The Dzongu area in North Sikkim is designated as a Lepcha Community Reserve. This area has been recently opened for tourists. If you are interested in exploring the pristine beauty of the Himalayas away from the regular flocks of tourists filling up all popular destinations, then North Sikkim should be in your dream itinerary. Dzongu is located at an elevation ranging between 3000ft and 20,000ft above sea level, and borders the Kunchendzonga Biosphere Reserve.
Eco-tourism is the buzzword of this region. You will get options of staying with Lepcha families in unique homestays, and get first hand experience of their lifestyle. Go for short and long distance hikes, walk around watching birds and butterflies, go angling or simply let yourself get enthralled by the beauty of the snow capped mountains and fascinating landscapes.
There are a number of natural lakes in Sikkim, and many of them are considered to be the abode of local deities and protector spirits. According to one information, as many as 109 lakes are assigned to different protectors of the land. Kishong/Kueshong lake is one of them. The divine neighbours of this pristine lake are the Tholung Gompa, an eighteenth century monastery where the ancient relics of Guru Rimpoche is protected and Lama Angden, the meditative mountain. A trek to Kishong provides you the opportunities to fall in love with Rhododendrons and numerous species of butterflies and birds. Be prepared to encounter hot springs and sacred caves.
One of the best trekking destinations in India, located at 4200 mtrs from sea level, with presence of majestic mountains all around, Kanchenjungha being the prime among them. Dzongri remains quite cold for most of the year, and trekkers need to be very much physically fit for attempting the same.
The trek for Dzongri starts from Yuksom, which is about six hours in car from NJP and/or Bagdogra.
Ancient Wool Trade Route Trek
The Wool Trade route that passes through Sikkim is an offshoot of the ancient silk route that came from Lhasa and ended in the port of Tamralipta on the Bay of Bengal. This route connected China via India upto Afghanistan. Apart from silk, wool, tea , sugar, salt, copper and horses were the prime products traded through this route. Nathu La and Jelep La passes, along with Kalimpong and Pedong of West Bengal were major access points on this route.
Plan a trek with Jangu Adventures in this ancient route that brought the erudite Chinese travellers Fa Hien and Huen Tsang to India, and in the recent years, took Sir Francis Edward Younghusband's troops to Tibet in his venture to conquer Lhasa.