The unexplored Green Lake Trek in Sikkim is just starting to gain attention as one of India’s greatest trails. It is considered to be one of India’s most underrated trails! This hidden gem in North Sikkim takes you to the majestic Green Lake, scenically placed on the lap of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters/28,169 feet), the 3rd highest peak in the world, and many other glimmering mountaintops. For true lovers of the outdoors, this trek is perfect for you. Experience India’s Himalaya at its finest on the Green Lake Trek in Sikkim.
The 17-day adventure begins after you are picked up from Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri. After a special day of sightseeing in Gangtok, the trek starts. From Lachen, slowly climb through the alpine forests – full of life. When the rhododendrons are blooming, the forest has an even more awe-inspiring feel – more vibrant and full of life. If you are lucky, you will see some of the rare, exotic wildlife found in the region. Some stretches of the trail are a bit challenging, but the end result is well worth it! In addition to seeing Kanchenjunga, you will also see a panorama of jagged peaks, including Yalung Kang (8505 meters), Kangbachen (7903 meters), and others while walking alongside the awe-inspiring Zemu Glacier.
At about 5,000 meters above sea level, Green Lake is surrounded by an amphitheater of snowy mountains, providing an unforgettable view. Due to the altitude, the trek is considered strenuous/challenging. That being said, there is time built into the itinerary for acclimatization. Regardless of your experience level, determined trekkers should have no trouble reaching the breathtaking Green Lake!
Not only does the trek reward you with unprecedented views, but it also is spiritually uplifting. Walking for days through the unexplored territory fills you with a meditative, therapeutic feeling. Also, one of the best parts about this trail is the amount of solitude you experience. It is possible to trek for several days without seeing another person on the trail. Each night, you sleep in a tent under the stars surrounded by the grandeur of North Sikkim’s wilderness. Disconnect from the outside world for a few days and relax. Cutting off the ties to your stress and worries, you’ll find yourself being fully present and appreciative of the beauty that surrounds you.
Enjoy the unexplored wilderness of North Sikkim on the Green Lake Trek. Find yourself in Mother Nature’s lap, exploring all that she has to offer. With colorful forests, towering peaks, high-altitude lakes, gushing rivers, rolling meadows and rare alpine flowers, there is never a dull moment on the Green Lake Trek. It is a truly an alpine paradise.