The rain continued to play hide and seek but we set out anyway, in the evening, to explore the famously well-maintained and unlittered M.G. Marg, probably Sikkim's main shopping and eat-out Street. After having a thorough gander at it and filling our tummies with delicious junk we asked around a handful of local tour operators about Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthang Valley, and NathuLa. The first two places instantly went out of the picture on partial account of mistiming the entire schedule and the rest because of the ominous weather, which, played a terrible killjoy and had a couple hundred stranded at NathuLa.
Nonetheless, hoping for a little sunshine the next day, we made arrangements with a local tour operator (who also looked after the permits; yes, you will need one) for a shared jeep to NathuLa and back, a total of Rs. 800 per person. The guy promised to fully refund it in case the trip couldn't be commenced at all, or half of it in case it could only be managed till Tsomgo Lake (weather permitting of course) which turned out to be the case. And at around 8 in morning, we started out, amid dashes of sunshine which, disappointingly, turned to shades of grey a few kilometres before Tsomgo.