Nathula Mountain Pass is one of the most popular tourist destinations near Gangtok in Sikkim. Located at just 55KM from Gangtok, one can do a day trip to Nathula Pass along with Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir. As Nathula pass is located at a high altitude of 14140 ft, it is advisable to take extra care. The road condition to Nathula pass from Gangtok is not good and only SUV or Jeep-like vehicle is advisable. Also, note that it requires a permit to visit the Nathula pass which is issued by the Sikkim tourism department Gangtok. We recommend visiting local tour operators to plan your trip to Nathula pass from Gangtok.
Nathula is one of the world's highest highway points that connects Sikkim and China over a mountain pass in the Himalayan peaks. The best time to visit Nathula Pass is from May to October when you can experience the beauty of nature without having to bear the extremes of the cold weather.
How to reach Nathula Pass
Bagdogra airport is the closest one. To travel to Nathula pass, you can take a taxi or an auto from the airport.
New Jalpaiguri is the closest railway station to Nathula Pass. This station is well connected to the majority of cities and states in India.
Nathula pass is well-connected by road to its neighboring towns and cities.
Things to do in Nathula Pass
1. Enjoy the natural beauty
The location provides a breathtaking view of the White Mountains, which is a rare occurrence, and this view cannot be found anywhere, else, and the trek itself is an adventure to remember.
Capturing places through photography is another excellent activity that you might love when you are here.
3. Visit a local monastery
Nathula Pass is surrounded by a plethora of tiny and large monasteries. You can learn about numerous life disciplines here.