Pick-up from the Bajra Taxi Stand at Gangtok at about 10 a.m. and start for Lachen.
On the way stop for sightseeing spots like Tashi View Point, Kabi Lungtsok, Naga Waterfall, the Confluence of Lachen Chu & Lachung Chu at Chungthang.Lunch will be served at Namok. The whole journey is about 6-7 hours’ drive.
By evening reach Lachen and your trip for the first day ends.
Lachen is a remote village in North Sikkim and the winter home for Tibetan nomadic tribes against the backdrop of towering snow peaks, alpine flower valleys, and vast plateau. This is the base for exploring the high altitude Gurudongmar Lake and trekking to Green Lake (Depending upon prior permission).Check in at a hotel/Lodge. Overnight stay will be at Lachen.
Meal Plan: Breakfast (No) Lunch (Yes at Wayside Eatery) Dinner (Yes)
Day 2: Lachen to Thangu &Chopta Valley Excursion and transfer to Lachung
Have early breakfast (At times Packed breakfast) and leave for Thangu Village (4100m / 13450ft), a remote high altitude village of Tibetan Nomads & Chopta Valley on your way to the Gurudongmar Lake.
Thangu valley occupies a very broad valley at the junction of Thangu Chu, Chopta Chu, & Lassur Chu. It is situated at an altitude of 14000ft.
Chopta Valley is situated at a height of 14,500 ft. This Valley is also known for its flowers. This is the second valley of flowers in North Sikkim after the more famous one at Yumthang.Both the valleys erupt in a riot of colours in the month of May, June & July. Also in the month of Dec & Jan you can play in the snow or even walk across the meandering frozen Chopta River.
From Chopta Valley drive for another 30kms in 1.5hr to Gurudongmar Lake (5225m / 17143ft) close to Tibet Border. This lake is the Second highest lake in India after the Tso Lhamu Lake. If weather permits and permission is availed, proceed for Gurudongmar Lake (17,800 ft).
Gurudongmar Lake is considered as one of the sacred lakes of Sikkim both by the Buddhist and the Hindus. The lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava, the Indian tantric Buddhist who conducted rituals there. The lake remains milky in colour throughout the year and it is believed that Guru Padmasambhava had touched the lake whilst he visited Tibet from this area. Hence, a portion of the lake never freezes.After spending half an hour to one hour there, drive back to Lachen.
After lunch, visit the Lachen Monastery and start your journey to Lachung via Chungthang. Visit the Bhim Nala Waterfalls and reach Lachung by late afternoon.
Lachung is yet another remote high altitude village of Tibetan and Bhutia people in North Sikkim with towering rocky snow peaks, vibrant rhododendron valley, lush green yak pastures, perennial waterfalls and hot springs. This place is the base for exploring alpine valley of Yumthang and Yumesamdong close to the Tibetan plateau.
Evening is free at leisure and overnight stay would be at Lachung.
Visitors may also want to visit Yumesamdong/Zero Point. Zero point is close to Yumesamdong, contrary to popular belief that they are the same places. After reaching Yumesamdong, one needs to walk a little to reach Zero point. Officially one is not allowed to visit Yumesamdong/Zero Point.
Meal Plan: Breakfast (Yes Lunch (Yes) Dinner (Yes)
Day 3: Lachung to Gangtok
After breakfast leave for Gangtok. On the way stop between Singhik, Mangan and if the weather is clear you may get to see the Khangchendzonga Range. This location offers a majestic view of Mt. Pandim, Mt. Kabru, Mt. Simvo, Mt. Jopuno, Mt. Khangchendzonga and Mt. Siniolchu.
After lunch at Namok, visit Phodong Monastery on the way. Your tour ends upon return to Gangtok.
Meal Plan: Breakfast (Yes Lunch (No) Dinner (No)
Lachung Yumthang Valley Tour package highlight ::
- Panoramic view of the Teesta Valley at Singhik.
- Experience a relaxed evening on banks of river at Lachung
- Experiencing sub-zero temperature and 360 degree snow clad mountains at Yumesamdong / Zero-point (15000+ feet)