Am a big fan of your travelogues and thanks to them, I even visited Ladakh in peak winters. It was simply out of the world. Thanks for all the info.
Need more advice now. Basically planning to visit North Sikkim in mid-Aug 2016. Itinerary would be like:
Day1 - fly into bagdogra and head straight to gangtok. overnight at gangtok.
Day 2 - gangtok to lachen. overnight at lachen.
Day 3 - visit gurudongmar lake and come then to lachung. overnight at lachung.
Day 4 - visit yumthang and back to gangtok. overnight at gangtok
Day 5 - see gangtok. overnight at gangtok.
Day 6 - gangtok to bagdogra and fly out
How does this plan sound? Also, I can modify the itinerary to squeeze in more places (like some passes maybe and skip gangtok alotgether). Plz advice.
Why I made such a relaxed itinerary is because we have a son aged 4 years and my day aged 63 years who would be traveling with us. So for their comfort. On same note, now I want to ask if they would be permitted to visit gurudongmar and other high altitude areas? Will they get permits? What are the actual chances of them suffering from breathlessness and other ailments? Please note that otherwise they are both healthy guys. Plus the initial leg of the itinerary giving them 1 day at gangtok and 1 day at lachen was specifically done to help them acclimatize easily. What say? Need your detailed view here
Another point I wanted clarity about was weather at that time in North Sikkim. Yes, I know it is rainy season. But what would be the actual conditions like? Advisable to go?
Awaiting your rich insights and detailed feedback. Plus any other relevant details u deem would be useful, plz share.
Thanks in advance.
Glad to hear about your journeys. Your itinerary seems perfectly OK and very well outlined. I do not see anything else can be added.
I dont think there is any problem visiting Gurudongmar for a very short period but Army check post before the lake generally does not allow kids and old age people. there is no additional permit required but it is like a precautionary measure from Army side. if both of them are healthy then there is no problem as such visiting these places.
We (8 people) are going Sikkim from 29 the October to 2nd November (return ticket). Can you suggest a trip to North-sikkim?
And please let me know how will be the weather then.
It would be pleasant. it is the best time to visit Sikkim. you have only 4 days so trip to North sikkim would be quite taxing.
I planned to visit north Sikkim on 6th march... I have already booked my tickets... At this time whether the gurudongmar lake and nathula pass is accessible...
Also will be able to find any tourist package to cover
And can you guide me with reasonable price of them on this off beat..
Nathula would be accessible but chances to reach Gurudongmar are low in March. sometimes it gets open in April if snow had been heavt. I will send you few details over the email regarding package,
Your information are really helpful for us. We are planning a trip to north sikkim on November 7th with my family.
I want to know will an aged person of 68 years old , who don’t have high pressure , sugar , asthma etc. , be allowed to visit Gurudongmer Lake ? If not , then will he be allowed to spend one night at Lachen?
I need your valued suggestion. Please help me so that I can plan a good tour with my family.
Please read the comment below. it is really helpful.
Lachen has decent homestays (INNs) where the elderly can stay comfortably. I would not recommend them to travel Gurudongmar since lack of oxygen is pretty evident at 17000 feet. A normal healthy human also feel dizzy. Your permits can be arranged from Gangtok or Mangan. It's advised to leave for gurudongmar from Lachen at 6am-7am
Thanks for adding your valuable inputs.
hi, we are planning to make a trip, gantok lachen, yumthung zero pt,nathula at the mid side off november....is this possibe to cover 6angu babamandir????can u give me some proper advice to make this trip,?,the best eseiest way to cover it............. with regards,ranita bhattacharjee
Baba Mandir, Changu lake and Nathula pass can be covered in a single day in one trip as all of these sites fall in same direction. most of tour agents in Gangtok run this tour.
Can you please share contacts from where I can hire bike in Gangtok. I wish to visit Gurudomgmar in 3rd week of June.
I don't have the number of shops who rent bike but i can give a number which might be useful.
Hi, Good morning.
We planned to go to Gangtok from 25th to 27th August 2016. We would return on 28th via Bagdogra Airport (2.45 P.M.).
I want to know would we face any problem to go to Gurudongmer that time. How would be the weather there in that time.
Would we be able to tour Gurudongmer lake 2 days 1 night stay? What would be the cost approximately?
Please help me out.
Thanks with regards.
Biswajit Rudra, Bally, Howrah.
Gurudongmar will be accessible in August and you can do it in 2 days and 1 night from Gangtok. Start early morning from Gangtok and stay at Thangu, next day early morning visit the Lake and then drive back to Gangtok.
I booked the tickets to Bagdogra for Sptember 18 to 27.
Gurudongmar and Zuluk loops are my top priorities. Can you please tell me if the places are accessible in late September?
Also, I need to hire a bike to cover Zuluk loops. Are there any bike rent shops available in Gangtok? If not, where can I get one?
Yes, these are. Yes, you can get bike on rent in Gangtok.
Thanks Vishnu. Now this is some news!
Problem is, I didn't get any contact number or information about bike rent shops in Gangtok over the internet. Can you please share if possible?
I need this info to check budget and freez the plan further.
The only option available as per the internet is Adventures Unlimited. But, they have their shop in Darjeeling and are a bit expensive.
I don't have any number of the shops but i can share a number which might be useful. they are small vendors and generally are not listed on internet. Relatively hiring a bike on rent in Sikkim is expensive.
I will reach Darjeeling on 8th June. After spending 2-3 days there, will head to Sikkim where I will have 6 days in hand. I would like to visit nathula and gurudongmar lake definitely. Can you please share the details regarding transportation, permission and places to stay over there.
My email Id: email@example.com
Thanks in advance
Permission can be obtained using a tour agent. for transport to North Sikkim, you will have to hire a private vehicle.
we are planning to visit lachung,lachen,yumthung valley,nathula,gurudongmar,zero point from gangtok in mid of november(Probably 12th to 18th)....Kindly let me know
1)Is it perfect time to visit these places?
2)Is there any chances that roads may be closed for heavy snowfall?
Yes. November is really good time to visit there.
Chances of heavy snowfall are low till November.
I will reach gangtok on 15th june, I paln to visit Tosmongo lake, Baba mandir, Nathula pass, Gurudongmar lake, Yumthang valley, My Retun on 19th june. Can you please suuggest me how can i execute my rip.
Is it possible to visit gurudongmar with out visit Lachen? If yes then please tell me how.
Hope to hear from you ASAP.
No.. you will have to pass Lachen to reach Gurudongmar and probably stay there overnight. in 4 days you can cover all you mentioned.
we are reaching gangtok by 10 jun 2016 evening after reaching bagdora from chennai by flight by noon.
we have booked accommodation at gangtok from 10/06/2016 to 14/06/2016 both nights inclusive (4 days -- 5 nights)
apart from local sight seeing we are interested in north sikkim especially lake gurudongmar and yumthang valley (valley of flowers)
we are five of us --adults. please draw up an itinerary--travel plan based on your experience
would u recommend any particular enthusiastic tour operator
thanking u in anticipation
Seems like you only have 4 days in end. North skiim would be quite hectic in this time frame. I will send you an email with contact details that might be useful.
sir i would like to see gurudongmar lake ..we are two friends .we will reach newjalpaiguri rly station on 9th may and our rutern journey is 14th
may at bagdogra air port .please suggest how to reach gurudongmar lake ,lachn.
From New Jalpaiguri, you need to go to Gangtok and then take tour to Gurudongmar via Lachen.
We 4 adults + child of 8 years are arriving on 25\May\2016 @ New Jalpaiguri Station @ 9 AM. We want to reach directly to Lachen which I understand is 9 hours drive and check in to a hotel.
New Jalpaiguri to Lachen is quite a long drive. besides you also need to get your permits at Gangtok before heading to North Sikkim. I don't think it all would be possible in single day.
SIR I WOULD LIKE TO VISIT NORTH SIKKIM LIKE GURUDONGMAR LAKE YUMTHANG VALLY END OF MAY.CAN U GUIDE REGARDING MY TOUR LIKE TOUR OPERATO RATE PER HEAD ETC.WE ARE 2ADULTS ND 1 CHILED(7+). THANKS MADHUMITA DAS(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Yes, you can visit Gurudongmar lake in May. i will send you details.
I am travelling solo to Sikkim. Could anyone help me in figuring out, how can i go to Gurudongmar lake from gangtok? Are there any shared taxis available? Also I am planning 1N 2 D trip.
Waiting for the repsonse.
Shared taxi available till thangu (very less), till lachen (plenty). but their timings are early morning. From lachen or Thangu to gurudongmar, you'll have to hire a private (they call it reserved) vehicle
thanks for adding your inputs. Lachen, Thangu and Lachung are still easier to reach by public transport but beyond that it is recommended to have private vehicle or hitch hike.
No... shared taxis are not available on this stretch. you will have to hire a private cab or better club with other travelers.
dear sir,we r planing for make a bike trip to gurudongmar lake. after njp how much stay should we take? and please guide me how can we reach gurudongmar? we planing on october2016 , is that right time?
Outside Sikkim vehicles are not allowed in North Sikkim region. from NJP, you can take road to Gangtok and then from Gangtok to Thangu (which will be a whole day ride) and to Gurudongmar following morning. Yes, October is really good time to visit Gurudongmar lake.
I am planning to visit yumthang and gurdongmar on September
Is it possible to see snow over there
We two friends are planning to visit there
For only twos it will be a huge amount for hiring a cab
Can u suggest any alterations
Chances to see snow are very low in September. you will have to hire a private vehicle for the tour to North Sikkim. You can consider clubbing with fellow travelers and share expenses.
Me and my friends (5 days) are planning to go to Gangtok, Lachen, Lachung and Gurudangmar Lake from June 7th. Can u please chalk out a plan fo rus so we can visit Gurudangmar and LAchen Lachung by 10th.
Also, can u get the details of permit. how can we get the permit and how much do they charge usually?
WHat about the vehicle and transportation? please revert back asap.
Visiting Gurudongmar and Lachen in June is not a problem. For permits, you can contact any tour agents in Gangtok. Generally all is included in a packaged tour from Gangtok to North Sikkim. Public transport is not available in North Sikkim towards Gurudongmar so most of the tourists prefer to hire vehicle from tour agencies.
i stumbled upon ur blog. ur informations are blessings for pipol like me who dont like consuling travelling agents i am planning a trip to sikkim in last week of april. 25th april onwards.m travelling with my hubby n child age 6 and my parents.i will be staying at Singtom Tea Estate in dargeeling,our initial plan was to spend 4 day over here doing nothing but since we r travelling all the way to sikkim, thot i shud check it out some other options too.
can u sugget a nice, leisurely 6 day trip which include atleast one snow clad place (wish of my daughter). i am intrested in visiting gurudongmar lake but it seems tooo far frm dargeeling . and i am unable to find some upscale resorts or hotels in between. (my parents are 5* people)
i am open for all kind of suggestions. that includes skipping dargeeling . feel free to suggest new start point and end point.
if u can- please mail me . - BTW- we r travelling from mumbai by Air, we r 4 adults and 1 child- age of 6 and we are hard core vegetarians.
thanks in advance,
I would suggest you to include Gangtok, Pelling in your itineray if you are planning it for 6 days. I think high end accommodation would not be a problem in these locations. with respect to snow, Nathula pass, Changu lake near Gangtok would be your best chance.
Vegeterian food is not a problem in this part.
Want to visit the lake may4 2016. Twelve ladies between 55 to 65 years. Will we get permit. All of us want to go. Will they check the age and reject.
I think army checkpost does not allow kids less than 5 years old but not sure if there is any problem with elderly people.
Kindly guide whether it is safe for asthematic child aged 6 years visit gurudongmar during 2nd week of April
I would personally would not recommend it.
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