Gurudongmar Lake or Gurudogmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the World
, located at an altitude of 17,100 ft (5,210 m). It lies in the province of North Sikkim
, only some 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south of Chinese border.This fresh-water lake is located northeast of the Kangchenjunga 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.
The lake is named after Padmasambhava
, the Indian tantric Buddhist who conducted rituals here. It is said that this is why, even at the height of winter, one portion of the lake never freezes.Guru Nanak, founder of Sikhism religion, visited many of the places where Padmasambhava prayed at, including this lake in North Sikkim.