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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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Sreelata Lodh

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  • Sreelata Lodh
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 12 photos
  • 10 Reviews
  •  1191 readers

"A memorable trip" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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
  •  154 readers

"Over hyped"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  338 readers

"This place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  •  577 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
  •  1365 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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  • Gungeet
  • Lives in Ludhiana
  • 8 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  621 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 New Delhi
  • 236 photos
  • 49 Reviews
  •  42 helpful votes
  •  21353 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
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  5828 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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Himanshu Shekhar

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  • Himanshu Shekhar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 5 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1211 readers

"Over-hyped place"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted May 29, 2016
The lake is barricaded from all sides and one can't even click a good picture from there. Only yak ride is available nearby, to get a good look of the lake, go 2-3 kms up the hills. Visit this place in before noon and after that all you can see is fog.
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Sāswat Ghosh

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  • Sāswat Ghosh
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1213 readers

"Try to visit on the first day itself"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 28, 2016
You have to book a cab one day earlier or on early morning on the day of visiting. The cab driver would make the permit for you. You may get permit upto Tsomgo lake only or upto Nathula Pass and Baba Mandir if weather is fine. Nathula Pass is China border. Baba Mandir is only a simple small temple in name of a soldier. You may visit on sharing basis as well, but you have to find such cab at taxi stand a day earlier or some of the tour agencies can do that. Otherwise it is expensive for a single couple. Small cars are not recommended. A family of 5-7 people can hire luxury cars like innova, xylo. For sharing you will get bolero, sumo and max. You will get shoes and gloves on hire near the lake. You must take the boots as everything there is wet and cold when there is snow, you must go around 8am, by 10am they restricts entry of the vehicles at one point. On the first day only you should try to visit this place else you may not get the chance.
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