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Mountaineering in sikkim

Sikkim snuggled in the stretch of north eastern Himalayas is one of the best experience of the mountains. The beautiful state remains unrivalled when it comes to the thrilling experience of mountaineering. Mountaineering in Sikkim has been introduced very recently. The Government of Sikkim has opened some of its alpine peaks for climbing and other adventures. Mountaineering is a new step to promote quality adventure tourism in Sikkim.

Mountaineering season in Sikkim starts from April to June, and September to November. Temperature are milder in spring but there can be more snow around. Mid April, June through last week of September, to first week of December, is considered the safest and the best time for mountain adventures in Sikkim.

The breathtaking views form the magnificent heights. The trails through alpine meadows, rhododendron fields, scared lakes, bio-diversity and humming mountain brooks is enchanting. Adventure lovers have found their haven and nature lovers will be lost in the magnificence of the scenic beauty of mountains. Prior permission is needed from Indian Mountaineering Institute before embarking on the mountain adventures in Sikkim.

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Thrilling Mountaineering Trails in Sikkim

Mountain Peak in Sikkim  Elevation Location Best Time to Go
Frey Peak 5830 (mt.) West Sikkim March,April,May
Mt. Brumkhangse 5635 (mt.) Lachung Area, North Sikkim March,April,May
Mt. Jupono 5606 (mt.) West Sikkim March,April,May
Mt. Thinchenkhan 6010 (mt.) Goecha La March,April,May
Mt. Lama Wangden 5868 (mt.) Lachen Valley North Sikkim March to May
Mt. Kabru 7,412 (mt.)  On the border of eastern Nepal & India March, April

Top Climbing Mountain Peaks in Sikkim

Frey Peak

Frey Peak in Sikkim is a gigantic mountain that resembles the Matterhorn peak of Europe. It is recognized by the Government of Sikkim for exciting adventures like trekking and climbing. The mesmerizing views of this snow-covered mountain are something to die for! Remember, there are some cracks in this mountain that make its climb hard yet exciting.

  • Elevation: 5830 m
  • Location: Near the Kabru sister of peaks

Mt. Jupuno

Falling under Kanchenjunga National Park, Mt. Tenchenkhang welcomes you to witness the natural beauty, biodiversity, snow-clad peaks, and sacred lakes. It is appreciated by many climbers for offering a boost of adrenaline. From this peak, you can also see Okhlathang Valley. Also, this peak has been declared by the Sikkim Government as a trekking peak.

  • Elevation: 5606 m
  • Location: West Sikkim

Mt. Lama Wangden

Climbing Mt. Lama Wandden in North Sikkim is one of the best adventure sports of Sikkim. The peak is entirely blanketed in snow and offers some of the most breathtaking views. Making your way up the summit is great in the wintertime. Also, the lush vegetation and colorful flowers are a sight to behold in summers.

  • Elevation: 5868 m
  • Location: Lachen Valley, North Sikkim

Mt. Brumkhangse

Isolated from the rest of the peaks in Sikkim, Mt. Brumkhangse has been opened for expedition since 2005. While climbing this peak, you will pass through the beautiful Lachung valley. You can see vistas of other peaks from here including Eagle Peal, Pheling Peak, and more. The panoramic beauty from Mt. Brumkkhangse trek in Sikkim will definitely leave you spellbound.

  • Elevation: 5635 m
  • Location: Lachung, North Sikkim

Mt. Kabru

Trekking in Sikkim reaches a whole new level with Mt. Kabru. It is one of the most difficult mountaineering in Sikkim. Similar to other peaks in terms of snow, Mt. Kabru is no less. This mountain is fully hugged by snow and offers beautiful views from the top. Transverse through its trails and experience one of the most challenging mountain peaks of Sikkim.

  • Elevation: 7412 m
  • Location: On the border of Nepal

Mt. Thinchenkhan

Recognized by the Government of Sikkim for trekking, Mt. Thinchenkhan is one of the most beautiful mountains of Sikkim. The view of divine lakes, snow, and abundant natural beauty makes Mt. Thinchenkhan a must climb. It has been appreciated by many pro climbers to offer a boost of adrenaline. You can view Mt. Makalu in Nepal and the Indian Himalayas from the top.

  • Elevation: 6010 m
  • Location: Goecha la

Note: Home Department assigns permits for these expeditions.

Tips for Mountaineering in Sikkim

  • Prepare well and only pack the essentials you need on the mountain.
  • Carry water and high-energy food in abundance.
  • Before beginning the expedition, check the weather forecast for 1-2 days.
  • Always carry an emergency shelter. The weather may change unexpectedly and you don’t want to face any critical conditions.
  • Get your health check-up to ensure you are fully fit to climb.

What to pack For Mountaineering In Sikkim

  • First aid kit for an emergency.
  • Mountaineering equipment, sleeping pads, tent, compass, GPS
  • Woolen clothes, good and comfortable boots, warm socks, nuts, windcheaters, gloves, and a woolen cap.
  • Important medicines, dry fruits to keep you warm, insulated mugs

Frequently Asked Questions About Mountaineering in Sikkim

Q: How many mountains are there in Sikkim?

Ans. There are 45 mountains in Sikkim.Some of the most popular ones include Kanchenjunga, Mt. Kabru, Khangpu Khangse, Dzongri, and Gurumongdar.

Q: Which is the highest mountain peak in Sikkim?

Ans. Kanchenjunga is the highest peak in Sikkim. Elevated at a height of 28,169 feet (8,586 meters), Kanchenjunga is India’s third and world’s highest peak.

Q: Is a permit required for mountaineering in Sikkim?

Ans. Yes, permits are needed for mountaineering in Sikkim. The SDM Office, Tourist Offices, and Forest Department Office have the authority to issue trekking permits in Sikkim. For instance, an Alpine Mountaineering Expedition permit is needed along with PAP for the Green Lake trek in North Sikkim. Thus, different permits are required and issued by the Sikkim state/Indian Government.