Sikkim is a small peaceful neighboring state located in the North of West Bengal and is very near to the famous hill station of Darjeeling. Both Sikkim and Darjeeling present magnificent views of the snow capped Kanchenjungha which continues to haunt the tourists.
The trekkers find immense joy in trekking through the various routes of Sikkim and explore the verdant snow covered valleys, placid lakes, the alpine forests and the brilliant blooms of Rhododendrons that brighten up the valley. Small hamlets, ancient gompas representing various sects of Tibetan Buddhism also draw special attention of the trekkers.
Darjeeling Sikkim Trek
This is the most common trekking route called the Singalela trek that originates from Darjeeling. Traversing through the serpentine mossy track among the alpine forests, one has to climb the steep ridge Singalila that leads to Sandhakphu. The trekkers are rewarded with the glorious views of Kanchenjungha, Mount Everest, Jannu, Makalu and Cho Oyo in Phalut, few kilometers walk from Sandakphu. From Phalut the trek towards Sikkim continues ascending important points of Raman, Rimbik ultimately reaching Peling, the famous hill resort in Sikkim.
The Peymayangtse monastery, one of the oldest monasteries is worth visiting in Peling. The Tashiding monastery is also another reputed and haunted monastery. On reaching Gangtok, the Rumtek monastery is the most attractive of all with its rich Tibetan paintings. The Orchid Sanctuary in Gangtok presents an amazing view that houses about 454 species of orchids.
Rabongla to Maenum Bhaledunga Trek
This trek from Rabongla to Maenum hill takes about four hours and one can follow the gentle track down to the Borong village or more risky trails to Yangyang village. On a bright sunny day the Kanchenjungha peak looms high through the thick forests and hills. The plains of Bengal also present a splendid view covering Darjeeling and Kalimpong with the India China border in the north. Few kilometers walk leads to Bhaledunga, a cock shaped cliff with the Kanchenjungha ranges presenting a memorable scene.
Tolung Monastery Trek
The Tolung monastery bears the heritage of the 18th and 19th century of the Nepalese invasion of Sikkim and is of immense historical significance. Lying at an altitude of 8000 meters it is sparsely populated by the Lepchas. The trek involves crossing of high elevated cliffs from which roaring waterfalls drops hundreds of feet below the gorges. The ice clinging on the mountains even in summer is a beauty to watch.
Damthang Tedong trek, Singalila ridge and Goecha La trek, Sikkim and Kanchenjungha treks are other trails taken up by trekkers that also present diverse and glorious Hiimalayan ranges.
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