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North Sikkim Tour

North Sikkim Tour is ex-Gangtok consists Lachen, Thangu, Chopta Valley, Gurudogmar Lake, Lachung, Yumthang visit and return, duration3 night / 4 days a preview of Indias own Switzerland.

North Sikkim Tour

Itinerary: Gangtok Lachen Thangu Chopta Valley Gurudogmar Lake Lachung Yumthang Gangtok
Duration: 3 nights / 4 days

North Sikkim Tour Day 1:

North Sikkim Tour starts at 10:30 a.m. start journey towards Lachen. Just about 115 km from Gangtok, Lachen is located at an altitude of 8838 ft. Nearby villages of Rabom, Chaten, Talem, Yakthang, Kalep, Samdong and Thangu form a larger part of Lachen. Foot trails to the countrys highest mountain peak Mt. Khangchendzonga and Mt. Sinolchu the most beautiful peak begin at your approach in Lachen. En-route Seven Sisters Water Fall, (Lunch at your own cost) Miyang Chu, Naga Water Fall, Taram Chu sight seeing. Taram Chu is one of the Sikkim’s most notable hot springs. The springs, which have a high sulphur content, are renowned for their medicinal and therapeutic values. North Sikkim TourNaga Waterfalls lies at the Lachung-Yumthang Valleys trek route. The place offer panoramic view of snow-caped mountains all around. Chungthang lies on the confluence of two hilly rivers Lachen and Lachung Chu.

4:00 5:00 p.m. Arrival at Lachen. Check in to Hotel Himalayan Residency & over night stay in leisure. Lachen is perfect for an overnight halt whenyou havingthe spectacularnorth sikkim Tour.

North Sikkim TourDay 2:

8:30 a.m. After early breakfast, Day excursion to Simba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Yumthang Valley & Hot Spring. Lunch at Lachung, after noon free. Over night stay at Himalayan Residency, Lachen in the 2nd day of North Sikkim Tour.

North Sikkim TourDay 3:

5:00 a.m. Start for day excursion to Gurudogmar Lake, Thangu, Chopta Valley. Gurudongmar Lake, also known as Gurudogmar Lake, is one of the highest lakes in the world, located at an altitude of 17,800 ft (5,430 m). It is a lake which is considered sacred by both Buddhists and Sikhs. Thangu is located at an altitude of 13000 feet. Thangu is about 30 kilometers north of Lachen. Since it is located at a high altitude, the place remains covered with snow for most of the time.

Chopta Valley

Just 20-25 minutes drive from Thangu, only few places come close to the virgin appeal of Chopta Valley.On your return journey from Gurudongmar, take a turn to reach Chopta valley. There are numerous Chopta valleys in Himalayas and this one is above Thangu village in North Sikkim. A road runs parallel to the valley and you can travel for a few kilometers to see it stretching far.

2:00 3:00 p.m. reach Lachen, afternoon transfer to Himalayan Residency, Lachen. Thus ends third day of your North Sikkim Tour.

North Sikkim TourDay 4:

9:00 a.m. Start for Gangtok, Vim Nala & Twin Water Fall sight seeing on the way (Lunch at your own cost). Arrival at Gangtok in the afternoon. North Sikkim Tour concludes.

Your arrival to Gangtok and departure can be arranged by Himalayan Tourism.

  • Do not litter and deposit garbage at selected places. Keep all kinds of pollutants away from streams and lakes.
  • It is customary to leave a donation at a monastery and to circle shrines in a clockwise direction.
  • Avoid smoking, drinking and talking loudly near sacred places.
Extra Notes:

Tourists visiting Chopta valley has to stay overnight at Lachen. From here you start early morning for Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake. Indian tourists may visit both but international tourists are allowed to visit only till the valley. The distance from Lachen to Thangu is just 30 kilometers. Within this short distance you will gain altitude of about 4500 feet. The green vegetation of lower altitude will soon give way to Alpine terrain with canonical trees. As you go further up, the trees give way to small bushes and beyond Thangu the vegetation is relatively less as you get into Tibetan plateau. The Chopta Valley is the last green vegetation on this route.

Chopta valley can be visited only as part of a package tour. Visit to North Sikkim requires special permit that can be organised by authorised tour operators such as ourselves. You can not visit the valley on your own. The travel and accommodation has to be booked in advanced through us as we are a recognized Tour Operator.

Most tourists stay overnight at Lachen and visit the valley as part of a day tour. Being high in altitude also means you will need substantial time spend in acclimatising before you can stay overnight here.

In Lachen, a traditional administrative system is in practice to follow rules and regulation and is known as Dzumsa. In summers, the interesting annual Yak Race called the Thangu takes place at Lachen. The population of Lachen is very less and goes up to just about a 1000 people altogether.


You bring back wonderful memories from mostly every vacation. We need to live for moments that can not be put into words easily. A trip to Gurudongmar Lake and Chopta Valley will remain as a vivid and unforgettable memory in your mind and hope we will be able to host and guide you!

The views from the top, especially when you are nearing Kala Patthar, are simply awesome – you can see the whole long valley spread out flat at the bottom of a deep bowl of black & white mountains. And then comes the best part – you reach and touch the snow and the mountain peaks you have been seeing from a distance for last few hours.

You can club this trip as part of your larger Sikkim tour. Are you planning to go there? Send your queries to us.