Help: Nathu La Pass closed on my visiting days! Need suggestions for alternatives...

#1 Apr 20th, 2009, 18:18
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I am visiting Gangtok from 27 April to 2 May 09. I have only 28,29,30 April and 1 May as full days in Gangtok. Visit to Gurudongmar lake is a must do. My other plan was to go on the Tsango lake/Nathu La pass one day tour on the fourth day. But now I found that NathuLa pass is open only on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday! So there is no way I can see Nathu La Pass this time

I need help of IMers on following questions:

1. Is there any shared package of 3N/4D available from Gangtok, that covers Gurudongmar lake and Chopta valley? I gathered info that there are many 2N 3D shared packages for Gurudongmar lake, but have read only references to 3N 4D shared packages. Any info on it?

2. Is there any way to see Baba Mandir and Tsomgo lake otherwise? What does it mean "border is closed"? Can't we visit that border on any day (I don't want to cross it to China )

Any help will be deeply appriciated.
#2 Apr 26th, 2009, 00:25
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Can't answer your questions..specifically..but we visited Peling while we were there...good view of K2 if u r lucky.
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#3 May 6th, 2009, 16:40
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Updating the thread myself. I went to Sikkim. The border is closed only on Monday and tuesday. Sadly, when I went there, due to elections the permits were not being given. You may want to call up some tour operator in Gangtok to confirm whether the permits are being handed out, before fixing the tour.
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We were there on Apr-13 at Tsongo Lake, Sikkim. Plenty of snow.

But no permits were being issued for Nathu-La, due to snow condition on route I presume. Some details on this thread: Grand Himalayan Road Tour (GHiRT)- What to Visit?
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PS: Attaching the Route GPS waypoints in file below; in case anybody is interested seeing that in Google Earth.

PS1: Sorry could not attach that 570Kb file; as it exceeds IM limit .. will put in my blog page.
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