A day trip to Tsomgo Lake #tripotocommunity

Tripoto
16th Dec 2019

For me traveling in the mountains is peaceful. It helps me in shaping my perspective while understanding why we should respect and focus on each moment what you see right here is one of those moments when I was totally focused on what I was looking at.

Tsomgo Lake also known as Changu Lake

Photo of Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim, India by Rakshanda Kadam

I visited Sikkim for 5 days in the month of December. Tsomgo Lake was the main highlight of my Sikkim trip.

Tsomgo Lake is a glacial lake in the East sikkim district of India. The lake is about 40km away from Gangtok on the Gangtok Nathula highway. Further, the road to Nathula skirts the lake on the north side. The china border crossing is only some 5km east-northeast in a straight line. It lies at an altitude of 14,310 feet metres above the sea level.

Photo of A day trip to Tsomgo Lake #tripotocommunity by Rakshanda Kadam
Photo of A day trip to Tsomgo Lake #tripotocommunity by Rakshanda Kadam
Photo of A day trip to Tsomgo Lake #tripotocommunity by Rakshanda Kadam
Photo of A day trip to Tsomgo Lake #tripotocommunity by Rakshanda Kadam

One of the reason why I love mountain is because they are full of Mantra flags. Where I go, I'm welcomed by a sea of coloured flags, flowing in air.

Photo of A day trip to Tsomgo Lake #tripotocommunity by Rakshanda Kadam

Changu lake mostly remains frozen from December - March and the view is mesmerizing. As the lake is situated in the restricted zone we need permit and booked a cab with a local travel agent. For permit you need 2 passport size photo and Rs. 200 per person for Indian Nationals.

We started at 9am to explore the lake. It's 2-3 hours rode from Gangtok city centre. The weather in Gangtok was cold but pleasant. Infact the day, I reached Gangtok at that time it was raining for 2 days. However as we began to ascend, the temperature dropped was around 1-2 Degree Celsius. Climate forced me to buy thick jacket and Iceland boots from a Chai-Maggie point.

Sadly, I couldn't visit Nathula Pass since the roads were blocked due to heavy snowfall and bad weather. But once I reached the lake view was mesmerizing.

This unforgettable memories of Tsomgo Lake will last forever.