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#631 Apr 17th, 2012, 23:45
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No issue AkarnNavokas, you will go there again and that time we will join you (Our 3rd :-) Sikkim is a place where you go again and again. Right ?
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Can anybody suggest me the best time to visit North Sikkim to get the clear blue sky.

I want to cover yumthang ,katao(zero point) & gurudongmar lake.
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winter is the best time according to your need.......if you are not dare enough to face the extreme cold, opt for November to first week of January
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Hi All,

Will I be able to go to GuruDongMar and ZeroPoint in 30th April to 2nd May ?
How will be the weather and condition of roads at that time ?

Please help ? I am in final stages of booking

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better to book your N Sikkim package on spot in Gangtok........make sure N Sikkim is accessible for tourists.......visit Tourist Information desk, MG Marg, Gangtok
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Hi PKanti,

Since I am going with family cant afford to go without bookings
What kind of weather can I expect at that time ( 30th April to 2nd May ) ? One of tour operator mentioned that road to Yumthang is blocked due to snow and the road may open by the time we visit
Not sure if that would be true. Tourism office mentions its open and that GuruDongMar is blocked

I booked these days assuming rains would be less and no road blockages either due to snow or landslides, Now I am very anxious
Based on experience what do you say ?

- Rakesh
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April-May is one of the best seasons for N Sikkim...........full of Rhododendrons and clear sky.........but there will be light shower in evening at Lachung.....dont worry its normal..........approx temperature:

Lachung: Minimum 2C - 6C and Maximum 12C - 16C (if there is a light rain at evening)
Lachung: Minimum 4C - 8C and Maximum 15C - 20C
Gurudongmar: -2C - 5C at around 9to12 noon (if winding 30/40 km/h)

Pleae note: its not a prediction.......its just a sumup of my experiences of that time
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Thanks PKanti, I understand prediction is not possible, even meteorological departments get it wrong
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Oh we would love that, Santanu. And you are right about Sikkim being a place to visit again and again. Garhwal during the summers is very brown and dry in comparison to the mountains of north eastern side. Sikkim is all green, waterfalls running down at almost all bends and colourful flowers blooming all around.

@raks35 - Please check out www.accuweather.com (you can get it for a month ahead) their predictions for Lachen matched in our case.

PKanti is right about booking tour packages from Gangtok. You will get a difference of about Rs. 2000/- (or even some more) per head. Say from Kolkata we got quotations from few tour operators who had their counterparts in Gangtok which was in the area of Rs. 6000/- per head for 2N/3D tour of N. Sikkim. But this stood at Rs. 4000/- per head if booked from Gangtok and that too from reputed tour operators.

As for Yumthang, yes 12 Kms of 24 Kms. from Lachung have been cleared of snow but locals said entire stretch will be cleared by May.

Gurudongmar road is open and it will depend on the weather and luck for you to reach the place.
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@Akarn_navokas, 12 Kms snow cleared out of 24 Kms, thats a very detailed information and we have around 11 days for 30thApril2012, hope it is all cleared by then
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@ Akarn_navokas, @ raks35 and others

till today, the roads to Yumthang, Gurudongmar and even to Baba Mandir are closed for tourists due to snow and other reason ............ all we can do hope for best
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Why road to YumThang not opening ? Its because of oil crisis says GREF, I guess it Border Roads Org
http://isikkim.com/2012-04-sikkim-yu...tourists-20-5/
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Originally Posted by raks35 View Post Why road to YumThang not opening ? Its because of oil crisis says GREF, I guess it Border Roads Org
http://isikkim.com/2012-04-sikkim-yu...tourists-20-5/

What is GREF?
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