Lachung is a hill station and a town in northeast Sikkim, India. The town has an elevation of about 9,600 feet and is approximately 125 kilometres away from the capital Gangtok. Most of the inhabitants in Lachung are of Lepcha and Tibetan descent. Languages like Nepali, Lepcha and Bhutia are widely spoken here. The economy of the town has been boosted by tourism in recent years as the region has opened up by the Indian government. Tourists from all over the world visit the town between October and May. Lachung is also the base camp for Rhododendron Valley Trek which starts from Yumthang Valley and ends at Lachen Valley. The town has been described by British explorer Joseph Dalton Hooker in one of his books, The Himalayan Journal (1855) as the "most picturesque village of Sikkim".