Details shared by Anumoy, Gangtok
About tsomgo lake
The famous lake of East Sikkim is known by many names. Commonly tourists refer to the lake as Changu. Other versions of the name include Tsomgo / Tsongo Lake. The lake is located 38 kilometers from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim and takes about 2½ hours to reach by car. The lake is about one kilometer long, 50ft deep, oval in shape and is situated at an altitude of 3780 meters.
The lake remains frozen throughout the winter up to April end. Snowfall is also common in this area even during the summer months.
The Tsomgo Lake is considered extremely sacred by the local people. The place is a paradise for bird lovers with large number of Blue Whistling Thrush, Redstarts and Forktails around.
The Tsomgo lake is host to a number of migratory birds prominent among which is the Brahminy ducks. The migratory birds use the lake as a stopover on their way to the Indian plains from as far as Siberia during the winter months.
Tsomgo lake can be visited as part of a half day sightseeing tour from Gangtok. No overnight accommodation is available and you must return to the Capital town by the evening. The Rhododendron flowers remain in full bloom during the months of April and May allowing breathtaking views to the visitors. The way to the Tsomgo Lake is famous for a number of beautiful waterfalls. As the lake is located in a restricted area it is essential for all Indians visiting the area to obtain permits. In case of foreign nationals special permit is essential.
You should visit between Jan to Mar- for snow in Tsomgo Lake & surrounding hills.
You should visit between April to May- for Rhododendrons & Orchids.You should visit between Oct to Dec- for the clear weather a best view of surrounding hills.
Who should visit ?
What makes it special?
The periphery of lake has scenic blooms of flower species.
How to reach?
It takes about 2 hours by car from Gangtok to reach the lake.
How to make this visit memorable?
Rides on colorfully decorated yaks and mules are offered at the lake site.
Do’s and Don’ts
It is better to hire a jeep or good vehicle. Do not try to take a dip in to the lake.