Nestled at an altitude of about 9000 feet, Lachen is located in the North District of Sikkim. The term ‘Lanchen’ means “big pass” in local Lepcha language. This beautiful place lies very close to the Chinese border and serves as an excellent base for tourists, who want to explore the towering peaks of the region and the beautiful Gurudongmar Lake. The valley also offers splendid view of the greatest mountain peaks of the mighty Himalayas.
Places to see at Lachen, North Sikkim
Lachen is an ideal base to explore a number of tourist attractions in and around the village like Chopta Valley, Thangu Valley and Gurudongmar Lake. The place is dotted with amazing viewpoints that offer spectacular shots of nearby mountains and valleys. The Lachen Monastery located on a hilltop is the most featured attraction of Lachen. Chopta Valley located near Lachen is very popular among bird watchers. The road to Chopta Valley from Lachen is also very scenic. Beyond Chopta Valley, the terrain becomes barren and devoid of any trees. Another must-visit tourist spot near Lachen is the Gurudongmar Lake that is highly revered by Buddhists and Hindus.
Things to do in Lachen, North Sikkim
This cool picturesque village of Lachen is an ideal place to leisure around. Lachen is popular as the night-stay destination for tourists waiting to visit Chopta Valley, Gurudongmar Lake, Cholamo Lake, and Thangu Village. If you are waiting for one of the most exciting treks of the Eastern Himalayas, then the Lachen – Thangu – Nyimala – Green Lake should be in your itinerary.
Best time to visit Lachen
Lachen experiences alpine climatic condition and can be reached anytime of the year. However, if you are planning to visit Gurudongmar Lake from Lachen, then April to December should be preferred. Rest of the year, the road to Gurudongmar Lake stays closed due to snowfall. The ideal time to visit the location is the summer season (April, May, June and July), when temperature remains favorable and suitable for guests.
Accommodation in Lachen
Lachen has all types of accommodation options. All standard facilities like attached western bathrooms, hot water geysers, clean and comfy beds, spacious rooms and good hot food are available in all our hotels. However, bottled water and room heaters are banned in all hotels of Lachen due to environmental issues, so none of the hotels provide these two facilities.
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