North Sikkim is center of Sikkim tourism. It is called as the flower valley, replete with 500 waterfalls, hot springs, glaciers, and the majestic snow covered Himalayas.
Chopta and Yumthang valley both lie on North Sikkim and the place is a popular location for tourists. Yumthang is based on lachung section and Chopta on Lachen side. Both the valley erupts in flowers during April and May which makes an excellent journey over the Tibetan plateau. Like Yumthang , Chopta valley is also very famous for flowers and scenic mountain views, and one can even walk on rivers in the winter.
As you travel to Chopta and Yumthang valley, the place has a very picturesque landscape and is lined with numerous varieties of Rhododendrons and other species of flowers blooming in different colors from March to May. Winter offers snowfall and is covered with white blanket of snow. It make make travel a bit difficult but valley with snow and mountains makes it equally enticing. Snow skiing is yet another attractions to the tourist at this zone. Yumthang is a nature sanctuary with rivers, natural hot-spring, and spectacular mountain views. The power of natural hot-spring is curing various ailments had been felt worldwide. If you are lucky enough, you might even have a sight of Snow Leopard and Red Panda around the area.
Lachen is a tribal village at 2926 meters and is ruled by tribal self-government, the Dzumsa. The focal point of all village activity is the Lachen monastery located in the upper section of the village. A good number of villagers are still yak herders and keep migrating with their herd.
Lachung is a tribal village at 2620 meters, where a tribal self-government, the Dzumsa still rule the tribe with its ancient tradition. You will be spending 2 nights at this splendid location of tranquility, peace and acquaint the unique ways of the village.
All these make North Sikkim a heaven in earth. A typical North Sikkim tour starts from Gangtok then via Kabi Lungtsok 23 km, Phodong 40 km, Mangan 67 km, Singhik 72 km, Chungthang 98 km, Lachung 103 km to 141 km away flower valley Yumthang. On the way lies Singhba Rhododendron Sanctuary and Kanchandzonga National Park. SNT buses from Gangtok leaves at 8-00 and 13-00 hr and reaches Mangan via Phodong and going still 5 km further to Singhik. Indians are free to move upto Tung bridge via Mangan-Shinghik, but beyond north of Tung restricted area permit is required.
For the Chopta and Yumthang tour, March-June, Sept-Dec (beginning) is the ideal season. As the China Border is nearby the whole area is sensitive and under military control. Foreigners are required to get RAP to visit the area. Taking snaps are prohibited. You should deposit your camera at a military check post 1 km away from Lachung on the way to Yumthang and only Indian toursit are allowed to visit Gurudongmar Lake at Chopta valley range. Foreign tourist can only visit until Chopta valley.
Transportation:From Kathmandu, take the one hour flight to Bhadrapur (the nearest Nepalese airport to Darjeeling, Sikkim and Kalimpong. Drive to Kakarvitta (Nepal/Indian boarder 34km), to Silguri (36km) and to Sikkim - 127 km (5 hours). The nearest airport in India is Bagdogra, where schedule flights operate from New Delhi, Calcutta and Guwahati. The nearest rail heads are Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri (88km) which are connected to Calcutta, New Delhi, Guwahati and other major cities in India.
Note: Sikkim now has an airport at Pakyong village build recently in 2018. It is 35 km from Gangtok. Druk Air and SpiceJet have started their flights to Pakyong. The nearest airport is Bagdogra. Due to technical glitch the flight from Pakyong has temporarily stopped its operation. Will update you once flights are initiated by Indian government.
Day 01: New Jalpaiguri/Bagdogra – Gangtok
Day 02: Gangtok 7 point sightseeing.
Day 03: Gangtok – Tsomgo Lake – back to Gangtok.
Day 04: Gangtok – Lachen
Day 05: Lachen – Gurudongmar Lake/Chopta Valley – back to Lachen.
Day 06: In Lachen
Day 07: Lachung – Yumthang – back to Lachung.
Day 08: Lachung – Gangtok.
Day 09: Gangtok – Rest/Shopping
Day 10: Gangtok – New Jalpaiguri/Bagdogra
Plesae inbox us for tour cost request:
01.Hotel accommodation with all meals
02.Sightseeing tour according to the programme.
04.Necessary travel permit
05.Service of English speaking guide/excourt
Cost does not include:
01. Visa fees, personal clothing and equipments,
02. sleeping bags, single supplement, International airfare
03. excess baggage, personal accident insurance, emergency evacuation cost, medical box,
04. bottled beverages, laundry, tips
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- Price : USD 1000
- Destinations : North Sikkim
- Max Elevation : 4000 meters
- Weather : Spring (April to May) is best time to visit
- Trip Duration : 9 days
- Trip Grade : Moderate
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