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Mt. Katao Overview

Ranked 29 of 58 sightseeing in Gangtok
Mt. Katao is a one of the lesser-known destinations located in Gangtok. Situated near Lachung, this is a must-see destination for people who want to experience snow.
However, being a Military base, entry to Mt Katao is restricted. You cannot approach Mt. Katao as easily as other destinations nearby. A special pass need to be obtained from the Indian Army to visit the place. Even so, many tourists and adventure seekers, as well as families travel to Katao to enjoy their holidays.
The greatest attraction here is the natural beauty of the place snow covered landscape of Katao will surely sweep you off your feet.
The best time to visit the place is during the summer months as winters would be too harsh. Since the topography of the place is rather rough, it is not recommended for elders and kids. However, adventurous people and trekkers will enjoy the trip to Katao. Similarly, photographers and nature lovers would also find it a delightful place to visit.
Katao is easily accessible from Gangtok. Some other tourist attractions located nearby are the Himalayan Zoological Park, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Saramsa Garden, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden, Water Garden and Ban Jhakri Falls.

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Amit Sinha5.0/5

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Less Known but awesome and must visit place

We had visited Katao on 16/04/2017 as a part of our Lachung visit. In the morning we visited Yumthang and Zero Point. Then after taking lunch, we started our visit to Katao at around 2:00 PM. Katao is around 30 kms from Lachung and it takes around 1. 5 hours to reach Katao. While going towards Katao, there was snow covered mountains on both sides. We could see very good waterfalls also. We could go up to Security Post which is around 10 kms behind Katao. This post is guarded by soldiers round the clock.Generally tour operators of Gangtok do not include Katao in Lachung package. Hence after reaching there, drivers intimate that there is a place named Katao and ask for extra money to visit this place. However in our case, we had made deal with our tour operator to include Katao in the package. Hence you negotiate with Gangtok tour operators accordingly or else you have to pay extra money to the driver.Overall a very good place. Not to be missed during Lachung tour.

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Mt. Katao, Gangtok

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Abhishek Dhirahi

Mt. Katao, Gangtok
Mt. Katao, Gangtok

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Kumar Patel

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Mt. Katao, Gangtok

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Kumar Patel

View of the mountains

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