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  • An experienced English-speaking local guide
  • Good standard hotel accommodation in Delhi, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Best available hotels in outlying towns on full board basis
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All internal flights and domestic hotel/airport transfers
  • Costs of all porterage and porter insurance
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All necessary permits
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & all Departure Tax (flight inclusive holidays only)
  • Single, timed group airport transfer for international flights on arrival and departure
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

Green Lake Wilderness Trek, Northern Sikkim Adventure Special

Walking & Trekking

India, Sikkim | Walking & Trekking

Improved for 2019
Green Lake Wilderness Trek, Northern Sikkim
Strenuous

Suitable for fit individuals who have regular experience of mountain walking.

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Grade: Strenuous ? Strenuous
Duration:  21 days from the UK  
On trek: 12 days
Walks on: 1 day

Flight inclusive from £4,675,
Land only from £4,025

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A very challenging trek to an area of northern Sikkim few westerners have been to before, close to Kangchenjunga.

Highlights

  • A rewarding trek in remote north Sikkim visited by very few westerners
  • Fabulous views of Kangchenjunga - considered to be some of the best mountain views in the Himalaya
  • Visit the inaccessible and beautiful Zemu Glacier
  • Sightseeing in Gangtok with accommodation in a characterful hotel

Reviews          

We feel we can trust and rely on MK. You use excellent local guides and hotels.
Mr & Mrs T, Nottinghamshire

This is a real gem of a trek
Mrs M, Scotland

We had a view of the whole length of the Zemu Glacier …… which is one of the finest mountain views I have ever seen. Once again I run out of superlatives in describing the crew. Everyone of the 17 man crew were excellent
Mr & Mrs M, Inverness-Shire

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The trek to Green Lake is a spectacular high altitude adventure in a remote region offering some of the finest high mountain views in the Himalaya. Very few westerners have ever been this way and this trek has that element that is so rare to find anywhere today - a feeling of real exploration. A recent client on this trek considered it to be a ‘real gem’, with some of the finest high mountain views anywhere.  You will travel close to the border with Tibet and have unrivalled views of the south and east faces of Kangchenjunga as well as many other fine peaks such as beautiful Siniolchu, once called the most beautiful mountain in the world.

Towards the end of the 19th century, Sikkim was the centre of British exploration of the high Himalaya with most British expeditions “going in” through Darjeeling. All of the pre-war Everest expeditions went in this way.  The Chumbi valley has always been a major thoroughfare across the Himalaya and until the Chinese occupation of Tibet this route was widely used. Since the 1950’s the north of Sikkim was generally closed to foreign visitors, so it was with great excitement that we first completed a reconnaissance trek in 2003. Now this route provides a real off-the-beaten-track adventure to those who would like a different and unusual trek.

To aid acclimatisation before emabarking on the trek, we include a day walk along the beautiful Lachung Valley and sightseeing in Gangtok, the quirky capital of Sikkim with its echoes of the British Raj.


At a glance

Grade: Strenuous
Strenuous

Duration:  21 days from the UK  
On trek: 12 days
Walks on: 1 day

Max. Altitude: 4,935m/16,191ft, Green Lake, Day 14

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Delhi

Accommodation types: Hotels, Guesthouses, Camping

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Delhi. All meals included in other hotels and on trek. 19 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 17 dinners

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-2
Overnight flight to Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing tour in Delhi, including a visit Qutab Minar, a 73m high tower built in 1193.
3-4
Fly to Bagdogra Drive to Gangtok. Sightseeing.
5-6
Drive to Lachung and acclimatisation walks Lachung.
7
Drive to Lachen and start trek.
8-15
Trek to Green Lake from Zema with rest day at Yabuk and at Green Lake.
16-19
Return trek to Zema. Drive to Lachen and back to Gangtok.
20
Drive to Bagdogra and then fly to Delhi.
21
Fly to London.
Leader: Mike Ford
Mike Ford

A frequent leader for Mountain Kingdoms, Mike has been a regular visitor to the Himalaya since his first visit 30 years ago, when he crossed the Zoji La from Kashmir into Ladakh. He has worked in northern India, Tibet and Nepal as both trek leader and travel writer and once led a four month expedition over the Greater Himalaya to raise money for primary health care projects in northern India.  Mike is a keen photographer, winning a national travel photo competition with a shot taken in central Uzbekistan and has given many slideshows and lectures at major travel events.  He is co-author of the Rough Guide to India and is a student of Tibetan art and philosophy.


Green Lake Wilderness Trek, Northern Sikkim Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Delhi

    Fly overnight from London to Delhi.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Delhi. Group transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing.

    Arriving in Delhi in the middle of the morning you will be met and transferred to your hotel which is situated not far from the airport. Although Delhi can be quite a culture shock, nowadays it is a vibrant and cosmopolitan modern city with thriving business areas, an excellent metro system and plenty of reminders of its exciting history and ancient civilization.

    There will be time to rest after arrival and then in the afternoon you will have a sightseeing tour. You will visit Qutab Minar, a 73m high tower built in 1193 by Qutub-ud-din Aibak to celebrate his victory over Delhi's last Hindu King. It is considered to be one of the finest monuments in India. You will also visit the IMF Headquarters which has a small but interesting mountaineering museum.

    Our local representative will let you know details of your flight to Bagdogra in the morning.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport, Delhi
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Bagdogra – 2 hours. Drive to Gangtok, 1,650m/5,413ft. – 125km, 5 hours.

    After breakfast at your hotel you will be transferred to the airport to catch the flight to Bagdogra. Here you will be met by your guide and driver and will drive to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim state. This is a very scenic drive taking you up from the plains and into the foothills, through deep river gorges, forests and steeply terraced rice fields.

    Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim state. The name means 'hilltop' and the town is situated along the steep west side of a long ridge above the Tanipul River. The scenery from Gangtok is spectacular and there are excellent views of the entire Kangchenjunga Range from many points throughout the city. Gangtok only became the capital in the mid-1800s (previous capitals were at Yuksom and Rabdentse), and the town has undergone rapid modernisation in recent years. Gangtok has also recently become something of a hill station resort and is a popular holiday destination for Bengalis, especially during the 10-day Durga Puja holiday period in early autumn. Many people expect Gangtok to be a smaller version of Kathmandu. It is not that but it is an interesting and pleasant place to stay with many monuments built in traditional architectural style, including nearby Rumtek Monastery, Enchey Gompa, the palace of the former chogyal and the impressive Royal Chapel (the Tsuk-La-Khang), the huge Tashiding, or Secretariat complex and the Legislative Assembly.
    Your stay in Gangtok will be at the delightful Netuk House Hotel, which with its traditional decorations has a very Sikkimese feel. It has a lovely atmosphere and character, and often serves traditional food, and is run by nice friendly people. It is a lovely spot to relax before you start your journey into the wilds.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Netuk House Hotel, Gangtok or Similar
  4. Day 4 - Sightseeing in Gangtok.

    You will have a day to sightsee in and around Gangtok.

    Rumtek Monastery, an important monastery just 5km from Gangtok was built in the 1960s by his holiness Gyalwa Karmapa to replace the old Rumtek monastery which was destroyed by an earthquake. Rumtek is now the seat of Karmapa Rinpoche. It is the newest and perhaps the most impressive monastery in Sikkim both in size and grandeur. It has very interesting paintings, statues and a stupa containing ashes of the 16th Karmapa. Have your passport with you for this visit as it is frequently requested here.

    You will also visit Enchey Monastery, located in forest above the town and offering brilliant views of the Kanchenjunga range. This beautiful place is an important monastery for the Nyingmapa sect, a sect to which the Sherpas of Nepal also belong. You may also visit the Orchid Sanctuary nearby which houses about 200 of the total 454 species of orchids found in Gangtok.

    Finally, you visit the world-renowned Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology. This building perched on a hill top in forest of magnolia and oak is built in the typical Tibetan style of architecture. The institute promotes research on the largest collections of books and manuscripts on Mahayana Buddhism in the world. There are about 30 thousand volumes and translations of the original teachings of Buddha, and various other treatises of other venerable Buddhist scholars from around the world. The institute also has a museum which has an impressive collection of antiques and some fine thangkas, paintings depicting the life and times of Buddha. Close by is the huge golden-topped Do-drul Chorten, or Phurba Chorten, shaped like a stupa (dome-shaped) with 108 prayer wheels around the periphery. This white painted chorten, with its many-coloured Buddhist prayer flags, is visible from many parts of downtown Gangtok. Close to the chorten is the Guru Lhakang Monastery, also a school for Buddhist studies.

    Later you will have some free time to relax or to do any last minute shopping for trek.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Netuk House Hotel, Gangtok or Similar
  5. Day 5 - Drive from Gangtok to Lachung, 3,000m/9,842ft - 4 to 5 hours.

    Today you will make an early start for the drive to Lachung, 4 to 5 hrs. You head north from Gangtok and after a short distance, on the crest of the watershed divide 8 km north of Gangtok, your driver will stop at Tashi View Point for the views. From here you look north over the Dik Chu tributary of the mighty Teesta river and on a clear day, north west toward Kangchenjunga (28,169ft/8,586m) and Siniolchu, 22,598ft/6,888m, rising ethereally above the valley mists. The road meanders down through lush greenery, terraced farmlands and stilted village houses. Later you have time to pause at Phodang, 38 kms north of Gangtok to visit the gompa and stretch your legs. Phodang Monastery is half an hour's walk up from the road or 10 minutes by vehicle. The gompa sits high above the main road to Mangan and there are tremendous views down into the valley below. Phodang was built in 1740 and belongs to the same order (Kagyupa) as Rumtek, but is much smaller and less ornate than the gompa. After the 16th Karmapa fled from Tibet and before he installed himself in Rumtek in 1959, Phodang was for a while the most important of Sikkim's three Kagyupa gompas (the third is Ralang Gompa). It is still considered one of the six main monasteries and, along with Rumtek and Ralong, hosts the annual Kagyat dances in December. Here you can feel the timelessness of a part of Sikkim which tourists rarely visit and which gives a hint of the grandeur of the north. You may also have time to visit Labrang Monastery, located about 4 km up a rocky dirt road above Phodang. The architecture of this gompa is quite unusual. The exterior shape is an octagon, built of mortar and brick with an outer coat of plaster and painted rust colour. Here you may take a moment to be aware of the soundlessness, to contemplate a life spent in peaceful meditation far away from traffic and urban din.

    Driving on, 65 kms from Gangtok, you meet the first check post at Mangan, a place which considers itself to be the 'cardamom capital of the world'. You continue to the town of Chungthang, where the rivers Taschung and Lachen meet to form the Teesta (the largest river in Sikkim). Here you turn right to drive up to Lachung a settlement situated at the confluence of the Lachen and Lachung rivers, tributaries of the Teesta. On your left are the mountains of Chameringu, 4,528m/14,855ft and Phedang Khungi, 4,897m/16,066ft.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Local Guest House
  6. Day 6 - In Lachung – day walk up the valley for acclimatisation.

    Lachung is a well-established village, famous for its apples, peaches and apricots. Its wooden houses are built in traditional style. In the past this region felt more remote but nowadays hotels have been built here to serve the needs of a newly emerged Indian middle class, with money to spend, coming up from Gangtok and staying overnight here to make a day trip up to a sacred lake near the border with Tibet. This tourism has started to have its effect on these upland valleys with local young people no longer working so much on family farms, but instead working in hotels and acting as taxi drivers. Because this is a sensitive border area there is also much military traffic and army camps.

    The scenery around Lachung is 'alpine' with open woodland up to about 500m higher than the village. The mountains which are visible from the valley floor rise to about 5500 m. Today, for acclimatisation you will take a walk from your Lachung hotel up the steep valley opposite to gain a useful 700m of acclimatisation. You might also visit Lachung Gompa, an old gompa (built in 1880) and one the most picturesque gompas in Sikkim. It is a short 30 minute walk uphill from the centre of Lachung to the gompa and there is an amazing backdrop of snow-capped peaks. In Lachung you might also visit the handicraft centre which sells woven rugs and blankets.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Local Guest House
  7. Day 7 - Drive from Lachung to Lachen, 2,750m/9,022ft - and continue to Zema - 2½ hours – Trek to Thalem 3,240m/10,620ft - approximately 4 hours.

    Today you leave Lachung and descend the valley back to the big junction where after crossing the bridge the road follows the left side (western) to Rongpu and on to Lachen. You cross the fine Bolshoi Bridge - of Russian design - built almost 492m/1500ft above the riverbed (Do not try to photograph any bridges as the Indian authorities are very sensitive on this point). From here the Teesta valley rapidly becomes narrow and steep sided and is forested all the way to Lachen, another settlement with an obvious army presence.

    You then drive the short way to Zema at 8,950ft/2,730m. This takes about 20 minutes along a rather poor road to arrive at a bridge over the Teesta and the start of the trek. When Sir Joseph Hooker, the great British botanist and explorer came here in the mid 1800's he found a piece of string tied across the bridge, and a local told him that other side of the bridge was 'Cheen' (ie China). Nowadays the border is quite a long way north, but still contested by the Chinese. You start walking from Zema, where the Zemu Chu, which flows down from the Zemu Glacier, merges with the Thangu Chu (river). The trail turns west to follow the left bank of the Zemu Chu. At first the trail is fairly straight and broad, but landslides may hamper the route in several places and make the going difficult or muddy underfoot. The last section to Thalem is steeply uphill in lovely forest. Thalem (Jadong) is located at the junction of Lhonak Chu with Zemu Chu, where there your first campsite is a lovely spot in woods where you will be lulled by the sound of the two rivers.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  8. Day 8 - Trek to Jakthang, 3,429m/11,250ft - 3-4 hours.

    This is a relatively short day of about 4 hours to aid acclimatisation. From Tallem the trail enters some of the magnificent forest for which Sikkim is famous, and is reasonably flat for half an hour. Crossing a bridge over a fierce torrent you enter a dense and wet forest. Again the trail may be muddy and the walking quite tiring as you also have to negotiate dwarf rhododendron roots, possible landslip areas and several short but steep climbs. You climb through this forest to Shobuk and then descend steeply for forty five minutes to Jakthang, a small meadow, with broken-down herdsmen's huts, which make a convenient night's halt.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  9. Day 9 - Trek to Yabuk, 3,978m/13,050ft - 4-5 hours..

    The trail continues through forest. After a short climb it crosses a substantial bridge over the Thombak Chu. This river, draining from the north, leads to the Thieu La and Muguthang, towards the Lhonak Valley. Again the going is quite rough over landslips and through bamboo and rhododendrons. There are several ascents and descents on the route and floods may have damaged the trail so it can be quite tough going. The path can be difficult to follow and its best along here for the group to stay together. After a final long climb you reach the camping ground of Yabuk where there is a Forestry Commission hut.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  10. Day 10 - Rest day at Yabuk.

    Today you will have a day to rest and acclimatise and to explore the local area. For those who are interested in rhododendrons there are many varieties found round here and you should now be getting your first views of the peaks surrounding the Zemu Glacier.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  11. Day 11 - Trek to Rest Camp, 15,500ft/4,725m - 4 ½ - 5 hours walking.

    Today you will get some of the most magnificent views of the trek - or any trek! Along the way if you climb to the top of the moraine the sudden view out over the glacier as you reach the crest is sensational - a sense of infinite light and space, beautifully shaped peaks, the huge glacier and Kanchenjunga east face in the distance.

    From camp the trail enters the moraine field of the Zemu Glacier, crossing boulders and streams. You traverse above the river for 20 minutes then join it, climbing up beside it through the moraine. Near the snout of the glacier you head steeply up right to reach a brêche in one and a half hours. From here are the first magnificent views of the summit ridges of Siniolchu 22,563ft/6,877m, a mountain which Freshfield called 'the most beautiful in the world'. The nature of the walk now changes and as the valley opens up the great peaks come into view. You descend to cross the stream on a plank bridge and head east beside the stream with views ahead of Tent and Nepal Peaks. The going is now very pleasant underfoot and you ascend the widening valley gradually to reach what is known as Base Camp 1, the camp used by climbers attempting Siniolchu. Your porters may establish their own camp here but will carry all your gear upwards for a further hour to reach the true 'Rest Camp' which is situated right opposite Siniolchu. Rest Camp is at the mouth of the wide valley descending from the Thangchung La to the north and is a very pleasant camp site with wonderful views from the crest of the moraine 10 minutes' walk away. It was a rest and recuperation camp for the German expeditions of the 1930s and was the last one where firewood was available. Kangchenjunga rises in the distance. Herds of bharal (blue sheep) are often sighted on the hill opposite and this is also snow leopard country.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  12. Day 12 - Extra day at Rest Camp.

    Today you will have time to relax, acclimatise and explore the area around Rest Camp.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  13. Day 13 - Trek to Green Lake Camp, 4,929m,16,171ft - 3½-4 hours.

    Today it is best to rise just before dawn to see the sun hit Siniolchu. Then, after breakfast you will head up the valley from camp, staying on the left side, to a little col with great views of all the peaks. This takes about 1¾ hours. Then follows a long, very gentle walk up to the wide-open space with a stream which is one of the sites called 'Green Lake Camp'. Green Lake is a take off point for mountaineering expeditions to the peaks of this area. 'Green Lake' may conjure up an image of a beautiful stretch of still water, but sadly this is not now true. Instead of a lake there is just a small shallow pond. It seems that a lake did exist here in the past - the hollow can still be seen clearly, but the water has drained away into the adjacent Zemu glacier that is gradually eroding the base of the area where Green Lake is situated. In fact, the lake had disappeared by 1899 when, according to Douglas W Freshfield, 'The hollow enclosed between the converging moraines of the Zemu and Green Lake glaciers has been very lately a lake, and was now a lake basin'. But any disappointment at the lack of a lake is more than compensated for by splendid views all around. This is a wonderful spot and from here there are great views of Simvu and the whole of the towering south and east faces of Kanchenjunga. There will be time to take a little walk along the moraine or just to admire the fine surroundings. The true Green Lake Camp sometimes suffers from a lack of water so, as one of our earlier groups did, you may continue to camp about 1¼ hours further on, next to a stream. This is a lovely camp opposite 'mini' Siniolchu and there is plenty of water here as well as dead wood for a camp fire.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  14. Day 14 - Exploration from Green Lake Camp.

    After admiring the fine early morning views in all directions there is a whole day for exploration of this great amphitheatre. One fine route leads on the expedition route towards Tent Peak. You pass Green Lake and head for the crest of a moraine and then follow cairns which mark a narrow path which then swings right to follow a small stream descending from the direction of Tent Peak which is dead ahead. Just an hour or so from camp reach the end of an easy path for fine views of Tent Peak and Nepal Peak and the glaciers falling from them.

    When an earlier group was at Green Lake, Blue sheep came right down past the camp and there were Snow leopard pug marks nearby. So keep your eyes peeled today!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  15. Day 15 - A day for either more exploration from Green Lake Camp or as a spare day in the itinerary.

    You will have another day for exploration in the Green Lake area but this day may also be used as an extra day for the ascent if anyone in the group is not acclimatising well.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  16. Day 16 - Retrace route to Yabuk - 3 hours.

    A very easy and pleasant descent of about 3 hours.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  17. Day 17 - Trek to Thalem - approximately 6 hours.

    Today you retrace your steps to Thalem, mostly downhill walking.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  18. Day 18 - Trek to Zema - 3 hours. Drive to Lachen.

    Today you retrace your steps with a pleasant downhill trek to Zema and on to Lachen. Zema is 5 kms from Lachen and your vehicles may meet you here, but if not you may need to walk the last stretch up the road to the pretty village of Lachen. In Lachen you will say goodbye to your hardy band of porters and spend the night at the Apple Orchard Lodge.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Apple Orchard Lodge or Similar
  19. Day 19 - Return to Gangtok - 6-8 hour drive.

    Today you make the drive back to Gangtok where you can enjoy a beer and a welcome shower!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Netuk House Hotel, Gangtok or Similar
  20. Day 20 - Drive to Bagdogra airport. Fly to Delhi.

    Today you will drive down from the mountain to the Indian Plains. In Bagdogra you will take the flight to Delhi. Depending on your flight schedule there may be time for some sightseeing or shopping - there is a metro station not far from the hotel so a visit into town is not difficult.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport, Delhi
  21. Day 21 - Depart Delhi.

    After breakfast there will be a group transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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What’s included

  • An experienced English-speaking local guide
  • Good standard hotel accommodation in Delhi, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Best available hotels in outlying towns on full board basis
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All internal flights and domestic hotel/airport transfers
  • Costs of all porterage and porter insurance
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All necessary permits
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & all Departure Tax (flight inclusive holidays only)
  • Single, timed group airport transfer for international flights on arrival and departure
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

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  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Delhi
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Gem of a trek          

This is a real gem of a trek.

Finest mountain views          

We had a view of the whole length of the Zemu Glacier which is one of the finest mountain views I have ever seen. Once again I run out of superlatives in describing the crew. Everyone of the 17 man crew were excellent.

Reliable          

We feel we can trust and rely on Mountain Kingdoms. You use excellent local guides and hotels.


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