Day 01: pickup from (N JP) New Jalpaiguri railway station / Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok (1,950.mtrs) 125km appx.
The nearest airport at Bagdogra is around 125.km from Gangtok, and the nearest railway station at New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is around 120.km. Bagdogra airport and NJP serve as the entry points to Sikkim. From here you can get connecting flight for many destinations. From the airport, helicopter service is available between Bagdogra and Gangtok (around 35 minutes one way). The journey from Bagdogra airport /NJP to Gangtok 3 to 4 hours. The road routes from Bagdogra airport, NJP, and Siliguri all meet at Sevoke Road which leads to the National Highway NH31A. The route passes through the Teesta Bazar and then all the way goes to Gangtok via Police Check Post at Rangpo. Foreigners need Inner Line Permit (ILP). Our Guide, the driver will help you get all the necessary permits. From here take a Tea break and then continue the drive to Gangtok. Check in hotel in evening free time.
Day 02: Gangtok (1,630.mtrs) to Lachung (2750.mtrs) 125km, 6-7 hrs.
This day after breakfast drive from Gangtok to Lachung, around 6 to 7 hours. The journey will take you through various places of interest such as the Tashi View Point, Phodong Monastery, Kabi Longstok, Mangan, and Chungthang the lunch break at Mangan. Mangan is a small town which is at 1,185.mtrs. After lunch, drive towards Chungthang where roads to Lachen and Lachung meet. We still follow the Right side along with big valley and river towards Lachung. The Lachung is a small town at an elevation of 2,700 meters in North Sikkim. The name Lachung means small pass. Lachung is one of the popular tourist destination in North Sikkim for Yunghtang Valley, Hot spring Zero point, and Lhaba-pass trek. Lachung is approximately 125.Km from Gangtok. Drive around 6 to 7 hours. From Lachung, quite close to the China border, serves as an excellent base for adventure lovers. People mainly practice agriculture and produce potatoes, cabbage, and green peas during the summer. The livelihood here mainly depends upon agriculture and on tourism besides herding cattle like Yaks and cows for domestic use. Lachung remains one of the highest inhabited Himalayan villages in Sikkim and in winter months of January and February, this village regularly receives snowfall. Lachung Village mostly has people from the Buddhist Bhutia community.
Day 03: Lachung (2750.mtrs) to Yumthang (3600.mtrs) 5-6 hours.
After breakfast, start the trek towards Yumthang Valley. This day Most of the walk is on the motorable road with great views of majestic higher snow-capped mountains. In the month of April-May, it is spectacular as the Rhododendrons are in full bloom. This day lunch will happen in a nice place close to the rhododendron forest. After lunch trek continues to Yumghang valley. This night your camp will be near the famous hot springs in the region. Overnight in camp.
Day 04: Yumthang (3.600.mtrs) to Lhaba Base (4285.mtrs) 4 hours.
This day after breakfast, the trail towards Lhaba-Base camp begins on a motorable road. After few minutes we will have to cross one small iron Bridge. And then the trail goes gradually upwards for around 3 to 4 hours through Rhododendron forests and stone caves towards Lhaba Base camp side. This day you will have packed lunch. After reaching camp have tea and relax. Overnight at camp.
Day 05: Lhaba Base (4,285.mtrs) to Snowlion Cave (3,599.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours.
Today the trail begins with a gradual ascent towards Lhaba pass which is at 4,722m. You will walk through most beautiful Rhododendron forest. This is a real paradise that takes you to the Labha Pass. From here you will get unimaginable views of mountains and glaciers. The trail gradually descends to your campsite. Relax in the evening. Overnight at camp.
Day 06: Snowlion Cave (3,599.mtra) to Tarang chu Hot Spring (3,070m) 4 hours.
The trail from Snowlion Cave to Tarang Chu Hot Spring is mostly gradual downwards and through the dense forest of rhododendron, bamboos, Magnolia, pine trees. The camp will be near the hot springs. Overnight in tent.
Day 07: Tarang Chu HotSpring (3,070m) to Road Head. (2,349.mtrs)
This day after breakfast trek towards the road-head. The full route is a gradual descent. From road head, our vehicle will be waiting for to drive you towards Gangtok. Ideally, it should not take more than 6 to 7 hours. And it is advisable to start early since it is a long drive. We suggest you pack the luggage in advance before starting on your journey. And lunch can be enjoyed at Magan Bazar. After having lunch, continue your drive towards Gangtok. Overnight stay at the hotel. In evening, enjoy your free time.
Day 08: Gangtok local excursion around Gangtok.
After breakfast gets ready for a local excursion around Gangtok. Do-Drul Chorten Stupa a famous Buddhist religious monument with a golden dome top. And in front of the monastery have a many prayers wheels around 108 you can see many people walk around the prayer wheels with rosary beads. The monastery belongs to Nyingma Order of Buddhism. Do Drul Chorten was built in 1945 by a Tibetan Buddhist named Trulshik Rinpoche.
The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology established in 1958, is a world-famous research institute for research in Tibetan language and culture. It also has a great museum and library with a rare and large collection. It is a short walk from Chorten Stupa.
Ropeway (Cable Car) – Great ride to view the whole of Gangtok. This is one of the greatest attractions for tourist in Gangtok and should not be missed. The cable car can carry up to 24 passengers at one time.
Flower Exhibition Centre – Located near Gangtok town, during late March and April, all the flowers are bloom. The famous Sikkim Flower Show usually happens around March, the People from around the country especially travel to Sikkim to attend this colorful event. The location is a beautiful stretch of a myriad of colors and is an absolute treat to the eyes.
Handicraft Centre – Directorate of Handicrafts & Handlooms (DHH) was established in 1957 it’s located at the zero point and short walk from flower show, the Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom includes a Sales emporium and a Museum showcasing many different handicraft items and artwork created by the local artists and craftsmen. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Gangtok (1,630.mtrs) NJP/ Bagdogra Airport (3 to 4 hrs drive)
After having breakfast, we depart to NJP or Bagdogra Airport depending upon the trekker’s mode of transportation to their respective homes. It is advisable to start early since it is a long drive. We suggest you pack the luggage in advance before the start of your journey. The distance from NJP/ Bagdogra airport is 125 kilometers which ideally should not take more than 3 to 4 hours. Lunch can be enjoyed at Siliguri after having lunch, continue your drive to your destination.