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.
Lachung 98 km, Lachen 58 km from Gurudongmar lake.