What is the best time to visit Sikkim? Does it snow in Sikkim?
There are 3 seasons for visiting Sikkim.
a) Summer: Summer is from mid-April till mid-June after which the monsoon breaks. This is the time when the rhododendrons are in full bloom in places like Yumthang, Varshey (West Sikkim-2 day trek) etc. The skies are fairly clear with occasional showers. This is one of the best times to go on treks.
b) Autumn: Which falls in between Mid September to Mid November. This is a great season when the skies are clear and the mountains are preparing for the winter months ahead. The snow clad peaks should now be visible with the air at its cleanest after 4 months of torrential rains.
c) Winters: This is the season for those who dare. A visit to Yumthang Valley in winters offers an awesome panorama of a wilderness under a sheet of snow. Tsongo Lake is frozen solid and remains that way till Feb-March. Even in early April one can frolic in the ice in Yumthang and Tsongo, although it doesn’t normally snow there in April. But be warned, it’s really cold out there!
Note: Avoid visiting Sikkim from Mid- July to August end due to heavy rains and occasional landslides.