Located in North Sikkim at an altitude of 13500ft nearly 144 kilometers away from lively and warm town Gangtok is a small valley known as Katao. Katao valley is one of the extreme destinations of north Sikkim due to its harsh cold weather it is still hidden from many travelers. Perched on the Donkila Hill and surrounded by snowcapped mountains like Sargila, Katao, and Great Alpine, and Domong and Jema hills, Katao has hyped the interest of many tourists. Mt Katao is known as the haven for all snow sport lovers as it is the base ground for all the recreational activities like snowboarding, skiing, snow tubing and stone grinding.
With the panoramic view of snow-capped mountains and serene ambiance at the highest point of North Sikkim, it would not be out of place to call Katao as the Switzerland of India. Katao is located near the international border of China. Being close to Indo-China border Katao is also a military base and free access is denied but if the travelers want to enjoy the serene beauty of Katao, with additional charges they can get a pass in this heavenly place covered in white. The journey to this quaint valley Katao is full of astounding sights and the scenic view of the changing landscape has left many travelers mesmerized. Road towards Katao is a bit scary but thrilling the sharp bend and bumpy ride can give cold chills to the travelers traveling Katao for the first time. The awe-inspiring sights of sparsely covered valley with poppy, primulas and rhododendron amidst the snow clad mountain have ensnared the heart of many travelers. A military check-post is nearby Katao, it is around 24 kilometers from Lachung. Over the past few years apart from the being the winter destination of Lachung pass it has also become the tourist destination.
Inflate your lungs with the cold chilly winds while basking in the splendid sight of the snow covered grounds and majestic mountains glittering under the sun like covered in precious jewel. Katao valley lulls the senses of travelers with its surreal beauty and also due to lack of oxygen it is the winter wonderland of Sikkim. Katao is an ideal place to relish the charm of the highest point of North Sikkim whilst admiring the work of the Indian Army for keeping us safe in the treacherous border.