Nathula and changu accessibility in December

#1 Dec 6th, 2010, 21:58
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Hi frends!

Can any1 tell me whether both nathula pass and changu lake is accesible in December last week ?
#2 Dec 9th, 2010, 10:31
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Hi there,

Nathula will be pretty much closed (just checked snow forecast and its likely it will have already closed won, or will do so v shortly)

Chhangu could be open, depend son your luck, owing to the Black cat commando camp there, even if the road gets snowed in, they usually reopen it in a couple of days, BUT its very risky to go up in snow conditions as the road is likely to be slick with ice. make sure the vehicle you go in, has snow chains!

All in all...try your luck, though the chances are not great ..I would guess 50-50
#3 Dec 9th, 2010, 16:36
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Thanks so much sidch. i have already chalked out these two places for this reason. Planned for West Sikkim. C we have bookrd 3 days at pelling from 25th- 28th. We are also vry eager to c rinchenpong, uttarey, kaluk and versey. Can we go these places basing at pelling? Kindly advice. also tell me if you can sugest any other alterations ( prefering some quiet remote destnations !!) Tks-
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dont go with out checking the wheels of the vehicle they must be new or else there is risk of slipping n falling into mountains while driving in ice..cause our vehicle slipped and had worst tyres..we were almost a slip away from death..and if possible ask the driver to bring chains one day before itself
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You wont need chains for uttarey, kaluk , rinchinpong, pelling etc.
#6 Dec 17th, 2010, 10:06
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Originally Posted by cholay jibon View Post Thanks so much sidch. i have already chalked out these two places for this reason. Planned for West Sikkim. C we have bookrd 3 days at pelling from 25th- 28th. We are also vry eager to c rinchenpong, uttarey, kaluk and versey. Can we go these places basing at pelling? Kindly advice. also tell me if you can sugest any other alterations ( prefering some quiet remote destnations !!) Tks-
My pleasure! yes you should be able to do a complete trip of West Sikkim from Pelling without any problems. It does not snow in lower West Sikkim so no problems expected with the roads.

I would suggest you reach Gangtok around 4-5 on Day 1 of your trip and check in to a hotel and ask them for the situation in Chhangu. Nathula will definitely not be open but Chhangu is fantastic on its own especially if it has snowed! Also, if you enter Gangtok and its raining, its likely its snowing on top. If the hotel guys say that it hasnt been snowing heavily, then you can ask him in the evening itself to make your permits for early morning the next day. remember you need to provide 2 (or 1 dont remember) photos for the permit to go up. You can do Chhangui and look around Gangtok for the day and the next day morning or maybe on day 1 itself you could leave for Pelling. It will take about 4 hours, so make sure you leave by 2-3 pm as it gets dark, foggy and cold pretty quick!

Another important thing to remember is that in general most of the hotel owners are honest and pretty cool...but make sure you make friends with the local boys who work there (as they have the best/reliable info) and ask them advice on going up. If the snow is fresh, there wont be too much problem but if it had hardened somewhat, it will be spreading liberal streams of ice along the road and despite all assurances from cabs, offer to pay extra but only go for a vehicle with snow chains.


All in all, from the snow forecast, it seems there will have been snow in Chhangu, which means its a trip not worth missing if you can manage it. So, be prepared to improvise but hope for going up ... everytime I visit darjeeling, I make it a point to come all the way to Gangtok, just to pay homage to the lake

lastly, please do take some good gloves if you end up going up - while the rest of the body manages, its the hand that freezes first!
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#7 Dec 17th, 2010, 10:41
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yes obviously u can. its my guarntee. dec is very fine weather, very bright sun & a little bit snow.u can also go in north sikkim. all are remuros abt snow.i had stayed in gangtok for more than two years.so dont worry abt snow & cold because last week of dec is a pick season in gangok every year.
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sidch..grt quotes guy...u seem to be not only a helpful guy but quite good at words and thoughts, i must say u havea seasoned thoughts

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