BIRDS WATCHING FROM LACHEN:
Lachen is a small town at an elevation of (2,750.mtrs) in the North region of Sikkim. “Lachen“ is means big pass also one of the most wonderland, picturesque and enthralling birds spotted and trekking base camp for Gurudongmar Lake, Green, lake trek and Lhunak trek. Also, Lachen is a North-Eastern part of the country in India. The trail combined with natural beauty and majestic views of the higher Himalayans peaks and it is highest inhabited of a Himalayan heritage village in Sikkim which is the 123 kilo. Metres from Gangtok it can take 5 to 6 hours by a drive and quite close to the Indo- China border, and the main source of people livestock 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.
MAJOR BIRDS FROM LACHEN:
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.
BIRDS WATCHING FROM LACHUNG:
Lachung is one of the famous adventure lovers’ destinations in Sikkim the great Tibetan plateau, to the west the kingdom of Nepal, to the East the kingdom of Bhutan and the Chumbi Valley of Tibet, while the neighbouring State of West Bengal he truly provable unimaginable paradise for the visitors. The trial attrition amazing views of snow-capped mountains colourful flowers like rhododendrons, primulas, magnolia Blue poppies rare wild Orchids and main source of Teesta River. Which is flows from Yangthang Valley? Lachung north Sikkim will assure you of different varieties of birds many people are interested in Lhaba-pass (4,200.mtrs) trek. It offers a good opportunity for bird watching. We organize comfortable birding tour in north Sikkim.
MAJOR BIRDS FROM LACHUNG:
Grey Bushchat, Blue-fronted Redstar, Whiskered Yuhina, 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-throatedd 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.
Day 01: pickup from (N J P) New Jalpaiguri railway station / Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok (1,950.mtrs) 125 km appx.
Day 02:Gangtok (1,630.mtrs) to Lachen (2750.mtrs) 123. km, 6-7 hrs. Appx.
Day 03: Lachen to Gurudongmar Lake (5,164.mtrs) Excursion 3 hours. After Lunch Leave to Lachung.
Day 04: Excursion Lachung (2,750.mtrs) to Yumthang Valley (3,700.meter) Zero point ( 4,650. Meter).
Day 05: Lachung (2750.mtrs) to Gangtok (120. km, 6 to 7 hrs) Appx.
Day 06: Gangtok to Tsomgo Lake (3,760.mtrs) excursion & Baba Mandir (3,970.mtrs).
Day 07: Gangtok Local Excursion.
Day 08: Gangtok (1,630.mtrs) NJP/ Bagdogra Airport (3 to 4 hrs drive) End.
The nearest airport from Bagdogra around 125.km from Gangtok And nearest railway station from (NJP) around 120.km.
Bagdogra airport and (NJP) serve as the confluence point for many travellers. From here you can get connecting flights for many destinations. Pick up 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 along the valley with Tista river through from Police Check Post at Rampo. Foreigners need an Inner Line Permit (ILP). Our Guide, the driver will help you get the necessary permits. After Sikkim permit drive continues toward to Gangtok. Check into hotel. The evening is free.
This day after breakfast drive from Gangtok to Lachen. It is around 6 to 7 hours. The journey will take you through from various places of interest tourist point such as the Tashi View Point, Phodong Monastery, Kabi Longstok, Mangan and Chungthang. We take lunch at Mangan at an elevation of 1,185 meters. After lunch drive towards to Lachen through from chungthang and Teram-chu river also Lachen is a small town at an elevation of 2,700 meters in North Sikkim. The name Lachen means (big pass.)
The Lachen is one of the popular tourist destination in North Sikkim for Gurudongmar Lake, Green lake trek and Choktha valley such as the tweetable for birds watching this are place quite close to the China border and excellent base for adventure lovers.
The main occupation is agriculture and people mainly produce potatoes, cabbage and green peas during the summer. Here livelihood mainly depends upon agriculture and on tourism, besides herding cattle like Yaks and cows. Lachung remains as the highest inhabited Himalayan village in Sikkim and in winter months of January and February this village regularly receives snowfall. Lachen Village majorly has people from Bhutia community.
This day early in morning drive towards to Gurudongmar Lake is around 2 hours’ drive from Lachen at an elevation of 4,164 metres. Located near the Indo-China border and amazing quite a peaceful place. the lake and along the trail will offer you many types of birds in north Sikkim like Little Owl, Red-billed Chough, Yellow-billed Chough, Common Raven, Horned Lark, White-throated Dipper, White-winged Redstart, Robin Accentor, White-Rumped, Snow-finch, Black-headed Mountain-Finch and majestic views of snow-capped mountains. the Gurudongmar Lake most sacred lake in Sikkim. Gurudongmar Lake is regarded as one of the most sacred Lake and one of the tourist hotspot places for all the time. Many people come to over here for worship and offering. Gurudongmar Lake is sacred for both Buddhists and Hindus and is believed to be a wish-fulfilling lake.
Note: the altitude may here cause for a breathing problem, take it easy and do not make a physical or mental effort. After Gurudongmar lake back to your hotel, take refreshment and after lunch leave towards from Lachung overnight at hotel.
Early in the morning after tea get ready towards from Yumthang valley and Zero point which is around 3 hours’ drive from hotel Yumthang Valley known as the valley of flowers in Sikkim. On the way, you will visit rhododendron sanctuary and hot springs some of the major Himalayan birds like Blood Pheasant, Grandala, Brown Parrotbill, Rufous- Fronted Tit, Shaheen falcon, after that back to hotel have a delouse lunch then birding around at Lachung Monastery overnight at hotel at Lachung.
The morning after breakfast depart to Gangtok capital. Ideally should not take more than 6 to 7 hours. And it is advisable to start early since it is a long drive. We suggest packing the luggage in advance before starting on your journey. And Lunch can be enjoyed at Magan Bazer after lunch drive towards to Gangtok Overnight stay at the hotel. In evening free time. Shopping/marketing.
After breakfast drive to Tsomgo Lake about 44.km from Gangtok and one of the most beautiful landscapes and tourist hot spot in Sikkim. Tsomgo Lake is situated at an elevation of 3,760 meters. Also known as Changu Lake, Tsongmo Lake is regarded as a sacred lake by the local people also many religions, Buddhists, Hindus Jainism. Tsomgo is Bhutia language “Tso Means Lake. And “Mgo” means head. The Tsomgo Lake derives from the melting snow of the mountains and it is a residence for migratory brides and Behrman duck in wintertime the lake is totally frozen and the month of May to August you can get impressive views around the Tsomgo lake cover with Himalayan juniper, Primulas yellow poppies including rhododendron all are bloom in season time. There you can get local shops including yak cheese, trinkets and local curios and fun of enjoying with Yak Ride. With the birdwatching visit Baba Mandir Located between Nathula and Jelepla pass at an altitude of 3,976.mters and about 52kms from Gangtok, Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple is popularly known as Baba Mandir. The route along with a visit to Tsomgo Lake after you will back to Gangtok in evening free time overnight at hotel.
Local excursion around Gangtok.
Do-Drul Chorten Stupa: The Do-Drul Chorten Stupa Buddhist religious monastery in Gangtok also secrets place the monastery belongs to Nyingma Order of Buddhism Do Drul Chorten was built in 1945 by a Tibetan Buddhist named Trulshik Rinpoche. as well as hottest tourist destinations in around Gangtok. In front of monastery cover, the big Chorten with 108 prepays also the many people are `Prekarma` with Monlam “Om Mani Padme Hum“ as well clockwise.
Institute of Tibetology: establishment in 1958, the Namgyal Institute the world-famous institute research on Tibetan language and culture, also has a great museum and library with rare and huge collections. And a short walk from Chorten Stupa.
A ropeway (Cable Car): Great ride to view the whole of Gangtok this is one of the greatest attractions of tourism in Gangtok.
Flower Exhibition Centre: Located close at Gangtok city on the way to Tsomgo Lake during the March and April, all the flowers are bloom. If you are planning of excursion around at Gangtok you must attend this colourful event. The location is a beautiful stretch of green and is an absolute treat to your eyes.
Handicraft Centre: Handicrafts & Handlooms (DHH) was established in 1957 it’s located at the zero points close to the flower sow, Gangtok city directorate Handicraft & Handloom including a Sales emporium and a Museum showcasing many different handicraft items and artwork created by the local artists and craftsmen. And evening free time/marketing overnight hotel.
In the morning after breakfast, depart to NJP or Bagdogra Airport depending upon the tourist mode of transportation to their respective homes. It is advisable to start early since it is a long drive. We suggest packing the luggage in advance before starting on your journey. The distance from NJP/ Bagdogra airport is 125 kilometres which ideally should not take more than 3 to 4 hours. Lunch can be enjoyed on your own. And the trip end.
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.
If you are Birds watching tour with Black Yak Expeditions
Arrive at (NJP) Railway Station, Siliguri or Bagdogra airport by 9 am (on your own)
Black Yak Expeditions will arrange pick-up vehicles from NJP railway station and Bagdogra airport to Gangtok, the town we provide luxury vehicles like INNOVA, ZXILO or normal vehicles like TATA SUMO GOULD, BOLERO, etc. And mini cab suitable for 2 or three families 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 travelling to Gangtok Green Lake Trek or Lhaba-Pass Trek Tarangchu Hot Spring Trek there are no direct shared jeeps from New Jalpaiguri Railway station NJP or Bagdogra Airport. First, you have to reach Siliguri junction from there you have to take a vehicle to Gangtok. Gangtok is a big business town or the main point that connects to most part of Sikkim.) Even though if you reach Gangtok than here comes another challenging part that is all the regular shared jeeps that come to Gangtok from many pert and 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 in the first place.
Transport is arranged in a Tata Sumo (or similar vehicle). Each cab costs Rs. 5000/-
If you request pre-booking for pick up and drop along with trek or tour package then this statement is not applicable to you since Black Yak Expeditions 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 it is good It takes around 3 to 4 hours’ maximum time from New Jalpaiguri Railway station NJP or Bagdogra airport to Gangtok.
Depart from Gangtok early morning.
Black yak expeditions we will arrange the reserved vehicle to drop trekkers to NJP railway station or Bagdogra airport. The transportation cost from Gangtok to NJP/Bagdogra is additional, to be shared among trekkers and paid directly to the driver.
The approximately cost for the reserved vehicle is Rs. 5,000/-
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.