Sikkim is emerging fast in paragliding adventure sport in India, and it is fact that adventure lovers from different parts of the world are making beeline to experience the thrilling in foothill of the Himalayas. Sikkim has excellent paragliding launching sites and ridges and also held successful Sikkim Paragliding Festival by Govt of Sikkim in collaboration with the Paragliding Association of India [PAI]. It is run by well trained local youth, who had completed training from Manali, Himachal Pradesh under the sponsorship of state government to promote adventure tourism in the state. A new hike and fly zone has been also established in West Sikkim. Another route from Phoktey Dara on the Nepal- India border and Dentam has also been identified. Five km away from Gangtok, Sikkim Paragliding Adventure Sports Co-operative Society is operating High Fly Zone [Mountain View] & Medium Fly Zone [Gangtok Town View] paragliding adventure sports. Strong heart in flying mode and adventurous lovers may contact their tour operator.
Sikkim has more than 550 species of birds, some of them have been declared endangered. The avifauna include the Blood Pheasant, which is state bird of Sikkim also, the impeyan, snow patridge, Tibetan stopcock, bearded vulture, and griffin vulture, golden eagle, plovers, quals, woodcocks, sandpipers, old world flycathers, bablers, etc. The best bird watching places are Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, West Sikkim Pelling, Khecheopalri and Yuksum & Barsey Rhododendrum Sancuary. In the other places like, Gangtok-Bulbuley and Famrong-Lho Wild Life Sanctuary and Lachen, Thangu and Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim.
White water river rafting has been recently introduced in the list of adventure sports in Sikkim. River Teesta and Rangit offer the best routes for river rafting. Both these river provides long stretches that are perfect for safe rafting. Teesta river holds ranked at Grade - 4 on the international scale. Its chilly icy waters have a series of rapids with sketchy intensity and its character. The bewitching splendour of Sikkim accompanied by its frosty watercourses touch the exciting activity of river rafting. The turbulent water, in the company of dense forests, full of rich flora and fauna inspire the real adventure for lifetime thrilling voyage. One can stop for this thrilling sport on the way to Silliguri [WB] to Gangtok.
If you are mountaineer or want to experience rugged Himalaya, mountaineering in Sikkim & Darjeeling will be really exciting and adventurous for you. The gigantic mountains and deep valleys get hold of all your sense with a mere thought. The best time to start your mountaineering expedition is from March to May & September to November. There are few peaks in North and West Sikkim which are open for expedition.
In recent years due to tourist interest with heartening respond mountain biking has started in Sikkim. Here the roads are good enough to afford the solid tyres of bikes. It is expected that, mountain biking would definitely bags top adventure sport in Sikkim. It is fact that, the mountain biking is a thrilling sport since driving through the cranky roads of hill is not easy task. Biker must be very cautious with unfamiliar rugged roads.
Yak Safari is an unforgettable and unique experience organised in different areas of Sikkim. The popular places where Yak safari can enjoyed is in Dzongri area, West Sikkim, Tsomg-mo Lake, East Sikkim and Chopta Valley in extreme North Sikkim.
With over 30 spots earmarked for angling across the Sikkim state. There are other opportunities for angling at Lole-goan, Reshi Khola, Pedong & Kalimpong for angling. The best time for angling is summer and autumn.
Kayaking is for the more experience and requires some expertise. Fibreglass kayaks of the international standards are available on hire.
Trekking in Sikkim – Darjeeling hills can be wonderful experience – an antidote to city stress if daily life where its memories cherished lifelong. While trekking one relishes the pure air and silence of wilderness and feels awakening of the senses dull by the urban metro life. Although trekking can exhausted your physical endurance but heighten your spirit and refresh your mind. And gruelling trek leaves you famished when the most distasteful taste like gourmet food. As one can walk through the vales and dales and past quaint village which time has forgotten, mountain take up strange and wonderful shape and the beauty of Himalaya unfolds itself before you. As you trek, identifying peaks, mountain, rivers, and places around you may become good pastime and you more climb hill top it becomes anything else more important in life. Trekking through dense forest, craggy trails and frosty waters in the mountainous terrain really inspires ones awe.
It is really nice idea to trek in Sikkim & Darjeeling, where you can actually observe the beauty and lofty mountains, serene waters, fragrant orchards, snowy peaks and variety of flora and fauna. The most of the trekking trail in the form of bridle path with good trekkers hut, private hotels and home stays are providing both boarding and lodging. Guides, porters and pack of Yaks or mules are readily available at all starting points. Tents, sleeping bags, and other trekking equipment are also available on hire. However, before planning your trekking one must be medically fit, should not have any high altitude diseases or get medical advice before you start. Things to carry, a check list must be maintained properly. Avoid heavy luggage only items required for trek before embarking the trail. One must fulfil entry formalities for trekking and mountaineering in Sikkim. Nationals of Pakistan, Bangaldesh, China & Myanmar will not be issued permit without prior approval of Ministry of Home Affair, GOI, New Delhi. Entry into Green Lake, North Sikkim by individual foreign nationals are not allowed, they must form group consisting two or more person through registered travel agencies.
Green Lake Trek, North Sikkim - altitude ranging from 8,950 ft. – 16,190 ft. Starting point Lachen, North Sikkim – ending point Lachen, North Sikkim.
Tosa Trek, North Sikkim - altitude ranging from 1200m – 3800 m. Starting point –Singhik, North Sikkim ending point Mangan, North Sikkim.
Kanchenjunga Trek, West Sikkim - altitude ranging from 1740 m - 4940m. Starting point Yuksom, West Sikkim – ending point Tashiding, West Sikkim.
Yuksom to Dzongri and Goecha-la Trek, West Sikkim - altitude ranging from 1760m – 4940m. Starting point Yuksom, West Sikkim – ending point Yuksom, West Sikkim.
Dzongri Trek, West Sikkim - altitude ranging from 1760m – 4020m. Starting point Yuksom, West Sikkim – ending point Yuksom, West Sikim.
Singalila Trek Nepal / Sikkim Trek - altitude ranging from 5840 ft. – 18000 ft. Starting point Uttarey, West Sikkim – ending point Yuksom, West Sikkim.
Phalut – Singalila Chewabhanjang Trek, West Sikkim & Darjeeling, West Bengal - Altitude 12089 ft.
Rabangla to Maenam-Bhaledunga Trek, 10612 ft. [South Sikkim], Tholung Monastery Trek, 8160 ft. [North Sikkim], Damththang -Tendong Trek, 2640 m [South Sikkim] Hilley – Barsey-Chiwabhajng Trek, 10,000 ft. [West Sikkim], Pastenga to Khedi Trek, 2800m, [East Sikkim]. These low altitude trek route is gentle trek to explore the unique experience of culture, nature and adventure of Himalayan regions.