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On the Trail of the Abominable Snowman – the Yeti

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Thick forests and snow capped mountains of Sikkim are home the elusive snow leopard. The Kanchenjunga and its surrounding valleys are rife with stories and sightings of a man-like mysterious creature both feared and revered.

On the Trail of the Abominable Snowman – the Yeti:

  1. Darjeeling (West Bengal)
  2. Gangtok (Sikkim)
  3. Lachung (Sikkim)
  4. Yumthang Valley (Sikkim)
  5. Thangu (sikkim)
  6. Sikkim
  7. Pelling (Sikkim)

1. Get introduced to this section of the Himalayas at Darjeeling

Get introduced to this section of the Himalayas at Darjeelingsource: tymk.in

Darjeeling is the doorway to this part of the Himalayas. Surrounded by rolling tea gardens and with jaw dropping views of the mountains, this is a place to learn so much about the mighty Himalayas. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the zoological park are important stops, especially on this trail.

Kaushik: It's a nice walk from the main gate to the Zoo leading to the Mountaineering Institute and back. The museum has a lot to offer for people interested in mountaineering or adventure. A lot of historical facts on mountain expeditions are available for the taking.

Learn techniques of mountaineering 

2. Gateway into the realm of the Abominable snowman, Gangtok

Gateway into the realm of the Abominable snowman, Gangtoksource: ropetoheaven.com

Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim treats you with amazing views of the Kanchenjonga. This beautiful hill station is perched on a steep mountain ridge, offering spectacular views and serves as base for many treks in the region. Also, old guides and animal trackers will entice you with their stories of the Nee gued over a few pints of Sikkimese Beer.

Manjeet: People who love mountains should visit it atleast once in their lifetime. We visited tsongo lake, nathula pass, namgyal institute of tibetology, tashi view point, baba mandir, rumtek and other monasteries. best market place adorned with orchids and flowers. 

Learn how to brew the local Beer 

3. Secrets of the unexplored at Lachung

Secrets of the unexplored at Lachungsource: places-to-visit-in-sikkim.blogspot.com

The picturesque mountain village of Lachung, at a height of 8610 ft, embraced by snow capped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams and apple orchards. The local people here, the Lachungpa, know the area and would guide you through unexplored wilderness that surround this beautiful valley.

Sanjay: Lanchung is in the hilly area of Sikkim, Connected by road to Gangtok. Beautiful Hillside, Panoramic View from the Top of Hill and Teesta River flows in very small strip far below. Excellent for hiking.

Explore the history of the Lachungpa people

4. A paradise with mysteries of its own, Yumthang valley

A paradise with mysteries of its own, Yumthang valleysource: flowersofindia.net

Yumthang is a Valley right on the tree line, thick rhododendron forests give way to pastures and meadows to mountain peaks. The valley floor is traversed by the Lachung River with grasslands and flower patches on either side, Yaks are seen grazing here at will. The trek from Yumthang to Zero point or yumesamdong is exciting and has much to offer.

Himanshu: If you are planning for Sikkim tour you should make plan for Yumthang valley because the real nature of Himalayan region reflects from this region.

Trek close to the Chinese Border

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5. Base camp, Thangu valley

Base camp, Thangu valleysource: trekearth.com

Surrounded by snowcapped mountains, Thangu is the last civilian settlement before the Gurudongmar lake on the Chinese border. It is also at the edge of the Kangchedzonga National park. Some of the most remote trekking route use this town as base.

Deepak: Scenic beauty, peaceful and serene, no crowd at all. Only people coming to the holy shrine of tungnath come. A handful restaurants and even fewer hut houses to stay, situated between thick forest hills full of wildlife.

Explore the gnitty gritties of a "base Camp" 

6. Seek and you shall find when you’re at Khangchedzonga National Park

Seek and you shall find when you’re at Khangchedzonga National Parksource: geolocation.ws

Sitting on the Sikkim Nepal border, the Khangchedzonga National Park stretches into western Sikkim. This are is ventured into by the local tribes and Sherpas of the region. Who, along with the Himalayan Black Bear and the mysterious snow leopard, speak of a long haired, cone headed, putrid smelling creature whose howls are said to be heard through the pristine valleys. This is the Yeti, known locally as the Nee-Gued. A mysterious creature, a strong part of local folklore and legend. 

Explore one of the last frontiers of untouched wilderness

7. Splendid and idyllic Pelling

Splendid and idyllic Pellingsource: vikipandit.com

With a brilliant view of the Kanchenjunga, Pelling is a base for expeditions into Khanchedzonga National Park and to the Mighty Mountain itself.

Pallab: This place is a very good destination for mountain & nature lovers. Pelling provides a magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, world's third highest mountain. It is also the starting point of Kanchenjunga expedition from Indian side. 

Imbibe the mountain culture

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