Adventure / Trekking | Lake / Backwaters
#12 of 34 Places to Visit in Gangtok
Distance (From Gangtok SNT Bus Station): 60 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
Place Location: Near Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple
Transportation Options: + Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: Special permits are required to visit this lake from the Police through a Sikkim Government authorized Tour Operator. Foreigners are not allowed.
At a distance of 14 km from Nathula Pass, 22 km from Tsongmo Lake and 60 km from Gangtok, Menmecho Lake is a mountain lake situated at Kupup in East Sikkim district. Lies on the way to Jelep La Pass and ahead of the Tsomgo Lake, Menmecho Lake is considered as one of the most famous lakes of Sikkim and among the most beautiful high altitude lakes in India.
Surrounded by lush forests and mountains, Menmecho Lake is situated at an altitude of 12,500 feet. The lake is fed by the waters of the surrounding mountains of Jelep La Pass and it is the source of the River Rangpo Chu, a tributary of Teesta River. Known for its scenic beauty, the lake is said to be change colors every minute and stays frozen during the winter months. There is a viewpoint on the banks of the lake for the trekkers to rest and watch the beauty of the lake unfold before them.
Apart from its mystic beauty, Menmecho Lake is also famous for its trout fishing. The lake is one of the best trout cultivation centers of Sikkim and the Fisheries Department even maintains a cottage here. Anglers from various corners of the country as well from other parts of the world throng to lake and satisfy their love for adventure or game fishing. Special permits are required to reach this cottage and the lake because the road leading to this lake is guarded by the Indian Army. The permit can be obtained from the Police through a Sikkim Government authorized Tour Operator.
One can reach by hiring a cab or renting a bike from Gangtok to Baba Mandir. From there one needs to trek a narrow 4 km winding road till the lake. The best time to visit the lake is during the months of June to December.
Timings: 8 AM - 5 PM