Tsomgo Lake Overview

Ranked 2 of 58 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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Ashish Deora

Ashish Deora4.6/5

15 reviews


If you are in Sikkim, then Lake Tsomgo is a beautiful place to visit. It took us about 3 hours in the car from Gangtok. The crystal clear water of the blue lake

Ankur P

Ankur P2.9/5

60 reviews

Beautiful but crowded lake

Tsomgo or Changu lake falls on the way to the most visited destination in Sikkim - Nathula - and so it's always quite crowded. The lake and it's surroundings are beautiful and scenic, especially so when clouds are floating around and crowds are less. The noisy crowd and vendors around this place ruin the whole experience though. There are many shops selling many things (drinks, food, booze, etc) and also lot of locals offering yak rides. The place is not very maintained - it's quite dirty and smells bad in many places (mainly due to the yaks). There's also a ropeway that takes you to the top of the adjoining mountain but it's of no use if the weather is not good. If you want to enjoy a little bit of peace and simply appreciate the beauty of the place, go towards the middle or other end of the lake (towards Nathula, along the road). Overall, only worth a short stop on the way to Nathula.

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  • Beautiful but crowded lake
  • Beautiful but crowded lake
  • Beautiful but crowded lake
  • Beautiful but crowded lake

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 kilometers 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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Navin Singh

Navin Singh4.3/5

91 reviews

Beautiful Lake

Tsomgo Lake is Awesome place and you can spend 2 to 4 hours. The Beauty of Lake happens when view point on the Road way of Nathula visit - Awesome view point.
  • Beautiful Lake
  • Beautiful Lake
  • Beautiful Lake

Nilab Tripathy

Nilab Tripathy4.6/5

34 reviews

Scenic beauty

We went in December so we didn't find 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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37 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. It's very cold out there so please be properly protected with warm clothing.
  • A piece of heaven

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