Lachen is the starting point for some of the most interesting treks in North Sikkim as well as the gateway to the holy Guru Dongmar and Tso Lhamu lakes. The village comprises of less than 200 houses, earlier inhabited only during winters by their owners who spend their summers on the alpine pastures bordering Tibet tending to their yaks. You can visit the Lachen Gompa here and sample the simple village life of the ‘Lachenpas’.
The picturesque mountain village of Lachung, embraced by snow capped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams and apple orchards is the perfect holiday destination. Sprawled across the banks of the Lachung Chu [river] which slices the village in two, Lachung is famous for its apples, peaches and apricots. One can visit the Lachung Gompa, the monastery is situated amidst apple orchards across the river from the town centre.
Places to see in North Sikkim
Yumthang is a paradise for nature lovers with a fascinating blend of flora & fauna and breathtaking scenic grandeur. The hot spring on the left bank of Lachung Chu is immensely popular for its curative and healing power. Covered with rhododendron shrubs and trees, the entire valley erupts into a riot of colors in May. Lachung is a quaint village which has its own unique beauty and lifestyle.
Chungthang has emerged as a major sub-division settlement in North Sikkim. It is the nodal junction for the two passes, Lachen and Lachung. The place is rich in Bio-Diversity with a large variety of orchids, plants & wild life. The valley is believed to have been blessed by guru Rimpoche.
It is considered one the most sacred lakes by the Buddhists and Hindus alike. The beautiful and awe inspiring lake remains milky in colour throughout the year. According to a legend, since the lake used to remain frozen most of the year, it was not possible to use its water for drinking purposes. When Guru Padmasambhava passed by, while returning from Tibet, a portion of the lake touched by him does not freeze in extreme winter. Since water of the lake is considered sacred, visitors carry the 'blessed' water in bottles.
Zero Point or Yumesamdong is a beautiful place to visit during winter or spring. Best time of the year is March - April. During this time the area will be mostly snow covered. During last week of December to May first week it is all covered with snow. The view will even be better and one gets to see the Himalayan Blue Sheep which is extremely rare grazing on the pasture. There is snow all around and yet the beauty of this place is untouched.
Seven Sisters Waterfalls
It is located 32 km away from Gangtok on the North Sikkim Highway. This is a serene waterfall seen in three distinct tiers. A further climb up the steps leads to another kaleidoscopic view of the waterfalls to give the clients a better view of the 4th drop but there are more falls hidden above which is not visible from the vintage point, hidden somewhere in the rocks.