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Things to bring Sikkim

Things to bring for your trip to  Sikkim

Miscellaneous

  • Passport
  • Indian Tourist Visa
  • Pass photo (Pass Photo)
  • Sikkim Inner Line Permit (Can be obtained upon arrival at Sikkim border)
  • Valid Cash/ATM/ Credit Card/ Travelers Cheques
  • Insurance
  • Mobile Charger
  • Camera
  • Charger
  • Spare Memory Card
  • Tickets
  • Diary
  • Pen
  • Lock
  • Sun Glasses
  • Water bottle (in case you need to take medicine)

Luggage and bags

  • Backpack, bags
  • Suitcases with wheels: not recommended as you have to carry yourself and not suitable for trekking

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear:

Winter

In winter season (from October to March), it can get cold with temperatures up to -20 °C. If you visit destinations in North Sikkim destinations like Gurudongmar Lake ( 5450 m) or Yumthang ( 3800 m), suitable clothing is necessity

  • Leather warm shoes
  • Woolen socks
  • Warm Cap (woolen)
  • Woolen/leather gloves
  • Winter jacket (feathers)
  • Wind blocker

Summer

  • Trousers
  • T-shirts
  • Undergarments
  • Foldable Umbrella

Medical Supplies:

As you are traveling to high altitudes, consult your doctor for advice about drugs (medicine). You have to bring your personal medications.

  • Aspirin
  • Painkillers
  • Bandages
  • Water Purifier Pills for Off the beaten trek destinations

Toiletries

  • Sun Cream
  • Toilet Kit Box
  • Toilet Paper
  • Douche gel 

For trekking

  • Boots (if you buy new boots, wear them upfront to avoid blisters)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medicines
  • Water bottles- (refillable)
  • Caps
  • Walking sticks
  • Gloves
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Torch
  • Woolen clothing for the night (temperatures can drop to minus 5-10 degrees in the mountains)
  • Wind Blockers
  • Waterproof camera bags
  • Raincoat
  • Thermal clothing
  • Warm sleeping bag (we provide one, but if you prefer your own…)
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Camera memory cards
  • Spare Batteries
  • Small backpack for personal belongings (medical supplies, necessary documents)

Things not to bring

  • Satellite Phone
  • Drone Cameras
  • Illegal Items, Drugs, and explosives

Tips

Clothes

  • Because temperatures and climatic conditions can change during the day, it is advisable to dress in layers. Layers protect better against the cold. Better wear two layers instead of one thick one. Wear clothes that can breath, otherwise you will sweat faster and when it cools down you get cold faster.

Shoes

  • Wear comfortable sports shoes for light hikes & sightseeing.
  • Wear hiking boots for trekking
  • Wear semi-formal shoes for dinners/appointments/functions.

Climate

  • Temperature drops with altitude. In the mountains, winds can be violent. Even in the lower valleys winds can be chilly.
  • The Northern and the Western part have a much harsher climate, with summer monsoon rains and winter snowfalls. Sometimes snow can block passes leading to tourist spots.
  • Winter in Sikkim and Darjeeling is from mid-November till March. At this time of the year the climate is dry and sunny for most of the time, temperatures peaking at around 1 °C during daytime and falling below zero during the night. The monsoon usually arrives in mid-June, with light rainfall. Mainly in the afternoon and the evening. At the end of September, after the last heavy rains, autumn suddenly arrives. This is a magnificent season for trekking until November.

Language

  • Nepali, Hindi, and English are most used languages in the main cities.

Precautions

  • Sikkim and Darjeeling are one of the safest destinations in the world. Still some precautions should be taken in mind. Avoid drinking tap water. If you do, make sure it’s boiled. Most water sources in Sikkim and Darjeeling are not treated. Bottled water can easily be found in the area.
  • People prone to car sickness should bring appropriate medicine as the winding roads on the mountains have plenty of curves and turns.