Green Lake in North Sikkim is steeped in history. As the basecamp for the worlds 3rd highest peak it has been the staging ground for many historic climbs and explorations. As the area is restricted the upside for those who persevere is the opportunity to stand in a vast amphitheatre of mountains in virtual solitude. Being face to face with Kanchenjunga and Siniolchu, regarded the prettiest mountain in the world, is indeed a major highlight of the trek. If you add the mountain views to the experience of walking through some of the prettiest forest stretches imaginable the trek becomes even more memorable.
May and October
Exit from the Lhonak valley towards the north
Exciting walk up through forest sections
Superb views of Sinialochu
Grandeur of the Zemu glacier
Impressive views of the Kanchenjunga Massif
Green Lake Gallery
The Green Lake trek start point is near Lachen in North Sikkim.
Forest of north Sikkim are dense and resemble a rain forest
The trail to Green Lake runs along the Zemu Chu
With height gain the colour of the forest turns yellow and orange
Autumn leaves and flowers adding vibrant colours on the trail.
The day 3 campsite is Yabuk 4000m, the last campsite near a forested area
From Yabuk the trail soon passed by the snout of the Zemu Glacier
The trail continued to move along a meadow stretch parallel to the Zemu Glacier.
The highest campsite of the trek was at Rest Camp at 4600m right under Siniolchu considered the prettiest peak in the world.
The first light hitting the summit of Siniolchu 6888m.
After gaining views of Sinialchu the next objective was to get a close view of Kanchenjunga.
In the distance Twin Peaks, Tent Peak and Pyramid Peak visible towards the head of the valley.
Green Lake does not exist anymore and this point was close to the head of the valley.
On the trek to Green Lake wide views of the imposing Zemu glacier came into view.
Yabuk campsite on the return after a snow shower.
The final section of the descent to Lachen was along the Zemu Chu and was disturbed by multiple landslides