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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.
 

   
 

WHITE 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.

   
 

KAYAKING :
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.

Itinerary :
Day 1 : Gangtok to Tarkhola / Triveni (overnight camp)
Day 02: Rafting (overnight camp)
Day 03: departure to NJP Station / Bagdogra Airport for your onward destination…

Note :
• 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 shades;
toilet paper & personal medicines & OF COURSE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOUR !

   
 

TREKKING:
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 ridge.

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]

Note :
Eco Tours & Treks has walked and can arrange this custom-made trek for independent groups of adventure-seekers.
COMMENT: Moderate Trek.
 

 

MOUNTAINEERING:
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.

   
 

MOUNTAIN BIKING:
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 future.

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.

   
 

YAK SAFARI:
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 in Jorethang.

   
 

SIKKIM HELICOPTER SERVICE:
Sikkim Tourism 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