Sikkim Tours & Trekking Sikkim
Experience, explore and discover Sikkim’s flowering mountain valleys, Buddhist monasteries and stress-free cities. Our Sikkim tours and trekking tours bring you to one of the loveliest destinations in India.
Located in Northeast India bordering Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and the Indian state of West Bengal, Sikkim and near by Darjeeling are renowned for their breathtaking mountain scenery which includes the world’s third highest peak, Khangchendzonga, straddling the Sikkim Nepal border. Sikkim’s long history linking the Indian subcontinent with the Tibetan plateau has served to shape its culture identity, and to this day the region remains a unique blend of Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism. Whether you are cultural coinsure or and outdoor enthusiast we will be happy to work with you in order to tailor a Sikkimese experience for you or your group’s specific interest, whether it be trekking, cycling, or jeep touring. We also arrange a 16 day tour all inclusive tour of Calcutta, Darjeeling, and Sikkim. To book your adventure or find out more contact us today.
Important – Sikkim General Information
In addition to an Indian visa, foreigners must obtain Sikkim inner line permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim, the permits can be obtained from all Indian missions, Tourism Office, New Delhi, Sikkim Tourism office, Calcutta and Sikkim Tourism Office, Siliguri on the strength of an Indian Visa.
Foreigners are first issued a permit for initial period of 15 days duration on the spot without any delay provided photocopies of Passport and Visa details along with two passport photos of applicants are made available then and there. It can be extended for further 30 days of 15 days each. The extension of permits can be obtained from FRO at Gangtok, Superintendent of Police of North, South and West Districts.
If you are visiting the interior or restricted regions of sikkim , you also require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) OR Protected Area Permit(PAP) which is obtainable in Gangtok from the Police Check Post and Department of Tourism. It is most if you are planning or thinking of going for a high altitude trekking and expedition in sikkim .
NOTE# This permit is issued to LOCAL GOVT. REGISTERED TRAVEL AGENTS ONLY.
Trek Himalayas , will handle all the official formalities for you.
Almost All the modes of transportations are available to visit Sikkim . This Paradise on Earth is well connected by airways, railways and roadways. In spite of being a hilly state, transportation of Sikkim is comfortable and more frequent to enjoy the ride on the world’s most beautiful valley.
The airport located nearest to Sikkim is Bagdogra Airport of West Bengal which is only 124 Kms away from Gangtok. India’s national carrier, Indian Airlines including almost all other domestic airlines such as Jet Airlines, Air Deccan run regular flights from the important cities of India such as Kolkata, Delhi etc. Bagdogra is also connected with Gangtok by daily helicopter service operated by Sikkim Tourism development Corporation and it will take only 20 minutes to reach Gangtok from Bagdogra. This helicopter service is subjected to the weather conditions.
New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri are the two rail stations nearest to Sikkim located in West Bengal . NJP is 125 Kms and Siliguri is 114 Kms from Gangtok and is well connected to all the major cities of India .
The lifeline of Sikkim , National Highway 31A connects gangtok and other parts of sikkim with Siliguri and this picturesque highway runs through the lush green forests along the bank of river Teesta on one side and sky touching mountain ranges of Eastern Himalaya on other side. This unique ride of almost two hours to gangtok will gives you the opportunity to enjoy the valley carpeted with numerous wild flowers. Regular bus service operated by S.N.T. and adequate number of private buses, jeeps and taxies are available from morning to evening at reasonable rate and you can have a very comfortable journey. From Siliguri you can catch jeeps and taxies to reach almost all the important tourist destinations located in both South and West Sikkim . You can also hire taxies and jeeps to travel to your destination of choice at reasonable rate. Most of the reputed destinations of siikim are interlinked by motor able all seasons roads.
For the more discerning travelers, Sikkim is proud to present the Sikkim Helicopter Service from Gangtok to Bagdogra Airport and back. The 7-seater Helicopter offers an exclusive mode of transport not merely enabling connecting flights, but also to see Sikkim from an entirely new view.
Sikkim Helicopter Service also conducts, besides the regular runs to Bagdogra Airport and back, special mountain flights. To see the majesty of the Himalayan peaks from close up like never before, Feast your eyes on the grandeur and the sheer size of the great Mount Khanchendzonga, the third highest peak in the world, or check out the symmetrical beauty of Mount Siniolchu, considered by many as the most beautiful peak in the entire Himalayan range, or fly over Gangtok and get a comprehensive view of the layout of the town with its winding roads and many alleys.
Special flights are also conducted over West Sikkim and North Sikkim for a bird’s eye-view of the monasteries and the exotic Valley of Flowers , Yumthang.
All passengers on these sight-seeing flights are awarded official Certificates of Participation by the Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) as Souvenirs.
BEST SEASON TO VISIT FOR TOURS ,TREKS & LEISURE HOLIDAYS IN AND AROUND SIKKIM & DARJEELING:
March to June and September to December
Trekking, mountaineering, hiking, rafting , Paragliding and Traditional and typical home stay.
There are modern hotels and restaurants in all parts of sikkim . Comfortable resort lodges are also available. In some of the remote areas you need to have a cash for all sorts of paying and buying. Only in town areas one has access to credit card, Debit card & other source of modern payment facilities.
All sorts of Vehicles are available in and around sikkim , however the cheapest mode of transportation is by Bus. luxury as well as normal taxis are available 24/7 both on private and sharing basis in almost all parts of sikkim . Sikkim helicopter service also operates sight-seeing flights to different points in Sikkim
Sikkim is a trekker’s paradise, with both high altitude treks through amazing alpine scenery to please the altitude junkie and less strenuous culturally based trekking routes through traditional villages and historic monasteries for those who prefer more leisurely and culturally orientated trekking experience. We can arrange treks in Sikkim as well as nearby Darjeeling in West Bengal.
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Established trekking routes include:
This trek ascends quickly from the beautiful historic settlement of Yuksom at 1780 m through rhododendron forests to high altitude alpine scenery. There are various view points along the trail that offer incredible views of Khangchendzonga and surrounding peaks. The climax of the trek is the vista from the 4940 m pass known as the Goecha La. From here Khangchendzonga is framed in the pass appearing close enough to reach out and touch through the thin mountain air.
This trek often called the “Monastic Trek” takes the trekker through some of the most historically significant Monasteries of Sikkim, offering the visitor an intimate glimpse of the Sikkimese version of Lamaism and life in traditional villages.
In addition to these treks we can organize other treks in the region upon request tailored specifically to the interests of our clients. On all of our treks we provide a highly trained and knowledgeable guide, all camping facilities, cooks and porters when required, permits when applicable, and everything to make your Sikkim trekking experience and unforgettable and highly rewarding adventure.
If you prefer the convenience of motor powered transportation we can also arrange jeep tours throughout Sikkim, including the spectacular alpine scenery of north Sikkim. Contact us so that we may work with you to develop an itinerary that suits your needs and interests, or to book our 16 day tour all inclusive tour of Calcutta, Darjeeling, and Sikkim.
Sikkim – Cycle Trip – 15 days from Delhi / Sikkim / Delhi on 19th May 2010. Fully booked. Itinerary available on request.
One of the best ways to explore Sikkim’s stunning natural scenery and cultural sites is on back of a bicycle. For the adventure cyclist we arrange fully supported cycle trips throughout Sikkim. We will work with you to arrange an itinerary that meets both your interests and schedule. For all of our cycle trips we provide a support vehicle, meals, accommodation, camping facilities when required, and all necessary permits.
We are a small company that takes pride in costumer service and working with our clients to make their dreams reality. We pride ourselves on delivering to our clients the travel, and adventure they desire. Whatever your travel or adventure sports needs, let us know and we will do our best to make your dream trip to Sikkim a reality.
Sikkim is a perfect place to travel for a holiday and Mohan Nepal, native guide and founder of Namaste Nomad, knows Sikkim inside out. Apart from the delightful tours and treks designed for Namaste Nomad, tours and treks can be customised just for you.
Sikkim trekking tours
Namaste Nomad offers a wide choice of Sikkim tours with varying duration and location. Try trekking Sikkim or one of many other tours to discover this unique Indian state. Contact us for further information or to book a private group tour.
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Sikkim trekking and travel FAQ
What do I need to know about trekking in Sikkim?
Here you will find the most frequently asked questions about visiting and trekking Sikkim. For more information about trekking, food and accommodation, altitude sickness, insurance, etc., please refer to our Himalaya Trekking FAQ.
When is the best time to visit Sikkim?
The best time to visit Sikkim is from March to May and September to early December.
Do I need a special permit to visit Sikkim?
To visit Sikkim, you must apply for an Inner Line Permit (ILP), which is a 15 days permit. It can be obtained, free of charge, from the Indian Consulate in your country when applying for your Indian Visa. You can also obtain ILPs at Rangpo at the time of entry to Sikkim.