SIKKIM - HIGH ADVENTURE TOURISM
Merely being in Sikkim is adventure
enough – experimenting with the exotic 'soucha' or nettle
soup, waking up in the lap of the Khangchendzonga range,
exploring the mysteries and traditions of the monasteries
and capturing the exotic flora and fauna on camera provides
a range of thrills unreplicated anywhere in as small an
area. But for the die-hard thrill seeker, Eco Tours & Treks
rolls out several options.
Our programmes include treks of various grades of
difficulty, whitewater rafting, camping and jeep safaris:
all of these to remote, unspoilt, unfrequented areas.
WATER ACTION :
The latest thrill in Sikkim/Darjeeling is
river rafting on the lower reaches of the powerful
Teesta & Rangit rivers – from a leisurely half-day
trip floating through pristine forests, to three-day
white-water thrills in grade 2,3 and 4 rapids with
overnight camps on isolated sandy beaches.
Adventure aficionados can now have a thrilling wet
splash! The powerful Teesta & Rangit river sparkle
and beckon for some white water action! Three or a
half day of scenic rafting provides an ideal
combination of introspective tranquillity and
tremendous excitement. A deluxe campsite set in the
sandy beaches is an ideal place to relax after
strenuous river runs in rafts or kayaks.
You can kayak on
the Teesta. However since kayaking is essentially
about a river rafter battling the current and
requires some prior experience, aficionados will
have to contact travel agents for the bookings.
Fibreglass kayaks of international standard can be
hired, enquire at Sikkim Tourism Office.
Eco Tours & Treks has organized rafting package
programmes from Mid March to end of May.
Day 1 : Gangtok to Tarkhola / Triveni (overnight
Day 02: Rafting (overnight camp)
Day 03: departure to NJP Station / Bagdogra Airport
for your onward destination…
• Non-swimmers are welcome but may be restricted to
certain sections of the river.
• Minimum age for children is 12 years.
• Eco Tours & Treks reserves the right to alter or
cancel any trip upon prevailing conditions.
• A minimum group size of 4 people.
Kit List :
One pair sports shoes; one pair beach sandals;
shorts; T-shirts; tights; sweater; wind cheater; torch; sun
toilet paper & personal medicines & OF COURSE YOUR SENSE OF
From a pre-lunch stroll
around Gangtok, to a ten-day hike to the world’s
third highest mountain, Sikkim offers amazing
scenery & great experiences to all trekkers. A few
hours walk can lead from lush tropical jungle with
fabulous orchids & brilliant butterflies, up steeply
terraced hillsides laced with plummeting waterfalls,
to dappled woodlands of oak & walnut and marvelous
views of the Himalayan panorama.
At the other extreme, the unrivalled
Dzongri-Khanchendzonga trek offers seven to ten days
of verdant forests, rhododendron-covered hillsides,
tiny yak-herder’s summer settlements on high
meadows, remote monasteries, glaciers, high passes,
jagged peaks & magnificient mountain views.
Additional routes are now open – see our map for
some of the new destinations. One links Hee Bermiok
/ Nambu in – West Sikkim with Dzongri via
spectacular rhododendron forests & the Singalila
If you have higher ambitions-to mountaineer in the
surrounding Himalayan ranges of Singalila &
Khanchendzonga – we can assist you in the permit
process for protected areas. Or you can tackle the
newly accessible trekking peaks of Jopuno &
Tinchenkhang. Here you will find blue sheep amongst
the glaciers & permanent snow & experience air so
clear that starlight leaves shadows.
Whether touring, trekking, rafting or
mountaineering, you will be ably supported by our
experienced guides, cooks & excellent porters,
operating under our code of conduct.
For this is Sikkim, offering adventure amongst
unsurpassed scenery. A tiny secret sparkling land,
only now disclosing its delights to the discerning
adventurer. [Price on Request]
Eco Tours & Treks has walked and can arrange this
custom-made trek for independent groups of
COMMENT: Moderate Trek.
If you wish to climb on the Singalila and Khangchendzonga
ranges, you require a permit for protected areas that we can
procure for you. Jopuno and Tinchenkhang peaks have been
recently opened up for mountaineer. Sikkimese reveres
Khangchendzonga as the abode of their guardian deity, Dzonga
who is the personification of the mountain. In deference to
the religious sentiments of the people, expedititions to
Khangchendzonga from the Sikkim side have always stopped a
few feet short of the summit. Other mountain peaks are also
worshiped. Discover the Blue Sheep in its natural habitat,
the stark beauty of the glaciers that feed the rivers and
the thrill of being on top of the world, well, almost, but
please remember not to litter.
One of the new adventures being promoted in Sikkim, mountain
biking is one on one- you and nature and your bike that can
negotiate most of the roads in Sikkim. We have biking trails
in North and West Sikkim. One of the most eco-friendly ways
to get around, you can hire top of the class sturdy bikes
and discover tracks off the beaten path. This sport is
definitely poised to become popular in Sikkim in the near
Suggested Biking routes : Gangtok –Ganesh Tok – Tashi View Point - Lingdum – Ranka –
Martam. Tarku – Temi Tea Garden – Samdruptse – Rabangla.
Rabangla – Tashidhing – Yuksom. Yuksom – Khecheopalri Lake –
Pelling. Pelling – Pemayangtse Monastery – Rabdentse Ruins –
Singshore Bridge – Pelling.
This amazing animal
from the cow family lives only at higher altitudes and is
the 'dokpa' or the herder's true blue companion on the
remote slopes. Now Sikkim Tourism offers you a unique
experience – a yak safari ! Ride these gaily caparisoned
creatures for an inimitable experience at Tso-Mgo lake and
the Dzongri area. Hang gliding is shortly being introduced
gives you a unique perspective of the spectacular natural
beauty of Sikkim by way of their Mountain flights. These
aerial joyrides, which are not conducted in any other part
of the country, are very popular and you can even find
pilots of Boeings enjoying the thrill of being able to see
right through the transparent bubble of our 5 seater
chopper. The crème de la crème aspect of these mountain
flights would be the opportunity to be up close to
Khangchendzonga, the third highest mountain in the world and
Mt. Siniolchu, reputed to be the most beautiful peak of all.
Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation awards official
Certificates of Participation as souvenirs to all passengers
on these sight seeing flights. You can choose from the
following flights, more details of which are available from
the Sikkim Tourism offices-West Sikkim Flight (60 minutes),
Yumthang Flight (70 minutes), Khangchendzonga Flight (90
minutes) and Gangtok Local Joy Ride Flight (20 minutes).
Alternatively if you want to tailor a mountain flight to
suit your liking, you can charter the chopper. You can carry
your cameras for the West Sikkim/ Gangtok flights only. The
Ministry of Defence, Govt of India forbids photography
during the Yumthang and Khangchendzonga flights