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What makes Sikkim so special?
Mountain Kingdoms ran their first ever trekking holiday in Sikkim in 1997 (Kanchenjunga and the Goecha La) and the country has remained a firm favourite ever since.
Whether visiting on a tour or a trekking holiday, Sikkim rewards its adventurous visitors with great mountain walking and a strongly individual culture. Trekking tours of Sikkim can feature train journeys across northern India, visits to ancient monasteries, and explorations of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. For those who want to go to an unspoilt and seldom explored part of the Himalayas, a holiday in Sikkim is the perfect choice.
Known as the ‘Garden Kingdom of the Himalaya’, trekking in Sikkim gives access to an especially beautiful portion of the Himalayan mountains, including Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain. After its annexation by India in 1975, Sikkim became a Restricted Area, requiring special entry permits, and as a result has retained its original Buddhist charm. Despite the great opportunities for trekking in Sikkim, its restricted entry means it receives far fewer visitors than Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet.
Towering snow-capped mountains, lushly forested valleys, impressive ancient monasteries and charming colonial hill stations – the essence of the last Himalayan Shangri-La can still be found in Sikkim.
- A rewarding trek in remote north Sikkim visited by very few westerners
- Fabulous views of Mount Kanchenjunga and high peaks on the border with Tibet, considered to be some of the best mountain views in the Himalaya
- Visit the inaccessible and beautiful Zemu Glacier
- Lovely acclimatisation walks in the remote Lachung/Yumathang valley
- Sightseeing in Kalimpong and Gangtok with overnight accommodation in comfortable hotels of real character
Flight inclusive from £5,695, Land only from £4,945
- Stay in unique heritage hotels with echoes of the grand days of the Raj
- First-rate camping with quality equipment, full porterage and a superb guide
- Sightseeing in Darjeeling and a ride on the famous Toy Train
- A well-paced itinerary with a fantastic six-day trek on the Singalila Ridge
Flight inclusive from £2,570, Land only from £1,895
- Time in Delhi and Darjeeling to take in the sights
- Good quality comfortable hotels in central locations
- First-rate camping facilities, full porterage and a highly experienced guide on trek
- A varied route with gradual acclimatisation, culminating in a sunrise at the Goecha La Pass
Flight inclusive from £2,600, Land only from £1,995
- Explore Darjeeling, including a ride on the 'Toy train'
- Stay in a superior cabin on a luxurious cruise boat
- Visit a tea plantation and Majuli Island
- Take a jeep safari in Kaziranga National Park to see rhinos
Flight inclusive from £4,290, Land only from £3,495
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