Adventure / Trekking
#8 of 12 Places to Visit in Namchi
Distance (From Namchi Bus Stand): 11 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): Half Day to Full Day
Place Location: At Damthang
Transportation Options: + Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 11 km from Namchi and 16 km from Ravangla, Tendong Hill is vantage point situated near Namchi in Sikkim. Situated above the Damthang, it is one of the must visit places in Namchi and among the popular trekking places in South Sikkim.
Situated at an altitude of 8530 feet, Tendong Hill provides a spectacular view of mountains and its surrounding plains. The literal meaning of 'Tendong' is 'the upraised horn' in Lepcha language. As per the local folklores, once flood hit the place and it is believed that the land here upraised itself to save the people. Even now, the Hill is regarded as a benefactor and people pray to the hill in the rainy season, to keep them away from the calamity of flood always. It has been a place of meditation for Buddhist Lamas, who spent years in meditation in the quiet and peaceful environment of the place.
This hill is a celebrated landmark for trekkers and nature lovers. The Hill is encircled by dense forests, which abodes blossoming tress like that of magnolia and rhododendron. There is a small monastery and a three storied watch tower at the top. From the watch tower one can get the 360 degree view of the Singalila range in the west, Chola range in the east, part of Gangtok town, Nathu La, Darjeeling and part of the plains of West Bengal.
Tendong Hill can only be reached by trekking and the route starts from Damthang. The span of the trek is around 6 km which passes through thick green vegetation, rich in flora and fauna. More than 90 species of birds, Himalayan Bears, leopards and illusive Red Pandas inhabit this forest. Tendong Hill offers its guest tranquility and scenic view of nature.
March - June is the ideal time to visit Tendong Hill. The summer breeze offers an excellent feel to hike up this attraction to witness mesmerizing views.
Timings: 8 AM - 4 PM