On 8th Sep we went to Sam bro place to take our bike. Which was
RE Himalayan as we had lot of luggage we need to drop few bags at Sam bro place his kindness that we kept our bags safe with him.
We placed our luggage on bike and Sam bro himself tied the bags with bungee cots and that's all.
Baggage is being tied by Sam Bro
All set to leave Gangtok
We didn't have any riding gear just helmets and rain coats that is all we are carrying on us.
We started our journey to second highest lake in India "Gurudongmar Lake" via Thangu Valley.
Route from Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake via Thangu Valley
As we started moving forward leaving Gangtok behind us landscapes were amazing. The views of the valleys are jaw-falling. We approached the first water fall of the day known as "Butterfly Waterfalls" which is so fresh and so pure. We stopped and started clicking pictures such a scenic beauty.
Welcome to Butterfly Falls
Entrance to Butterfly Waterfalls
You can go down but be careful because the force of water is high.
Another view of Waterfalls
Main view of Butterfly Fall
On the way you will find 'N' number of waterfalls small to big.
Water pour down from somewhere
Water falls from somewhere in the valleys
Overflow of waterfall crossing upon the road
Waterfall formed due to landslide
Somewhere on the way
The roads were good for some distance later it become the worst enemy for us because rain started and we had to quickly wear rain coats.
As our target for the day to reach Thangu Valley before the sunset. After crossing lot of hills ups and downs we reached "Mangan" which is starting point of North Sikkim and which is the last fuel station for rest of North Sikkim.
Last fuel station in North Sikkim
We filled our bike with full tank and besides there is a small cafe which sells momos too as it was lunch time we stopped and had momos it was so yummy. After that an arch welcomes as you will be officially entering into North Sikkim
Welcome to North Siikkim
Now we need to get our permits signed by DCO so went to the North Sikkim Administration block to get it signed. Got it signed after 20min and we continued the journey to our destination. The view in North Sikkim is incomparable with any other place as it has it's own charm.
View point of K2
In the above image if the clouds wouldn't be there we could have seen K2 Mountain.
We are back to roads and following the path and roads are completely wet as sometimes it drizzles, rains and suddenly stops due to which we see multi effects of it.
The roads becoming more worst at some points I had to get down as road was steep and sluggish. I had to walk for few meters and got on the bike.
Going ahead we reached "Chungthang" Where 2 ways will be there as usual guess another way ?
As I will lead to Lachen route we proceeded and from there roads become little narrow and dense surrounded by complete river valley.
Entrance of Chungthang
Teesta is the one and only river which was coming along with us which continues to come with us till our last destination in this part.
Teesta river towards left side down in image
Clear view of Teesta River
So the Teesta river is forcibly gushing down the river stream. We should be very careful as you don't have any safety barriers towards your left as right may have cliffs and sometimes when you move to another hill it exchanges.
You will find lot of Iron bridges connecting two hills.
Waterfall going down the Iron Bridge
After travelling for more than 5 hours we reached Lachen which is at 8,838 Ft which is a small village with lots of stay options. If anyone wants good stay option can stay here.
At Lachen one more police check post get and signed and leave to Thangu Valley. There one police men helped us giving us contact of a person at Thangu Valley.
Completely Muddy Roads.
One side the temperature is dripping down and we didn't reach Thangu valley yet. After struggling for more than 2hrs we reached Thangu.
Touch Down at Thangu Valley
There we met "Ganga Didi" who saw us and gave us shelter for 1 night and outside the cold was spine-chilling cold.
Temperature at 4 degrees
We asked her whether she can prepare food for us, her generosity she had prepared food for us.
Food is getting Prepared
Finally got the food.
It was so cold that the food started cooling down and we ate quickly drank warm water and left to the room.
Special mention about Thangu is that whole village doesn't have electricity. Even Ganga Didi uses a car battery attached with one bulb that's it. Life is hard there.
Next day morning at 7:00 we took our permits got signed by policemen at Thangu and headed to "Gurudongmar Lake"
Towards the Lake with beautiful cloudy sky
On the way you will see lots of Army camps lots of soldiers are protecting Indian territorial border. You will see tanks kept at the border of India-China. Interesting thing is you will see lots n lots of Yaks.
These Yaks were getting scared on the way when we were going and jumping because of the bike sound.
Yaks on right side
After reaching the army transit camp you need to submit your permits and go towards lake. While you return back they give it.