Lachen is a sclachenenic mountain village in North Sikkim district located at a height of 8500 ft above the sea level and is home to the Lachenpas, a unique Sikkimese Bhutia community. The name Lachen means "big pass". The village has magnificient surroundings with grassy mountain slopes on one side and imposing snow capped peaks, glaciers and rock cliffs on the other side.
The village is located in a picturesque valley surrounded by conifer and Rhododendron forests
The journey to North Sikkim begins from Gangtok and subsequently one passes through Mangan, Chungthang and other villages. After sometime, the road forks into two – the right one heading towards Lachung, and the left one climbing up to Lachen at 8500 Ft
The village commands a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountains and is abundant in wildlife. The town forms the base to the Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake.
The village appeals to every tourist visiting the place as it is far from the madding crowd. The village comprises of less than 200 houses, earlier inhabited only during winters by their owners who spent their summers on the alpine pastures bordering Tibet tending to their yaks.
Lachen is the starting point for some of the most interesting treks in North Sikkim as well as the gateway to the holy Gurudongmar and Tso Lhamu lakes. Gurudongmar Lake can be reached from Lachen and is considered a sacred lake in the Great Himalayas Region
You can visit the Lachen Gompa here and get a feel of the simple village life of the ‘Lachenpas’. The area is restricted for foreigners, but special passes can be procured in advance. A few lodges are available here for stay as well as Forest Department and a PWD Bungalows. Lachen is located at about 129 km from Gangtok and can be reached via road through a six-hour adventurous journey from Gangtok.