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Sikkim: Exploring the fun beyond the “idle” chills

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gliding is one of the various outdoor activities that can be done in Sikkim. Both northern and western Sikkim are good choices if someone wants to go hang gliding. Mention needs to be made of Jorethang in western Sikkim in this particular context. You can do hang gliding on the various hills as well as mountain peaks that abound in these regions. Even in case you are a beginner you can get specialists, who are trained, to accompany you to this adventurous task. You will be provided with safety equipment such as helmet, harness, and life jacket. A professional hang glider will also be there to make sure you stay safe.

Mountain biking

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Sikkim has the ideal terrain for such adventurous activities. The mountains here are rugged and the forests are lush green. The biking routes that are followed most often may be mentioned as follows:

  • Gangtok- Jorethang
  • Gangtok – Phodong – Rangrang – Dikchu – Makha – Sirwani – Temi
  • Gangtok – Rumtek – Sang – Sirwani – Temi – Namchi – Jorethang – Melli
  • Follow the exact route up to Namchi and then turn to Namthang – Rangpo

However, before you embark on this adrenaline-inducing trip it is advisable that you get the necessary permission from the Sikkim Government. The months from May to October are the best for such endeavors.

Mountaineering

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Sikkim is an ideal destination for mountaineering as there are plenty of peaks where you can climb the heights. Some of the various options may be mentioned as below:

  • Frey’s Peak
  • Jopuno
  • Tinchenkhang
  • Byrmkhangse
  • Lamo Angden

You can always be sure that there will be skilled trainers to help you during the course of the activity and you will get the equipment, necessary for such risky activities from them. As is the case with mountain biking, the months from May to October are the ideal time to be partaking in mountaineering in Sikkim.

River Rafting

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Teesta River in Sikkim is the ideal location if you want to experience the thrill of river rafting in this hilly state. By rafting on this river, which starts from the Cho Lhamu Lake, you will pass through a variety of scenes on its banks. You will see small villages, the high peaks, and the dense and vivacious forests of Sikkim. You can also go rafting at the Rangit River, a tributary of Teesta. Here the waves are rapid and the water current is rather strong. It will challenge you in ways that you may not have experienced before.

Trekking

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Sikkim, with its mountainous terrain, is also an ideal destination for trekking. The trek between Yuksom and Dzongri is perhaps the most popular over here and it happens at a height of 4200 metres. You can also take part in the Kanchendzonga Camp Trek. As part of this trek, you will be visiting the third highest peak in the world and you will have the snow-capped mountains for company. A difficult route is the one between Singalila Ridge and Goecha. Following are some other options in case you want to go trekking in Sikkim:

  • Tosha Lake Trek
  • Rutek Trek
  • Phodong Trek
  • Chewabanjyang Trek
  • Meanam Hill Trek
  • Tendong Hill Trek

Canoeing and kayaking are other popular outdoor activities in Sikkim.

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