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Lachung is a town and hill station in northeast Sikkim, India. It is located in the North Sikkim district near the border with Tibet. Lachung is at an elevation of about 9,600 feet and at the confluence of the Lachen and Lachung Rivers, both tributaries of the River Teesta. The word Lachung means “small pass“. The town is approximately 125 kilometers from the capital Gangtok.
Lachung is also the base camp for Rhododendron Valley Trek which starts from Yumthang Valley and ends at Lachen Valley.
Lachung has been described as the “most picturesque village of Sikkim” by British explorer Joseph Dalton Hooker in his definitive, The Himalayan Journal (1855).
One can also visit the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary through which flows the Yumthang Chu. This sanctuary is known for its abundance of Rhododendron trees and shrubs.
Lachung is perfect for an overnight halt before one visits the spectacular Yumthang Valley and the stretches beyond it.
Lachung Gompa: Sitting atop the hill across the valley from the town, is one of the most picturesque gompas (Buddhist temples) in Sikkim. It is a short 30 minute walk uphill from the town, and the amazing backdrop of snow-capped peaks makes this a worthwhile stroll.