Green Lake Trek Newly Opened high altitude trek in North Sikkim
Green Lake trek in Sikkim shows you places around Sikkim that you would not have imagined. If you are planning the Green Lake Trek, be sure to experience a lot of variations in the terrain. At places they might appear easy and other places it might be a bit challenging. In a nutshell, Green Lake Trek will be an amazingly awesome experience with spectacular views of Sinioulchu, Simvo and Mt.Kanchenjunga along the trek route.
Green Lake Trek an Enthralling Trek in North Sikkim.
Green Lake Trek starts with a six hours drive to Lachen(3100m) from Gangtok with a couple of stops for lunch and Photo shoots. Early morning after breakfast drive six kilometres out of Lachen to the Trek Head at the confluence of Zemu Chu and the Teesta River and start the Trek.
The well defined trek route heads westwards along the Zemu Chu to Zemu Glacier which lies on the Northern side of Mt.Kanchenjunga. The 90Km long Green Lake Trek route goes through thick green forests and river valleys along the foothills of the great Kanchenjunga Range to the semi arid region of Green Lake Basin. Trek through pristine areas visited by very few westerners till date. Green Lake Trek route in North Sikkim is newly opened, little trekked & is still untouched by outsiders.
Highlights of the Green Lake Trek
Once at the Green Lake Basin enjoy great views of the snow clad Himalayan mountains lying in a semi-circular arc running clockwise from south east to North West. Prominent among them Siniolchu (6887m), Simvo (6811m), Mt. Kanchenjunga(8585 m) the third highest mountain in the world, Twin Peaks (7350 m), Nepal Peak (7168 m), Tent Peak (7365 m) & Pyramid Peak (7123 m).
When is the best time to Visit Green Lake Area ?
Best time to proceed on the Green Lake Trek in Sikkim is from March to May when the different varieties of rhododendron and high altitude plant life are in full bloom. Spring/summer treks are also of interest to birdwatchers.
October-November is also the best time to venture out on the North Sikkim Green lake trek this is because the three months of monsoon rain clears the atmosphere of all impurties that results in clear weather and good mountain views.
Green Lake Trek Permits and formalities
Special restricted area Green Lake Trek Permit is issued by the Home Department, Government of India, to trek to Green lake Basin as the route runs along the border with Tibet and therefore falls under the jurisdiction of the Indian Armed Forces. All participants will have to proceed through a registered Travel Agency in Sikkim.
Participants will have to furnish the following details for the Green Lake Trekking Permit –
- Copy of Passport
- Copy of Indian Visa
- Passport Size Photos
- Trekking Permit Form duly filled and Signed by the participants.
- Copy of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) to Visit Sikkim.
- Foreign Nationals require an Inner Line Permit over and above the Indian Visa to Visit/Trek in Sikkim which will be issued for a period of 30Days.
- Inner Line Permit will be issued by the relevant authority at the Sikkim House in Delhi & Kolkata and also at the border crossing at Rangpo and Melli.
- We at Farouttrek will help you in procuring the Inner Line Permit.
Green Lake Trek – Type of Trek ?
The Green Lake Trek is a camping Trek. All camping equipments v.i.z. Twin Share Sleeping Tents with sleeping mats, Kitchen Tent, Dining Tent and Toilet Tent will be provided. The Participants will be assisited by an experienced Guide, Cook & Kitchen Helpers, Sherpas who will be in Charge of the Tents. Ponies / Porters will carry Food Items, Tents and Baggage of the Participants. Hot cooked vegetarian food will be provided throughout the trek.
- Trek Grade: Moderate to Strenuous.
- Duration: 13 Nights/14 Days
- Type of Food Provided: Local Vegetarian Food.
- Maximum Trek Altitude: Zemu Glacier-5500m/18000ft.
- Maximum Camp Altitude: Green Lake-4930m/16170ft.
- Starting & Endging Point: Bagdogra or Bhadrapur Airport or NJP Railway Station.
- Best Season: April-May and October-November.
- Trek Availiblity: Only private treks are available on request for minimum of 2 persons.
- Note: Minimum 6 months notice required to process permits for North Sikkim.
North Sikkim Green Lake Trek Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive at Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border. Drive to Gangtok (1622m). HOTEL(B/B Only ).
Day 2 : Gangtok Sight Seeing.Visit Rumtek Monastery. Overnight Hotel
Day 3 : Drive Gangtok to Lachen(3100m/123Km/5Hrs Drive). Overnight Hotel(B/B only)
Day 4 : Short Drive to Zemu Bridge(6Km). Green Lake Trek Starts. Trek to Tallem (3300m/13Km/6-7Hrs). Overnight Tents (B,L,D)
Day 5 : Trek Tallem to Jakthang (3430m/8Km/4-5Hrs). Overnight Tents (B,L,D)
Day 6 : Trek Jakthang to Yabuk (3850m/12Km/5-6Hrs). Overnight Tents (B,L,D)
Day 7 : Trek Yabuk to Rest Camp (4500m/9Km/4Hrs). Overnight Tents (B,L,D)
Day 8 : Trek Rest Camp to Green Lake (4930m/8Km/4Hrs). Overnight Tents (B,L,D)
Day 9: Day Hike from Green Lake to Zemu Glacier. Overnight Tents (B,L,D)
Day 10: Trek Back to Yabuk. Overnight Tents (B,L,D)
Day 11: Trek Back to Jakthang. Overnight Tents (B,L,D)
Day 12: Trek Back to Lachen. Overnight Tents (B,L,D)
Day 13: Drive Back to Gangtok. Overnight Hotel (B/B only)
Day 14: Drive to Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station for Final Departure. End of North Sikkim Green Lake Trek.
Extension can be made Darjeeling, Bhutan and Nepal.
Meals: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D= Dinner.
Note: The above itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, physical ability of the participants etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being.
Recommendations: The trek is strenuous and demands good physical form. Physical fitness check-up is recomended.
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