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Sikkim Road Trip

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Travelers embarking on a journey of Sikkim discover a mystical wonderland of spectacular natural beauty. The panoramic perfection of the snow-capped Himalayas, the heady scent of flower-bedecked meadows, the vibrant culture and joyous festivals, the infinite variety of its flora and fauna make it a holiday that is at once fascinating and challenging.

The crowning glory of Sikkim is Mt. Khangchendzonga, the third highest mountain in the world. With magnificent snow and ice scenery, it is often regarded as the undisputed monarch among the peaks of the world. But for the Sikkimese Khangchendzonga is much more than a mountain and is revered as the abode of their guardian deity Dzo-nga.

Short Itinerary

Day 1 : Bagdogra / NJP to Gangtok ( 125 Kms,5 hrs)

Day 2 : Gangtok to Lachen (107 kms, 6 Hrs)

Day 3 : Lachen to Gurudongmar. Overnight at Lachung

Day 4 : Lachung to Yumthang Valley - Zero Point - Hold at Dzongu

Day 5 : Dzongu local Experiences

Day 6 : Dzongu to Gangtok (70 Kms)

Day 7 : Gangtok to Gnathang (65 Kms)

Day 8 : Gnathang to Aritar (72 KMs)

Day 9 : Aritar to Bagdogra / NJP

Price (Bagdogra Airport to Bagdogra Airport)


6 Members - Per Person Cost 30500
4 Members - Per Person Cost 35800
2 Members - Per Person Cost 46500

Itinerary (Bagdogra Airport to Bagdogra Airport)

  • 1

    Day 1 : Bagdogra / NJP to Gangtok ( 125 Kms,5 hrs)

    On arrival at Bagdogra airport or NJP, meet our representative and other group members. After the initial introduction, we start our journey to Gangtok.

    Gangtok is around 130 km from Bagdogra and will take us about 5 hrs to reach.  Hotel Check-in and room allocation in Gangtok. Evening at Leisure where we can visit the local market, go for cafe hopping, trying out local cuisines will be the flavor of the evening.

    Night Stay in Gangtok.

  • 2

    Day 2 : Gangtok to Lachen (107 kms, 6 Hrs)

    After Breakfast at the hotel, we start early for Lachen. 

    Our next 4 days will be in North Sikkim, which boasts of its immense natural beauty, the largest variety of flora and fauna. The traditional law of Zumsa in still prevalent in Lachen and Lachung. North Sikkim provides a truly natural feel of the Himalayas and offers a perfect blend of nature, culture, and religion.

    The route will be with stopovers at some places of interest like the seven sister waterfall, Kabi Lunchok. Driving time approximately 6 hrs depending on the number of stops.

    Dinner and Night Stay at Lachen

  • 3

    Day 3 : Lachen to Gurudongmar. Overnight at Lachung

    Early 4 am departure from Lachen, and we start our journey to Gurudongmar Lake. Breakfast en route at Thangu. At approx. 18000 ft. Lake Gurudongmar is one of the highest lakes in the world and is a sacred site for Sikkimese and is also one of the highest points in Sikkim reachable via vehicle. Drive via the picturesque Chopta Valley, quick stopover at Thangu, the last civilian settlement in the region at approx. 13500 ft.

    Drive time approximately 4 hrs one way. 

    Later drive towards Lachung. Dinner and Night Stay at Lachung

  • 4

    Day 4 : Lachung to Yumthang Valley - Zero Point - Hold at Dzongu

    After breakfast at the stay, we start our drive towards Yumthang Valley. Yumthang Valley known for stunning views of snow mountains and rivers is also known as Sikkim Valley of flowers. At an altitude of 3500 mts it is home to many beautiful Himalayan Flowers. Yumthang lies in the Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary and is known for its Rhododendron and Primula species.

    Drive further to Zero Point, which is the last outpost and the highest part of the tour here. Return to Lachung by late afternoon for Lunch and we will proceed for Dzongu. Driving time from Lachung to Dzongu will be approximately 4 hrs.

    Dinner and Night Stay at Dzongu

  • 5

    Day 5 : Dzongu local Experiences

    Dzongu local experiences.

    Experience the warmth of Lepcha hospitality in their homeland. Day of exploring the quaint and virgin forests of the Dzongu special reserve. This is a lesser known destination in Sikkim and its what makes the area very unique. Fast flowing streams, untouched forests and local hospitality at its best. Depart for walks and a drive to explore the upper regions of the area.

    We will have the host arrange for a riverside excursion with meals cooked at the site itself. We recommend walking as much as possible as it's the best way to explore Dzongu.

    Night Stay at Dzongu

  • 6

    Day 6 : Dzongu to Gangtok (70 Kms)

    After breakfast, we start our return journey from Dzongu to the capital city Gangtok.

    Since the previous stay at Gangtok has been a rushed one we recommend taking a walk across MG Road and explore the town a bit. There are many cafes and eateries around town.

    We are not keeping any fixed plan for the evening, the guests are free to explore the town as per their convenience. Can buy mementos for the market. 

    Night Stay at Gangtok 

  • 7

    Day 7 : Gangtok to Gnathang (65 Kms)

    Morning post breakfast and permit formalities, depart for Tsongu Lake and further to the Old Silk route. At approximately 12500 ft, Tsongu is a sacred lake and also one of the popular tourist destinations around Gangtok city. Driving time to Tsongu is approx 2.5 hrs but depends on the traffic. Expected arrival at Ganthang Valley via Tsangu lake and Baba Mandir will be around 3 pm. Lunch at Gnathang Valley.

    Afternoon explore the valley on foot. This is the highest habitable region in Sikkim for tourists and lies at approx 14000 ft.

    Overnight stay and Dinner Gnathang

    *The roads are narrow and due to traffic it usually takes a lot more time

  • 8

    Day 8 : Gnathang to Aritar (72 KMs)

    Go for an early morning walk in the valley. After breakfast, we visit Gnathang war memorial and proceed further to the famous loops in the Old Silk Route. The Dzulu loops are quite a sight as you wind your way down.

    Reach Aritar after lunch in the afternoon, visit Aritar Lake. Evening at leisure. 

    Dinner and Night stay at Aritar

  • 9

    Day 9 : Aritar to Bagdogra / NJP

    We start our last day of the trip after breakfast at the stay and drop the guests at Bagdogra / NJP.

    End of Tour.

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Inclusions

Accommodation as mentioned above, inclusive of all taxes

Meal Plan: CP Plan (Breakfast Only) in Gangtok & Rest all Days AP (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

A vehicle as per Itinerary (Wegon-R / Innova / Xylo / Sumo)

Toll taxes

Parking

Fuel charges 

Driver Allowences

Sightseeing as per Itinerary

Exclusions

5% GST

Train or Airfare

Personal Expenses like Entry charges, Telephone, Fax, Internet, Laundry, etc.

Any Extra Meals.

Extra Cost for Nathula Pass & Its Vehicle

Extra Cost for Zero Point

Any extra excursions or sightseeing apart from the tour itinerary.

Any entry fees for the museum, park, Jeep safari or anything else.

Room Heater Charges.

Insurance.

Anything which is not included in the inclusion.

Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle mal-functions, political disturbances etc.

We shall not be responsible for any delays & alterations in the programme or expenses incurred – directly or indirectly – due to natural hazards, flight cancellations, weather, sickness, landslides, political closures (Strike, Hartal, Bandh) or any untoward incidents.

Cancellation Policy

No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.

 Free Cancellation upto 60 days before the departure date. Land Package only, flights as per the operator's cancellation policy

 59 Days to 45 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost.

 44 Days to 30 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost

 29 Days to 15 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.

 15 Days to 8 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.

 7 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.

 No Show . No refund.

Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.

 If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.

 If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.

 Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.

 Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.

Things To Pack

Down Jacket /Main Jacket

Thermals (Upper & Lower)

Clothes

Socks

Undergarments

Gloves

Slippers

Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes

Hats/Caps

Daypack

Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)

First Aid Kit

Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)

Sun Glasses

Torch

Water Bottle

Power bank

Mobile Charger / Travel Charger

Raincoat

Hand Sanitizer

Toiletries

Cold Cream

Lip Guard

Sunscreen Lotion

FAQs

Q. What will be the group size?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?

All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.

All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.

Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?

Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.

Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?

Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.

Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?

We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.

Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?

We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.

Q. Which shoes should I buy?

Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.

Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.

Q. What will be the type of accommodation?

It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.

Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?

Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.

Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?

It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.

Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?

After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.

Q. What type of food is served during the trek?

We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.

Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?

Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.

In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.

Q. Can we change the itinerary?

Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.

Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?

Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.

Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?

No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.

Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?

Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.

Q. Diamox is advisable or not?

Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.

Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.

Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?

It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.

Q. What will we do if it rains?

If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.

Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?

Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.

Additional Information on Sikkim Road Trip

The smallest state of india “SIKKIM” is a blend of day to day city life and gorgeous natural beauty. Sikkim is Northeast state bordered by Tibet,Bhutan and Nepal and Gangtok is the capital of sikkim.  Sikkim is also India's cleanest state and completely organic. The state has a northeastern charm along with the snowy Himalayan peaks, the sublimity of nature, waterfalls, food, Monasteries, the wide variety of flora and fauna is what makes Sikkim perfect for holidays. It is home to Kanchenjunga( India’s highest mountain), Gurudongmar (frozen lake) and Pelling, Yumthang, Lachung, Rumtek monastery which are very popular tourist attractions. Sikkim also has a lot to offer to the adventure lovers with its various defined trekking trails and adventure sports. The best time to visit Sikkim is during the months of March and June. The nearest airport to Sikkim is Pakyong Airport and Jalpaiguri and Siliguri are the nearest railway stations to reach Sikkim.

PLACES TO VISIT NEAR SIKKIM:

GANGTOK:

Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim located at a height of 5,500 feet. Gangtok is also a tibetian centre and the base of treks in the Sikkim Himalayan Mountain Ranges. Gangtok is known for its natural beauty, snow capped mountains, highlands,serene lakes, beautiful valleys,culture,food and the amazing view of Mt, Kanchenjunga. Toshi view point, Enchey Monastery,Hanuman Tak, MG Road, Nathula Pass and Tsomgo lake are few of the must visit places of Gangtok. The best time to visit Gangtok is in the months of June to September,  Gangtok is well connected to the major cities through air,railway and road connectivity. New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Gangtok and the closest airport is Bagdogra Airport at a distance of 148km and 124 km respectively.

LANCHEN:

Lanchen is a majestic town in the North Sikkim region of Sikkim,India located at an elevation of 2,700 mts above sea level,the word Lachen mean “ Big Pass”.Lanchen is located at a distance of 108 km from Gangtok and the weather remains pleasant throughout the year however the winters can be a little harsh. Lanchen is the base for Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake.  It is one of the most beautiful and less populated towns of Sikkim. Lanchen is known for its awestruck natural beauty,Monasteries, large grasslands, apple orchards, culture and hospitality. Gurudongmar Lake,Tso Lhamo Lake,

Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary are the must visit places of Lanchen.








 

GURUDONGMAR LAKE:

Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world located at an altitude of 17,800 feet above the sea level in Sikkim. Gurudongmar lake is known The snow crowned mountains, curvy roads,beautiful flowers, lush green Valley,crystal clear waterfalls and mesmerising view of  Mt. Siniolchu and Kanchenjunga.. Gurudongmar Lake is the second highest lake in Sikkim and it freezes during winters.Gurudongmar Lake water is considered to be sacred and have healing powers. Any traveller visiting Gurudongmar Lake is recommended to stay in Lanchen for a night and experience the culture and heritage of the beautiful town.

LACHUNG:

Lachung is a scenic village established along the Lachung river and is close to the Tibetian border located at an altitude of 8,600meters above the sea level at a distance of 108 km from Gangtok. Lachung is known for the snow capped mountains,gushing waterfalls,fruit orchards,glacial rivers and the widespread landscapes. The majestic village Lachung is a paradise to soul seekers who are looking for a destination to escape the daily hustle and honking noises. The best time to visit Lachung is from may to october and during the month of June there is “Saga Dawa Festival”  that signifies the three most important events from Lord Budha’s life that are his birth,enlightenment and death by holy ceremonies,folk art and exotic cuisine.

YUMTHANG VALLEY :

Yumthang Valley is known as the Valley of Rhododendron flowers is located in North Sikkim at a distance of 140km from Gangtok at an elevation of 3,564 meters above the sea level . Yumthang Valley is known for its hot springs, sparkling rivers,yaks,pine and silver fir trees,lush green forests and snow capped mountains. On the way to Yumthang Valley a traveller comes across many little waterfalls and streams along the view of Shundu Tsenpa. The best time to visit Yumthang Village is in the months of late february till June as its closed during the months of December to March due to heavy snowfall. Shingba Rhododendron sanctuary is a very popular tourist destination with twenty four different species of Rhododendron Flowers(State flowers) blooming from late February to mid June which makes visiting Yumthang Valley during this time a lifetime experience. There are no accommodations available in Yumthang Valley however one can find various accommodations in Lachung,which is at a distance of 50 minutes from Yumthang Valley.

ZERO POINT:

Zero point also known as Yumesamdong is located in North Sikkim at an altitude of 15,300 feet above the sea level at a distance of 23 Km from Yumthang Valley. Zero point is a place where 3 rivers meet with each other amongst the snowclad mountains. There is hardly any vegetation at zero point as it remains snow covered throughout the year. Zero Point is located at a very high altitude which may cause difficulties in breathing so the necessary actions should be taken which travelling to Zero point.

DZONGU VALLEY:

A heaven in Sikkim “ Dongzu Valley “ is also called “ the bridge to Mayal country” located at a distance of 70 km from Gangtok. Dzongu Valley is majorly dominated by Lepcha tribe and their culture. Dzongu Valley is divided into two parts “Upper Dzongu” and “Lower Dzongu” which consist Tingvong & kussong village and Passingdong and Lingdong Villages respectively , while in Dzongu Valley one can reside in any of these villages. Dzongu Valley is known for luscious green forest, exotic flora, hot water springs surrounded by snow capped mountains.Chee is the local homemade beer that is made from fermented millet and served in tall bamboo glass another local brew is Cinnamon arrack. Namsong Festival takes place in the month of October depicting the tradition and culture of Dzongu Valley along with savoring local delicacies. Lepcha Museum,Tholung Monastery,Lingzey waterfall,hot springs are few of the major tourist attractions of Dzongu valley.

NATHANG VALLEY/GNATHANG VALLEY:

Ladakh of East India “NATHANG VALLEY” in Sikkim is located at a height of 13,000 feet above the sea level at a distance of 65 km from Gangtok and is the most beautiful Valley in the old silk route. Nathang Valley is known for its snowy hills and glorious mountain landscape . Nathang Valley is the remotest Tibetian Habitation in the Himalayas and is a Ski Point in Sikkim usually covered in thick snow in the months of January to April.

ARITAR:

Aritar Village is in East Sikkim,Sikkim located on the edge of the Himalayas at a distance of 68 Km from Gangtok at an elevation of 1,500 meters above the sea level. Aritar is known for its natural beauty and landscapes. Lampokhari (one of the oldest natural lakes), Partabteys war,Shivalaya Mandir ,Dak Bunglow and Aritar Gumpa are the few must visit places in Aritar.

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Shivam Mishra
Shivam Mishra

The team at JustWravel is very professional. They tailored my itinerary to sikkim in May 2018 very nicely. Their was constant follow up from their team during the trip, taking feedbacks and making small tweaks in the trip to accommodate our requests and requirements. One can get them onboard when a planning a trip and the rest will be taken care by them. :)

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