Tso Moriri lake, Tso Kar & Indus Valley - cultural tour

 

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Duration: 3-4 days
Distance: 530 km

 

After visiting some of the main monasteries of the Indus valley such as Hemis and Thiksey, this tour takes you to the high-altitude plateau of Rupshu, famous for its unique landscapes, lakes (Tso Moriri and Tso Kar) and nomadic life.

 

 

 

Tso Moriri lake, Tso Kar & Indus Valley - cultural tour - map

 

 

 

 

Tour Highlights

 

 

Tso Moriri Lake

 

This picturesque and deep blue lake situated at an altitude of 4530m is surrounded by barren mountains and towering snowcapped peaks over 6000m such as Chamser, Lungser and Mentok Kangri. The lake winds through the Rupshu valley, it is 26 km in length and about 5 km in breadth. Many animals can be found around the lake including marmots, blue sheep, kiang (wild ass), rare Tibetan wolves and migratory birds.

 

Tso Moriri lake in Ladakh

 

 

 

Korzok Village

 

Korzok is the only village near Tso Moriri, it is located north of the lake. Here you can meet with nomadic people, just walk 40 minutes from the village and you will reach the summer grazing area where they stay with their yaks, pashmina goats, sheep and horses. There is a small monastery in the village.

 

Korzok village near Tso Moriri in Ladakh

 

 

 

Tso Kar Lake

 

Tso Kar means “white lake” in Ladakhi. The white colour comes from the thick crust of salt surrounding the lake. In the past, the lake used to be a source of salt for the people of Ladakh and Tibet. Despite the high salinity of the water, the lake is a marvellous habitat for a large number of bird species including the rare black-necked crane.

 

Tso Kar lake in Ladakh

 

 

 

Chumathang Hot Springs

 

Chumathang is known for its hot springs and locals believe that they have therapeutic benefits. The village is on the way to Tso Moriri and people stop here for lunch and tea break.

 

Chumathang Hot Springs in Ladakh

 

 

 

Indus Valley from Leh to Hemis

 

This tour also includes all the highlights of the Indus valley tour to Hemis (Stok, Shey, Thiksey, Stakna, Hemis).

 

Indus valley monasteries in Ladakh: Stakna, Hemis and Thiksey

 

 

 

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