North Sikkim : Katao Or zero point

#1 Oct 8th, 2010, 01:14
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Folks,

Which place is better Katao / Zero point? Where is the probability of snow more in last week of October?

Tour operator is charging 2500Rs/point. Isn't is quite high? Can one persuade the driver by paying some extra money to the driver enroute and go there?

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Bhushan
#2 Oct 8th, 2010, 16:58
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These two places are quite different. Katao has more probability of snow.

Not sure how your operator quoted you the rates. Normally the tour operator's charges are for night stay and fooding at Lachung and transport upto Yumthang valley. To go to the zero point you'll have to pay the extra around Rs. 250/- per head. Similarly extra charges may be applicable if you are going to Katao.
Two roads diverged in a wood and I I took the one less traveled by.
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Thanks Indra!

We are 4 ppl. So it going to be more per head. Operator has mentioned, we need to pay extra for these places. He is goign to take us till Yumthang Valley. I guess, Zero point is some 20-25km ahead of Yumthang valley.

So, we wanted to finalize whether Zero point or Katao ,as the cost going to go up, if we do both. What do you think?

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Bhushan
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I'll encourage you to do both but you should also note that it is not easy to do Yumthang Valley + Zero Point + Katao and return to Gangtok in the same day.

If you're going late October, you'll get plenty of snow in Lachen itself, certainly on the way to Yumthang Valley.

If you have to make a choice, I suggest you do the zero point this time and leave Katao for any future tour.
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Tou folks are defining the elephant from the parts you touch!
From yumethang [or, lachung] you pay rs 2500/- per vehicle: So, if you are two heads you pay 1250/- per head, for five people you pay 500/- and for ten heads [max no per vehicle] you pay 250/-

similar is the case with katao trip

but you don't have to worry if you keep your eyes open: In lachung there are sign posts giving you these information.

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Just returned for North Sikkim trip last week....

1) Rs 2500 for Zero Point OR Katao
2) Rs 2500 is cost for the entire Jeep thus the more the number of head the divided it gets
3) Its recommended you book exclusively the Nortch Sikkim trip, thats what i did, its expensive but you have flexibility.
4) i went to Zero point on 17th of October and snow was all around. Enough snow to play around. My daughter enjoyed a lot.
5) Slight snow / ice was also present in Gurudongmar
6) Katao is blocked since there is heave troop movement by ITBP (Indo Tibetean Border Police). Katao is officially not open for tourist and more often the driver bribes the guard to enter the location. But if senior officers are present this is not allowed.

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