Rinchenpong is a town in West Sikkim, India. It is situated in West Sikkim, about 40 km west of Gangtok, 10 km due south of Gyalshing, close to the village of Kaluk. It sits at an altitude of 5576 feet (1,700m). It is known for the Rigsum Monastery and trekking routes.

Near the town is the site of a historical battle between the forces of the then Chogyal (King) of Sikkim and the invading British forces. The Lepcha tribesmen used a concoction of unidentified herbs to poison the only water source, a lake (local term : pokhri). As a result, more than half of the British forces were killed, which stopped the British invasion and resulted in an accord. The lake remains poisoned even to this day and is known as bikh-pokhri locally (poisoned lake).

Mt. Kanchanjunga as seen from Rinchenpong, West Sikkim on 7th May, 2017.
Mt. Kanchanjunga (Kangchendzonga), the third highest mountain peak of the world and the second highest mountain peak of India, as seen from Rinchenpong, Geyzing subdivision, West Sikkim district, Sikkim, East India on 7th May, 2017.

The region's local language is Nepali, Hindi and English. The area's height is 5576 ft., and postcode is 737111.


Richenpong is located in Sikkim
Location in Sikkim, India
Richenpong is located in India
Richenpong (India)
Coordinates: 27°14′32″N 88°16′15″E / 27.242192°N 88.270916°ECoordinates: 27°14′32″N 88°16′15″E / 27.242192°N 88.270916°E
Country India
DistrictWest Sikkim
 • TypeDemocratic
 • BodySDF
 • OfficialNepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Limbu, Newari, Rai, Gurung, Mangar, Sherpa, Tamang and Sunwar
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationSK

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Long-distance trail

A long-distance trail (or long-distance footpath, track, way, greenway) is a longer recreational trail mainly through rural areas used for hiking, backpacking, cycling, horse riding or cross-country skiing. They exist on all continents except Antartica.

Many trails are marked on maps. Typically, a long-distance route will be at least 50 km (30 mi) long, but many run for several hundred miles, or longer.

Many routes are waymarked and may cross public or private land and/or follow existing rights of way. Generally, the surface is not specially prepared, and there are often rough ground and uneven areas, except in places such as converted rail tracks or popular walking routes where stone-pitching and slabs have been laid to prevent erosion. In some places, official trails will have the surface specially prepared to make the going easier.

Rinchenpong (Vidhan Sabha constituency)

Rinchenpongg (Vidhan Sabha constituency) is one of the 60 assembly constituencies of Sikkim a north east state of India. Rinchenpong is part of Sikkim Lok Sabha constituency.

Rinchenpong Monastery

Rinchenpong Monastery is situated above the twin villages of Rinchenpong (Richenpong) and Kaluk in West Sikkim, at a height of over 1,700 metres (5,500 ft) in the northeastern state of Sikkim, India. This 18th century monastery is a popular tourist attraction in West Sikkim.

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