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10 Most Stunning Snowfall Places in Sikkim That Will Leave You Amazed

Snuggle up! It’s gettin’ cold outside! Winter season awakens many sleeping sensations including wanderlust in many of us because the mesmerising beauty of the landscape draped in the snow is definitely what everyone enjoys marvelling at. And what better place than Sikkim to live your snowfall fantasies? A winter wonderland of the Northeast where soaring mountain passes and high-altitude regions remain covered under a thick blanket of snow. It is indeed a sight to behold. So here’s to nature’s most magical offering and your new winter staycation goals! Quickly roll your eyes at the list of the 10 most stunning snowfall places in Sikkim that will leave you amazed.

List of 10 Best Snowfall Places in Sikkim

Okay! You can thank us later by sharing pictures and videos of these idyllic snow places in Sikkim that will surely fulfil every winter fascination of yours. Until then, get in your blanket with your hot cuppa and have fun reading this blog which will take you to ethereal white-washed landscapes!

  • NathuLa Pass: Pass of Listening Ears
  • Pelling: The Machu Pichu of Sikkim
  • Lachung Village: The Most Picturesque Village of Sikkim
  • Zuluk Valley: The Small Village on Old Silk Route
  • Lachen Valley: The Land of Fairs and Festivals
  • Yuksom Valley: The Land of Monasteries
  • Nathang Valley: Ladakh of the East India
  • Yumthang Valley: Sikkim’s Very Own Valley of Flowers
  • Gurudongmar Lake: One of the Highest Lakes in the World
  • Chopta Valley: The Land of Frozen Rivers

Please Note. If you wish to enjoy snowfall in Sikkim then make note of the best time to visit Sikkim to enjoy snowfall is anytime between November to February when typically all its high altitude regions enjoy snowfall. December to January is the peak time when a lot of places in Sikkim are covered with snow.

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1. NathuLa Pass: Pass of Listening Ears

Located at a staggering height of 4,310 m above the sea level and a distance of 60 km from Gangtok, Nathula Pass is indeed one of the best snowfall places in Sikkim that will make you fall in love with its paradiscial beauty. This untouched piece of land remained prohibited for tourism for almost 4 decades as it is in close proximity to China border and a military base of Indian Army. However, now tourists visit here with prior permits and grab an array of lifetime experiences.

  • Location: East Sikkim
  • Altitude: 14,140 ft above Sea Level
  • Average Temperature in Winter Season: -20°C to 0°C
  • Things to do in Nathula Pass: Trek to Menmecho Lake, Pay homage at Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, Visit the War Memorial, Enjoy exquisite flora and fauna, Climb the stairs to the Indo-Chinese border etc.

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2. Pelling: The Machu Pichu of Sikkim

Sitting at the foothills of Mount Khangchendzonga, Pelling is one of the best villages where you can enjoy snowfall in Sikkim. Also reckoned as the Machu Pichu of Sikkim, this high-altitude village offers an incredible opportunity of witnessing the brilliant heritage monuments dating back to the 17th century. Located at a distance of 130 km from Gangtok, it is indeed the second most visited tourist destination in Sikkim after its capital.

  • Location: West Sikkim
  • Altitude: 7,200 ft above Sea Level
  • Average Temperature in Winter Season: -5°C to 14°C
  • Things to do in Pelling: Trekking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Village Tours, Visiting Sewaro Rock Garden, Singshore Bridge, Heritage Tour to Buddhist Sanga Choling Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery and Rabdentse Palace etc.

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3. Lachung Village: The Most Picturesque Village of Sikkim

If you wish to enjoy snowfall in Sikkim then another gorgeous destination that will sweep you off your feet is Lachung village. This high-altitude mountain village turns into a winter paradise from December to January when snowfall is heavy and the temperature dips down to a bone-chilling temperature. Besides the village offers myriad visual treats which entice every traveller and also make it a total must-visit destination.

  • Location: North Sikkim
  • Altitude: 8,858 ft above Sea Level
  • Average Temperature in Winter Season: 10°C to -5°C
  • Things to do in Lachung: Photography, Trekking, Exploring beautiful sites such as Lachung Monastery, Bhim Nala Falls, Naga Falls etc.

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4. Zuluk Valley: The Small Village on Old Silk Route

One of the most thought-provoking valleys in Sikkim is Zuluk which is located on the ancient Silk Route and gateway to a number of ethereal sites. It is a winter Shangri-la that remains shrouded by snow, especially during the winter months. Besides this mystifying hill village is known for jaw-dropping vistas of majestic Kanchenjunga the and eastern Himalayas. Since it is an Army base, tourists need to obtain permission to travel here and to explore the ancient silk route.

  • Location: East Sikkim
  • Altitude: 9,400 ft above Sea Level
  • Average Temperature in Winter Season: 7°C to -1°
  • Things to do in Zuluk Valley: Marvel at scenic vistas from Thambi View Point, Picnic near Tsomgo, Kupup, Kalpokhari and Menmecho Lake, Trek to Old Baba Temple, Sightseeing, Photography

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5. Lachen Valley: The Land of Fairs and Festivals

A gateway to Sikkim’s Chopta Valley and mesmerising Gurudongmar Lake, Lachen is a beautiful stopover for snow lovers. Besides being a winter paradise, this high-altitude snowfall destination of Sikkim is every backpacker's delight as it offers the best budget-friendly opportunities such as homestays, staying in hostels, trekking around this sleepy town and enjoying the uninterrupted view of nature’s wonderments.

  • Location: North Sikkim
  • Altitude: 9,022 ft above Sea Level
  • Average Temperature in Winter Season: -5°C to 15°C
  • Things to do in Lachen Valley: Visit Kanchenjunga National Park, Wildlife Tour, Trekking, Camping, Photography, Visit Monasteries, Bird Watching, Shopping Local Handicrafts, Try Local Food, Homestays etc.

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6. Yuksom Valley: The Land of Monasteries

As a part of West Sikkim, where snowfall is a matter of luck, Yuksom is one of the best places in Sikkim to see the snow-capped Himalayas. One can find homestays in Sikkim at full throttle. Plus, there are plenty of hiking trails in Buddhist monasteries. In and around the Yuksom, there are lakes too. For instance, the Khecheopalri Lake is enclosed with dense forests, and the nearby Kanchenjunga National Park is one of the best places to see snow leopards, sloth bears, red pandas, and many high-altitude Himalayan animals. Thangu Valley

  • Location: West Sikkim
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft above Sea Level
  • Average Temperature in Winter Season: -3°C to 15°C
  • Things to do in Yuksom Valley: Adventure Tours, Visiting Monasteries, Trekking, Photography, Sightseeing, Village Tour etc.

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7. Nathang Valley: Ladakh of the East India

Located at a distance of 70 km from Gangtok, Nathang valley is a wonderful place to see snow in Sikkim in November. It is among the highest altitude regions in the northeastern state which guarantees you an incredible experience of witnessing the expansive view of snow covered Himalyan range. It is also one of the remote places in Sikkim which was majorly inhabited by Yak breeders. But now Nathang has emerged as a backpackers haven as there are cosy homestays, budget hotels etc to enjoy living in this blissful winter heaven.

  • Location: East Sikkim
  • Altitude: 13,200 ft above Sea Level
  • Average Temperature in Winter Season: -5°C to 10°C
  • Things to do in Nathang Valley: Trekking, Watching sunrise from Himalayan Range, Witnessing shimmering lakes, Nature Walks, Sightseeing etc.

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8. Yumthang Valley: Sikkim’s Very Own Valley of Flowers