L1 users: 50,600 (2001 census). Total users in all countries: 69,800.
Sikkim state: Dzongu district; West Bengal state: Darjeeling district, Kalimpong.
Ilammu, Tamsangmu, Rengjongmu. 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.