Due to Lachung’s proximity to the Chinese border, entry to North Sikkim is only possible on an organised tour, and a travel permit must be organised in Gangtok prior to your start of the trip. All travel is by 4-wheel-drive as the roads are subject to frequent landslides. Although the distance from Gangtok to Lachung is only 120 km, travel takes 5-6 hours on account of the mountainous terrain. Nevertheless, the journey into the valley is stunning.

Sitting atop the hill across the valley from the town, the Lachung Gompais one of the most picturesque gompas (Buddhist temples) in Sikkim. It is a short 30 minute walk uphill from the town, and the amazing backdrop of snow-capped peaks makes this a worthwhile stroll. is one of the most picturesque gompas (Buddhist temples) in Sikkim.

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