Yumthang Valley is an extremely picturesque pasture surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in the North Sikkim district of Sikkim. It is situated at an altitude of 11800 ft ( 3564m) with a close proximity of Tibet and about 149 kms from the state capital Gangtok.
The valley is a unique place with green slopes where the tree line ends. Yaks grazing in the flower-spangled grassy plains below, and a tributary of the river Teesta flowing right through the valley. The serene and tranquil air of the Valley cannot be described in words. It also offers view of a stunning array of peaks with Pauhunri and Shundu Tsenpa.
It is popularly known as ‘Valley of Flowers’. It is also home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, and has over twenty-four species of the rhododendron — the state flower and trees of various species.
The valley is also well known for its hot springs, which is slightly saline in taste, it is colorless, emits bubbles of sulphurated hydrogen gas and the temperature of 106 degree.
The Best Season to Visit: Late Feb – mid June, when thousands of colourful flowers are in full bloom. However, to enjoy a clear sky and brilliant view of snow-capped mountains, the September – December season would be ideal. Skiing is conducted in the valley.
How to Reach: Gangtok – Lachung & Yumthang.