David (October 2018)
Hi Raj, I'm planning to travel to Gangtok 21-23rd December with my mother aged 70 from Australia. Is it advisable for my mother is visit Nathula based on her age? Additionally, it is likely the roads will be closed due to snow in December? If so, if the roads are blocked does this prevent visiting Tsomgo, Baba Mandir? Kind Regards.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) October 2017
Hi, only Indian nationals are allowed up to Nathula with Protected Area Permits. It is not quite advisable for a 70-year old to visit Nathula anyway. Road blocks due to snow is a definite possibility around that time... holds true for Tsomgo and Baba Mandir as well, but you may be lucky. You can only decide once in Gangtok.
Abhinash Kumar (August 2017)
Hi Raj, Thanks for your informative website. I am planning to travel to Gangtok from 10th Dec for three days. I am also planning to visit Nathula pass. So, please let me know whether it is open during this time. Also, I want to know whether shared cabs are available during this time to Nathula and other places (since it is winter). As we are two persons, I think taking a private taxi would be expensive for us.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) August 2017
Often the route to Nathula remains closed in December due to snow, otherwise you can go. You are quite unlikely to get a shared tour in such off season, you need to plan a private tour.
Ankita (May 2017)
Sir, I came across your article about Nathula pass also. You have mentioned that we need to make the permit a day before or send documents to tour operators if we plan to visit the next day of our arrival. But Sir, if we are travelling alone, I mean independently and want to visit Nathula pass the very next day of our arrival what should we do?? How do we in that case make the pass?? Please help me out. I want to visit Nathula pass, Changu lake and the temple at a go.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) May 2017
You can not visit Nathula Pass other than through Sikkim govt. authorized operators.
Mamatha P (March 2017)
Hi, Thanks. It was very informative. We are planning to visit Nathula pass during 2nd week of May 2017. Will we able to experience snow as we are coming from South India we do not want to miss touching snow :), Please help.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) March 2017
Snow in Nathula is unlikely in May unless you are very lucky. April beginning is a better time for snow.
Ramkumar (January 2017)
Hi Raj, Thanks for your informative website. I am planning to travel to Darjeeling and Gangtok from 26th Jan till 31st Jan. I am also planning to visit Nathula pass. So, please let me know whether it is open during this time. Also, I want to know whether shared cabs are available during this time to Nathula and other places (since it is winter). As we are two persons, I think taking a private taxi would be expensive for us.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) January 2017
Nathula route can be closed due to snow. Shared jeeps (i.e. group tours on per person rate) usually operate in high season. You won't likely get that in January.
Selvam Cyril Abraham (May 2016)
Dear sir, Your advise and suggestion will be very helpful for us. So I humbly request you to reply. In our tour, 4 people are senior citizen aged from 60 to 69. Is it advisable for me to take them to Nathula pass on 18th may 2016. Secondly is it possible to cover tsomgo lake, baba mandir and Nathula pass and we have to catch the train at 9.00 pm on same day at new jalpaguri onward journey to Kolkata.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) May 2016
While catching the train is possible, but you may be cutting it too fine. Suggest you make a trip to Tsomgo lake and get back to Gangtok by early afternoon so that you have enough time for transfer to NJP. As for seniors, they can make it, but going up the long flight of stairs at Nathula is not advisable.
SV Varun (September 2015)
Dear Sir, Planning to visit Gangtok and Darjeeling in end of February 2016. we are aged about 52 years My doubts are: 1) whether I can see the snowfall at Nathulla at that time 2) is it advisable to visit nathulla during last week on February 3)whether any road obstructions at that time.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) September 2015
Route to Nathula is often closed around that time due to heavy snow.
D S Bansal (September 2015)
Dear Raj Sir, Planning to visit Gangtok and Darjeeling in jan 1st week 2016. My doubts are:
1. Does it rain during this period? 2. Is Nathula pass open during this period?
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) September 2015
It doesn't rain that time. But route is likely to be closed due to snow.
Jitendra Kumar Pandey (July 2015)
Dear Raj, Is it advisable to travel to Tsomgo lake, Baba mandir and Nathula pass in mid October with kid of age 21 month. I have heard about the problem of low level of oxygen and very low temperature there. Kindly advise me. It will be of great help. Thanks.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) July 2015
You should avoid Nathula with kids (actually kids below 4 are officially not allowed at Nathula although one can take an infant at one's own risk), and with Tsomgo and Baba Mandir you should be extremely cautious and take all necessary measures. Better to avoid. There have been ample cases of kids having problems including nausea, headaches etc. Lack of oxygen is the main issue.