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  • With more and more adventurous and young people around the globe visiting Sikkim, rafting in Sikkim is gaining popularity really fast. Rafting is an adventure water sport where the rafters sit on a raft and let it run on the fast, turbulent river waves as they try to control the raft with their oar. Dressed in your life jacket and helmet while letting the river challenge your courage, you can also enjoy white water rafting and get the adrenaline rush you want. River Rangit and River Teesta have the best rapids in Sikkim, thus, allowing you to enjoy the thrill of the water.

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    The Sikkim White river rafting scene is perfect for both the new rafters and the experts. The River Rangit has a good number of rapid and they vary in their speed and intensity. The turbulent water of this river surely is the one that attracts the most seasoned rafters from around the world. River Teesta has rapids that range from easy to intense. So, the choices are greater in it. A rafter can decide what kind of challenge he or she is looking for and then pick where they want to go for rafting. These rivers have nice sandy banks where you can camp too. 

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    There are many white river rafting organizers in Sikkim who can arrange for you the best rafting experience. They will provide you with the gear, trainers, and everything that you might need to enjoy rafting without risking your life. They arrange for overnight camping too. 

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  • Places for Rafting in Sikkim

  • 01Teesta River

    Teesta River

    Experienced rafters opine that the waters have a difficulty level of 3 on the international rafting scales and hence it is fun and adventurous to be in them. The Teesta is known to flow with high intensity through rugged and rocky terrains and those looking for an adrenaline high can surely test these waters. The river does get uncontrollable and wild at times, and hence many experienced rafters enjoy their adventure in the Teesta when they look for options to rafting in Sikkim.

    Difficulty level: Grade 3 and 4

    At the topmost emergence point of the river Teesta, the rapids are uncontrollable and untamed, to say the least. This makes it idea only for experienced rafters to enjoy the waters and negotiate with it. One can enjoy the rafting experience for around six hours to eight hours, depending on the weather pattern around.

    It is surely a rewarding experience to raft on the Teesta River, with slopes covered in thick flora and fauna on either side of the river, and terraced fields that dot the scenario around, who wouldn't enjoy the pleasures of what nature has to offer? Sikkim, as we all know, is rich in its biodiversity, and the banks of the river Teesta is home to various species of birds, animals and butterflies as well. you could use the yak safari to discover the hidden secrets of Sikkim and her thickets.

    The popular Teesta experience takes you from Makha to Sirwani and then to Bardang, ending at Rangpo.


    There are many amazing tourist places in Gangtok and visiting them is a wonderful adventure that will leave you with a treasure trove of precious memories that last forever.

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  • 03Rangit River

    Adventure sport such as water or river rafting in Sikkim of late had gathered momentum. It is only because of two rivers, namely Teesta and Rangit that the rafters and kayaking experts come calling. This will be an unique experience on your trip to north east

    Rangit, a tributary of the Teesta, has more turbulent waters and offers many challenges to more experienced rafters. On either side of the River Rangit, while you enjoy river rafting its turbulent waters, there would be dotted settlements across the landscape, providing you with a panoramic scenic beauty of sorts. You would also notice terrace cultivation and small hamlets inhabited by tribal folks along the way.

    Difficulty level: Grade 2 and 4

    One also gets to enjoy other facilities while river rafting on the Rangit. For example, night camping on the sandy white beaches along the banks of the river. Rafting for both amateurs and experienced folks is a possibility as well. It is the mighty enchanting rapids of the Rangit River which beckons rafters far and wide to accept her challenges. If you are in for some bone-chilling wet action, the river rafting experience on the Rangit is a must.


    For a rejuvenating experience through the mountains and serene countryside of Sikkim, Gangtok Tour Package to make your spirit thrilled with excitement. 

  • Classification of Rapids

  • 04Rapids in Teesta River

    The difficulty levels of the rapids in Teesta River are 3 and 4. That means River Teesta is not for the casual rafting enthusiasts. It requires you to have some sort of experience with rafting. The experience of Rafting in Sikkim is more enjoyable on Teesta River because the terrain is more rocky and demanding. You have to be at your best game to control your raft on this river. With the right kind of weather, you can raft for hours on Teesta and fight with its turbulence. Your hunger for adventure will surely be satisfied there.

    Don't miss to check out our guide on the best places to visit in North East India on your next trip, 
  • 05Rapids in Rangit River

    The rapids in Rangit River have two separate grades for their difficulty level- 2 and 4. If you are new to rafting then you should opt for the grade 2 rapids where it will be easier for you to tackle the turbulence of the water. However, if you are an expert rafter then surely the grade 4 rapids will interest you more. They are difficult and can challenge the best of the rafters any day. the added advantage of rafting in River Rangit is the scenic beauty that you can enjoy while going up and down on your raft.

    You can also check out our full guide on the top spots to visit in Sikkim on your holiday. 


  • Other Information About Rafting

  • 06Best Time For Rafting In Sikkim

    For a great experience of rafting in Sikkim, you need to make sure that you pick the season when the rivers offer the right kind of speed and waves. March to May is the period of time when the rapids of River Rangit and River Teesta become ideal for white water rafting.

    If you're also going for meghalaya tour, be sure to check our full guide on the best places in meghalaya that you must visit on your trip. 
  • 07How To Reach Sikkim

    The Indian state of Sikkim has a rather well-established transportation facility. It can be reached easily from the nearby cities.

    Air- Sikkim is located 124 km away from the Bagdogra Airport. The airport is connected to all the major cities in India as there are regular flights available to and from Bagdogra Airport.

    Train- The New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is less than 200 km from Sikkim. You can get a bus or car from the station to Sikkim easily.

    Road- If you are visiting Sikkim from a nearby state or city then you can easily travel by road. Apart from the frequent buses, hired cars can take you there too.

    You can also explore our detailed guide on the best tourist places in cherrapunji for an amazing holiday. 

  • 08Things To Carry

    If you are Rafting in Sikkim with an organizer then they will provide you with the raft, the oars, the helmet, the safety jacket, and the other necessary gears. However, there are still things that you must carry with yourself. Here is a list that will be helpful:

    • Bathing suite or quick-dry clothing

    • Synthetic shirts so you stay warm

    • Shoes that have a nice grip. Rafting boots will be best.

    • Bring a quality sunglass to protect your eyes

    • Sunscreen

    • Plenty of water

    • Fast aid box

    • Change of clothes.

    • Bag to carry wet cloths.

  • 09Safety Measures in Rafting

    If you want to enjoy Rafting in Sikkim without risking your life then you must make sure of taking the right safety measures. Here are some suggestions:

    • Only go rafting with a professional rafting service.

    • At no point must you take your life jacket off.

    • The right clothing is very important as you will get wet continuously.

    • The ore or the paddle is your best friend during rafting. Hold it firmly.

    • Learn how to stay afloat on the turbulent water.

    • Listen to your trainers carefully. Learn the commands and techniques by heart.

    • Do not panic under any situation.

  • 10Things to Keep in Mind

    When Rafting in Sikkim, you must always make sure that you learn the proper ways of the sport. That way you can enjoy it more and be safe. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

    • Always consult with your doctor before going on a rafting trip. You must be fit enough to raft.

    • Select the right rafting service. You will need a trained rafter with you at all times and only a trusted rafting organizer can provide that.

    • It’s not an absolute necessity to know swimming for Sikkim White river rafting but if you do then that’s an added advantage.

  • 11Frequently Asked Questions

    1) Is rafting risky and dangerous in Sikkim?

    Rafting is supposed to be dangerous. However, with the right safety measures, the risk of getting hurt is really low.


    2) Is it safe to go rafting, when one doesn’t know how to swim?

    When knowing to swim is an advantage, it’s not at all necessary to know swimming to go rafting. You will be wearing a safety jacket.


    3) How fit do I have to be, to be eligible for rafting in Sikkim?

    You need to have enough stamina to fight against the turbulent river. You must also be able to fit the life jacket on your body.


    4) What should be my attire while rafting?

    Wear clothing items that don’t get wet or dry easily. You also have to wear shoes with proper gripping, life jacket, and a helmet.


    5) What are my chances of falling out of the boat? What should I do, in this case?

    A few people do fall off the boat. However, you have nothing to worry about. Your trainers will give you proper instructions on how to stay afloat.


    6) Can I bring my camera or video camera?

    You can bring your own camera but it’s little difficult to take photos when you are busy rafting. Most professional rafting organizers have their own photographers. You can also check our guide on the places to see in shillong on your vacation. 


    8) Is rafting safe for children and the elderly?

    There is an age restriction for children. It varies from organizer to organizer. However, there is no age limit for the elderly.


    9) Will there be someone to guide us on the raft?

    Yes, every white river rafting trip organizer provides the rafters with an expert rafter. He or she will be on the raft with you. Here's our full guide on the best places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh, which will help in planning your trip to arunachal


    10) What is water level grade safe for rafting in Sikkim?

    The water level grades are 2 and 4 on River Rangit. For River Teesta, the grades are 3 and 4.



Attractions

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Yumthang Valley

Nested in the northern part of Sikkim, Yumthang Valley is also nicknamed as the 'valley of flowers' (not to be confused with the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand). It is perched at a dizzying altitude of 3,500 meters, and unmistakably one of the most scenic places to visit in Lachung.

True to its assigned nickname, Yumthang valley fosters countless floral species which criss-cross all across its lush green carpet. The valley also houses the beautiful Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, hosting over 24 different species of rhododendrons! The verdant pasture that is Yumthang valley is lapped by mighty mountains on either side, and the freezing river Teesta forms a crystal ribbon through the forested beauty of the valley.

Location:
North Sikkim District, Gangtok, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand
: 25 km


From gushing waterfalls to sprawling forests, from solitary monasteries to austere mountains, Gangtok offers a range of awe-inspiring things to do for visitors

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Chopta Valley

Another one of the most beautiful tourist places in Lachung, the stunning Chopta valley is wrapped up in North Sikkim. Sitting about 2 hours away from Lachung, and beautifully en route Gurudongmar Lake, Chopta valley reigns at a staggering 4,000 meters above sea level.

During summers, the entire valley is bathed in a stunning medley of colours due to the presence of beautiful alpine flowers that it is home to. Winters turn the entire place into a picturesque wonderland, layered by a thick carpet of snow.

The tree line begins to fade from here, and the dominion of shrubs is evident. Beyond the valley, the land becomes completely devoid of vegetation, and the lofty mountains begin to rise. The aroma of the flowers merges will the cool breeze from the mountains to render you truly speechless.

Location:
North Sikkim District, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
30 km

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Yumesamdong / Zero Point

Yumesamdong, otherwise known as Zero Point, is one of the most frequented tourist's places in Lachung. It is located about 15 km away from Yumthang and sits at a mind-numbing altitude of 4,724 meters. Zero point marks the edge of civilization, and the road comes to a dead end here.

The vicuna China border is just beyond Zero points, though no tourists are allowed there. Despite the treacherous roads, Yumesamdong brings you exceptional rewards! Treat your eyes to the confluence of three magnificent rivers, flanked on either side by enormous, snow-clad peaks.

While yaks often graze here, the land is nearly competent devoid of vegetation. The place sits beneath thick, powdery snow, and brings extremely cold weather conditions. But there’s a great respite in the form of Hot Springs by the river Sebu Chhu!

Location:
Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 50 km

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Bhim Nala Falls

Seated at a distance of about 13 km from Lachung, in the rustic hamlet of Khedum, experience a spellbinding blend of serenity and thrill at the Bhim Nala Falls! It has the privilege of being amongst the highest waterfalls in Sikkim.

Owing to its staggering height, the cascading waterfall seems like a three-step waterfall, the roaring of which can be felt even from afar. Housed in an envelope of verdant hills, the plummeting falls roar in a soothing lullaby to enchant you. Enjoy the moment by sipping hot tea, while the roaring falls lull your senses.

Fun fact -
Bhim Nala Falls is also known as Amitabh Bachchan Falls amongst the locals! 

Location:
Chungthang, Lachung, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 15 km

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Naga Falls

About 21 km away from Bhim Nala Falls, the Naga Falls sits somewhere along the Gangtok - Chungthang road and is easily one of the most spectacular places to visit in Lachung. Another one of the tallest waterfalls in Sikkim, this multi-tiered cascade is veered a little ways off the beaten tracks and offers wonderful solitude and respite from the most popular sites in Lachung.

Early morning or evening spent here, amidst the wooded hills, listening to a beautiful medley of sounds that blend in with the tumultuous roar of the falls is an experience that lingers in the heart. Surrounded by the panorama of lofty mountain peaks, Naga Falls is an unmissable place to visit during your Sikkim trip.

Location:
North Sikkim District, Sikkim 737116

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand
: 35 km

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Chungthang

Sitting at a distance of about 100 km from Gangtok, Chungthang is a beautiful little town that falls en route Yumthang, by the conflux of the rivers Lachen and Lachung. Chungthang is also the birthplace for the river Teesta. The town brims with legends and tales of old, and there is also a stone with the imprinted footprints of Guru Padmasambhava.

The town also houses a little rock here, from where mineral water flows ceaselessly. Chungthang is a place where you’ll have to travel through to reach the higher alpine regions of Lachen and Lachung. Steeped in fascinating mythology, the town offers beautiful 180-degree views of the neighboring snow-capped peaks.

Location:
Chungthang Tehsil, North Sikkim District, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 23 km

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Lachen

Nestled at an altitude of 2,750 meters, Lachen in North Sikkim is the base of Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar lake. Sitting about 27 km away from Chungthang, Lachen village is cradled by a beautiful mountain valley. ‘Lachen’ literally translates to mean ‘big pass’, and affords unmatched views of the mountain slopes that seem to seat the village in an embracing sprawl.

Lachen is one of the more shaded, unexplored parts of Sikkim, and reward you with unmatched mountain views, serenity, and peace. Housing, not more than 200 houses, the village is ideal for backpackers and adventurers looking to explore offbeat destinations. The village is also home to the Lachenpas, a Sikkimese community. Amongst the most offbeat places to visit in Lachung, Lachen warrants to be on the top of your Sikkim itinerary.

Location
: North Sikkim District, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 47 km

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Lachung Monastery

Cradled by beautiful apple orchards of the Lachen Valley, Lachung Monastery is an ancient Buddhist monastery. Crafted with brilliant architecture, the monastery is perched atop 2,750 meters, near the confluence of the rivers Lachen and Lachung, two of the several tributaries of the Teesta river.

The gompa is also the base for the Green Lake trek. The edifice was installed in 1806 by the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism and harbors a majestic statue of Guru Padmasambhava. A prayer wheel stands guard near the entrance of the monastery, leading visitors to the resident Handloom and Handicraft Centre. The Lachung Monastery is one of the most tranquil places to visit in Lachung.

Location:
Lachung, Sikkim 737120

Timings
: 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM every day.

Entry charges:
Free

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 20 km

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Seven Sisters Waterfalls

Located somewhere along the Gangtok - Lachung highway, the Seven Sister Waterfalls, true to its name, is a harmonious array of seven different cascading falls. If a single raging waterfall leaves you speechless, imagine what a cluster of seven such waterfalls will do. Its mellifluous roar is audible, and plummeting silver streaks can be seen from far off.

The place springs to life fully during the monsoons, when the waters come raging down. Tumbling down from atop a lush green, wooded hill, the surrounding beauty of the waterfall enhances the beauty of it all. The place promises you an album full of wallpaper worthy photographs too! It is truly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Lachung.

Location:
National Highway, North Sikkim, Gangtok, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 85 km

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Mt. Katao

Housed in North Sikkim, nearly 28 km away from Lachung, the magnificent peak of Mt. Katao is an ideal spot for adventurers and trekkers alike. Though getting there requires a permit from the Indian army. The mountain trail is lined with majestic alpine forests of rhododendrons, poppies, and primulas, along with a few serene waterfalls. These trails climb up to sweeping views of the neighboring peaks. Mt. Katao is one of the most beautiful and offbeat tourist places in Lachung and unveils its grand beauty to the selected few who stumble there.

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 28 km

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Thangu

Reigning at an altitude of 13,500 ft., Thangu is a quaint, cozy little village that falls right en route Gurudongmar lake and Cho Lhamu lake. Come spring season, the entire village sits under a canopy of lush trees overlooking a colorful carpet that the flowers paint across the ground.

If you want to see snow, visit Thangu between the months of December and March, when a thick blanket of powdery snow covers the village. Thangu is also home to several beautiful hiking trails leading to Muguthang, Chopta Valley and more. One of the most shaded places to visit in Lachung, Thangu should definitely be on your Sikkim trip itinerary.

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Mangan

Nested in the laps of the Himalayas in North Sikkim, Mangan is one of the most scenic tourists' places in Lachung, and also the capital of North Sikkim. Generously endowed with countless natural bounties, the place is a tourist magnet, and lures herds of travelers, backpackers, and trekkers into its bounds every year.

Doused in an aura of Buddhism, Mangan is also a place to explore spirituality. The town is replete with fluttering Buddhist prayer flags, which somehow seem to magnify the charm of this lovely Buddhist village. Mangan is also hosting to a lovely three-day music festival, where various regional bands perform.

Location
: North Sikkim, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 52 km

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Phensang Monastery

Explore the realm of spirituality and bliss at Phensang Monastery, a Buddhist monastery perched over the slopes of Kabi - Phodong, and in the vicinity of the Seven Sisters Waterfall. Installed in the year 1721, the monastery was restored to its former glory in 1947 after being demolished by fire.

Heavy rains brought a similar tragedy upon the building, but it was again restored. The monastery presently houses nearly 300 Lamas (Buddhist monks). The enduring marvel of Phensang Monastery is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Lachung.

Location:
Phensang Monastery, Gangtok, Sikkim, 737101

Timings:
08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
89 km

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Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

Cradled in Yumthang valley, the Shinga Rhododendron Sanctuary is flanked by the Chuba - Sagochen ranges on one side, and Chomzomei on the other. Celebrated largely for the stunning variety of blooming rhododendrons, the sanctuary stretches across a sweeping 43 sq.km., and is a canvas of rioting colours!

The snaking Yumthang Chu is the cherry on top of a grand view of the valley, which is also a popular choice for trekking enthusiasts and adventure seekers. It is also a great place for camping, provided you take measures to not leave any trails behind. Time the trip between April and July to witness the blossoming beauty of rhododendrons in all their glory.

Location:
Yumthang Valley, North Sikkim District, Gangtok, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
25 km

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Green Lake

Yet another of the least explored places to visit in Lachung, the mesmerizing Green Lake rests at the base of Mt. Kanchenjunga, at an altitude of 1,437 m. Towered by Mt. Kanchenjunga along with several other peaks, and its trail movies past beautiful thick forests and meadows carpeted by rhododendrons, blue poppies, and primulas.

The expeditions to Mt. Everest before the war were done through this part of North Sikkim, the post which, the trail seems to have been forgotten. It remains shaded from the majority of tourists, saves an adventurous few. Time your visit to the lake anytime between March to May for pleasant weather and clear views of the mountain ranges that cast a lovely reflection in the turquoise green waters of the lake.

Location:
North Sikkim, Sikkim

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Gurudongmar Lake

One of the most beautiful, pristine lakes in Sikkim, Gurudongmar lake sits in close proximity to the Tibetan and Chinese border in the north. Nested amidst the mountains at 5,183 meters, the freezing alpine lake is amongst the major sources of the river Teesta. The lake takes its name after the eminent guru Padmasambhava, who is believed to have traversed this region during his visit to Tibet.

There’s even a temple of him near the lake. Flanked on one side by the incredible Kanchendzonga range, the lake freezes in the winter months, save a special spot that is said to have been blessed. The waters of the lake are believed to have been blessed by the gods and are revered all over by the Hindus.

Location:
North Sikkim, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx 115 km

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