Lake Gurudongmar, Sikkim

Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world and in India, at an elevation of 17,800 ft. It is located in the Great Himalayas in the Indian state of Sikkim and is considered sacred by Buddhists, Sikhs, and Hindus.

The lake, fed by glaciers, is located to the north of the Kanchenjunga range, in a high plateau area connected with the Tibetan Plateau. The lake remains completely frozen in the winter months, from November to Mid-May.

We just made it in time to witness it in its full glory, as part of our 7-day trip to explore Splendid Sikkim. The lake has an area of 118 hectares and its peripheral length is 5.34 kilometres. However, the size of the lake appears small at the place from this vista point, because the larger part of the lake is not visible due to hilly topography obstructing the view

It is typically recommended not to stay here more than 30 minutes, due to thin air at high altitudes. However, I did stay a little longer than 30 minutes to capture tons of footage (with almost no one in my foreground) and created great memories for my archive and also for the group that I am traveling with.

Here are a few pics and clips that depict the awesome time we have all had within those 30 to 45 minutes of our stint at this place.

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