North Sikkim Tour
Outback North Sikkim - Home to Sikkim's tradition & culture
Explore prominent cultural attractions and sights in Gangtok.
Visit north Sikkim remote villages and its typical conventional culture and traditions.
Pristine alpine landscapes such as azure lake, wind swept valleys, mountain peaks, waterfalls etc.
Interact with locals and delve into social, economic and religious structures by visiting their homes.
Visit traditional and contemporary monasteries that dottes the alpine valley.
The look and feel of North Sikkim is very different from rest of Sikkim. The road to the north is truly a land of waterfalls: gigantic and tiny, roaring and murmuring, cascading far away and bubbling under the tires of your jeep eroding the road, they are everywhere. The magnificent view of lush green landscape spread as far as eye could see against the backdrop of bright snow capped peaks.
Once you arrive, and during the flower seasons from May to June, the meadows are carpeted by wild flowers, its hillsides are filled with rhododendron and azaleas, and yaks graze among the meandering stream. At other times, while the dense fog fills the landscapes and somehow makes it secretive and mysterious, occasionally and magically, clouds break open to reveal to magnificent views.
Enjoy walks in these spectacular settings, an area which has only been opened recently for visitors, and stay with its friendly people.
Day 1: Bagdogra-Gangtok.
Upon arrival at Bagdogra, airport transfers to Gangtok via Rangpo traversing through small roadside villages along the way. In the evening take a short walking tour through iconic MG Marg Avenue – a pedestrian boulevard and browse the colorful Lal Bazaar food/vegetable market. Overnight in Gangtok.
Day 2. Gangtok-Lachen.
After breakfast we proceed towards Lachen. Along the way pass through Kabi Lungtsok, Mangan, Bhim Naga Waterfalls and seven seven sisters Waterfall. Singhik view point is located about 4kms from Mangan on the way to Lachen, surrounded by lush green hills and the Teesta river flowing below and offers a splendid view. After a short break we continue our drive to Chungthang- it’s a one-horse town yet beautiful surrounded by bountiful nature. From here the road bifurcates, one goes to Lachung and the other to Lachen. Lunch at a wayside restaurant in Chungthang, after lunch continue to Lachen and reach Lachen in the evening or in the late afternoon. Overnight in Lachen.
Day 3. Excursion to Chopta valley and Gurudongmar lake-drive to Lachung.
Early morning breakfast drive to Gurudongmar Lake across the Thangu and the Chopta valley. Thangu and Chopta valleys are beautiful alpine valleys dotted with small wooden houses and yaks grazing around. This valley is usually covered with snow from December to April. In the summer months the valley is carpeted with multi-hued colors of wild flowers. After exploring around, we continue to Gurudongmar lake. Gurudongmar lake is considered to be the most holy site for the Buddhist and the Hindus. After the visit drive back to Lachen for lunch. After lunch continue our drive to Lachung. Overnight in Lachung.
NOTE: Foreigners are issued RAP only up to Chopta valley.
Day 4. Lachung-Yumthang valley-Drive to Gangtok.
After breakfast drive towards Yumthang valley also popularly known as the valley of flowers. In spring the valley is covered with various species of Rhododendrons, orchids and many other Alpine flowers in full bloom. Depending upon weather conditions we spend time walking and enjoying the landscape and return back to Lachung for lunch. On the way back we can visit the famous hot spring which is known for its curative properties of skin diseases. After lunch continue our drive back to Gangtok. Overnight in Gangtok.
Day 5. Departure.
After breakfast drive towards Bagdogra in time for your departure flight.
Group SizePrivate tour with your Own Group
MealsAll meals starting with first lunch and last lunch.
Trip AccommodationBest available 3* hotels or Guest House
RouteGangtok - Lachen - Lachung - Yumthang - Gangtok
Trip TypePrivate with your own Group
Trip SeasonsBest from Late March till July but also good in Aug, Sep, Oct & March.
Best MonthsMarch, April, May, August, September, October
Lean MonthsJune, July, November
Not RecommendJanuary, February, December
Prices & Dates
Cost on request. Price depends on number of members and travel date.
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- Arrangements after Gangtok included
- All Private transfers and transportation by good quality vehicle
- Special Permits
- All meals
- Sightseeing with entrance fees.
- Local Wind Horse Tour Guide.
- Accomodatation in Gangtok.
- Arrival to Gangtok or departure to next destination.
Nima Dhondup Bhutia is the senior most guide for Darjeeling, Sikkim and Doars Tour. From past political turmoil to changing tourism scenario in the region, he has seen it all from close quarter. His career as guide started from 1980, and going great gun still. His experience along with amicable nature and soft-spokenness brings forth a subtle difference in every tour that he conducts.
He was born and brought up in Tibetan Self-help camp in Darjeeling, when it was still quaint and serene towns unlike now. He still remember fondly the days of yore and growing changes that the time dictates. He graduated from one of prestigious school – Mt Hermon school in 1977. You will still find vestige of old school of English in his accent.
Leading cultural & trekking trips for over 20 years in Nepal & Sikkim & Darjeeling. Karma Lama claims working as free-lancer guide best suit his temperament – the space liberates him to conduct tour with renewed vigor. He has worked with major travel outfitters in the region and has earned many accolades for his inviolate honesty and undiminished competence.
He is integral part of Wind Horse (Sikkim & Darjeeling portion) and has been leading tour for us with his usual flair and panache. Born, brought up and studied in Darjeeling – tourism’s Mecca in North East India. Started right after his Bachelor degree, he started as culture guide and over the time he added trekking in his repertoire too.