (5050m). In clear weather, this is perhaps one of the finest Himalayan walks as you get to see Siniolchu, Simvu, and Twin peaks, Nepal Peak with Kanchenjunga dominating the horizon. It takes 4 hrs. We pitch our camp in a grassy patch.
Today you explore a huge basin and a small pond –the Green Lake. There is a deep crevasse adjacent to it and centuries ago the lake perhaps drained out into the Zemu glacier below. We reach the edge of the lake basin overlooking Zemu Glacier. Across the moraines, the rampart of
Kanchenjunga rises almost vertically. The apparently smooth ridges of Mt. Kanchenjunga resemble the blade of a knife, and here and there harsh granite shows through the snow. The slopes are broken and jagged. On the left is the Simvo peak ice spewing out from its glacier. The view is breathtaking. To be here is to feel the very pulse of creation.
After breakfast we trek back to Yabuk retracing the same route that we had followed on day 07. It is possible to reach Yabuk in one day and it will be 4-5 hrs walk as the trail is mostly downhill.
Depending on the stamina you make some ascents and descents along the trails. You will reach Jakthang in the late afternoon and enjoy locally made ‘Chhang’ (a kind of alcoholic drink). Overnight stay with dinner at tented camp
After breakfast we pack up our luggage and descend to Zema where our vehicle is waiting for us. It takes 7 hrs in total to reach Gangtok
Today right after breakfast you will be transferred to Bhadrapur airport to catch a flight to Kathmandu. Overnight in hotel in Kathmandu
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