If you are willing to visit the Yumthang valley, Lachung is the most popular (and essential) stay point at North Sikkim. The scattered village of Lachung resides between the elevated rock-spired valley walls decorated with the fabric of waterfalls.
The sole reason to stay at Lachung is to extend the journey by 24 Km further north to relish the exalted Yumthang Valley. This 14 Km long river bed surrounded by snow-capped mountains in all direction is a part of the high-altitude Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary. From March to early May a host of primulas, 24 species of rhododendrons and other alpine flora burst forth in riotous blossom, carpeting the valley floor. While in winter, the valley remains covered by numerous layers of thick snow.
If you are adventurous, in a clear morning, walk to the metal cantilever bridge across the wild Yumthang River and climb 1.5 Km uphill for great views from the Sarchok Gompa.
At Lachung, we usually arrange accommodations at simple family-run budget stays with basic rooms and baths. These are clean, cozy and comfortable stays, but do not expect luxury. If you specifically opt for high-end luxurious accommodation, OTAS can also arrange that for you.
Lachung is located inside the restricted area of North Sikkim. To travel beyond Singhik, you need a permit for the vehicle and individuals, which is issued at Gangtok. We also arrange the transport and permit on behalf of the travelers in this route. Foreigners can also visit this route in a group of two.
HIGHWAY The typical stay at Lachung is usually for two days. It almost takes a whole day to reach Lachung from Gangtok by travelling 110 Km through the scenic North Sikkim Highway, one of the world’s most dangerous road. From Chungthang the road gets bifurcated. The other part goes to Lachen, the stay point for visiting Tsopta Valley and the mighty Gurudongmer Lake. We also arrange packages of North Sikkim (2, 3, 4 Days) which covers all these places. Just fill-up the right-side form, our travel expert will offer you a customised plan.