Gnathang or Nathang valley is called “Ladakh of the East”. It is a small hamlet in Eastern Himalaya, located at a very high altitude around 13000 feet above the sea level. It is the most beautiful village of the Old Silk route that connects India to China. In the ancient time, China used to trade the Chinese silk to Central Asia and Europe through this route.
How to go to Gnathang Valley?
Gnathang Valley is the part of the Old Silk Route trip or East Sikkim Trip. I visited it from Zuluk during my during 5 days long Old Silk route travel.
Nearest Railway station- New Jalpaiguri (NJP)
Nearest Airport- Bagdogra.
As temperature and climate of the place are totally different from the plane, it’s better to visit it either from Zuluk or Mankhim or from Rangoli. It helps one to adjust to the climate of the high altitude places. You can book a cab for Mankhim or Silerygaon, which are the part of Silk route. If you wish to go there, I’ll suggest you book an old Silk Route tour package.
What to see?
We came here from Zuluk. After crossing Lunthung, as we ascended towards the Nathang, the views of the mountain was getting changed. We saw the colors of the mountain on both sides of the road turned into grey from the green. It looked like a desert in the mountain. The red, orange and green colored mosses wrapped around the mountain body. It is the coldest place of this route. In the winter, the snow covers the whole area and it’s hard to connect to other parts of the Sikkim. If you go in Winter, you may experience snowfall in the valley and the valley looks like Ladakh.
It is the place of the nature lover. Staying in the snow shielded Himalayan hamlet, shivering in the coldest temperature, feeling the chilled wind, and watching the beauty of Himalaya are the lifetime experience.
There was a small Buddist Monastery in the valley. We didn’t visit it. We went in the morning to the Eagle Bunker from where we experience a 360-degree view of Kanchenjunga.
Gnathang Valley is still the virgin and offbeat location of Sikkim. Don’t miss the chance to visit it once before it loses its virginity with the touch of professional tourism.
- You need to stay at the Homestay, which has only the basic amenities.
- You couldn’t get any Telephone or Internet connection.
- You can face breathing trouble at this high altitude. So, carry an inhaler.
- No ATM facility. So, always carry cash.
- It is an army protected area. So, you need to take permit from Rangoli town to visit Gnathang.
- I recommend booking a package tour to visit it as it is a remote place with less connectivity.
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