Destination: Sikkim


The Himalayan enclave of Sikkim, known locally as Drejong, the 'Land of Rice', is revered throughout the Tibetan world as an aboriginal 'hidden land' ( beyul ), predicted by Padmsambhava as one of a few select valleys ideally suitable for meditation and spiritual development. The perennial snow peaks of Kangchendzonga dominate the skyline to the west of the country, bordering Nepal, while the indigenous Lepcha population are now outnumbered by Nepalese settlers and ethnic Tibetans. Gangtok, the provincial capital, is a rapidly developing town, commanding the traditional but dormant trade routes into Tibet. Trans Himalaya offer trekking opportunities through this hidden land as far as Goche La pass and Pemayangtse Monastery, located in the foothills below Mt Kangchendzonga.

Trans Himalaya's tour programme features the core itineraries recommended and described in detail in Robert & Roma Bradnock's India Handbook (Footprint Handbooks, 12th edition 2002). We also specialise in customised expeditions and tours, which can be organised anywhere in Sikkim to suit individual requirements.




Trekking in Sikkim (21 days)

Visit the British hill stations of Darjiling and Kalimpong in West Bengal, before driving through the Tista valley to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Explore the Tibetan Buddhist heritage of this hidden kingdom and trek to Gochela Pass, in full view of Kangchendzonga, the world's third highest peak. The tour culminates with a visit to Pemayangtse Monastery.

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Himalayan Enclaves: Bhutan, Sikkim, W Bengal & Nepal (11 days)

Experience the diversity of three Himalayan kingdoms in a single journey.

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