Tsomgo Lake, Gangtok

Tsomgo Lake

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About Tsomgo Lake

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Tsomgo Lake is located 35 km away from the city on the Gangtok-Nathula highway. This highway is also a part of the old route that links India and China. Worshipped by Sikkimese, this holy lake is approximately 20 km away from the Nathula Pass, while located at a distance of around 400 km from Lhasa.

The water in this lake has been accumulated from the melting snow on the mountains located nearby. The river Lungtze Chu originates from this lake, which meets Rangpo-chu down its course. According to the history, the colour of water of this lake was studied by Lamas so as to forecast about the future. They believed, if the water had a dark tinge, it indicated an year full of trouble and unrest in the state.

Tsomgo Lake is located in the restricted area for which tourists require an Inner Line Permit. This permit can be obtained from the Police through the travel agent or Tourism Department. During the winter months, the entire lake gets fron.

Tourists can also witness a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva built on the lakeside. In addition, around the Tsomgo lake, primula flowers and other alpine plantation are also grown. Tourists can also take a stroll on the footpath along the lake, which leads to a resting shed located at a distance of around half a kilometre.

The best time to visit this lake is from March to late May and from October to mid-December.

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  • Average 16
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Sunanda Das

  • Connoisseur
  • Sunanda Das
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 86 photos
  • 20 Reviews
  •  34 helpful votes
  •  17085 readers
  • Posted 2 months ago
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352 traveller reviews for Tsomgo Lake

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  • Connoisseur
  • Sagar
  • Lives in Thane
  • 68 photos
  • 35 Reviews
  •  29 helpful votes
  •  26449 readers

"A piece of heaven"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The place is surrounded with mountains, snow and a beautiful and fresh water lake. You can ride a Yak there but do bargain with the rates. You need to be there to believe it. It's very cold out there so please be properly protected with warm clothing.
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Prabal Awasthi

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  • Prabal Awasthi
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 20 photos
  • 72 Reviews
  •  40 helpful votes
  •  29901 readers

"Tsongo lake - Must watch"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Gangtok is very well organised city, so as I reached my hotel, I asked helpdesk to arrange passes to visit Tsomgo lake and baba mandir as it requires fees plus address proof and two photos of each member requesting for military clearance.. So next day we received passes and hotel car dropped your to taxi stand for Nathula and Tsomgo lake, we hired innova, driver was a young boy but drove well through deadly roads of Nathula, which is very scary and thrill in itself.. After 3hr journey we reached lake st rounded by snow all-around in mid April.. We hired yaks for riding around.. And enjoyed snow fighting and maggi and hot thukpa in chilling cold.. So in all your trip will not be awesome if you miss this place...
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Sreelata Lodh

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  • Sreelata Lodh
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 12 photos
  • 10 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  7074 readers

"A memorable trip"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Hi! This is a pleasant travelling to gangtak last November '16. Mr. Anmol was there to guide the whole tour. He is young very responsible guey. All sets were arranged very well with warmth welcome. A smiling face with caring, helpful hands weexperiencere alwasmartys there .. A homely atmosphere. A big thank to Mr. Anmol and I would wish to recommend him if any body is going there for a wel planned tour to gangtak. His contact number is 8101216161. You can also mail him to anmol. Sikkim19@gmail. Com. You may contact him for suggestions and guidance for sikkim ..
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Udit kariwala

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  • Udit kariwala
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  389 readers

"Over hyped"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted Jan 4, 2017
The lake was far below our expectation. Though the route to travel to the lake is fun, the lake itself turned out to be a big disappointment. The locals have created a hype around the lake for obvious reasons. You may visit this place but nothing too exotic about it.
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Sania Shaikh

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  • Sania Shaikh
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 9 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  817 readers

"This place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Dec 18, 2016
Well it's on the way to the China border(Natula pass)
It's clean.
You actually get the feeling of standing in the midst of the cloud.
The temperature here was around 8 degrees.
Do not miss the Yak ride.
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  • Krishna
  • Lives in Patna
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  798 readers

"Excellent place to visit…"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 9, 2016
Tsomgo Lake also known as Changu Lake at the height of 12000 ft. Its 50 km from the capital of Sikkim Gangtok. Road is very narrow but now BRO is almost completed the road work from Gangtok to Tsomgo lake.
There is 2 options to go to this place, shared vehicle or exclusive vehicle. Shared will cost you around 200 per seat and exclusive will cost you around from 2000 to 3500 rupees depending on which type of vehicle you are taking. Hotel will also arrange the vehicle for you, you just have to provide ID proof and one passport size photo to the agent or driver of the vehicle one day before the trip. They will arrange all the permit for you.
The journey will 2. 30 hrs from Gangtok, on the way you will cross many army camp. It is near to Indo-China boarder. Generally people are taking day trip to this lake including Baba Mandir and NAthula Pass.
All the spots are under 15 km range from this lake so for Baba Mandir and Nathula pass. The lake is very beautiful and will get know as the top layer on lake. There will e the maximum chances to see snow between October to May months. Lake is very clean, there are few small restaurants near the lake. Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir and NAthula Pass trip will be one of the best trip during Sikkim trip.
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Ratiranjan Senapati

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  • Ratiranjan Senapati
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1831 readers

"Experience the lake with Yak"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 6, 2016
A normal lake with scenic view around it which is the himalayan mountain ranges. In winter it all freezes and you can even walk on it. Thats the best time to enjoy it which I missed. Also you will find Yaks near the lake which you can ride with nominal fee and take pics.
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  • Tourist
  • Gungeet
  • Lives in Ludhiana
  • 8 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  829 readers


  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 2, 2016
It was really a very different experience. Some kms from above, it resembles map of india. Yak ride was awesome though we have to bargain. The only thing mossing was the snow that was also not expected in this season. Hatsoff to the nature. Nature is seriously at its best. Also very neat and clean
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Ashish Shukla

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  • Ashish Shukla
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 254 photos
  • 59 Reviews
  •  49 helpful votes
  •  26236 readers

"Awesome lake"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 29, 2016
Tsomgo lake is on 13000 ft height that makes it special. The view from here is breathtaking. You can go for Yak ride at Rs. 200. Make a wish by throwing your coin in the lake.
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Sandeepan sadhukhan

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  • Sandeepan sadhukhan
  • 6 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  6181 readers

"Good sightseeing place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 6, 2016
This lake is frozen during the winter season. This place is very cold so wear warm clothes to protect yourself from the shivering weather. Yak rides are available in this place.
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