07 nights/ 08 days
Destination Covererd :
Himalaya - Sikkim
Day 01: New Jalpaiguri stn (NJP) or Bagdogra airport (IXB) to Pelling/Yangtey (West Sikkim)
Approx 4 hrs drive. On arrival at NJP/IXB, we depart for Yangtey by surface. This place stands majestically on a hill top and is the best place to see close up views of Mt. Khangchendzonga, the 3rd highest mountain in the world. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Yangtey: Yuksam, Khechoperi Lake & Pemayangtse Monastery
Full day excursion to Khechoperi Lake, Yuksom Valley & Pemayangtse Monastery.
Khechoperi lies surrounded by luxuriant forest cover and according to legend tiny birds pick up leaves that accidentally fall into the lake, thus keeping it clean. Yuksom is the starting point of the famous Dzongri-Goechala trail. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Yangtey to Gangtok by surface approx.
Approx 5 hrs drive. Morning after breakfast you depart for Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Lunch will be enroute. A majestic mountain vista, quaint Sikkimese hamlets, encounters with the locals form great memories and make for fantastic photo opportunities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Excursion to Tsangu Lake at 12,400ft
Excursion to Tsangu Lake at 12,400ft. Through the Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary. This holy lake is near the Chinese border and is frozen for 4 months in winter. Yak ride is a thrilling experience here and if you are lucky you’ll also see the Brahminy duck! An optional excursion to Nathula Pass on the Indo-China border can also be arranged at extra cost. Packed lunch will be served on this excursion (payable directly).Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Gangtok to Lachung.
Approx 6 hrs drive. Lachung (8610ft) is a Bhutia village with a unique self governing body called the Zumsa which substitutes the Panchayat, it is situated along the Lachung Chu river on both sides. It forms the base to explore the valleys up North. The Lachung Monastery was built in 1880 and follows the Nyingma sect of Buddhism. Overnight at hotel/mountain lodge.
Day 06: Yumthang Valley: 12,000ft - your tryst with destiny.
Photographs of the natural scenes of Switzerland & Yumthang valley look so similar that it is difficult to distinguish between them. Located on a flat valley it is near the tree line and the surrounding mountains seem to touch the heavens. Overnight at hotel/mountain lodge.
Day 07: Lachung to Gangtok.
After breakfast, depart for Gangtok. See Lachung Monastery. Lunch enroute. On the way, clean weather permitting, you get to see the mighty Khangchendzonga range from Singhik. Arrival at Gangtok late in the afternoon. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Gangtok to IXB/NJP.
Approx 5hrs drive. A memorable tour draws to a close as we head towards the airport for the onward flight.