North District, Sikkim
Lachen clings to grassy mountain slopes in a magnificent natural setting of dark cliffs and snowy peaks. In this fragile, high altitude Himalayan environment, seasons unfold timelessly: rhododendrons flower in the spring, monsoons brings swirling mists, followed by the afterglow of autumn, hardening into the severity of winter as the village becomes snow-bound.
Just over 100 km from Gangtok, Lachen is situated at a height of about 10,000 ft, with the Kangchendzonga towering alongside. The people of this scenic mountain village of 150 houses are migrant Buddhist Bhutia yak and sheep herders called Lachenpas.
The Lachenpas have an indigenous community organization, unique to Sikkim - the ‘Dzumsa', which is responsible for conservation practices such as grazing, cultivation programs, and seasonal movement of the community. A home stay in Lachen open ups this corner of the Himalayas... visitors can also look at developing new skills: milking a yak, for example.
See & Do
Take the stunning mountain drive to Gurudongmar Lake (17,100 ft) near the Tibet border. Go trekking... to the hot springs and lakes around Lachen. Discover the diversity of the adjoining Kangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve. Catch sight of the elusive snow leopard, musk deer or Himalayan black bear. Visit the Lachen monastery. View rug and blanket weaving and wood carving. Enjoy Sikkimese momos and local corn dishes... Cheer on the yaks racing at the Loosong festivities (Dec).
- Airport: Bagdogra
- Rail link: New Jalpaiguri
- Road: Bagdogra / New Jalpaiguri to Gangtok 3.5 hrs drive (helicopter option available), Gangtok to Lachen (110km), about 5 hours drive
On the Spot
- Home stays with local families
- Several hotels and lodges in and around
- Contact Pipon Rabjor Lachenpa / Pipon Gokey Lachenpa at Lachen Dzumsa
- Tel: +91.94745.31011, +91.94348.63166
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org