Tso Lhamo Lake

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Tso Lhamo Lake
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Tibet and Tso Lhamo Lake from the summit of the Donkia Pass, looking northwest as reported in Joseph Dalton Hooker's Himalayan Journals.
Location North Sikkim, Sikkim, India
Coordinates 28°00′40″N 88°45′22″E / 28.011°N 88.756°E / 28.011; 88.756Coordinates: 28°00′40″N 88°45′22″E / 28.011°N 88.756°E / 28.011; 88.756
Primary inflows Glacial
Basin countries India
Designation Restricted area
Max. depth 5.5 m (18 ft)
Surface elevation 5,330 m (17,490 ft)

Tso Lhamo lake[1] or Chho Lhamo[2] or Cholamu lake [3] or Cholamoo lake[4][5] is world’s 14th highest lake and India’s highest lake,[6] located at an altitude of 5,330 m (17,490 ft).[7] It is situated in North Sikkim, India, only some 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) southwest of Chinese border.


This glacial, fresh-water lake[8] is located northeast of the Kangchenjunga range in a high plateau area connected with the Tibetan Plateau.[1]

The Gurudongmar Lake lies some 5 km (3.1 mi) to the west.


Since the lake is located just 5–6 km from Tibet border, is not easily accessible to common tourists. Only Indian tourists are allowed to visit the northern parts of Sikkim and that too is possible after obtaining necessary restricted area permit (RAP) from Sikkim police and Indian Army. However, In some exceptional cases foreign nationals also can get RAP. The best time to visit is during October - November.[6]

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  1. ^ a b Negi, S.S. (1 April 2002). Himalayan Rivers, Lakes and Glaciers. New Delhi, India: Indus Publishing Company. p. 156. ISBN 978-81-85182-61-2. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  2. ^ Das, Sujoy; Roy, Anuradha (2 January 2002). Sikkim : A Traveller's Guide. New Delhi, India: Sangam Books Ltd. p. 38. ISBN 978-81-7824-008-4. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  3. ^ Bisht, Ramesh Chandra (1 January 2008). International Encyclopaedia of Himalayas (5 Vols.). New Delhi, India: Mittal Publication. p. 18. ASIN B002QVXS82. ISBN 978-81-8324-265-3. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  4. ^ as originally reported by Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker upon ascending the Donkia Pass on November 7, 1849.
  5. ^ Hooker, Joseph Dalton (1854). Himalayan journals: or, Notes of a naturalist in Bengal, the Sikkim and Nepal Himalayas, The Khasia Mountains etc.. London, England: John Murray, Albemarle Stree. p. 125. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  6. ^ a b "Cholamu Lake - India's Highest Lake". Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Ratika Pradhan; Mohan P. Pradhan; M. K. Ghose; Vivek S. Agarwal; Shakshi Agarwal (2010). "Estimation of Rainfall Runoff using Remote Sensing and GIS in and around Singtam, East Sikkim". INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEOMATICS AND GEOSCIENCES (Integrated Publishing Association) 1 (3): 466–476. ISSN 0976-4380. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Choudhury, Maitreyee (2006). Sikkim: Geographical Perspectives. New Delhi, India: Mittal Publication. p. 10. ISBN 978-81-8324-158-8. Retrieved 2009-11-27.