A fragile road etches its way up the Teesta valley and splits at Chungthang with one branch bearing northwest to Lachung and beyond, the other due north to Lachung, to the beautiful valley of Yumthang and eventually Zero Point on the high plateau.

The huge earthquake of 2011, with its epicentre near the capital Mangan, severed the roads to north Sikkim leaving over sixty people dead. To make matters worse, unexpected late-season rains a year later in 2012 caused deadly landslides that once again isolated the region for several weeks.

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