Gurudongmar & Tsomgo lake Tour
Gurudongmar Lake (also known as Gurudogmar Lake) is one of the highest lakes in the world located at an altitude of 17,100 feet (5,148 m). It lies on the North side of the Khangchenjunga Range in a high plateau area contiguous to the Tibetan Plateau. The stream emerging from the lake is one of the source-streams of the Tista River.
The lake is named after Padmasambhava, the Indian tantric Buddhist who conducted rituals here. It is said that this is why, even at the height of winter, one portion of the lake never freezes. Guru Nanak, also known as Nanak Lama, who was a devotee of Padmasambhava, visited many of the places where Padmasambhava prayed at, including this lake in North Sikkim. It is located close to the Indo-China Border in the province of North Sikkim, Sikkim, India.
The lake remains completely frozen in the winter months from November to Mid-May except for one small part of the lake which is supposed to be touched and blessed by the Guru Padmasambhava.
The lake is highly revered by the Sikkimese and Buddhists and the waters are supposed to have curative properties. The Indian Army got into a conflict with the Sikkim Government when they erected a gurdwara (a Sikh temple) near the lake in the 1990s : the gurdwara has now become a 'Sarva Dharma Sthal'(House of worship for All Religions), and ruffled feathers have been smoothened.
Due to the extremely inhospitable terrain and the difficulties associated with reaching the place, the lake sees only a handful of visitors each year. Access is strictly controlled at the Army check post at Giagong. Due to the altitude, there is a scarcity of oxygen. Visitors are advised to acclimatize overnight at Lachen, carry medicines like Coca 10, Deryphyllin etc., and to descend quickly in case of acute or persistent discomfort. Over-excitement and loud, stressful talking should be avoided. For more details on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) pleaser refer to home page and click on "Acute mountain Sickness page".
03Nights in Gangotk
02 Night in Lachen
02Nights in Lachung
|Itinerary in Detail|
|Day 01.||Arrival Bagdogra/NJP/ Bhadrapur airport To Gangtok (125Km/04hr) Arrival at NJP Station/Bagdogra or Bhadrapur airport meet assistance at the airport or Raiway Station , drive to Gangtok approx 5hrs and check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure visti local market . Overnight stay at hotel.|
|Day 02.||Gangtok To Lachen Drive to Lachen (8800ft) via Chungthang (140Km),
After break fast drive to Lachen via Chungthang Vallley another quiet and picturesque hamlet on the higher Himalayas famous for its proximity to the Kanchenjunga National park, Green Lake. Transfer to hotel at Lachen. Over night halt and dinner at Lachen.
|Day 03.||Excursion Trip To Gurudongmar Lake
After breakfast , proceed for excursion trip to the Gurudongmar Lake. After visit return to Lachen. Over night halt and dinner at Lachen.
|Day 04.||Lachen To Lachung Drive to Lachung (126kms, 8610ft)
After breakfast, en-route visit at Tashi View Point, Kabi Lungtsok (historical site), Naga Waterfalls, Confluence of Lachen Chu and Lachung Chu at Chungthang, Bhim Nala Waterfall and Holy Rock at Chungthang. Lunch at Phodong/Mangan. Over night halt and dinner at Lachung.
|Day 05.||Excursion Trip Yumthnag Valley
Early Morning visit Yumthang-valley (known as Valley of Flowers), Yumthang is the summer grazing ground of the yaks and winter playgrounds of yetis. On the way back visit the Hot Spring considered to have medicinal properties. Back to resort for lunch. Overnight stay at Lachung.
|Day 06.||Lachung To Gangtok
After breakfast proceed for Gangtok, In the evening free for shopping .overnight at at hotel.
|Day 07.||Gangtok To Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir
A day excursion to Tsomgo Lake (departure in the morning) - situated at a height of 3,780mt. with an average depth of 50ft. The cool water of the Lake is perfectly attuned with the scenic beauty around. Return back to Gangtok. In the late afternoon visit Chorten Dodrul , Institute of Tibetology Overnight halt at Gangtok Hotel.
|Day 08.||Gangtok To NJP/Bagdogra or Bhadrapur airport .
Morning free for packing and transfer to NJP Railway Station /Bagdogra or Bhadrapur airport for onward destination.