Lindsay Holgrem & John Anderson Mar 2009A good guide can make such a difference in one’s enjoyment of a tour ( A good guide can make such a difference in one’s enjoyment of a tour)5 " " Dear Amit, We were very happy with the Complete Bhutan tour. A good guide can make such a difference in one’s enjoyment of a tour and Sonam was wonderful. He’s very open and friendly and we learned a lot about Bhutan from him, not only about the places we visited, but
A good guide can make such a difference in one’s enjoyment of a tour Dear Amit, We were very happy with the Complete Bhutan tour. A good guide can make such a difference in one’s×
Lindsay & JohnDear Amit, We were very happy with the Complete Bhutan tour. A good guide can make such a difference in one’s enjoyment of a tour and Sonam was wonderful. He’s very open and friendly and we learned a lot about Bhutan from him, not only about the places we visited, but also the food and customs and religion. Gudu was an excellent driver and also a pleasant traveling companion. We were very fortunate to have good weather almost the whole time. We found the Bhutanese to be friendly, particularly the children. We were happy with the accommodations; we were prepared for a different standard in the eastern part of the country, so that was okay, too. The least interesting part of the trip is the drive from Trashigang to Samdrup Jonghar, but that should change when the road work is completed. Bhutan is a beautiful country made more so by the art, architecture and customs of its people. We have many great pictures to ensure we wont forget our visit. We highly recommend this tour. (In fact, we met a Canadian couple in Lachung and gave them the Windhorse website and phone number since they were interested in Bhutan). Our visit to Sikkim was not so successful, but weather is unpredictable. I think March is not the best time to tour there. Our guide, Naresh, was excellent – amazingly, he was our guide in Darjeeling for 2 days in 2006 and he and I remembered each other right away. Driving the terrible roads is less tedious when you have good weather and great views of the mountains, which we never did. It was especially disappointing to drive all the way to Lachung and then be prevented from reaching the Yumthang Valley by snow at the pass! However, we did see some beautiful monasteries and we could appreciate the lower parts of the mountains with rivers, waterfalls and terraced fields. The accommodations were always good, as was the food. Our drivers (mostly Santosh, but also our driver for northern Sikkim) did a great job navigating the difficult roads. We would like to take this tour again some day, but definitely would come in October or November! Finally, we really appreciated your efforts on our behalf when our flights were canceled in Guwahati. We also have to praise the Jet Airways people there, who were amazingly helpful, from taking us to a guesthouse the first day, getting our train tickets the second day, and then driving us from the airport into town. You all made a bad situation so much better than it would have been if we’d been left on our own. We want to thank all of you at Windhorse for an enjoyable and memorable vacation.
Yumthang Lachung Extension
North Sikkim valley and village
- Pristine alpine valleys with wide gamut of alpine & temperate flora and some fauna too.
- Visit remote and traditional villages and monasteries
- Spectacular landscape such as windswept valley, lakes, waterfall etc.
- Opportunities to visit the rural folks and their homes for insight into their way of life,
This brief sojourn to the temperate mountain village of Lachung and alpine valley of Yumthang is a great extension to your Sikkim trip. Discover Sikkim veritable natural paradise.Some fascinating attractions on the way of this long drive is a prelude to what is stored in the beautiful village of 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’s delight and a visual feast as the meadows, hills and valley are carpeted with spectrum of alpine flora in technicolor blooms.
And with its indigenous but friendly low populations can provide an 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 – Lachung .Distance 118 km – 6-7 hrs drive.
Start early for our long and spectacular drive through the North Sikkim Highway (NSH) into Lachung. There are several sites along the way, which you can stop to see, depending on your interest; this includes Kabi Lungchok and the monasteries at Phensong, Phodong, and Labrang and several villages or settlements. Lunch will be served along the way at Namok, a Wayside Inn.
Lachung at 2500m is an idyllic mountain village set amidst apple orchards with back-drop of lofty peaks. The natives are hardy stock of Bhutia, a semi-tibetan tribe, who call themselves Lachungpa. They also have unique self-governing body called the ‘zumsa’ where disputes are resolved by local consensus, without arbitration by the state government.
Including number of stops along the way, this will be a long day and so this evening is for rest until dinner and talks.
Overnight in a Resort.
Day 2: Excursion to Yumthang Lachung/Yumthang/Lachung: 26 + 26 km.
After breakfast depart for Yumthang. The lush green valley of Yumthang is set at an elevation of 3575 meters is Sikkim’s undisputed natural paradise, accessible by vehicle. From spring till summer, the attractive scenery of this area reaches its zenith when an immense variety of alpine flora populates the meadows, hills and the valleys. Yumthang is well known for its hot spring. On a clear day, one can get a spectacular panoramic view of the valleys, surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Return to Lachung for late lunch or bring picnic lunch.
After lunch visit Lachung Monastery, Cottage Industry and Waterfalls. Overnight in Resort.
Day 3: Gangtok .
After breakfast, retrace our drive back to capital Gangtok. Along the way at Singkhik, weather permitting, there is a great view of Mighty Khangchendzonga and its adjoining peaks
Group SizePrivate travels with any number of participants.
MealsAll meals starting with first lunch and last lunch.
Trip AccommodationBest available 28 to 3* Hotels
RouteGangtok - Lachung - Yumthang - Gangtok
Trip TypePrivate with your own Group
Trip SeasonsAny date). Best from Late March till Aug but also good in Sep, Oct & March
Best MonthsMarch, April, May, September, October, November
Lean MonthsJune, July, August
Not RecommendJanuary, February, December
Prices & Dates
Cost details provided based on travel dates, number of travellers. Request details with full contact information.
- Arrangements after Gangtok include
- All Private transfers and transportation by good quality vehicle
- Special Permits
- All meals
- Sightseeing with entrance fees.
- Local Wind Horse Tour Guide.
- Visa for India.
- Flight Tickets.
- Transportation till Gangtok.
Best available 2* to 3* Hotels
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.
Reviews / Testimonials
Lindsay Holgrem & John Anderson Mar 2009
A good guide can make such a difference in one’s enjoyment of a tour Dear Amit, We were very happy with the Complete Bhutan tour. A good guide can make such a difference in one’s