is one of the most exquisite villages in the valleys of North
Sikkim. At an altitude of 8610 ft, it is located at a distance
of 120 km from Gangtok and is frequented by travellers intending
to visit the Yumthang, Katao, Yumasamdong
area of North Sikkim.
With resplendent snow-capped mountains,
dazzling waterfalls and sparkling streams, Lachung has been
described as the "most picturesque village of Sikkim"
by none other than Joseph dalton Hooker in his definitive,
The Himalayan Journal (1855). A small monastery adorning a
solitary hilltop is a perfect place for meditation. The entire
valley gets a completely different look in winter when wrapped
by thick layer of snow. Lachung has a small market but due
to tourist influx several small and medium hotels have come
Lachung is about 120 km from Gangtok.
You have to travel through the North
Sikkim Highway through Phodong,
Mongan and Chungthang before
reaching here. Average travel time is 6 to 7 hours but varies
widely depending on the condition of road at the time of journey.
The terrain is quite rough and Lachung often becomes inaccessible
both during Monsoon due to heavy rain and landslide and also
during winter due to excess snowfall. Please talk to our guest
service executive to know about the current condition of the
road and accessibility.
As for the rest of North Sikkim, Lachung can be visited
only by booking a package tour through a recognised travel
agent. This is because you require special restricted area
permit to travel here and the permit is given only to tourists
travelling on a package tour. The package includes your travel,
accommodation, food and sightseeing.
What to See
Tourists use Lachung as the base to travel to Yumthang
valley and its surrounding area such as Katao and Yumasamdong.
The small town in itself is also an interesting stay. You
can spend some leisure hours sitting beside the Lachung-chu
river, mesmerised by the beauty of the place. The local monastery
is also a nice place to spend an evening and learn about the
local Buddhist culture.
Where to Stay
Over the last decade a number of tourist accommodations have
come up here. But you must remember the remoteness of the
place due to which the accommodation standard here can not
be directly compared to the hotels in other major tourist
destinations. Hotels here can not be booked directly as it
is part of your package tour. But you can check the hotel
information and accordingly inform our executive to include
a particular hotel for your tour.
For tour ideas to Lachung, please check our North
Sikkim tour packages.