1N LACHEN, 1N LACHUNG
Lachen is a town in North Sikkim district in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is located at an elevation of 2,750 metres. The name Lachen means “big pass”. The town is being promoted as a tourist destination by the Sikkimese government. The town forms the base to the Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake. An annual yak race, the Thangu is held here in summer.Unlike other places in India, Lachen has its unique form of local self governance called the “Dzumsa”. Every household is a member of this traditional administrative system, this institution is in charge of governing and organizing activities within the village.
Lachung about 118kms from Gangtok in North Sikkim, is situated at an altitude of 8,858 ft. Also known as the ‘Small Pass’, Lachung is embraced by snow capped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams and apple orchards, also peaches and apricots. The market of this city is filled with handicrafts such as exquisitely woven rugs and blankets that make this town ideal for shopping sprees. The residents of Lachung who are mostly Bhutias call themselves Lachungpas.
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DAY 01: TRANSFER FROM GANGTOK TO LACHEN AND ON THE WAY SIGHTSEEING
After an early breakfast, we will proceed to Lachen. The route meanders through small villages with valleys up to the forest grove of KabiLangchuk. Shinghik comes next with its promises of one of the most glorious views of Kanchenjunga. Situated at an altitude of over 4000ft, Singhik offers a desired break to the travelers on the way to Lachen. Visit Chungthang- the confluence of Lachen Chu and Lachun Chu (river) and Bhimnala
Overnight stay at Lachen.
DAY 02: EXCURSION TO GURUDONGMAR LAKE & THEN TRANSFER FROM LACHEN TO LACHUNG
Early morning drive to Thangu Village (4100m / 13450ft), a remote high altitude village of Tibetan Nomads, and also proceed further to Chopta Valley (4000m / 13124ft) to get some breathtaking views of alpine valleys of frozen rivers. From Chopta Valley, drive for another 30kms in 1.5hr to Gurudongmar Lake (5225m / 17143ft) close to Tibet Border, one of the highest and biggest freshwater lakes in Sikkim and back to Lachen for a late lunch. Check out from Lachen and drive further to Lachung via Chungthang. En-route visit Chungthang confluence of Lachen Chu and Lachun Chu and Vimnala WaterFalls. Lachung is another remote high altitude village of Tibetan and Bhutia people in North Sikkim with towering rocky snow peaks, vibrant rhododendron valley, lush green yak pastures, perennial waterfalls, hot springs and the base for exploring the alpine valley of Yumthang and Yumesamdong close to the Tibetan plateau.
Overnight stay at Lachung.
DAY 03: EXCURSION TO YUMTHANG & THEN TRANSFER BACK TO GANGTOK
Early morning drive to Yumthang Valley, an alpine flower valley in North Sikkim. Enjoy the scenic landscape and hot springs. The valley is covered with snow from January to March & with rhododendrons during April & May. Enroute visit Sulphur Hot Spring having medicinal values.
Please note: A drive further for 30kms to Yumesamdong (4725m / 15503ft) or Zero Point close to Tibet Border, one of the highest motorable roads in Sikkim is NOT included in this package and has additional charges which need to be paid on prior notice.
Lunch at a hotel in Lachung. After lunch, visit the Handicraft Centre & Lachung Monastery. Later drive back to Gangtok. In the evening arrive at Gangtok and check into the hotel.
Overnight at Gangtok.