Kathok Lake; known as ‘Kathok Tsho’ in the local language, is a charming lake located in the West part of Sikkim at Yuksom. It is considered as the soul lake of Lama Kathok Kuntu Zangpo, who pioneered in introducing Buddhism to this beautiful land in 1642 A.D. This lake had been sanctified by him to use it as a medium to connect with God for oracular practices. And to maintain its sanctity, a purification ceremony ‘Tru-sol’ is performed here by lamas every year. The crystal clear water of this serene lake reflects the mesmerising beauty of the mountains and the clouds looming over them. The prayer flags standing on its shore give a fine contrast to the pasture land and the lush green trees around the lake. Hence, Kathok Lake is considered as the favorite hotspot for the tourists to spend some peaceful time in solitude, while the passionate photographers can click some attractive pictures with no extra efforts.
The months from March - May is considered to be the best time to enjoy the beautiful scenery around the lake amidst the friendly weather.
To reach Yuksom, one has to take a shared Jeep / SSRTC Buses from Geyzing (39 km / 1 hour 48 min) or from Pelling (40 km/ 1 hour 39 min). If one prefers, private taxis are also available. And once you visit Yuksom, the Kathok Lake is just a few meters away.
Few monasteries nearby like the oldest Dubdi monastery and Tashiding Monastery along with the newly re-established ‘Kathok Wosel Ling’ Monastery located above this lake, surely ask for a visit along with Kathok lake. Very near to Kathok Monastery is the coronation site, which is known as the ‘Norbugang Chorten’. Within the distance of around 34 km lies Khangchendzonga National Park to allure the wildlife lovers. And to relish the mesmerising views of Yuksom visit Tashi Tenka; the former grounds of Sikkim’s royal palace complex.