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Sikkim, Gurudongmar Lake and Yumthang Valley Tour

Overview

Sikkim is a small state in the northeast region of India, nestled between Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. Sikkim is picturesque with its natural beauty, with soaring mountains, stunning valleys, and pristine lakes like Gurudongmar Lake. One of the must-visit destinations on the Sikkim Tour is visiting North Sikkim. The journey to North Sikkim takes visitors through winding roads, narrow bridges, and beautiful forests, making it an adventure in itself.

One of the major attractions in North Sikkim is Gurudongmar Lake, which is situated at an altitude of 17,100 feet. The lake is one of the highest in the world and is considered sacred by both Buddhists and Sikhs. The turquoise blue waters of the lake, surrounded by snow covered mountains, create a mesmerizing sight. The journey to Gurudongmar Lake takes visitors through rugged terrain and high-altitude landscapes, offering stunning views along the way.

Another must-visit destination in North Sikkim is Lachen, a small village situated at an altitude of 8,500 feet. Lachung is famous for its scenic beauty and peaceful atmosphere, with views of the towering Himalayan peaks in the background. From Lachen, visitors can take a trip to Chopta Valley, a stunning valley with pristine forests, gurgling streams, and beautiful meadows. The valley is also home to several species of birds and animals, making it a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts.

Lachung is another beautiful village in North Sikkim, situated at an altitude of 8,600 feet. Plenty of apple orchards, stunning waterfalls, and beautiful monasteries make the Lachung Village as a unique Himalayan village. The most popular attraction in Lachung is the Yumthang Valley, at an altitude of 12,000 feet. The Lachung Valley is famous for its natural beauty, with carpets of wildflowers, glistening streams, and snow capped mountains in the background. The valley is also home to several hot springs, making it a popular destination for tourists.

In addition to its natural beauty, Sikkim can boast its rich culture and history. The capital city of Gangtok is a melting pot of different cultures, with influences from Tibet, Nepal, and India. Visitors can explore the city’s monasteries, temples, and museums to learn more about the state’s history and culture. The Enchey Monastery, Do Drul Chorten, and Namgyal Institute of Tibetology are some of the popular attractions in Gangtok.

In conclusion, a tour of Sikkim, North Sikkim, Gurudongmar Lake, Lachen, Lachung, and Yumthang Valley is a must-visit for anyone looking to explore the natural beauty of the region. From towering mountains to glistening lakes, from serene villages to busy cities, Sikkim has something to offer for everyone.

Our North Sikkim Tour can also be an opportunity to spot beautiful birds and other natural habitats. However, if you are a bird watcher, you may like to check out our Sikkim Birding Tour and start planning your trip.

  • Day 1: Bagdogra Airport / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station to Siliguri

    Upon arrival at Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, our team will warmly welcome you. We will transfer you to Siliguri, approximately 15 kilometres away, and it takes about 30 minutes by car. Spend the night in Siliguri.

    Meals Included: Welcome Dinner.

  • Day 2: Siliguri to Gangtok Road Drive

    Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Siliguri before embarking on a scenic 114-kilometre drive to Gangtok. This charming town, located at 5500 feet, is the capital of Sikkim. After arriving in Gangtok, you can pursue your interests and leisure activities. Spend the night at your hotel and get ready for more adventures tomorrow.

    Meals Included: Breakfast.

  • Day 3: Gangtok Sightseeing

    After enjoying a delicious breakfast at your hotel, begin your sightseeing tour of Gangtok, a charming town that boasts a rich cultural heritage and beautiful natural landscapes. Some of the must-visit attractions in Gangtok include:

    Enchey Monastery: This ancient monastery, located on a hill above Gangtok, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the town. It is known for its beautiful architecture, intricate murals, and serene ambience.
    Do Drul Chorten: This stupa, located near the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, is a sacred Buddhist site built in the 1940s. Beautiful gardens surround it and offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
    Tashi Viewpoint: This viewpoint, located about 8 km from Gangtok, offers panoramic views of the Kanchenjunga mountain range and the surrounding valleys. It is a popular spot for photography and sightseeing.
    Rumtek Monastery: This ancient monastery, located about 23 km from Gangtok, is one of the most important monasteries in Sikkim. It is known for its stunning architecture, beautiful murals, and peaceful ambience.

    In the evening, head to M.G. Marg, Gangtok’s main shopping and entertainment hub. This pedestrianised street is lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants and is a great place to indulge in local food and shopping. Try some traditional Sikkimese momos or thukpa, or browse the local handicrafts and souvenirs.

    Meals Included: Breakfast.

  • Day 4: Gangtok to Lachen

    After enjoying a delicious breakfast at your Gangtok hotel, it’s time to embark on the next leg of your journey. Check out of your hotel and proceed to Lachen, a picturesque mountain village located at an altitude of 8500 feet or 2763 meters. The distance between Gangtok and Lachen is approximately 120 kilometres, and it takes 6 to 7 hours to cover by car. Along the way, you will have the chance to witness the stunning Seven Sisters waterfall and take in the panoramic views of the Himalayan range from the Singhik viewpoint. After reaching Lachen in the evening, the rest of the day is free for you to pursue individual activities and leisure. Spend the night at your hotel in Lachen and get ready for more adventures tomorrow.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 5: Lachen to Gurudongmar to Lachung

    Rise and shine early, as today is a day full of adventure. After breakfast, prepare for a thrilling excursion to Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake, located at an altitude of 17800 feet or 5427 meters. Take in the awe-inspiring views of the surrounding Himalayan mountains and the pristine beauty of the lake. After exploring the area, head towards Lachung, located at an altitude of 8000 feet or 2439 meters and approximately 48 kilometres away. After checking into your hotel, spend the evening indulging in individual activities and leisure in Lachung. Stroll through the charming town or relax at your hotel with a hot tea. Spend the night at your hotel in Lachung, ready for more adventures tomorrow.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 6: Lachung - Day Trip to Yumthang Valley

    Prepare for a breathtaking excursion to the stunning Yumthang Valley at 12,000 feet or 3658 meters. After breakfast, embark on a half-day trip to the valley, visiting the Hot Spring and Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary. The natural beauty of Yumthang Valley is simply stunning, with some scenes resembling those of Switzerland. If you’re visiting in April or May, you’ll be treated to a colourful display of flowers and orchids, while November through March usually sees the area blanketed in snow. After exploring the valley, head back to Lachung for a delicious lunch. Spend the evening leisurely, exploring the charming town or relaxing at your hotel. Spend the night at your hotel in Lachung, taking in the memories of the day’s adventures.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 7: Lachung to Gangtok

    After a successful stay in Lachung, it’s time to head back to Gangtok. After breakfast, check out your hotel and proceed on the approximately 117-kilometre or 5-hour drive back to Gangtok. Enjoy individual activities and leisure time. Spend the night at your hotel in Gangtok.

    Meals Included: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner.

  • Day 8: Gangtok to Bagdogra / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station

    After breakfast and checking out from your hotel in Gangtok, it’s time to say goodbye to this beautiful place and head back to Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. The journey covers approximately 123 kilometres and takes around 4 to 5 hours, depending on the road condition. Once you arrive at your destination, your memorable Sikkim trip officially ends. Cherish the memories of the beautiful landscapes, monasteries, and natural beauty you have experienced during your trip.

    Meals Included: Breakfast.

Sikkim, Gurudongmar Lake and Yumthang Valley Tour

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Country India
Tour length 8 days
Travellers Details Couple, Small Group, Solo Traveller, Senior Citizen, Family with Kids, Women Only Group
Tour Categories Road Trips, Interest Based Trips
Travel Style Independent, Fully Guided, Partially Guided, Susmita’s Itinerary
Journey Start & End Points Bagdogra Airport to Airport OR NJP Railway Station to Station
Max Group Size 4
Age range 12 - 90
From ₹31,500

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    Inclusions

    • Airport or railway station pickup and drop-off services from Bagdogra Airport or NJP railway station.
    • Welcome and Farewell Dinner.
    • Accommodation on Twin Sharing basis.
    • All applicable taxes are included in the cost.
    • All parking charges are included in the cost.
    • You will receive assistance upon arrival at your destination.
    • The vehicle is not on disposal but will be provided as per the itinerary.
    • The vehicle may be changed depending on local vehicle regulations, road and weather conditions.
    • Please note that the air conditioning in the vehicle will not be operational when traveling in the hills.

    Exclusions

    • Guide Charges.
    • Porter Charges.
    • Entry Fees.
    • High Season Surcharge.
    • Anything not in inclusions is excluded.
    • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Additional sightseeing or usage of vehicle not mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Personal Expenses: such as Laundry, Telephone Calls, Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Food (if not included)
    Service on request: (extra cost applicable)
    • icon Air Tickets Purchase (for Indian Citizens Only)
    • icon Travel Insurance (for Indian Citizens Only)
    Fitness Level
    • icon Moderate to normal fitness level.
    What to wear and bring for this trip
    • icon Thermal Underwear: This is an important layer that will keep you warm and comfortable in the cold weather. Look for lightweight, breathable fabrics like merino wool or synthetic materials that will wick away moisture.
    • icon Warm Jacket: A warm, waterproof and windproof jacket is a must-have for harsh winter conditions. Choose one that is insulated with down or synthetic fibres, with a hood to protect your head from the cold wind.
    • icon Warm Pants: Insulated pants or heavy-duty hiking pants that provide warmth and protection against the cold wind.
    • icon Warm Hat: A warm, woollen beanie or hat is essential to keep your head and ears warm.
    • icon Gloves: Gloves are important to keep your hands warm in the cold weather. Look for gloves that are waterproof and insulated.
    • icon Woollen Socks: A pair of warm woollen socks will keep your feet warm and comfortable.
    • icon Hiking Boots or Comfortable Walking Shoes: Hiking boots or Comfortable Walking Shoes with good grip and ankle support are necessary for exploring the area.
    • icon Sunglasses: The sun can be very bright, even in cold weather, so be sure to bring a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes.
    • icon Scarf: A woollen scarf or neck gaiter can help protect your neck and face from the cold wind.
    • icon Backpack: A backpack will be useful for carrying all your essentials, such as snacks, water bottles, a camera, and extra layers.
    Code of Ethics
    • icon Be a Responsible Traveller.
    • icon Be respectful to the locals and their cultures and religious belief.
    • icon Collecting, handling, or keeping specimens/any wildlife matter is strictly prohibited.
    • icon Walking off roads during the trek is prohibited as this could be dangerous for the person and the team.
    • icon Tourists must obey all rules and regulations the Nepal government and related authorities enforce.
    • icon Keep the mountain trail clean. Please do not throw your garbage. Carry it and dispose of it in the designated areas.