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Gurudongmar Lake also known as Gurudogmar Lake is at an attitude of 17,000 ft, Gurudongmar is one of the highest lakes in the world. This lake is considered sacred by both Buddhists and Sikhs. Gurudongmar Lake lies in the North side of the Khangchengyao Range and is encircled all around by snow-covered mountains, the sacred lake freezes during the winters except at one spot, which the devout believe has been specially blessed. The Chinese Tibetan boarder is just a few kilometres away from the lake.
The blessed water of the lake is believed to posses the miraculous power of granting children to couples having no children. The lake is also the land of Yaks, blue ships and other high altitude animals of Sikkim and Tibet. 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 lake Taxi Route and DistanceTourists has to travel from Gangtok city to Lachen valley or Thangu valley on first day (the nearest village where accommodation is available) by booking a full or Shared Vehicle. A journey to the Gurudongmar Lake starts early in the morning around 4.30 am next day from Lachen and at around 6:00 from Thangu Valley ( a breakfast point for tourist visiting from lachen) and it takes around 4 hours via Thangu valley ( a breakfast point). Vegetation is very limited and the road is through stony moraine like unpaved path. Due to proximity to the Chinese Border, landmines are common and presence of Indian Army is ubiquitous. Due to high altitude breathing problems may also arise. Tourists are suggested to spend little time at the high altitude and come down to Lachen soon. Mostly visitors are not allowed to stay in the lake after 11.30 am due to heavy flow of winds.
Gangtok to Lachen valley : 128 kms.
Lachen to Thangu valley : 30 kms.
Thangu valley to Gurudongmar Lake: 38 kms.
Toruists have stay at Lachen valley or Thangu valley on first day (the nearest village where accommodation is available).
Gurudongmar lake Permit and Entry RulesDue to high altitue and lack of oxygen childrens below 8 years aren't allowed to visit the lake and any tourist with heart diseases / problem are suggest not to visit this lake.
Indian : Indian tourists visiting Yumthang Valley require special permit to visit Yumthang valley. This special permit are provided by Travel Agents in Sikkim, Goverment Authority to visit Yumthang valley. 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 : are stricly not allowed to visit the Gurudongmar Lake due to proximity to the Chinese Border. Foreigners are allowed only upto Thangu Lake to visit with below 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.
Thangu Valley : Both Indian and Foreigner are allowed to visit Thangu Valley.