Lachen, Sikkim

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Lachen
Chatan
town
Lachen village in 1938
Lachen village in 1938
Lachen is located in Sikkim
Lachen
Lachen
Location in Sikkim, India
Coordinates: 27°43′00″N 88°33′28″E / 27.71668°N 88.557755°E / 27.71668; 88.557755Coordinates: 27°43′00″N 88°33′28″E / 27.71668°N 88.557755°E / 27.71668; 88.557755
Country  India
State Sikkim
Languages
 • Official Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Limbu, Newari, Rai, Gurung, Mangar, Sherpa, Tamang and Sunwar
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Lachen is a town in North Sikkim 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.

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Lachen is about 129 km from Gangtok, and can be reached via a six-hour road journey. A short two-day-long trekking route also connects Yumthang Valley to Lachen. It has a population of around 1000. Lachen has its own system of rules and regulationscalled Dzumsa. The heads of the Dzumsa are known as Pipon & Gyenbos.

To the north there is the old town of Thangu. In Thangu the daytime temperature varies from 4 to 12 degrees Celsius (40 to 55 °F) even in the months of June and July.

Gurudongmar Lake can be reached from Lachen, a sacred lake in the Great Himalayas Region.

The best time to visit Lachen is from November to June.

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