Enveloped in the ancient history of India and China, the Nathula Pass is a snow-covered mountain pass placed in the Himalayan border region of Indo-China. Nathula Pass is located at an altitude of 14,140 feet and 56 kilometres from Gangtok.
This mountain pass is one of the oldest border crossings between Tibet and India. The route of silk, ancient trade route, passed here. The entrance gates of both countries (India and China) and military bunkers on both sides of the gates are currently marked on the Nathula Pass. It is one of Sikkim’s not to miss attractions.
The Gangtok-Nathula pass is a captivating adventure ride with challenging roads and high wind. A full day trip from Gangtok will be required to visit Nathula. It is generally combined with Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir visits.
You can choose to use shared jeeps and other vehicles from tour operators in Gangtok approved by the Sikkim Government.
How to get a permit for Nathula Pass?
A permit can be obtained by applying to the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation. You can apply by a registered travel agent. For the same, photo identification and two passport size pictures are required.
Best time to visit Nathula Pass
The best time to visit is from May to October when the temperature rises between 10 and 15 ° C. On a clear day in the background you can see the whole pass and the landscape with high mountain peaks. You usually won’t get any snow this time.
Nathula Pass experiences heavy winter snowfall. The region’s temperature can drop to just -25 degrees C.
Point of Interest near Nathula Pass
Tips for Nathula Pass
If you plan to go from December to March, make sure to carry good warm clothes with you and if you plan this trip in March to November, you should wear a winter jacket or a sweater at any time of the year as this is evergreen winter place.
Due to the high altitude (4000 m), oxygen in the air is lower. Therefore, if you have breathing problems, it is highly advised that you carry an inhaler or some prescribed medicine before your trip after consulting a doctor.
It is advisable to carry medicine for vomiting, headache and motion sickness in case you face any health issue after returning to a lower height.
Opening and Closing day of Nathula Pass
Nathula Pass is only open 5 days a week for Indian visitors, including Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays.
Closed on – Monday and Tuesday.
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