Lhonak Valley

Explore the adventurous and remote Lhonak Valley

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-10-19

Share using:

Lhonak Valley is located in the northwestern corner of Sikkim state of India. It is trans-Himalayan grassland in the exposed river valley of Goma Chu, with boggy marshes, glacial lakes, barren screed slopes and glaciers. Goma Chu rises in North and South Lhonak glaciers and runs across the valley to join Zema Chu, a glacier at the southern end of the valley, as is the Green Lake.

It is accessible from Thangu via Lungnak La pass which is 5,900 meters high. This Valley is the only known breeding area in the Eastern Himalayas of the Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis. Lakes and marshes here are used as stopover sites for migratory water birds and support populations of the Sikkim Snow Toad Scutiger.

Vegetation is typical cold desert, with xerophytic species such as Ephedra gerardiana, herbs, grasses and sedges, aquatic weeds and many medicinal and commercially valuable plants such as Picrorhiza kurrooa and Meconopsis horridula.

The inhabitants of the valley are herdsmen, the graze yaks, sheep and goats. The Lhonak valley remains cut off from the rest of the country for more than eight months of the year. Due to heavy snowfall it remains inaccessible in winters and in monsoon it becomes difficult to cross Lungnak La pass. High alpine valley of Lhonak is only inhabitable for rare high altitude ruminants and their predators.




No Comments

Trending Blogs

General Read More
Food of Sikkim
Leisure Read More
Know the best places to visit in North east India: Meghalaya and more
Adventure Rush Read More
Trekking in the lost kingdom of Mustang

Latest Blogs

General Read More
Places to visit in Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh
Leisure Read More
An unruly yak at Tsomgo Lake- Did I survive the ride?
Leisure Read More
5 Offbeat Places to Visit in Darjeeling
Adventure Rush Read More
Self-Guided Walking tour of Gangtok
A call to all travel junkies
Share your amazing travel stories
&
inspire someone today!
Become a TOURGENIE contributor
Write for our blog
Want to explore more Activities?
Explore Activities
The North Sikkim Experience
The North Sikkim Experience
5 Days 4 Nights
Explore Activities
A Weekend Retreat to Darjeeling
A Weekend Retreat to Darjeeling
3 Days 2 Nights
Explore Activities
Trip To Tawang
Trip To Tawang
8 Days 7 Nights
PARTNERS
ADDRESS:
  • Near Co-Operative, Middle Sichey Gangtok, East Sikkim, India, 737101

    • booking@tourgenie.com
    • support@tourgenie.com