Katao is situated in North Sikkim (India) and is nearly 144 kilometers from Gangtok. Katao Valley is situated at an altitude of nearly 15000 and is far away from the center of Sikkim. Staying at Lachung one can visit Katao. With the panoramic view of snow capped peaks of the Himalayas, it is a rival to the much sought after Yumthang in beauty. The valley is sparsely covered with poppy, primulas and rhododendron. A military check-post is nearby. Katao Valley is around 24 kilometers from Lachung. The trip to Katao is not in the standard packages of North Sikkim or Lachung tour. Guest has to visit the place at a supplement cost. Technically it is closed to guest but the vehicle arrange for the pass locally and the visit is made possible. Please note that it is not easy to do Yumthang Valley + Zero Point + Katao and return to Gangtok in the same day. One has to stay or reach Lachung on the previous night. Next day morning Yumthang Valley and Katao can be visited and stay at Lachung is necessary.
Things to do Near Katau
Tourists has to travel from Gangtok city to Lachung valley on first day (the nearest village where accommodation is available)
by booking a full or Shared Vehicle. A direct reach to Katau is not feasible as roads are commonly foggy and it gets
dark very early in Katau. A journey to the Katau takes around 1.5 hours from Lachung valley.
Gangtok to Lachung valley : 125 kms.
Lachung to Katau : 22 kms.
Visitors stay at Lachung valley on the first day to visit Katau. Next day they can pay Rs. 2,500 - Rs. 3,000
extra to the driver to visit Katau.
Permit and Entry Rules
Indian : Indian tourists visiting Katau require special permit to visit Katau.
This special permit are provided by Travel Agents in Sikkim, Goverment Authority to visit Katau.
To create permit the visiter has to provide below documents:
Passport Size Photo : Two Passport Size photo for each members above 5 years.
ID with Address Proof : An ID with valid ID proof xerox copy is require to create permit.
for each members above 5 years. (for eg. Aadhar card, Voter ID, Passport, Driving License with Address part)
Foreigner : are not allowed to visit this areas.
Best time to Visit Katau
Best time to visit Katau North Sikkim is during the months of March, April, May, June, October, Nov. Most of the roads
remains closed during the month of July, August due to heavy rainfall and landslides. Also some of the tourists
don't prefer to visit Katau North Sikkim in the months of December, January and Febrary due to cold climates.