Upon arrival, meet our representatives and drive to Gangtok. Upon arrival at Gangtok,check into Hotel. Free time to explore around the town. Overnight stay at Gangtok Hotel / Homestay.
Breakfast at Hotel & check out. Reach Tshangu Lake (12400 fts/ 40 kms/2 hrs) Visit New Baba Mandir & drive to Nathula pass (14500 fts /optional with extra costs) View Menmecho Lake & drive via Tukla, Kupup Lake, Yak Golf Course and reach Nathang by afternoon. Overnight stay at Homestay at Nathang Valley.
Sunrise from Eagle's Nest Bunker Point and back for breakfast to Gnathang. Have breakfast and leave for Zuluk via Lungthung, Thambi View Point and Zuluk. Overnight stay at Homestay at Zuluk.
Sunrise from Thambi View Point and back for breakfast Have breakfast and leave for Aritar/Mankhim via Padamchen/Rongli Enroute visit Kuikhola Waterfalls. Visit Lam-pokhari (Boating) Overnight at Homestay at Aritar/ Mankhim.
Early morning Sunrise view over Mt. Kanchenjungha from Mankhim. Take a jungle walk and visit monastery. Back to Homestay for Breakfast and check out. Driveto NJP/ Bagdogra via Rangpo/Teesta.
Due to the wide range of temperature and climatic conditions it is advisable to dress in layers. For protection against cold, layered clothing is better than one or two thick garments. Clothing should preferably be made from natural materials, which allow the body to breathe.
Bring comfortable sport shoes for light hikes & sightseeing; hiking boots for treks; semi formal shoes for dinners/appointments/functions.
We should bear in mind that the higher the altitude, the cooler the weather, and that with a brisk wind blowing down off the mountains, even a low-lying valley can become quite chilly. The Northern and the Western part have a much harsher climate, with summer monsoon rains and winter snowfalls which may block passes leading into tourist spots. Winter in Sikkim and Darjeeling is from mid-November till March, and at this time of the year the climate is dry and sunny for the most part, temperatures peaking at around 15c. in the daytime and falling below zero at night. The monsoon usually arrives in mid-June, with light rain falling mainly in the afternoons and evenings. At the end of September, after the last of the big rains, autumn suddenly arrives, and is a magnificent season for trekking until November.
Nepali, Hindi and English are commonly spoken in the main towns and are the principal medium of instruction in schools throughout the state.
Sikkim and Darjeeling are one of the safest destinations in the world however you should still exercise caution when visiting. Avoid drinking tap water which has not been boiled at all times as most water sources in Sikkim and Darjeeling are untreated. One can easily acquire affordable treated and bottled water. People prone to car sickness should bring appropriate medicine as the winding roads on the mountains have plenty of curves and turns. Bring any medication you take regularly, or might need to take for a periodically recurring condition, such as asthma.