Maenam La Trek

 

Region: South Sikkim, Himalaya

 

Important Places:Maenam Monastery, Maenam Peak , Valedunga (Ballydunga )Peak

 

Peak Peeks:Kanchendzonga Massif (Kanchendzonga-8585m,Kumbakarno (Janoo)-7710m,Kabru S-7317m,Kabru N-7338m,Shimvo-6811m,Pandim-6691m,Rathong-6679m & others)
Highest Altitude: Maenam Peak at 10,600 ft, Valedunga 10,800ft
Common Meeting Point:New Jalpiguri Station , West Bengal
Last Motorable Point:Ra-Bangla ( 8000 ft)
Trek days:2 Days
Best Time:June & Sept –Nov (But it can be a different experience to trek maenam during winter )
Difficulty Level:Easy

 

 Trek Route  Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : A 12 km trek from Ravangla through the Oak, Pine, Rhododendron, Magnolia and fir forests to Mainam peak at 10,600 ft

 Day 2 : Another 1.5 km uphill trek leads to valedunga, a hilltop offering beautiful view to the surrounding mountains & come back to Ravangla .

 Getting There

 

·              RailNew Jalpiguri (NJP) Station, West Bengal is last rail ponit. It's access able from all over India via Howrah and sealdh Jn., Kolkata, west bengal.

·              Air: Bagdogra is nearest flying destination. Flights are available via Kolkata.

·              Road: Also buses are available in frequent manner from Kolkata to Siliguri. Road Distance: 607 kms (377 miles.) and Travel Time: 10-11 hrs

·              Ra- Bangla: This is small town is access able through NH 31A via namchi in South Sikkim by road from NJP/Siligrui/Bagdogra. Siliguri to Ravangla is 117 kms (73 miles.), Travel Time 2 hrs.

 

 Contacts

Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC)

        Mr. Tejpal Pradhan(Manager Ops)        9647883992 
        Ms. Deo Maya –                               9775901379 
        Mrs. Tshering Wangmo –                  9475011220 

        Gangtok Booking Office :                  03592 - 203960 
        Head Office.:                                  03592 - 201372 
        Fax No.:                                         03592 - 200325 
        Email: [email protected] 

        
        BAGDOGRA
                Mr. Nima Yolmo                          77979-30380
                Mr. Rewaz Sharma                     74072-22157

        BAGDOGRA OFFICE                           0353-2698030

 Pema Dolkar Bhutia

 Kewzing Road, Ravangla,South Sikkim

 P.O Ravangla Bazaar -737139

 Mobile : 09733061311.

 e-mail : [email protected]

Contacts of SIKKIM GOVT. Officials and facility/services: Clik Here

 Fitness Required

These treks can be enjoyed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life. 

 Risks And Precautions

Terrain flat or moderately inclined no danger of falling.No as such technicalities involved. Suitable also for sport shoes. 

Basic trekking precautions and safety measures are recommended.

Click here forGeneral medical hazards during a trek

 BackPack Guide
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 Important Links

Sikkim Government  official website: http://www.sikkimtourism.travel/Webforms/General/Default.aspx

 Personal Experiences

By Sandy

We were in the 2nd  year of college; we had just completed our 3rd  semester . We planned a small trip to Sikkim with our limited budget in December. In those days we did not have any idea of trekking . Arnab said that it was just a walk from Ravangla to reach the top of Mainam: stay a couple of hours and come down. We did not carry any tents; all we had were small rucksacks and sleeping bags.

We reached Ravangla via Namchi Bazar, starting off from the railway station by car .  It was the first week of January 2003 and hotels were readily available.  In the evening we went in search of a guide who could go with us to Mainam top.

I still remember that evening at the outskirts of Ravangla town; we were talking to each other and trying to identify the stars in the sky.  A young local like us came forward to meet us . His name was Robin , and he was studying  Biotechnology in Sikkim Manipal University . After some casual conversation he came to know of our plan to trek to Mainam peak and he was excited to join us.

Next morning we bought food stuff for the trek and started towards Mainam peak with Robin and his friend . A 12 km trek from Ravangla through oak, pine, rhododendron, magnolia and fir forests took us to Mainam peak, which was at 10,600 ft. The entire trek route passes through the Mainam Sanctuary which houses a rare Himalayan species like the red panda, Himalayan black bear, leopard cat, black pheasant cat etc. But the real adventure began when we reached the top: the top of  Mainam is totally covered by snow which was unusual. Trekkers hut was broken down due to heavy snowfall in December . We were in troubled because we did not carry the tent .  At that time we could not come back to Ravangla as it  was late.
We were excited as well as scared about our next steps . How we spent that night without a shade on that snow covered terrain ? 
Robin came with a suggestion that we make a camp fire, and then late in the night enter an old abandoned monastery which was situated on the top of Mainam . The monastery was very narrow to seat 10 boys, but spending a night without a shelter in January was the same as committing suicide.  We all accepted Robin's proposal, and we divided into groups to find wood for the fire that would take us through the rest of the night. That was an exciting group work in the snowy terrain. In the evening on a moonlit night, the campfire, old monk punched with ice melted hot water, Chang ( local drink ), stories, and song made that night uncanny and unforgettable. How do I describe that evening by words ?


As expected, the night was sleepless and we were just counting time for dawn to break; it was painful, and no doubt. Next day  at dawn, we acknowledged the supreme beauty of the Himalayan peaks. Another 1.5 km uphill trek leads to Valedunga, a hilltop offering beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, but we could not  reach there because of thick snow which was risky to trek, so we came back  to Ravangla in afternoon.

This short trek gave us immense pleasure and our first taste of adventure !

Last but no the least it would be great to talk about Ninth Sister Fall … hope any of my friends will start writing on that because some memories never fade.

 Trek FAQs
Rout Fact?
.Ravangla is a relatively new tourist spot in south Sikkim. Situated at an elevation of 8000 ft the small picturesque semi town on the Gangtok-Gaysiling highway. Trek trail goes through Meanam wild life sanctuary. Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, established in 1987, covers an area of around 35 km², in the South Sikkim district, Sikkim, India. The literal meaning of maenam-la is “treasure-house of medicines”, and the flora of the sanctuary is rich in a number of plants of medicinal value. Its located on the Maenam-Tendong ridge which runs north-south bisecting Sikkim longitudinally and is drained by the Tista river to the East and Rangit river in the West.
Maenam Wildlife?
.Red Panda, Goral, Serow, Barking Deer, Marbled-Cat, Leopard-Cat, Civet-Cats, Blood Pheasant, Common Hill Partridge, Magpies, Black Eagle, Blue necked Pitta, Woodcock, Crested Serpent Eagle, Crimson Horned Pheasant, Green Pigeon, Speckled Wood Pigeon, Spotted Dove, Rufous Turtle Dove, Common Hawk Cuckoo, Warbler, Tree Sparrow, Common Rose Finch, Redheaded Bullfinch, Goldheaded Black Finch, and Sunbirds
Tourist places near by Ravangla?
Ravang Sunrise View Point , Temi Tea Garden , Ralang Monasteries , Tashiding Monastery
Nearest ATM & mobile network?
Ravangla has the last ATM and mobile network is available at Maenam too in a irregular manner. 

 

Posted by Sandy Tuesday, June 19, 2012 7:18:00 PM Categories: Himalaya Sikkim South Sikkim
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