Tsomgo Lake, also known as Changu Lake is a glacial lake in Sikkim and located at an altitude of 12,310 feet. The name Tsomgo means 'Source of water'. It's located 35kms from Gangtok town.
It takes about 2 hours by car from Gangtok to reach the lake. The lake is filled with water of melting snow coming from the surrounding mountains. It's a one kilometer long oval shaped lake. The average depth is about 50-feet. .
You should spend some time here and soak in the serene beauty of the lake and its surroundings.
Only about 200 meters away from the lake there are a lot of stalls & shops selling tea, coffee and snacks. Stalls rent out snow boots, jackets, gum boots etc., in case you aren't carrying any. There are pay & use toilets inside the complex as well. However there is no lodging accommodation in this area to stay overnight. .
You should reach Tsomgo lake before noon because in the afternoon the weather here usually starts getting bad. In fact best is to start from Gangtok by 7:30 to 8am and reach here by 10am so that you get clear 2 hours to enjoy. In the winter however the route sometimes get closed due to heavy snowing. Both Indians and foreign nationals can visit Tsomgo lake, however since this is a protected area, all require permit. Foreign nationals must be in a group of two or more. You may choose from sharing a cab (shared by 10 people per car - scorpio/balero/xylo,etc) or reserve one for yourself/your group.
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