- 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|
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|
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|
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|
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.
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