The Best Mountaineering Expeditions in Sikkim

The Best Mountaineering Expeditions in Sikkim
Frey's Peak and Mt Kokthang, Photo Credit: the_mountaineer / Shutterstock.com

The tiny Himalayan state is home to peaks such as Frey's Peak and Lama Wangden in addition to Mt Khangchengdzonga, the world's third-highest mountain

OT Staff
May 13 , 2021
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Home to the third highest mountain in the world Mt Khangchendzonga, Sikkim’s landscape is adorned with peaks like Lama Wangden and Frey’s Peak, which have been scaled by many mountaineers over the years. The state also has the prestigious Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Ecotourism (IHCAE) is a world-renowned training centre that offers basic and advanced courses in mountaineering and mountain biking, in addition to other programmes.

Clearly, those looking to undertake some thrilling expeditions in the state have ample opportunity to do so. Here, we list out some of the best along with the information you will need. 

Mt. Frey Peak Climb
An exquisite peak in close proximity to Rathong Glacier, Frey Peak lies near the Kabru sister of peaks boasting two imposing summits i.e. Kokthang and Rathong Peak. The trek involves passing through the absorbing Frey Glacier. The trail is mostly rocky and includes snow in the gaps. The summit is named after the renowned mountaineer George Frey who attempted climbing the peak with Tenzing Norgay. The axe and crampons used by them are still present at the base of the peak as a memorial. The trail offers a stunning landscape and allows the trekkers to relish the undulating beauty of nature.

Mt Thinchenkhang and Mt Jopuno, seen on the Goecha la trail at sunrise
Mt. Thinchenkhang Expedition

Mt Thinchenkhang (6010m) is situated in western Sikkim and falls under Khangchendzonga National Park, which is blessed with a rich bio- diversity, sacred lakes and snow-capped mountains. One can see this peak from Okhlathang Valley while trekking to Goecha La (pass). The Sikkim government declared this peak a trekking peak in 1990 and ever since then, it has caught the fancy of many a mountaineer.

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Mt. Jopuno Climb
Mt Jopuno is situated in the western part of Sikkim at a soaring elevation of 5603m. This imposing peak lies under the Khangchendzonga National Park. While trekking towards the Goecha La, this spectacular peak is clearly visible from the Okhlathang valley. It is one of the primary attractions for the mountaineers or peak climbers from all over the world after it was recently opened by the Government of Sikkim. During this expedition, trekkers and adventure lovers get to witness captivating views of some highly mesmerising peaks of the Himalayas in Sikkim.

Sikkim also promises great opportunities for anyone who has ever wanted to feel the adrenaline rush of mountain biking. And if you want to cover a trail here, you can take the following route:

Gangtok - Rumtek - Sang - Sirwani - Temi - Damthang - Rabong - Kewzing - Tashiding - Yusum - Pelling - Dentam - Rinchenpong - Soreng - Sombaria - Jorethang - Namchi - Rangpo
Feel the adrenaline coursing as you undertake a biking expedition in the mountains of Sikkim
In addition to these, Sikkim is also known for some sublime treks including the Goecha la. Check out our three-part guide to the best on-foot trails in the state. You will require permits for both mountaineering and trekking expeditions (it's worth the hard work), but our comprehensive permit guide will make it easy to figure it all out.

HELICOPTER RIDES
Taking a helicopter joy ride over the beautiful vistas of Gangtok is one of the most thrilling experiences one can have while in Sikkim. A special thrill is the discovery of Sikkim’s glorious charms through the Sikkim Mountain Flights. The Sikkim Helicopter Services (SHS) use five-seater helicopters for these mountain flights. We promise great views and photo opportunities.

The flights on offer include West Sikkim Flight, Yumthang Flight, Khanghchendzonga Flight and Gangtok Flight.

Make Your Bookings Here:
Tourist Information Centre: 03592-203960 STDC (Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation) Cell 09593272738, 09775952722, 09475011220, 09775901379 BOOKINGS FOR BAGDOGRA TO GANGTOK Tourist Service Agency (TSA): Bagdogra Airport 0353-2698036/ 2698030
Bookings for Bagdogra to Gangtok Tourist Service Agency (TSA) Tel 0353-2531219 Bagdogra Airport Tel 0353- 2698036/2698030


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