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Lachen & Lachung

Lachen

Lachen is the starting point for some of the most interesting treks in North Sikkim as well as the gateway to the holy Guru Dongmar and Tso Lhamu lakes. The village comprises of less than 200 houses, earlier inhabited only during winters by their owners who spend their summers on the alpine pastures bordering Tibet tending to their yaks. You can visit the Lachen Gompa here and sample the simple village life of the ‘Lachenpas’.

Places to visit in Lachen

Gurudongmar Lake

A freshwater lake at the dizzying height of 17100ft above sea level, almost a stone’s throw away from China. The lake is also one of the 2 sources of the River Teesta, the other being  Tso-Lhamo Lake. This is among the highly acclaimed tourist destination in Lachen. The lake holds religious importance for Buddhists and Sikhs. The lake is named after the Tibetan Buddhism Guru Padmasambhava who visited the lake amid the eighth century and unfroze it.

Thangu Valley

This beautiful valley situated in Northern Sikkim, Thangu Valley is one of the most prevalent trekking place in Lachen. The valley is home to snow-topped pinnacles, orchids, winding streams and its beautiful magnificence is unparalleled! Trekking trails round the valley attracts explorers from everywhere throughout the world while untamed life spotting and bird viewing are different exercises you’ll appreciate here.

Thangu valley is roughly 5 km from Chopta Valley, this pleasant valley is definately a heaven for nature lovers. In spite of the actual fact that there are few more eminent tourist attraction points in Lachen, Thangu Valley surpasses all. Due to its high elevation, the valley is roofed with snow nearly all year and is encompassed by armed force camps. The valley is ideal for those trying to find a tranquil and serene trip and additionally a relief from the blasting Indian summers.

Chopta Valley

Lachen’s most sparkling pearl of all, Chopta Valley lies sprawled at an elevation of 4023 m while in transit to Gurudongmar Lake. In spite of being a visitor’s hotspot, Chopta valley offers immense peace and tranquillity. The traveller attempting to find a tranquil escape even from the commotion of alternate vacationers, can visit this calm and peaceful valley. The place has the magnificent views of the snow-capped mountains secured with pine woods and therefore the munching fields round the waterway winding at some point of the valley, making it an ideal place for the trekkers and pilgrims.

Dzongu

Dzongu is located in Northern Sikkim at an elevation ranging from 800m and 6,000m above sea level. The area has panoramic views of Mount Khanchendzonga (the third highest peak in the world). Dzongu along with its adjoining Kanchendzonga National Park and Biosphere Reserve is part of the Indo Myanmar biodiversity hotspot. Lepchas believe that they were created to protect and worship the Kanchendzonga. In the foothills of the mighty mountain they believe is a hidden paradise, the Mayel yang from which every Lepcha originated and is destined to go back in his/her after life. The Lepcha people are the only residents of Dzongu. For an ordinary Lepcha, Dzongu is a pilgrimage place of superior importance. It is an area to which every Lepcha traces his/her lineage and ancestry to. The Lepcha history and culture is intricately woven into its natural environment the mountains, rivers, lakes and forests, especially those of Dzongu.

Lhonak Valley

Lhonak Valley is a Trans-Himalayan grassland in the exposed river valley of Goma Chu in northwest Sikkim, with boggy marshes, glacial lakes, barren scree slopes and glaciers. It is accessible from Thangu via the high 5,900 m pass, the Lungnak La. Snowfall makes the Valley inaccessible in winters. Goma Chu originates in North and South Lhonak glaciers and runs across theValley to join Zema Chu. Zemu glacier is at the southern end of the Valley, as is the Green Lake. This Valley is the only known breeding area in the Eastern Himalayas of the Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis (Ganguli-Lachungpa 1998). Lakes and marshes here are used as stopover sites for migratory waterbirds and support populations of the Sikkim Snow Toad Scutiger sp.

Vegetation is typical cold desert, with xerophytic species such as Ephedra gerardiana, herbs, grasses and sedges, aquatic weeds and many medicinal and commercially valuable plants such as Picrorhiza kurrooa and Meconopsis horridula.

Lachung

The picturesque mountain village of Lachung, embraced by snow-capped mountain peaks, breath-taking waterfalls, sparkling streams and apple orchards is the perfect holiday destination. Sprawled across the banks of the Lachung Chu [river] which slices the village in two, Lachung is famous for its apples, peaches and apricots. One can visit the Lachung Gompa, the monastery is situated amidst apple orchards across the river from the town centre.

Places to visit in Lachung

Yumthang Valley

Yumthang, popularly known as ‘Valley of Flowers’, Located at a distance of 148 kms from Gangtok. The valley of flowers lies at an altitude of 3500m/11800ft, which is ideal for the growth of herbaceous flora. On one side of this beautiful valley is the Teesta river and on the other side there is a road. While travelling through this road, the valley extends to about half a kilometre and runs along the road. The Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary over here has 24 species of Rhododendron flowers which bloom from April to May end.

Hot spring located on the right side of Yumthang river is a popular tourist attraction. In addition to a vast green meadow, lush green forest abounding in Pine and silver fir trees throngs the place. While driving towards the valley, one can see cascading waterfalls and streams.

Zero Point (Yumesamdong)

The picturesque mountain village of Lachung, embraced by snow-capped mountain peaks, breath-taking waterfalls, sparkling streams and apple orchards is the perfect holiday destination. Sprawled across the banks of the Lachung Chu [river] which slices the village in two, Lachung is famous for its apples, peaches and apricots. One can visit the Lachung Gompa, the monastery is situated amidst apple orchards across the river from the town centre.

Mount Katao

Located within the northern a part of Sikkim, almost 144 kilometers from the capital, Gangtok, and 28 kms from Lachung, Mt. Katao is amongst the foremost spectacular sights you’ll be able to imagine within the state. However, one must avail permits from the military to enter the world where this majestic peak is found. This surreal mountain offers the onlookers a splendid view. This destination is additionally an ideal place for adventure lovers as sports like skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and stone grinding can be enjoyed here during the winter season.

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