Tsomgo Lake Overview

Ranked 2 of 59 sightseeing in Gangtok

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 DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Reviews and Ratings

Amit Sinha

Amit Sinha5.0/5

23 reviews

Amazing lake.

Tsomgo Lake,sometimes called Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake, is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim district of Sikkim, located about 40 kilometres from Gangtok. The lake is surrounded by steep mountains, which are covered with snow during winter. During summer the snow cover of surrounding peaks melts and become the water source for the lake.One can experience snowfall also during winter season. Several people with Yak throng the place offering Yak ride to visitors.

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84 reviews

Beautiful Lake

Tsomgo Lake is Awesome place and you spent 2, 4 hour. The Bueaty of Lake happen when view point on the Road way of Nathula visit- Awesome view point as i add my pic.
  • Beautiful Lake
  • Beautiful Lake
  • Beautiful Lake

Nilab Tripathy

Nilab Tripathy4.6/5

34 reviews

Scenic beauty

we went in december and so we didn't found a frozen lake but still the view was amazing. This is a sacred lake and yes you are not allowed to go into the lake. you can take a Yak ride as there are many available.

Hems Shah

Hems Shah4.3/5

5 reviews

Like heaven

its nice places to visit , this place is like a white carpet on the lake , because of snow , place is amazing and nice to visit , but one thing if you want to go this place you have to take permission from government office they provide government passes , id card is must for this place , the weather of this place is cold so please take some woolen were

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Null null3.6/5

3 reviews

It's too cool

It is also a beautiful place surrounded with mountain full with ice. Really a wonderful place to visit. If you are fortunate enough then you can see frozen lake, ofcaurse I was not. Journey between Gangtok and Tsomgo lake is full of thrill with curved road on mountain, you will enjoy it with some fear. Riding of yoke is an another activity for fun at Tsomgo lake.



10 reviews

Clean good lake

Really a nice spot on the way to Nathula pass. You can enjoy the cold weather, do some yak riding etc.There are no boat rides.This cannot be considered to be a destination but is only a "stop by" point.

Sayak Chattopadhyay

Sayak Chattopadhyay4.3/5

4 reviews

Excellent Lake situated near Gangtok

Tsongmo is a lake situated at 12k ft nearly 40km from Gangtok.It comes in a one day tour package along with Baba Mandir and Nathula pass.The lake has insane scenic beauty. It is surrounded by mountains.There are facility to experience a ride with a Yak!!When we visited the lake in late April, it was snowing for some days. We found the lake covered in ice and the surrounding hills and road all covered in snow( quite unusual for that part of the year).We had to spend more time at Tsongmo lake as trip to Baba Mandir and Nathula was cancelled due to worse conditions of roads near those places. Tips: Collect your permit early in the morning to utilize most of your time at the place. The weather gets worse during the later part of the day so its better to start the return journey early to reach Gangtok safely.

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35 reviews

A piece of heaven

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. Its verrrry vold out there so please be properly protected with warm clothing.
  • A piece of heaven

Dr prabal Awasthi

Dr prabal Awasthi4.3/5

79 reviews

Tsongo lake - Must watch

Gangtok is very well organised city,so as I reached my hotel,I asked helpdesk to arrange passes to visit tsongo 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 ur to taxi stand for natula and tsongo lake,we hired innova,driver ws a young boy but drove well through deadly roads of nathula,which is very scary and thrill in itself ..after 3hr jorney we reached lake strounded 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 ur trip will nt be awesome if u miss this place

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  • Tsongo lake - Must watch

Sreelata Lodh

Sreelata Lodh5.0/5

10 reviews

A memorable trip

Hi ! This is a pleasant traveling 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 planed 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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  • A memorable trip
  • A memorable trip
  • A memorable trip
  • A memorable trip