North Sikkim is called as “Switzerland of East. Enjoy mountain vistas, lake at 17000 feet, Zero point from where India starts and so the road. Welcome to fantasy land.
North Sikkim landscape is mountainous with dense vegetation all the way up to the alpine altitude before thinning out to desert scrub towards the Northern Tundra. Numerous waterfalls astride the main road make the trip to this district extremely picturesque.
Lachen to Gurudongmar Lake. This is one journey which you will never forget and makes you remember all the time. Journey from Lachen starts early at 5 am. Its mostly dark at that time. As you start climbing, the sun rays hit the snow peaks creating spectacular mountains of gold.
The journey ahead is into the land of frozen rivers and chilled waterfalls. After about 16000 ft till Gurudongmar is mostly flat land with mountains on all sides. Its a high altitude desert, hardly any vegetation and very stony and dusty. You have to make your own roads here and its very easy to get lost. Because it is a plateau, it is very cold as chilled winds come down the frozen mountain slopes. Don’t exert much as you would be gasping for breath at this altitude.
Gurudongmar lake at 17100 ft is mind blowing. In winters, the entire lake is frozen except one corner which is considered to be very sacred. Army jawans are always there to offer help. One should not miss Gurudongmar Lake in the north Sikkim tour.
The Yumthang Valley beyond Lachung is the major tourist attraction in the region. The colourful rhododendron bloom (May-June), soaring snow-capped peaks, and herds of wandering yaks makes this an idyllic location. The valley has a thermal spring, although the water can get quite dirty. The Lachung Gompa is the region’s largest Buddhist shrine, located on the hillside across from Lachung.
Season : March – May, September-December (Except in Monsoons)
Duration: 5 nights 6 days. Bagdogra – Bagdogra
Day 1: You will meet our representative on arrival at Bagdogra / Siliguri and tansfer to Gangtok after entry formalities. Approx Drive time 4-5 hrs. Halt in standard well maintained hotel.
Day 2: Gangtok to Lachen (126 kms./7 hrs.)
Pick up from the hotel in Gangtok and transfer to Lachen (9,000 ft.). On the way visit Tashi View Point, Kabi Lungchok, Phodong, Namok, Mangan, Singhik, Chungthang, Lachung Valley. Enroute you will be taken to Naga waterfall, The Confluence of Lachen Chu & Lachung Chu at Chungthang and Bhim Nala Waterfall and reach Lachung in by evening.
Day 3: Excursion to Chopta Valley, Gurudongmar Lake and Lachung
After breakfast excursion to Chopta Valley (14,500 ft.) & Gurudongmar Lake (17,000 ft.). Gurudongmar Lake offers magnificent view of Mount Siniolchu & Kanchandzonga. Back to Lachen for lunch & transfer to Lachen (50 km).
Day 4: Excursion to Yumthang Valley and Yumesongdong and Zero Point
After breakfast excurtion to Yumthang Valley (11,800 ft.). Rhododendrons, Orchids & varieties of flora & fauna are found during spring in the month of April & May. Yumthang is the summer grazing ground of the yaks. On the way back visit Sulphur Hot Spring, having medicinal values and start back to Gangtok and check-in to the hotel
Day 5: Nathula Pass & Tsogmo Lake (Changu Lake)
We would start early to Nathula pass which is 77 kms from Gangtok and gives you an opportunity to shake hands with the Chinese on the other side. Nathula pass provides an excellent view of Himalayan mountains especially the winding curves of roads as we reach there. En-route you would visit Baba Harbajan Temple and Tsogmo Lake which is sacred lake in Sikkim and return back to the hotel.
Day 6: This day, we would start early from Gangtok after breakfast to reach Bagdogra airport/ New Jalpaiguri railway station. The tour ends here.
Cost: * Call us for Group discount applicable on group Size 6.
What is included and excluded?
Cost Includes: All locations indicated in itinerary and transfers in Jeeps/SUV/Car depending upon terrain and location. Hotel stay on Room only basis at Gangtok on Twin sharing and Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is provided in North Sikkim.
Cost excludes: Expense of personal nature, food, personal insurance and entry fees to various scenic spots.
What if the locations on itinerary changes while on tour? Will there be refund for not showing them?
Due to changes in weather conditions, strike or communal disturbances the itineraries need to be changed instantly. Our representative would take care of ensuring that they provide different options at that time. However, we would not be able to refund the amount where the locations were not covered due to aforesaid reasons as these are beyond our control.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
We strives for cost effectiveness by having a maximum 6 guests and hence initial amount collected is based upon that. It might so happen that the number of people might become smaller than expected. Himalayan Fantasy representative will get in touch with guests within 15 days of the departure date on the final group size.Thus, the differential amount need be paid by guests due to this change.
Booking must be confirmed 20 days prior to date of departure by paying the full amount – It takes lot of effort, time and money in planning the tours in remote locations due to terrain and logistics involved. You would appreciate that it causes lot of inconvenience to people staying there due to cancellation as they would have reserved the hotel/lodges for us.
All expenses accruing from change in schedule due to weather conditions or health issues are to be borne by the guests. We shall take adequate precaution and always check the weather condition in advance, but acts of nature is beyond our control.
Cancellation policy – While we strive to plan everything for you well in advance, enabling your trip to be hassle-free and fun filled. Implication is that fees, permits, accommodation expenses need to be paid in advance at those locations and in most cases they would not refund to us. Any cancellation would be inconvenient and loss to all those who were involved in making your journey memorable. Considering the cascading effect you would appreciate that it is fair that the cost has to be borne by you. As a goodwill, our policy on cancellation would be as under:
- Cancellation prior to 20 days from date of departure : Full Refund
- Cancellation between 19 days to 15 days prior to date of departure: 50% Refund
- Cancellation between 14 days prior to date of departure and departure date: No Refund
- No Show : No Refund
What kind of clothing is required?
In all the locations normally, the average temperature would be 10-25 C during morning and 0 to 10 C in night. It is preferrable to bring warm clothing like shawls, sweaters, pullover etc., Also since the weather is very cold, it would be hard to wash the clothes and dry them. Spare inner wears would be recommended.
What kind of hotels are we going to be put up? Would they be neat for the price being charged?
The hotels would be standard category. Standard here refers to a well furnished, clean and hygienic and food is of good quality. We don’t compromise on boarding and lodging and ensure that the hotels meet the set criteria.
Can we use mobile phones at these locations?
Since we would be at an altitude greater than 10,000 feet, in most of the places, the mobile network might not be available. Our guide would be providing information as we travel.
Can we charge mobile phones?
While staying in hotels at all locations, we could charge the mobile phones.
How would be the quality of the roads at these locations?
Many a times, due to landslides which is a common feature in these locations, the roads might not be in good conditions. The local administration does everything to restore, but then might not be adequate. Thus you might experience bumpy rides at certain places. The guide would keep you informed about road condition.
What if the road is cut off or blocked? What should we do?
There is nothing to panic. We shall provide you with information on how the condition of road is on the day of travel to these high altitude places. If the road is blocked, we shall work out a different itinerary to ensure that you enjoy the holidays stress free and without hassles.
Can we get children on board?
Children above 6-8 years are certainly welcome and they would certainly enjoy the nature.
What kind of food is available in these high altitude places for eating?
Most of these places, the religion is Buddhist and follow Tibetan culture. There is high possibility of getting Indian food and also a good idea to have Tibetan food like momo and noodles.
You can read the actual experience on North Sikkim by following the below link where we covered Mangan, Lachen, Lachung, Yumthang, Yumsongdong. You would be left spell bound on the abundance beauty across these places. Read on to have a virtual experience of North Sikkim.
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