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“barren land with some good views”
Review of Mt. Katao

Mt. Katao
Ranked #17 of 66 things to do in Gangtok
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

We went to this place as we wanted to see some snow and to our surprise while on the way it started snowing....on the way you will find one or two small waterfall and once you reach on top you will see nothing apart from some army barracks....you can cover this and yumthang valley in one day but the tour operator will charge some extra money to go there say 600 per person....

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"zero point"
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"north sikkim"
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"military base"
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"extra money"
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"fresh snow"
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"heavy snowfall"
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"china border"
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"must visit place"
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"panoramic view"
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"snow capped peaks"
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"beautiful place"
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

Katao is situated at an elevation of 15000 feet & 24 km from Lachung (8000 feet) which is not so much well known destination among the travelers. We have visited this place in July, 2012 when it was covered with snow. On the way you will find a waterfall which is so beautiful as water is falling with a very high speed & its sound breaks the silence of the surrounding. On our journey we found different types of flower besides the roads which are very attractive. We were not able to reach the top as military personnel not provide us the permission due to bad weather condition. But, we enjoyed a lot as the view from the top is quite stunning. We found one glacial on the way which as per us was quite unique in nature. I personally recommend this place for the travelers who loves the mountain and have some time during their North Sikkim visit.
We have visited North Sikkim for a 3 Nights & 4 Days packaged tour with Tristine Tour & travel. We have visited Gurudongmar Lake, Zero Point, Youmthan valley, Katao, Lachen & Lachung. On the way we have visited Singiek view point, Naga waterfall, Tashi view point & Bhim Nala watefall which is very beautiful. We starts from Gangtok at 11 am and reach Lachen in the evening. Next day we have visited Gurudongmer Lake and drive to Lachung. Next day we travel up to Zero point and stay at lachung which is also a very beautiful place. Last day we visited Katao and return back to Gangtok. North Sikkim is very a beautiful place where you can visit only through packaged tour. You can contact Mr. Karma Sherpa (9434408059 & 9832028364) who is owner of Trtistine Tour & Travel. Before finalizing the tour package you should remember the following –
1. Places you want to visit.
2. Name of the hotel where you want to stay.
3. Tea, breakfast, lunch & dinner all should be included.
4. By which vehicle/car you want to travel.
Photo Identity card is a must to visit North Sikkim as it will be required for providing visiting pass which will be arrange by tour operators.
In Lachen we have stayed at Hotel Mt. Pandim & in Lachun we stayed in Digling Resort.

11  Thank Rajib_Arjavo
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

Katao is a bit offbeat in the sense that when you get a package from Gangtok, you don't get the name of Katao on it. The driver tells you about it when you are in Lachung and it cost you a few dime. That is my experience and also of some of my relatives.

But what a place it is my my!!!!!!!!! We reached Lachung as part of Yumthang package. It was cold but dry. Stayed the night there when in the evening the driver told us that there is a place nearby called Katao where one is sure to have snow. He told that we would have to spend some money for permission etc. which he would manage. We agreed and paid. There was rain during the night and the morning was bitter cold. And we found all the peaks around us thick with snow. This is in Lachung I am telling. Then we started for Katao. The program was that we would first visit Katao and then go to Yumthang. After a few miles we started seeing snow on the road side and the more we advanced the more snow it was. Wonderful scenery. I am giving some pics so you will be in a position to judge the beauty of the place. We could not go upto the last point where army bases were because the road was blocked, thick with fresh snow.

I enjoyed Katao more than Yumthang and made it a point to tell about it to whoever visits Sikkim. A wonderful experience, simply outstanding place!

62  Thank SChoudhury
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Katao is a military base in North Sikkim located at the highest army point. The place is a home to Indian Army jawans who practice and guards the international border with China. The high altitude makes the place chill and the severe wind that blows over there make it shivering but exciting and enjoying. One needs to pay some extra money to the driver to go to these place beyond Lachung. You can or not depends on the permission granted by the Indian Army. This is a prohibited place and free access is denied. The place is always covered with snow and you would be shocked seeing how can the Indian Army jawans spend days after days there to protect us. You can even see them practicing firing there.

Katao is a rough terrain and the road leads to the place is superb thrilling.

25  Thank Abhijit G
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Brilliant !!! Full of clean Ice and fresh everywhere. Spine chilling cold. Minus temperature. Height of 12666 Ft. A good waterfall on the way. Hat's off to Indian Army as they are securing the Indo-Tibetan Border from here.

23  Thank Tanmoy D
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