Mount Thinchinkhang (6010m) is situated in Western Sikkim and falls under Khangchendzonga National Park which is a window to Natural beauties, bio-diversity, sacred lakes and snow capped Mountains. One can see this peak from Okhlathang Valley while trekking to Goechala pass. The peak have been declared by Government of Sikkim as trekking peaks in 1990. Since then it had caught the eyes of many mountaineers, but it has only been appreciated must then climbed. These mountain can prove just more than a trekking peak for many mountain climbers. From the summit of these peaks one can enjoy a breath taking view of some of the most beautiful mountains of Sikkim Himalayas, and also Mount Makalu in Nepal.
Pick up Bagdogra/NJP drive Gangtok, 126kms, and 4 hours. Bagdogra is the nearest Airport where as NJP (New Jalpaiguri) is the closest Railway Station to Sikkim. Drive to Gangtok passes through a lush green vegetation adjacent to it river Teesta flows in a vibrant current.
Tour around Gangtok includes Rumtek Monastery, Flower show, Directorate of handicraft &Handlooms, Enchey Monastery, Hanuman Tok, Tashi view Point, Chorten, Namgyal Institute of Jibetology (NIT). Rumtek monastery is 24 kms away from Gangtok, about 45 minutes drive;-established in 1960 after the arrival of his holiness the XVIth Gyalwa Karmapa –it is almost a replica of the original Kagyud headquarter in Tibet. Flower show is orgnised round the year near White Memorial Hall complex- exhibitions are held twice a year for the display of Orchids and other flowers, of which Sikkim boasts of having 4,000 flowering plants. Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms, is a store house of handwoven woolen carpets, blankets, shawls, with traditional motifs and many other gift items- Sales Emporium remains open through-out the year. Enchey Monastery 200 years old Monastery – build on the site blessed by Lama Druptok Karpo, a tantric master known for his power of flying. “Chaam” a religious masked dance is performed with great fanfare for 2 days around January..Chorten- Do-drul Chorten (Stupa)-build in 1945 by venerable Trulshi Rompoche head of Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism- inside the Stupa: complete “Zung”(mantras) and other religious objects. Around Chorten: 108 Mani Lhakor (prayer wheels),Chorten Lakhang and Guru Lakhang.
Day trip to Tsongo-Babamandir/Nathula Pass. Tsongo Lake, Babamandir and Nathula are situated in high altitude area. Tsong is at 12400 feet, Babamandir app. At 13000feet and Nathula is at 14600 feet. Tsongo Lake is an alpine lake with lots of rainbow trout though it is a sacred lake of Sikkim. Visitors are not allowed to do boating and entering the lake. Baba mandir is situated much higher with a mandir established and maintained by 17th Mountain Brigade. Baba Harbajan a soldier who perished in a gushing river in 1960 re surfaced to protect the border of Indo-China.Nathula pass is gateway to Tibet and before Chinese aggression this used to be only a silk route to Lhasa. Nathula to Lhasa is only 470 kms. In near future this route is being re- opened to start Indo-China Trade. Gangtok to Tsongo—Baba Mandir drive is one of the most interesting as it provides an altitudinal changes along with the vegetation changes. During winter the region is full of snow. Nathula is opened for visitors on the following days: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Tour has to be organized by recognized local travel agent.
Gangtok drive to Lachung; –126 kms, is situated at around 8,610 feet. with total tribal culture & is one of the remote areas. The Lachung Monastery on the slope opposite the highway is a focal point of all religious functions of the local inhabitants. Scenic beauty while traveling to Lachung is at its best with long cascading water falls- it has gained soaring popularity of Yumthang Valley, which is just 24 kms from here.
Visit Yumthang further to Yumesamdong. (4824 meters) Yumthang Valley is surrounded by snowy mountains and the river runs through the middle of the valley- it is also the home of Shingbha Rhododendron Sanctuary having 24 species of Rhododendrons and a hot spring. hult at Lachung.
Lachung drive to Lachen 2728 meters. /Thangu: 14000 feet- Lachen is situated at an altitude of 9,075 feet. Lachen monastery situated on the top of the village commands a panaromic view of the surroundings and countryside. Thangu is at an altitude of 14,000 feet- about three hours drive from Lachen.
Spent time around close up toward Chopta Valley further visit Gurudongmare Lake, later back to Lachen and hult
Drive to Gangtok enroute visit Phodong Monastery, Chungthang Monastery and Kabi Tintak
Gangtok drive Pelling. Pelling is a new tourist destination, which has sprung up to feed the west Sikkim tourism circuit. Pelling provides excellent view of Kanchendzonga range. Khechuperi Lake which is about 13km from Pelling is yet another sacred lake of Sikkim. It is believed that once you visit the Lake and wish in your mind will be fulfilled. The Lake is in the shape of a Buddha’s foot and all around rich forest cover guards the habitats. Lake provides shelter to large number of birds.
Drive back to NJP/ BAGDOGRA AIR PORT.
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Mingma! Julay!namestey! hope you are in good health. Sorry to write you lately. Our trip to Thiland made us busy so we were unable to write you back. Mingma the trekking was well organised and I had a wonderful time with you.. . Ladhak is a wonderful place and your guiding made it much much better. We all are very happy and eager to visit your country sikkim next time.
The way you describe sikkim, it really seems to be a nice place. We will promote for you wherever we go. Thanks for your support when the chips were down..
Convey our regards to Jigmee,Arun and Horse man. Hope we will meet then again. Harry,Dorris Michael and Gracy Switzerland 2009
Max, hope you are doing fine business. We are thankful for your warm guidance and wonderful trekking arrangements in a short time. Mingma the food was excellent. We will return to sikkim with friends and family someday. We would no doubt recommend your company mountain tours and treks to all of our friends who want to visit India and specially sikkim and Darjeeling. Adam and wanda Netherland. 2010
Mingma, thanks for your mail. We are still in kerela and doing familiarization trip. Its very hot out here. Mingma your trekking arrangements was good and we had no hesitation in recommending your company. Your guide and cook was very good. We had more than enough varieties of food everyday. We surely hope that you will do well.
Well take care and best of luck Andrew, Roben and David Switzerland 2011 feb