Lachung Travel Information
A Tibetan village with a unique local and traditional self-government body called the Zumsa, Lachung is situated at an altitude of 9000ft. It is the last village in North Sikkim before Yumthang and has emerged as a tourist destination because of its natural environ and the popularity of Yumthang valley that is just 24 kilometers from here. Tourists stay here overnight to visit Yumthang as part of a day trip.
The village, spread out on either side of Lachung-Chu River, is surrounded by mighty mountain peaks which remain snow clad for most of the year. A large number of beautiful waterfalls can also be visited close to here. Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary Located in Lachung is famous for its collection of different species of Rhododendron that bloom during the months of April - May.
The villagers, known as Lachungpas, has managed to retain their unique culture and tradition. The local monastery on the slope opposite the highway is a focal point of all religious function of the local inhabitants. To get a glimpse of the religious functions performed on auspicious occasions a visit to the Monastery should form a part of any visit to Lachung.
Sightseeing from Lachung
At 11800 ft above Sea level, the Yumthang valley offers breathtaking landscape combining alpine meadows, rhododendron forest and snow peaks of Himalayas with Lachung river cutting across it. The Yumthang valley is 24 kms from Lachung and visited as part of day tour. More on Yumthang
Yumesamdong is further 26 kms further from Yumthang valley close to Yumesamdong is zero point, this is northernmost point of Sikkim. More on Yumesamdong
Katao is about 25 kms from Lachung towards the East whereas Yumthang is North of Lachung. It is a glacier close to Chinese boarder.