50,600 in India (2001 census). Population total all countries: 55,430.
Sikkim, Dzongu district; West Bengal, Darjeeling district, Kalimpong. Also in Bhutan, Nepal (Lapcha).
Ilammu, Rengjongmu, Tamsangmu. Classification uncertain; has been classified both in Himalayan and Naga groups.
Vigorous. In Sikkim, all ages.
A Scheduled Tribe. Lepcha is both language and name of people. Buddhist, Christian, Hindu.