Tso Lhamo Lake

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Tso Lhamo Lake
Hooker Himalayan.jpg
Tibet and Tso Lhamo Lake from the summit of the Donkia Pass, looking northwest as reported in Joseph Dalton Hooker's Himalayan Journals.
Tso Lhamo Lake is located in Sikkim
Tso Lhamo Lake
Tso Lhamo Lake
Location in Sikkim
Location North Sikkim, Sikkim, India
Coordinates 28°00′33″N 88°45′19″E / 28.0091°N 88.7553°E / 28.0091; 88.7553Coordinates: 28°00′33″N 88°45′19″E / 28.0091°N 88.7553°E / 28.0091; 88.7553
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 one of the highest lakes in the world, located at an altitude of 5,330 m (17,490 ft).[6] It is situated in North Sikkim, India, only some 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) southwest of the Chinese border.


This glacial, fresh-water lake[7] 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.

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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 Street. p. 125. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  6. ^ 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" (PDF). International Journal of Geomatics and Geosciences. Integrated Publishing Association. 1 (3): 466–476. ISSN 0976-4380. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Choudhury, Maitreyee (2006). Sikkim: Geographical Perspectives. New Delhi, India: Mittal Publication. p. 10. ISBN 978-81-8324-158-8. Retrieved 2009-11-27.