Tips for great Trekking Adventures | Tips for great Trekking
Trekking is one of the most preferred activities for the adventure enthusiasts. It gives great adventure and great pleasure. But the interest gets doubled when you learn that you can trek the youngest and highest mountain system of world. It will be really a lifetime experience to trek the Great Himalaya. Himalaya is also called as ‘abode of snow’ as the mountains remain covered with the snow.Himalaya, the pride of Nepal holds eight of fourteen highest mountain peaks of the world. Such peaks include Mount Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Chooyu, anchenjunga, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu. The mountain ranges of Himalaya great trekking trails to the tourists to enjoy the trekking experiences. The Himalayan ranges of Nepal are great theatre where you can enjoy many mountainous activities and see the still cinema of beautiful landscape. Mountain climbers, trekkers, hikers and other mountain lovers visit Nepal frequently to get the great lifetime experience.Along with trekking mountain trails, tourists can also see the breathtaking beauty and unique culture of Nepal. Tourists have a wonderful opportunity to explore the culture and natural wealth of the mountain land. Besides trekking, tourists can also enjoy adventure games like sky diving, river rafting, hiking, mountain gaming, peak climbing Nepal and others.In the course of trekking Himalayas, you will pass through many mountain villages and will get opportunity to interact with local innocent people dwelling life there. You can also meet tribal people there on the altitude. Himalaya is itself a big base for wonderful ecology. Varied species of flora and fauna survive in the foothills of Himalaya. Visit Nepal and explore the exotic species of flora and fauna.However, it is important to inform you that if you are planning to climb on high altitude, you must undertake the daring challenge under the guidance of an expert trek guide. You can easily get a guide with consultation with a trekking agency in Nepal. There are many agencies in Nepal that provide guide and trekking equipment. They guide the tourists to make the trekking tour safe and interesting. An expert guide has idea regarding dangerous trails and landslide areas. Landslide is very common in hilly and mountainous area. You must protect yourself from natural calamites like landslide, mountain storm, etc. So, you must begin your journey accompanying a trekking guide. Do not forget to carry compass, map, first-aid kit, stick and other equipment required on the trip. Do not make your bag too heavy. You have to walk long. Follow these tips and make your trekking tour to Himalaya a great experience for lifetime. Sikkim is the small state that is situated in the north eastern part of India. It is the state which is popularly known as the land of peace and tranquility. The people who are spending their busy life at the big city, they can the location as the relaxing and refreshing spot to spend their holidays. The higher mountain, the greenery of the place and the silence prevails with the chirping of bird. Sikkim is such a beautiful place that it is often termed as the Switzerland of east and a heavenly paradise on earth. The state also excels in the flora and fauna due to the heavy rainfall. There are almost 4000 variety of the flowering plants and shrubs in Sikkim.Yuksom To Dzongri & The Goecha La Trek: The most popular and the shortest trek to Dzongri Ridge in the Kanchenjunga National Park. This trek offers to climb the spectacular close view of Mount Kanchenjunga, Kabru, Pandim, and many other snow capped peaks. Yaksum is the starting point of the for this trek and the height is 1740 meters and it passes through Bakkhim, Phedang, Prek Chu river, Tshoka village and Laxmi Pokhri before culminating at Dzongri. On their way trekkers can enjoy the picturesque view of Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Simvo, Pandhim, and Khangchendzonga.I’m writing from Gangtok in East Sikkim, India. Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim, a Himalayan State that has Tibet in the North, Bhutan in the East, Nepal in the West, and West Bengal in the South. Sikkim was an independent country ruled since 1641 A.D. by a hereditary Monarch, the Chogyal, and joined the Indian Union in 1975, becoming its twenty second state. With the Kanchenjunga – at 8534 metres the world’s third highest mountain and the protective deity of the Sikkimese people – towering overhead and blessed with a magnificent landscape of fast-flowing rivers and lush forested hills, Sikkim has evolved into a very popular destination in recent times for both domestic and foreign tourists. However, given its strategic location, many parts of Sikkim fall with the Military zone and special Inner Line Permits are required to visit them. Foreigners require Inner Line Permits to visit any part of Sikkim, and these can be obtained from any Indian Mission.Gangtok, which is at an altitude of 5800 feet, was built on the flank of a ridge and can be reached by road – a four or six hours drive – from Darjeeling, Siliguri, and other places, including all district headquarters in Sikkim. There is no railway connection on account of the terrain.The name Gangtok, which means ‘High Hill’, evoked – atleast for me – a remote and mystical Himalayan atmosphere, but it is in fact a very modern, bustling town with many modern amenities like deluxe hotels, trendy restaurants and bars, high-range shops, Internet Cafes, Digital Photo Labs, and so on. The flip side of modern life has also unfortunately left its mark – over-crowding of buildings, traffic jams, beggars (not many, thankfully, but I’m mentioning them because one travel brochure specifically mentioned their total absence) and rubbish dumps. This last is truly the bane of all tourist destinations in India – my fellow countrymen and countrywomen, on the whole, seem to display an amazing disregard and lack of sensitivity for our natural heritage and don’t think twice about leaving a veritable treasure trove of plastic bags, empty bottles, cellophane wrappers, thermocol, chewing gum, broken glass, plastic cups, old batteries, used sanitary napkins and other such delightful refuse everywhere in their wake. It is so much easier than carrying everything back to a garbage bin – just open the car or bus or train window and toss out whatever you don’t want – or just leave the unwanted stuff spread out at what was once described in the travel brochure as a place of unmarred, pristine beauty. It is enough to make you wish that whoever discovered these places first had kept them a Priority One Top Secret from Travel Writers like me. Anyway, people, if you read this and sometime in the future happen to visit Gangtok and its surrounding areas, please, please, please don’t add to the litter – think of your own future generations if nothing else – they might want to take a holiday sometime and, if every place stinks exactly like home, where would they go?
Anyway, I’m getting a tad side-tracked here. Like I said I am in Gangtok – in Romm 402 at Hotel Sonam Delek on Tibet Road. This is a pretty good hotel with not totally unreasonable rates – Rs. 660 for a double-bed room per night. The Manager and the Staff are friendly and helpful – I can’t stress enough the reviving powers of a warm, welcoming smile after a tiring journey. The Chef here deserves a special mention for a reviving culinary talent, especially for what is described in the Menu, under the Dessert section, as ‘Creap Suzzte’ – a simply divine treat at just Rs. 40. Speaking of food, I also had a traditional Sikkimese meal here – costs Rs. 150 per person. I wish I could say it was an ‘experience’, but much of it was actually the same as what we eat back home, and all I could think was Im paying Rs. 150 for that?! Other eating places I tried out to my satisfaction are the ‘Blue Sheep’ and ‘Glenary’s’ on M.G. Road.M.G. Road, by the way, is Gangtok’s Main Street, a busy place lined with shops, restaurants, hotels, travel agencies, internet cafes, photo labs and so on. You will also find the Tourism Office oer here – here a very nice, smiling lady handed me informative booklets on Sikkim and was pretty much clueless beyond that – go to the Blue Sky Tours and Travels Office next doors for anything you want to know, she said. A couple before me had asked her, “Then why are you here?” “To hand out the booklets, of course,” she said.The guys manning the well-recommended Blue Sky Office didn’t appear to know much either. Our Manager is out to lunch, they said, come again. I went again and the Manager said, our Chief is away, come again. I arranged instead for a two days and one night package to Yumthang – a place reminiscent of Switzerland according to the Tourism brochures and the many photographs pinned on the office walls, and not at all disappointing in actual fact – with the Kanchenjunga Adenture Tours and Travels on Tibet Road, a short walk from my hotel. This agency proved to be cheaper too – Rs. 800 compared to Blue Sky’s Rs. 1200. There’s a long list of Travel Agents listed in the Tourism Office’s ‘Sikkim, The Land of Mystic Splendour’ booklet. It would be a good idea to shop around and find the best deals.