High pastures, wild orchids, frozen lakes, ancient monasteries, sacred prayer flags, some of the highest mountains of the world and exotic animals like red panda and snow leopard……… North Sikkim is a land of pure magic.
Our tours take you to the magical, remote and wild areas of the highest district of Sikkim. To the high alpine meadow and enchanting flower valleys of Yumthang (12800 ft), to Yumesamdong, the strategic snow-bound pass at 14200 ft on India-China border, Gurudongmar, the frozen lake 17000 ft before Tibetan border, to Lachen and Lachung, the land of nomadic Tibeto - Bhutia people and their yaks. As a delightful extra, a tour to this area includes a visit to the famous Chopta Valley at 13500 ft, a land of frozen rivers.
North Sikkim is one of the four districts of Sikkim which represents the four directions. It is by far the largest district of Sikkim covering 4226 square kilometre, the remaining three districts together comes to just 2870 square kilometre. It is the least populous district of Sikkim with just 43000 people leaving there as per 2011 census. The population density of the district is just 10 per square kilometre. Teesta river, the lifeline of Sikkim, originates in the Northern part of North Sikkim and criss-crosses the district.
Tours to North Sikkim
The most common tours of North Sikkim cover Lachung with Yumthang valley. In these tours, you start from Gangtok and return there after a 2 or 3 day tour. Suggested tours of 4 Days (Gangtok 2 nights, Lachung 1 night), 5 Days (Gangtok 2 nights, Lachung 2 nights)
Most tourists prefer to combine the visit to Yumthang and Gurudongmar lake. This is a 3 to 5 day tour from Gangtok. Suggested program of 5 days (Gangtok 2 nights, Lachen 1 night, Lachung 1 night)
Mountain Peaks of North Sikkim
Most of western part of the district is high altitude mountain including some of the highest peaks of the world. Kanchenjunga (28208 feet), the 3rd highest peak in the world is on the western side of the district bordering with Nepal. Other major peaks in the area include Mount Kabru (24215 feet), Mount Talung (24200 feet), Mount Siniolchu (22600 feet), Mt. Simvo, Mt. Pandim, Mt. Rathong and others.