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1Breathtaking view at the 2nd highest lake in India, Gurudongmar lake
Breathtaking view at the 2nd highest lake in India, Gurudongmar lake

HolidayIQ Reviewer Jayaraj R shares, “Visit the 2nd highest lake in India and 17th highest in the World One of the best visits ever was to the Gurudongmar lake which is a high altitude lake with natural spectacular beauty that is a treat to watch for the eyes.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Subhabrata Sanyal adds, “Gurudongmar lake - It's Heaven Gurudongmar lake is one of the highest lakes in Asia. It is situated in Lachen, North Sikkim. Very cold wind and breathing problem arises here


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2To catch a glimpse of the first rays of the sun
To catch a glimpse of the first rays of the sun

HolidayIQ Reviewer Tapas Chakraborty shares, “We started from Lachance at about 4 am and reach Gurudongmar at 8.45 am. On the way, we witness sunrise on the mountain. It's just a spiritual experience. Must visit at least once in a lifetime.


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3To sip hot coffee at the military camp near Gurudongmar Lake
To sip hot coffee at the military camp near Gurudongmar Lake

HolidayIQ Reviewer Jimit Vora shares, “ Gurudongmar is surrounded by snow clad mountains and also has a frozen lake. When we visited, the lake had just started freezing, the upper cover was frozen. We started it at 3.00 AM from Lachen a remote town in North Sikkim, and by 7.30 AM we reached Gurudongmar. In between there was a stop at a military camp, we got out of the car and it was like amazing. The temperature was around -10 degree. There was a campfire in a military camp there and we rushed towards it. We sipped hot coffee there and the experience was simply beautiful.”


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Ankur P

Ankur P5.0/5

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The most spectacular place in Sikkim

The Gurudongmar experience will leave you spellbound. The lake and its surroundings are amazingly beautiful and the drive to the lake, especially the part from Thangu to Gurudongmar, takes the whole experience out of this world. The trip can be exhausting, but the rewards are spectacular.

Thangu and Gurudongmar have low oxygen levels because of high altitude (>15000 feet), so its advised that you take it easy and not exert yourself - no running, walking slowly, no shouting, taking short breaks, etc. Most of the people around us were doing quite fine, but you can help your body by doing things like drinking lots of fluids (but no alcohol) and popping Diamox (Acetazolamide) tablets starting a couple of days before the trip. There are a few steps at the lake and it's a very good idea to climb them very slowly and one at a time. Also, multiple layers of warm clothing are recommended because temperatures usually fall below zero and it can get windy. If it's sunny, sunscreen is also advised.

You have to start early morning from Lachen (5-6 am). Most people arrive in Lachen on previous day and spend a night. The drive from Lachen to Thangu (~2 hours), where almost everyone stops for breakfast, is bumpy & long but the scenery is nice. The idea is to reach Thangu check-post around 7-8 am. It's recommended that you eat something hot here like tea, Maggi or soup and locals will also tell you that eating popcorn or dark chocolate helps with the altitude. The bumpy road continues till the next army check-post but the views start getting more and more spectacular. Trees disappear and the bareness of the mountains is all around. After the second check-post, the road suddenly becomes flat and the views become other-worldly - the whole scenery changes from a mountainous terrain to a barren plateau with snow-covered mountains in the distance. Spectacular. Within 15 minutes, you are at the lake.

The lake itself is beautiful - crystal clear and surrounded by white mountains. There's a small temple here even though the surrounding nature is enough to humble you down. There are a few steps that go down to the lake, where you can dip into the cold water, but you have to be careful while coming back up because of breathlessness. There are Tibetan prayer flags floating here and there - the only bright colors in the scenery. The whole area is pristine, calm and serene. It is not advised to stay very long at the lake because of the oxygen thing, but you can linger for an hour or so (if you can handle it). Apparently you have to leave this place by 11 am or so because after that the weather can get very nasty.

While coming back, it's nice to drive a little slower and take in the beauty of the plateau and the mountains. During our trip in May, there was fresh snow from previous night everywhere while going up but while coming back, all of it had melted and everything was sparkling in the bright sunlight. Amazing.

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  • The most spectacular place in Sikkim
  • The most spectacular place in Sikkim
  • The most spectacular place in Sikkim

Nidhi Mathur

Nidhi Mathur5.0/5

8 reviews

Gurudongmar Lake

The journey to Gurudongmar Lake is quite long but 100% worth it. It takes around a day to get to North Sikkim, we spend a night in Lachen before heading to Gurudongmar early the next day. This is necessary so that our bodies could acclimate to the higher altitude The whole journey to North Sikkim is extremely scenic. We drove right by the river Teesta all the way up which made for very beautiful views. On the way to Gurudongmar, it started snowing heavily (this was early May). It is important to keep sunglasses or snow goggles because it is impossible to keep your eyes open without this because of the snow blindness Gurudongmar lake itself is worth the long and difficult journey. It's one of the most stunning places I've ever seen. Part of the lake remains open frozen throughout the year and it's crystal clear. The lake is nestled in surrounding mountains. Next to the lake, there's a small monastery as well .

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Recommended Duration in Gurudongmar

Number of days to spend in Gurudongmar as recommended by our travellers.

2 days


Gurudongmar Overview

Located at a height of 17,500 feet, Gurudongmar Lake is popular as one of the highest lakes in the world. The lake lies adjacent to the Tibetan plateau on the northern side of the Khangchengyao Mountain in North Sikkim. In ancient times, the lake remained frozen all the time and hence, there was no source of water in the area.

According to legend, once Guru Padmasambhava, who brought Tantric Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century, passed through the region. On his arrival, local residents pleaded him to provide them with a source of water. As Guru Padmasambhava touched certain portions of the lake, the snow melted. Till now, the portions touched by him do not freeze even in extreme winters. Since then, the water of the lake is considered sacred by Buddhists and Hindus.

The main attraction near the lake is Sarva Dharma Sthal, which is a place of worship for people of all religions. Gurudongmar Lake can be visited by only tourists of Indian nationality. Lachen, which is about 120 km away from Gangtok, forms the base for Gurudongmar Lake. Tourists can reach Lachen by taxis from Gangtok or by buses from Mangan.

Additionally, Gurudongmar can also be visited as a part of a North Sikkim Package Tour, which is organised by authorised travel operators. The best time to visit this lake is from March to June and again from November end to December.

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Gurudongmar, Sikkim

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Sourav Ray

Gurudongmar, Sikkim
Gurudongmar, Sikkim

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Sourav Ray

Gurudongmar, Sikkim
Gurudongmar, Sikkim

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Awesome view of mountain

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