18 days in Sikkim & Nepal Itinerary

18 days in Sikkim & Nepal Itinerary

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18 days in Sikkim & Nepal Itinerary

Start: Bangkok, Thailand
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 45 min
1
Gangtok, India
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Pelling, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 6 nights
Fly:  30 min
5
Pokhara, Nepal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Bangkok, Thailand


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3
nights
Gangtok, India

Gangtok ©
Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage.
Gangtok is known for nature, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake, take a stroll through MG Marg, make a trip to Flower Exhibition Centre, and snap pictures at Deorali Butterfly Bridge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gangtok trip app.

Bangkok, Thailand to Gangtok is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Gangtok is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pelling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rumtek Monastery Sikkim
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Nathula ©
Nathula
Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Rumtek Monastery Sikkim ©
Rumtek Monastery Sikkim

2
nights
Pelling, India

Pelling ©
The small hill station of Pelling draws visitors with its impressive nature and abundance of hotels and resorts.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Rabdentse Ruins, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pemayangtse Monastery, and then don't miss a visit to Tashiding Monastery. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Khecheopalri Lake and then admire the striking features of Sangacholing Monastery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Pelling day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Gangtok to Pelling takes 4.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Pelling can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sagarmatha National Park.

Things to do in Pelling

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pemayangtse Monastery, Tashiding Monastery
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Rabdentse Ruins ©
Rabdentse Ruins
Tashiding Monastery ©
Tashiding Monastery
Sangacholing Monastery ©
Sangacholing Monastery

3
nights
Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

Sagarmatha National Park
Dominated by the world's tallest, Sagarmatha National Park is renowned for its carefully preserved natural heritage as well as the cultural and religious importance of its Buddhist monasteries and traditional Sherpa settlements.
Step out of Sagarmatha National Park to go to Khumjung and see Memorial to Scott Fischer, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Everest, trek along Ambulapcha-La, contemplate the waterfront views at Gokyo Lakes, and stroll through Khumbu Glacier.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sagarmatha National Park day trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pelling to Sagarmatha National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Sagarmatha National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Memorial to Scott Fischer
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Mt Everest
Mt Everest
Gokyo Lakes ©
Gokyo Lakes
Mt. Taboche ©
Mt. Taboche

6
nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Kathmandu is known for historic sites, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of Dreams, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Boudhanath Stupa.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kathmandu itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Sagarmatha National Park to Kathmandu takes 1.5 hours. In May in Kathmandu, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pokhara.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Walking tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Climbing Tours

3
nights
Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Pokhara is known for nature, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Barahi temple, and see the interesting displays at International Mountain Museum.

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Pokhara is just a stone's throw from Kathmandu. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kathmandu in May since evenings lows in Pokhara dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pokhara

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Walking tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake) ©
Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake)

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