3N GANGTOK, 1N LACHEN, 1N LACHUNG
Gangtok “The Gateway to Sikkim”– Incredibly alluring, pleasantly boisterous and wreathed in clouds – Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is one of the most popular hill stations in India. Lying at the height of 1650 m above sea level, the town during its bright sunny days offers spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Gangtok is a base for adventure enthusiasts comprising of trekkers and campers to the Himalayan mountain ranges. During the months of March to Mid-May, blooming of wild Rhododendrons transform the surrounding regions in vast fields of colourful carpets.
Lachen is a town in North Sikkim district in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is located at an elevation of 2,750 metres. The name Lachen means “big pass”. The town is being promoted as a tourist destination by the Sikkimese government. The town forms the base to the Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake. An annual yak race, the Thangu is held here in summer.Unlike other places in India, Lachen has its unique form of local self governance called the “Dzumsa”. Every household is a member of this traditional administrative system, this institution is in charge of governing and organizing activities within the village.
Lachung about 118kms from Gangtok in North Sikkim, is situated at an altitude of 8,858 ft. Also known as the ‘Small Pass’, Lachung is embraced by snow capped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams and apple orchards, also peaches and apricots. The market of this city is filled with handicrafts such as exquisitely woven rugs and blankets that make this town ideal for shopping sprees. The residents of Lachung who are mostly Bhutias call themselves Lachungpas.
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- All Transportation mentioned in the itinerary.
- Hotel Booking, if required.
- Any Private Expenses.
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DAY 01: TRANSFER FROM (IXB) BAGDOGRA AIRPORT/NJP TO GANGTOK
On arrival at (IXB) Bagdogra Airport, our representative will warmly welcome you on arrival and assist you to the vehicle for the further journey to Gangtok. Thereafter you will depart towards your dream destinations. Throughout your journey, you can enjoy the versatility of climate. Pleasant weather will win your heart completely. On the way, you will pass through beautiful natural heritage and more of all this journey offers magnificent views of the mountains, valleys and village life, the forest, waterfalls, and hills covered with tea gardens.
On arrival Check-in to hotel then after checking in to your hotel and after freshening up. Evening free to roam around M G Road (Mall) or local Shopping center.
Overnight stay at Gangtok.
DAY 02: FULL DAY EXCURSION OF TSOMGO LAKE, BABA MANDIR
The next day, You need to get up early, get fresh, and have a heavy breakfast till 7.30 am. You will be picked up from the Hotel in Gangtok & then proceed for a full day excursion of Tsomgo Lake. Tsomgo Lake, also known as Changu Lake is a glacial lake in Sikkim. The name Tsomgo means 'Source of water'. It's located 40kms from Gangtok town and leads to Nathula Pass. This is one of the few high-altitude lakes in India. Before 1962, this was part of the old trade route between India and China. It takes about 2 hours by car from Gangtok to reach the lake along the Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary, the home to the red panda and the blood pheasant with Rhododendron and other alpine trees along the road - Situated at an elevation of 3753 meters / 12310 feet - The Lake is oval shaped lake nearly 50 feet deep - Generally covered in snow for most of the year – This lake is home to the Brahminy ducks & many migratory birds – Enjoy playing in snow and Yak Ride. Proceed further to Legendary Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir (“Hero of Nathula '' An Indian soldier who was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra medal for his bravery and known for doing his duty still after death). Nearby is the sacred Baba Mandir known to be a very holy site for all. You can take a ride on colorfully adorned yaks and ponies. There is also a 957-meter long ropeway (cable car) that carries passengers from the lake to a hilltop nearby. You should reach Tsomgo Lake before noon because in the afternoon the weather here usually starts getting bad. Additionally, Nathula Pass (14,140 ft.) which is the Indo Chinese border can be combined in this trip on request by the passengers at an extra cost.
** Kindly note the following points regarding visit to Nathula**
1. Nathula permits are limited; hence it is NOT a guaranteed trip.
2. If permits are issued, the additional cost to be paid by the passengers is approx. Rs. 3000 - Rs. 4000 per vehicle.
3. Nathula visit cost has not been included in this package.
4. If you have breathing problems, you are advised to consult a doctor before visiting these places (particularly Nathula) because of low oxygen at such high altitudes. Portable oxygen cylinders are available at Medical shops in Gangtok.
In the evening, return from Tsomgo Lake to Gangtok.
Overnight stay at Gangtok.
DAY 03: TRANSFER FROM GANGTOK TO LACHEN AND ON THE WAY SIGHTSEEING
After an early breakfast, we will proceed to Lachen. The route meanders through small villages with valleys up to the forest grove of KabiLangchuk. Shinghik comes next with its promises of one of the most glorious views of Kanchenjunga. Situated at an altitude of over 4000ft, Singhik offers a desired break to the travelers on the way to Lachen. Visit Chungthang- the confluence of Lachen Chu and Lachun Chu (river) and Vimnala falls waterfalls on your way to Lachen.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Lachen.
DAY 04: EXCURSION TO GURUDONGMAR LAKE & THEN TRANSFER FROM LACHEN TO LACHUNG
Early morning drive to Thangu Village (4100m / 13450ft), a remote high altitude village of Tibetan Nomads, and also proceed further to Chopta Valley (4000m / 13124ft) to get some breathtaking views of alpine valleys of frozen rivers. From Chopta Valley, drive for another 30kms in 1.5hr to Gurudongmar Lake (5225m / 17143ft) close to Tibet Border, one of the highest and biggest freshwater lakes in Sikkim and back to Lachen for a late lunch. Check out from Lachen and drive further to Lachung via Chungthang. En-route visit Chungthang confluence of Lachen Chu and Lachun Chu and Vimnala WaterFalls. Lachung is another remote high altitude village of Tibetan and Bhutia people in North Sikkim with towering rocky snow peaks, vibrant rhododendron valley, lush green yak pastures, perennial waterfalls, hot springs and the base for exploring the alpine valley of Yumthang and Yumesamdong close to the Tibetan plateau.
Overnight stay at Lachung.
DAY 05: EXCURSION TO YUMTHANG & THEN TRANSFER BACK TO GANGTOK
Early morning drive to Yumthang Valley, an alpine flower valley in North Sikkim. Enjoy the scenic landscape and hot springs. The valley is covered with snow from January to March & with rhododendrons during April & May. Enroute visit Sulphur Hot Spring having medicinal values.
Please note: A drive further for 30kms to Yumesamdong (4725m / 15503ft) or Zero Point close to Tibet Border, one of the highest motorable roads in Sikkim is NOT included in this package and has additional charges which need to be paid on prior notice.
Lunch at a hotel in Lachung.After lunch visit Handicraft Centre & Lachung Monastery. Later, back to Gangtok, In the evening arrive at Gangtok and check into the hotel.
Overnight at Gangtok.
DAY 06: TRANSFER FROM GANGTOK TO BAGDOGRA AIRPORT/NJP
After early morning breakfast, depart for (IXB) Bagdogra Airport for the onward connection