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Kyagar Tso lake and Mentok Kangri range, Ladakh
Tso Moriri lake, Ladakh

Tso Moriri & Tso Kar lakes - cultural tour

Duration: 2-3 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 & Tso Kar lakes - cultural tour - 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 Mentok, Chamser and Lungser 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

All the itineraries can be customized to suit your own special interests, preferences and timing. Please contact us for more information.