Gangtok, a city in transition, is perched at 5500 feet under the gaze of mighty Kanchenjunga. With a serene and spectacular view of the surrounding lush valleys and mountains, Gangtok provides a perfect base for the traveller to visit the entire state of Sikkim. Once an important transit point for traders travelling between Tibet and India, Gangtok, the modern capital of Sikkim, is today a busy administrative and business centre and presents an interesting mix of cultures and communities.
A small village of an ethnic Sikkimese, at an altitude of 8500 ft, Lachen is tempting in its simplicity. Surrounded by towering hills and snow ranges, Lachen, although not a big tourist destination yet, but retains a freshness and a natural charm. The village, comprising less than 200 houses, used to be a winter settlement for the nomadic Yak herders, who spend their summers on the alpine pastures bordering Tibet tending to their yaks. With incredible natural treasures of high mountains, alpine pastures, pristine high altitude lakes and valleys, Lachen offers a base to explore some of the least visited parts of Sikkim. An exciting trek to Green Lake to the foot of Kanchenjunga peaks originates from Lachen.
High snow-capped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams and valleys marked the landscape of Lachung. The picturesque mountain village, situated at a height of 8610 ft, is the perfect holiday destination for nature lovers. Sprawled across the banks of the Lachung Chu River flows through the Lachung Valley. Lachung is also known for producing apples, peaches and apricots. Lachung Gompa, built around 1880, is situated amidst apple orchards across the river and is a good place to spend time. At a distance of 120 kilometres from Gangtok, Lachung is mainly used as a base to explore the higher valleys of Yumthang and Yumesamdong.