Lachung North Sikkim, Tourism Sikkim

Mother Nature has designed Sikkim like a crown with gems placed at different parts, making the state one of the most picturesque in the entire planet. The Northern part of Sikkim is certainly the most shining since the biggest gems are placed here. At an elevation of over 9,600 feet, Lachung is one such gem that mesmerizes visitors with its stunning beauty. Located on the lap of a rugged mountain at the confluence of two tributaries of the Teesta, Lachung is a small village with a low population but is picturesque hamlet that remains covered with snow till early March. After a hectic journey through rough roads, Lachung provides the ultimate relief to its visitors with its snow-clad look. Conducted tours to North Sikkim sites generally start from Lachung and hence cars coming from Gangtok stops here and visitors stay here for the night.

To explore this small village to the fullest, you should wake up the next morning very early and go for a walk. If it is winter you will find yourself in a white paradise where branches and leaves of pine and furs appear like a valley of choco-vanilla ice cream. Even if it is spring, the stunning view of snow-capped mountain tops, cascading waterfalls, and apple orchards will mesmerize you. Lachung is a part of the Yumthang Valley, one of the biggest attractions in North Sikkim and is the gateway to a number of other spots that attract people with their scenic beauty.

Lachung Village, North Sikkim

“a Small hamlet  has lots to offer”

Yumthang: Your first destination from Lachung has to be the Yumthang Valley, which is located at a height of 3,500 meters. .Yumthang is a complete ice land in winter and you can see white spread across the valley but in spring it is a paradise of a different kind. Yumthang is referred to as the Valley of Flowers of North Sikkim and to find out whether it is a justified or overstatement, you have to be there at the spring and go for the Rhododendron Valley Trek through a long stretch that starts from Yumthang and ends at Lachen. Yumthang is the home of countless varieties of Himalayan flowers. During the spring, the fresh petals open up to spread a color riot across the valley and its beauty is hard to express in words. People get awestruck when they see Yumthang Valley for the first time.

You will find yourself at a flat land surrounded by huge walls of mountains and there would be lush greeneries all around you. You will see yaks grazing in the plains and will see a river steering through the valley. March to May is the season for Rhododendron and from June the valley turns into a forest of Himalayan flowers. Another exciting point in the Yumthang Valley region is the Hot Spring, which takes close to one and a half hours to reach. At an altitude of 11,800 feet, the spring is quite a spectacle.

Lachung Monastery

Lachung Gompa: Another site worth visiting in Lachung is the Lachung Gompa or Lachung Monastery. The monastery dates back to 1880 and its location is simply indescribable.

Katao: At a distance of 28 km from Lachung, lies Mount Katao or Katau, another stunning spot. katao Located very close to the India-China border, Katao is an Army base but it’s beautiful, especially during winter when its snow all around. But, to include Katao in your package, you need to get special permission from the Army.

Zero Point: This is a point where all roads end and signs of human civilization vanish. It’s literally zero as you find yourself at a completely barren land covered with snow where the only noise is made by the freezing wind. yumesamdong-zero-pointSnow-capped peaks stand here like guards and you experience absolute tranquility. Though it is a base of the Indian Army, the civilians of Lachung are known for their warm hospitality. Importance of Lachung in North Sikkim tourism map is a big support for the village economy. Some hotels have come up at the particular village but to enjoy the thrill of Lachung, one should opt for a homestay offered by the civilians. The hospitality charge is very low and it includes home-made breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lachung is home to Lepchas and Tibetans and you will also find some Nepalese.

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Mount Katao, 15000 ft, North Sikkim, Tourism Sikkim

Mount Katao is quite impressive place to visit and set your spirit free from hustle bustle of urban area and make you enter into the natural beauty of the waterfall and the pleasant weather. The overwhelming view of snowy area where you can lay down to enjoy touch and feel of the white snow. Snow at the Mount Katao with the greenery eludes the picturesque view and the moment to click is something you cannot spare yourself from for the real backdrop. Mount Katao is considered an offbeat destination in The North Sikkim.

“it is also called as mini switzerland of sikkim”

Mount Katao

Mount Katao is a well known place amongst the tourists for adventurous activities like snowboarding, skiing, snow tubing and stone grinding. In order to visit this mountain one should get an army permit. A tour can be arranged from Lachung at a nominal price. Mount Katao is almost 28 kilometers from Lachung. It offers a beautiful scenic view and is a treasure for nature photography lovers.

On the Way to Mount Katao

One of the famous attractions of Lachung, Mt. Katao is snow-covered all round the year. En-route to the place you will several flowers in all colors providing a picture-postcard scene. At the peak, you can witness a glacier and waterfall which adds charm to the place.

Zero-point is another attraction of this place as it provides a spectacular view of the nearby area. The magnificent peaks attract trekkers and thrill-seekers from across the country to this place as it is an ideal spot for trekking. The forests nearby are lined with alpine and rhododendron trees, with primulas and poppies growing on the roadside. Though an offbeat tourist place, its beauty is unparalleled and has started attracting several tourists thanks to the gorgeous view of the mountain region.
Mount Katao is situated in the Northern Part of Sikkim which is 144 km away from the capital city Gangtok. Mount katao height 15000 ft. Onlookers love to explore the beauty of Mount Katao. Entering into this area required the permission from Military. There are numerous adventurous activities that will keep your holiday worthwhile spent with snowboarding, skiing, snow tubing and many more.
The waterfall sound gives good vibes and keeps the surrounding full of sound. This is nice place to visit who likes mountains and flowery place and few more spellbound views that makes your heart smile.
You can see picturesque sight of the snow-clad peaks and mid way to this place you will also come across a stunning waterfall. The valley is also covered with attractive flora such as poppy, primula and rhododendron. Also, the base ground of the mount is equipped with many adventure sport activities.

” mount katao is Most Picsquare place of sikkim, you will fall in love with this place”

Mount Katao During Summer

The best time to visit Mount Katao is from March to June. However, in order to enjoy skiing and snowboarding, winter months of December to February are ideal to visit.

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