Nestled in the lap of Eastern Himalayas, Sikkim is endowed with peaceful environment, undefiled valleys, great range of mountains, a wide range of flora and fauna, and, rich culture and traditions. Nature has blessed this land with its enormous and spellbinding beauty, which is why Sikkim indeed is the Wonderland of the Himalayas.
Sikkim the gateway of North East India is one of the most coveted hubs of the tourists throughout the country. The first organic state of India sharing an international border with China not only boasts of its breathtaking beauty but also provides various options to indulge you in and to explore.
So, if you are planning a tour in Sikkim and if you are clueless about in what activities you would indulge yourself in during your visit in Sikkim then here we are providing you the list of 15 must do adventure activities in Sikkim.
1. Experience the struggle and victory with the enticing Mountaineering:
Sikkim is bestowed with captivating mountain peaks and offers the scope for adventure activities like Mountaineering. Mountaineering in Sikkim is gaining immense popularity each year. The famous peaks like Mt. Jopuno, Frey Peak, Mt. Lama Wangchen offers great pleasure and thrill to mountaineers.
2. Witness the captivating Wildlife Expedition:
Explore the Sikkimese biodiversity, one of the richest biodiversity in India, and it has around 5,000 species of flowering plants and abode to Red Panda, snow leopard, musk deer, etc. if you are a wildlife enthusiast, visit Kanchenjunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first Mixed Heritage site of India.
3. Resist the obstacles and feel the freedom like that of an Eagle with Hang Gliding:
Some of the regions in Sikkim are fast developing as hang gliding destination. Enjoy the ultimate adventure, the adventure of flying free, without any hindrance, like a bird with your wings opened up and floating with the direction of the air of this amazing aero sport, hang gliding in Sikkim. None can resist the urge of indulging in the celestial recreation, the excitement of freedom, the freedom to fly.
4. Let your heart skip a beat with the heart stirring Cycling:
This thrilling weekend gateway is quite famous in youngsters. Gangtok to Rongpo is the ideal place for those who love cycling through rugged trails of the Himalayas. You can even join group cycling in Sikkim, which is held in spring and falls both. But if you prefer to go alone, you can do it anytime in any season. There are many other route options like Rangpo to Yumgthang, etc.
5. Explore the realm of the Lakes and Mountains with Yak Safari:
Yaks are usually domesticated and are physically adapted to high altitudes, which stands up to 5.2 to 7.2 feet tall. It is one of the must do things in Sikkim while you are visiting Sikkim. Enjoy the Yak Safari and pass through picturesque landscapes connecting the celestial beauty of the hills and luminous Tsomgo Lake.
6. Glimpse the captivating province from above by taking an amazing Helicopter ride:
Sikkim is bestowed with many places to explore, and the best way to behold the beauty of Sikkim is from above. Apart from paragliding and hang gliding, the panoramic beauty is best seen as you sit in the comforts of warm helicopter seats, so get a bird’s eye view of the spectacular landscape from above.
7. Discover the adventurous strength in you by Rock Climbing activity:
Rock climbing is one of the adventurous activities that give you endless thrills. If you desire such adventure then climbing the natural rocks of the Himalaya is a dream turning into reality. Free climbing and aid climbing are the two kinds of rock climbing activities in Sikkim.
8. Delve into the caves of North Lha ri nying phu:
Located in the west of Sikkim near the Tashiding Monastery, this cave is regarded s the most sacred cave in Sikkim. Enjoy the three days trek to reach the entrance of this cave and once you reach the spot, witness the mesmerizing interiors of the Himalayas. Other exclusive caves like Cave of Happiness, Fairy cave and the Secret cave are worth exploring.
9. Go for river exhilarating rafting in Teesta:
Offering the enormous adventurous activities like White Water Rafting and Fishing, Teesta is the lifeline of Sikkim. The river rafting becomes more adventurous with wild rapids of the Teesta River. If you are a beginner, then you can try range 2 and 3. Rafting is the excellent option for the adrenaline rush.
10. Indulge in the thrilling mountain biking at Nathu La Pass region:
Nathu La Pass is an offshoot of the historic Silk Route. It is also one of the highest motorable roads in the world surrounded by rich alpine flora and fauna. It is a mountain pass that connects Sikkim and Tibet. Nathu La is indeed the best place for those who seek adventure. It is a biker’s paradise. However, if you love snow, exploring Nathu La is one of the major activities to do in December.
11. Behold the world from above with exciting Paragliding experience:
If you love adventure then participate in the Paragliding festival in Gangtok, which is organized in the month of October and November. During this time the temperature remains moderate and the sky is clear and sunny. So, fly like an eagle in the vast stretch of never ending firmament. Testify the captivating beauty from above like you never did before.
12. Embrace the warmth of Bonfire during Camping at Yumthang Valley:
Camping is one of the must do adventure activities in Sikkim. So, pack up your bags and enter into the domain of breathtaking and panoramic mountains decked with snow. Set your camp amid thousands of wild flowers and get awe-struck by the spellbinding hues of the nature.
13. Explore the Fairytale land of Lachung:
The undefiled beauty and the snow-covered hamlet in Lachung will soul with its ethereal beauty. Once you enter the land, you will find immense reasons to fall under the spell of this land fairytale land. The mesmerizing perennial river of Lachung Chu river and the beautiful panoramic landscapes appear like a fairytale world.
14. Trekking in the realm of greens and wild flowers:
Sikkim is indeed the trekker’s paradise. Yuksom, the meeting place of the three lamas is the abode of many treks into the magical Kanchenjunga or the Himalayas. The famous treks in Sikkim are Yuksom Goeche La Trek, Yuksom Dzongri Trek, Green Lake Trek, Barsey Rhododendron Trek, Kanchenjunga Trek, Sandakphu-Phalut Trek etc. Rejuvenate your mind and your soul amid the greens and wildflowers, amid the top ridges of the mountains.
15. Discover the secluded and unexplored Zuluk:
Zuluk is an offbeat destination in Eastern region in Sikkim. Nestled at an elevation of 10,000 ft, it is an ancient Silk Route. While exploring Zuluk witness the unusual and thrilling journey down the loops with 32 hairpin loops. Perhaps this will be one of the most compelling drive of your life.
So, here are the 15 adventurous options to indulge into while you are exploring Sikkim. I am pretty sure that these adventurous activities will surely make your trip a rejuvenating and a thrilling one. May your trip be one of a fascinating one with these adventure activities!