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    Where to go in Sikkim

    by earthflyer Written Dec 23, 2009

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    The weather in Sikkim will be good in daytime but will be cold in the night and January & February is a good time to go.

    I spent 13 days in Sikkim and did not get time to do a trek to see Kanchenjunga much because the tour operators in Gangtok will only go with atleast 4 people or more, unless you pay alot of money. So I had to settle for a trip to Yumthang Valley which blew me away with it's amazing scenery, so I wasn't disappointed at all.

    The tour from Gangtok to Yumthang Valley is for 4 days and you can book that at the Modern Tours & Treks who run Modern Central Lodge but dont stay there unless the hotel has had a revamp in the last couple of years if not stay at another hotel across the road which has heating & TV. I'm affraid I don't remember how much I paid for the trip it's almost 4 years ago since I went to Sikkim.

    If you go to West Sikkim stay in Pelling a very popular place for travellers and only a walk away from the Pemayangste monastery. The last time I was in Sikkim in Febraury 2006 I caught the 3 day Tibetan Loser Festival and it was awesome. Really would suggest to you do some research and find out the dates for the festival next year and if you are in the area at the time of the festival I would highly recommend it even if you only attend one day, it's well worth it.

    If you only have 8 days in Sikkim you will not have enough time to do both Kanchenjunga and Yumthang. Kanchenjunga is expensive but my biggest problem was not finding enough people to do the trek with but there plenty going to Yumthang Valley and more people you get into a jeep the cheaper it can be. The tour will take you all the way upto the valley and beyond the mountains is China, we didn't do any trekking on this tour but i'm sure something can be arranged.

    There are some photos of my Yumthang Valley tour on my website.

    simonsartandphotogallery.co.uk/html/sikkim.html

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    Gochela

    by mantru Written May 16, 2009

    Gochela is a pass from where we can view kanchenjunga at the closest.The trek is a difficult one as we have to walk at 2 am to get to the first viewpoint for sunrise .The view is beautiful with mountains surrounding all sides and the view of the kanchenjunga is better if not closer.
    The second viewpoint is 2 hours away and the walk is punishing.You get a better and closer view from here along with the mountains and the blue gocha lake.The pass id 14600 feet and some 5000 m.Kanchenjunga looks massive and pandim shines to glory.

    gochela lake sunrise mountain view

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    Thansing /Lamune

    by mantru Written May 16, 2009

    Thansing and Lamune are the next stops in the trek to gochela the trek is comfortable as very few places are steep climb.Thansing has a trekkers hut and a hut for the chowkidar,the place is beautiful surrounded by barren hills as this place is above the tree line.Lamune is further 2 hours from Thansing the stop before gochela.It has camping grounds but no trekkers hut.

    on the way to thansing rhodondron trees

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    Dzongri Top/Laxmi Lake

    by mantru Updated May 16, 2009

    View of the mountains from Dzongri top.Also one can go for a day hike to Laxmi pokhari (lake) it takes two hours.Its a beautiful lake however not blus in colour as all high altitude lake,its green in colour might be coz of vegetation around the lake .

    sunrise from dzongri view from dzongri top dzongri top

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    Dzongri

    by mantru Written May 16, 2009

    Dzongri meadows is a frequented place by trekkers.The camping site offers great views of the mountain range around.The Kabru,Pandim,Narsing,Tensing Khang and of course the Kanchenjunga the third highest peak.Dzongri has an excursion to the Dzongri Top for a Sunrise view,however we have to get up at 2.30 am to start for the top to be on time for view.

    just reaching dzongri huts camping ground at dzongri snowfall at dzongri

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    Tshoka

    by mantru Written May 16, 2009

    Tshoka is a small tibetian settlement located 16 km from yuksom.This was our first halt where we stayed in a private dometry for the night.Its a beautiful village with few shops.We have to walk thru the forest path and after we cross the third bridge have to climb steep uphill to reach Bakhim from where we can see yuksom some 4 hills beyond ha ha.Tshoka is 2 km away however it take 2-3 hours to reach.

    Tshoka Tshoka

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    Yuksom

    by mantru Written May 16, 2009

    Yukson is a small town in west sikkim famous for treks to Dzongri,Gochela and to HMI base camp.We visited this place while on a trek to Gochela.Its a small town where u can hire guides,porters,yaks and equipments.Everything is avaliable for rent.The town has decent accomodation as well as food stalls.

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    Beauty of Yumthang Valley- VII

    by goutammitra Written Mar 24, 2009

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    I took many of the pictures while travelling by the Jeep. But in this process I ended up taking about 2000+ pictures in North Sikkim. I am selecting the photos at random and putting it o VT. Feeling tempted? Please do come and visit this place!

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    The beauty of Yumthang Valley-I

    by goutammitra Written Mar 24, 2009

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    We visited Yumthang valley on 18th March'09. We started from Lachung at 7.30 AM and by 10.30 AM we were there. Enroute we stopped at many places and captured the beauty of Yumthang. Beautywise it is surely the best place of North Sikkim. Please have a look at the beauty we captured. We got - 4-6 degrees Celcius and lots of snow and snowfall.

    To fasten the beauty of Yumthang Valley in words would be like slighting the creator of such splendor. Yumthang Valley is just right place, where magnificence seeks no bounds. Perched at the bewildering elevation of 11800 ft, Yumthang Valley tenders an awe-inspiring spectacle of alpine pastures, rhododendron forest and snow-cloaked peaks of the Himalayas of India. For many years, Yumthang Valley had been debarred from visitors owing to its proximity with the border of Tibet.

    In the northern district of Sikkim, Yumthang Valley is like a surprise that certainly deserves a visit. Yumthang Valley is easily accessible from Mangan by regular jeeps or by hired taxis. During this journey, Lachung is the last destination prior to Yumthang. Lachung lies at a distance of approx 25 kms and serves as an excellent stopover for the tourists on course for Yumthang. However, Yumthang has been made accessible to the tourists, yet foreigners are required to obtain the Inner Line Permit to enter this area.

    Yumthang Valley is also known by the name of "Valley of Flowers". This bottomless vale has remarkable variety of flowers to boast of. Once again to its credit, Yumthang also embraces the world renowned Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary in its region. A tributary of the Teesta flows through the valley and making it all the more mesmerizing in its appearance. To visit this vale, spring season is the perfect time when flowers blossoms at their best. During summers, this valley acts as a pasture land for the yaks.

    Besides its astonishing flora, Yumthang also offers an eye-catching vista of peaks along with Pauhunri and Shundu Tsenpa. Yumthang is also famous for Hot Springs, but actually these springs fall in Yumesamdong region. We have covered them in a separate article. During winters, the whole valley gets enveloped in a thick layer of snow. To put succinctly, Yumthang Valley is an amazing treat where you would become the element of the ceaseless picture exclusive of any sort of infringement.

    Munu at Yumthang. Blow up this picture two persons skiing at distanc We at Yumthang Valley.
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    Beauty of Thangu & Kalep-IV

    by goutammitra Written Mar 24, 2009

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    The enchanting beauty of Kalep and Thangu can only be captured thru eyes and no picture can compensate this. I have taken about 1100 pictures of this region and in my view all the pictures are worth loading in VT. But it is not possible as it will take long time to load. So for the time being I shall load some pictures to complete the page and then carry on loading till the time I am bored or my friends find it's not worth watching.

    The Thangu village. Army Helicopter survelience at Thangu. A Tibetan flag at Thangu village.

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    Beauty of Thangu & Kalep-III( Indian Army)

    by goutammitra Written Mar 24, 2009

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    Since 2006/2007 Indian Army has opened it's door for North Sikkim for Indian Tourists and Foreigners as well. They have camps at various altitudes and they do provide hot shelter, hot air and sometimes hot tea to the tourists visiting Gurudongmar and Thangu. The Indian Army camp at Kalep provided us water and hot shelter for sometime to get ourselves acclamatised before we go to 17000+ feet altitude. The soldiers were very courteous and cooperative, as soon as we reached we were offered to take shelter at the sentry box which had hot air and a burning furnace. It was a great relief at - 10 degrees temperature.

    Indian Army going strong. Indian Army the fighting fit soldiers. The hot sentry box. The hot air chimney.

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    Beauty of Thangu & Kalep-I

    by goutammitra Written Mar 24, 2009

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    We stopped for breakfast at Thangu at about 8.00 AM enroute to Gurudongmar. Next door at Kalep we have our Indian Army camp. Please savour the beauty of these two places as we did.

    Thangu in Sikkim is located at an altitude of 13000 feet. Thangu is about 30 kilometers north of Lachen. Since it is located at a high altitude, the place remains snow covered for most of the time. Specifically from October to March, the land is shrouded with the white blanket of snow. But this whiteness turns to a collage of numerous shades in May with the commencement of the blossoming season. The alpine forests in Thangu is acclaimed as natural beauty fresh from the hand of God.

    In a tour of Sikkim, if one gets torn with the hectic schedules and the hustle and bustle of tourist spots, Thangu of Sikkim would definitely provide the breathing space. On the lap of mother nature, the atmosphere of Thangu is absolutely serene and tranquil. Not too many tourists visit this place, probably for its tedious journey. But one who makes it, realizes that even a thousand miles journey is worth the efficacy of the place. There is only a few small hamlet at Thangu, inhabited by the local nomadic tribes. The green valley of Thangu is trespassed and criss crossed by a number of streams and rivulets, the most important of them are Chopta Chu, Thangu Chu and Lassur Chu.

    Though Thangu at Sikkim is preferred by nature lovers, it has become the mecca to the adventure-maniacs. Thangu presents them with every opportunity of exploration. The routes from Thangu to Chopta Valley and Muguthang are among the most preferred trekking routes in Sikkim. The rivers in Thangu are ideal for white water rafting. Angling and fishing are also practiced in these rivers.

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    Beauty of Gurudongmar-II

    by goutammitra Written Mar 24, 2009

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    The terrain is extremely inhospitable for normal civilians. It requires special training and several days of acclmatisation to make yourself stable at these heights. Eating habits and clothing has to be changed to get yourself at home at this place. But the beauty of the nature makes you forget all once you get there. I am trying to give you all as much information possible as.

    Going there is now easy, since 2006/2007 Indian Government has opened this place for Indian tourists and foreign tourist as well. One has to obtain special permits to visit this place. For tourists the travel agencies at Gangtok arrange this. Foreigners has to first register themselves at Foreigner Registration office at Gangtok ( Capital of Sikkim) then the special permits can be arranged by the travel agents on production of permits and 4 sets of phtographs. For us we had to provide 4 copies of photographs and copies of passport/ voter I.D/ Indian Driving license etc. as proof. I shall write a tip on that too.

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    Beauty of Gurudongmar-1

    by goutammitra Written Mar 23, 2009

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    The dangerous beauty of Gurudongmar is unexplainable in words, it can only be shared by visiting the place. It keeps on changing with season and temperature variations which could be from about +10 degrees Celcius to - 40 degree Celcius. Life is impossible at this height and only army people or locals survive at this great height. We could stay for about half an hour out of that we felt silight giddiness and loss of breath. Rakhi had a tough time in walking as she was very short of breath. Munu had very little problem. After about 10-15mts Indian Army packed us and asked to leave for safe zone i.e. come down and descend height immediately.
    I have captured lots of pictures, videos which I shall load slowly. Please enjoy the pictures and the videos and yes please rate them if you have enjoyed.

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    Beauty of Gurudongmar-1

    by goutammitra Written Mar 23, 2009

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    The dangerous beauty of Gurudongmar is unexplainable in words, it can only be shared by visiting the place. It keeps on changing with season and temperature variations which could be from about +10 degrees Celcius to - 40 degree Celcius. Life is impossible at this height and only army people or locals survive at this great height. We could stay for about half an hour out of that we felt silight giddiness and loss of breath. Rakhi had a tough time in walking as she was very short of breath. Munu had very little problem. After about 10-15mts Indian Army packed us and asked to leave for safe zone i.e. come down and descend height immediately.
    I have captured lots of pictures, videos which I shall load slowly. Please enjoy the pictures and the videos and yes please rate them if you have enjoyed.

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