Sikkim Road Trip

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Changu Lake

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Gangtok

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Changu Lake

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Elephant Lake

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Enroute Gurudongmar Lake

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Seven Sister Falls

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Yumthang Valley

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Snow capped peaks surrounding Yumthang Valley

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Tibetian flags

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About

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

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

Gangtok to Lachen (107 kms, 6 Hrs)

Lachen to Gurudongmar. Overnight at Lachung

Lachung to Yumthang Valley - Zero Point - Hold at Dzongu

Dzongu local Experiences

Dzongu to Gangtok (70 Kms)

Gangtok to Gnathang (65 Kms)

Gnathang to Aritar (72 KMs)

Aritar to Bagdogra / NJP

Trip Images

package details

Location

:

Gangtok

State

:

Sikkim

No. of Days

:

9

Mode Of Transport

:

Xylo / Innova

Meals Included

:

Yes

Type Of Stay

:

Hotel And Homestay

Start/End Location

:

Trip Type

:

Adventure

Altitude

:

5340 mts

Route Plan

:

Bagdogra- Gangtok- Lachen - Lachung- Dzoungu - Gnathang -Aritar

Best Time to Visit

:

April to October

Cost

:

27800 /-

(GST @ 5% Extra)

Itinerary

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.

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

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

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

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

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 

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

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

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.

Inclusions / Exclusions

Inclusions

Travel from Bagdogra to Bagdogra

Twin sharing stay 

Meal: Gangtok (Breakfast), Aritar MAP (Breakfast & Dinner), Rest all Days AP (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Necessary Permits

Tour Lead

Exclusions

GST

Meals apart from one mentioned in the plan

Entry fees

Cancellation Policy

No refund of booking amount to be provided if customer cancels the booking 10 days prior to departure date.

50% refund if done between 11-20 days prior to schedule departure.

90% refund if done between 21-90 days prior to schedule departure.

100% refund if cancelled 90+ days prior to schedule departure date.

FAQs

Permits will be required for this trip, so you will have to send us your photo id and carry 6 passport size photographs.

Cost is Per Person 

Max Group size will be 12 members and Min 6

 

Things To Know

Gangtok stay at The Mazong Hotel

Gnathang stay at a homestay

Homestays in Dzongu

Simple standard hotels at Lachen + Lachung

*Driving to Zero Point depends on weather and road conditions

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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 

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

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

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.

Inclusions

Travel from Bagdogra to Bagdogra

Twin sharing stay 

Meal: Gangtok (Breakfast), Aritar MAP (Breakfast & Dinner), Rest all Days AP (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Necessary Permits

Tour Lead

Exclusions

GST

Meals apart from one mentioned in the plan

Entry fees

No refund of booking amount to be provided if customer cancels the booking 10 days prior to departure date.

50% refund if done between 11-20 days prior to schedule departure.

90% refund if done between 21-90 days prior to schedule departure.

100% refund if cancelled 90+ days prior to schedule departure date.

Permits will be required for this trip, so you will have to send us your photo id and carry 6 passport size photographs.

Cost is Per Person 

Max Group size will be 12 members and Min 6

 

Gangtok stay at The Mazong Hotel

Gnathang stay at a homestay

Homestays in Dzongu

Simple standard hotels at Lachen + Lachung

*Driving to Zero Point depends on weather and road conditions

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

Reviews

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. :)
-- Shivam Mishra


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