North Sikkim Tour
Visiting rural villages in Sikkim
Remote villages and monasteries,Spectacular mountainscapes.
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: Gangtok –Lachen.
Start early for our long and spectacular drive to Lachen (125km-6-7hrs drive). As we depart from Gangtok, we stop at Tashi View Point for views of mountains and the town. Along the way, pass through Kabi Lungtsok, Naga Waterfall, Seven Sisters Waterfall, so named because it comprises seven separate cascading segments and arrive at Chungthang village. Our ride through the lower Himalayas into the upper ridges of the Himalayas is breathtaking as we pass through many waterfalls that dot this scenic route and vegetation and climate changes rapidly as you ascend up the narrowing road. Chungthang is a small town surrounded by high mountains and is located at the confluence of Lachen and Lachung Chu(rivers). According to legend Chungthang was the meeting place of Guru Rimpoche and Lepcha Chieftain Thekung Tek. The region is predominately a Lepcha area. From here the road bifurcates for the Lachen and Lachung valleys and we take the western road to Lachen. Lunch will be served at Namok (A Wayside Inn). Arrive in Lachen by evening. Lachen means a high pass and its’ township is located at an alt of 2735m. The area has been opened only recently and it is also the base for trekking and mountaineering expeditions.
Overnight in best available lodge (simple guest houses with basic amenities are found here).
Day 2:Excursions from Lachen.
After breakfast depart for Thangua and Chopta Valley. Thangu valley occupies a very broad valley at the junction of Thangu Chu, Chopta Chu, and Lassur Chu (rivers). It is situated at an altitude of 14000ft.In the summer months (June & July), the valley is carpeted with multi-hued colors of wild flowers. The Alpine meadows are dotted with some wooden houses and yaks are seen grazing around. Tsopta or Chopta Valley makes for a pleasant walk, with blooming rhododendrons and other flowers making the scene pretty. From here, if the weather permits and if we can get permit go beyond, we will depart for Gurudongmar Lake (17,200 ft). After spending short time here, we drive to Lachen for late lunch. The remainder of the time is to explore the Lachen village.
Day 3: Lachen – Lachung.
After breakfast, visit Lachen Monastery and drive back to Chungthang and visit the Holy Rock. Continue from Chungthang to Lachung through more waterfalls and spectacular mountainscapes. Lachung is a very small town with scattered settlements, dominated mostly by Bhutias. There is also an army cantonment for the border protection. You can visit monastery, handicraft centre, go around for village walk. Overnight in best available hotel/lodge.
Day 4: Excursion to Yumthang .
After breakfast depart for Yumthang, about 25kms away from Lachung, through picturesque landscapes filled with various types of rhododendrons and various species of orchids which bloom in different color and so it is rightfully called the valley of flowers. Yumthang valley is near the tree line, with yaks grazing and its meadows are carpeted with flowers against the backdrop of towering peaks that appear to touch the skies. Depending on the weather conditions, we will spend time walking and enjoying the landscape. There is hot springs, known for their curing properties. Return to Lachung for overnight. Overnight in best available hotel/lodge.
Day 5: Lachung – Gangtok.
Retrace your drive back to Chungthang and continue to Gangtok. Along the way, weather permitting, you have one more opportunity to see mighty Khangchendzonga from Singhik. Lunch along the way, and visit Phodong Monastery. Arrive in Gangtok by afternoon or evening. Our service ends.
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
- 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.
Sonam Tshering Bhutia is the operation head and look after the office affairs of Wind Horse Tours of Sikkim, Darjeeling and Doars region. Under his supervision, the office was established in 2005 and after 2 years the office was relocated in Gangtok, Sikkim. This also reinforce our core ideal of having local partner. He is a partner and MD of the Sikkim and Darjeeling office.
He is originally from Darjeeling. He is also among those who started as a travel guide in 2007. Naturally, the attraction towards this trade, can largely be contributed to the place, Darjeeling itself. Hardly anyone can escape from its charms – majestic Mt Kanchenjunga, its colourful history, lush green tea garden imbibed an eternal love for this trade, and a desire to pass on this love to every one. As a guide he visited every nook and corner of the region and this is what stands in good stead when he takes the guests on tour to this region.
He has his schooling in Darjeeling and later he completed his Bachelor degree with Geography as major. To reaffirm his conviction and desire for travel trade he completed his Master in Tourism also.
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.