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  • Things to do in Lachung encircles trekking, excursion trips, long day trips, visiting sanctuaries, meeting monks and enjoying the cultural aspects like dance and music when in the town. This little hill station is a beautiful cherry on the state of Sikkim and presents itself with amazing views and natural beauty in its pocket.

    Yumthang valley and Mount Katao offers trekking to its travelers whereas Bhim Nala waterfalls and the snow clad Zero point will take the breath away for once. Every visitor must experience the Mask dance at Lachung monastery while meeting some monks and greeting them with respect.

    Visiting Lachung is itself an amazing thought with lakes, lush green trees, pasture lands, and soothing but exciting views will always entertain at every next step.
    Visit Lachung to make some amazing memories and click them to remember this time all through this life

    Here are the best things to do in Lachung:

  • 01Trekking to Yumthang Valley

    Yumthang valley will definitely show an artistic side where a green valley covered with pastures is loaded with small to medium sized flowers. Enchanting flowers are not alone to make one go awestruck but the presence of a calm blue river right in between the valley will be a participant too. Flowers like Primroses, Cinquefoils, Louseworts, and Cobra-lilies are part of the valley to name a few.

    About the activity
    : Trek to this beautiful valley and click some photographs where the spring season makes a collage of little flowers of multiple colors. Yaks grazing the field and enjoying the open nature is another addition to the scenery. Enjoy the views all through the trek which includes a vast stretch of lands and far away peaks.

    Location
    : 25 Km to the north of Lachung

    Best time to visit:
    Late February to mid-June
  • 02Visit Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

    An impressive and rich collection of rhododendron, gregarious plants could be seen in the sanctuary. The place is surrounded by Himalayan mountain ranges and includes plants and trees such as potentillas, primulas, saxifrages, poppies, aconites, gentians etc.

    About the activity
    : Trek on the trails while enjoying amazing flowers and natural beauty right in front of the eyes. Click some amazing pictures and enjoy bird watching in the sanctuary which will always remind of nature and its closeness to the hearts. One can explore the place with more than 40 species of rhododendrons while walking past the trek path.

    Location
    : 26 Km from Lachung

    Best time to visit:
    April to July

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  • 04Mask Dance at Lachung Monastery

    An exhilarating experience can be achieved at the Lachung monastery which is standing in the abode of the natural beauty of Himalayas. Marvelous architecture, the backdrop of mountains and its connection to ancient history can't combine all in one single word.

    About the activity:
    Sikkimese culture will magnetize anyone with the performance of mask dance which is organized every year in the winter season. Strikingly colorful clothes and heavy masks are just breathtaking and photography in the season cannot be missed. Visiting here and spending a few hours is one of the best things to do in Lachung. Also, one can shop at handloom center present here for authentic Sikkim textile.

    Location:
    50 Km from Lachung

    Timing:
    7.00 AM to 7:00 PM

    Best time to visit:
    March to December

  • 05Excursion to Zero Point

    Situated at an elevation of 15,300 feet, Zero point has no motorable road and visitors reach to the proximity of the Chinese border, from where they are not allowed to move further. This place is loaded with snow almost all through the year and thrills the visitors due to the cool climate and picturesque location.

    About the activity
    : A short trip to Zero points has to be on the checklist when visiting Sikkim. Make some snowballs, trek on some heights and click many pictures cladded with bright white snow. Take a deep feeling of Chinese proximity and soothe selves with enchanting location. Have some tea and coffee that local stalls serve.

    Location:
    50 Km from Lachung

    Best time to visit:
    March to June

  • 06Day Trip to Gurudongmar Lake

    Another best thing to do in Sikkim is taking a day trip to Gurudongmar lake which is at an elevation of 17,800 feet. Many religious beliefs are attached to the lake since old times. The lake is full of freshwater and offers beauty from every edge to another.

    About the activity
    : A 4 hours trip to this half-frozen lake will allow one to do some photography all through the path. The snow-capped hills will leave anyone awestruck and sitting here while basking in the sun is definitely an amazing thing to do in Lachung.

    Location:
    113 Km to the North of Lachung

    Best time to visit:
    March to June

  • 07Visit the Bhim Nala Waterfalls

    Bhim Nala is also known as tallest waterfall in Sikkim and its grandness could be seen with naked eyes when it falls in 3 different tiers. Viewing this grandeur and enjoying is surely one of the best things to do in Sikkim. Interestingly, because of its huge height, it is also called Amitabh Bachchan falls.

    About the activity
    : Feel the droplets sprinkling on the face and trek to the rocky terrain to reach the cascading point. Enjoy clicking some pictures and soothe your eyes with the astonishing view. Sip a cup of coffee or tea near the falls.

    Location
    : On the way to Lachung (13 Km)

    Entry fee:
    Rs 10 per person

    Best time to visit:
    March to mid-June

  • 08Trek to Mount Katao

    A treat for the eyes and a spot for adventure lovers is what Mount Katao has. The pristine valley and hills are studded with thick pine trees, snow-capped peaks, and beautiful valley to surround it. One has to avail a permit beforehand to reach the site. The valley hosts attractive flora and fauna like primula, rhododendron etc.

    About the activity
    : Trekking in the snow-loaded trails, basking in the sun and photography at Mount Katao is one of the best things to do in Lachung. Adventure lovers can also take part in skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing etc. in the winter months here.

    Location
    : 28 Km from Lachung

    Best time to visit:
    March to mid-June

  • 09 Visit the Sacred Stone of Naydo in Chungthang

    Bring out the spiritual side in the forefront at Chungthang. The confluence of two rivers i.e Lachung and Lachen hosts a sacred stone called Naydo which has an ancient attachment to this place. It is known for footprints of Guru Padmasambhava.

    About the activity
    : Pay a visit to the stone and feel the presence of Sikkim culture right there. Along with the spiritual heart, one can visit the Chungthang monastery as well to take a look at rare Buddhist paintings and sculptures.

    Location
    : 25 Km from Lachung

    Best time to visit:
    March to mid-June

  • 10Visit Chopta Valley Vegetative Pasture Lands

    Visiting Chopta valley is surely one of the best things to do in Sikkim as this place is situated at an altitude of around 14,000 feet and the cool temperature enthrill the travelers most. The valley is covered with pastures all through the way and covers itself with snow in winters.

    About the activity
    : Let the view immerse in the eyes today only as this valley is a major heaven of Sikkim. Spend a leisure time with friends or family here as above this point, these pastures begin to vanish and rocky, snow path begins. Click some pictures, trek to nearby zones and sip some tea with momos at nearby stalls.

    Location
    : 20 minutes drive from Thangu (80 Km from Lachung)

    Best time to visit:
    March to mid-June

  • 11Meet Monks at Lachung Monastery

    Established in 1880, the monastery has its own charm due to its setting in the laps of Himalayan ranges. This is also staying straight as the last monastery before the Indo-Chinese border starts.

    About the activity
    : Visit the monastery and meet the monks, observe their humbleness and learn more about Buddhism. Who knows you can get a totally new insight of a religion? Spend some time here and meditate in nature. This will surely make anyone fall in love with this place. Once a year, a festival is also organized in winters and is a place not to be missed.

    Location:
    50 Km from Lachung

    Timing:
    7.00 AM to 7:00 PM

    Best time to visit:
    March to December


Sightseeing in Lachung

Attractions in Lachung

Trekking in Lachung

Attractions

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Yumthang Valley

Nested in the northern part of Sikkim, Yumthang Valley is also nicknamed as the 'valley of flowers' (not to be confused with the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand). It is perched at a dizzying altitude of 3,500 meters, and unmistakably one of the most scenic places to visit in Lachung.

True to its assigned nickname, Yumthang valley fosters countless floral species which criss-cross all across its lush green carpet. The valley also houses the beautiful Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, hosting over 24 different species of rhododendrons! The verdant pasture that is Yumthang valley is lapped by mighty mountains on either side, and the freezing river Teesta forms a crystal ribbon through the forested beauty of the valley.

Location:
North Sikkim District, Gangtok, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand
: 25 km


From gushing waterfalls to sprawling forests, from solitary monasteries to austere mountains, Gangtok offers a range of awe-inspiring things to do for visitors

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Chopta Valley

Another one of the most beautiful tourist places in Lachung, the stunning Chopta valley is wrapped up in North Sikkim. Sitting about 2 hours away from Lachung, and beautifully en route Gurudongmar Lake, Chopta valley reigns at a staggering 4,000 meters above sea level.

During summers, the entire valley is bathed in a stunning medley of colours due to the presence of beautiful alpine flowers that it is home to. Winters turn the entire place into a picturesque wonderland, layered by a thick carpet of snow.

The tree line begins to fade from here, and the dominion of shrubs is evident. Beyond the valley, the land becomes completely devoid of vegetation, and the lofty mountains begin to rise. The aroma of the flowers merges will the cool breeze from the mountains to render you truly speechless.

Location:
North Sikkim District, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
30 km

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Yumesamdong / Zero Point

Yumesamdong, otherwise known as Zero Point, is one of the most frequented tourist's places in Lachung. It is located about 15 km away from Yumthang and sits at a mind-numbing altitude of 4,724 meters. Zero point marks the edge of civilization, and the road comes to a dead end here.

The vicuna China border is just beyond Zero points, though no tourists are allowed there. Despite the treacherous roads, Yumesamdong brings you exceptional rewards! Treat your eyes to the confluence of three magnificent rivers, flanked on either side by enormous, snow-clad peaks.

While yaks often graze here, the land is nearly competent devoid of vegetation. The place sits beneath thick, powdery snow, and brings extremely cold weather conditions. But there’s a great respite in the form of Hot Springs by the river Sebu Chhu!

Location:
Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 50 km

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Bhim Nala Falls

Seated at a distance of about 13 km from Lachung, in the rustic hamlet of Khedum, experience a spellbinding blend of serenity and thrill at the Bhim Nala Falls! It has the privilege of being amongst the highest waterfalls in Sikkim.

Owing to its staggering height, the cascading waterfall seems like a three-step waterfall, the roaring of which can be felt even from afar. Housed in an envelope of verdant hills, the plummeting falls roar in a soothing lullaby to enchant you. Enjoy the moment by sipping hot tea, while the roaring falls lull your senses.

Fun fact -
Bhim Nala Falls is also known as Amitabh Bachchan Falls amongst the locals! 

Location:
Chungthang, Lachung, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 15 km

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Naga Falls

About 21 km away from Bhim Nala Falls, the Naga Falls sits somewhere along the Gangtok - Chungthang road and is easily one of the most spectacular places to visit in Lachung. Another one of the tallest waterfalls in Sikkim, this multi-tiered cascade is veered a little ways off the beaten tracks and offers wonderful solitude and respite from the most popular sites in Lachung.

Early morning or evening spent here, amidst the wooded hills, listening to a beautiful medley of sounds that blend in with the tumultuous roar of the falls is an experience that lingers in the heart. Surrounded by the panorama of lofty mountain peaks, Naga Falls is an unmissable place to visit during your Sikkim trip.

Location:
North Sikkim District, Sikkim 737116

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand
: 35 km

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Chungthang

Sitting at a distance of about 100 km from Gangtok, Chungthang is a beautiful little town that falls en route Yumthang, by the conflux of the rivers Lachen and Lachung. Chungthang is also the birthplace for the river Teesta. The town brims with legends and tales of old, and there is also a stone with the imprinted footprints of Guru Padmasambhava.

The town also houses a little rock here, from where mineral water flows ceaselessly. Chungthang is a place where you’ll have to travel through to reach the higher alpine regions of Lachen and Lachung. Steeped in fascinating mythology, the town offers beautiful 180-degree views of the neighboring snow-capped peaks.

Location:
Chungthang Tehsil, North Sikkim District, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 23 km

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Lachen

Nestled at an altitude of 2,750 meters, Lachen in North Sikkim is the base of Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar lake. Sitting about 27 km away from Chungthang, Lachen village is cradled by a beautiful mountain valley. ‘Lachen’ literally translates to mean ‘big pass’, and affords unmatched views of the mountain slopes that seem to seat the village in an embracing sprawl.

Lachen is one of the more shaded, unexplored parts of Sikkim, and reward you with unmatched mountain views, serenity, and peace. Housing, not more than 200 houses, the village is ideal for backpackers and adventurers looking to explore offbeat destinations. The village is also home to the Lachenpas, a Sikkimese community. Amongst the most offbeat places to visit in Lachung, Lachen warrants to be on the top of your Sikkim itinerary.

Location
: North Sikkim District, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 47 km

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Lachung Monastery

Cradled by beautiful apple orchards of the Lachen Valley, Lachung Monastery is an ancient Buddhist monastery. Crafted with brilliant architecture, the monastery is perched atop 2,750 meters, near the confluence of the rivers Lachen and Lachung, two of the several tributaries of the Teesta river.

The gompa is also the base for the Green Lake trek. The edifice was installed in 1806 by the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism and harbors a majestic statue of Guru Padmasambhava. A prayer wheel stands guard near the entrance of the monastery, leading visitors to the resident Handloom and Handicraft Centre. The Lachung Monastery is one of the most tranquil places to visit in Lachung.

Location:
Lachung, Sikkim 737120

Timings
: 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM every day.

Entry charges:
Free

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 20 km

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Seven Sisters Waterfalls

Located somewhere along the Gangtok - Lachung highway, the Seven Sister Waterfalls, true to its name, is a harmonious array of seven different cascading falls. If a single raging waterfall leaves you speechless, imagine what a cluster of seven such waterfalls will do. Its mellifluous roar is audible, and plummeting silver streaks can be seen from far off.

The place springs to life fully during the monsoons, when the waters come raging down. Tumbling down from atop a lush green, wooded hill, the surrounding beauty of the waterfall enhances the beauty of it all. The place promises you an album full of wallpaper worthy photographs too! It is truly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Lachung.

Location:
National Highway, North Sikkim, Gangtok, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 85 km

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Mt. Katao

Housed in North Sikkim, nearly 28 km away from Lachung, the magnificent peak of Mt. Katao is an ideal spot for adventurers and trekkers alike. Though getting there requires a permit from the Indian army. The mountain trail is lined with majestic alpine forests of rhododendrons, poppies, and primulas, along with a few serene waterfalls. These trails climb up to sweeping views of the neighboring peaks. Mt. Katao is one of the most beautiful and offbeat tourist places in Lachung and unveils its grand beauty to the selected few who stumble there.

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 28 km

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Thangu

Reigning at an altitude of 13,500 ft., Thangu is a quaint, cozy little village that falls right en route Gurudongmar lake and Cho Lhamu lake. Come spring season, the entire village sits under a canopy of lush trees overlooking a colorful carpet that the flowers paint across the ground.

If you want to see snow, visit Thangu between the months of December and March, when a thick blanket of powdery snow covers the village. Thangu is also home to several beautiful hiking trails leading to Muguthang, Chopta Valley and more. One of the most shaded places to visit in Lachung, Thangu should definitely be on your Sikkim trip itinerary.

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Mangan

Nested in the laps of the Himalayas in North Sikkim, Mangan is one of the most scenic tourists' places in Lachung, and also the capital of North Sikkim. Generously endowed with countless natural bounties, the place is a tourist magnet, and lures herds of travelers, backpackers, and trekkers into its bounds every year.

Doused in an aura of Buddhism, Mangan is also a place to explore spirituality. The town is replete with fluttering Buddhist prayer flags, which somehow seem to magnify the charm of this lovely Buddhist village. Mangan is also hosting to a lovely three-day music festival, where various regional bands perform.

Location
: North Sikkim, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 52 km

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Phensang Monastery

Explore the realm of spirituality and bliss at Phensang Monastery, a Buddhist monastery perched over the slopes of Kabi - Phodong, and in the vicinity of the Seven Sisters Waterfall. Installed in the year 1721, the monastery was restored to its former glory in 1947 after being demolished by fire.

Heavy rains brought a similar tragedy upon the building, but it was again restored. The monastery presently houses nearly 300 Lamas (Buddhist monks). The enduring marvel of Phensang Monastery is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Lachung.

Location:
Phensang Monastery, Gangtok, Sikkim, 737101

Timings:
08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
89 km

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Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

Cradled in Yumthang valley, the Shinga Rhododendron Sanctuary is flanked by the Chuba - Sagochen ranges on one side, and Chomzomei on the other. Celebrated largely for the stunning variety of blooming rhododendrons, the sanctuary stretches across a sweeping 43 sq.km., and is a canvas of rioting colours!

The snaking Yumthang Chu is the cherry on top of a grand view of the valley, which is also a popular choice for trekking enthusiasts and adventure seekers. It is also a great place for camping, provided you take measures to not leave any trails behind. Time the trip between April and July to witness the blossoming beauty of rhododendrons in all their glory.

Location:
Yumthang Valley, North Sikkim District, Gangtok, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
25 km

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Green Lake

Yet another of the least explored places to visit in Lachung, the mesmerizing Green Lake rests at the base of Mt. Kanchenjunga, at an altitude of 1,437 m. Towered by Mt. Kanchenjunga along with several other peaks, and its trail movies past beautiful thick forests and meadows carpeted by rhododendrons, blue poppies, and primulas.

The expeditions to Mt. Everest before the war were done through this part of North Sikkim, the post which, the trail seems to have been forgotten. It remains shaded from the majority of tourists, saves an adventurous few. Time your visit to the lake anytime between March to May for pleasant weather and clear views of the mountain ranges that cast a lovely reflection in the turquoise green waters of the lake.

Location:
North Sikkim, Sikkim

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Gurudongmar Lake

One of the most beautiful, pristine lakes in Sikkim, Gurudongmar lake sits in close proximity to the Tibetan and Chinese border in the north. Nested amidst the mountains at 5,183 meters, the freezing alpine lake is amongst the major sources of the river Teesta. The lake takes its name after the eminent guru Padmasambhava, who is believed to have traversed this region during his visit to Tibet.

There’s even a temple of him near the lake. Flanked on one side by the incredible Kanchendzonga range, the lake freezes in the winter months, save a special spot that is said to have been blessed. The waters of the lake are believed to have been blessed by the gods and are revered all over by the Hindus.

Location:
North Sikkim, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx 115 km

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