Guide to Short Treks in Sikkim
Sikkim is a small Himalayan State in North Eastern part of Indian Himalayas. With most of it’s land falling in the Himalayas, Sikkim is home not only to high altitude treks, like the Goechala Pass Trek but also because of it’s terrain presents an array of treks that can be termed as Sikkim Day Hiking. Day Hiking in Sikkim is sought after by someone who is on a limited time frame but would also like to experience the term trekking in Sikkim in a small way. It is a fact that when you trek through small hamlets and National Parks that you get to feel and experience the place that you are in. It can be honestly said that Sikkim with it’s fair share National Parks and wildlife Sancturies presents some of the best One Day Treks in Sikkim Himalayas.
Some of the Best Day Hikes in Sikkim
Fambongyla Wildlife Sanctuary Day Hiking in Sikkim
Fambongyla Wildlife Sanctuary with an area of 51sq.Km is an extension of the Kanchenjunga Bio Sphere Reserve. This Sanctuary lies 30Km on the outskirts of the Capital Gangtok and is a hotspot for popular day hiking around Gangtok in East Sikkim. The Focal point of this Day Hiking in Sikkim is the Tinjure View Point 2130m. The sanctuary is also home to a large variety of birds species like the Hill Partridge, Satyr Tragopan, Fire Tailed Myzornis, Bar Throated Minla, Red Tailed Minla, Black Eared Shrike Babbler to name a few. The Tinjure view Point Day Trek in Sikkim starts with drive to Golitar (14Km/45minutes drive), a small Hamlet on the outskirts of Gangtok. The 5Km and 3hours uphill trek takes you to Tinjurey View Point from this vantage point you get to watch the spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga Range and the river valley down below.
Mammals, which are also sighted in this sanctuary are Barking Deer, Yellow Throated Marten, Himalayan Brown Bear and Red Panda. Beside these wildlife, Takin, Red fox and Musk Deer can also be found in the Fambongyla wildlife sanctuary but at higher altitudes. Some very commonly seen mammals in this wildlife sanctuary are Himalayan striped squirrel.
Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary – Bhaledunga Trek a one day hike in Sikkim
Trek to Bhaledunga in Maenam wildlife sanctuary makes an interesting one day trek in Sikkim. On a clear day the mountain views and that of the plains of West Bengal can be mesmerizing. The 10Km trek to an altitude of 3235m to Maenam Hill is an interesting short day trek & Ravangla is the starting point for this popular one Day Trek in Sikkim. Total distance covered is 20Km.
Another popular Day Hiking in Sikkim is a 5Km trek to Tendong Hill (2600m) in Ravangla. Damthang is the base for this short 5Km Day Trek in Sikkim. Drive from Ravangla to Damthang(14Km/30minutes) and start this short trek in Sikkim from here. Tendong hill top has been the home of spiritual Gurus seeking seclusion for meditation. Besides the view of the Kanchenjunga Range and of the plains of West Bengal down below from Tendong Hill is mesmerizing.
A Day Hike in Sikkim in Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary
Hiley Varsey Trek a popular among one day treks in Sikkim. This Short Trek in Sikkim gets interesting during March to April, because of the abundance of Rhododendron flowers which dominates the entire forest. The riot of colors combined with the mountain view makes this Short trek worth a try.
Monastic Trek in Yuksom – A Perfect Sikkim Day Hikes
A day Trek to Hongri Gumpa ( Monastery) and then to Silnon Gumpa and a trek back to Yuksom or to Tashiding Monastery with packed lunc makes a perfect day Hike in Sikkim.
TRIP FACTS :
- Type of Tour: Jeep Tour.
- Total No.of Days: 08 Days.
- Minimum No.of Persons: 2 Persons.
- Starting Point: Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail station/Nepal Border.
- Ending Point : Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail station/Nepal Border.
- Best Season: March-June & October-December.Open throughout the Year.
- Tour Availibilty: Only Private tours are arranged for a minimum of Two Persons.
- Customized private tours can be arranged for a minimum of 2person on request on a date of your Choice. The Itinerary given below is a sample to give you a general Idea. Itinerary can be cutomized as per one’s need.
ITINERARY FOR ONE DAY TREKS IN SIKKIM
Day 1: Arrive at Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border.
Meet Guide & Drive to Gangtok. Overnight Hotel.
Day 2: Sight Seeing in and around Gangtok Town. Overnight Hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Ravangla(2009m). Afternoon Visit the Buddha Park. Overnight Hotel.
Day 5: Day Hike Starts. Trek Ravangla to Maenam Peak(3235m). Trek further on to Bhaledunga. Catch the spectacular mountain views and the surrounding Hills from this Point. Return back to Ravangla(20Km round Trek). Overnight Hotel.
Day 6: Drive to Darjeeling. Overnight Hotel.
Day 7: Walking exploration around Darjeeling Town. Overnight Hotel.
Day 8: Drive to Bagdogra Airport / NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border. for Final Departure. End of Sikkim Day Hiking.
Note: The above one day treks in sikkim 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.
(All relevant Terms & Conditions apply)