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Sikkim Green Lakes Trek

Sikkim Green Lakes Trek

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About The Sikkim Green Lakes Trek

This is probably the best trek in Sikkim. Regarded as being the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, the route has a history too !! Earlier, it used to be a very important route for expeditions going to Kanchenjunga. The Zemu glacier emerging from the mighty Kanchenjunga is a breathtaking sight, from which emerges the Zemu river, a tributary of the mighty river Teesta, the lifeline of Sikkim and Darjeeling. Zemu is the largest glacier in the Eastern Himalayas.

The trek climbs up the narrow Zemu gorge into the snow cladded peaks surrounded by Mt. Simvo, Kanchenjunga, Tent Peak, Sinolchu and Lama Angden.

One of the very remote trek in the Himalayas, going close to the border, obtaining permission for this trek takes time too. It should always be planned atleast 4 - 5 months ahead.

Detailed Daywise Itinerary For Sikkim Green Lakes Trek

Day 1From Bagdogra To Gangtok, Via - Melli, Rangpo

Quick Information:
  • Bagdogra : 126 meters / 416 feets
  • Melli: 150 meters / 495 feets
  • Rangpo: 333 meters / 1099 feets
  • Gangtok: 1600 meters / 5280 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 125 Km
  • Approximate Time: 3 - 4 hours
  • Day's Activity: Drive
Brief Details Of The Day:

Take on the scenic drive to Gangtok once you land in Bagdogra or New Jalpaiguri railway station. The route passes by the Malli and then crosses Rongpo, the gateway to Sikkim.

Once you reach Gangtok, one of our staff receives you and guides you to your hotel. We meet in the evening over light snacks and have a small team introduction, share latest information from the trek, check your preparation, etc.

A quick dinner and then we wish Good Nights

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Evening Snacks, Dinner

Day 2From Gangtok To Lachen

Quick Information:
Brief Details Of The Day:

On  the first day of oput trek, we take a drive to Lachen today. On reaching, we checkin to our hotel. At Lachen, the beautiful peak of Lama Angden welcomes you.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: All Meals

Day 3From Lachen To Talem

Quick Information:
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we start the trek with a small drive to Zema, meeting point of Zema Chu and Thamgu Chu. We then take left to enter into the Zemu valley following the Zemu Chu to its snout in coming days. The trek winds through the forest to the confluence of  Lhonak Chu and Zemu Chu where we camp for the night.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 4From Talem To Jakthang

Quick Information:
Brief Details Of The Day:

Following on the trail through the deep forest, we follow the Zemu Chu. Some good trekking brings us to a clearing where we camp for the night.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 5Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

Quick Information:
  • Jakthang: 3300 meters / 10890 feets
  • Jakthang: 3300 meters / 10890 feets
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Day's Activity: Explore, rest
Brief Details Of The Day: Rest day
Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All meals

Day 6From Jakthang To Yabuk

Quick Information:
Brief Details Of The Day:

We follow the trail towards the snout of Zemu glacier through the forest. Soon we cross the treeline and emerge on a different terrain. We follow the river and camp near its snout. 

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 7From Yabuk To Rest Camp

Quick Information:
Brief Details Of The Day:

Its a difficult but rewarding day today as we start negotiating the moraine of the Zemu glacier. The route offers great views of one of the most beautiful peak in the Himalayas - Sinolchu. We are also rewarded with views of Kanchenjunga. We camp right opposite to Sinolchu in the mouth of the Lhonak Valley.  

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 8From Rest Camp To Green Lake

Quick Information:
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we head to the last camp on this trek - Green Lake. The route climbs up gently through the moraine to a wide opening where we camp. For the rest of the day, enjoy the beauty of the place surrounded by majestic mountains. You can climb up a nearby ridge to open up grand views to mesmerize your eyes.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 9Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day. Excursion to Kanchenjunga view point

Quick Information:
  • Green Lake: 5050 meters / 16665 feets
  • Green Lake: 5050 meters / 16665 feets
  • Kanchenjunga view point: 5200 meters / 17160 feets
  • Approximate Time: 5 - 6 hours
  • Day's Activity: Trek, Explore
Brief Details Of The Day:

We take time exploring the place today.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 10From Green Lake To Yabuk, Via - Rest Camp

Quick Information:
  • Green Lake: 5050 meters / 16665 feets
  • Rest Camp: 4500 meters / 14850 feets
  • Yabuk: 3950 meters / 13035 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 14 Km
  • Approximate Time: 7 hours
  • Day's Activity: Trek
Brief Details Of The Day: Descen down the same route
Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All meals

Day 11From Yabuk To Jakthang

Quick Information:
  • Yabuk: 3950 meters / 13035 feets
  • Jakthang: 3300 meters / 10890 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 10 Km
  • Approximate Time: 5 hours
  • Day's Activity: Trek
Brief Details Of The Day: Retrace the trail
Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All meals

Day 12From Jakthang To Lachen, Via - Zeme

Quick Information:
  • Jakthang: 3300 meters / 10890 feets
  • Zeme: 2912 meters / 9610 feets
  • Lachen: 2700 meters / 8910 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 16 Km
  • Approximate Time: 6 hours
  • Day's Activity: Trek, Drive
Brief Details Of The Day: REtrace the trail to reach Zeme. Drive to Lachen
Accommodation: Homestay, hotel, guest house
Meals: All meals

Day 13From Lachen To Gangtok

Quick Information:
  • Lachen: 2700 meters / 8910 feets
  • Gangtok: 1600 meters / 5280 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 120 Km
  • Approximate Time: 6 hours
  • Day's Activity: Drive
Brief Details Of The Day: Drive back to Gangtok
Accommodation: Hotels
Meals: All meals

Day 14From Gangtok To Bagdogra

Quick Information:
  • Gangtok: 1600 meters / 5280 feets
  • Bagdogra: 216 meters / 713 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 120 Km
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Day's Activity: Drive
Brief Details Of The Day: Drive back to bagdogra
Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Covid19 Safety Protocol For Himalayan Treks

Unnatural times call for an unusual response. We at Himalayan High are facing it with even more stringent safety measures to ensure our treks, trekkers, and the local support team are safe. The Covid19 Pandemic has completely changed the way we look at the World and do things. It has changed the way we trek as well. Here is a brief.

  • Small Groups of less than 15 members
  • No Fixed Camps at all. Use a single sleeping bag, mattress & sleeping bag inners throughout the trek without any mixup
  • Sanitized Transportation
  • Contactless Screening of Participants on arrival
  • Contactless Paperwork and Online Booking Procedure
  • Mandatory Sanitization Before Entry
  • Sanitized Accommodation, Linens, Sleeping Bags, etc
  • Sanitized and sun-dried Camping Equipment
  • Monitored Support Crew with extra protection of masks, gloves and frequent use of sanitizers
  • Social Distancing from other unmonitored groups
  • Daily evaluation of Health for Safe Mountain Health
  • Twin Sharing Accommodations on the trek
  • Single tent supplement available
  • Proper Dining Hygiene in Dining Tents
  • Dry Toilets in toilet tents.
  • Covid Hygiene Kit including personal Sleeping Bag Inner for free
  • Precautionary Quarantine Tents On Trek
  • Immunity-Boosting Food Menu and Drinks
  • Filtered, Boiled and Treated Drinking Water

Read more on the following link about our Covid19 safety measures to ensure a safe trek. Safe trekking in the Himalayas during COVID-19

With this protocol, we have resumed our Himalayan Treks.

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+ Quick Info
  • Duration: 14 days/ 13 nights Bagdogra to Bagdogra
  • Highest Altitude: 5200m
  • Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
  • Best Time: Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov
  • Terrain: Rhododendron forest, alpine meadows, rocky
  • Activity Type: Trek
  • Trail Type: Same Exit Entry Point
  • Starts At: Lachen
  • Ends At: Lachen
  • Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
  • Country: India
  • Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
  • Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
  • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Lachen
  • Mobile Network:
  • Internet Option:
  • Temperatures:
  • Is Cloak Room Available: No
  • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan
+ Short Travel Itinerary

** click on the DayNumber to read detailed itinerary for the day

  • Day 1

    Drive

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Gangtok (1600m ), Via - Melli (150m ), Rangpo (333m ). 3 - 4 Hrs. 125 Kms
    Overnight In: Gangtok (1600m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: Evening Snacks, Dinner
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2

    Drive

    From Gangtok (1600m ) To Lachen (2750m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs. 120 Kms
    Overnight In: Lachen (2750m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 3

    Trek

    From Lachen (2750m ) To Talem (3240m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Talem (3240m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4

    Trek

    From Talem (3240m ) To Jakthang (3300m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Jakthang (3300m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5

    Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

    Overnight In: Jakthang (3300m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All meals
  • Day 6

    Trek

    From Jakthang (3300m ) To Yabuk (3950m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs. 8 Kms
    Overnight In: Yabuk (3950m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7

    Trek

    From Yabuk (3950m ) To Rest Camp (4500m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs. 8 Kms
    Overnight In: Rest Camp (4500m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 8

    Trek

    From Rest Camp (4500m ) To Green Lake (5050m ) . 3 - 4 Hrs. 6 Kms
    Overnight In: Green Lake (5050m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 9

    Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

    Overnight In: Green Lake (5050m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 10

    Trek

    From Green Lake (5050m ) To Yabuk (3950m ), Via - Rest Camp (4500m ) . 7 Hrs. 14 Kms
    Overnight In: Yabuk (3950m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All meals
  • Day 11

    Trek

    From Yabuk (3950m ) To Jakthang (3300m ) . 5 Hrs. 10 Kms
    Overnight In: Jakthang (3300m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All meals
  • Day 12

    Trek, Drive

    From Jakthang (3300m ) To Lachen (2700m ), Via - Zeme (2912m ) . 6 Hrs. 16 Kms
    Overnight In: Lachen (2700m )
    Accommodation: Homestay, hotel, guest house
    Meals Included: All meals
  • Day 13

    Drive

    From Lachen (2700m ) To Gangtok (1600m ) . 6 Hrs. 120 Kms
    Overnight In: Gangtok (1600m )
    Accommodation: Hotels
    Meals Included: All meals
  • Day 14

    Drive

    From Gangtok (1600m ) To Bagdogra (216m ) . 4 Hrs. 120 Kms
    Overnight In: Bagdogra (216m )
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast
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+ Trek Highlights

Glaciers At Glance: Zemu, Zemu Glacier, Sinolchu Glacier

Rivers At Glance: Zema Chu, Thamgu Chu, Lhonak Chu

Villages At Glance: Lachen

National Parks / Forest Reserves: Khanchendzonga National Park

  • Kanchenjunga 8586m - World's 3rd highest peaks. 
  • Sinolchu is regarded as one of the most beautiful looking peak in the Himalayas
  • Zemu glacier emerging from Kanchenjunga is the largest glacier in Eastern Himalayas
  • Green lake is a high altitude lake at 5000 meters.
  • The trek route is rich in flora and fauna
+ Reviews & Testimonials

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Average: 1
Bad: 0

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+ Cancellation Policy

When Should You Book?

We typically get booked about 3 - 6 months in advance. It is advisable to book this much in advance as you get early bird discounts and also your travel costs like flights/hotels/trains etc are much cheaper and confirmed if you book well in advance.

 

SPECIAL CANCELLATION TERMS DURING COVID19:  
(1st OCTOBER 2020 TILL 31st MARCH 2021 )

Considering the uncertainties during the COVID19 pandemic, we have eased our cancellation rules. 

  • Up to 3 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total invoiced amount. No questions asked.
  • 2 days to 1 day before the trek start date - We will either issue you a trek voucher with a value of 100% of the trek fee or refund 85% of the trek fee if you want us to transfer the money back.
  • Transfer Of Seat to Different Batch/ Trek: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 1 day before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  • Transfer of Seat to Friend/ Family: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 1 day before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  • Validity Of The Covid19 Cancellation Policy: The above-listed cancellation rules apply only to bookings for which the trek start date falls between 1st October 2020 till 31st March 2021.

Find detailed info on Cancellation & Refund Policy

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