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Flower Valleys & Kanchendzonga Views
Flower Valleys & Kanchendzonga Views
Duration 8 nights 9 days
Best Time March – End May & End Sep – Early Jan

This is a truly off-beat trip that focuses only on little explored, emerging destinations across the western, southern & northern parts of Sikkim. Pristine breathtakingly beautiful scenery, awe inspiring views of snow covered peaks including Kanchenjunga, and interactions with the warm & hospitable indigenous hill tribes during a homestay in North Sikkim; all combine to give you a unique & matchless holiday experience in the Sikkim Himalayas. What’s more you not only cover incognito places but also go incognito far away from the maddening crowds that throng elsewhere in this remarkable Himalayan state.

    BAGDOGRA AIRPORT (IXB) – RUMTEK (1750 M) 125 kms / 4 ½ hrs

    Day 1: BAGDOGRA AIRPORT (IXB) – RUMTEK (1750 M) 125 kms / 4 ½ hrs

    Arrive at Bagdogra Airport. Drive via Siliguri and then through the dense forests of Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary to reach Sevok in the foothills – see gorgeous view of Tista River as it comes out from the deep gorges of the Himalayas and spreads itself over the vast plains of North Bengal. From here the drive is on winding roads along the meandering emerald green Tista till Singtham, and then through typical Sikkimese mountainside dotted alluringly with terraced land & orchards to finally reach Rumtek: a small, serene & peaceful village on the hill opposite bustling Gangtok. Rest of the day at leisure. Please note: you could also fly into Pakyong Airport (PYG) which is currently connected with Kolkata & Guwahati airports by daily flights. Gangtok is about a 1 hr drive from here and Rumtek about 2 hrs.

    RUMTEK – LACHEN (2750 M) 135 Kms / 6 Hrs

    Day 2: RUMTEK – LACHEN (2750 M) 135 Kms / 6 Hrs

    Morning walk to Rumtek Monastery. Have breakfast and start for North Sikkim. As the journey continues from Gangtok the route meanders through small villages flanked by fields and valleys until it hits the forest grove of Kabi Langchuk. See the quaint villages of Mangan & Singhik- these villages offer a most glorious view of Kanchendzonga. Drive on to reach Chungthang - a village that lies at the confluence of Lachen Chu and Lachung Chu (Chu means River in the local dialect) and have lunch here. Move on, stop a while at the Vimnala Waterfalls and reach Lachen in the afternoon. Rest of the day is free to enjoy the Alpine picture postcard beauty of this village and the mountainside.

    LACHEN - excursion to Chopta Valley & Gurudongmar Lake 65 km / 3 ½ hrs each way

    Day 3: LACHEN - excursion to Chopta Valley & Gurudongmar Lake 65 km / 3 ½ hrs each way

    Today after early breakfast we proceed to Chopta Valley (4000 M) – an exciting drive through an alpine plateau to the virgin landscapes close to Tibet border. En route we visit Thangu –the last village in North Sikkim mostly inhabited by the nomadic tribes of Tibetan origin. Proceed further to Gurudongmar Lake – situated at an altitude of 5360 M this Alpine lake is considered as the most sacred Lake of Sikkim and it is certainly the most beautiful. Spend some time in this ethereal landscape and be back in Lachen by evening.

    LACHEN – LACHUNG (2425 M) 47 Kms / 2 Hrs

    Day 4: LACHEN – LACHUNG (2425 M) 47 Kms / 2 Hrs

    Leave after a leisurely breakfast and drive to Lachung. Check in at your hotel and relax enjoying scenic views of the glorious, lush mountainside. Late afternoon & evening are free to stroll around in this beautiful village.

    LACHUNG - excursion to Yumthang Valley & Zero Point 42 kms / 2 ½ hrs each way

    Day 5: LACHUNG - excursion to Yumthang Valley & Zero Point 42 kms / 2 ½ hrs each way

    After early breakfast, leave for Yumthang -the valley of flowers at 12000 ft (3600 M). The journey from Lachung to Yumthang offers an unforgettable virgin landscape covered with Rhododendron bushes and 108 types of Orchids. The main attractions here are the Hot Springs and the stunning scenery: yaks grazing on flower-carpeted meadows with a backdrop of snow peaks. Then drive further up over the tree line to the rugged grandeur of the perennially snowed out Yumasamdong or Zero Point (4600 M). Later drive back to your resort in Lachung. Evening walk in the village.

    LACHUNG - RUMTEK 124 kms / 5 hrs

    Day 6: LACHUNG - RUMTEK 124 kms / 5 hrs

    Post breakfast we backtrack via Chungthang to reach Rumtek in the afternoon. Spend the evening in Gangtok strolling around the vibrant MG Road area; you could also do a 1 km long cable car ride with sweeping views of Gangtok, the valley below and the backdrop of the Kanchendzonga Range. Overnight in Rumtek.

    RUMTEK - PELLING (2150 M) 120 kms / 5 hrs

    Day 7: RUMTEK - PELLING (2150 M) 120 kms / 5 hrs

    Leave after breakfast on a beautiful drive to West Sikkim. Around Ravangla take a short detour to see the picturesque Buddha Park. Reach Pelling late in the afternoon; relax a while in your hotel and early evening take a walk to the Helipad for some great views.

    PELLING

    Day 8: PELLING

    Morning walk / drive to The Pemayangtse Monastery. Post breakfast leave for the Khecheopalri Lake, also called the “Wish Fulfilling Lake”. It lies in a depression surrounded by prayer flags & forested hills. On the drive back we stop to see the magnificent Kanchenjunga Falls & Rimbi Waterfall. Early evening visit the Rabdentse Ruins by walk. Try to be here for sunset - from the top of the ruins the scenic view scanning across the deep lush green valley to the mystic heights of the Kanchendzonga Range is a fitting finale to this Himalayan adventure and it will be etched in your memory for long after the trip.

    PELLING – BAGDOGRA AIRPORT 143 kms / 5 hrs

    Day 9: PELLING – BAGDOGRA AIRPORT 143 kms / 5 hrs

    After breakfast get dropped at Bagdogra Airport in time to board your return flight.

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