Yumthang Valley

Yumthang - Zero Point in North Sikkim

Yumthang Valley also known as the Sikkim Valley of Flowers Sanctuary is a pictorial valley in North Sikkim. Sits at an elevation of 3500 meter, this magnificent valley is dotted with an exquisite collection of Himalayan Flora. Yumthang is blessed with an abundance of nature where visitors will find over 24 species of Rhododendrons which paint the entire valley with a rosy blush during spring. Along with rhododendron trees, the beautiful valley is covered with vibrant Himalayan flowers and herbs making it a treasure house for the botany enthusiast traveling in North Sikkim. Yumthang with its ethereal beauty and the splendid vista of the Himalayan range has become a must-visit place in Sikkim.

With the help of the Sikkim Tour Package of North Bengal Tourism, travelers can relish the surreal beauty of the Yumthang Valley of Sikkim and its surrounding places. The Yumthang Tour Package of North Bengal Tourism is both tailor-made and reasonable.

Hotels in Yumthang Valley

There are no hotels located in the Yumthang Valley. But visitors can opt to stay in Gangtok or Lachen. Visitors can book hotels in Lachen and Gangtok with the hotel booking service of North Bengal Tourism. But most people prefer staying in Lachen due to its proximity to the Valley. All the latest amenities are there to make the visitors staying comfortable. Distance: The distance between Lachen to Yumthang Valley is 72 kilometers.

Activities in and around Yumthang

The following are the activities one can do in and around Yumthang valley. The most prominent ones are as mentioned below.

Visit Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary located inside the valley is one of the finest attractions travelers would love to visit. By visiting here, travelers will get to see more than 24 species of rhododendron trees. Stroll around the sanctuary to experience the scenic beauty of nature

Visit Lachen and Lachung

Visiting Lachen and Lachung should be in your holiday itinerary is you had planned to visit Yumthang. The surreal view of nature you will see here is truly indescribable in words. Being the bases of Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake, you can also have a sightseeing excursion to these places rom here. Moreover, Sikkim is full of Buddhist monasteries. Travelers can explore most of the nearby monasteries in Lachung and Lachen. Lachung to Yumthang Distance is about 25 km.

Excursion to Zero Point

From Yumthang, travelers can also go for a short excursion to Zero Point which is almost 25 km away from the valley. The place is named so because of its high altitude of 15,000 feet and also because this is the place where the motorable road ends. Travelers will get to see the beautiful snow covered surface and mountains.

Enjoy the View of Yumthang Chu

On the way to the valley, travelers will come across a shimmering river named Yumthang Chu. The panoramic view of the snaking river and its glittering water will provide a breathtaking treat to the eyes of the travelers. They can spend some quality time here witnessing the beautiful natural exhibition of this river.

Take Bath in the Hot Spring

Just a little distance away from the valley, there is a hot spring, one of the most popular in Sikkim. Cross the iron bridge that has been constructed over the Lachung river to reach the famous hot spring. Rich with sulfur and many other healing properties, get your mind and body refreshed.

Getting There

By Air: The nearest airport of Yumthang Valley is in Bagdogra. From Bagdogra airport, it takes approx. 8hrs to reach Yumthang Valley. Distance: The distance between Bagdogra to Yumthang Valley is 219 kilometers.

By Rail: The nearest railway station of Yumthang Valley is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP). It is an overall 8hrs drive from NJP to Yumthang Valley. Distance: The distance between NJP to Yumthang Valley is 215 kilometers.

Travelers can also halt overnight in Gangtok to break the journey time. With North Bengal Tourism you can find hotels in Gangtok according to your liking and budget. Distance: The distance between Gangtok to Yumthang Valley is 127 kilometers.

Best Time to Visit & Weather

April to June: During this season, Yumthang Valley is bursting with the vibrant vista of blooming rhododendrons and primulas. Along with serene ambiance and pictorial view visitors can also enjoy the soothing weather of Yumthang Valley.

Yumthang Valley in October to March: During this season, visitors can witness the panoramic vista of snowcapped mountains enclosing Yumthang Valley. But since Yumthang Valley is perched at a higher elevation, the winter season can be really cold.

F.A.Q on Yumthang Valley

Q. Is there any accommodation available in Yumthang?

No, there is no accommodation in the valley. However, travelers can stay in the nearby locations such as Lachen and Lachung.

Q. What are the things to do in the valley?

Trekking, strolling around the valley and photography are some of the best things to do in the valley. You can visit nearby attractions like Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Excursion to Zero Point, Lachung Monastery, Gurudongmar Lake and more.

Q. Why is Yumthang called the 'Valley of Flowers'?

It is called the 'Valley of Flowers' because of the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary. The blooming rhododendrons and the others kind of flowers look stunning here in the valley in their full glory.

Q. Do I need a permit to visit the valley?

As the valley is quite near to Indo-Chinese border, you may need to obtain a permit to visit it. Permits are given at the tourism office in Sikkim.

Q. Is Yumthang Valley worth visiting?

Yes, the valley is truly worth visiting. The serene atmosphere, colorful flowers and the awestrucking vista of Himalaya makes it a worth visiting tourist destination.

Q. Is it safe to visit Yumthang Valley?

Yes, the valley is completely safe to visit. However, due to its high elevation, breathing difficulties can occur if someone has underlying health issues.

Q. How is the weather of this place?

The weather of this place is mostly chilly. In the summer, the temperature ranges from as high as 16° Celsius and as low as 7° Celsius. In the winter, you can expect the temperature ranging from 6° to -11° Celsius.


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