Green Lake : The Land of Snow Leopard - 11Nights/12Days

  • Mountain
  • Trekking
  • Tent / Trek Hut
  • Drive / Car
  • Meals included
  • Altitude
  • Photography


Gangtok – Lachen – Zema – Talem – Jakthang – Yabuk – Green Lakes

Trip at a Glance

The trip will start and end at NJP / Bagdogra Airport.
Minimum group size is 8 to 10.
The total trip distance is 32 km.
The maximum altitude is 5050 m.
In summer the temperature ranges from 10°C to 28°C whereas during winter, the temperature ranges from -50°C to 15°C.
The difficulty level of the trip is Moderate to Difficult.

Activities and Highlights

Visiting the carpet weaving centres in the main village of Lachen.
Experience thick forest, with several varieties of rhododendrons, colorful flowers, birds and waterfalls.
A chance to see Kanchenjunga and other glorious Himalayan peaks.
Bharal or blue sheep are often sighted on the hill and this is also snow leopard country.
The road to Green Lake has some key attractions like rugged and uneven terrains, bright and colourful flowers, rare orchids and panoramic views.
Bharal or Blue Sheep are often sighted on the hill and this is also snow leopard country.

A heaven on Earth in the North Eastern part of the country, North Sikkim is one of the least explored destinations in the country is also known as the “Land of Snow Leopard”. Blended with scenic lakes, lofty mountains, colourful meadows, beautiful valleys and rough boulders, rich flora and dense forests, it truly proves to be a paradise for the visitors.
Green Lake near Lachen, is one such hidden gem that allows spectacular view of the Kanchenjunga and other glorious Himalayan peaks. Adventurers embark on the famous Green Lake trek Sikkim, to reveal in the beauty of the mountains! The winding road that leads to this sensational lake is combined with a large variety of rhododendrons, which are considered to be the King of Shrubs; are a dazzling sight for the eyes. Though the transverse is through tough rocky terrain and dense forests, the end result is worth the effort.
There are vast areas of thick forest, with several varieties of rhododendrons, other colorful flowers, birds and many waterfalls on both sides of the trekking trail.

DAY 01: Bagdogra/NJP to Gangtok : 4 hrs

Guests will be welcomed to Gangtok. Overnight stay at Gangtok.

Day 02: Gangtok to Lachen by road

We leave Gangtok after breakfast and make the six hour drive to Lachen and should reach by early afternoon. Day walks can be undertaken up the valley.
Lachen has a number of carpet weaving centres in the main village and a visit to one of these is recommended.

Day 03: Lachen (2700 m) to Zema by vehicle and by trek to Tallem (3250 m) : 5–6 hours | Easy to Moderate

Follow the main North Sikkim Highway which continues along the right bank of the river to Thangu proceeding north to the junction of the Lachen Chu and the Zemu Chu at Zema.
The road to Zema can be covered in a jeep/land rover and would take about half an hour. After crossing the Zemu Chu by the permanent bridge, go westwards up the Zemu valley following a trail through the forest on the right bank of the Zemu Chu.
The going in this section is usually slow as the path travels through water-logged rhododendron thickets and fallen tree trunks rotting in the morass.
Tallem is reached by early afternoon and we camp here.

Day 04: Tallem to Jakthang (3430 m) : 4-5 hours | Moderate

About 3 km, before Jakthang the path crosses the Lhonak Chu which usually has a bridge though landslides, which is common in this region can often wreak havoc in this section of the trail.
Jakthang is situated in a small meadow with broken herdsmen's hut that makes a convenient night’s halt.

Day 05: Jakthang (3430 m) to Yabuk (4040 m) : 4-5 hours | Moderate

The path to Yabuk climbs due west through the forest and after about three hours of steady walking you reach the snout of the Zemu glacier.
The glacier forms a deep tongue of ice in the centre of the valley and is almost entirely covered with rocky debris: the main stream issues from a cave near the northern edge and the route to be followed leads past this and along the rocks of the lateral moraine.
If there is no snow then the trail is defined. Yabuk is usually reached by lunchtime and trekkers may be tempted to make it to the Rest Camp on the glacier the same day.
This is only suggested if you are properly acclimatized and fit. It is however safer to stop at Yabuk.

Day 06: Yabuk (4040 m) to Rest Camp (4500 m) : 4-5 hours | Moderate to Difficult

The path continues to travel west and follows the glacier of the Zemu. The single trail is mainly over boulders and difficult on the feet. The Zemu Chu rushes through the glacier and as the valley opens up the great peaks come into view.
The Rest Camp is situated right opposite Siniolchu and has a fabulous view of the one of the most beautiful mountains in Sikkim. Bharal or blue sheep are often sighted on the hill opposite the Rest Camp and this is also snow leopard country.
The Himalayan Bearded Vulture or lammergier can be spotted soaring overhead with the thermals.
Walk slowly as the air is getting thinner and acclimatization becomes of essence.

Day 07: Rest Camp (4500 m) to Green Lakes (5050 m) : 3 to 4 hours | Difficult

The trail from Rest Camp climbs gently up the valley in a north westerly direction.
The walking pace is usually slow because of the altitude. On a clear morning this is one of the finest walks in the Himalayas rivaling the walk from the Machhapuchare Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp and from Dugla to Gorak Shep in the Nepal Himalaya. Siniolchu, Simvu, Twins, Nepal Peak and Kangchendzonga are some of the giants that dominate the horizon.
The camp is usually on a grassy flat known as the Green Lake Plain, the name being derived from a small tarn at the eastern end where on a clear morning the reflection of Kangchendzonga is seen in the waters.

Day 08: Rest Day at Green Lakes

Spend the day lazing in the sunshine and watching the peaks.
The more intrepid can climb the hill behind the camp for about an hour or so to come to a high point with magnificent views both towards Kangchendzonga as well as down the valley.
The Zemu gap that links the Zemu valley to the Talung valley is clearly seen from this high point.

Day 09: Green Lakes (5050 m) to Yabuk (4040 m) : 5-6 hours

It is possible to make the march from Green Lakes to Yabuk in one day, as the trail is mostly downhill.
More intrepid trekkers and porters could try to reach Jakthang on the same day.

Day 10: Yabuk (4040 m) to Tallem

The march down to Tallem would take about five hours and drop in altitude is welcome.

Day 11: Tallem to Lachen (2700 m) : 3 hours then to Gangtok by road

The way down from Yabuk follows the trail through the forest. Zema, which is the road head, can be reached by afternoon and from here it is a short drive back to Lachen.
After lunch at Lachen we head back to Gangtok the same day and reach in time for dinner.

Day 12: Gangtok to Bagdogra Airport/NJP Drop : 4 hours

Start your journey towards NJP / Bagdogra after bidding farewell to the mountains.

Accommodation will be provided in trekker’s huts / tent.


All transits to and from NJP/ Bagdogra.
Hotel as per the packages choose.
All hotels will booked in CP basis.
All necessary permit cost.
Driver allowances & Car parking fees.


Airfare & Train cost.
Travel insurance.
Personnel expenses-Lunch & Dinner, alcoholic & non alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephonic calls, Tips & Gratitude, etc.
Natural calamities expenses incurred.

Prepare Yourself

Green Lake trek requires long distance walking and good amount of cardiovascular endurance.

Things to carry

Clothes and Shoes
Trekking Shoes.
Three warm layers.
Three trek pants.
Three collared T-Shirts.
Synthetic Hand Gloves.
Socks (2 pairs).
Headlap LED Torch.
Trekking Pole.
Two water bottles.
Plastic covers.
Personal Medical Kit
You are advised to carry your personal medical kit and also consult your doctor.
Required Documents
It is mandatory to carry Photocopy of an identity proof and two copies of recent passport size photograph.
The travelers need to carry a medical certificate duly signed by a doctor.

What is the style of accommodation provided in this trek?

Green Lake trek provides accommodation in trekker’s hut or tent.

What will be the temperatures be like during this trek?

The temperature can drop down to sub zero levels.

Will there be snow on this trek?

Yes, you will find snow in your trekking route.

Can I hire a porter for my personal stuff?

If you inform us while booking, Ghumakkad can organize porter / porters for you separately at an additional cost.

Who will be with us for the trek from Ghumakkad?

There will be a qualified trek leader, trek guide, porters will be with you through the trek.

Can I consume alcohol during the cold night?

Alcohol is extremely dangerous in cold, especially on high altitude. It doesn’t make you warmer; instead it opens your body pores making you colder. Hence, consumption of alcohol is extremely prohibited during the trek. Also smoking is not allowed during the trek.