Kupup LakeThe amazing view of the lake will make you feel that nothing could be more peaceful and serene on earth. You just could not stop admiring this wonderful lake. The lake nestles at an altitude of 13,066 feet, on the way to Jelepla Pass, bordering area with China and India. The shape of the lake resembles an elephant. The right side of the lake looks like an elephant trunk and on the left, it looks like tail. The lake is also accompanied by a stunning valley. A small village called Kupup, which has only few houses and a police check post is located at the lake coast. Kupup is one of the highest villages in the region, which was a recognized transit point during the silk trade between India and Tibet. Kupup has also earned recognition in the world map, due to the Yak Golf Course, highest of its kind across the globe. This 18-hole golf course, affiliated to Indian Golf Union since 1985 nestles at an altitude of 13,025 feet from the sea level and has been included in Guinness Book of World Records. The beautiful Tukla Valley with magnificent views of Mt. Kanchenjungha, the Old Baba Mandir and the distant view of Menmecho Lake are some of the interesting spots around Kupup Lake.
For Indian tourist there are two route through which you can reach Kupup Lake Gangtok and Rongli. Foreigners striclty arenot allowed to visit this area.
Gangtok to Kupup Lake : 62 kms.
Nathang Valley to Kupup Lake : 10 kms.
Zuluk to Kupup Lake : 33 kms.
Rongli to Kupup Lake via Zuluk: 64 kms.
There is no provision of overnight accommodation and you must return to the Gangtok or proceed to Nathang valley, Zuluk by the evening.
Permit and Entry Rules
Indian : Indian tourists visiting Kupup Lake require special permit to visit. This special permit are provided by Travel Agents in Sikkim, Goverment Authority. There are two checkpost through which you can visit Kupup Lake. They are either through Gangtok or Rongli. To create permit the visiter has to provide below documents:
Passport Size Photo : Two Passport Size photo for each members above 5 years.
ID with Address Proof : An ID with valid ID proof xerox copy is require to create permit. for each members above 5 years. (for eg. Aadhar card, Voter ID, Passport, Driving License with Address part)
Foreigner : are striclty arenot allowed to visit this area.
Best time to Visit Kupup Lake
Best time to visit Kupup Lake is during the months of March, April, May, June, October, Nov. However the roads are open through the years. The may remains closed during the months of Jan, Feb due to heavey snowfalls.