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NORTH SIKKIM - THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE

 


This is the largest and remotest district in Sikkim with spectacular scenic views. Our high altitude Jeep Safaris in these rugged Lachenpa/Lachungpa tribe Land of the North will take you to :

   
 

YUMTHANG VALLEY
Yumthang, which is at an altitude of 3782 m/ 11,800 ft. is, situated about 149 kms from Gangtok in North Sikkim. But going there is like travelling 149 years back in time – it is so remote & almost untouched by the vagaries of civilization. Termed as the valley of flowers & Sikkim’s Switzerland, Yumthang tour takes you to the heart of North Sikkim. The route to Yumthang from Lachung - adjoining the Singba Forest Reserve- has a very picturesque landscape. This tour is a singular experience of the unique place & culture of the highland Sikkimese people. Flora, Fauna & Rhododendrons are found in abundance during springtime in the month of April & May. Yumthang is the summer grazing grounds of the Yaks & winter playground of the Yetis. This Paradise for nature lovers has spectacular snow peaked mountains with Hot Springs & Alpine environment.
It is well known for its Sulphur Hot Springs, which is immensely popular for its curative properties & healing power. It is difficult to imagine that water so hot in its natural form could be found in a place so cold.
For both foreign & domestic tourists, we organize Yumthang package tours. Depending upon one’s convenience one can either opt for 4 days / 3 nights package or 3 days / 2 nights package:
 
04 Days/ 03 Nights:
Day 01: Gangtok – Lachen
Day 02: Lachen – Chopta Valley/ Gurudongmar Lake – Lachung
Day 03: Lachung – Yumthang Valley/ Hot Springs – Lachung
Day 04: Lachung – Gangtok

03 Days/ 02 Nights:
Day 01: Gangtok – Lachung
Day 02: Lachung – Yumthang Valley/ Hot Springs/ Sightseeing – Lachung
Day 03: Lachung - Gangtok
   

 

LACHUNG
Lachung (2,684 m/ 8,610 ft.) is a beautiful remote Bhutia Village with a unique self - governing body called the Dzumsa, which substitutes the modern Gram Panchayat. Lachung has emerged as a tourist destination with the soaring popularity of Yumthang Valley, which is just 24 kms away from Lachung. The village spread out on either side of Lachung river has managed to retain its unique culture & tradition. An idyllic valley surrounded by mist-shrouded mountains & great waterfalls is Lachung. Lachung Village is a remote area & also serves as an overnight stay place before proceeding towards Yumthang Valley.
 

 

LACHUNG MONASTERY
The Lachung Monastery on the slope opposite to the highway is the focal point of all religious function of the local inhabitants. This monastery in Lachung was built in 1880 & follows the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism.

   

 

GURUDONGMAR LAKE
Gurudongmar Lake is a high altitude sacred Lake with an exotic view surrounded by snow peaked mountains. Gurudongmar Lake – the desert mountains – is another 40 km / 2 hrs drive ahead of Thangu Valley/Chopta Valley. The drive towards Gurudongmar Lake is spectacular & the view is panoramic. Gurudongmar Lake at an altitude of 17,100 ft. is one of the highest motorable road in Sikkim. Infact this is the only place where you will find snow throughout the year & it is also believed that Guru Padmasambhava had touched the Lake whilst he visited Tibet from this area. No visit to North Sikkim is complete without visit to Gurudongmar Lake. The sight here is breathtaking & worth relating back home. Recently opened for Indian Tourists only. However, Visitors prone to heart problems & high altitude sickness are advised to avoid this trip.

   
  CHOPTA VALLEY
  Chopta valley, which is at an altitude of 14,500 ft. is situated about 154 kms from Gangtok in North Sikkim. The entire valley of Chopta erupts into riot of colours in spring. Chopta Valley is also a remote & enqually a beautiful scenic place.
 

 

LACHEN
Lachung’s sister village, Lachen is a high altitude beautiful valley situated at an altitude of 2,728 m/ 9000 ft. Lachen village also serves as an overnight stay place before proceeding towards Thangu / Chopta Valley & Gurudongmar Lake.

   

 

LACHEN MONASTERY
This monastery in Lachen was built in 1806 & also follows the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism. The Lachen Monastery is located on top of the village & commands a panoramic view of the surrounding hills & countryside.
   

 

PHODONG MONASTERY
Phodong monastery, which belongs to the Kargyupa sect of Tibetan Buddhism is situated about a km uphill by a jeepable road that bifurcates from the North Sikkim Highway. The Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal built this monastery somewhere in the first quarter of the eighteenth century & is one of the six major monasteries in Sikkim. The main annual prayer is performed on the 28th & 29th day of the tenth month of the Tibetan calendar when the religious chaams or dances are also demonstrated.

   
  LABRANG MONASTERY
  Another one km uphill from Phodong Monastery on the same jeepable road is the Labrang Monastery, which was built about one hundred years later & belongs to the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Labrang means the "dwelling place of Lamas"
   
  TUMLONG PLACE
  Between the two monasteries- Phodong Monastery & Labrong Monastery are the ruins of the third captial of Sikkim- Tumlong. In the beginning of the nineteen century, the capital of Sikkim was shifted from Rabdentse to Tumlong, which then remained the capital for almost ninety years.
   

 

KABI LUNGCHOK
17 kms away from Gangtok on the way to North Sikkim, before reaching Phodong, is Kabi Lungchok where the treaty of blood brotherhood between the Lepcha chieftan, Tekong Tek & the Tibetan chief Khye Bhumsa was signed ritually in the 13th century. This spot where the treaty was signed is marked by a memorial stone & lies amidst the shadows of tall trees & cardamom fields. This place is of historical importance.