Zero Point is the last place to be in Gangtok as tourists and civilians are not allowed beyond this point, as further beyond this point is India-China Border. This place is situated at an altitude of 15000 ft. thus having scarcity of oxygen in the air and causing High Altitude Sickness to tourists. But it is worth the view, as this place provides you with 360 degree panoramic view. You will find snow for almost whole of the year here, and also a partial frozen Teesta river. This place is Switzerland in itself and need no compliments. If you visit North Sikkim, this place should be mandatory in your list. The picturesque view is spectacularly amazing. There are also some temporary stalls and a temporary washroom which is not so hygienic.
It was second consecutive day when we saw temperature changing from positive to negative within span of few hours. But the view at Zero Point was worth to this fluctuation. Second time in as many days, I was close to international border.
Somehow we survived the night and started for Zero point which is the source of the Teesta river at 6 am. Some snow flakes were settling in the early hours of the day but our driver seemed to be relaxed and was driving at ease. Although I love driving, I would surely need a lot of experience and courage before taking hands on in the hills. At 10 am we reached at the source of the Teesta river and witnessed the first sight of snow in three days. Yes, it was December and was so dry that no snow was present even at Nathu La at 14000 ft which compelled us to hunt snow and lead to Zero Point. Bingo!
You can also move ahead and upward to Zero-Point that is situated an hour's drive from Yumthang. It is reported that the road is very steep and treacherous, however, the view from Zero-Point is worth all the trouble. Only vehicles from tour operators who are registered with Sikkim tourism are allowed. The visit to Zero Point involves additional cost for vehicle. You need to take a tour package from an authorized tour operator of Sikkim.
Yumesamdong (Zero Point)From Yumthang, we proceded further towards Yume Samdong (Zero Point) to embrace snow laden mountains tightly. The roads are curvy and not so well maintained, but who cares of road, when the reward is so mesmerizing.