Mountaineering in Sikkim has been introduced very recently. The government of Sikkim opened a 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 from September to November when the daytime temperatures at most altitudes are quite comfortable. Above 4000m in the morning and evening, the temperature will be considerably lower and can drop to around -20 degrees Celsius. Usually, daytime temperatures are pleasant but nights are very cold above 5000m. Temperature is milder in spring but there can be more snow around. Mid-April, June through the last week of September, to the 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 over to 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.
Mount Jopuno is positioned in western Sikkim at a lofty elevation of 5936 meters. This imposing peak lies under Kangchendzonga National Park. This splendid peak can be clearly seen from Okhlathang valley while trekking to Goecha La Pass. Mount Jopuno is a prime attraction among mountaineers from all around the blue planet. A trekker can relish the mesmerizing views of some of the most wonderful mountains of the Sikkim Himalayas. Trekking to Mount Jopuno allows the trekkers to relish some of the beautiful sites like Yuksom, Dzongri, Thangsing and Goecha La. These intact places are renowned for their paramount exquisiteness and serenity.
This 15 nights and 16 days itinerary takes the travellers on the comprehensive and hair-rousing trek to Mount Jopuno. The tour is perfect for the trekkers with an inclination towards nature’s opulence along with for those who want to satiate their adrenaline rush in the midst of virgin ambience.
- English speaking guide
- Transport to and from Yuksom
- All meals on the trek, including boiled water
- Tents and mats
- Cook and porters
- Yaks/ponies for carrying tents and cooking equipment
- All trekking permits, national park fees and camera fees
- Our guide will carry a comprehensive medical kit including high altitude sickness tablets
- Medical examination (if required) and vaccination costs
- Visa costs
- Personal expenditure i.e. soft drinks/beer on trek, extra snacks for the trek etc
- Meals in Darjeeling before or after the trek
- Travel insurance