Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim | A Sacred Experience

Gurudongmar lake


Prayer Flags at Gurudongmar lake
                                                                                               Prayer Flags at Gurudongmar lake
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

hi vishnu,   im travelling

hi vishnu,


im travelling from bagdogra airport to darjeeling-gangtok-lachen-lachung-gangtok-zuluk-bagdogra, 9 nights/10 days trip.

please suggest a nice car operator with driver who we can trust. 4 ppl,car would be innova. Also if you can suggest other way to travel, would appreciate your advise as well.



Hello Vishnu, Can you please

Hello Vishnu,

Can you please comment on this planned itinarary  Reaching NJP on morining Oct 9  and  leaving Oct 15 evening from NJP ,2016. For my Family Two adults , two kinds 8 and 2+ years.

Day 1:      Bagdogra Airport / NJP Station to Darjeeling, 90kms in 3 Hrs. – We receive you on your arrival and drive to Darjeeling (Alt 6825Ft / 2050M) Via Mirrik.. Check in at Hotel.  Half  Day Darjeeling City Tour Darjeeling Zoo and Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Tea garden, Tenzing Rock and Gombu Rock, Tibetan Refugee center (Closed on Sunday) and Lebong Race Course Area.


 Day 2:Tiger Hill Visit Early morning tour in Darjeeling with visits to – Tiger Hill Sunrise Point, Batasia Loop and Ghoom Monastery (Timing 4.00AM to 7.30AM)Free time for personal activities between Breakfast and Lunch.


Darjeeling to Gangtok, 110kms in 4hrs – Check out from Darjeeling and drive to Gangtok (Alt 5550Ft / 1675M). Arrival at Gangtok and check in at Hotel. Free afternoon for personal activities. Overnight at Gangtok.

Day 3:      Gangtok to Tsongo Lake with Baba Mandir Excursion – 52kms in 3hrs - One way (Timing: 7.30AM to 2.30PM). After breakfast drive to Tsongo Lake (Alt 12000ft/3600M), a high altitude alpine lake close to Indo-China Border. Enjoy playing in snow and try Yak Ride and proceed further to Legendary Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir. Back to Hotel for late Lunch.  

Optional tour to Nathula Pass (Alt 14000Ft / 4200M) on China Border can also be arranged (Except Mon, Tue) for Indian Nationals only with 30 Days Advance Request at an additional cost. Afternoon is free for personal activities. Overnight at Gangtok

Day 4:      Gangtok to Lachen, 130kms in 7hrs – Morning drive to Lachen in North Sikkim (Alt 9175Ft / 2750M). On the way visit Singhik, Seven Sister Water Falls, Chungthang Confluence. Lunch at a local restaurant on the way. Check in at local Guest house or hotel. Free evening and Overnight at Lachen

Day 5:      Lachen to Thangu, Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake (for Indians Only), Total 120kms in 6hrs – Early morning drive to Thangu Village (Alt 13625Ft / 4100M), a remote high altitude village of Tibetan Nomads and also proceed further to Chopta Valley (Alt 13325Ft / 4000M) to get some breathtaking view of alpine valley of frozen rivers. From Chopta Valley drive for another 30kms in 1.5hr to Gurudongmar Lake (Alt 17375Ft / 5225M) close to Tibet Border, the one of the Highest and biggest fresh water lakes in Sikkim. Back to Lachen for Lunch.

Lachen to Lachung, 50kms in 2.5hrs – Check out from Lachen and drive further to Lachung (Alt 8075Ft / 2425M) via Chungthang. En route visit Chungthang Confluence and Vimnala Water Falls. Check in at hotel. Free evening Overnight at Lachung

Day 6:      Lachung to Yumthang Valley Excursion 25kms in 1.5hrs (One Way) – Early morning drive to Yumthang Valley (Alt 11925Ft / 3575M), an Alpine flower valley in North Sikkim. Enjoy the scenic landscape and Hot spring and drive back to Lachung for Lunch.

Lachung to Gangtok, 125kms in 5hrs – Check out from Lachung and drive back to Gangtok (Alt 5550Ft / 1675M) via Chungthang. Check in at hotel by late afternoon. Free eveningOvernight at Gangtok  

   Day 7:      Gangtok to Bagdogra Airport / NJP Station, 130kms in 4hrs – Check         out from Gangtok and drive back to NJP/Bagdogra.



Yogesh Deshmukh

Looks like this itinerary is

Looks like this itinerary is give to you from some tour agent. Anyways, it looks fine to me.

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Hi Vishnu, We are riding

Hi Vishnu,

We are riding sikkim early this November and below is our itenary. please let us know if this looks good and if you have any info about fuel stations kindly share that with us which will help us a lot. 


Dates Day Detour Route Distance Time Mode of travel 31-Oct-2016 1 Bangalore to Kolkota  and night train to NJP Bangalore to Kolkata 1559 km 2.5 hours Flight Kolkata to NJP 559.5 kms 9 hours Train               1-Nov-2016 2  NJP to Gangtok  NJP - Sivoke - Kalijhore - Kalimpong - Ranipool -  Gangtok     120 kms  4 hours Bike               2-Nov-2016 3 Gangkot to Mangan
- Get permits in Gangkot and ride to Mangan Gantok to mangan via Chungthang   55kms 2.5 hours Bike               3-Nov-2016 4 Mangan to Thangu Mangan to lachen  60 kms  2.5 hours Bike Lachen to Thangu 34.3 kms 2 hours Bike               4-Nov-2016 5 Thangu to Lachung Thangu to gurudongmar lake(Sarv Dharm Sthal) 32 kms  1.5 hours Bike             Gurudongmar to lachen 70 kms 3 hours Bike             Lachen to lachung 50 kms 2 hours Bike               5-Nov-2016 6 Lachung to Mangan Lachung to zero point 55 kms 2 hours Bike    Zero point to lachung 55 kms 2 hours Bike  Lachung to Mangan via chungthang 55 kms 2.5 hours Bike               6-Nov-2016 7 Mangan to Gangtok
- At the 3rd mile check post/Permit office near tourism office at MG road get the permit for Changu lake (Tsongmo Lake) and Nathula  Mangan to  Gangtok via Chungthang Rd 55 kms  2.5 hours Bike                                     7-Nov-2016 8 Gangtok to Changu lake (Tsongmo Lake) - visit nathula pass and Zuluk             Gangtok to Changu lake 40 kms 2 hours Bike Changu lake to Nathula pass 20 kms 1 hour Bike                         Nathula Pass to Zuluk 50 kms 2 hours Bike               8-Nov-2016 9  Zuluk to Phuentsholing Zuluk-Reshi-Lava Forest-Binaguri-Hasimara-Pheunstholing 270 kms 9 hours Bike               9-Nov-2016 10 Rest Day /  Buffer day                       10-Nov-2016 11 Pheuntsholing to Paro Pheunstholing-Gedu-Chukkha-Chapcha-Paro 160 kms  6 hours Bike               11-Nov-2016 12 Paro to Thimpu Paro - Chokha-  Chinakha -Sakenang - Khasaka - Sigyel - Semtokha - Thimpu  50.5 kms 2 hours Bike               12-Nov-2016 13 Thimpu to Punaka Valley Thimpu - Semtokha-  Dochu La -Wangdue Phodrang - Punaka Valley 85.9 kms 3 hours Bike               13-Nov-2016 14 Paro to Pheuntsholing  Paro-Chuzom-Chukka-Pheuntsholing 180 kms 5 hours Bike               14-Nov-2016 15 Pheuntsholing to New Jalpaiguri Pheuntholing to Bagdogra 164 kms  4.5 hours Bike               15-Nov-2016 16 New Jalpaiguri to Kolkata New Jalpaiguri to Kolkata 559.5 kms 9 hours Train               16-Nov-2016 17 Kolkata to Bangalore Kolkata to Bangalore 1559 km 2.5 hours Flight

Loooks Good and doable

Loooks Good and doable

I am reaching Bagdogra

I am reaching Bagdogra Airport on 19th Aug at 4p.m & leave on 22nd Aug at 2:30p.m.
I plan to visit Nathu La,Tsomgo Lake,Monasteries,MG Marg & Cable Car but my top priority is Gurudongmar lake.Can i anyhow manage to do all in this timeframe.I would be highly obliged if you could suggest any plans to make it possible.Gurudongmar lake being far is a problem so can we start travel at night & reach there early morning or something which could make it happen. 

Nope. If you want to visit

Nope. If you want to visit Gurudongmar lake then you will need at least 2 days of travel and 1 night stay. I would not suggest to travel in Night. there is no point making it way too hectic.

Hi Vishnu,   Am a big fan of

Hi Vishnu,


Am a big fan of your travelogues and thanks to them, I even visited Ladakh in peak winters. It was simply out of the world. Thanks for all the info.


Need more advice now. Basically planning to visit North Sikkim in mid-Aug 2016. Itinerary would be like:

Day1 - fly into bagdogra and head straight to gangtok. overnight at gangtok.

Day 2 - gangtok to lachen. overnight at lachen.

Day 3 - visit gurudongmar lake and come then to lachung. overnight at lachung. 

Day 4 - visit yumthang and back to gangtok. overnight at gangtok

Day 5 - see gangtok. overnight at gangtok.

Day 6 - gangtok to bagdogra and fly out


How does this plan sound? Also, I can modify the itinerary to squeeze in more places (like some passes maybe and skip gangtok alotgether). Plz advice.


Why I made such a relaxed itinerary is because we have a son aged 4 years and my day aged 63 years who would be traveling with us. So for their comfort. On same note, now I want to ask if they would be permitted to visit gurudongmar and other high altitude areas? Will they get permits? What are the actual chances of them suffering from breathlessness and other ailments? Please note that otherwise they are both healthy guys. Plus the initial leg of the itinerary giving them 1 day at gangtok and 1 day at lachen was specifically done to help them acclimatize easily. What say? Need your detailed view here Smile


Another point I wanted clarity about was weather at that time in North Sikkim. Yes, I know it is rainy season. But what would be the actual conditions like? Advisable to go?


Awaiting your rich insights and detailed feedback. Plus any other relevant details u deem would be useful, plz share.


Thanks in advance.


Hi Mitin, Glad to hear about

Hi Mitin,

Glad to hear about your journeys. Your itinerary seems perfectly OK and very well outlined. I do not see anything else can be added.

I dont think there is any problem visiting Gurudongmar for a very short period but Army check post before the lake generally does not allow kids and old age people. there is no additional permit required but it is like a precautionary measure from Army side. if both of them are healthy then there is no problem as such visiting these places.

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We (8 people) are going

We (8 people) are going Sikkim from 29 the October to 2nd November (return ticket). Can you suggest a trip to North-sikkim? 

And please let me know how will be the weather then.

Thank you

It would be pleasant. it is

It would be pleasant. it is the best time to visit Sikkim. you have only 4 days so trip to North sikkim would be quite taxing.

Hi   I planned to visit north



I planned to visit north Sikkim on 6th march... I have already booked my tickets... At this time whether the gurudongmar lake and nathula pass is accessible...

Also will be able to find any tourist package to cover

Lachen / Gurudongmar Lake/ Yumthang


And can you guide me with reasonable price of them on this off beat..

Nathula would be accessible

Nathula would be accessible but chances to reach Gurudongmar are low in March. sometimes it gets open in April if snow had been heavt. I will send you few details over the email regarding package,

Hi vishnu. Your information

Hi vishnu.

Your information are really helpful for us.  
We are planning a trip to north sikkim on November 7th with my family.

I want to know will an aged person of 68 years old , who don’t have high pressure , sugar , asthma etc. , be allowed to visit Gurudongmer Lake ? If not , then will he be allowed to spend one night at Lachen?

 I need your valued suggestion. Please help me so that I can plan a good tour with my family.




Arijita Ghosh

Hi Arijita, Please read the

Hi Arijita,

Please read the comment below. it is really helpful.

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Hi Vishnu, Thank you very

Hi Vishnu,

Thank you very much for your valuable suggestion. It will help us so much that we can plan a comfortable tour for our parents in advance.


Thanks a lot once again... Take care.




You are welcome.. Have a nice

You are welcome.. Have a nice trip.

Lachen has decent homestays

Lachen has decent homestays (INNs) where the elderly can stay comfortably. I would not recommend them to travel Gurudongmar since lack of oxygen is pretty evident at 17000 feet. A normal healthy human also feel dizzy. Your permits can be arranged from Gangtok or Mangan. It's advised to leave for gurudongmar from Lachen at 6am-7am

regards, Saurabh 

Thanks for adding your

Thanks for adding your valuable inputs.


hi,                                                                                                                                                                                               we are planning to make a trip, gantok lachen, yumthung zero pt,nathula at the mid side off this possibe to cover 6angu babamandir????can u give me some proper advice to make this trip,?,the best eseiest way to cover it.............                                                                                                                   with regards,ranita bhattacharjee

Baba Mandir, Changu lake and

Baba Mandir, Changu lake and Nathula pass can be covered in a single day in one trip as all of these sites fall in same direction. most of tour agents in Gangtok run this tour.

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Hi Vishnu, Can you please

Hi Vishnu,
Can you please share contacts from where I can hire bike in Gangtok. I wish to visit Gurudomgmar in 3rd week of June.

I don't have the number of

I don't have the number of shops who rent bike but i can give a number which might be useful.

Hi, Good morning. We planned

Hi, Good morning.

We planned to go to Gangtok from 25th to 27th August 2016.  We would return on 28th via Bagdogra Airport (2.45 P.M.). 


I want to know would we face any problem to go to Gurudongmer that time. How would be the weather there in that time.

Would we be able to tour Gurudongmer lake 2 days 1 night stay? What would be the cost approximately?


Please help me out.


Thanks with regards.

 Biswajit Rudra, Bally, Howrah.


Hi, Gurudongmar will be


Gurudongmar will be accessible in August and you can do it in 2 days and 1 night from Gangtok. Start early morning from Gangtok and stay at Thangu, next day early morning visit the Lake and then drive back to Gangtok.

Hello, I booked the tickets


I booked the tickets to Bagdogra for Sptember 18 to 27.

Gurudongmar and Zuluk loops are my top priorities. Can you please tell me if the places are accessible in late September?

Also, I need to hire a bike to cover Zuluk loops. Are there any bike rent shops available in Gangtok? If not, where can I get one?

Yes, these are. Yes, you can

Yes, these are. Yes, you can get bike on rent in Gangtok.

Thanks Vishnu. Now this is

Thanks Vishnu. Now this is some news!

Problem is, I didn't get any contact number or information about bike rent shops in Gangtok over the internet. Can you please share if possible?

I need this info to check budget and freez the plan further.

The only option available as per the internet is Adventures Unlimited. But, they have their shop in Darjeeling and are a bit expensive.

Thanks again!

I don't have any number of

I don't have any number of the shops but i can share a number which might be useful. they are small vendors and generally are not listed on internet.  Relatively hiring a bike on rent in Sikkim is expensive.

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Hi Vishnu  I will reach

Hi Vishnu 

I will reach Darjeeling on 8th June. After spending 2-3 days there, will head to Sikkim where I will have 6 days in hand. I would like to visit nathula and gurudongmar lake definitely. Can you please share the details regarding transportation, permission and places to stay over there.

My email Id:

Thanks in advance

Permission can be obtained

Permission can be obtained using a tour agent. for transport to North Sikkim, you will have to hire a private vehicle.

we are planning to visit

we are planning to visit lachung,lachen,yumthung valley,nathula,gurudongmar,zero point from gangtok in mid of november(Probably 12th to 18th)....Kindly let me know

1)Is it perfect time to visit these places?

2)Is there any chances that roads may be closed for heavy snowfall?


Yes. November is really good

Yes. November is really good time to visit there.

Chances of heavy snowfall are low till November.

Hello, I will reach gangtok


I will reach gangtok on 15th june, I paln to visit Tosmongo lake, Baba mandir, Nathula pass, Gurudongmar lake, Yumthang valley, My Retun on 19th june. Can you please suuggest me how can i execute my rip.


Is it possible to visit gurudongmar with out visit Lachen? If yes then please tell me how.

Hope to hear from you ASAP.


Vivek Saha



No.. you will have to pass

No.. you will have to pass Lachen to reach Gurudongmar and probably stay there overnight. in 4 days you can cover all you mentioned.

dear vishnu, we are reaching

dear vishnu,

we are reaching gangtok by 10 jun 2016 evening after reaching bagdora from chennai by flight by noon.

we have booked accommodation at gangtok from 10/06/2016 to 14/06/2016 both nights inclusive (4 days -- 5 nights)

apart from local sight seeing we are interested in north sikkim especially lake gurudongmar and yumthang valley (valley of flowers)

we are five of us --adults. please draw up an itinerary--travel plan based on your experience

would u recommend any particular enthusiastic  tour operator

thanking u in anticipation

Seems like you only have 4

Seems like you only have 4 days in end. North skiim would be quite hectic in this time frame. I will send you an email with contact details that might be useful.

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sir i would like to see

sir i would like to see gurudongmar lake ..we are two friends .we will reach newjalpaiguri rly station on 9th may and our rutern journey is 14th

may at bagdogra air port .please suggest how to reach gurudongmar lake ,lachn.

From New Jalpaiguri, you need

From New Jalpaiguri, you need to go to Gangtok and then take tour to Gurudongmar via Lachen.

We 4 adults + child of 8

We 4 adults + child of 8 years are arriving on 25\May\2016 @ New Jalpaiguri Station @ 9 AM. We want to reach directly to Lachen which I understand is 9 hours drive and check in to a hotel.

New Jalpaiguri to Lachen is

New Jalpaiguri to Lachen is quite a long drive. besides you also need to get your permits at Gangtok before heading to North Sikkim. I don't think it all would be possible in single day.

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Yes, you can visit

Yes, you can visit Gurudongmar lake in May. i will send you details.

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Hi, I am travelling solo to


I am travelling solo to Sikkim. Could anyone help me in figuring out, how can i go to Gurudongmar lake from gangtok? Are there any shared taxis available? Also I am planning 1N 2 D trip.


Waiting for the repsonse.

Shared taxi available till

Shared taxi available till thangu (very less), till lachen (plenty). but their timings are early morning. From lachen or Thangu to gurudongmar, you'll have to hire a private (they call it reserved) vehicle

thanks for adding your

thanks for adding your inputs. Lachen, Thangu and Lachung are still easier to reach by public transport but beyond that it is recommended to have private vehicle or hitch hike.

No... shared taxis are not

No... shared taxis are not available on this stretch. you will have to hire a private cab or better club with other travelers.

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dear sir,we r planing for

dear sir,
we r planing for make a bike trip to gurudongmar lake. after njp how much stay should we take? and please guide me how can we reach gurudongmar? we planing on october2016 , is that right time?

Outside Sikkim vehicles are

Outside Sikkim vehicles are not allowed in North Sikkim region. from NJP, you can take road to Gangtok and then from Gangtok to Thangu (which will be a whole day ride) and to Gurudongmar following morning. Yes, October is really good time to visit Gurudongmar lake.

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Hai sir I am planning to

Hai sir
I am planning to visit yumthang and gurdongmar on September
Is it possible to see snow over there
We two friends are planning to visit there
For only twos it will be a huge amount for hiring a cab
Can u suggest any alterations

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