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Gurudongmar Lake in Sikkim

Gurudongmar Lake in Sikkim is settled at an altitude of 17,100 ft (5,210 m). Hence, this lake is counted as one of the highest lakes in the world. It is placed near the India-China border. The beautiful lake remains milky in color throughout the year. Earlier, the lake remained frozen, and there was no water source in the place.

It is believed that once Guru Padmasambhava, who brought Tantric Buddhism to Tibet, passed through this region. On his arrival, people asked him to provide them with a water source. When he touched some parts of the lake, the snow melted. Since then, the lake's water has been considered sacred, and people from different parts of the world come here to carry the blessed water. Tourists need to get a special entry permit to visit Gurudongmar Lake.

Here are the details you should know about Gurudongmar Lake Sikkim

Best time to visit Gurudongmar Lake

March to June is the best time to visit Gurudongmar Lake. During this time, the weather here is pleasant, and you can see clear views of blue sky and lush greenery around. Also, the temperature at Gurudongmar Lake Sikkim from March to June remains between - 5°C and 5°C. For more details regarding this lake, you can contact our tour experts. You can also book your Sikkim tour packages to cover more beautiful attractions along this lake.

How to reach Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar Lake is located around 174 km from Gangtok in Sikkim and takes approx. 4 to 5 hours to reach. Private vehicles, shared taxis, jeeps, etc., are available from Gangtok to Lachen. Buses are also available frequently from nearby cities.

Once you reach Lachen, stay the night at Lachen and the next day, drive further 3 to 4 hours to finally reach Gurudongmar Lake via Chopta Valley. Plus, the drive through the mountain roads is mesmerizing.

Tip: Before visiting the lake, get the Inner Line Permit. It is a sensitive area and is located near the Indo-China border.

Do's and Don'ts at Gurudongmar Lake


  • Refer to a doctor before visiting the lake if you have any breathtaking difficulties.
  • Bring heavy woolens during winters. Ensure to cover your ears and mouth.
  • Gurudongmar Lake is located at 15,000 feet from the sea level, and thus, the oxygen level decreases. You must stroll and try not to jump.
  • If you feel even slightly uneasy, reach out to a paramedic immediately. 
  • Motion sickness is common here. Keep the necessary medicines handy.


  • Do not take children below 5 years of age. They are not allowed by the army. Gurudongmar Lake in Sikkim is considered a sacred lake. So, be a responsible citizen and not litter in and around the lake.

Frequently Asked Questions about Gurudongmar Lake

Q: Can Gurudongmar be visited in January?

Ans. If you love adventure, you can test your body at its extreme level and pack some heavy woolen clothes. The journey from Gangtok to Gurudongmar lake via Lachen is very adventurous.

Q: Why is Gurudongmar Lake famous?

Ans. It is one of the highest lakes in India and is considered sacred by Buddhists, Sikhs, and Hindus.

Q: Any special notes for travelers visiting Gurudongmar Lake?

Ans. Due to its proximity to the Chinese Border, landmines are not uncommon, and the presence of the Indian Army is ubiquitous. Due to high altitude, breathing problems may also arise. Tourists are suggested to spend less time at the high altitude and come down to Lachen soon.

Q: Is Gurudongmar Lake open in December?
Ans. There is heavy snowfall in December, and this may cause road blockage. In addition, the temperature at Gurudongmar Lake also drops to -20°C. Therefore, it is advised to avoid visiting Gurudongmar in December and plan the visit between March and June.
Q: Is a permit required for Gurudongmar Lake in Sikkim?
Yes, an Inner Line Permit is required to visit Gurudongmar Lake. It is issued by the Police check post for domestic tourists, and in the case of foreign visitors, the Tourist Department issues the permit till Thangu. The Tourism Department issues another Green Lake Trekking Permit after obtaining a valid permit from the Ministry of Home Department in New Delhi.
Q: How far is Gurudongmar Lake from Gangtok?
Gangtok to Lachen is about 114 km and takes around 4.5 hours to reach. After a night halt, you can continue your drive from Lachen to Gurudongmar Lake, approx. 65 km and takes 4.5 hours to reach.