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Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim

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Nestled in the Kanchenjungha mountain range at an altitude of 5,425 m (17,800 ft), Gurudongmar Lake represents one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. When you visit, take a moment to marvel at the surrounding snowcapped mountains towering over the blue icy water. During the winter, the lake freezes except for one spot, allegedly blessed by Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. You'll need an official permit to visit this area, which lies close to the Chinese border. Remember that the lake's high altitude can cause breathing problems. Make Gurudongmar Lake part of your personalized Sikkim itinerary using our Sikkim sightseeing planner.
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  • Gurudongmar lake is a must for all those visiting North Sikkim. Its situated at an elevation of 17100 feet. Do not forget to take portable oxygen cylinder and camphor while attempting to visit the pla...  more »
  • Clear skies, clear water, chilling breeze and an amazing view. Loved this place. The roads are pretty rough with sharp turns and steep climb. People experience dizziness at high alt of 17800ft at Guru...  more »
  • Rough roads lead you to a beautiful lake surrounded by Snow Capped peaks. A wonderful sight all around. One can view from above or can go down to the lake and touch the water. Extremely cold with icy ...  more »
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  • The best time to visit the Gurudongmar Lake is between the months of November and June. The weather is quite pleasant at that time of the year. Summers are moderate and quite pleasant in Lachen. Please prefer to visit that place before 10 AM as the wind pressure use to be very high as the day passes!
  • Gurudongmar is very good place for people who can bear little tough living conditions for a day or two to see a truly hidden and unexplored beauty. Not recommended for kids and elderly people, people having any kind of health issues such as back injury, asthma, heart or respiratory problems. Don't expect luxury; ready to embrace nature along with basic minimum facilities. Gurudongmar Lake is the excellent tourist destination for only selected number of people, who really like going to serene places and willing to take any pains for it. While most places are crowded and commercialized, here is one place on earth that is the place for tranquility.
  • Serene place... But would advise people read about it and see photos before visiting. Place is barren with a beautiful lake & snow capped mountain. Few people were just here as someone suggested without knowing much what to expect. Journey to reach here too was wonderful.
  • Wonderful natural beauty Although little difficult to reach but once you reach find ultimate sight. It’s advised to reach before 9 AM to enjoy more.
  • Awesome experience. Must see. The myth about respiratory difficulties in this place is hugely overrated. Stay calm and quiet and enjoy the beauty and u will be fine.
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