Mountaineering in Sikkim has been introduced very recently. Government of Sikkim opened few alpine peaks for climbing as a new step to promote quality adventure tourism in Sikkim. Mountaineering season in Sikkim starts from April to June, and September to November, when daytime temperature at most altitude are quite comfortable. Above 4000m in the morning and evening the temperature will be considerably lower and can drop to around -20 degree Celsius. Usually day time temperatures are pleasant but nights are very cold above 5000m. Temperature are milder in spring but there can be more snow around. Mid April, June through last week of September, to first week of December, is the safest and the best time for climbing and mountaineering as well as for trekking in Sikkim.
Sikkim shares a mountainous border with Nepal in the west, with China in the north and the east. All the early (pre-war) expeditions passed through Sikkim to cross overto Tibet on their way to attempt Everest. Francis Younghusband’s famous mission of 1904 to Tibet also passed through Sikkim.
Doug Freshfield was one of the early mountaineers to visit this area. His book “Round Khangchendzonga” is a classic record of all the areas in North Sikkim. In West Sikkim, peaks like Kabru (7338m) were climbed in 1935 by C.R. Cook. Others like Kokthang and Rathong were climber much later. Even now some peaks have not been climbed from Sikkim side, though ascents have been made from Nepal. Northern Sikkim consists of Zemu glacier and valleys from which rises the third highest mountain of the world – Khangchendzonga. Pual Baur and his German team repeatedly attempted to climb it via its eastern approaches before the Second World War. Ultimately the Indian Army Team made subsequent repeat ascents. There are many peaks around Khanchendzonga like Simvo and Siniolchu, which are tempting and an open invitation to climbers.
An exquisite peak in close proximity to Rathong Glacier, Frey Peak lies near the Kabru sister of peaks boasting two imposing summits i.e. Kokthang and Rathong Peak. The trek involves passing through the absorbing Frey Glacier. The trail is mostly rocky and includes snow in the gaps. The summit is named after the renowned mountaineer George Frey who attempted climbing the peak with Tenzing Norgey. The axe and crampons are still present at the base of the peak as a memorial. The trail offers a stunning landscape and allows the trekkers to relish the undulating beauty of nature.
This 15 nights and 16 days itinerary takes the travellers to Frey Peak Expedition in a comprehensive and gratifying manner. Through this tour, the trekkers can test their endurance and explore gripping regions like Tshoka, Yuksom, Chaurikhang and many more.