North Sikkim Tour: A Complete Guide For First-Time Travelers

North Sikkim Tour: A Complete Guide For First-Time Travelers


North Sikkim is one of the most adventurous sites on earth. Its two most popular hill stations Lachen and Lachung boast the utmost natural charm and Himalayan beauty. If you’re planning a holiday in North Sikkim, this reading helps you prepare your plan more effectively. You can book North Sikkim packages at affordable prices.

Here's Your Comprehensive and Handy Guide

Know The Best Time to Visit North Sikkim

If you’re planning a holiday in Sikkim, plan during the summer and autumn months - April to June and from September to November. The weather during these months remains pleasant in Northern Sikkim.

The region due to its extremely high altitude exposures, experiences heavy cold and wind during winter. Mostly, the region involves rough terrain.

Changes in oxygen levels, unfavorable road conditions, road blockage, unpredictable rain, landslides, and road blockages are common in North Sikkim.

Wise to avoid visiting North Sikkim during the monsoon season and the months of late December to early February.

Getting There

The journey to North Sikkim starts from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim via Lachen or Lachung. Bagdogra Airport (IXB) located near Siliguri is the nearest airport to Sikkim Gangtok.

New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is the closest railway network to Sikkim Gangtok. The entire journey from Bagdogra Airport / NJP may take four hours. Take a taxicab (shared or private) and leave for your dream destination – North Sikkim.

Accommodations in North Sikkim

In North Sikkim, you can book hotels, resorts, homestays, cottages, etc. for a comfortable stay. During peak seasons, book your accommodation in North Sikkim in advance so that you get a comfy location and stay. Get your budget North Sikkim packages.

Permit Requirements

For North Sikkim, you need to secure two permits. These include the Inner Line Permit (ILP) and the Protected Area Permit (PAP).

These permits are necessary because of North Sikkim’s proximity to the international border with China.

Don’t forget to carry your valid identification documents -  Aadhar Card, Voter ID, or Passport. For kids below 18, keep their birth certificate. You’ll require permits to visit Lachen, Lachung, Sero Point, Yumthang Valley, Gurudongmar Lake, and Dzongu.

Plan your all-inclusive North Sikkim tour package 2 nights 3 days or a 7-day North Sikkim holiday. Customize your holiday packages from the best travel agency in North Sikkim.

Things to Remember

  • Due to the extremely high altitude of locations in North Sikkim, altitude sickness is very common there. Keep yourself hydrated to avoid any altitude sickness in North Sikkim.
  • Pack warm clothes, comfortable shoes, socks, shawls, caps, sunscreen, thermals, jeans, first aid, gloves, jackets, sunglasses, insect repellent, umbrella,  coffee/tea maker, water bottle, etc.
  • Do not have heavy meals before trekking, carry some food items, keep first aid in your bag, etc.

Places to Explore in North Sikkim

  • Lachen
  • Lachen Monastery
  • Chopta Valley
  • Gurudongmar Lake
  • Thangu Valley
  • Tso Lhamo Lake
  • Seven Sister Waterfalls
  • Lhonak Valley
  • Green Lake
  • Lachung
  • Lachung Monastery
  • Yumthang Valley
  • Chungthang
  • Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
  • Zero Point
  • Mangan
  • Bhim Naga Falls
  • Mount Katao
  • Singhik

For adventure seekers and nature lovers, the northern part of Sikkim is no less than a paradise. North Sikkim gives tourists an unforgettable experience with its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Let this journey be the best-ever adventure in your life.

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