Sikkim

The Indian Himalaya is a fascinating cultural crossroads between India, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, with soul-stirring Himalayan landscapes and trekking to rival that of neighbouring Nepal.

Nestled in a remote corner of India's northwest, the small state of Sikkim is undoubtedly one of the most captivating regions in the Indian Himalaya. The rugged, sacred peaks of the Himalaya dominate daily life here, and local traditions are infused with the same ancient cultures and religions that are found throughout the wider region.

Trek on Sikkim's uncrowded trails through luxuriant rhododendron forests, passing yak herds, Tibetan villages and traditional Lepcha settlements as you make your way towards the spectacular face of Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain.

Cycle the breathtaking trails and quiet backstreets of this ancient Buddhist kingdom by bike; or head to the renowned colonial hill station of Darjeeling for terraced tea plantations, lush green valleys, superb trekking and unparalleled views of Kanchenjunga.

Shop, eat and soak up local culture in Sikkim's capital, the vibrant small city of Gangtok, carved dramatically into the slopes of steep forested hills; or combine a trek in Sikkim with a journey to the intriguing Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan.

Whichever itinerary you choose; you won't regret a visit to this incredible corner of the Himalaya.

 

Our all inclusive approach

Quality services at the best prices make our adventures great value for money. Our trip costs cover valuable inclusions like all meals while trekking and a dedicated local crew who will go the extra yard to ensure you have the experience of a lifetime. Our high level of support allows you to relax and focus on the incredible journey ahead of you.

Multi-activity adventures

While Sikkim is known as a world class trekking destination due to its proximity to Kanchenjunga, it is also a cyclist's paradise, full of gorgeous scenery, Buddhist temples and cooler temperatures than the plains of India, making it a great location for a multi-activity adventure.

Custom made itineraries

With over 30 years of experience organising treks and tours in Sikkim, our firsthand knowledge of the region is unmatched. We can customise our itineraries to suit your personal requirements, be it extending a trek or spending more time focusing on the fascinating culture.


 

Cultural sensitivity

Positive interactions are achieved when the traveller is aware of the cultural sensitivities of the community they are visiting. Our guides are always ready to inform travellers about the correct etiquette, including matters of appropriate clothing and actions when entering a temple.

Support of local economies

We ensure that the landowners whose fields we use for camping are paid fairly for the use of their land and we encourage travellers to shop at handicraft shops within the small villages we pass through.

Animal welfare focus

We adhere to our Animal Welfare Code of Conduct in the Indian Himalaya. We engage the services of reputable and registered horsemen and yak contractors, insisting that all animals are in good health before carrying loads and that the loads are appropriate for the animal.


Wilderness camping

Enjoy fully supported camping in remote locations with our outstanding crew of sherpas, porters and kitchen staff. While the campsite locations have been handpicked for their location, our commitment to responsible travel ensures our footprint is kept to a minimum.

Hotels

In cities and large towns you will be accommodated good quality properties that are centrally located, atmospheric and reliable.


A custom made itinerary is the ultimate way to see the world how YOU want. They are created especially for you, giving you complete freedom to choose what you want to see, where you want to go and when you want to do it. If you love our current itineraries but want to customise it privately as a couple, a group of friends, family, club, business or school, you have the freedom to add or remove as many elements as you like to suit the interests of your group. Alternatively, you can start with a blank canvas and create a new and exciting itinerary from scratch! Our well-travelled consultants can give you firsthand suggestions and eliminate any uncertainty with trip planning to ensure you maximise the quality of your experience and get truly off the beaten track. Simply email, phone or visit us to start planning your dream adventure.



Currency

Indian Rupee

We recommend that you bring US dollars (in cash) as it is readily accepted over other currencies in India

Credit cards and ATM are available in most large cities and hotels, however it is not recommended to rely on these solely. Always keep a watch when your card is being processed and please note that you will be surcharged for the use of your card.

Electricity
Type C plug

Electricity in India is 230 Volts, at 50 hertz. The most common pin type is C. (2 round prong).

Visas

Visas are required to enter India and visitors from some countries including Australia and New Zealand can obtain an online visa, the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) prior to arrival.

For stays of less than 30 days, travellers can apply for an ETA online (US$60) at the official website https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html, no less than five days and no more than 30 days before the date of travel.

At present other nationalities including the UK and Canada and those clients regardless of nationality visiting Sikkim and other restricted areas must have an Indian visa stamp in their passport prior to arrival in India.

Safety

Your safety is our number one concern. Our safety track record is exemplary thanks to careful management and thorough consultation with local partners. Our industry leading risk management procedures have become a skill that we continue to refine. Our leaders in the field are highly trained and have safety as their number one priority. Expert leaders, risk assessments, quality inclusions and your financial security all come standard when you travel with us.

Please refer to our Travel Advisory page for updates on recent events, travel warnings and advice.

We strongly recommend that all clients take out travel insurance at the time of booking to cover against sickness, accident, loss of baggage, unexpected alterations to travel arrangements and travel disruption, emergency evacuation, cancellations, etc. Insurance information is enclosed with your pre-departure information. Please contact us if you would like to obtain a quote for your trip duration.

We suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements.

Money and valuables should always be stored safely when travelling. Keep your passport with you at all times and do not leave it in your main luggage. You will need it to change money and check into hotels. Where safety deposit boxes are available, we recommend that you use them. Keep jewellery and valuables to a minimum.

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