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Gangtok Sikkim Alpine tour 8D/7N

The Highlights

  • Yumthang Valley
  • Rumtek Monastery
  • Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
  • Dharma Chakra Center
  • Amazing Himalayan views
  • The Chopta Valley
  • The Enchey Monastery

Description

The Gangtok Sikkim area, located in the Indian part of the Himalayas, offers fabulous travel opportunities. Sikkim is landlocked between Buthan, China, and Nepal. As religions and cultures don’t suddenly stop at the border, you can imagine the atmosphere of this stunning area. This Indian state, with the mighty Himalayas always on the background, is a real trekker’s delight.

Sikkim is fascinating on different levels. Even the climate ranges from tropical to alpine. The incredible natural variety, the many monasteries, vibrant culture, and festivals are the perfect ingredients for a memorable experience.

Join us on this exciting adventure and discover Sikkim’s hidden gems during this 8-day tour!

Itinerary

Gangtok - Sikkim

Sikkim

Day 1: Bagdogra – Gangtok 

  • Upon arrival, you are welcomed by our representative and transferred to Gangtok, Sikkim’s capital town. This is an approximately 5-hour drive, and you arrive in the early evening.
  • Check-in at the hotel and refresh. The rest of the evening is free for leisure.

Day 2: Gangtok

  • In the morning, you leave for the Rumtek Monastery/Dharma Chakra Center. The Rumtek Monastery belongs to the Kagyu sect of Buddism and is said to be the replica of the Tshurpu Monastery in Tibet.
  • After your visit to the Rumtek Monastery, you drive back to Gangtok to visit the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology. This is the only museum of its kind in the whole of India. Lunch is served at the hotel.
  • After lunch and a brief rest, you visit the Handloom & Handicraft Center and the Enchey Monastery. The Enchey Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim.
  • Overnight stay is at the hotel in Gangtok.

Day 3: Tshom-Go Lake 

  • The Tshom-Go Lake, at an altitude of 3,780 m ASL in the alpine zone, is considered as a sacred lake. There are many lakes in Sikkim, but Tshom-Go Lake has a unique ambiance to offer. The oval-shaped lake is something to cherish.
  • A couple of hours return journey to Gangtok gives you the opportunity to view quite a few exquisite views of the hills and valleys in the distance.
  • Overnight stay is at the hotel in Gangtok.

Day 4: Gangtok – Lachen

  • Today, your journey leads you towards the northern part of Sikkim. Though the roads can be rough, the adventurous journey to Lachen is worth every penny.
  • Overnight stay is in Lachen.

Day 5: Thangu – Chopta Valley – Lachung 

  • Rise and shine at 5 AM for a drive on the rough and dusty roads along the mighty Teesta River. You follow the river downstream towards the plains of India, with views on some of the unnamed peaks. The scenery on the route to Thangu is mesmerizing.
  • You stop for a hot cup of tea and watch the sunrise above the mountains. The Chopta Valley is a 15-minute drive from here; this is the real place hikers describe as the “hidden paradise.” The hiking trails are excellent, and you spend two to three hours hiking around the valley.
  • After your hike in the Chopta Valley, you return to Lachen for lunch.
  • In the afternoon, you drive for another 2,5 hours towards your next destination, Lachung.
  • Overnight stay is in Lachung.

Day 6: Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary – Yumthang Valley 

  • After breakfast, you go to the Yumthang Valley, also called the “Valley of flowers,” as the valley offers such a variety of seasonal flower plants. Many species of rhododendron and tall pine trees can be found here. The valley is an open meadow with a small river flowing through the landscape. You hike along a beautiful trail along the river and through rhododendron bushes and the tall pine trees. You cross the bridge over the river to go to the nearby hot spring.
  • On the drive back to Lachung, you stop at the new Lake, recently formed due to a massive rock slide. You have some time to enjoy this beautiful natural environment. A late lunch is served at the hotel.
  • In the afternoon, you can stroll around Lachung and learn more about local village life.
  • Overnight stay is in Lachung.

Day 7: Lachung – Gangtok

  • In the morning, you drive back along the same route, passing Chungthang and through the same valleys and rivers. The scenery is different every hour of the day and the view from Singhik over Mount Khanchendzonga, the world’s third highest peak, is mesmerizing.
  • Overnight stay is in Gangtok.

Day 8: Bagdogra 

  • Today you return to Bagdogra as this is the end of this 8-day trip.

Included

  • Accommodation based on a twin or triple share
  • Meal plan CP (bed and breakfast) or MAP (bed and breakfast and dinner)
  • No charges for children below the age of 5. Children between 5 and 10 years old get a 50% discount
  • Transport: vehicles are only used for transport as described in the itinerary (point to point basis)
  • All sightseeing and excursions, as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Parking fees at the attractions
  • Our luxury vehicles (Innova/Xylo/Scorpio or similar) only transport a maximum of six passengers
  • Professional English speaking guide during your trip
  • All taxes

Excluded

  • Insurance: we strongly advise taking a travel insurance. Nature can be unpredictable in this mountainous area. 
  • Airport tax and Porter
  • Flight and train ticket
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, tips, and telephone calls
  • Mineral water, soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Additional adventurous activities like rafting, rock climbing, and paragliding
  • Additional sightseeing or extra usage of the vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and camera charges
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), etcetera (extra costs will be charged to the client and have to be paid on the spot).
  • Charges for room heater
  • Anything not specified in the inclusive list

What to bring

Notes

Please contact us at info@mundooz.com if you have any questions about this tour.

Visa and entry formalities

Apart from a visa for India, foreigners must obtain an Inner Line Permit (ILP – free permit) to visit Sikkim. This 30-day permit is issued on the spot when you provide photocopies of your passport and visa along with two passport photos. The permission can be extended for another 30 days. The ILP permit is issued at the border, and your guides will do it for you.

Best time to visit

Sikkim has two main seasons:

  • From the end of February until the end of May
  • From the end of September until the end of December

The rainy season is in June, July, August and half of September. It is better to avoid these months.

The best period for trekking is from November until May. To see the beautiful flowers at the Yumthang valley, the valley of flowers, and the rhododendron sanctuary, you best plan your visit between March and May.

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Beautiful part of India

Sikkim is now one of my favorite parts of India. I've visited India before, but this was quite an exceptional trip. For me, Sikkim really is one of India's hidden treasures. It's such a pristine and gorgeous environment, with an intriguing culture and extremely friendly people. Great hiking too, the team and the local guides are very experienced.
Make sure you have a close look at the 'to-bring-list', as most of the items are quite important/necessary.
I've had a memorable experience, and I hope you will too! Enjoy!