A Road Trip To Yumthang Valley and Zero Point

by Ekta


Oct 20, 2019

Lachung (Tibetan: Small Pass) is a small hill town at an elevation of 9600 ft, very close of the Indo-Tibetan Border. It is located near the confluence of the rivers Lachen and Lachung, tributaries of the Teesta river. The town serves as pitstop for travellers going to the Yumthang valley and is a very picturesque place in itself.

Yumthang is located in the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary and is popularly known as Sikkim’s Valley of Flowers. It lies on the way from Lachung to Zero Point and is a “must get down from the car and spend 2 hours” kind of place where you will find 24 varieties of Rhododendron flowers, many Yaks, prayer flags,  a mountain stream and happiness! Please be mindful of the fragile ecology.

Yume Samdong lies around 26 km after Yumthang Valley and takes about 3 hours to reach from Lachung. The place is often referred to as ‘Zero Point’ as there is no motor-able road beyond this place where tourists are allowed. This mountain top is flocked by tourists in the peak season who come to enjoy the snow. It can get chaotic at times!


Yumthang Valley

Yume Samdong (Zero Point)

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  • Location: North Sikkim, India
  • Places Visited: Lachung, Yumthang, Zero Point
  • Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, WB
  • Mode of Travel: By Road (Hired Car)
  • Permit: Needed. Inner Line Permit
  • Stay: Lachung

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A Business Analyst who lives in Pune, Maharashtra. She loves traveling and has acquired the hobby of taking photographs. Believes in living life to the fullest and is always cheerful. Co-owner of Shadows Galore.

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  1. George

    What a informative blog. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a great day.


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