North Sikkim Tour Starts from : Gangtok
Altitude of Gangtok : 1,650 m [27.3314° N, 88.6138° E]
Altitude of Lachen : 2,600 m [27.7167° N, 88.5577° E]
Altitude of Gurudongmar Lake : 5,154 m [28.0258° N, 88.7097° E]
Altitude of Lachung : 2,700 m [27.6891° N, 88.7430° E]
Altitude of Yumthang Valley : 3,700 m [27.8268° N, 88.6958° E]
Altitude of Zero Point : 4,724 m [27.9305° N, 88.7346° E]
According to suggestions of NatureWings - the best Sikkim DMC, the best time for North Sikkim Package Tour Booking is between March to early June and October to mid of December. Spring considering May to June is the best season to witness the blooms of Rhododendrons, Primulas and Poppies in Yumthang Valley, and it's amazing. If you want to witness mesmerising frozen Gurudongmar Lake surrounded with snow capped mountains, travel North Sikkim with Lachen and Lachung between October to mid-December.
In this 2N 3D North Sikkim Tour in Summer Holidays you can visit some of the best attractions in North Sikkim like - Lachen, Chaten, Thangu Valley, Kalapatthar, Chopta Valley, Gurudongmar Lake, Lachung, Yumthang Valley, Zero Point, Mount Katao, Chungthang, Crow's Lake, Seven Sisters Waterfalls, Mangan, Cholamu Lake, Green Lake Trek, Tosar Lake Trek, Singhik, Phensang Monastery, Phodong Monastery, Kabi Lungchok etc.
The pickup and drop point for this 2 Nights and 3 Days North Sikkim Tour comprising Lachen and Lachung will be from Gangtok. On request we can arrange the Pickup and Drop from Bagdogra Airport [IXB] or New Jalpaiguri Station [NJP] also.
|Places From||Places To||Distance|
|NJP||Gangtok||3 hr 54 min (118.1 km) via NH10|
|Bagdogra||Gangtok||3 hr 50 min (122.2 km) via NH10|
|Gangtok||Chungthang||3 hr 30 min (87.8 km) via Gangtok-Chungthang Rd|
|Chungthang||Lachen||1 hr 3 min (26.2 km) via Lachen Rd|
|Gangtok||Lachen||4 hr 33 min (114.0 km) via Gangtok-Chungthang Rd|
|Lachen||Gurudongmar Lake||2 hr 30 min (65.9 km) via Gurudongmar Road|
|Lachen||Lachung||1 hr 44 min (46.9 km) via Lachen Rd|
|Lachung||Yumthang Valley||By Road - 1 hr 22 min (25 km)|
|Yumthang Valley||Zero Point||By Road - 45 min (23 km)|
|Lachung||Katao Valley||By Road - 1 hr (28 km)|
|Lachung||Gangtok||4 hr 10 min (109.2 km) via Singtam - Chungthang Rd|
|Gangtok||Tsomgo Lake||1 hr 29 min (44.1 km) via Jawaharlal Nehru Rd|
|Tsomgo Lake||Baba Mandir||Tsomgo Lake to baba mandir|
Meet & Greet on arrival and drive to Lachen via NH 31A. On the way stop and enjoy a few wonderful locations
Tashi View Point - Built by Tashi Namgyal, offering a panoramic view of Mt Khangchendzonga
Kabi Longstok - A historic place, located on North Sikkim Highway. This is the where a treaty between Lepcha Chief Te-Kung-Tek and the Bhutia Chief Khey-Bum-Sar was signed.
Seven Sister Waterfalls - The name is given to this waterfall as it makes its descent in seven stages. To facilitate the tourists to savor the pristine beauty and to be with nature, the Tourism Department of Sikkim has set up a waiting shed and cafeteria.
Naga Waterfalls - The confluence of Lachen-Chu and Lachung-Chu at Chungthang
Mostly perennial in nature, waterfalls are aplenty in this region, Bhim Nala & the Twin Waterfalls are two others one comes across en route to North Sikkim and the gorgeous Teesta follows you all the way.
Lunch will be served at Namok. You are likely to reach Lachen around the evening. Overnight at Hotel / Home Stay at Lachen.
Early in the morning start for Gurudongmar Lake Tour [Altitude 5,154 m / 70 kms / 03 hrs] one of the most sacred lakes believed by the Buddhists and Hindus alike. The lake is situated almost 65km from Lachen and it takes almost 3 hrs to reach there. The beautiful and awe-inspiring lake remains milky in color throughout the year. According to a legend, since the lake used to remain frozen most of the year, it was not possible to use its water for drinking purposes. When the Guru Padmasambhava passed by, while returning from Tibet, the local residents are reported to have approached him for providing a source of water.
The Guru obliged. A portion of the lake touched by him does not freeze in extreme winter. Since the water of the lake is considered sacred, visitors carry the 'blessed' water in bottles. After lunch, check out from hotel and transfer to Lachung. Overnight at Hotel / Home Stay in Lachung.
|Lachen||Gurudongmar Lake||2 hr 27 min (65.9 km) via Gurudongmar Road|
|Lachen||Thangu Valley||1 hr 10 min (34.0 km) via Gurudongmar Road|
|Thangu Valley||Chopta Valley||8 min (3.7 km) via Gurudongmar Road|
|Chopta Valley||Kalapatthar||20 min (8.4 km) via Gurudongmar Road|
|Kalapatthar||Gurudongmar Lake||1 hr 35 min (40.0 km) via Gurudongmar Road|
|Lachen||Lachung||1 hr 48 min (46.8 km) via Lachen Rd|
After breakfast, excursion to Yumthang Valley - The valley full of Snow in winter and Rhododendron during May (11800ft/1.5Hrs), is the main attraction around. You can also visit Zero Point (at Extra Cost subject to Permit and Road Condition).
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary - Spread over 43 sq km through which flows the Yumthang river, it adjoins Lachung and Yumthang. The Sanctuary which is known for its abundance of Rhododendron shrubs and trees is rich in ground flora and other vegetation as well. After lunch in Lachung, transfer to Gangtok.
The picturesque mountain village of Lachung, at a height of around 8600 ft, embraced by snow-capped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams and apple orchards is the perfect holiday destination for the nature lovers. Sprawled across the banks of the Lachung Chu River which slices the village in two, Lachung is famous for its apples, peaches, and apricots. At Lachung you can visit the Lachung Gompa, built around 1880, the monastery is situated amidst apple orchards across the river from the town center. You can also visit the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary through which flows the Yumthang Chu. The sanctuary is known for its abundance of Rhododendron trees and shrubs. Lachung is perfect for an overnight halt before you visit the spectacular Yumthang valley. NatureWings, the best North Sikkim Tour Planner offers various category of accommodation from Super Deluxe to premium category and arranges a complete North Sikkim Package for its guests.
Situated at an altitude of 11,800 feet is popularly known as "Valley of Flowers". Located at a distance of 16 km from Lachung, it is a paradise for nature lovers with a fascinating blend of flora and fauna and breathtaking scenic beauty. In the spring season, wild flowers such as Primulas and Rhododendrons bathe the landscape in rich colors, making it a tourist hot spot. The Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary over here has 24 species of Rhododendron flowers which bloom from April to May end. Situated further up at a distance of 16 km, at an altitude of about 16,000 feet is Yumesamdong. The rugged vegetation free mountains, especially in the months of November-December and February-March over here present a breathtaking scenario. The approach to Yumthang is from Lachung valley, situated at a height of 8000 feet.
At an altitude of 8500 ft, Lachen is alluring in its simplicity and freshness. It is still a tiny tourist destination. It retains a freshness which is very appealing. The village comprises of very few families, earlier inhabited only during winters by their owners who spend their summers on the alpine pastures bordering Tibet tending to their yaks. Lachen is the starting point for some of the most interesting treks in North Sikkim as well as the gateway to the holy Guru Dongmar and Tso Lhamu lakes. You can visit the Lachen Gompa here and sample the simple village life of the 'Lachenpas'. NatureWings - the best North Sikkim Package Tour planner offers its guests from basic home accommodation to nature retreat.
Situated at a height of 17,800 feet, it is considered one the most sacred lakes by the Buddhists and Hindus alike. The beautiful and awe-inspiring lake (50 km from Lachen) remains milky in color throughout the year. According to a legend, since the lake used to remain frozen most of the year, it was not possible to use its water for drinking purposes. When the Guru Padmasambhava passed by, while returning from Tibet, the local residents are reported to have approached him for providing a source of water. The Guru obliged. A portion of the lake touched by him does not freeze in extreme winter also. Since the water of the lake is considered sacred, visitors carry the 'blessed' water in bottles. Gurudongmer is part of NatureWings's favorite North Sikkim Package which covers Lachung - Yumthang - Lachen - Gurudongmer Lake (2N/3D). NatureWings also offers various other North Sikkim nature places like Chopta Valley, Chungthang, Mangan, Dzongu accommodation and personalized package tours. Just fill up the booking form here and we'll be happy to assist you for your next vacation.
Lachen : Apple Orchard [Address: Lachen, Sikkim 737120]
Lachung : Yarlam Resort [Address: near Army Camp, Lachung, Sikkim 737135]
Lachen : Himalayan Residency / Grand Lachen / Similar
Lachung : Modern Residency / Norling Zimkhang / Himalayan Residency / Apple Valley Inn / Lachung Continental / Similar
Lachen : Royal Lachen / Grand Lachen / Similar
Lachung : Royal Lachung / Apple Valley Inn / Similar
→ Accommodation in listed Hotels
→ Breakfast and Dinner
→ Transfers and all Sightseeing in exclusive Private vehicle
→ 24/7 Support from Sikkim Expert
→ Any item which is not mentioned in the Inclusion section
→ Lunch or any other meal
→ All Museums, Monuments and other entry Fees
→ Parking, Toll Tax, Permits
→ Laundry, Tips, Phone Call or any Personal Expenses
→ Travel with a local guide who have significant knowledge about the state
→ Follow the designated trails for trekking
→ Always take PAP (Protected Area Permits) for visiting restricted areas
→ Keep your identity card handy. Consider making photo copies of those
→ Keep the pollutants away from the streams and lakes
→ Respect the local culture, dress modestly while visiting monastery
→ Follow the photography rules strictly
→ Try local delicacy Thukpa - a Tibetan noodle soup
→ It's better to carry a thermoflux bottle for warm water, tea or coffee
→ Don't litter the forest area, carry back plastic bottles, bags etc
→ Don't pluck flowers or plants
→ Don't drink alcohol while on tour or sightseeing
→ Don't smoke at public places, especially near sacred places
→ Don't disturb the wildlife
→ Don't play loud music inside the forest
→ Don't buy products made of endangered species
→ Follow the photography rules strictly
The best time to explore North Sikkim is between the months of May and September as the temperature is moderate during this time. It's advisable to book the North Sikkim Package well in advance to avail the best possible deals and peak season surcharges.
Adorned with immense natural beauty, Sikkim is one of the preferred places for travellers in summer. With snow clad mountains, frozen lakes, countless streams and mountain rivers, blooms of crimson rhododendron and purplish primulas, Sikkim makes one's holiday a blissful. So if want to make your Sikkim Tour wonderful, here are some places that you must add on in your North Sikkim Tour Plan:
Alluring Gurudongmar Lake
Charming Yumthang Valley
Exquisite Cholamu Lake
Dazzling Yume Samdong (Zero Point)
Fascinating Seven Sisters Waterfall
Meandering Chopta Valley
Lovely Mt. Katao
Magnificent Thangu Valley
Wonderful Lachung Monastery
Adventurous Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
Admirable Phensang Monastery
High Bhim Nala Falls
Wild Khangchendzonga National Park
Thrilling Zemu Glacier
If you are planning a usual visit to North Sikkim, without a separate trek, a period of 7-8 days is sufficient to visit the different areas of North Sikkim like lichen, lachung, gurudongmar lake, yumthang valley, zero point, katao valley etc.
The chances of snow in North Sikkim during the month of October is quite less, since October is considered to be the post-monsoon season. However, tourists can visit Zero point and Gurudongmar as these places might remain snow covered during October.
The best option to reach Lachen and Lachung from Gangtok is to hire a local cab, based on your preference and convenience. Usually, there are several North Sikkim Packages that you can book from NatureWings – the North Sikkim Trip expert. These include visit to Lachen, Lachung and en route sightseeing options, along with meals, vehicle and accommodation.
Yes, tourists need permit to visit Tsomgo Lake (altitude 3,753 m), which is popularly known as Changu lake. This permit is issued by the respective police check post for Indian tourists. The same is also issued by the Sikkim Tourism and Civil Aviation Department for foreign tourists.
The permit for Nathula Pass (altitude 4,310 m) is issued to only Indian tourists and they are allowed to visit this place only 4 days a week – Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. So if you are planning for a Nathula Trip, plan accordingly and get your all documents ready with passport size photograph.
For regular tourists, it's advisable to get the permit for Nathula pass through a Registered Tour Operator of Sikkim like NatureWings. The tourists are needed to fill up an application form given by the agency, and pay the required charges. Usually, anything between Rs. 150-200 is charged for the form, and additional Rs. 20 is charged by the permit issuing authority.
Zero Point happens to be the last outpost of civilization and it's located very close to the international border between India and China.
Definitely, zero point is one of the must-visit destinations in North Sikkim as it offers a panoramic view of snow clad mountains and spectacular surroundings amongst which three rivers meet. If you are planning your North Sikkim Package Tour in Summer also, Zero point will offer you the best scenic beauty.
In order to reach zero point, tourists have to reach Lachung first, from where they can hire a vehicle to reach zero Point. The journey takes around 3 – 3.5 hours and it's advisable to halt at Lachung for a night or two, for a relaxed vacation.
Snowfall is not quite common in Gangtok, however, sometimes, the routes to the high altitude places like Nathula pass or Changu lake often get closed during the winter due to heavy snow fall.
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We just returned from the west Sikkim tour, packaged and arranged by ‘Naturewings’; route Gangtok – Kaluk - Pelling – Ravangla. Can’t wait to share few things here…the driver we got, was an experienced young locale chap, who knows the hills very well. He shared his little tips as a guide beyond just driving. Quality of the hotels were very high class. We got warm and comfortable rooms, along with the hot and fresh foods. Their hospitality touched our mind. The package was beyond our expectations within this price range. Overall, it was a life time experience for me and my family. We will look forward for more tours from ‘Naturewings’ in the future, for sure.
Recently went to West Sikkim - Ravangla, kaluk and Pelling through Naturewings. Thanks to excellent coordination by Sri Indrajeet Kar, the trip turned out to be a memorable one.The car provided was in nice shape and the driver very cooperative and amiable. All hotels/Resorts provided, especially the Mandarin Resort at Kaluk, afforded breathtaking view of Kanchenjunga along with warm hospitality and nice, hygienic food. The tour schedule, hotel vouchers, car details were intimated well in time beforehand and strictly followed. All in all a big thumbs up for Naturewings - Highly recommended.
We just returned from a West Sikkim Tour and the trip was a memorable one. It was our 4 Night 5 Days trip, covering Pelling in 2 Nights and Ravangla in 2 nights. In Pelling, we stayed in Crassula Ovata retreat in the Upper Pelling helipad area. The hotel is a new one with a mesmerizing view of Mount Kanchanjhungha from my bed. The location and ambiance of the hotel are too good, and we enjoyed every bit of the moments we stayed there. Honestly, we were in no mood to go out sightseeing as the hotel gives us the perfect ambiance of peacefulness and tranquillity. In Ravangla also, we got a beautiful hotel, Barfung Retreat. This beautiful resort with a good room and a breathtaking view of snow peaks from our room. In both the hotels, the food was also good, and our driver from Bagdogra to Bagdogra was helpful and jovial. We must thank NatureWings for offering us such a memorable trip and will go through them once again in the North East India tour.
We Traveled to Pelling, Ravangla and Kaluk during this year's puja vacation. Best place to have a great view of the peaks of the Kanchanjangha range of Himalayas. Just get up around 5:00 am in October and could see the golden snow-capped mountain peaks from the rising sun (because of fewer clouds, and the possibility of getting a clear view of snow-clad peaks). Peaceful Pelling is famous for its sightseeing points like Shingshore Bridge, Sky-Walk and Monastery. We stayed in Hotel Sikkim Aurora, close to the Helipad, and on the top of the town. Most of the rooms are mountain facing, can see the peaks from the bed as well as bathrooms. Just relax and enjoy the show. I strongly recommend a visit over this place for a couple of days (minimum). Overall the hotels, cars and foods arrangement made by NatureWings was satisfactory and within budget.
We had traveled through NatureWings with a family from Ahmedabad. It was a well-organized trip. After 5 hours of tedious journey from Bagdogra Airport, we reached the destination. Our joy was getting double throughout the way step by step. We were overwhelmed by its natural beauty. It was some more than I expected. The rooms were booked well in advance and well-maintained hotels. Mr. Indrajit provided good support in guiding us as we were traveling with a 4-year-old kid. We had a wonderful trip to the chilling weather in December. Hipped up with fresh enthusiasm, the trip to Pelling - West Sikkim was filled with thrills and comfort. I was able to explore from classical enrichment of Sikkimese architecture to its wild green side of nature. In case you are traveling to Sikkim, I would always suggest you NATUREWINGS from Kolkata as it holds the best information in and around Sikkim.
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