If you are visiting Sikkim, it is worth to make it a point to visit the Yumthang Valley to enjoy the perfect scenic view. You may not be able to experience the stunning views of snow capped mountains anytime and elsewhere in India if you miss visiting this place. It is the most picturesque place in the whole of Sikkim. You should further your journey from Lachung to reach the Yumthang Valley. From Gangtok, you can reach the small town of Mangan, which is just 66 km away, and drive further to the small town of Lachung from where you will have to travel only 22km more to reach the Yumthang Valley. Yumthang valley is located at an altitude of 11,800 feet and a one and half hour’s drive from Lachung. It has a line of trees and a vast stretch of flowers exposing a dense bed of rhododendron flowers for miles. These flowers come in a wide range of colors such as purple, blue, red, pink etc.
The rhododendron flowers bloom between the months of March to May and it is the best time to visit the valley to explore this blooming flowery view.
Things to do
The trek to the Kanchenjunga base camp can be a highlight of your tour to north-east India. While trekking through the beautiful steep roads and mountains, nature lovers will enjoy the scenic view of mountains, waterfalls and alpine forests all around them. The most beautiful walk is the small bridge that reaches the hot spring at Yumthang Valley. In extreme cold winters the natural warm water is a blessing. Nearby there are rivers which have provisions for fishing.
Further up towards the altitudeof 15000 feet there lies the Zero point.
Skiing in Yumthang valley is the most adventurous activity you can undertake.It is a pretty well-known sport along with trekking. It is blanketed with snow during November to March and it makes it a perfect and ideal place to enjoy skiing.
The valley caters to the needs of every tourist and at all skiing levels- the beginners as well as the advance skiers. Its the most fascinating sport in Sikkim. Ski gears are available on hire in Yumthang Valley. There are recently many trainers who have come to help tourists get the skiing basics right to enjoy a fabulous adventure sport.
Places to see
The Yumthang valley is a nature-lovers’ paradise. The Yumthang will give you enthralling view of the great valley of flowers. It has miles of flowers of all kinds specifically primulas and rhododendron. The flower sanctuary blooms in spring and summer months from April to May. The spring is located on the right side of the Yumthang valley which is a major tourist attraction at Yumthang. While driving towards the Yumthang valley you can also see the waterfalls and the streams.
Just six km away from the Yumthang valley lies a ‘shiv mandir’ which can be driven towards through a car though the roads are steep and bumpy. It is a small shiv temple which holds a lot of religious values and is said to be a very sacred temple.
The hot spring in the Yumthang valley is immensely popular for its healing powers. The Yumthang valley is covered with shrubs and trees. This quaint village has its own beauty.
The Kanchenjunga national park is another must visit from the Yumthang valley. This is a land of great mountains, monasteries, orchids and dense forests and streams. It has the finest scenery in the world. With a wide range of the flora and fauna of the nature, it is undoubtedly a magnificent place to visit.
Whether you are a nature lover or an adventure sport lover, your visit to Yumthang Valley will be an enlightening experience. If you want to make a booking to Sikkim and visit the Yumthang Valley, the Hill Peak Tours will provide you with the best itineraryto enjoy your tour to Sikkim and make it a memorable one. So get associated with us right away.