In Sikkimdue to the mountanous landscape you are already forced automatically to bodily activity. There are some accommodations suitable for wheelchairs and at some places you can be driven directly to the front-door, but in Sikkim it will be much easier if you like to be active. With altitudes between 400 and above 8.000 m on smallest of area, sikkim is mostly steep. Rivers are carved deep between the crinkles of the slopes. For mountainbiking you need definitly well trained muscles, many gears and a well-working brake. On foot is a great way to discover the variety of the flora of Sikkim. Unfortunatly the Trekking- and summit-possibilities are a little restricted as the small state is on the border to Tibet/China. The Sikkimese are strong walkers. A late installed and not sufficient road-system, which is interrupted during monsoon quite often, forces the people sometimes to go long distances by foot. Also some homesteads stick high on mountain-slopes and can't be reached by road.
In contrast to the Indians the Sikkimese are not so big Cricket-Fans, but have a crush on football. Although there is hardly space for an even big footballfield, one can see quite some boys and men kicking balls - and who'd be happy about some more joining!
Sikkim is a trekker's paradise. The landscape is due to the altitude of Sikkim between 300 and 8.586 m extremly variegated and the treks not overtraveled - sometimes one is even the only team at one camp.
One of the reasons for the fewer trekking-people might be the gouvernmental terms: a trek has to be organised by an agency, one has to be a minimum of 2 trekking-people and a permit has to be applied for. But this shouldn't be a real obstacle as the permit is easy to obtain and will be organised by us automatically.
In Sikkim there are treks in different lengths in different areas possible. One can get quite high or also stay in lower altitude. There are tours in more habited areas and some where no-one lives. Also within some treks there are varieties possible regarding the routing. All treks are done with tents (except Singalila-trek in the Darjeeling-area where there are lodges). The luggage will be carried by horses, dzos (a mix between Yak and cow) and porters.
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Also you can find in Sikkim many possibilities of tours between 1 hour and 1 whole day. You don't have to join a whole trekkingtour for several days to enjoy the beautiful landscape on your own two legs. But even if - in many areas it is advisable to do some foot-walks to better enjoy flora and fauna, but also meeting of people will be easier on foot than by car. And some great sightseeings are just reachable on foot like the Dubdi-monastery, which is 1,2 km away from the road in Yuksom.
Please tell us how you like to move your legs - we include beautiful tours in your itinerary!
A great possibility to explore Sikkim active without the car is the bicycle. VOn-site you can get 27-gears-mountainbikes, which you can easily use for short trips (for example from the monastery Rumtek there is a nice diversified 8 km downhill - uphill to Gangtok you can use the car) or for several days biking-tour for example from Gangtok to Pemayangtse via Ravangla, Tashiding and Yuksom.
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Also the rivers in Sikkim you can use for activity. Rafting is the thing to do! On Rangit and Teesta-River one can enjoy in October/November (unfortunatly not in the spring) boat-rides with grade IV for one or more hours. Nice for a change!
Next to the land and the water you can also move around in the air. From Gangtok, to be more exact Tashi View Point, you can nicely do Paragliding. In good weather-conditions we'll organise a flight for you so that you can see Sikkim from above.
Who thinks that the average footpath is too flat, can also climb vertical mountain-walls. There are some possibilities for rock-climbing, for example in Samdong, the first free-climbing-centre n Sikkim, adriving-hour away from Gangtok.