Sikkim Green Lakes Trek | Zemu Glacier | Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Sikkim Green Lakes - Zemu Glacier - Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek

Details Of The Sikkim Green Lakes Trek

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Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Sikkim Green Lakes Trek


4 Popular Peaks:
Kirat Chuli ( 7366m ), Sinolchu ( 6887m ), Kanchenjunga ( 8586m ), Simvo ( 6812m )
1 Serene Lakes:
Sikkim Green Lake ( 5104m )
3 Mind-boggling Glaciers:
Zemu, Zemu Glacier, Sinolchu Glacier
3 Tranquil Rivers:
Zema Chu, Thamgu Chu, Lhonak Chu
1 Beautiful Remote Villages:
Lachen
1 National Parks Or Forest Reserve:
Khanchendzonga National Park

Why Should You Do The Sikkim Green Lakes Trek

  • 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
  • 📅 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 From: Lachen
  • 🚩 Ends In: 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:
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  • 🌞 Temperatures:
  • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
  • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan

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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.

Sikkim Green Lakes Trek Package - Daywise Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Gangtok ( 125 Kms,3 - 4 hours )

Drive Day

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

Day 2From Gangtok To Lachen ( 120 Kms,4 - 5 hours )

Drive Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
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.

Day 3From Lachen To Talem ( 12 Kms,5 - 6 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
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.

Day 4From Talem To Jakthang ( 12 Kms,5 - 6 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
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.

Day 5Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

Rest Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Jakthang: 3300 meters / 10824 feet
  • Jakthang: 3300 meters / 10824 feet
Brief Details Of The Day: Rest day

Day 6From Jakthang To Yabuk ( 8 Kms,4 - 5 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
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. 

Day 7From Yabuk To Rest Camp ( 8 Kms,4 - 5 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
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.  

Day 8From Rest Camp To Green Lake ( 6 Kms,3 - 4 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
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.

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

Rest Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Green Lake: 5050 meters / 16564 feet
  • Green Lake: 5050 meters / 16564 feet
  • Kanchenjunga view point: 5200 meters / 17056 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

We take time exploring the place today.

Day 10From Green Lake To Yabuk, Via - Rest Camp ( 14 Kms,7 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Green Lake: 5050 meters / 16564 feet
  • Rest Camp: 4500 meters / 14760 feet
  • Yabuk: 3950 meters / 12956 feet
Brief Details Of The Day: Descen down the same route

Day 11From Yabuk To Jakthang ( 10 Kms,5 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Yabuk: 3950 meters / 12956 feet
  • Jakthang: 3300 meters / 10824 feet
Brief Details Of The Day: Retrace the trail

Day 12From Jakthang To Lachen, Via - Zeme ( 16 Kms,6 hours )

Trek, Drive Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Jakthang: 3300 meters / 10824 feet
  • Zeme: 2912 meters / 9552 feet
  • Lachen: 2700 meters / 8856 feet
Brief Details Of The Day: REtrace the trail to reach Zeme. Drive to Lachen

Day 13From Lachen To Gangtok ( 120 Kms,6 hours )

Drive Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Lachen: 2700 meters / 8856 feet
  • Gangtok: 1600 meters / 5248 feet
Brief Details Of The Day: Drive back to Gangtok

Day 14From Gangtok To Bagdogra ( 120 Kms,4 hours )

Drive Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Gangtok: 1600 meters / 5248 feet
  • Bagdogra: 216 meters / 709 feet
Brief Details Of The Day: Drive back to bagdogra

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  • Day 1

    Drive

    Arrival Day
    From Bagdogra (126m ) To 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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