Sikkim, India: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Sikkim, India? If you're planning to go to Sikkim, we've got some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Sikkim, India

Based on the climate and weather in Sikkim, the best time to go is October. See below for details.

Important essentials for Sikkim, India

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Sikkim, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some areas may have unreliable tap water, so it's important to have an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a good option.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

Activities for Sikkim, India

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Sikkim.

If you go to Tsongmo Lake, you're likely to do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.

If you plan go to a monastery, like Bermoik Monastery, take the following:

We also recommend these top tours in and around Sikkim.

What to wear/what to pack for Sikkim, India by month

Already know when you're traveling?

January

January in this region can be very chilly. Temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day. There is frost sometimes.

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February

February in Sikkim is crisp. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

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March

March for Sikkim is crisp. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day.

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April

If you vacation in Sikkim during April, you may see that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain occasionally.

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May

May is balmy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

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June

If you vacation in Sikkim during June, you may find that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (mid 10s C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

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July

If you are traveling to Sikkim in July, you will notice that it is mild. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

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August

August in Sikkim is mild. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

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September

If you are traveling to Sikkim in September, you will notice that it is mild. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

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October

If you go to Sikkim in October, you will notice that it is balmy. Expect it to rain sometimes. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (low 20s C).

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November

November in this region is cool. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day.

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December

December in Sikkim is crisp. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C). There is frost once in a while.

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