Lachung valley is one of the most exquisite villages of North Sikkim near the Tibetan border. Soaring rocks and the valley walls embroidered with long ribbons of waterfalls surround the scattered villages. The word Lachung translates to, or means "small pass".
Lachung was once used as a trading post between Sikkim and Tibet, technically before the annexation of Tibet in 1950 by the Indian Army. It has been described as the "most picturesque village of Sikkim" by none other than Joseph Dalton Hooker in his definitive, The Himalayan Journal (1855). Most of Lachung's inhabitants come from the Lepcha and Tibetan descent. Nepali, Lepcha and Bhutia are common languages spoken here.
The picturesque mountain village is seized by snow, waterfalls and apple orchards. The banks of the Lachung Chu (river)slice the village into two. Lachung is popular for its apples, peaches and apricots. The entire valley gets a completely different look in winter when wrapped by a thick layer of snow. One can also visit Lachung Gompa, a well known monastery situated amongst the apple orchards across the river from the town centre built around 1880 and the handicraft centre located alongside which has gracefully woven rugs and blankets.
Essential travel information and Lachung tips for your visit
- The visitors from other parts of the country require a special pass to visit Lachung.
- Carry some extra warm clothes as the temperature in lachung is below 0 Degree Celsius at most of the times.
- Invest in good walking shoes and explore the hills regions by walking across and sightseeing in the lachung valley.