Area : Sikkim Himalaya
Best Season : Oct - Nov & Mar – Mid June
Grade : Moderate
On arrival at Delhi meet Himalayan Adventure Executive and transfer to pre booked hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
In the morning transfer to airport and from here catches a flight for Bagdogra. After the arrival in Bagdogra you will drive through the forests and tea gardens and proceed to your today's destination Pemayangtse (The perfect Sublime Lotus) in Sikkim. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Pemayangtse. In the evening you will visit the headquarter of the Nyingama sect in Pemayangtse. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel.
Today after having breakfast you will drive further to Kechopari Lake. Kechopari means the wishing lake. The water in this lake is placid and crystal clear. This lake is situated on the road to Ravangla. After visiting the lake you will visit Tashiding Monastery. After visiting this monastery you will drive further to Ravangla. In the evening arrive in Ravangla.
Today you will drive from Ravangla to Gangtok through terraced tea gardens and coniferous forests. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Gangtok.
The main attraction of your excursion remains today the monastery of Rumtek. Rumtek monastery was built as a true copy of a tibetan monastery in recent years. After visiting the monastery you will visit the institute of cottage industries. Wide range of local handicrafts in Lepcha style are produced here. In the evening you will visit the unique Research Institute of Tibetology on a hilltop which was established in 1958 to promote research on Tibet and Mahayana Buddhism.
Today you will visit Tsuk-la-Khang, the royal chapel which is standing on a high bridge. You will also visit Orchid Sanctuary which is laying south of the institute. This sanctuary contains over 450 indigenous species. After the visit of sanctuary you will have walk through the bazaar of Gangtok through the area of old palace and visit the monastery Gylwa.
Today you will start our jeep safari excursion and proceed in the north of the state through the coniferous forests and terraced tea gardens to Lachung (2700 m). Upon arrival in Lachung you will be transferred to the hotel in Lachung.
Today you will drive in jeeps to Yumthang. The way from Lachung to Yumthang has a very picturesque landscape and is filled with rhododendrons which blossom at their best in May. Yumthang is situated at an altitude of 12000 feet in North Sikkim. Yumthang is well known for its hot springs. To reach here one has to walk a few hundred yards from the road and cross the bridge on the river Lachung. The Yumthang hot water spring has high sulphur content. After visiting the springs drive back to the hotel in Lachen which is around 6 kms from Yumthang.
Today again you will drive in jeeps to the holy Gurudongmar Lake (5000 m.) near the Tibet border. This lake is the largest and probably the highest in Sikkim. After visiting this lake you will drive back to Lachung. In the evening enjoy the local surroundings.
Today you will drive back in jeeps from Lachung to Gangtok where you will end your jeep safari. The drive from Lachung to Gangtok will be very long. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Gangtok.
Early in the morning after having breakfast you will drive to Bagdogra. In the afternoon you will drive to the airport for the flight from Bagdogra to Delhi. After dinner leave the hotel for the airport.
Around midnight flight to home destination.
Chadar trekking was a fantastic experience and adventure... Until the 15th I only saw one tourist, but after 15th more people showed up. The guide Lama looked behind every time danger was near for me or for my equipment. At one point he even risked his own safety by when he jumped to hold me from sliding down from a high frozen waterfall into the Zanskar river.