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Snowfall in Sikkim

As Sikkim is located at a higher altitude in the Himalayas, it receives heavy snowfall, especially during the winter months. It is freezing in the months of December, January, and February, and the region is covered under a thick layer of snow. Snowfall in Sikkim is one of the main reasons why people plan a trip to Northeast India in winter.

The temperature in winter in Sikkim drops from 10°C to 4°C and even gets lower to 0°C. So you can imagine the state of snow in Sikkim. During this time, you will witness snow-clad peaks, breathtaking landscapes, and gloomy weather. This is also the best time for adventure enthusiasts to enjoy snow activities in Sikkim.

The months of December to February experience the heaviest snowfall in Sikkim, which is a sight not to be missed. With that being said, snowfall has its own cons and the biggest one is road blockage. Heavy snowfall increases the risk of traveling in the state but if you really wish to see the snowfall in Sikkim, go ahead and plan a trip with Indian Holiday Pvt. Ltd.’s Sikkim winter packages.

But before that, here is an in-depth knowledge about snowfall in Sikkim in December, January, and February so that you get an idea of what to expect on your trip –

Snowfall in Sikkim in December

Does it snow in Sikkim in December? Yes. December is one of the best months to visit Sikkim to see sparkling white snow. The temperature also ranges from 4°C to 10°C and drops even lower. To get the best experience of snowfall, you can visit Lachen, Zero Point, and Tsomgo Lake.

North district receives the maximum snowfall. Yumthang Valley and Lachung look breathtaking and can be visited for a memorable experience. You can enjoy snow fights, click pictures, and soak in the scenic beauty around you. Nathula Pass can also be visited, of course, if they are not blocked by snow or ropeway rides can be enjoyed in Tsomgo Lake.

Snowfall in Sikkim in January

To explore Sikkim in January for snow, the best place to go would be Lachung because of its magnificent landscape draped in snow. It is located at an altitude of 9,000 feet, thus receiving a good amount of snowfall. Teesta River freeze due to extremely low temperatures that hovers from -7° to -10°C. Lachung Monastery is a must-visit place here to sit in peace for some time.

Yumthang Valley, Zero Point in North Sikkim, Pelling, Dzongri, Yuksom in West Sikkim, and Namchi in South Sikkim are some of the top places you can explore for snowfall and picturesque landscapes.

Snowfall in Sikkim in February

February is a good time to visit Sikkim for snowfall. The days are clear for sightseeing but the nights are tremendously cold. However, it is the perfect time to visit to enjoy snow activities without having to deal with crowds that start to come in March.

In East Sikkim, Gangtok is among the top places you can visit to explore its top attractions. The temperature here varies from 5° to 14°C with sunshine that casts a warm glow across the city.

If you are thinking about Nathula Pass, then that cannot be possible. The roads are blocked due to snowfall but you can visit Changu or Tsomgo Lake for views of snow-covered peaks and see sheets of crystal ice covering the oval-shaped lake. Baba Mandir, Lachen Monastery, Yumthang Valley, Zero Point, Khecheopalri Lake, and Samdruptse Hill are some places that turn into a magical land in February.

Snowfall in Sikkim in March

After a long time of bitter cold, March comes like a breath of fresh air. The snow starts to melt, turning the slopes into fresh hues of green. The weather is still cold and the nights are still freezing. So, make sure to pack accordingly.

In case you are planning a trip to Sikkim in March, you will see snow in the first week. Keep in mind that roads to Gurudongmar Lake may be blocked. If the weather favors you, you might get a chance to visit the lake.

Chopta Valley, Lachen, Gangtok, Rangit Valley, Rabdentse Ruins, Samdruptse Hill, etc. all of the places are open and welcome tourists with open arms.

Packing Tips for Snowfall Weather in Sikkim

Here is a list of things you need to pack for Sikkim winter weather. It is important to have a checklist for easy packing and that way you won’t forget the essentials to bring on your trip.

  • Heavy jackets/coats
  • Full body thermals innerwear
  • Warm socks, gloves, gloves, cap, and muffler
  • Snow gear – long overcoats, high cover boots, leather gloves
  • Windcheater
  • Good pair of walking shoes
  • Plastic bags to protect your phone from snow
  • Thermoflask if possible to keep your drinks hot for a long time