20 BEST Places to Visit in North Sikkim - 2020 (Photos & Reviews)
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Best places to visit in North Sikkim include Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthang Valley, Lachung, Lachen and many more. You can book our Gangtok Darjeeling tour package(Flat25%) to cover the best tourist attractions. With a number of pristine places to visit in North Sikkim, a tourist can always look forward to having a memorable time in this surreal land blessed by the Himalayas. Reckoned with breathtaking views, enchanting waterfalls, idyllic lakes and sparkling rivers, North Sikkim is known to allure the vacationers with its picturesque tourist spots. 

The beautiful places in North Sikkim offer a superb retreat away from the hustle and bustle of cities and take you to a dreamy heartland where you can cherish the company of sweet locals and take back home a serene experience.

A few of the notable tourist places in North Sikkim are Yumthang Valley, Lachen, Chungthang, Gurudongmar Lake, Zemu Glacier etc. With an interesting bucket list of tourist places, North Sikkim is an ideal getaway whether you are a leisure vacationer, travelling in search of solitude, wish to spend some romantic time with your partner or looking to have a memorable vacation with your family.

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Here are the best places to visit in North Sikkim:

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Gurudongmar Lake

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Gurudongmar Lake

Believed to be a sacred lake for the Buddhists and Hindus, Gurudongmar Lake is one of the most popular tourist places in North Sikkim. Located at an altitude of 17,800 feet, the breathtaking beauty of this lake will leave you in awe of the surroundings. Have a stay at the best resorts in Sikkim and enjoy the taste of North Indian food.

Associated with a popular local legend about Guru Padmasambhava touching the waters of the lake and hence the lake not freezing in the winters, this lake is considered to have miraculous powers by the locals. 

Along with a temple, Gurudongmar Lake makes a splendid landscape where you can enjoy snow clad mountains and serenity at one place. Being a pretty treat for the eyes, Gurudongmar Lake attracts a dozen of tourists and also happens to be a base point for many treks in the Himalayas. 

 

·        Location- Gurudongmar Lake, North Sikkim

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Yumthang Valley

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Yumthang Valley

Popular for its scenic beauty, Yumthang Valley is a serene retreat for any nature lover in North Sikkim. The famous tourist attraction boasts of having myriad flowers and some distinct fauna that will leave you enchanted by the landscape. Where the tree line disappears, Yumthang Valleys starts to mesmerise you with its colourful landscape and scented ambience. 

Located at a height of 1180 feet above sea level, Yumthang Valley is a pleasing sight to behold with infinite flowerbeds. Offering an unforgettable experience, Yumthang Valley is a place where you can bask in the beauty of nature. Along with visiting Yumthang, one should also visit the village of Lachung to know more about the local culture on your vacation. 

Some of the most magnificent sights which one can witness from Yumthang Valley are gorgeous mountaintops of Panhunri and Shundu Tsenpa creating an astounding background for the gushing Teesta river.

·        Location- Yumthang Valley, North Sikkim District, Sikkim

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Lachung

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Lachung

Tucked beautifully in the scenic beauty of Himalayas, Lachung is one of the most beautiful places to visit in North Sikkim. Replete with a number of stunning mountains, gorgeous waterfalls, colourful orchards, Lachung should be on every traveller’s bucket list in North Sikkim.

The place has something astounding to offer whether you are looking to enjoy some romance, solitude or adventure in the lap of nature’s beauty. Surrounded by incredible scenic beauty, Lachung promises to charm you with memorable memories of this scenic hamlet away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Attracting thousands of tourists, the exquisite beauty of Lachung is a splendid start to a glorious holiday in Sikkim.

 

·        Location- Lachung, North Sikkim

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Lachen

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Lachen

Boasting of an idyllic landscape comprising of green pastures, wooden huts and an undeniable air of romance, Lachen is a memorable getaway in North Sikkim. With a number of notable attractions like Lachen Monastery, Green Lake, Chopta Valley etc, Lachen is an alluring tourist place in North Sikkim.

The alpine pastures and the natural beauty of Lachen mesmerise the tourists with its simplistic setting and offers a surreal getaway from the humdrum affairs of life. A treat for nature lovers and birdwatchers, Lachen is a serene village that you must visit to enjoy some astounding time with your loved ones.

·        Location- Lachen, North Sikkim, Sikkim

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Cholamu Lake

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Cholamu Lake

If you are in the hunt for less commercialised places to visit in North Sikkim, Cholamu Lake is a dazzling attraction that should be on your list. Located at a height of 5330 metres, Cholamu Lake boasts of serenity and can be visited after obtaining a permit from the Army and Sikkim Police. 

A photographer’s delight, Cholamy Lake is a glittering marvel to behold for nature lovers and enjoy the spectacular landscape. Known for being the highest lake in India, Cholamu Lake is a memorable vista with mountains and a blanket of ice to soothe your eyes.

 

·        Location- Cholamu Lake, North Sikkim District, Sikkim

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Yume Samdong (Zero Point)

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Yume Samdong (Zero Point)

One of the most scintillating places to visit in North Sikkim, Yume Samdong is located at a height of 15,300 feet above sea level. With a thrilling drive through some curving roads and rugged terrains, Yume Samdong can be reached in an hour from Yumthang. 

By obtaining a special permit, Yume Samdong can be reached to witness the astounding landscape of green valleys replete with the fragrance of Azalea. Also known as Zero Point, Yume Samdong is a wonderful place to visit during the months of March and April.

 

·        Location- Yume Samdong, North Sikkim, Sikkim

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Seven Sisters Waterfall

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Seven Sisters Waterfall

Gear up to be overwhelmed by the magnificence of the picturesque setting of Seven Sisters Waterfall when you are in Sikkim. Created by the alignment of seven different waterfalls, this place offers a thrilling getaway in the midst of a kaleidoscopic landscape. 

Whether you are visiting with friends or family, Seven Sisters Waterfall is a delightful retreat to enjoy a prismatic tourist attraction with a day picnic. The alluring waterfall is most famous for offering a picturesque spot for photography and a charming vista of the sunset.

·        Location- Seven Sisters Waterfalls, Ganktok-Lachung Highway, Sikkim

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Chopta Valley

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Chopta Valley

Renowned for its historical and places of religious importance, Chopta Valley is one of the most amazing places to visit in North Sikkim. if you are searching for unexplored tourist places. The wonderful place is relatively untouched and enthrals everyone who is looking for adventure. The valley is located at a height of 13,200 feet and is popular for offering a number of activities like hiking, angling and water sports. 

Being in the Greater Himalayas, Chopta Valley is famous for being a habitat for many rare species of animals, plants and birds. The snow-covered landscape on one side is well contrasted with green meadows on the other side of Chopta Valley. Chopta Valley is a brilliant getaway for all the nature and wildlife lovers and promises a wonderful time for all the tourists.

 

·        Location- Chopta Valley, North Sikkim

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Chungthang

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Chungthang

Famous for its rich biodiversity, Chungthang is a delightful small town in North Sikkim. Located at the meeting point of two beautiful rivers Lachung chu and Lachen chu, Chungthang is a quaint little town that is considered very sacred by the locals. Along with the popular legend of Buddhist saint Guru Padmasambhava blessing the town, Chunghtang is also famous as the place where Guru Nanak Dev stopped on his way to Tibet and China. 

Associated with a number of legends, Chungthang is also considered to be the place where the word Demaong that literally translates to Hidden valley of rice initiated in Sikkim. It is surprising to see that that there is a rock with Guru Padmasambhava’s footprints and it has a small opening from where the water seeps through continuously. Most of the locals believe that it is a miracle with paddy being grown in such harsh climatic conditions that Chungthang is known for in the winters.

 




·        Location- Chungthang, North Sikkim District, Sikkim

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Mt. Katao

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Mt. Katao

One of the spectacular tourist places in North Sikkim, Mt. Katao is a magnificent peak that should not be missed on your Sikkim vacation. After availing a permit from the army, tourists can witness this enthralling sight and be mesmerised by the stunning landscape. A delight for the adventure seekers, Mt. Katao is famous for enjoying activities like skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and stone grinding. 

The picturesque setting of Mt. Katao is replete with snow-covered mountains and a thundering waterfall. The landscape is enhanced by the gorgeous cover of colourful flora like poppy, primula and rhododendron. With a height of 15000 feet, Mt. Katao the surreal landscape of Mt. Katao makes for a superb tourist place to visit with your loved ones.

 

 

·        Location- Mt. Katao, North Sikkim District

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Thangu Valley

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Thangu Valley

Brace yourself for an adventurous escape with a visit to Thangu Valley when you are holidaying in North Sikkim. Located at a height of 13,000 feet, Thangu Valley is a great destination for the thrill seekers to enjoy activities like trekking, river rafting etc. 

The serene valley is known for the blanket of flowers that bloom during summer months in contrast to the carpet of snow that covers the landscape during the winter. Often serving as a place to relax before one starts for another haul of an excruciating trek, Thangu Valley is an idyllic holiday destination to enjoy time with your loved ones.

·        Location- Thangu, North Sikkim

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Mangan

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Mangan

A surreal getaway in North Sikkim, Mangan is a place if you are in search of spending some time by yourself. Offering a landscape that boasts of unparalleled beauty, Mangan is known for its rolling meadows, verdant hills, sparkling streams and remote settlements. 

The beautiful hill station is a delightful escape for anyone who is fond of adventure and nature. A great place to relax and unwind, Mangan is a captivating escape that will leave you enchanted. Some of the popular spots to miss here Labrang Monastery, Phodong Gompa and Rong Lungten Lee Museum.

·        Location- Mangan, North Sikkim District, Sikkim

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Lachung Monastery

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Lachung Monastery

One of the most famed places to visit in North Sikkim, Lachung Monastery is a prime spot for all the vacationers in North Sikkim. Encompassed by a picturesque landscape, Lachung Monastery is tucked beautifully between beautiful streams, fantastic waterfalls and beautiful orchards. The beautiful Buddhist gompa draws in a number of tourists and enthrals them with its pristine ambience. One must visit Lachung Monastery to see their famous mask dance that is held every year.

 

·        Location: Lachung Monastery, Lachung Valley, Sikkim

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Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

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Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

Situated in Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim, Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is a place which you should go to be enchanted by the beauty of rhododendrons. Promising many picturesque sights, Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is encompassed by the stunning Himalayas. 

With a full bloom during the spring season, Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is a visual delight with a sprawling expanse of more than forty species of rhododendron. The most favourable time to visit Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is from the month of April to July.

 

·        Location- Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Yumthang Valley, North Sikkim

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Phensang Monastery

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Phensang Monastery

One of the most fascinating places to visit in North Sikkim, Phensang Monastery is a wonderful man-made attraction in the region. Known for its architectural design, Phensang Monastery is known amongst the biggest monasteries in Sikkim. Housing a number of monks, Phensang Monastery belongs to the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism. 

Surrounded by a landscape that boasts of natural extravaganze, Phensang Monastery is a popular religious spot that should not be missed when you are in Sikkim. The most popular time to visit Phensang Monastery is during Sikkimese New Year when ‘Chaam’(Mask Dance) is performed by the tourists.

 

·        Location- Phensang Monastery, Gangtok, Sikkim

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Bhim Nala Falls

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Bhim Nala Falls

Located in Chungthang-Lachung street, Bhim Nala Falls is a spectacular waterfall that one must not miss among tourist places in North Sikkim. Known for its dazzling height, Bhim Nala Falls will delight you as see the water dropping in front of your eyes. The remarkable waterfall is known among the tallest waterfalls in Sikkim and offers a gorgeous vista of the mountains. 

Often appearing as a three-phase waterfall dropping from a high mountain, Bhim Nala Falls is often compared to the Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan due to its height.

 

·        Location- Bhim Nala Falls, Lachung, North Sikkim

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Khangchendzonga National Park

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Khangchendzonga National Park

Bring out the wildlife lover in you with a visit to Khangchendzonga National Park. Reckoned as the largest wildlife reserve in Sikkim, the national park boasts of having the third highest peak in the world, the Khangchendzonga and the glorious Zemu Glacier. With a vast area known for one of the most magnificent eco-system, the place is a must visit to get a glance of animals like snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, barking deer, flying squirrel etc. 

Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Khangchendzonga is most popular for its spectacular wildlife and enthralling landscapes of nature. Tholung Monastery is a popular tourist attraction that one must visit in Khangchendzonga National Park.

 

 

·        Location- Khangchendzonga National Park, North Sikkim

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Entry Fee/charges (If Applicable)- Entry fee for Indians: 200 Rs. Entry fee for Foreigners: 400 Rs. Entry Fee for Indian Students: 40 Rs. Fee for Local Guide and Porters with Team: 20 Rs. Fee for Tent Pitching (Per Tent): 40 Rs
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Zemu Glacier

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Zemu Glacier

Gear up to be charmed by a thrilling sight with a visit to Zemu Glacier. Serving as a source of the waters of river Teesta, Zemu Glacier boasts of many glacial lakes. Draining the east side of Kanchenjunga, Zemu Glacier remains one of the most enticing places to visit in North Sikkim. 

Owing to the significant retreat in recent years, Zemu Glacier has been facing many environmental concerns owing to the disappearance of its tributaries.

·        Location: Kanchenjunga Base, Sikkim

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Green Lake Trek

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Green Lake Trek

Traverse the roads less travelled by enjoying Green Lake Trek in Sikkim. Having seen very few treks, Green Lake trek is a delight for adventure enthusiasts. The picturesque trail boasts of splendid landscapes of nature and some scintillating mountains peaks. The landscape is replete with scenic views of thick forests with myriad flowers like rhododendrons, blue poppies and primulas. 

Serving as a base for trekking to Mt. Kanchenjunga, Green Lake is a great venture if you are interested in adding some thrill and excitement to your vacation in North Sikkim.

 

·        Location: Green Lake, North Sikkim

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Singhik

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Singhik

Offering the most magnificent vista of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Singhik is a quiet little hamlet that you should add to your itinerary for visiting North Sikkim. Promising a getaway from the hubbub of cities like Gangtok, Singhik is a respite from crowds and noise. 

Often serving as a stopover from the exhilarating journey to Lachen and Lachung, Singhik is a great place to enjoy some solitude. A few notable places to visit near Singhik are Phodong Monastery and Tingchim Monastery and some treks like Jhandi viewpoint and Tosha Lake trek are popular here.  

 

 

·        Location- Singhik, North Sikkim

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20 November 2018
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About the operators: Thrillophilia ties up with trek operators for this amazing trek. The team that carries the group is well trained, well versed and allows the trekkers to focus on their trekking. To provide service at such altitude with smile on face is bliss. They also have some hidden gems planned during the trek for people to be pleasantly surprised. Our trek guide Premtuk is an old hand and lives in Yaksum region. His ability to guide the team as well as captain the support staff was fantastic. He also made sure that trekkers were absolutely taken care off. He had excellent support staff and 12 horses to make sure that we had a glitch-free day’s and nights. Tenzing, vijay and others who worked tirelessly and with laughter all the time made the time memorable. About the trek: this trek offers variety for a serious trekker. The trails and paths are not the same throughout or even different times of the year. It has varied degree of difficulty and hence one needs to be physically and mentally prepared to harness the strength. One connects to self and nature throughout and comes back rejuvenated. It’s not just the moments of seeing sunrise or the summit from various points or watching Mt Pantim alone that takes your breath away but also the journey. It’s a pilgrimage to your own inner self that one ends up discovering. Finally few words of suggestions: for city dwellers who come for this trek, it’s a great idea to come and stay In yuksam few days in advance and do some of other amazing treks. Not only it helps in acclimatisation but also allows you to soak in local culture and food.
"The beauty of this trek is all about the landscape. You start of the trek from dense forest with fresh streams and then to Rhododendron trees when you gain altitude , later which you would come across a beautiful valley overlooking Mt Kanchenjunga. Try out the local cuisine in Yuksom. Thukpa and Chang are two things you need to try out. Although the trek is not recommended for first time trekkers you can still give it a shot provided you are fit and have taken all the items in checklist. "
23 November 2019
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This was my first trip with Thrillophilia as well as with complete strangers. I must say that Thrillophilia did not disappoint me ( nobody is perfect, so be flexible to accept minute glitches) . The whole trip went so smooth , starting from the pick up from airport, the hotels we got, arrangement of permits, site seeing and drop at the airport. Special thanks to Deep ( trip coordinator from tour angle) and Ammu ( my cab driver) . P. S. : if you want to see the flower calf yumthang valley and the frozen Tsomgo and Gurudongmar lake , then the ideal time to visit north Sikkim is March-April. November is the ideal time to witness the pleasant winter of sikkim along with its untouched beauty. Looking forward to travel more with Thrillophilia. P.S: the only problem which we faced was two co- passengers who used to get late for everything and because of them we had to rush from each location because of time constraint ( I totally understand that this things isn’t in the hand of Thrillophilia)
16 October 2015
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Trekking in the state of Sikkim is very different and a unique experience that you would not gain from trekking in any other part of India. The Indian Himalayas trek in Sikkim is awesome and a must take. What we enjoyed the most were the mountains, the trek trails, the people and their unique culture. This was a sharp contrast to our habits and culture. The trek is not that difficult and it is in fact very much feasible to be taken even by a first timer as well. The trekking was very nicely planned and organized with perfect budget. Do try this trek.
01 July 2015
Suryakanta Patil Goechala Trek, Sikkim, 2020
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Located in the state of Sikkim, this Goecha La trek is my dream and desire come true. This trek is a treat to all the adventure lovers who are in our country or visit our country. This place is nestled midst colourful, unique, and vibrant flora and fauna. This trek also paves way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park that can be visited in a day. This trek is an opulent beauty as it opens doors to murky valleys, snow clad mountain peaks, astonishing lakes, and lovely rivers in Sikkim. I was just marvelled at the spectacular beauty of this place.
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I was planning for a trip to Sikkim and booked this tour. It was one of the best trips ever. Everything was very well arranged for the trip. The pickup was on time and I was joined by another group for the tour. We had the most amazing guide with us. He was very informative and was giving us detailed information about each of the places.
I was planning a trip with my gang and was searching over the internet for something interesting when I saw this package. I will have to admit that this was the best trip for us. We were 6 people who went on this amazing Sikkim Tour
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I had a very nice experience with thrillophilia. They provided al the facilities as promised ion the tour.
Everything was good must recommend this tour to everyone. A big thumbs up
We got a very good experience during our trip. I'm totally satisfied with Thrillophilia and team. Their dedication, hospitality, punctuality is very much appreciable.

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  1. What are the best places to visit in North Sikkim in December?

    Some of the best places to visit here in December are:

    1. Gurudongmar Lake: This is a sacred lake for Hindus and Buddhists, located at 17,800 feet above the sea level. The lake is said to have been touched by Guru Padmasambhava, due to which its waters never freeze, even in winters. With snowy mountains surrounding the lake, a visit to this lake in December will surely be a treat for the eyes. 
    2. Yumthang Valley: One of the most beautiful places in Sikkim, the Yumthang Valley gets covered with thick snow during the winters, and offers picturesque views of the Himalayas. 
    3. Chopta Valley: A place of religious as well as historical importance, Chopta Valley is an offbeat tourist destination. From hiking, water sports and angling, to camping, and bird watching, there is a lot you can do here in the winter months. 
    4. Khangchendzonga National Park: Known all around the world as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this national park is located in the Himalayas, with high altitude lakes, lush valleys and 19 majestic peaks making up for its surroundings.

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