Sikkim is a land of dramatic contours. Rugged mountains, deep valleys and dense forests consort with raging rivers, lakes and waterfalls to create a visual feast. The state has the steepest rise in altitude over the shortest distance. The mountain chains which run southwards from the main Himalayan range form the natural boundaries of Sikkim; the Chola range dividing it from Tibet in the Northeast and Bhutan in the Southeast, the Singalila range separating it from Nepal in the West with the Greater Himalayan range forming the barrier between Sikkim and Tibet in the North. The diversity of Sikkim has produced a quintessential Sikkimese culture that encompasses all walks of life, but has also managed to preserve the Sikkimese identity.
Marking out Every Stop on the Way
These will be marked on the GPX as legends which can be referred to the list below. This list will be populated by people riding the trails as and when they send us updates and suggestions. We can start with a basic list to trigger it off. Also keeping in mind with IDTMT (I DONT TRASH MY TRAVEL) principles of contributing to local economy of the area – specifically LOCAL)
The Sikkim section of the Great Indian Trail enters through West Sikkim where you witness the mighty Kanchenjunga from Pelling and then traverse north towards Gurdongmor and Yuksom. There are special permits required to visit certain regions of Sikkim which can be acquired in Gangtok. Post Gangtok, the trail passes through Nathu La pass and ends at Aritar lake.
Total Length of the trail in Kms
|Expected time to ride the trail;
|12 – 15 days
|Best time of the year;
|Mary-Mar & Sep-Oct
|Emergency Telephone; State services (police and ambulance services)
|100 – Police
108 – Ambulance
Other States & Trails
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GRIT resources are in the form of GPX and KML maps. These downloadable maps are designed for use on either a dedicated GPS device or a mobile phone with GPS capabilities.
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