Tsomgo Lake (Changu Lake)


Time to Visit :
Jan to Mar- for snow in Tsomgo Lake & surrounding hills.
Apil to May- for Rhododendrons & Orchids.
Oct to Dec- for the clear weather a best view of surrounding hills.

Tsomgo Lake (Changu Lake)

Tsomgo Lake (Changu Lake) is located 30 Km from Gangtok on the way to Nathula Pass. In Bhutaia Lacguage the word Tsomgo means the ‘Source on Lakes’. At an altitude of approx 12,000 ft above the sea level Tsomgo Lake is the most visited place in Gangtok. Tsomgo Lake is oval in shape and approximately 1km. long. It has an average depth of about 50 ft. it was created by the snow melted water from the mountains around the lake & a river namely Lungtze Chu has been created from Tsomgo Lake. The lake further falls into Rangpo-chu.

According to the myth the spirituals gurus of Sikkim used to study the colour of the water of Tsomgo Lake to forecast the future of the state. So the lake is considered as sacred by the local people.

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Tsomgo Lake gets frozen in the winter (Jan to mid Apil) & offers a breath taking view of snow capped mountains all around. In April & May it offers variety of flowers including various types of Rhododendrons & Orchids. On the way from Gangtok to Tsomgo Lake there is Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary which offers a wide variety of flora & fauna.

Tsomgo Lake is a paradise for the ornithologists. The migratory birds takes a break near the lake while flying long way from Syberia to the Indian plains. Brahminy Ducks  is a one of the spices.

 

Permit & regulations for Tsomgo (Changu) Lake

Tsomgo Lake is open for the tourists all days. Foreign nationals are also allowed to travel up to Tsomgo Lake (Changu) accompanied by a local guide.

Tsomgo  Lake comes under restricted areas in Sikkim hence Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is needed. Tourists need to submit a photo copy of any the ID proofs (Voter ID, Passport, Driving License or any other id card issued by the Government of India / State Government) along with passport size recent colour photographs.  PAN card or Aadhaar card are not accepted in Sikkim.