North Sikkim is a very beautiful place. There are lots of popular tourist spots that are only a short trip away from Dzongu. All these destinations are reachable by road. We can help you in arranging a trip to any of these destinations. See the gallery section to see some pictures of these places.
Lachen: About four hours from Dzongu, the picturesque village of Lachen is used for tourists as a place to halt and acclimatize before going to the Gurudongmar Lake. It is also a starting point for many long treks in the Himalayas. It is at an altitude of about 8,800 ft. The village comprises of some houses and a few hotels. It has Lachen Chu River to it's one side.
Thangu: Thangu is 30 Km. from Lachen. It is at an altitude of 13000 ft. The valley around is carpeted with beautiful flowers in the months of May & June, replaced by snow in the winters. If you leave Lachen early morning and reach Thangu, you find the village just beginning to stir. The morning haze hangs in the air and the dense smoke from the Buddhist prayers adds to this. A few villagers can be seen here and there. Buddhist prayer flags flutter atop each house adding to the beauty of the place. It is a small picturesque hamlet with scanty population. Tree lines start to disappear after Thangu. You require special permits to get here, checked at the army check-post.
Gurudongmar Lake: The Gurudongmar lake is situated at an altitude of about 18,000 ft. The route leading upto it passes thruough some stunning scenery, quite like the Tibetan plateau. The lake itself surpasses everything in it's beauty. It is a calm and serene with crystal clear water. The altitude here results in a lack of oxygen, but is usually not a problem for many people. The Army does not allow anybody to stay here after 12 pm due to the fierce winds after that time. The lake is considered holy by the people of many religions and there a lot of legeands of the magical properties of the water here.
Lachung: Lachung is a small village that serves as a base for people travelling onwards to the Yumathang Valley and the Lachung Monastery. The place is at an altitude of 8,600 ft. The route leading to it passes through picturesque spots and waterfalls that one may stop at. It has some hotels and a few houses.
Yumathang Valley: The Yumthang Valley beyond Lachung is the major tourist attraction in the region. It is at an altitude of 11,800 ft. The colourful rhododendron bloom (May-June), soaring snow-capped peaks, and herds of wandering yaks makes this an idyllic location. The valley has a thermal spring, which has sulphurous waters. The Lachung Gompa is the region's largest Buddhist shrine, located on the hillside across from Lachung. Yumthang is closed between December and March due to heavy snowfall.