Gurudongmar Lake

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Gurudongmar Lake
Buddhist Flag flutters in GuruDongmar Lake.JPG
Buddhist Holy Lake -Gurudongmar Lake
Location North Sikkim, Sikkim
Coordinates 28°01′N 88°43′E / 28.02°N 88.71°E / 28.02; 88.71Coordinates: 28°01′N 88°43′E / 28.02°N 88.71°E / 28.02; 88.71
Basin countries India
Surface elevation 17,800 ft (5,400 m)
Settlements Mangan, North Sikkim 56 km. About 200km from Lachen.

Gurudongmar Lake or Gurudogmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world, located at an altitude of 17,800 ft (5,430 m). It lies in the district of North Sikkim in Sikkim, only some 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south of Chinese border. The lake can be reached by road from Lachen via Thangu.

The lake is blessed by the Buddhist saint Guru Rinpoche and is regarded sacred by the Sikkimese.


This fresh-water lake is located northeast of the kanchenjunga range in a high plateau area connected with the Tibetan Plateau. Gurudongmar lake provides one of the source streams of the Teesta River. The source of Teesta, the Tso Lhamo Lake, lies some 5 km (3.1 mi) to the east. One can seek permission from the army to trek from Gurudongmar Lake to Tso Lhsmo Lake.The lake remains completely frozen in the winter months from November to Mid-May.

Saint of GuruDongmar Lake
Panorama view of frozen Gurudongmar Lake in May 2015

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