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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Sikkim is generally a very safe place, but some locals’ alcoholic tendencies add a certain unpredictability.

Sikkim’s famous little leeches aren’t dangerous but they’re ubiquitous in damp grass. Stick to dry, wide paths. If trekking through leechy terrain, letting them suck a little blood is often easier than endless stops to remove the morph-magician rascals.