Gurudongmar in October

#1 Sep 13th, 2013, 23:45
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Hi Friends

I have planned for gurudongmar trip in October. My self and my family members will be traveling. Their age is between 55 to 65.

Please advice, what are the things I should keep in mind, like O2, medicine..etc..

Is the lake frozen during that time?

Thanks In advance
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#2 Sep 14th, 2013, 23:31
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If you are going in early Oct then it might not be in frozen state....but end of Oct You can get it in frozen or at least semi frozen state...Oxygen level will be low up there but as you are staying there that won't be of any problem...
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Hello itsjoy2u

The roads of North Sikkim are really bumpy and narrow at some parts. It's not that suitable for elderly persons, if you're family members have some experience in bad hilly roads then fine, else high chance they'll find the roads uncomfortable.
Moreover, you're going just after rainy season, so chances of landslides are there. Sikkim govt and BRO are quick to clear all those though the landslide prone area roads can give real pain...

There are few security checkposts on the way, they check the health conditions (BP, breathing trouble, AMS etc) of all tourists, specially children and elderly. As per my experience, I couldn't find any elderly tourists (above 50) at Gurudongmar. The security checkposts have some seating arrangements where elderly can seat and wait for other team members who gets permission to go there.
If you're thinking of Yumthang Valley, there also I heard some tourists complained about AMS. Assuming you're going to stay at Lachen and Lachung, Lachen accommodation and food etc are basic. Comparatively Lachung has better staying options.

To prevent AMS, please note:
1. Carry homeopathic medicine COCA 30. Start taking the medicine at suggested regular interval, from the start of your journey.
2. You can carry small portable Oxygen cylinder.
3. On way towards Gurudongmar/Yumthang valley, carry popcorns in good amount. Have some chewing gums handy.
4. Other very good stuff is piece of ginger, keep within your mouth and chew occasionally, it really helps.
5. The scenic beauty of these places is simply OUT OF THE WORLD. But, please keep excitement and happiness within yourself... be calm and never try to speak loudly, never walk fast, never shout. I can remember one girl (about 25 yr age), tried to call his relative about 10 ft in front of her, and had fallen unconscious in ground. So be very very careful.
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Thanks subhadyuti.

You have given very useful information and advice. If my parents feel uncomfortable during gurudongar journey, can they stay in any rest points nearer to the place like Thangu?
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Hello itsjoy2u

Basically, Thangu is a small village(the only village on route from Lachen to Gurudongmar), where people used to take a break, have some hot tea, maggi etc. Some 30 minutes break in Thangu helps to get acclimatize with height(Thangu is about 14.5k ft).

Then on the road towards Gurudongmar, there is one left bifurcation which leads to viewpoint of Chopta Valley. then on way towards Gurudongmar, there is security checkpost.

The security checkpost has seating arrangements; they also serve hot tea etc to beat cold weather. I saw about 8-10 people seating and waiting for their group members in security checkpost. Your parents can wait over there. In that case, on the return journey to Lachen, they can go to Chopta Valley view point. The viewpoint is usually very windy, but it's beautiful.

Else, they can wait at Thangu. It's small village, but the hospitality of locals will touch you.

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