This tour is designed for those who are short of time and yet would like to cover the best of what SIKKIM has to offer. It highlights the stunning aspects of this tiny state in comfort and style. Starting in West Sikkim, the journey moves east to its capital Gangtok where we visit a high altitude holy lake at 12,400ft. Finally, we head for the high altitude alpine region of Lachung Valley in North Sikkim, one of the most beautiful places in the Himalayas- untouched by the vicious reach of modern day tourism.
Small but beautiful, Sikkim with Its unique and drastic variation in altitude ranging from 244m. to over at 8586m. Offers her visitors a very rare life time opportunity within a matter of hours to experience the changing lifestyle, flora and fauna from the sub-tropical heat of the Indian plains to the cold of the hugged mountain slopes.
Memories of your Sikkim holiday are enriched by the lingering impression of gorgeously decorated Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples featuring Lama Dances with fierce masks, unique music & chants, invocations made to the Hindu details and illumination festivals of love & affection.
Tourist Places in Sikkim
- Gangtok is the most important town and the capital of the state and located in the east district of Sikkim. It lies on a ridge with fine views of the Kanchenjunga. This is the most common tourist destination for Sikkim. You can easily spend 2 to 3 days sightseeing around Gangtok. If you intend to travel to North Sikkim, you must spend two nights in Gangtok on your way and back.
- Pelling is the second most popular tourist destination. It is the original capital of Sikkim and ruins of the erstwhile capital is still well preserved. Pelling also offers excellent views of the Kanchenjunga range of mountain.
- North Sikkim offers natural beauty at its best. Lachen and Lachung are the two main tourist towns of North Sikkim; Lachen acting as a base for trip to Gurudongmar and Lachung as the base for visiting the Yumthang valley area.
Permits and entry rules
Indian tourists do not require any permit to enter into Sikkim. However some of the tourist destinations are known as ‘Restricted Area’ and Indian tourists also require permit to visit these places. These places include Nathula – Tsongo Lake – Zuluk – Memenchu area in East, entire North Sikkim, Dzongri – Goechala area in West Sikkim etc.
Foreign visitors must first get tourist permit before entering into Sikkim. This Inner Line Permit (ILP) is issued at a number of places but most tourists collect it on arrival at Siliguri or at entry check post. Double check your ILP details with our executive if you are travelling during a holiday or arriving late in the evening as the issuing offices does not remain open 24 hours.
One moth visa for Sikkim & Darjeeling can be obtained from any Indian Embassy or Consulate abroad. The Sikkim permit with Indian visa can also be obtained in Kathmandu, Nepal within one day with a condition that the client should be available in Kathmandu, Nepal visa can be obtained at the airport upon arrival.
February – May and October – December
(Spring Feb/Mar/April 20 C – 25 C. Summer May/June/July 23C. – 29 C. Autumn Aug/Sep/October 16 C. -28 C. Winter Nov/Dec/January 07 C. – 14 C. (Above temperatures are based on day ones)
In general, heavy woolen wears are required in winter. However, a warm Jumper & a jacket are always advised due to the unpredictable nature of the weather.
One sturdy rucksack or duffel bag, pullover, hiking/ walking shoes with rubber sole, cap, gloves, woolen balaclava (monkey-cap), torch, general clothing (emphasis on travelling light), sun-glasses, sun screen lotion are in general.
Risks & Liability:
Sisne Rover Trekking (P.) Ltd shall always put its all efforts in making your journey smooth and pleasant. However, be responsible for any charge of cancellation of programs due to any unavoidable circumstances such as road blockade, flood, and snow, and unrest, cancellation of flight, delay arrivals, sickness or accidents. Any extra cost incurring there of shall be borne by the clients. So, it is most advisable that clients to have full insurance against medical and personal accidents. Cancellation insurance is also highly recommended.
Physical fitness and experiences
The highest point in this tour will be Yumthang Valley & Tsangu Lake (12,400ft). Those with breathing problems or lung problems and heart problems are advised to consult their family physician before undertaking this tour. Meals on the tour (as applicable) is both Veg/non-Veg and stress is on warm, wholesome food. Medical facilities are basic in the interiors outside of Gangtok.
Trip Start Dates
We organize the trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email:firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: + 977 98560 20976 or 98460 30221
Day 01: Fly KTM – Biratnagar and drive to Pelling/Yangtey: 6-7 hrs
On arrival at Biratnagar airport, we depart for Yangtey by road. This place stands majestically on a hill top and is the best place to see close up views of Mt. Khangchenzonga, the 3rd highest mountain in the world. Overnight at Yangtey.
Day 02: Full day excursion: Yangtey – Yuksam, Khechoperi Lake & Pemayangtse Monastery – Yangtey
Khechoperi lies surrounded by luxuriant forest cover and according to legend tiny birds pick up leaves that accidentally fall into the lake, thus keeping it clean. Overnight at Yangtey.
Day 03: Yangtey – Gangtok: 5-6 hrs drive
The tour starts after the breakfast for Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. A majestic mountain vista, quaint Sikkim’s hamlets, encounters with the locals form great memories. Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 04: Gangtok – Excursion to Tsangu Lake – Gangtok
The Tsangu Lake (12,400ft.) is near the Chinese border and is frozen for 4 months in winter. Yak ride is a thrilling experience here and the opportunity to see the Brahminy duck is also possible. An optional excursion to Nathula Pass on the Indo-China border can also be arranged. Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 05: Gangtok – Lachung: 6-7 hrs
Lachung (8500ft) is a Bhutia village with a unique self governing body called the Zumsa which substitutes the Panchayat; it is situated along the Lachung Chu River on both sides. It forms the base to explore the valleys up North. The Lachung Monastery was built in 1880 and follows the Nyingma sect of Buddhism. Overnight at Lachung.
Day 06: Lachung – Yumthang Valley – Lachung
Photographs of the natural scenes of Yumthang valley look so similar that it is difficult to distinguish between them. Located on a flat valley it is near the tree line and the surrounding mountains seem to touch the heavens. Overnight at Lachung.
Day 07: Lachung – Gangtok
After breakfast, depart for Gangtok and visit Lachung Monastery enroute. Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 08: Gangtok – Biratnagar airport: 6 hrs and fly to Kathmandu.
What to bring
Sikkim is a mountainous tropical country, which means there are climate extremes. Night and day temperature differences can vary between 16°C to 28°C except in the winter season. So you need to bring a variety of clothes.
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the duration. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.
Important documents and items
- Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos
- Separate photocopies of passport, proof of insurance
- Cash money for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
- Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards).
Gear and clothing
- Sturdy shoes which gives a good support to your ankles. Preferable are the higher models with a good profile sole.
- Lightweight shoes or sandals for changing into at night
- Socks: 2-3 pairs outer socks and 1 pair for night time
- Loose cotton trousers
- T-shirts, long sleeved shirts
- Cozy shirt for the evenings
- Thermal underclothes are a necessity
- Warm lightweight sweater or fleece
- Hat (sun and night), gloves or mittens, scarf
- Lightweight wind jacket
- Rain cover for your Day backpack
- Day pack with good waist and chest belt
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and chap stick
- Quick dry towel
- Flash light and power cuts, spare batteries
- Moisture cream for your skin and lips (we recommend factor 30)
- Water bottle with carry strap
- Water purification: filter or iodine
- First aid kit and medicine
- Camera, spare batteries film if needed
If you wish to discuss in any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by the following email- email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org/kdambar66 @yahoo.com or If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: + 977 98560 20976 or 98460 30221