Lachen is a scenic mountain village in North Sikkim district located at a height of 8500 ft above the sea level and is home to the Lachenpas, a unique Sikkimese Bhutia community. The name Lachen means “big pass“. The village has magnificent surroundings with grassy mountain slopes on one side and imposing snow capped peaks, glaciers and rock cliffs on the other side. The village is located in a picturesque valley surrounded by conifer and Rhododendron forests.
Lachen is the starting point for some of the most interesting treks in North Sikkim as well as the gateway to the holy Gurudongmar and Tso Lhamu lakes. Gurudongmar Lake can be reached from Lachen and is considered a sacred lake in the Great Himalayas Region.
You can visit the Lachen Gompa here and get a feel of the simple village life of the ‘Lachenpas’. The area is restricted for foreigners, but special passes can be procured in advance. A few lodges are available here for stay as well as Forest Department and PWD Bungalows. Lachen is located at about 129 km from Gangtok and can be reached via road through a six-hour adventurous journey from Gangtok.
Royal House Tours & Travels, Gangtok, provides customized tour packages to Lachen, Sikkim.