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Bakhtang Waterfall

Bakhtang Waterfall

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    BAKHTANG WATERFALL

    The Zemu Glacier is the Eastern Himalaya’s greatest glacier. It is approximately 26 kilometers (16 miles) long and is located at the foot of Kanchenjunga in the Himalayan region of Sikkim, India. Kanchenjunga, the world’s third tallest peak, is drained by the Zemu Glacier on its east side.

    To begin with, Zemu Glacier is not on a typical list of Sikkim tourist attractions. This is due to the moderate to challenging nature of the trip that goes up to this magnificent glacier at the base of the great Kanchenjunga. Having said that, the drive to Zemu Glacier looks like something out of a picture. A trip unlike any other in the region is set against a backdrop of gushing waterfalls, glittering rivulets, and exquisite landscapes.

    Why should I visit this?

    To begin with, Zemu Glacier is not on a typical list of Sikkim tourist attractions. This is due to the moderate to challenging nature of the trip that goes up to this magnificent glacier at the base of the great Kanchenjunga. Having said that, the drive to Zemu Glacier looks like something out of a picture. A trip unlike any other in the region is set against a backdrop of gushing waterfalls, glittering rivulets, and exquisite landscapes.

    The vegetation and creatures that live in this icy region will wow you as you journey through dense woodland sections. Blue poppies in bloom dot the path, and you’ll quickly lose track of the rhododendron kinds.

    The path reaches approximately 5,000m in elevation, making this a difficult trek yet an adventure of a lifetime. The mountain-scape can be seen from practically every tourist location in Sikkim; Zemu Glacier, located at the foot of the world’s third-highest peak, is at the heart of nature and a bucket-list-worthy experience.

    How should I visit?

    You must go to Lachen, the beginning location for your hike to Zemu Glacier. This town in northern Sikkim is around 120 kilometers from Gangtok. You’ll pass through a number of notable landmarks along the journey, including Tashi View Point, Kabi Longstok Village, and Phodong Monastery, among others.

    After an overnight stay in Lachen, you’ll be ready for a quick jeep journey to Zema. This is where your true trip to Talem begins, traveling alongside the Zemu River at a height of 3,240m. As you approach Jakthang from Talem, the terrain becomes easier. The rhododendron woods here are a bright flash of color against the clear blue sky.

    The walk will now take you through a series of ascents and descents until you reach the snout of the Zemu Glacier at Yabuk. On your trip to Green Lake, you will see Mt. SIniolchu as you leave Yabuk. This is where you will be able to appreciate the grandeur of Zemu Glacier.

    It goes without saying that the walk to Zemu Glacier takes a few days.

    When should I visit?

    The best time to see Zemu Glacier is between the months of March and June. The weather during these months allows for a bright sky, easy walking, and breathtaking vistas as far as the eye can reach.

    If you truly want to challenge yourself, October through mid-December is the time to do it. Whether you do decide to go on a winter trip, make sure you find out if permits are required and if porters are available.

    Tips for smooth travel

    Because this is a high altitude hike, spend a day or two in Gangtok to enable your body to adjust to the shift in conditions. Even if you’re traveling in the summer, bring woolens with you. Expect temps to decrease because you’ll be camping beneath the stars. Because the Zemu Glacier is an eco-friendly zone, please do not trash in the surrounding region. Follow your local guide’s advice to ensure a safe and pleasant tour.

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