The famous silk route that connected Lhasa (Tibet) to Kalimpongwas in use even a few decades ago until the Chinese invasion in Tibet. Zuluk / Dzuluk, located in East Sikkim, used to be a small village on this route. It was commonly used by traders traveling to Tibet through Jelep-la ("La" stands for mountaipass) (It is and overnight base) Today it is fast emerging as a new tourist destination in East Sikkim. Zuluk derives its tourism importance due to the excellent view of the eastern Himalayan mountain range including the Kanchenjunga that it offers. A trip to the area requires special permits. The permits though would be arranged by naturebeyond, and as a guest you would only need to provide your id proof and photograph. Zuluk is a small village with population of about 700 people. There is an army base which is used as a transit camp for the army movement to the Chinese boarder a few kilometers away. During the summer months, the area and its surrounding hills are covered with thousands of blooming rhododendron. Zuluk during these months, is a riot of colors due to the variety of rhododendron that can be seen here.

Weather: Zuluk at an altitude of about 7,000 ft offers pleasant weather during most of the year. The rainy season is a little protracted and heavy to very heavy showers are common. The winter may see snowfall in the area. The summer temperature would be varying near 20 degree Celsius with substantial difference between the day and night temperature. Tourists visiting the area are advised to carry worm clothing and umbrella. Wildlife sanctury: Zuluk is surrounded by wild forest, some of the forests are completely virgin. Sighting of Deer, Wild Dog, Himalayan Bear the red panda is not very uncommon. Some tigers have also reportedly been sighted in the area. A variety of birds can also be seen such as Monal Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Khaleez Pheasant, Snow Pheasant and others. How to reach zaluk: Zuluk is about 3 hours from Gangtok. You need to pre arrange special permit for visiting this restricted area that is issued from a place called Rangli or it can be arrange at sikkim infromation center at gangtok.
Itinerary for 1N/2D
Day 01 Pick Up from Gangtok, NJP (Siliguri) or Bagdugra to LIngtam via Rangpo, Rongli Bazar, Sisney Aritar lake (lampokhari lake) and overnight stay in Lingtam or Zaluk.
Day 02 Lingtam or Zaluk to Gangtok(Silk Route) via Phademchen view points, Q-khola Falls, dhupidara, Lungthung, Salamidara, Tukla Dara (Baba dham), Gnathung, Kupup, Sarathang (China Market) Nathula Pass, Changu Lake, Mandakeni Falls.
Itinerary for 2N/3D
Day 01 Pick Up from Gangtok, NJP (Siliguri) or Bagdugra to LIngtam via Rangpo, Rongli Bazar, Sisney and overnight stay in Lingtam.
Day 02 Sunrise at Ganak Dara (1200ft. Alt) via Zaluk Silk Route (Zig Zac Road 1, 2 & 3, Thambi View, Salami View points, Bhutan View, Black Lake, Old Baba Mandir, Gnathang Velley, Tugla Battle Field, Elephant lake, Jelepla Pass, Mac Mohan Line ( Indo China Border). Overnight Zaluk.
Day 03 Kupup Valley, Memen-chu lake, New Baba Mandir, World Highest Golf Course (Gunnies Record), Young husband treck, Sharathang Trade Mart, Thangu lake, Nathula Pass and Gangtok Overnight stay at Gangtok.

Geography Sandwiched between Asia's two major giants—China and India, Nepal is a sovereign, independent Himalayan Kingdom (lying between 800 4' and 880 12' East Longitude and 260 22' and 300 27' North Latitude). Nepal is the country of amazing extremes, which is surrounded by Tibet, the Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China, in the north, and India in the east, south and west. Covering a total area of 147,181 sq. kilometers, the country expands to about 885 kilometers from the east to the west. Its breadth (north-south) ranges between 145-241 kilometers. Geographically, the country can be divided into three regions— Himalayan region, hilly region and the plain area in the Terai. The Himalayan region that covers 20 per cent of the total area ranges between 4,877-8,848 meters. The region has 8 of the world's 14 highest peaks above 8,000 meters. The mountain region covers about 64 per cent of the total land area. Terai region is the low land occupying 17 per cent land.

Climate Nepal has four main seasons that include Winter (December-February), Spring (March-May), Summer (June-August), and Autumn (September-November). Visitors can visit Nepal throughout the year. Lightweight closing is recommended for May-October. And warm garments are necessary for October-March. During summer, an umbrella or a raincoat is essential. Climatic variation is one of Nepal's unique characteristics. Various types of climate can be found from the tropical to the plain of the Terai region.

High Altitude Sickness An acute mountain sickness (AMS), also known as altitude sickness, may affect those who ascend rapidly to more than 3,000 meters of height. The initial symptoms of AMS include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, insomnia/sleeplessness, persistent headache, dizziness, light headedness, confusion, dis-orientation, drunken gait, weakness, fatigue, lassitude, slight swelling of hands and face, breathlessness and breathing irregular and reduced urine output.

Medical facility Health care services are available at the government hospitals and private nursing homes in Kathmandu and other cities outside the Kathmandu Valley. In the countryside, primary health care services are available. You are advised to consult your family doctor regarding any health-related problem before visiting Nepal and follow his/her advice. However, if you are taking any medicines, bring them with you. It would be better if you could bring some first aid medicines for cold, headache, fever, diarrhea, bandages, handy-plasters, anti-septic lotion, etc.

People Around 23 million people belonging to more than 40 ethnic communities live in this world's only Hindu Kingdom, which is also known as a hidden Shangri-La. The different ethnic groups of the country speak around 70 dialects.

Etiquette Taking off one's shoes before entering a temple, shrine or any religiously and culturally sacred place is Nepal’s traditional custom.

Language Despite Nepali being the national language, people involved in the travel trade business and other educated ones communicate in English. Tourist guides having specialization in various languages of the world are available here.

Political System The Nepalese people have been practicing multiparty democracy with constitutional monarchy since 1990.

International Time Nepal's standard time is 5 hours and 45 minutes ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 15 minutes ahead of Indian standard time.

Traffic system Left-hand drive system is in practice in Nepal.

Electricity The current is 220V/50 cycles in Nepal. Sockets have either three round pairs or two thick round pairs. If you have your own electrical appliance, you need to bring an international converter kit and a set of adapter plugs. Alternatively, it is more practical to travel with battery-operated appliance, if possible. While on trek, you can recharge your batteries in some lodges as they use generators.

Communication facility Highly standard communication system is available in major cities like Kathmandu, Dharan, Biratnagar, Pokhara, Chitwan. But during the time of rafting and trekking, telephone and fax facilities may not be available in some places.

Working hours The government offices open at 9 A. M. and close at 17 P. M. in summer and they open at 9 A. M. and close at 16 P. M.

Drinking water Boiled or well-filtered water is advised.


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