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Reasons to go to Lachen

1The Village Amidst Dense Conifer & Rhododendrons
The Village Amidst Dense Conifer & Rhododendrons

Starting point to many treks, Lachen at an altitude of 2750 meters, is a hill station located in North Sikkim. It is the gateway to the sacred Gurudongmar and Lhamu lakes. Lachen was once a hub for foreign trekkers who explored expeditions in the Eastern Himalayas. This beautiful village is known for its apple orchards. The pine covered valley and snowy white peaks  make this place a base station for campers and trekkers.

HolidayIQ Traveller Deepika Surana from Mumbai shares, “It’s a very beautiful place. Has hot spring water. Yaks thick skinned all over the mountain, It foggy and very cold all over. The people inhabitants are tall ,strong and very well built. It does make us feel that we are in a very different zone completely disconnected from the city life. Cell network is also an issue there. Roads towards lachen are rough.Lots of colorful Tibetan flags can be seen on the way.”

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2Do Not Leave Without The Local Made Handloom
Do Not Leave Without The Local Made Handloom

A visit to the Handloom and Handicraft centre is a must. View the weaving of traditional blankets and carpets and get an insight into the local industry. Blanket made from yak and sheep wool, carpet, shawl, hand bags are some handloom produced at lachen. Besides this, wood craft of Buddhist sign and symbols are also available at the Handicraft centre.

HoldiayIQ Traveller Partha Goswami shares, “Girls can by ethnic Lepcha/ Tibetan arts and crafts, hand bags and more.”

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3Scale The Lama Angden
Scale The Lama Angden

If you are looking for some adventure, head on and scale Mt. Lama Angden, at an altitude of 5868 meters. This requires permit through the state government with the clearance from Ministry of Home, Government India. The giant Lama Angden Peak shadows the lachen village. This is a three day exciting trek in Lachen.

Day 1 - Lachen to Lama Angden Camp

Day 2 - Lama Angden Camp to View Point and back

Day 3 - Camp to Lachen

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4Trek To Gurudongmar Lake
Trek To Gurudongmar Lake

HolidayIQ Traveller Roky Ghosh shares, “Gurudongmar is one of the most beautiful places. From Thangu to Gurudongmar the road and the hilly regions around it are full of snow. Though we were unlucky to miss the Gurudongmar because of heavy snowfall and landslide, still the scenic beauty alongside the road is marvelous. You can see heavy patrolling of INDIAN ARMY there.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Kalyan Lahiri, “Gurudongmar lake from lachen is a travel of 4 hours. enroute the beauty of himalayas is visible. in month of june you can find riot of colors as rhododendrons are in full bloom. Local food is available ,gurudongmar lake at 5100 mtrs.”

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5Base camp to some incredible treks, Lachen
Base camp to some incredible treks, Lachen

75 km from Yumthang is the remote town of Lachen. The pine covered valley and snowy white peaks  make this place a base station for campers and trekkers. Its landscape is remarkable, HolidayIQ reviewer Deepak says “It’s a very beautiful place. Has hot spring water.  Roads towards lachen are rough. Lots of colorful Tibetan flags can be seen on the way.”

Read more at Spectacular Sikkim is More Than Just Gangtok!

Reviews (13)

Malay mishra

Malay mishra5.0/5

1 review

Lachen

Nice. Weather biting cold at Gurudongmar lake and yumthang and zero point . Food and Shopping: Did not shop. Places I stayed in could hardly offer any choice because of poor acceessibility. Just something to keep you alive . Highlight of the trip: Gurudongmar lake. At 17800 ft. Just mesmerising.

Ankur P

Ankur P4.6/5

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Spectacular scenery, best in Sikkim

Lachen was the top place during our whole 11-day Sikkim trip. All the places you visit here - Gurudongmar Lake, Chopta Valley, Thangu Valley, Kala Patthar and Lachen area itself - are spectacular and surely offer the best scenery in Sikkim. It's a long way from Gangtok (5-6 hours) but the travel is not too tiring because of the beautiful views on the way and many refreshment stops you can take. The roads are also in pretty good shape these days. There are not many big / saturated hotels or proper restaurants in Lachen area, mostly because tourists have started coming only in last 5-6 years, but whatever is there is pretty decent. There's a small market too, where you can get most of the basic and a few additional things (like booze). Most people stay in Lachen for 1 night only to visit Gurudongmar next morning.

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  • Spectacular scenery, best in Sikkim
  • Spectacular scenery, best in Sikkim
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Recommended Duration in Lachen

Number of days to spend in Lachen as recommended by our travellers.

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Lachen Overview

Lachen, at an altitude of around 2750 meters, is a hill station located in the northern part of the north–eastern state of Sikkim near the Indo-Tibetan Border, on the North Sikkim Highway. Lachen is a less-crowded scenic holiday retreat, known also as the gateway to the sacred Guru Dongmar and Tso Lhamu lakes.

Lachen is a small village inhabited by Bhutia tribes and Tibetans and it consists of only about 150 houses. The name Lachen means ‘the Big Pass’ in Bhutia language. Lachen, situated on a rough flat land, is scattered by the deep gorges of Lachen Chu, distanced from the mainland.

The most prevailing religion in Lachen is the Nyingma order of Himalayan Buddhism. Lachen Monastery, built in 1806, is situated atop the village providing clear views of the village, Lachen Chu and the alpine peaks. The people of Lachen (Lachenpas), who are of Bhutanese origin, have a unique legal system called Dzamsa where Pipon, the Village Head, takes decisions on all village affairs.

Lachen, which belonged to the erstwhile Himalayan Kingdom, remained undiscovered for many years. In the first half of the 20th century it was visited by foreign trekkers who were on exploring expeditions in the Eastern Himalayas. Later the area was restricted to foreign as well as domestic travellers due to the deterioration of Indo-Chinese relations.

Though the restriction to enter was removed for many destinations in Sikkim by 1990, Lachen was opened to tourists only on 20th December, 2000. Compared to its sister village, Lachung, Lachen is less popular among holiday makers.

Lachen is noted for its lush vegetation that consists of grasslands and shrubs. Apple orchards, introduced to Lachen by the Finnish missionaries in the latter half of the 19th century, also attract the attention of visitors. The pine covered valleys and black cliffs of snowy-white peaks of the Eastern Himalayas start from Lachen which makes it the base station for many trekking destinations in the North Sikkim region including the famous Green Lake and Kunchenjunga National Park treks.

March - June and September - December are the most suitable times to visit Lachen. Lachen can be reached from the capital city of Gangtok, situated about 125 km away, by a 6 hours’ drive.

Lachen offers excursions to Chopta Valley, Green Lake, Cho-lamu, Guru Dongmar Lake and Singhba Rhododendron Sanctuary. Chopta Valley, Green Lake and Singhba Rhododendron Sanctuary are open to all but Guru Dongmar Lake and Tso Lhamu, the source of River Teesta, can only be visited by Indian citizens.

Photos of Lachen

Lachen, Sikkim

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View of the mountains and lake
Lachen, Sikkim

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Dutta

View of the mountains
Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Lachen

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S.m.bega Raaj

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