NATHULA PASS ( NATHU LA PASS)
Details shared by Mohan Sahu, Mumbai
About nathula pass ( nathu la pass)
Nathula Pass is located around 56 km’s from Sikkim’s capital city Gangtok at an altitude of 14450 ft. Nathula Pass, which connects India’s Sikkim with China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. Nathula Pass is an outstanding site of tourist attraction. Nathula Pass is really a Heaven for those who love snow and snowfall. Nathula pass experiences heavy snowfall during winter. The temperature of the region may drop down to a sheer -25 degree C. If you are fond of snow, you should not forget to visit Nathula Pass when go to Gangtok. You should wear heavy woolen garments, if you visit in winter. The sight of the snow capped mountains and snow covered valleys on all sides will make you feel out of the world. May to mid November is the summer time in Nathula, when the temperature ranges around 10 degree C. Nathula is around 56 km from Gangtok, which is roughly a one and a half hour drive but due to road conditions, snow, and landslides, traffic can get held up for hours. It usually is a full one day trip. You may visit Nathula and Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir in one day. It is one of the best tourist attractions of Gangtok.
Nathu La Pass permit cost is Rs.200 per person and children below 4 years of age aren’t issued (don’t allow) a permit.Nathula Pass is only open for Indian visitors for 5 days a week including Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and closed on Monday & Tuesday for two days. You will only be allowed after you get a permit to visit it through a registered Travel Agency. Foreigners aren’t allowed and photography is strictly prohibited.
Who should visit ?
What makes it special?
Snow capped mountains and snow covered valleys on all sides and scenic beauty of the place will make you feel out of the world.
How to reach?
Nathula is around 56 km from Gangtok, which is roughly a one and a half hour drive but due to road conditions, snow, and landslides, traffic can get held up for hours. It usually is a full one day trip. You may visit Nathula and Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir in one day. You can hire a reserved jeep and shared jeep also from Gangtok.
How to make this visit memorable?
Do’s and Don’ts
Do's: You should take a permit to go to the place. Nathula Pass permit is issued by Sikkim Tourism Department in Gangtok. You can either get your permit through a registered tour agency or ask your hotel to get it. You will need to submit documents like a photo ID proof and two passport size photographs and you will get your permit by the next morning. You should wear heavy woolens ,if you go in winter session.