Green Lake Trek – True wilderness trek route in Sikkim
Green lake Trek is one of the lesser known wilderness treks in Eastern Himalayas. It takes that extra something special to stand above the rest and this trek has just that. This is one of the few treks in the entire Himalayas where it is possible to see more of the wilder side of Sikkim than people.
Like all amazing wilderness Hikes it has a sweeping Himalayan vista , unique flora and fauna and mesmerizing geological features like waterfalls and ice fields and Glaciers and most of all the completely isolated Green Lake Basin.
Green lake Trek is spread over a period of 14Days to fully appreciate this epic trek through the most beautiful terrain in Sikkim, from lowland forests and subalpine meadows to wide open valleys with views of Kanchenjunga and it’s plethora of Range from the edge of Zemu Glacier. This isolated trek in Green Lake Basin is worth every rigorous step.
Why Green Lake Trek ?
Trek route to the Green Lake Basin receives very few annual trekkers, because the trek route lies in the far north of Sikkim and goes to higher in altitude than any other trek routes in Sikkim. But the payoff, however, is the killer views of Kanchenjunga, Sinoulchu, Tent Peak, Pyramid Peak and a host of other unnamed smaller Peaks of the Kanchenjunga Range from the edge of Zemu Glacier.
Something to note ..Green Lake Trek in Sikkim is one of the most highly underrated Trek , but, is gaining in popularity of late as trekkers seek out isolated treks. The views on this trek is really impressive and the highest point is the Zemu Glacier at an altitude of 5500m.
Something worth mentioning is that this is a full on immersion trek in real mountain living. You will gain some 18,000 feet and spy the most stunning peaks in the Himalayas, and stay overnight at serious mountain tops like Green Lake Basin.
For a true trekking vacation, let us handle all the logistics for you to make your Trekking Holiday in Sikkim truly wonderful.
Best Time to Trek
Plan your trip in April – May when the colors on the Rhododendron trees and wild flowers are in full bloom.
September – November are also the high seasons to Hike in the Green lake Basin in North Sikkim when the weather is crisp and clear for mountain views.
Permits and formalities for North Sikkim
Special restricted area 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 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. The Inner Line Permit will be issued by the relevant authority at the following :
- Sikkim House in Delhi
- Sikkim House in Kolkata
- Border crossing at Rangpo and Melli Check Posts
- We at Farouttrek will help you in procuring the Inner Line Permit.
Type of Trek
Green Lake Trek is a camping Trek close to the border with Tibet in North Sikkim.
Following camping equipment will be provided within the cost :
- Twin Share Sleeping Tents with sleeping mats
- Kitchen Tent,
- Dining Tent
- Toilet Tent
- The Participants will be assisted by an experienced Guide, a Cook, Kitchen Helpers,.
- Sherpa’s will be in Charge of the Tents
- Ponies / Porters to 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
- Maximum Trek Altitude: Zemu Glacier – 5500m/18000ft.
- Maximum Camp Altitude: Green Lake – 4930m/16170ft.
- Starting & Ending Point: Bagdogra Airport / NJP Railway Station / Nepal Border.
- Best Season: April-May and October-November.
- Trek Availability : Only private treks are available on request for minimum of 2 persons.
- Note: Six months notice will be required to process permits for North Sikkim.
Itinerary at a Glance
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 recommended.
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