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1Riding On A Motorbike To The Lake At 17,100 ft In Extreme Cold 4°C In Winter
Riding On A Motorbike To The Lake At 17,100 ft In Extreme Cold 4°C In Winter

The place is deserted, except for an odd Tibetan nomad’s tent made of dried yak skin. You can only hear the whoosh of the wind. There are  no clear “road” to the lake. It’s a vast brown stretch of land, not something worth staring at after hunkering a motorbike up 17,100ft of winding roads.A typical tour starts at Gangtok from where Lachen is about 120 kms (6 hours).  On crossing the last village, Thangu (14,000ft), the hilly terrain abruptly changes to a deserted brown plateau land. It is a different experience to ride a motorcycle in the cold with snow-capped mountains on both sides of the road.And suddenly you realise crossing the Himalayas and entering the Tibetan plateau. Feel the thrill because of the low oxygen level.Landslides are frequent so bikers have to take byroads where the terrain is rougher. There are muddy stretches, huge waterfalls, numerous streams and rivulets crossing the roads, bailey and suspension bridges.

HolidayIQ Traveller shares, "Journey (from Lachen, nearby village) starts with lush green mountains, water streams all along the way, winding around Teesta river. Terrain slowly changes to amazingly colorful valleys (seasonal), to snow-clad barren stony mountains, with Indian Military barracks/camps all around. And then comes the best part!! Deep blue lake at 17000 ft, surrounded by snow-clad mountains! Its a site worth taking all the pain to get their. Journey up-to Lachen is amazingly scenic, with tall mountains, lush green valleys, small streams flowing here and there. Beyond Thangu, its all defense land, no sign of hotels/eateries etc. Nearest place to stay is Lachen, which is a small village with bare-bone hotels. Gurudongmar lake is THE place on earth to visit, a must see if u are visiting Sikkim! "


Read more at Not Everyone Can Do This. Tips On How To Reach The Frozen Gurudongmar Lake On A Bike!

2Refill With Some Steaming Hot Momos & Chai at Thangu
Refill With Some Steaming Hot Momos & Chai at Thangu

From Gangtok, Gurudongmar is 175 km away. On the plains, it may not seem like much distance. But acclimatisation is necessary for such high altitudes. Else, altitude sickness is almost sure to strike. Two halts are a must en route Gurudongmar- Lachen and Thangu. Rest at Thangu and have some steaming hot momos, noodles and tea available in three or four shops — the calories required for riding.


Read more at Not Everyone Can Do This. Tips On How To Reach The Frozen Gurudongmar Lake On A Bike!

3The 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.”


Read more at This Village Is A Base Station To So Many Incredible Treks! 7 Things You Can Do Here

4Do 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.”


Read more at This Village Is A Base Station To So Many Incredible Treks! 7 Things You Can Do Here

5Scale 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


Read more at This Village Is A Base Station To So Many Incredible Treks! 7 Things You Can Do Here

Reviews (13)

Malay mishra

Malay mishra5.0/5

1 review


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

60 reviews

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
  • Spectacular scenery, best in Sikkim
  • Spectacular scenery, best in Sikkim

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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.

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Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Lachen

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