Green Lake Trek

Green Lake Trek

Trek LocationArea: Sikkim Himalayas

Trek DurationDuration: 16 Days (4 days travel/12 days trekking)

Trek SeasonBest Season: Mid April and Mid October

Trek GradeGrade:

On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

AltitudeAltitude: 4935mts/16186ft

Trekking DistanceTotal Trekking: 92 K.M

About Green Lake Trek

Much of the Sikkim Himalaya remains largely unexplored. The journey to this part of the Himalayas has been taken up by only few who are aware of this haven. The Green Lake Trek in Sikkim takes you to the base of Kanchenjunga, a sprawling green landscape, dotted with few alpine trees and a serene lake. The vicinity allows you to hold the beautiful horizon firmly, parted by the Kanchenjunga at 8,586 meters, Kanchenjunga West, also known as Yalung Kang at 8,505 meters, Kanchenjunga Central at 8,482 meters, Kanchenjunga South at 8,494 meters and Kangbachen at 7,903 meters. All these part courters a silver line parallel to the spotless blue sky and spanning over the boundaries of Nepal, Tibet and the Indian state of Sikkim. The Green Lake Trek in Sikkim is amongst the tricky and unexplored treks in the Sikkim Himalayan belt that traverses through some of the secluded tribal villages perched at a lofty height of the mountains. Other than the vast forest of rhododendrons and other flowering plants, alpine trees, and wildlife, it's the culture that reverberates in the mind of several explorers comes in contact with this alpine trek. Further, the trekkers will get a rewarding view of the lush green surrounding, encircling the lake at an altitude of 5,000 meters.

Sikkim Green Lake Trek

The Sikkim Green Lake Trek commences from Lachen, which is at an altitude of 2,730 meters and approximately 135 kilometers from Gangtok. The trail leads to Tallem at 3,240 meters via Zema. From Tallem, the route winds and gently climbs to Jakthang at 3,430 meters. Here is a day of acclimatization before you continue further on Sikkim Green Lake Trek. From Jakthang, the route snakes through a gorgeous alpine forest and cuts through several small and gushing streams to Yabuk at 4,040 meters and after that to the rest camp at 4,725 meters. From the rest camp, the journey to Green Lake vicinity faces several uphill and downhill trek till it expunges into the sprawling green landscape. From Green Lake, the downhill journey to Lachen follows the same route and later wheels to Gangtok.

Green Lake Trekking Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy the majestic view of the snow-clad Kanchenjunga and other peaks
  • Pay a visit and pray for solace and peace at the monasteries in Sikkim. Also preserved here are ancient Tibetan manuscripts, exquisitely carved wood work and icons of silver and gold. Perched on a hill top above Gangtok, these monasteries are rare sites.
  • Camp on the green lake and soak yourself into the vibrant colours of nature

Best Time to Visit Green Lake Trek

April and October

April and October is the best time to go for trekking as wildflowers and rhododendron are in its fullest bloom. Snow start melting, thus, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the nearby mountains.

Where is the Green Lake Trek?

Green Lake, located at the base of Mt. Khangchendzonga on the Zemu glacier in North Sikkim can be reached by transversing a strenuous yet picturesque trek from Lachen. View of the Mt. Khanchendzonga from the green lake is a treat for the eyes. Rugged even zigzag trail lit up by the colourful orchids on the edges and panoramic views are the main attraction of the trekking trail.

How to Reach Green Lake Trek?

By jeep or taxi : Reach here in 2 hours from Gangtok using shared or private jeeps.

By train : The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP).

By plane : The nearest airport is the Bagdogra airport, which is around 12 km away from Siliguri.

Green Lake Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Bagdogra - Gangtok

Board an early morning flight to Bagdogra airport. After arriving in Gangtok, meet our guide who will help transfer you to a hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the Gangtok Hotel.

Day 02: Gangtok - Lachen (2730 meters/8950 feet) (135 kilometers/6-7 hours drive)

Today we will drive to Lachen in North Sikkim, which will be the base of our trek. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse/hotel/tents.

Day 03: Lachen- Tallem (3240 meters/ 10620 feet) (12 kilometers/ 5-6 hours)

Rise and shine! Start your day with a breakfast and start trekking towards Zema, which is 20 minutes from Lachen. It will be a slow walk as you will cross many bridges and can expect boulders and rhododendron thickets. After few metres, you will come across a bridge, cross it and start following the left bank of Zemu Chu up to the Tallem. Take enough time to explore the region and spend the night among nature in the camping tent.

Day 04: Tallem - Jakthang (3430 meters/11250 feet) (12 kilometers/ 5-6 hours)

Today is going to an easy day as you will be trekking on smooth trails till Shobuk. Then, the trek will move steeply to reach Jakthang, where you will spend overnight in tents. The trek will be fascinated by more twenty exotic varieties of colourful rhododendrons.

Day 05: Jakthang (3430 meters/11250 feet) Green-lake-trek

Today, you are free to whatever you want. You can either choose to acclimatize yourself to the cold condition by staying in a tent or can explore the region. Overnight stay in Jakthang base camp.

Day 06: Jakthang - Yabuk (4040 meters/13250 feet) (8 kilometers/ 4-5 hours)

After breakfast, start your trek to Yabuk through forest and streams. Later, you will come across a bridge over Thombak Chu, traverse it and then start trekking downhill till the bank of the Zemu Chu. Trek further through several ascends and descends, reach the Yabuk campsite and get freshened up with a pleasant excursion within the surroundings of the camp; overnight stay in the camp.

Day 07: Yabuk - Rest camp (4725 meters/15500 feet) (8 kilometers/ 3-4 hours)

Gear yourself up for a stressful day as today you will be walking on the pebbles, boulders, and rough stones to reach the rest camp. Though the trek will be difficult, the view will be extremely rewarding. Stunning view of Mt Siniolchu (6891.528 m) and Mt Simvo (6811m) will accompany you throughout the trek. Upon reaching the Rest Camp, retire for the day and settle down in the camping tents.

Day 08: Rest Camp - Green Lake (4935 meters/16190 feet) (6 kilometers/ 3-4 hours)

With the completion of breakfast, you will be embarking on a fascinating part of the trek, Green Lake. When you start trekking uphill, the terrains will get tricky, challenging. Also, you will see changes in the landscapes and topography. Throughout the journey, the view of the neighboring mountains like Siniolchu, Simvo, Twin Peaks, Nepal Peaks and Kanchenjunga will enthrall you till Green Lake. Overnight stay in Green Lake camp.

Day 09: Green Lake (4935 meters/16190 feet)

Spend a day on the lakeside, savour the view of majestic mountains and lush green meadows, click photographs or revive your tired body. Overnight stay and dinner in Green Lake camp.

Day 10: Green Lake - Rest Camp (4725 meters/15500 feet) (6 kilometers/ 2-3 hours)

After breakfast, follow the trails that you have traced since last few days and trek downhill to the reach the rest camp for an overnight stay.

Day 11: Rest Camp - Yabuk (4040 meters/ 13250 feet) (8 kilometers/ 3-4 hours)

After breakfast, embark on a downhill trek towards Yabuk for overnight stay and dinner.

Day12: Yabuk - Jakthang (3430 meters/11250 feet) (8 kilometers/ 3-4 hours)

Today as well, you will trek downhill till Jakthang. Overnight stay in Jakthang camp.

Day 13: Jakthang - Tallem (3240 meters/ 10620 feet) (12 kilometers/ 4-5 hours)

We continue to trek downhill towards Tallem, which is a very easy trail. Overnight stay in tents.

Day14: Tallem - Lachen (2730 meters/8950 feet) (12 kilometers/ 4-5 hours)

We continue to trek downhill towards Tallem. Dinner will be served in Tallem tent.

Day 15: Lachen - Gangtok (135 kilometers/5-6 hours)

After having breakfast in the hotel, take a drive through the scenic routes that are bordered with brightly coloured rhododendrons and advance towards Gangtok. Overnight stay and dinner in Gangtok hotel.

Day 16: Gangtok - Bagdogra

Wake up in the morning, pack bags and get ready for the Bagdogra airport to board a flight to your respective cities. With the transfer to airport, this incredible Green lake trek will come to an end.

Tour & Services End.

Things to Carry for Green Lake Trek

Things to Carry while Trekking
  • Duffel bag Down/synthetic camp booties
  • Sunglasses, Light gloves
  • Sleeping bag
  •  Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Daypack
  • One liter water bottles wide mouthed
  • Trekking Boots
  • Water purification/filter
  • Camp shoes/sneakers
  • Walking stick/Trekking pole
  • Cotton socks
  • Note book with pens and pencils
  • Gore-Tex jacket
  • Lip balm
  • Light wind jacket Sunscreen / Moisturiser
  • Down jacket/vest
  • Camp towel/towel/sarong
  • Fleece jacket/vest
  • Personal toiletries
  • T-shirts
  • Personal medicines
  • Underwear
  • Money pouch/belt
  • Trekking pants
  • Energy bars
  • Thermal tops
  • Vitamin tablets
  • Thermal bottom
  • Extra passport photos
  • Warm hat and Bandana/scarf
  • Sun hat/baseball cap
  • Wind- and rain-gear with hood
  • Swiss Army Knives (Classic pocket tool)
  • One pair cotton trousers or shorts
  • Two cotton shirts/T-Shirts One warmer (jacket with hood)

Booking Terms and Conditions:

Please read the booking terms as set out with your agreement with Tour My India Pvt. Ltd. A Noida based Tour operator herein called TMI. For More Click Here...

When to book Green Lake Trek ?

You should book Green Lake Trek well in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?

A pony/porter will carry your bag while trekking; you just need to wear a knapsack.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

Once you book your trek with us, we will give you a list of things to carry and the total weight should not cross 12 Kgs.

Where to meet you?

Our pick up and drop point for Green Lake Trek is Bagdogra Airport/NJP Train station. At Bagdogra Airport/NJP Train station our guide will pick you from the train station and then from there your tour will start.

How we run the trek?

We always have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.

What is the batch size?

4-12 people, including both men and women

What is minimum age required for Green Lake Trek ?

Green Lake trek is a tough trek with a maximum altitude of 4935mts/16186ft minimum age required is 18 years.

What will be the minimum temperature during Green Lake Trek ?

In the month of April & October, the temperature during the trek can go as low as 5 Degree Celsius during the night, and it can be snowing in October which will further decrease the temperature..

How long we trek Green Lake Trek?

In a day, we intend to travel for 6 hours around lunch time, covering a distance of 10-15 km.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reasons?

If we have to continue the trek because of the reasons which are beyond our control, then additional charges will be applied for a hotel stay and food.

Can I take the Diamox?

Diamox is indeed very helpful, but it's advisable to consult the doctor first.

Is it safe for girls to go on a trek?

Safety is prime importance for us, and we lead our groups and do give it to the third party to manage. It's safe for even a single girl trekker to join our fixed departures.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua Forlclaz 500 is good shoes with value for money.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

We serve nutritious, simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable, and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Pakora, local dishes, etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Yes, it's completely safe for drinking and even for cooking, but, to be on the safer side we always carry filters and chlorine tablets

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so a vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller, etc. are used for transportation.

Are your fixed departures dates are fixed?

We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.

How do you deal with an emergency situation?

Trekking on high Himalayan altitudes is always a rewarding experience. However, it is important that you should keep your safety in mind. Emergencies, like illness, AMS, storms, missteps, landslides and even avalanches, are rare but can happen anytime during the trekking, so be prepared for any random goof-ups. To deal with any emergencies your guides, who are an expert mountaineers will be there for your rescue. Your tour guide will always carry a first aid kit to deal with any medical emergencies. In the case of some rescue operation, extra charges will be borne by the trekkers.

How to book the trek?

Register for the trek on the website and we shall send the details about the booking procedure.

Fixed Departure 2019

18 Apr 2019 11 Oct 2019

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