Extension to North Sikkim
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.
This brief sojourn to the temperate mountain villages of Lachen, Lachung and the alpine valleys of Thangu/Chopta and Yumthang is a great extension to your Sikkim trip. Discover Sikkim’s veritable natural paradise. Some fascinating attractions on the way of this long drive is a prelude to what is stored in the beautiful villages of Lachen, Lachung and Yumthang. These region are accessible only during spring and summer. And during these season the nature are in its’ grandeur with awe inspiring scenic beauty. Its’ a botanists and photographers’ delight and a visual feast as the meadows, hills and valleys are carpeted with spectrum of alpine flora in Technicolor blooms.
And with its indigenous but friendly low populations can provide insights into the ways of their lives, social, cultural and religious structures.
This extension can be the one that can add a variety in your experiences and provide a varying degree of insight into structures of remote realm of eastern Himalayas.
Day 1: Gangtok-Lachen.
After breakfast drive to Lachen 125km/5-7hr depending on the road condition. Along the way, pass through Kabi Lungtsok, Mangan, Bhim Nala Waterfalls and seven seven sisters Waterfall. Take a short break at Singhik view point for a splendid view of the lush green hills and the Teesta river flowing below. After the break, continue our drive to Chungthang- a one-horse town, 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 2. Lachen-Thangu/Gurudongmar-Lachung.
With an early breakfast drive to Gurundongmar lake via Thangu valley, a valley at an altitude of 3600m, this valley is usually covered with snow from December to April. In summer the valley is covered by multi colored flowers and the lake at an elevation of more than 5000m is one of the most holiest site for the Buddhist as well as the Hindus. Legend has that Guru Rimpoche(Guru Padmasambhava) while returning from Tibet placed his hand at a point in the lake on the request of the people there where the water never freezes. Overnight in Lachung.
Note: Foreign nationals are issued permit only upto the small town of Lachen, if they wish they can skip Lachen and extend one more night in Lachung with an additional cost.
Day 3. Lachung-Yumthang valley-Drive to Gangtok.
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 to have curative properties for skin diseases. After lunch continue our drive back to Gangtok(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 Type Cultural Tour
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
Starting from USD$ 410 however, price depends on number of members and travel date. Please contact us for details.
- 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.