Birding in North Sikkim Lachen, Thangu, and Gurudogmar Lake

Birding in North Sikkim Lachen, Thangu, and Gurudogmar Lake

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Lachen is a small town at an elevation of 2,700 meters in North Sikkim. The name Lachen means big pass. Lachen is one of the popular tourist destinations in North Sikkim for Gurudongmar Lake and the Green lakes trek. The place is also well known for many species of birds like White capped water redstart, Green backed Tit, Plumbeous water redstart, Blue Whistling Thrush, Common Hoppoe, Verditer Flycatcher, Common Hill Partridge, Rufous –throated Hill partridge, Chestnut-breasted Hill Partridge, Indian Peafowl, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Common Quail, Himalayan Snowcock, Tibetan Snowcock, Chukar Partridge, Snow Partridge, Black Francolin, Swamp Francolin, Red Jungle fowl, Himalayan Monel, Satyr Tragopan, Kalij Pheasant, Tibetan Partridge, Blood Partridge and more and is about approximately 123 Km from Gangtok and around 6 to 7 hours’ drive. Lachen, quite close to the China border, serves as an excellent base for adventure lovers. The main source of livelihood is agriculture with people cultivating mostly potatoes, cabbage and green peas in the moderate summer months. Cattle herding and tourism are the other major occupations of the people here. Lachung is the highest inhabited Himalayan village in Sikkim and in winter months of January and February this village regularly receives snowfall. Lachen Village mostly has people from Bhutia community and the major religion is Buddhism. The Green Lake trek starts from here and following are some of the species of birds that one is able to see from here: Grey Bushchat, Blue-fronted Redstar, Whiskered Yuhnia, Large Niltava, Whiskered Yuhina, Striped Throated Yuhina, Dark-Throated Thrush, Grey Bushchat, White capped water redstart, Green backed Tit, Plumbeous water redstart, Blue Whistling Thrush, Common Hoppoe, Verditer Flycatcher, Common Hill Partridge, Rufous –throated Hill partridge, Chestnut-breasted Hill Partridge, Indian Peafowl, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Common Quail, Himalayan Snowcock, Tibetan Snowcock, Chukar Partridge, Snow Partridge, Black Francolin, Swamp Francolin, Red Jungle fowl, Himalayan Monel, Satyr Tragopan, Kalij Pheasant, Tibetan Partridge, Blood Partridge and more.

How to Reach

If you are trekking with Black yak expedition

Arrive at (NJP) Railway Station, Siliguri or Bagdogra airport by 9 am (on your own)

Black Yak Expedition will arrange pick-up vehicles from NJP railway station and Bagdogra airport to Yuksom the base camp of your trek. We provide luxury vehicles like INNOVA, ZXILO or normal vehicles like TATA SUMO GOULD, BOLERO, etc. And mini cab suitable for 2 or three family with light travel bags like, Wagoner, Alto etc. We cannot arrange shared jeeps because it is not reliable. Above all there are no direct shared jeeps to certain parts of Sikkim from pick up points. You have to break down your points while taking shared jeeps. For example if you are traveling to Yuksom for Goechala Trek or Dzongri Trek there are no direct shared jeeps from New Jalpaiguri Railway station NJP or Bagdogra Airport. First you have to reach silliguri junction from there you have to take a vehicle to Jorethang. (Jorethang is a small business town or main point that connects to most part of Sikkim.) Even though if you reach Jorethang than here comes another challenging part that is all the regular shared jeeps that comes to Jorethang from Yuksom Leave within 2:00 pm. So you have to be there within 1:00 or 2:00 an. Even after that there is no 100% guaranteed that you will get the shared jeeps because it is pre booked by locals by call and you should also keep one thing in mind that in tourist season most of the vehicles are pre-booked. So thinking about shared jeeps is not good at first place.

Transport is arranged in a Tata Sumo (or similar vehicle). Each cab costs Rs. 5500/-

If you request pre booking for pick up and drop along with trek or tour package than this statement is not applicable to you since Black Yak Expedition will pay for the charges but in case if you have not asked for pick up and drop facilities than you should know that the transportation cost is additional, to be shared among the trekkers and paid directly to the drivers.

On the day of pickup at least do your best to be present at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) or Bagdogra Airport within 9:00 Am or 10:00 Am.  Incuse if we start late from this two points than we will reach certain trekking basecamps like Yuksom very Late at night and that can cause great inconvenience to you as we have to begin the trek early next morning. It takes around 6-7 hours from New Jalpaiguri Railway station NJP or Bagdogra airport to Yuksom. Expected arrival time at Yuksom is 5 pm. Due to ongoing constructions on the route and sometimes heavy traffic jams it can delay our travel on the route.

Getting Back:

Depart from Yuksom early morning.

Black yak expedition we will arrange reserved vehicle to drop trekkers to NJP railway station or Bagdogra airport.

The transportation cost from Yuksom to NJP/Bagdogra is additional, to be shared among trekkers and paid directly to the driver.

The approximately cost for reserved vehicle is Rs. 5,500/-

Expected arrival time at NJP/Bagdogra is 5 pm. It is wise for you to book your train/flight tickets late in the evening to give you enough buffer time. Or Plan extra days in your itinerary to avoid busy schedule.

Please email us for the Best Costing and Availability. The Costing depends on Number of person and the minimum required number of person for the trek is 2 pax and maximum is 30 pax. The more the number of trekkers the better the Price. The given costing will be based on per head per day basis which will includes all the necessary facilities required during the trek from the point of start to the end. Please email us for the Brief Description of the Costing and the Facilities and services provided with it.

We have special costing for the bigger group, Student Group, Religious Group and Senior Citizens. The costing is based on the Requirements and demand of the group. Do email us [email protected] to know the special prices and services provided.

 

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