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    Thangu sits at an elevation of 13000 ft. Thangu is located around 30 kilometres north of Lachen. Because it is located at a high altitude, the area is usually blanketed with snow. The area is enveloped in a white covering of snow, especially from October to March. However, once the flowering season begins in May, this whiteness transforms into a kaleidoscope of colours. Thangu’s alpine greenery is renowned for its natural beauty granted by God’s hand.

    Thangu is a little town where many travellers stop to acclimate before continuing on to Gurudongmar Lake or Muguthang. Its alpine meadows are peppered with wooden cottages and army bases. The tranquil water of the Teesta running across the valley is a stunning contrast. The valley of Thangu is mostly populated by Nomadic tribes and is crisscrossed by a multitude of streams and rivulets, the most prominent of which are Chopta Chu, Thangu Chu, and Lassur Chu.

    Visitors who want to walk and explore the region can take the paths from Thangu to Chopta Valley and Muguthang.

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    Why should I visit this?

    Thangu Valley is not only beautiful, but it is also a great place for short hikes. Trekking in this area brings you along mountain trails and into the heart of the mountains and valleys. Chopta Valley, Green Lake, and Muguthang are famous trekking destinations. It is crucial to remember that hikers must have their own trekking equipment because there are no shops in Thangu.

    Permissions are necessary for access to Thangu, and it is essential to check with your travel agency about any permits required for hiking routes before going on the adventure.

    When should I visit?

    Tangu Valley may be visited in two seasons: winter and summer. The rich nature of this location is best enjoyed during the summer season, which lasts from May to September. It turns into a white winter wonderland in the winter. Summers in this valley are mild, and the annual yak race, “Thangu,” takes place at this period. From November through June is the finest season to visit Thangu Valley. It should be avoided at all costs during the monsoon season. During the winter, this area is quite cold, and even in June and July, the daytime temperature in Thangu valley fluctuates between 4 and 12 degrees Celsius.

    How should I visit?

    Thangu Valley rises 3,900 metres above sea level. It is just a few kilometres away from Lachen. However, due to frequent landslides and the road’s steep incline, you would need more than an hour to travel this distance. Many visitors opt to spend the night in Lachen before exploring the valley.

    The nearest train station to Thangu Valley is New Jalpaiguri, which is 147 kilometres away and may be reached by private vehicle or bus.

    Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport to Sikkim. Once there, there are various buses or shared jeeps that will transport you to the valley.

    Tips for smooth travel

    Keep these Thangu Valley travel recommendations in mind if you don’t want to get into any unneeded difficulty. Skimming over these hints can save you a lot of time and effort.

    Because of the high altitude of Thangu valley in Lachen, please take the required precautions if you want to remain there, especially during the winter, as significant snowfall is possible.

    Because the Valley’s options are limited, make sure to include all of the essentials, especially if you’re going with children.

    To visit North Sikkim, make sure you have an Inner Line Permit.

    AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) is frequent here, so acclimate well and keep cheap medications on hand.

    Prepare for unexpected rainstorms by being prepared and well-equipped.

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