WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM THIS ADVENTURE TRIP
A land – where heaven touches the earth, the ambience creates mystery, landscape dominated by elements, silence can be heard, vision tends to travel beyond the horizon, soul starts meditating- unknowingly, mind gets rejuvenated; and a land that makes you bow. Your journey to North Sikkim – starts from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Landscape changes rapidly on every curve, as your road winds upwards. With thick smell of wild flowers, mossy trees, streams rushing down, mists coiling up from the deep gorges, sudden flashy flight of colourful birds, huge snow range embossed in the horizon, wide spread valley, deep blue sky, lonely prayer flag waving leisurely at the distant top – you are on your way to a different destination.
DAY 1 GANGTOK TO LACHEN (2750M / 9023FT; 130KMS; 7HRS)
Morning drive to Lachen in North Sikkim. On the way visit Singhik, Seven Sister Water Falls, Chungthang confluence and Phodong Monastry. Lunch at a local restaurant on the way. Check in at local Guest house or hotel. Free evening and overnight at Lachen.
DAY 2 LACHEN TO THANGU, CHOPTA VALLEY AND GURUDONGMAR LAKE (120KMS; 6HRS). LACHEN TO LACHUNG (2425M / 7956FT; 50KMS; 2.5HRS)
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 breath taking view of alpine valley of frozen rivers. From Chopta Valley drive for another 30kms in 1.5hr to Gurudongmar Lake (5225m / 17143ft) close to Tibet Border, the one of the highest and biggest fresh water 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 and Vimnala Water Falls. Check in at hotel. Free evening Overnight at Lachung
DAY 3 EXCURSION TO YUMTHANG (3575M / 11730FT) AND YUMESAMDONG VALLEY OR ZERO POINT EXCURSION (FOR INDIANS ONLY) (105KM; 6HRS)
Early morning drive to Yumthang Valley, an alpine flower valley in North Sikkim. Enjoy the scenic landscape and hot Spring and drive further for 30kms to Yumesamdong (4725m / 15503ft) or Zero Point close to Tibet Border, one of the highest motorable roads in Sikkim. Drive back to Lachung for lunch.
DAY 4 LACHUNG TO GANGTOK (125KMS; 5 HRS)
Check out from Lachung and drive back to Gangtok via Chungthang.