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QUICK FACTS
Location: North Sikkim district, Sikkim.
Famous for/as: Valley of flowers of East..
Weather:
Summer (March to May): 20 º C to 12 º C. 
Winters (November to February): 10º C to -10ºC.
Monsoons (July to September): Heavy Rain fall.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT : April to June and October to November.
NEAR BY GURUDONGMAR LAKE
TRAVEL IN GURUDONGMAR LAKE SHOW MAP

Situated at a height of 17,800 feet on the Tibetan plateau, this holy lake truly is a gem in the desert. it is considered one the most sacred lakes by the Buddhists and Sikkimese. According to a legend, since the lake used to remain frozen most of the year, it was not possible to use its water for drinking purposes. Realising the problem Guru Padmasambhava touched a portion of the lake and since then that part of the lake does not freeze even in extreme winter. Since water of the lake is considered sacred, visitors carry the 'blessed' water in bottles.

The snow-fed milky water of the lake is one of the major sources of Tista, the most important river in Sikkim and North Bengal. Gurudongmar is the land of Yaks, blue ships and other high altitude animals of Sikkim and Tibet. One can get a prized view of rare Bramhakamal peeping through the bushes in inaccessible terrain or of a herd of mountain sheep grazing in the distant valley.

The land resembles Tibetan plateau, vegetation is very limited and the road is through stony moraine like unpaved path. Due to proximity to the Chinese Boarder, landmines are not uncommon and presence of Indian Army is ubiquitous. Due to high altitude breathing problems are also not uncommon.

Despite the hardship and difficulty associated with visiting Gurudongmar Lake, a visit to this lake may last as an experience of a lifetime.

MUST SEE IN GURUDONGMAR LAKE

To visit Gurudongmar tourists has to stay overnight at Lachen. Gurudongmar is a day tour from Lachen. It is also possible to stay at Thangu which is much closer to the lake. But choice of accommodation at Thangu is quite limited. The road to Gurudongmar from Thangu passes through the high alpine pastures carpeted with thick rhododendron bushes.

You can also stay overnight at Thangu and enjoy a visit to Chopta Valley. Thangu. Located 30 kms. From Lachen at an altitude of 13,000 feet. The valley is known for its lush green meadows. During summer and monsoon the entire place becomes colourful with flowers of all kinds. It also serves as a base camp for trekkers to Muguthang and Lashar valley.

Gurudongmar can be visited only as part of a North Sikkim package tour. Individuals can not go their directly. Tours to Gurudongmar must be organised by authorised travel operators.

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REACH GURUDONGMAR LAKE
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Lachung 98 km, Lachen 58 km from Gurudongmar lake.

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