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Tour description

Experience unique vegetation and mountain scenery in the sparsely populated, wild north of Sikkim. From the species-rich, densely forested subtropical valleys, you will cross the tree line (3,800 m above sea level) into the alpine zone on the border between Tibet, China and Sikkim, India. Experience wild mountain worlds and a magnificent spectacle of color when the various rhododendrons are in full bloom in springtime. You will be accompanied by an experienced tour guide with in-depth local knowledge, who will be happy to cater to your personal interests and needs. You will spend the night in the best local hotels and, if you wish, as a house guest in a homestay.

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  • Wild mountain worlds from the subtropical to the alpine zone in the border region with Tibet
  • Hiking options in high valleys through forests rich in rhododendron and yak pasture landscapes with mountain streams and thermal springstimes.
  • Insights into the Lachungpa, Lachenpa and Yak herder (nomadic) communities
  • Optional hike to the place where Belgian-French explorer/spiritualist Alexandra David-Neel meditated
  • Tibetan Buddhist cultural heritage


  • Day 1: Arrival from Bagdogra or module “Sikkim the East”. Overnight stay in Gangtok
  • Day 2-5: Onward journey to the Dzongu Lepcha Reserve. Various hiking options allow you to immerse yourself in the original and nature-loving way of life of the Lepcha people. Visit remote hamlets, untouched forests and hike past waterfalls and to a thermal spring. Overnight stay in a private lodge
  • Day 6-9: Continue your journey to the far north to Lachen and the last settlement before Tibet with an optional hike in the Chopta Valley (4,000 m above sea level) or hike to the cave where Alexandra David Neel meditated. Excursion to the high valley of Yumthang, 3,800 m.a.s.l. where many species of rhododendron bloom in spring.
  • Day 10: Day: Return journey to Gangtok or the Rumtek region.
  • Day 11: Day: Transfer to Bagdogra airport or continue with module “Sikkim the East” or “Sikkim the West”.


  • Combine this travel module with other travel modules “Sikkim“.
  • Homestay, +1-2 days: Experience the country and its people by staying as a house guest in the area between Tumlong and Mangan. Staying with a host family gives you a unique, particularly deep insight into life in the countryside and the local culture and agriculture.
  • Tarum trekking, North Sikkim, +5-6 days: Trek with us over the Lhabala Pass (4,800 m above sea level) from the high valley of Yumthang (3,700 m above sea level) to Lachen (2,800 m above sea level).
  • Travel module Dzongu, North Sikkim, +2 days: Integrate a side trip to the heartland of the indigenous people of Sikkim.

Best time to travel

Spring and autumn; April and May for rhododendrons in bloom.

Winter: some of the high valleys are inaccessible due to snow. Be aware that the hotels do not have central heating and you will need to dress warmly indoors during the winter months.

Summer: During monsoon season (July and August) Northern Sikkim experiences less rainfall than the rest of the country. During this time, the alpine flora is in bloom, such as the blue poppy (Meconopsis).

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