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About Changu LakeChangu Lake or Tsomgo Lake, also known as Tsongmo Lake, is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim, some 38 kms from the capital Gangtok at an elevation of 12,313 ft. This lake remains frozen throughout the winter upto Mid April and Snowfall is also common in this area From Dec to May End. The Changu Lake is considered extremely sacred by the local Sikkimese people. The lake is almost one kilometer long, 50ft deep, oval in shape.
The lake surface reflects different colours with respect to the change of seasons. Changu Lake can be visited as part of full day sightseeing from Gangtok. Mostly famously Baba Mandir and Nathula Pass are also covered in full day sightseeing. There is no provision of overnight accommodation and you must return to the Gangtok or proceed to Nathang Valley or Zuluk by the evening.
Changu lake Taxi RouteFor Indian tourist there are two route through which you can reach Zuluk Gangtok and Rongli. Foreigners can visit Changu lake only from Gangtok checkpost.
Distance:Gangtok to Changu Lake : 38 kms.
Rongli to Changu Lake via Zuluk: 75 kms.
Accomodation:There is no provision of overnight accommodation and you must return to the Gangtok or proceed to Nathang valley, Zuluk by the evening.
Changu Lake Permit and Entry Rules
Indian :Indian tourists visiting Changu Lake require special permit to visit. This special permit are provided by Travel Agents in Sikkim, Goverment Authority. There are two checkpost through which you can visit Changu Lake. They are either through Gangtok or Rongli. To create permit the visiter has to provide below documents:
Passport Size Photo : Two Passport Size photo for each members above 5 years.
ID with Address Proof : An ID with valid ID proof xerox copy is require to create permit. for each members above 5 years. (for eg. Aadhar card, Voter ID, Passport, Driving License with Address part)
Foreigner :Foreigners can also visit changu Lake with special permit. This special permit are provided by Travel Agents in Sikkim, Goverment Authority. Foreigners can visit Changu lake via Gangtok only, route from Rongli Check post is strictly closed for Foreigners. Foreigner visiting Changu lake from Gangtok need to produce following documents: Passport Size Photo : Four Passport Size photo for each members above 5 years.
Passport : Two Xerox copy of Passport is required.
Visa : Two Xerox copy of Visa is required.
Inner Line Permit (ILP) : Two Xero x copy of ILP is required also required. This ILP is created in sikkim border either in Rangpho or Melli before entering sikkim.