Jeep Safari into the rugged North Sikkim region with Gangtok

Jeep Safari into the rugged North Sikkim region with Gangtok

Day 1: Bagdogra / NJP  – Gangtok (1600m) ( Drive / 6 hrs)

After arrival in Bagdogra we drive to Gangtok which will take about 4 hrs. Overnight stay in hotel/ lodge.

Day 2: Gangtok - Nathu La (4310m) / Tsomgu lake (3780m) – Babamandir - Gangtok ( Drive / 4 - 5 hrs)

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.

Day 3: Gangtok – Lachen (2750m) (Drive / 6 - 7 hrs)

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.

Day 4: Lachen - Gurudongmar Lake (5136m) - Lachung (2700m) (Drive / 7 - 8 hrs)

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.

Day 5: Lachung - Yumthang Valley (3564m) - Lachung (Drive / 5 hrs)

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.

Day 6: Lachung - Gangtok (Drive / 5 - 6 hrs)

Start early to beat the traffic and trace the road back to Gangtok. Spend the evening at leisure. Overnight stay in the hotel/lodge.

Day 7: Gangtok – Bagdogra / NJP ( Drive / 6 hrs)

Drive to Bagdogra and head to your onward destination. Post breakfast, trip ends, depart for onward destinations.  

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Accommodation
    • Day 1:  Overnight stay in hotel/ lodge ( Gangtok)
    • Day 2:  Overnight stay in hotel/ lodge ( Gangtok)
    • Day 3: Overnight stay in hotel/ lodge ( Lachen)
    • Day 4: Overnight stay in hotel/ lodge ( Lachung )
    • Day 5: Overnight stay in hotel/ lodge ( Lachung )
    • Day 6: Overnight stay in hotel/ lodge ( Gangtok)
  • Meals :
    • Day 1: Dinner
    • Day 2: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Day 3: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Day 4: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Day 5: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Day 6: Breakfast,  Dinner
    • Day 7: Breakfast
  • Professional Guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
  • Transport as per the itinerary will be provided. We provide transfers to get you to the starting point and back as comfortably and in as less time as possible for you to enjoy the trip. Your transport costs are inclusive of all fuel charges, driver charges, state taxes, tolls and permits and are planned as per the itinerary of the trip.
  • All Adventure Activities As Mentioned in the itinerary would be supported by our experienced team of Instructors using State-of-the-art equipment. This ensures safety for any activity and is the lynchpin of the trip.
  • An Experienced Trip Leader would accompany you on the trip. These leaders have many years of experience in leading family groups and are usually people with an intimate knowledge of the mountains. They are also experienced instructors on one adventure sport or the other and are sure to keep you charged with many interesting stories.
  • A Number of Activity Experts would be joining the team as and when required. These people are domain experts in various fields like water activities, rope sports, wildlife, birds, mountaineering, etc. and are the flavour of this trip. They bring an intimate knowledge of each aspect of the trip and go beyond just getting you to do an activity and rather give you a deep insight of the whys and whats of the activities by sharing their knowledge. Guests, especially kids, tend to become best friends with these experts and end up picking up essential life skills that aid them in moving into the outdoors.
  • Forest entry charges (if Any)
  • Basic first aid for the group.

TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • GST
  • Accommodation in any other location not mention above
  • Any meals / services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc. 
  •  Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.  
  • Insurance

PLEASE NOTE

  • If due to bad weather, sickness, natural calamity or any other personal reasons, the itinerary is changed on ground the extra charges arising due to it will be borne by the guests. same will be applicable if a guest decide to change the itinerary due to personal reason. Also if days are cut short on the trek/trips for any of the above reasons GIO Adventures will not be liable to make hotel arrangements at the base or any other location for the guests
  • Guest will be required to fill up an indemnity form before embarking on the trek/trip
  • We request you to kindly disclose/share information if suffering from any major ailment. We request you to submit your health Certificate.
  • On our fixed group departures please note that we will follow a fixed schedule & standardised services. In case of individual requirements other than what is offered as part of the package, we might not be able to entertain them so please be aware of this fact
  • In case of trips/treks with a backup day, where this backup day is not utilised for whatever reasons GIO will not be liable to make hotel or any other arrangements
  • In case a departure cancelled due to bad weather conditions guest will receive full refund. GIO Adventures

OTHER OPTIONAL CHARGES

  • Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage Charges
  • Personal trekking gear
    You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL/PURCHASE

EQUIPMENT RENT*
Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood) 250

Down jacket (for additional warmth)

300
Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover 75
Warm Gloves 50
Waterproof Trekking boots 300
Balaclava 50
Rucksack (60 ltrs) 150
Waterproof gaiters 50
Warm high-length woollen socks 50
Poncho/Raincoat 50
Trekking poles 60

*Cost in INR per day

*Taxes extra

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.
  • Cancellation Policy
  • In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:
    • We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.
    • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)
  • Cancellation charges will be as follows
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund
  • Please Note
    • Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.
    • In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.

* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true

TRANSPORT OPTIONS (DELHI – NJP/BAGDOBRA – DELHI)

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.

TRIP EXTENSIONS

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.

List of Essentials

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.

  • Shirts / T-shirts
  • Jeans / Trekking Pants - 2
  • Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
  • Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  • Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  • Woollen cap
  • Woollen gloves
  • Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  • Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
  • Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Small light weight towel
  • Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
  • Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  • Sun glasses
  • Walking stick / Trekking pole
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  • Personal toiletries
  • Books, if you like reading
  • Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  • Carry rain cover for your bags
  • Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  • Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

…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)


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Get up-close to the local life in Sikkim
  • Visit the high altitude magnificent lake, Gurudongmar Lake
  • Trip to the mystical land of Lachung, ‘ Valley of Flowers’
  • Visit the exotic Yumthang Valley

Sketch Itinerary

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)

Description

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. 

DETAILS
Duration 07 Days
Region Sikkim

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