After arrival in Bagdogra we drive to Gangtok which will take about 4 hrs. Overnight stay in hotel/ lodge.
Today you will retrace the old silk route and drive up to the magnificent altitudes of Nathu La. The road moves through varied terrains and landscapes, crossing over the tree line of the Sikkim Himalayas and reaches atop a 4130 m pass connecting Indian state of Sikkim with Tibet. Spend some time at the pass and drive to Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir, on the way you can buy some Chinese goods, as this is the major spot for trade between the two countries. Further you drive back to Gangtok. Overnight stay in the hotel/ lodge.
The drive starts early in the morning, though the distance is just 150 kms, the sporadic mountain roads demands the journey more time than usual. The journey moves through various beautiful mountain villages. Today’s destination is a small ancient Tibetan village sitting atop far out ranges, inhibited by the people who fled Tibet during the course of a few centuries. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay in the lodge/ hotel.
Start early around 4 to reach this amazing frozen lake at an altitude of 5400 m. the road moves around the India China border which is pretty much broken, so an adventure instinct is a mandatory. 82 kms off road and you enter a cold dessert heavily guarded by the army, which makes it possible to drive to this wonder of nature. Spend some time at the lake keeping in mind to drink a lot of water as altitude might get your nerves. Later drive back to Lachen and post lunch get transferred to the twin village of Lachung. Spend the night at a beautiful mountain lodge/ hotel.
This morning drive to the beautiful valley of flowers at Yumthang. A small 2 hr drive through a protected forest of a rhododendron sanctuary, you will reach these amazing grasslands of Yumthang valley, grazed by the wild horses and yaks throughout the season, before it gets covered in snow for another 8 months or so. The right season to witness the flowers would be the monsoons, but it gets hard to make the journey as the road gets blocked during the season. Spend some rare moments here before driving back to Lachung. Overnight stay in the lodge/ hotel.
Start early to beat the traffic and trace the road back to Gangtok. Spend the evening at leisure. Overnight stay in the hotel/lodge.
Drive to Bagdogra and head to your onward destination. Post breakfast, trip ends, depart for onward destinations.
|Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)||250|
Down jacket (for additional warmth)
|Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover||75|
|Waterproof Trekking boots||300|
|Rucksack (60 ltrs)||150|
|Warm high-length woollen socks||50|
*Cost in INR per day
* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true
For travel to Sikkim and back one can choose between air, rail & road. Bagdogra airport is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways & Spice Jet. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in.
West Sikkim - West Sikkim is coupled with stunning landscape of formidable mountain ridges & awe inspiring views of Kanchenjunga. Dotted with ancient monasteries and gompas it creates a completely tranquil ambiance. There are many interesting places to visit here like Pelling which is situated at an altitude of 2,150 m his snowy territory is home to ancient monasteries, stunning waterfalls and limpid lakes. Yuksom is another beautiful destination. It is a historical place arrayed with sublime mountains outlining a beautiful landscape.
Darjeeling – It is an ethereal hill station perched in the northern part of West Bengal. A complete amalgamation of majestic views of Kanchenjunga, beautiful tea gardens & stunning landscapes. Carpeted with flowering plants, tress, and fern the beauty of Darjeeling is beyond words. Holding a modern yet colonial charm it is perfect place to rejuvenate.
Kalimpong – Located at a rather lower altitude than Darjeeling, Kalimpong has very pleasant weather which is why people love to visit this town. A quintessential tourist destination with jaw dropping views of Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks.
Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.
…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip
Also please note this is a comprehensive list & there might be few items which you might not need depending upon the month of travel. Kindly check with us on the final list before travelling
Duration: 07 Days | Season: May - Jun, Sep - Oct | Grade: Moderate + | Max Alt: Gurudongmar Lake(5136 m)
DAY 1: Bagdogra / NJP – Gangtok (1600m) ( Drive / 6 hrs)
DAY 2: Gangtok - Nathu La (4310m) / Tsomgu lake (3780m) – Babamandir - Gangtok ( Drive / 4 - 5 hrs)
DAY 3: Gangtok – Lachen (2750m) (Drive / 6 - 7 hrs)
DAY 4: Lachen - Gurudongmar Lake (5136m) - Lachung (2700m) (Drive / 7 - 8 hrs)
DAY 5: Lachung - Yumthang Valley (3564m) - Lachung (Drive / 5 hrs)
DAY 6: Lachung - Gangtok (Drive / 5 - 6 hrs)
DAY 7: Gangtok – Bagdogra / NJP ( Drive / 6 hrs)
This is the idea of an amazing road journey crafted for families covering great distances and visiting far out places of India. There are places you can only reach on foot similarly there are places that can only be reached on a motor vehicle.
Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim you will drive up to the magnificent heights of Nathu La pass (4310 m), Tsomgo Lake (3780 m), Gurudongmar Lake (5136 m), and Yumthang Valley of Flower (3564 m), and the twin cities of Lachen and Lachung, covering East and North Sikkim.
Gurudongmar, which remains frozen most part of the year, is a magnificent high altitude glacial lake and is of great spiritual significance for the locals. The drive to the lake is rather bumpy with a lot of off road sections, but the landscape through which you are driving makes it rather intimidating. You cross the tree line and the meadows and enter a vast cold dessert stretching into the horizon; this is the place where India meets China. Spend some rare moments before setting forth on your journey, and rest at Lachung, a growing; valley town hovered by a black giant mountain in shape of a snake. Lachung forms the base for the journey to Yumthang valley, popularly known as 'Valley of Flowers'. Falling under the territory to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, it is home to over twenty-four different species of this state flower.
In this amazing trip you witness everything that the mountains has to offer, driving through bizarre landscapes you cover great distances and climb great altitudes of the eastern Himalayas. In a week’s time you cover most of the anticipated spots of this region, shake hands with the Chinese soldiers witness rain forests, flora and fauna at various altitudes, a cold dessert and one of the highest lake in the world; which stays frozen most time of the year.