The Green Lake Trek is a wild and lonely trek through a majestic and unaltered environment that takes us, through the Zemu Valley first and through its glacier in the last journeys, close to the north-eastern face of Kanchendzonga, as it is known here, the third highest mountain in the world with 8586 meters. A camping trek for all those who want to recover the spirit of adventure.
15 days / 14 nights full trip (minimum recommended)
10 days’ trek
Medium. With no technical difficulties
Highest altitude >5000m
Highest altitude overnight 4940m
Local mountain guide English speaking
Meals and overnight in tents during the trek
Accommodation in hotel in Gangtok and Lachen
Transfers in private vehicle
The Green Lake trek, less known than the Goecha-la trek, also takes us to the foot of the Kanchendzonga (Kanchenjunga) but on its north-eastern face. It is a not frequented trek that passes through some spectacular, solitary spaces. Starting among rhododendron forest, we will progress following the Zemu Chu valley, to finally enter the glacier of the same name surrounded by the peaks of the Himalayas. Like all Sikkim, we walk through an area rich in plant and animal species, among which the blue sheep and the snow leopard stand out, of which we may be lucky to see, at most, some traces.
Although we consider it as a medium hard trek due to its duration, it can be a demanding one due to the conditions of the terrain, far from well traced frequented path, and the usual presence of fog and small afternoon showers which can easily be snowy on the higher stages. Also bearing in mind that this is a camping trek, with no comfortable lodges at each stage. More than in other places, the weather conditions will mark your day by day, making each trek different. Here nature is still wild.
From flowery alpine landscapes and meadows amidst rugged mountains, to dense subtropical forests. All of this surrounded by intense green and where the morning mists create spectacular scenery among the more than 200 Tibetan-style Buddhist monasteries. This is Sikkim, the world’s first organic state.
Located, together with Darjeeling, on this small wedge between Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, Sikkim was the last state to become part of the Indian confederation and still maintains a strong personality. It is considered part of what is known as “Great Tibet”, that is, those territories that share the same Tibetan culture, with Buddhism being its main religion. The oldest population group is the Lepchas, followed by the Tibetan Bhutias, however, from the 19th century there were migratory movements from Nepal, becoming the majority population group and Nepalese being the main and official language of Sikkim.
The villages are located at a certain altitude, often in passes between two valleys, far from the mighty and unpredictable rivers, so they all have impressive views. Winding roads, but in good condition, make their way through these valleys and mountains, where sometimes you must descend into the deep valley to cross to the other side of the river and climb again until you find that destination you saw so close from your starting point. As you have already guessed, the orography of Sikkim and Darjeeling is complicated, marked by two great rivers, the Teesta and the Rangit, the latter also being the one that marks the border with West Bengal before joining the Teesta at Rongpu.
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