Sikkim is India's smallest state, but perfectly formed for trekking. It
perches, a touch insouciantly, between Nepal, China, Tibet and Bhutan, and
over the centuries has been influenced and indeed populated from all these
areas. Kanchendzonga (8,586 M), the third highest mountain in the world,
dominates the states, being both awesome topographical landmark and a sacred
There is more to Sikkim than just natural beauty. Sikkim provides a wide
potential for tourism that has been largely unexploited. The peranially
snow-capped mountains, lush green tropics, temperate forests, gurgling
streams, and rich flora and fauna are all there to for travelers to savor.
There are enormous opportunities for travelers to discover natural beauty as
well as the mysticism of prayer flags, stupas and monasteries.
This is a 6/7 days moderate trekking from Maneshanjang, which is 26-km by
road from Darjeeling and ideal for views along a standard trail. A popular
trekking route from Darjeeling, this trek takes one to Sandakphu and Phalut
from where one can have breakthtaking views of Kanchenjunga and Mt. Everest.
Treks in the eastern Himalayan region are organized through both high and
low altitude areas. The most popular of treks is the one through high
altitude areas across the Singalila range in Darjeeling, which starts from
Maneybhanjang, goes to Meghma, Toughu, Gairibas, Sandakphu, and Phalut.The
fourth and last day is the return trek to Darjeeling, which may be taken
along the same route or via Ramman, Rimbick and Bijanbari.
Trek To Tendong Hill:
Above Damthang, overlooking south district headquarters town Namchi, there
is a flat stretch of land, at an altitude of 8,530ft, surrounded by a lush
green forest known as Tendong Hill. Trek From Tendong from Damthang bazaar,
the nearest roadhead, is just about two-hours of casual walk. But one can
also proceed to Namchi by trekking via Tendong Hill following the
traditional route used in the old days. Trekking over here also is possible
throughout the year, except in the monsoons.
Trek To Menam Hill:
Menam hill towers the Tandong hill on the other side overlooking the
Ravangla Bazaar settlement, at an altitute of 10,300 ft. The trek from Menam
to Ravangla takes about 4 hrs and from Menam hilltop trekkers has the option
to take the gentle trek to Borong village or follow the more challenging
trail, down to Yangang village.