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WHAT IS THE BEST SEASON TO VISIT SIKKIM?
The best time to visit Sikkim is during March, April, May and September, October, November and early December.
DO I NEED SPECIAL PERMITS TO VISIT SIKKIM?
To visit Sikkim one need to apply for an Inner Line Permit (ILP). This 15 days permit can be obtained free of charge from the Indian Consulate in your country while applying for your Indian Visa. You can also acquire ILPs at Rangpo at the time of your entry to Sikkim.
WHERE AND WHAT TYPE OF FOOD IS SERVED DURING THE TREK?
During the trek our cook will serve you with local food such as Dal Bhat( rice and lentils) along with vegetables and tinned products or momos (vegetable dumplings), noodles etc. Good breakfast compromising of cornflakes, porridge, toast, eggs, sausegaes, mashed potaoes etc. will be served., potatoes, vegetables and soup.
HOW DIFFICULT ARE THE TREKS?
The difficulty of our treks depends on where you want to trek and how long you want to go. The shorter treks tend to be easier while the longer ones require some physical fitness. Be prepared for some steep trails leading to amazing views. The pace at which you hike is up to you. We have friendly and dependable porters to assist you with your personal gear.
HOW SAFE IS THE FOOD?
Food safety is always a big concern when visiting a foreign country. This is why we do our best to choose the hotels/lodges and restaurants with clean and sanitary kitchens. On our treks, we provide a cook to prepare safe and tasty meals with our own set of cookery as well as hygienic cleaning facilities. The food we serve on camping trips is completely safe.
WHERE DO WE GET WATER DURING THE TRIP?
Your guide will provide you with all the water you need during your trek. We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail. The plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem. During the trek, we provide you with ample boiled drinking water.
IS THE WATER SAFE TO DRINK?
Your guide will be in charge of all your water needs. He will make sure all water is boiled and treated with iodine. Iodine is 100% effective in killing the bacteria in water.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY?
Tsozum Tours, Treks & Expeditions prides itself on being prepared for any emergency situation. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during a trek. But if a serious emergency occurs, then outside help is needed. Every client should have their own insurance before coming to Sikkim. If an emergency occurs, Tsozum Tours and Treks will initially cover the cost of an evacuation until your insurance company can deliver payment.
IS THERE A DOCTOR ON THE TREK?
We can't guarantee a doctor on every trekking area, but we do try to encourage suitably experienced medical personnel to join our high altitude treks by offering a discount in return for looking after the medical needs of a group. In addition to trek doctors, our group leaders are trained in first aid.
COULD YOU TELL ME HOW MUCH MONEY DO I NEED?
This is bit of difficult to explain to you without knowing your proper holiday plan. But you can make always easy with explaining about your interest- that you like to do tour, trekking, rafting, wildlife safari, shopping etc. or with explaining about the categories of hotel that you're going to accommodate and nature of tour you're going to do, and total days for Sikkim. We will tell you want cost for what! Then you will know the how much money should have to bring with you.
WHAT SORT OF EXPERIENCE DO YOUR GUIDES HAVE?
Tsozum Tours, Treks & Expeditions has professional, dependable and experienced guides, who are well trained. All of our guides have spent years exploring the mountains and countryside of Sikkim. All guides speak English and have a great knowledge of the various trekking routes. Our Guides will have the pleasure of guiding you in the most beautiful trails in the Himalayas, which will enhance your holiday experience and make it a real success.
HOW DIFFICULT IS THE TREK?
We can absolutely assure you that you do not have to be young, very experienced, or super fit to enjoy most of our treks. Previous walking experience, though useful, is not essential: the great majority of our treks could be undertaken by anyone who is in good health, enjoys outdoor life, and is reasonably fit.
WHAT WE DO EVERY DAY IN TREKKING?
A trek day begins around 6 a.m. with a mug of coffee or tea served through your tent flap. Hot water is provided for washing and shaving, followed by breakfast. Water is provided for your water containers. We strike camp and begin walking in the pleasant cool of the morning for 2-4 hours before stopping for lunch. This two-hour break offers an opportunity to write in your diary, read and relax. The full meal typically includes fresh fruit, tinned meat, cheese, rice, rotis, cooked vegetables, and tea or coffee. We usually reach our campsite by 4 p.m. and have tea and biscuits shortly afterwards. There is time to rest or explore before our evening meal at 6 p.m. This is the social event of the day. It begins with an appetizer and soup, followed by the main course and dessert with tea or coffee. The variety and quality of our "camp" food will delight you. Guests keep threatening to take our cooks home with them! As we mainly camp near villages, there is usually plenty of time to visit with the locals before or after dinner and sample their home brews. As night approaches, most people retire to their warm sleeping bags and are fast asleep by 9:30 p.m.
WHY SHOULD I TRAVEL WITH TSOZUM TOURS AND TREKS?
There are many reasons. We in a nutshell, we go out of our way to make sure your experience is a positive one, there will be no negative impact on the region we are visiting: after all, we live here. And our safety record is unsurpassed.
We provide the most modern, lightweight equipment, specially designed for trekking & climbing and vegetarian, non-vegetarian cuisine, travel arrangements and reliable, friendly and experienced staff. We respect and follow our clients' suggestions and ideas for planning their special trips. All our trekking staffs are insured. Testimonials of some of our satisfied guests can be viewed in our website.