Sikkim Green Lake Trek

Sikkim Green Lake Trek

Sikkim Green Lake Trek

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Farouttrek is a local company, Registered & recognized by Govt. of India, Tourism Deptt. Govt. of Sikkim. Also registered and Recognized by Govt. of Nepal, employing a small number of local Guides, Cooks & Porters.

Therefore, when you book your trip with us, you contribute to the local economy directly. This in turn helps the local economy grow & at the same time help a number of households maintain a healthy lifestyle

With more than 25 Years of experience travelling the Himalayas, we have an intimate knowledge about the places we travel to. So, give us an opportunity to serve you with our vast experience in handling Trekking, Expedition & Tour Activities in Sikkim, Darjeeling & Nepal Himalayas. Come Join us for a lifetime of Adventure.

Green Lake Trek – A true wilderness trek route in Sikkim touching the Tibetan Plateau

Green Lake Trek is a unique hike inside the Kanchenjunga National Park in Sikkim, which gives an out of the world experience for an ardent trekker. A Nine days trek with altitude varying between 10,000 feet to 17,000 feet above mean sea level. Green Lake Trek falls in the restricted Green Lake Area, therefore, restricted / protected area permit is required to trek here, and which will be issued by the Home Department, Government of Sikkim.

A trek to  Green Lake Basin which lies at the base of Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world is one of kind trek in Sikkim, where one can encounter a sea of blooming Rhododendron, Primulas  and Blue Poppies during Spring. A Trek route with clear mountain views during Autumn that goes till the edge of the Zemu Glacier, the largest Glacier in the eastern Himalayas at 26Km long. The Zemu Glacier which extends from the foot of the Kanchenjunga is also one of the sources of the Teesta River.

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.

Lachen the Trek Head

Lachen 121Km from the Capital Gangtok is the trek head for the Green Lake Trek in Sikkim. A small village amidst the stunning Himalayan mountains, monasteries, picture perfect views of the alpine pastures and streams pouring down from scenic valleys, and connected by vehicular road with the rest of Sikkim is what makes Lachen a great destination.

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

Since the Green Lake Basin falls in the restricted area close to the Tibetan Plateau in North Sikkim, one will therefore need a restricted area Permit to venture out on the Green Lake trek in Sikkim. The Restricted Area Permit will be issued by the Home Department, Government of Sikkim. All participants will have to proceed through a registered Travel Agency in Sikkim.

Foreign Trekkers will have to furnish the following for the Green Lake Trekking Permit –

  1. Copy of Passport
  2. Copy of Indian Visa
  3. Four Passport Size Photos
  4. Trekking Permit Form duly filled and Signed by the participants.
  5. 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. The Inner Line Permit will be issued by the relevant authority at the following :

  1. Sikkim House in Delhi
  2. Sikkim House in Kolkata
  3. Border crossing at Rangpo and Melli Check Posts
  4. 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 for the duration of the Green Lake Trek :

  • 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
  • Minimum No. of Participants : 2 Persons
  • 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

Green Lake Trek Itinerary & Cost
Day 01 : Arrive at Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border. Drive to Gangtok (1622m). Hotel(B/B Only ).
Day 02 : Gangtok Sight Seeing. Visit Rumtek Monastery. Overnight Hotel
Day 03 : Drive Gangtok to Lachen (3100m/123Km/5Hrs Drive). Overnight Hotel(B/B only)
Day 04 : Short Drive to Zemu Bridge (6Km). Green Lake Trek Starts. Trek to Tallem (3300m/13Km/6-7Hrs). Overnight Tents (B,L,D)
Day 05 : Trek Tallem to Jakthang (3430m/8Km/4-5Hrs). Overnight Tents (B,L,D)
Day 06 : Trek Jakthang to Yabuk (3850m/12Km/5-6Hrs). Overnight Tents (B,L,D)
Day 07 :  Trek Yabuk to Rest Camp (4500m/9Km/4Hrs). Overnight Tents (B,L,D)
Day 08 : Trek Rest Camp to Green Lake (4930m/8Km/4Hrs). Overnight Tents (B,L,D)
Day 09 : 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.

  • Green Lake Trek Cost : US$2350/Person
  • Green Lake Trek Cost for Indian Nationals : Request for quote in Rupee

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.

(All relevant Terms & Conditions apply).

  • Green Lake Trek Cost : US$2350/Person
  • Indian Participants Kindly Enquire for Quotes in Indian Rupee


  • Hotel accommodation – twin share including breakfasts.
  • Twin share tent with mattress during camping/trekking.
  • Fully organized trek services with guide, porters, camping equipment.
  • All fixed three meals everyday during trekking/Camping.
  • All road transport as per itinerary by car/jeep.
  • Service of an English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to monuments visited.
  • All Permits for Darjeeling and Sikkim.


  • Sleeping bag; personal clothing/equipment.
  • Lunches and dinners during hotel stays.
  • Bottled or alcoholic drinks.
  • Tips, client insurance, evacuation costs.
  • Any expenses of personal nature.

(All relevant Terms and conditions apply)

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