Tsomgo Lake is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 3.753m (12,313ft) above the sea level, located in the East Sikkim of the Indian state of Sikkim.
The road to the Tsomgo Lake, also known as Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake, starts in Gangtok, the capital of the northern Indian state of Sikkim. It’s called Jawaharlal Nehru Road and is 37.2 km long, mostly paved. Don’t stuff your belly too much. Eventually, you might feel vomiting temptations while climbing circuitous roads at higher altitudes. And people don’t like to open window to invite freezing air inside.
The drive is extreme. But no longer so, proper road has been built, although condition of the road usually remains bad due to snowy & foul weather conditions. From Gangtok which is at 5410 ft, the altitude rises to about 10,000 ft in just 15kms. You can imagine how steep the gradient would be in this stretch of the road. On the way to the lake there are several waterfalls.
Tsomgo Lake is one of the most popular glacial lakes in India. It remains frozen during the winter season. Along the road your wheels will be astounded at the wonderful views of the mountains spread out before you! They are terrible for drivers who are prone to vertigo. It’s a winding road through rugged mountain terrain and sharp cliffs that takes you to Tsomgo, which means source of the water in Bhutia language. Tsomgo lake is open for both Indian and foreign nationals, however foreign visitors have to be in a group of two or more and have to apply for a visitors permit through a registered travel agency. On the north side of the lake, the road goes on to Nathu La pass.
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