Experience Lachen with Alpine Hills Retreat like never before
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. Lachen is also the base to visit the highest lakes in Sikkim – the sacred Gurudongmar and Tso Lhamu.
A small and colourful monastery at the top of Lachen Village portrays a simple and religious life of the Lachen Pa – the ethnic community of Lachen. Religious mask dance is held in this monastery every year to celebrate Loosong – the Tibetan New Year, at the December end.