Lachen, perched at an elevation of 2750mt is a quaint and picturesque hamlet in Northern Sikkim. Surrounded by the astounding vista of snow clad mountain ranges with a tranquil ambiance has made Lachen a favored hill station were travelers can bask in the surreal beauty of Sikkim. Located in the north district of Sikkim, 110km from the bustling town Gangtok, Lachen Valley has become the base ground to trek towards the Chopta valley and gateway towards Gurudongmar Lake. The name Lachen was derived from native language which means “big pass”.
Lachen is a mountain village where Lachenpas, a unique Sikkimese Bhutia community resides. Lachenpas have an uncommon legal system called Dzamsa where Pipon, the Village Head, takes decisions on all village affairs.Lachen, which belonged to the erstwhile Himalayan Kingdom, remained undiscovered for many years. In the first half of the 20th century it was visited by foreign trekkers who were on an expedition in the Eastern Himalayas. Forming the gateway towards some of the pictorial destination of the North Sikkim, Lachen has gained its popularity among the travelers who are willing to walk through some of the less trodden path. Foot trails to the country’s highest mountain peak Mt. Khangchendzongha and Mt. Sinolchuthe most beautiful peak begin from the scenic Lachen Valley. There are many sightseeing places in Lachen Chopta Valley being one of the famous one. Chopta valley also known as the flower valley at an elevation of 17000ft is located at a distance of 57km from Lachen. It is located on the way to Gurudongmar Lake from Lachen. To watch the vibrant color riot of alpine forest change into the rugged terrain as you ascend forward creates a beautiful vista while showing the hidden charm of the Himalayan foothill. Located 70km from Lachen at an altitude of 17800ft amidst the mountainous valley is one of the highest lakes in the world, Gurudongmar Lake. The mesmerizing crystal blue Gurudongmar Lake is a scared lake for both Buddhist and Hindus and visitor has been enthralled by the bewitching charisma of this scared lake. Apart from acting as the starting point of the trek towards the higher altitude destination Lachen is an ideal place far from maddening crowd for laid back retreat amidst the lofty mountains of Himalayas. Lachen Monastery sited on the hilltop of this mountain village is one of the favored places to visit in Lachen. It is an ideal place to immerge oneself in the tranquil ambiance whilst engulfing their lungs with untainted cool air. Along with the serene ambiance and an insight in the religious practice, Lachen Monastery offers the visitor with the panoramic view of the Lachen village cuddled midst the vibrant forest of rhododendron and conifer trees.
Endowed with astounding Himalayan flora and numerous trekking trails through the alpine forest and mountainous valley towards the snow clad mountain and picturesque location, Lachen has bewitched the mind of travelers around the globe with its raw beauty. If you are looking for a destination far from the tedious hassle of city life close to nature then Lachen with its serene ambiance and awe-inspiring view of the adjacent valley is a safe haven to rejuvenate your tired souls.
The ideal time to relish in the beauty of Lachen is during summer from March to June when the valley is covered with the vibrant color of rhododendron trees and weather is pleasant to witness the breathtaking view of the snow peaked Himalayan range.
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