After sufficient sightseeing in East Sikkim
we were due exploring beautiful regions of North Sikkim. If you are in the state at least for a week then North Sikkim is a must visit and major part of energy and time should be allocated for it. For this trip we opted for a 2-Nights/3-Days package trip conducted by Lama Tours and Travel(MG Marg, Gangtok). The total expenses for 6 people was around 16k INR inclusive of transportation, accommodation and food.
- Panaromic view of Teestha Valley at Singhik
- Experiencing snowfall at Thanggu
- A relaxed evening on banks of river at Lachung
- Breakfast at Pema's shop at Yumthang valley
- Experiencing sub-zero temperature and 360 degree snow clad mountains at Zero-point(15000+ feet)
Day-1, we departed at around 11 am in a Mahindra Max jeep from dedicated North Sikkim taxi stand at Gangtok. For initial one hour our driver didn't even speak a word. We were speculating that whether he's a dumb person or doesn't know Hindi or a Kadus person. Our first site of the day was Seven-sisters waterfalls. To be frank, there was nothing impressive to mention about the waterfall, even dozens of roadside waterfalls were better than it. The so called seven tier falls can be skipped unless there's a genuine need for a pit-stop.
|Singhik viewpoint near Mangan |
Moving ahead, we had a break at Phodong for lunch and entered into Mangan - district head-quaters of North Sikkim which claims itself to be 'Cardamom capital of the World'. A few kms beyond Mangan is Singhik view point which offers panoramic view of Teestha Valley. With our desperate search for a cup of tea at the viewpoint we landed into a terrace hotel(cafe) which offered us the best view of the valley. The combination of tea and the breathtaking landscape was a priceless experience.
We reached Lachen at around 7 pm for overnight stay. Our arrival was delayed due to flat tyre replacement, a usual headache for drivers in North Sikkim area due to rocky terrain. At Lachen, it was moderately drizzling and our caretaker at homestay said that it will be definitely snowing at higher altitude where we were supposed travel next day.
|Snowfall at Thanggu - we had to discontinue our journey to Gurudongmar lake here|
morning at 4:30 am we departed towards Gurudongmar Lake. While traveling, I immediately went into napping mode after such a early morning wake-up. By the time I woke up i.e after an hour the first image on my retinas was dominated with the color white, obviously due to snow on either sides of the road. At 6:30 am, we stopped at Thanggu for breakfast and simultaneously experienced snowfall. Our excitement of experiencing snowfall(maiden snowfalll for some people in our group) was short-lived as we were informed that Gurudongmar plan was cancelled considering high probability of road blockage due to heavy snowfall. With loads of disappointment, we came back to Lachen and departed towards Lachung after lunch.
On the way to Lachung, we saw Teesta-Lanchung river confluence near Chungthang, where there's big hydel power station under construction. Next site on the way was BimNalla waterfalls which was relatively graceful than other roadside waterfalls. At Lachung, we witnessed daylight fading into dusk by relaxing on banks of river below a cantilever bridge. It was nice to witness ribbon waterfalls on a big hill adjacent to the town.
|Pema at her Tea shop in Yumthang Valley|
, we departed at 5.30 am towards Yumthang Valley. On the way to the place we saw several boards with Rhododendrons. When I was reading it aloud, the local lady(her name was Pema) to whom our driver had offered the drop from Lachung, said that Rhododendron bloom can be witnessed only in the month of April.
After reaching Yumthang we had sufficiently long spell of photosession around Yumthang-zero kilometer stone. After the session we dropped into Pema’s Shop for breakfast. Her photogenic face was a treat our cameras. Not to mentioned the lady was very friendly and enthusiastic, a diametrically opposite personality in comparison to our driver.
|Our gang at Zero Point|
Normally, the package tour will have sightseeing till Yumthang valley. Beyond this one can go upto Yumasongdeong, famously known as zero-point by paying extra money directly to the driver. There we experienced sub-zero temperature at 15000+ feet amidst 360 degree snow clad mountains. The other major attraction around Yumthang is a hot spring which didn't live upto the hype. However, landscape around it was nice and good capturing in our cameras. We came back to Lachung for lunch and immediately started our return journey to Gangtok. While returning also we were unfortunate to experience hiccups of a flat tyre again and our driver had to borrow the replacement from some other jeep driver. When the tyre was being replaced all passerby drivers used to ask our driver - "Tyre Cho
" .. our driver used to reply "Cho
Finally, we were back in Gangtok at nighttime by concluding toughest part of Sikkim Trip. Next morning, we were off to South Sikkim via Rumtek.
what was the cost of the package?ReplyDelete
the cost 16000 rupees for 3 days and 2 night inclusive of food, accomodation, transportation.(for 6 ppl).ReplyDelete
For zero point we paid 1800 extra.
we are 8(adult).. we want go from ganktok on 1st march 2016(morning)..plz tell me the cost including food, accomodation, transportation...includind zero pointDelete
At what time of the year did u visit north sikkim???????ReplyDelete
can u give the contacts of "Lama Tours and Travel(MG Marg, Gangtok)"??? And where u stayed at Gangtok??Delete
Contact Binita Lama 09734983536/09832079292Delete
we stayed at Fujiya Hotel (managed by Mr. Neer) which is very close to MG MargDelete
can you please provide me the contact number of Fujiya hotel,GangtokDelete
hi aparna: I don't have the number handyDelete
Beautiful lady! :-)ReplyDelete
Hey Sandeep, I see that you guys had Gurudongmar on your plan and it didn't happen due to the weather. If the weather holds up, is it possible to do Lachung, Yumthang and Gurudongmar in 3D/2N ? Also how did you find the accomodation, was it through the travels ?ReplyDelete
Yes .. you can cover all things in 3D, 2N. Accommodation was inclusive in the package of 16KDelete
I was also there last year. Awesome place to visit. perfect place for new couples...ReplyDelete
Hi Shande and Kimmi. I need suggestion from you. I am planning to go to Sikkim in Sep end this year. Is it better to book the tours before reaching there or go to Gangtok and than finalise? is it possible to hire car directly from taxi stand and manage the tour at our own instead of going through travel agents?ReplyDelete
Hi .. It's better to book the tours at Gangtok itself. But booking taxi on the spot can be painful as you may lose your precious time in discussing/bargaining etc.Delete
I am very reluctant to visit the Lachen, Gurudongmar Lake, Lachung, Yumthang Valley at coming October with my family, but my daughter will be just 2 years old then, will she fit for for this trip ??ReplyDelete
Are these travel agents reliable if we book it over phone? how were the hotels and the food?were they edible?
Are these travel agents reliable if we book it over phone? Hoe were the hotels and the fooding arrangements?
It's recommended to book on the spot. Hotels and food arrangement were decent, don't expect luxury.Delete
by any chance do you have any photos?Delete
By Any chance do you have any photos of the room? or the hotels?Delete
Hey Sandeep...We are planning to visit sikkim in Dec end. Can we visit these places. We will be travelling with 2 year old kid. Will the travels be too hectic for him??ReplyDelete
Yes .. he may have difficulty is getting adjusted to high altitude and sub-zero temparature.Delete
How about gangtok, pelling and any other places if u can suggest? We will be going for 5-6 days. (4 adults and 2 toddlers)ReplyDelete
Include ravangla and kaluk in west sikkim..i liked ravangla more dan pelling..u can do trecking in ravangla in the bird sanctuary thereDelete
Ravangla and kaluk..trekking can b done in ravngla bird sanctuaryDelete
hey sandeep, we are travelling to north sikkim 2n/3d from sept 28-sept 30 2013, any idea about the weather at that time? we have pre-booked our tour with blue skyReplyDelete
I'm not sure. It should be manageable with light woolen clothes. Please confirm this with your tour operator.Delete
People sometimes underestimate the impact that a friendly and experienced guide can have on the outcome of a journey. When someone is knowledgeable and loves what they are doing, they make the country around them come alive. I wish your guide had been more eager to have you enjoy your trip.ReplyDelete
Great! Blog Post About North Sikkim: Lachen, Lachung, Yumthang, Zero-Point Awesome Place I Like All Sikkim sure has the potential, if it is already not, to be a role model of sustainable, eco-friendly tourism destination for other destinations in the country Sikkim World’s Number One Place To Visit In 2014.....Get the details from : http://blog.theotherhome.com/sikkim-worlds-number-one-place-to-visit-in-2014/ReplyDelete
We want to go North Sikim at 1st February. Is this good time ? Please suggestReplyDelete
Hi Ayan, It's a good time ... but not sure about accessibility .. roads may get blocked because of bad weather(snowfall etc.)Delete
Hi Sandeep, How were the North Sikkim hotels provided in Lama's package. Do you remember any hotel name for reference..thanksReplyDelete
Hi Preeti, the hotels were like homestays .. I am not able to recall the namesDelete
I am planning to travel Sikkim in Mid June'14. It would be like initial 2N stay in gangtok, next 3N/4D Lachen-Lachung trip. The trip dates would be exactly 11th June'14 to 18th June'14. I would be doing online booking for Gangtok 2N stay. For 3N/4D trip to lachen-lachung, what would you suggest - should I pre-book it online or decide at the Gangtok only? How is the trip arranged by travel agents at Gangtok? If I book it at Gangtok, are the hotels nd food provided by them good enough?
Also, is the time June'14 okay to travel Gangtok and north sikkim? I would be visiting the place with my wife.
If I book it at Gangtok on the spot, how much would it cost for 3N/4D lachen-lachung trip?
Also, the cab travel agent provides - that would not have other people boarded into it, right?
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
thanks for dropping by. Following are the answers to your queries
1. For 3N/4D trip to lachen-lachung, what would you suggest - should I pre-book it online or decide at the Gangtok only? How is the trip arranged by travel agents at Gangtok? If I book it at Gangtok, are the hotels nd food provided by them good enough?
[Sandeep] : Book it on the spot at Gangtok. Our trip was arranged by the agent but it was micro-managed by driver of our jeep. Accomodation quality varies on budget preferences but same cannot ensured for food.
2. Also, is the time June'14 okay to travel Gangtok and north sikkim? I would be visiting the place with my wife.
[Sandeep]: Time is okay, but you may not to able to experience snow .. even at higher altitudes at zero-point.
3. If I book it at Gangtok on the spot, how much would it cost for 3N/4D lachen-lachung trip?
[Sandeep]: It depends on the season, vehicle sharing mode etc. That's why it's highly recommended to book the package on-the-spot.
4. Also, the cab travel agent provides - that would not have other people boarded into it, right?
[Sandeep]: We had a dedicated vehicle for 6 of us. Smaller groups typically travel on a shared basis but I came across many couples traveling in a dedicated taxi.
Let me know if you have any other queries.
I am planning a 3 days 2 nights trip to Lachen - Gurudongmar - lachung - yumthang from Gangtok in the end of april. We are six people. Approximately how much it will cost?
Hi Chirantan: in our case in 2010 it was around 17-18 k for 6 people (transport, food, accomodation). Current rates should be around 25-30K, but i will check with a person who had recently and confirm on thisDelete
we are 4 pax would be reaching gangtok on 21st may and will go for Lachen-Lachung from 24th to 26th which will cover gurudongmar lake, chopta valley and yumthang is recommended to book before reaching gangtok or shall i book the 2n/3d package for lachen lachung to avoid disappointment as it might be snow and we might not be able to see gurudongmar lake, chopta valley which is in lachen.
Please provide ur thoughts.
Yes. book on the spot at Gangtok based on weather conditions.Delete
so have u visited Gurudongmar Lake , in sikkim , we r 10 people includng 6 Female Solo Riders visiting in Harley & Hyosung Superbikes to Gurudongmar lake on 11 April. 2014 do u know any hotel phone number of Lachen or Chungthang ..? do u know any place where we can stay in lachen or anywhere in between after mangan ? any monasteries which gives shelter
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Hey really nice blog..very informative sandeep..can u please tell me how is the overall way from Gangtok to lachung..I am going with my family and d only point of concern for dem is dat d way from Gangtok to lachung is it risky..😕please add your comment will be waitingReplyDelete
hi sandeep we are planing to go on 11 july 2014 ..can we face any major problem on that time...?ReplyDelete
hi sandip , we are planing to go on 11 july 2014 , would we face any major problem of weather on that time...?ReplyDelete
not sure tamojit . it's monsoon time .. a spell of heavy rains may change things drastically .. I suggest to have buffer days in your itinerary ..Delete
Hi Sandeep, i m planning to visit North Sikkim with my wife and 5 yrs daughter.Can my child suffer insufficient Oxygen problem at Lac hung/ Yum than/Zero point ?ReplyDelete
Hi Ajay, it depends on her endurance levels .. please consult your family doctor. Actually Lachung is at comfortable altitude .. Yumthang, Zero Point may be tough because of 13000+ ft altitude.Delete
We are 3 member planning to visit north sikkim.Gangtok-Lachen-Gurudongmar Lake-lacung-Yumthang.
Can you please suggest me the best way of trip and cost of the trip approx. How to book the package. we bit confuse for that. we palnning in month of september.
Thanks in advance.
Hi Raju: I did this trip in 2010, the price would have change drastically. For latest details please contact Binita Lama from Lama Tours and Travels. Her number is 09734983536/09832079292.Delete
Can we go for Lachung in June??
Yes .. unless it's not raining very heavily !Delete
Can we visit Lachung in June-end??
Hey what's the best time to visit Lachen/Lachung so that we can see snowfall as wellReplyDelete
Snowfall usually starts late October or Early November in Sikkim. But exact dates and frequency depends on weather conditions.Delete
I am planning to go for a honeymoon trip in July starting from the 12th. I did a check on the weather as well. I am just being too optimistic that heavy rains won't spoil my trip :)
First, I was planning to visit Rishop (nearby Lava) for 1D/1N as I have heard that its really beautiful on a full moon night.
Next, I have planned to travel to Lachen and be there for 3D/2N and cover GiaoGong and Gurudongmar (Want to cover the North Sikkim first as it would be rainy from 17th. Again, being optimistic!!).
Then, will spend a 3D/2N in gangtok and do local sight seeing,shopping and relaxing at the resort. If I am not able to go to North Sikkim due to bad climate, I will be covering the Tsango Lake, Nathula Pass and Baba Mandir areas. I don't want to make it too hectic by travelling too many places. Hence, made some priorities based on my research.
Wanted to cover Lachung as well. But, I am short of leaves.
Can you please review my plan and let me know if you have any better options based on your experience.
thanks for dropping here. the plan looks decent and the strategy of covering North Sikkim first is good. but you're spending too much time in gangtok. I suggest you to spend one day extra in North Sikkim and cover Lachung, Yumthang & zero-point. I'm sure you wont regret ! :)
Thanks for your invaluable suggestions. Lachung will definitely be in the back of my mind. If the trip goes smooth and we are not too tired, we will definitively visit Lachung, Yumthang and zero point.
Just wanted to check with you on any decent travel agent contact so that I can be sure whether the roads for North Sikkim are closed or not. And will have a check on the crowd rush during this period. Since it is an off season, I thought that I will get the hotels easily. But, nevertheless, its better to confirm that to assume.
Can you please help me in this regard?
please contact Binita Lama from Lama Tours and Travels. Her number is 09734983536/09832079292.Delete
or for alternate opinion you can get in touch directly with Sikkim Tourism Office at Gangtok. We had a lot face to face interaction with them for various clarifications during our trip.
Thanks for updating more information about travel destinations. Your information about various tourists spot is really attractive. Similarly you can also get more information about the top 15 places to see in pondicherry by visiting this site.ReplyDelete
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Great Blog and commendable help to everyone, Sandeep. I am planning to visit Sikkim for 4 days. Two days in Gangtok and we have two more days either to spend in Lachung or Lachen. Where do you think we should stay, Lachen or Lachung? Also, which all places would you recommend to cover in Gangtok?ReplyDelete
Hi Sandee i will be in Lachung and Yumthang on October 2nd till 4th. Will we able to see Snow at that time. We dont want to see snow falls, but just a snow point so that we can play with Snow.ReplyDelete
yes .. only at zero pointDelete
Thanks a lot Sandeep.Delete
Can you please let me know which is Zero Point ?? is it Lachung or Yumthang ??
Zero-point is beyond Yumthang Valley. Yumthang is at the altitude 12K-13K feet whereas Zero-point is 15K+ feet.Delete
Okay Thanks, so you mean to say we have to go further after Yumthang right ?? in our package they have mentioned that they will take us till Yumthang, but will the cab driver go further to Zero Point.Delete
yes .. for that you need to pay extra to the driver. the amount is not included in the package.Delete
Thanks a Lot :)Delete
can i visit Lachen-Lachung-Yumthang trip in end of Jan ? (25th jan )?ReplyDelete
yes .. but better to confirm with your tour operator.Delete
is snow xpected in north sikkim during fisrt week of mayReplyDelete
Not sure. But very less chance.Delete
Hi sandeep we are planning for feb trip to gangtok is it correct time or we should change itReplyDelete
it depends .. if there's a heavy snowfall .. you wont be able get there.Delete
At what time should i visit lachen lachung gurundongmar to experience snow?ReplyDelete
from November to mid-MarchDelete
HI Sandeep, I am from Bangalore....i am planning to visit gangtok + north sikkim during the last week of March 2017...is it a good time to visit? will I be able to experience snow?Delete
Hi Sandeep, we are 3 will be reaching gangtok on 2nd Oct. Is it sure that we will get a confirmed package on the spot? as October is the peak season there.ReplyDelete
I suggest have a confirmed package for first few days. but please do proper due diligence w.r.t pricing.Delete
Planning for trip to east Sikkim Aritar/Mankhim-Zuluk-Lungthung-Nathang Valley-Baba Mandir Changu in mid Nov 2015. But came to know that no chance of snowfall in mid Nov at east Sikkim….will you please suggest any chance of snowfall by mid Nov at North Sikkim sideside (say..Nathula-Yumthang Valley-Gurudongmar-ZeroPoint-Lachung-Lachen).ReplyDelete
yes .. there will be chances of snowfalls in North Sikkim.Delete
Hello sandip, we 3 friends r going to travel 8th december towrds gangtok.. here kolkata weather is cloudy.. is tsongmo lake and zero point weathet is clear like other time?? And is there posiblty of snow fall in next 4/5 days?? I ll wait for ur rply..ReplyDelete
Hi buddy, We are a group of 8 and want to travel to north sikkim. As u mentioned the roads to gurudongmar were closed, so will it be the same in last week of march and first week of april...and moreover how much will it cost to visit gurudongmar, zeropoint , katao ...ReplyDelete
I am planning to visit north sikkim during mid of april and will reach Gangtok on 9th april,2016. Can I get a confirmed package on spot for Lachen-Gurudombar-Lachung-Yumthang and what could be the cost for 6people for a 3nights-4days tour . it would be great if you could help me on this. Thanks in advance.
Kindly contact travel agents directly in Gangtok. Since you're planning to be there during summer holidays it would be good to book in package in advance.Delete
Thanks for your advise. Would you plaese provide me some contacts of local tour operator at gangtokReplyDelete
Lama Tours & Travel: Contact Person - Binita Lama: 09734983536/09832079292Delete
In Sikkim: Lachen, Lachung, Yumthang, Zero-Point are all awesome Places. I Like All place in Sikkim and they have tons potential. I feel sikkim is going to be a role model of sustainable, eco-friendly tourism destination in indiaReplyDelete
I am Ajit Singh from New Delhi , we are 4 adult 2 kids and one infant and wanted to visit north Sikkim in coming June last week, could you plz suggest here ? Mobile : 9999936035
Travel to North Sikkim is regulated by Taxi union. You cannot plan to travel on your own. Please book a package from a one of tour operators in Gangtok.Delete
for details you can get in touch with Binita Lama: 09734983536/09832079292
Should I go there in October?ReplyDelete
Hi Sandeep., Happy Evening....its Nirmal Parekh from Bangalore...email@example.com...ReplyDelete
Read your post on North Sikkim Travel...fabulously described....earlier i had visited Twelve years back almost all the places you have descripted of Sikkim with my friends but in April of the year...we are now planning to go again with my family in the first week of October i.e.Dasara Holidays of the schools....
i wanted your advice for the same as to the weather of Sikkim at that time of the the year & places that can be visited with less restraint...Please reply
please go ahead and book the tickets ! :)Delete
Thanx Sandeep...we booked the tickets...now finalising other requirements...Delete
great .. have a nice a trip .. if you have any queries do write to me at firstname.lastname@example.orgDelete
Hi guys those who r interest to visit north sikkim Lachen n lachung kindly contact me. My no. Is 7407181993. ThankxReplyDelete
Hi guys those who r interest to visit north sikkim Lachen n lachung kindly contact me. My no. Is 7407181993. ThankxReplyDelete
thanks for sharing your contact details :)Delete
Hi sandeep i am planning to shoot a short film in and around lachen and thanggu around mid oct or early nov this year. Do u knw whether we require some permission to shoot there or is it feasible at all to shoot there during oct or nov? We are just making a small film wth small cameras n stuff. Not a hi fi thing at all. But we really need to know the feasibility... Plz hlpReplyDelete
Hi,i am planning to go to sikkim with my family on 11th October,2016. Is there any possibility to get snow in plenty anywhere?ReplyDelete
Hi, I am planning to go to Sikkim with my family in mid October. Is there any possibility to get snow in plenty anywhere?ReplyDelete
Hi,iam diganta from Assam iam planning to visit sikkim with my wife on 18 of october with 5 days in my hand will you kindly suggest me the places to visit and to go...ReplyDelete
Hii we r planing to go to sikkim on 23rd Dec2016 5 person.. how much cost will be?ReplyDelete
please contact Lama Tours & Travel: Binita Lama: 09734983536/09832079292Delete
Hi sir... Is it possible to visit yumthang valley in the month of February... Actually we have planned a trip...ReplyDelete
i along with two friends are planning to visit Sikkim ,specially North sikkim, how much time and cost it will make.please give me details if possible. we have 4 days and will love to do sightseeing of Gangtok townReplyDelete
wow, I am impressed by these pictures. So beautiful.ReplyDelete
HI SANDEEP. DO U HAVE THE CONTACTS OF THAT TOUR OPERATOR.PLEASE SHARE IF U DO. I AM PLANNING FOR NORTH SIKKIM THIS SUMMER.. THANKS IN ADVANCE..ReplyDelete
I am from Bangalore....i am planning to visit gangtok + north sikkim during the last week of March 2017...is it a good time to visit? will I be able to experience snow? Or do i need to prepone in any other weeks of march? I heard in feb due to snowfall roads will be closed.
We would like to cover gangtok, nathula, lachen, gurudongmar, lachung, yumthang, zero point......and katao if possible..
RAMPRASATH G R
Your plan sounds good! One of my friends experienced snow @ Zero Point in April 2016.Delete
Let me know if you have any other queries.
Thanks for replying Sandeep. I heard in feb due to excess snowfall, roads to north sikkim will be blocked.....so only planned for March last week 27Th to April 1. Would you prefer me to prepone to any other weeks in March or last week itself is fine?Delete
Main objective is to experince snow and visit nathula, gurudongmar, yumthang, zero point....and katao if possible.....
I have plans of visiting sikkim in June. That is from June 8 to 12 June 2017.
And have lachung - will be overnight stay, gurudongmar lake,yumthang.
Is it good time to visit? Or should I change the trip to kalimpong, ravangla etc? I am visiting from bangalore and managing flights on my own.
And for days it's costing 36000 for two people.
thanks for writing here.Delete
Lachung, Yumthang are in one direction and Lachen, Gurudongmar in other. You needs minimum 2 days to cover these places in North Sikkim. If you're particular about snow then June is not the right month to be there.
Good place to traveling, right?ReplyDelete
amazing article and it is interesting to learn and share amazing information.ReplyDelete
Hi Sandeep ,I m planning to reach Gangtok by 3rd Nov 2018,can I experience snow at that time ,I m planning for snow only.pls suggestReplyDelete
Hi sir, we r 6+3 to visit Gangtok on 10/11,was excited to see snow at zero point, so can u suggest will I get satisfactory snow to see there during d period?ReplyDelete