Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim | A Sacred Experience

Gurudongmar lake
Situated in northern most part of Sikkim, Gurudongmar Lake offers an experience for a life time. With its majestic emerald blue water, Gurudongmar Lake is surrounded by snow capped mountains and a glacier which shares its name with the lake.  Gurudongmar Lake is India’s second highest lake; the lake is located at an altitude of 17100 feet.  It is 15th highest lake in the world.  Gurudongmar Lake is highly revered by Buddhist, Sikhs and Hindus. Clear water of this sacred lake is believed to have miraculous properties and lake itself has many legends behind it.

Gurudongmar Lake In North Sikkim India's Second Highest Lake

Surrounded by barren and cold landscape;lake is fed by melting glacier. Lake's high altitude poses a challenge for its travelers. You need to be physically fit and more importantly mentally prepared for such high altitudes. Thin air and lack of oxygen supply can leave you wanting for more and more air all the time. But this challenge of hard terrain and the reward of glorious views of Gurudongmar lake makes this trip worthwhile for travelers. 
 
Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim
 
Geography of Gurudongmar Lake
 
Gurudongmar Lake is situated in northern most part of sikkim. This part of Sikkim has Tibetian platue as its northern border. This lake is just 5 km away from Tibet (now China occupied). One of the major rivers of north east India, River Teesta, flows through this region. Infact one of the major tributaries of this river has its origin in Gurudongmar lake only.  Gurudongmar lake lies on northern part of Kanchandzonga range. Due to its proximity to China border, this lake area is very sensitive. This entire region is under control of Indian army and you need special restricted area permit to visit this lake. Due to its extreme height, this lake remains frozen during winters. Even in summers you can find some part of the lake as partially frozen. 
 
 
Road Map of gurudongmar lake and cholamu lake
You can reach Gurudongmar lake from Thangu Village
 
Gurudongmar Lake route in north sikkim
An approximate road map from Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake
 
satellite image of gurudongmar lake
satellite image of Gurudongmar lake
 
Permit and Other Requirements
 
make sure you have the required restricted area permit before heading towards this lake. One can get permit from the tourist information Centre which is situated at MG road in Gangtok. Permits can also be easily arranged by most of the local travel agencies. you must expect extreme whether condition at such a height so be well prepared for this. Make sure you have enough warm clothing with you. Bring a good supply of dry fruits and chocolates with you as you will require extra energy to keep up with high altitude fatigue.
Prayer Flags at Gurudongmar lake
                                                                                               Prayer Flags at Gurudongmar lake
 
How to Reach Gurudongmar Lake
 
Your journey to Gurudongmar lake starts from Gangtok. You can easily reach Gangtok from nearest railway station in Siligudi (New Jalpai Gudi) . You can also take a flight upto Bagdogra airport which is on outskirts of Siligudi. From Siligudi you can catch local taxies (recommended) or buses. If you don't have your own vehicle then contact local travel agencies in Gangtok and ask them for permit and Gurudongmar lake taxy fair. Make sure to consult at least 3 agencies to strike the best deal possible. During your visit to Gurudongmar lake, you are required to stay at a small mountain village, thangu over night. This is a beautiful village and an ideal spot for you to get your camera out of your bag and start shooting some awesome photographs from here upto Gurudongmar lake :)

Image courtesy: Regina Joseph

Cairn at Gurudongmar Lake
 
                                                                                          Cairn at Gurudongmar Lake
 
Gurudongmar Lake North Sikkim
 
Temple at Gurudongmar Lake
 
                                                                              Temple at Gurudongmar Lake

Partially frozen Gurudongmar Lake

 
                                                                          Partially frozen Gurudongmar Lake

Turquoise blue Gurudongmar lake

 
                                                                                               Turquoise blue Gurudongmar lake
 
Gurudongmar lake during summers
 
                                                                                       Gurudongmar lake during summers
 
Gurudongmar Lake from a height
 
                                                                                  Gurudongmar Lake from a height

I am visiting Sikkim between

I am visiting Sikkim between 17-23rd of February and has planned for various locations like Lachen, Lachung, Nathula, Gurudongmar. I had a talk with travel agents in Sikkim and they say that it is possible to go to Gurudongmar in mid Feb. Kindly guide.

Hi, I would like to visit

Hi,

I would like to visit Gurudongmar lake during the first week of April. Please let me know if the road conditions are motorable during this time?

Roads are always bad but

Roads are always bad but always motorable. I think road to Gurudongmar will get open by April first week.

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I would like to visit North

I would like to visit North Sikkim - Gurudongmar Lake - yumthang Vally - Zero Point etc for 2 night 3 days on 30 March to 1 st April 2016. can you guide me regarding my tour like Tour Operator, Rate per head etc.

 

we are 2 adult and i chield (6 year).

 

Thanks

Somnath Gorai

somnathgorai@gmail.com

 

Gurudongmar lake might not be

Gurudongmar lake might not be possible in March end but still there is little chance. I dropped you email with details.

I am planning to go to the

I am planning to go to the lake in first week of june 2016.What are the different options for transport(public,private) available from lachung to gurudongmar lake.How is the connectivity between lachung to gangtok?.Is there any public transport available?What will private taxi drivers charge(approx) for round trip?Are there budget hotels available at lachung for night stay?

There is no public transport

There is no public transport to Gurudongmar lake from Gangtok. you will have to hire private taxi for the tour. Yes, there are budget hotels available. You can try getting public transport till Lachung though but not sure though.

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Thanks for replying.I also

Thanks for replying.I also wanted to know how much private taxi can cost for 2 persons from lachung to gurudongmar lake?Are shared taxi's available from lachung or gangtok for the lake?

Thanks in advance. 

It is little difficult to

It is little difficult to hire a private taxi from Lachung to Gurudongmar. Shared taxis are not avaiable for the Gurudongmar lake. Private taxis can be hired from Gangtok mostly. Chances are bleak that any taxi guy from Lachung will be ready for the trip to Gurudongmar.

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Hi   Im planning a trip to

Hi

 

Im planning a trip to Lachen Lachung in June end. Do you think roads could be blocked during that time?

And is atmosphere hazy to click photos?

Lachen and Lachung should

Lachen and Lachung should remain accessible but June end is landslide prone season and not the best weather for photography enthusiast. road blockage are common due to landslides.

I was having a very difficult

I was having a very difficult time in breathing at zero point(13700 feet) .  Is it possible for me to visit Gurudongmar because i heard the Oxygen level is lower there . Will there be any possible risk if I visit there? If yes can you suggest medicines / preparatives required to undertake a hassle free tour.

Yes. Gurudongmar is much

Yes. Gurudongmar is much higher. I would not suggest you to visit there if you had problem at Zero point. If you have problem with AMS then you need to spend a night at Lachen and one night at Thangu before going further to Gurudongmar lake. Acclimatization is needed.

Hi we were planning to visit

Hi

we were planning to visit north sikkim in february end. 

I wanted to know if we could visit the gurudongmar lake at this time ?

Nope. Gurudongmar lake is not

Nope. Gurudongmar lake is not possible in February.

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I am going to gurudongmar

I am going to gurudongmar lake in this year most probably 29th December 2015. Can it be acceseable on that time. Please reply. Its urgent.

possible we reached  at 30th

possible 
we reached  at 30th december

Not accessible in

Not accessible in December.

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Hello, we are planning to

Hello,

we are planning to visit North Sikkim in the second week of March. 
Our main interest is visiting the the gurudongar lake. 

As per our tentative itenary, we reach lachen on 09th of march and plan to visit gurudongar on the 10th March

will it be accessible. also will be be able to visit the other places like zero point and nathula pass during those days

Kindly guise so we can plan accordingly.

Thank you

March is tricky for

March is tricky for Gurudongmar lake. You may not be able to reach. If possible, please postpone your plan to April.

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My daughter is 5 years old.

My daughter is 5 years old. Can she visit Gurdongmar lake during last week of Feb?

Gurudongmar will not be

Gurudongmar will not be accessible in February. Postpone your trip till April. Generally its not recommended to go with 5 years old or below to Gurudongmar lake.

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Hi, I am planning for sikkim

Hi,

I am planning for sikkim tour with my wife and parents (age 65) during March 10-17.

After 2 days in Gangtok, I plan for 3 day trip for North sikkim.

Is the weather fine for my parents (had a bypass surgery) during this time.

Also, plz suggest the stay in North Sikkim (Apple Orchard or Yarlam or some other.

gurudongmar lake might not be

gurudongmar lake might not be accessible then..and also gurudongmar lake not suggested for your parents then..plan after mid april

lachen apple orchard is the best and then a little less ones are delight hotel,bayul ,Snow lion etc etc till a base price of 500

yarlam,cliff view,lachung continental,royal lachung

hi is the

hi is the gurudongmar lake is clearly seen in arp to may in blue sky and snowy mountains and don't covered with cloud in every year??  

 

please tell.

Debesh

in may you will see blue

in may you will see blue gurudongmar lake.

Is Gurudongmar lake open

Is Gurudongmar lake open during 8 Feb to 13 Feb..please let me know

No... you should wait till

No... you should wait till April mid..

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How can i permit? and also

How can i permit? and also please tell me the details of the package (cost and timing included)

Permit can be procured from

Permit can be procured from the help of any tour agent at Mall road, Gangtok. will send you remaining details.

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Thanks, Please send me the

Thanks, Please send me the details of Gurudongmar package as soon as possible and for your kind information we will go there with a group of 6/8 persons.

Please check your inbox.

Please check your inbox. there is an email from me. Revert to the email.

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I want to visit the

I want to visit the Gurudongmar Lake in 18th of May 2016 with my family and friends. Is it possible?

dear sudipta, you can visit

dear sudipta,

you can visit the lake in may..may is high season so make advance arrangements

Hello, I am Paula from

Hello, I am Paula from Portugal and I am planning to go to Gangtok with a group of 10 friends the 8 of February . I would like to try to go to Gurudongmar lake do you think it's possible.

Dear paula, foreign citizens

Dear paula,

foreign citizens are not permitted toi v isit gurudongmar lake..though you may visit chopta valley and thangu outpost(14oooft)..

you can visit tsongmo lake instead

Hi i am planning to visit

Hi i am planning to visit gurudingmar lake during 1st week of december...is it possible???

And will the weather be clear sky??

yes gurudongmar lake is

yes gurudongmar lake is accessible and you will reach the lake...weather is highly unpredictable but you can hope for a clear morning skyas you will be visiting the lake around 7am in the morning.

Thanks a Lot!!!

Thanks a Lot!!!

Hi, We are 2 people will

Hi,

We are 2 people will reach Gangtok on 11-Dec-15,

Day 1: Arrival @ Gangtok

Day 2 : Gangtok to Lachen

Day 3 : Lachen to Gurudongmar and back to Lachung

Day 4 : Lachung to Yumthanhg Zero Point & back to Gangtok

Please suugest good tour operator for this packege.


Itinerary seems do-able. I

Itinerary seems do-able. I will send you the details on your email.

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Pls suggest can I take

Pls suggest can I take 1.5years old baby to lachen village not to zero point?

you can take your baby to

you can take your baby to Lachen and Lachung but will not recommend you to go till Zero point or Gurudongmar lake.

hi   I am from punjab and

hi

  I am from punjab and looking forward to visit gurudongmar lake. I also have a detailed plan for my trip. I would like to book a flight from new delhi to bagdogra(which is nearest airport to gurudongmar lake) and from there i can choose any kind of private transport like taxi, etc.

Please provide some guidence on taxi services, accomodation and vegetarian resturants.

And i you have a better plan then please share with me.

 

Regards,

Gurinder

Hi Gurinder, Yes, Bagdogra is

Hi Gurinder,

Yes, Bagdogra is the nearest airport. From Bagdogra, you can take a taxi to Gangtok and then book a packaged tour to North Sikkim. your inner liner permit will also be included in packaged tour.

From Gangtok, you will have a day journey till Lachen/Thangu and then you can visit Gurudongmar next morning.

Accommodation and vegeterian food is not a problem. will email you some more information.

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Hi Vishnu,       I want to go

Hi Vishnu,

 

 

 

I want to go gangtok for 4 night from 26th Feb to 1st march. I will come NJP in 26th and my check out date is 1st. so its possible to go yumesamdong zero point in february. i also want to go nathula pass and local sight seen. Please guide me.

 

 

Regards,

Amit

Dear amit, yumesamdong and

Dear amit,

yumesamdong and nathula may not be accessible then due to snow..but you can hope for the best

hello, we are planning to

hello,

we are planning to visit North Sikkim on 1st week of january 2016. Is this a good time to visit Lachung, Yumthang, Lachen, Chopta Valley & Gurudongmar?

chopta valley gurudongmar

chopta valley gurudongmar lake and yumthang valley will not be accessible in janurary due to snow

Sir,   I am dreaming day and

Sir,

 

I am dreaming day and night to visit Gurudongmar lake, zero point, katao valley, chopta valley and Gurunanak Lama Sahib gurudwara in Chungthang from 29th feb to 05th march 2016. MY major concern is that will the roads br blocked at this time .. if yes, then when can i plan earliest. Kindly take some time and guide. May vaheguru Bless

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