Sikkim - Eastern Indian Himalaya
Salute porters coming out of distant cloud covered mountains. Jump on a exploration ride with the old, single track Toy train. Cool out in the Darjeeling hill stations and sip a morning Darjeeling Tea, praised by tea lovers. Do a trek to the mighty Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest peak in the world, rising high above Sikkim and Darjeeling and Nepal Himalaya to the west.
The Indian Himalaya state of Sikkim lies between Nepal and Bhutan, and borders to Tibet in the north. Less famous than its sister countries, agreed, but not less interesting.
The best trekking seasons here is the same as in Nepal. Spring and autumn. In spring from March to May, an abundance of flowers and crisp green. In autumn, clear skies after the summer monsoon, and like in the spring, a fine temperature for trekking.
In Darjeeling town you may try your skills with Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. The institute also has a museum that displays the memories of Tenzing Norgay – the first to climb Mount Everest in Nepal in 1953 along with Edmund Hillary. Beyond you can explore the crispy green tea plantations, do a soft trek through villages, or go beyond the meadows and head into high altitude. Sikkim can also be the gateway to Bhutan, or even Assam, further to the east, towards the Burma Border.