North Sikkim Tour Package: 5 Mistakes to Avoid On Your Visit!

Avoiding 5 Common Mistakes on Your North Sikkim Tour Package

Oct 6th, 2023

Are you planning a North Sikkim tour package? Exploring the breathtaking beauty of North Sikkim is a dream for many travelers. However, there are some common mistakes that tourists often make when visiting this enchanting region.Let’s dive into five of these mistakes that you should avoid to make your trip to North Sikkim a memorable and hassle-free experience. So, let's delve into the important pointers that will help you!
1. Permits are needed for North Sikkim: 
Many travelers are unaware that they need to get their permits made in order to visit North Sikkim during their North Sikkim tour package. The permits can be obtained through a Sikkim registered Travel Agent like OurGuest either in Gangtok or in Mangan (North Sikkim District Capital). Aadhar card is not accepted while making the permits, so you need to carry:
Passport size photos of all travelers
Voter id card or Driving license or Passport will do
If there are children then the Aadhar will work provided the father’s/mother’s name is mentioned in the Aadhar card.

Photo: Gurudongmar Lake Taxi Parking
2. Taxis/Transports are much more expensive when you book last minute during peak season:
During peak season, it is a much better idea to book your transport beforehand as there is a good chance that if you book last minute, the rates quoted to you may be much higher. Do book your North Sikkim tour package through a good travel agency like OurGuest so you get a good vehicle with good drivers. Most drivers/travel agencies charge extra for Gurudongmar Lake, KalaPathar, Yumthang and Zero point (Yumesamdong). So, if you are negotiating for the total package, please mention the above locations and get the quotation accordingly.

Photo: Kalapathar, Lachen
3. You cannot directly go from Airport/NJP to Lachen/Lachung:
It is a very long journey from Siliguri to Lachen/Lachung and not advisable at all. Moreover tourists need to get their permits made. So it is a much better idea to plan for the first night halt at Gangtok. Next morning, the travel agency will arrange for permits and then you can go to North Sikkim.

Photo: Yumthang, Lachung
4. North Sikkim Tour in 2 nights/3 days is very tiresome and can lead to sickness:
Many tourists try to cover Lachen, Gurudongmar Lake, Lachung, Yumthang, Zero Point, KalaPathar in 2 nights, 3 days. This is very tiresome and many of them (especially elderly people, children or those having some prior ailments) get sick during the trip. It is a much better idea to make a 3 nights stay in Lachen/Lachung at least. You have to depart early for Gurudongmar Lake (around 5:30 am) and due to the high altitude, the journey from Lachen to Gurudongmar lake and back is a much more tiring one as compared to Lachung – Yumthang – Zero point and back to Lachung. Please make sure you stay in a good hotel/homestay in Lachen as there are less properties there as compared to Lachung.

Photo: Gurudongmar Lake, North Sikkim
 Two stays we recommend in Lachen:
Lhakhim Homestay, Lachen
Khenkhim Regency, Lachen
For Lachung, you can try out some good homestays and even a luxury camp with an attached bathroom, electric heater and generator backup !!

Photo: Bichu Homestay, Lachung
5. On the way back from Lachen/Lachung travelers can stop at Mangan/Dzongu:
Mangan/Dzongu is a nice midway destination between Lachen/Lachung and Gangtok. Guests can stop there for a day especially if they are very tired from the North Sikkim trip. They can then directly go to the airport/railway station from there and don't have to come back to Gangtok if they have already stayed at Gangtok earlier.   
Some of the recommended stays in Mangan and Dzongu during your North Sikkim tour package would be:
Malla Kothi Heritage Homestay, Mangan
Munlom Nature Resort, Dzongu

Photo: Malla Kothi Homestay, Mangan
We hope this information was helpful to you. North Sikkim is arguably the most beautiful part of Sikkim but travelers need to keep a few things in mind when they travel to North Sikkim. 
Last tip:  Mineral water bottles are not allowed in North Sikkim. So it is a good idea to carry water bottles with you when you take your North Sikkim tour package with OurGuest and get it back with you.


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