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    ZERO POINT

    The Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary and the magnificent Yumthang Valley are generally included in a journey to Zero Point in Sikkim. To see all of these locations, you must be stationed in Lachung. When leaving Lachung, you’ll first pass through the Shinghba Rhododendron Sanctuary, then Yumthang, and finally the Zero Point. It’s advisable to go to Zero Point first and then visit Yumthang Valley on your way back. Reaching Zero Point, civilisation’s final outpost, is a journey in and of itself.

    Soaring snow-capped peaks with chimal trees in green, red, and yellow colours surround the road. As you approach the enthralling Zero Point, you’ll notice carpets of scarlet moss adorning the highway.

    Why should I visit this? there?

    Yumesamdong, which is located at a height of 15,300 feet, is worth visiting solely for the beauty of its terrain. Because it is here that the road comes to a halt, it has acquired the moniker Zero Point. Yumesamdong is only a short distance from the Indo-Chinese border, and tourists are not permitted to travel any further.

    Most travellers skip Yumesamdong to avoid the difficult road that leads to this site, unaware of its abundant natural beauty. If you’re a snow junkie, however, you’ve come to the right place. Yumsesamdong is perpetually covered in snow due to its high height.

    When should I visit?

    Take a taxi from Lachung to Zero Point early in the morning, when vision is better at such high heights. The ideal months to visit are April and May, when the rhododendrons are in full bloom and the entire route up to Zero Point resembles a Money painting in motion. The months of December and January should be avoided because the region receives a lot of snow during that time of year.

    How should I visit?

    Yumsesamdong is frequently covered as part of a three-point tour that includes Lachung, Yumthang Valley, and Yumesamdong/Zero Point in North Sikkim. In this section of Sikkim, only government-registered automobiles are permitted. The best option is to stay overnight in Lachung and travel to Yumsesamdong the next morning.

    Tips for smooth travel

    The trek to Zero Point is not recommended for persons who have breathing problems because it may cause altitude sickness.

    Valid permissions are necessary to visit Zero Point because it is located in a protected area. They are available at the Gangtok Tourism Office, the Mangan District Administrative Center, and the Chungthang Sub-Divisional Magistrate’s Office. Wear enough clothing to keep you warm. You will, however, require the rental of snow boots, gloves, and overcoats. All of these items can be rented at Yumthang Market, which is located on the road to Zero Point. Because there are no ATMs in this area, bring plenty of cash. Make sure you have medicines on hand in case you get altitude sickness.

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