Lachen, Sikkim, India

Lachen

Lachen

Sikkim, India

Lachen is a town in Mangan 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.

Lachen Travel Tips

Guests should stay one night in Gangtok, which is about 4.5 hours from the Airport/Railway Station. They need to get the permits made from their travel agent so that next morning, they can leave for Lachen. It will take about 5 hours to reach Lachen excluding lunch/tea break (preferably at Mangan/Rangrang)

- Please get your permits made before hand from your travel agent

- If you are visiting Gurudongmar Lake, then you need to stay in Lachen and not Lachung

- It is a good idea to visit Lachen first and then Lachung. This is because many times guests want to return to Gangtok on the same evening and Gurudongmar lake is a much more tiring journey than Yumthang Valley.

- It is best to spend two nights in Lachen and two nights in Lachung. It will be a comfortable holiday.

- Please get warm clothes with you and you can expect some electricity problems in the winter. Hence check with your homestay/hotel for generator backup

- Heaters are not allowed in Lachen due to transformer voltage problem. It is a good idea warm clothes and stay in good hotels/homestays in Lachen

- In the morning you will be leaving around 6 am for Gurudongmar lake. Hence you would be getting packed breakfast from most hotels. You can get breakfast at Thangu, which is about 2.5 hours away from Lachen

- It is a good idea to buy some chocolate and popcorn for the journey from Lachen to Gurudongmar Lake. You should not stay hungry. It only worsens the altitude sickness if you don't eat

-  When you return back from Gurudongmar Lake, you will probably be reaching back to Lachen only around 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, so it could be a problem for the hotel/property since they need to clean and make the rooms ready for the guests checking in in the afternoon. So you may need to pack your belongings before you leave in the morning.

- If you are looking for snow, it is a good idea to visit Kalaphahar on the way back from Gurudongmar Lake. You have to take a diversion from Thangu. Kalapathar is next to a glacier and you will get snow there all year round. But you will only be getting back to your hotel by around 3:30 pm and you will most probably be very tired and half sick

Lachen Facts

FACTS: Lachen is a town in Mangan District in the Indian state of Sikkim.[1] 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.

How to Reach

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Flight By Air

The nearest Airport is in Bagdogra in West Bengal about 150 kms that will take you roughly 7-8 hours driving time due to winding roads.

Train
Train By Train

The nearest Rail head is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, not far from the Airport whichj is about 152 kms and approximately 7-8 hours driving time.

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Car By Road

Guests should stay one night in Gangtok, which is about 4.5 hours from the Airport/Railway Station. They need to get the permits made from their travel agent so that next morning, they can leave for Lachen. It will take about 5 hours to reach Lachen excluding lunch/tea break (preferably at Mangan/Rangrang)

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