Tso Moriri Lake : An Incredible view in Summers
Also Known as ‘Mountain Lake’, Tso Moriri is located in the Rupshu valley situated in Changthang sub division of leh district, The Lake is about 28 km in length from north to south and is about 4-6 km in breadth and about 100 feet average in depth. Maximum depth of Tso Moriri Lake is 248 feet. It’s surrounded by barren hills with backdrop of snow-covered mountains. A Short range of snow covered mountains, which rise about 21000 feet, extends some distance to the north-west and terminates somewhat to north of the southern end of Tso moriri.
Prayers Flag at Tso Moriri Lake
Tso Moriri is a very fine sheet of salty water. It is situated at north latitude 32 54 and east longitude 78 18 and at a height of 15000 feet above the sea level. Tso Moriri Lake has no outlet and the waters are consequently brackish, although not very perceptible to the taste. The water is crystal clear and of a deep blue color.
Tso Moriri Lake was once a popular source of salt. Till 1960 Changpa traders were extracting salt from Tso moriri and sold the same in Leh market. Before 1994, Tso Moriri Lake and southeast ladakh was not open for tourists due to ‘inner line ‘restrictions. Changpas of korzok, the only village on the shore of Tso Moriri were living without much contact with others, following their nomadic life-style and facing severe winters.
Clouds touching the high peaks of Tso Moriri
Tso Moriri is not just a spectacular site but a good place to relax. You can visit the nearby gompas and walk around the lake area. On the way from leh to Tso moriri is another brackish lake,the smaller Tso kar or “white lake”.
The small collect of huts on the shore of Tso Moriri is called Korzok village. Here you must register and show your permit. You can pitch your tent here. There are no restrictions in camping. Tso Moriri is an area for nomadic people, known as Changpas, who can often be seen taking advantage of the summer and moving herds of goats, cows and yaks from one grazing spot to another. Changpas live in large, movable family tents or in solid winter proof brick huts.
Map to reach Tso Moriri Lake
The Great Himalayan Marmot at Tso Moriri
Wildlife at Tso Moriri:
Administratively Tso moriri has been declared as a wetland reserve. A Number of species of birds included bare-headed goose, the great-crested grebe, the Brahmin duck and the brown-headed gull. Himalayan hares are abundantly found here. To the south of the 27 km long lake of the Tibetan wild ass, the kiang.
Tso Moriri : Crystal Clear water body untouched since ages
Tso moriri is inaccessible by public transport; you should contact a tour operator at leh who will arrange and include your permit to the package. You will need two photocopies of the relevant pages of your passport and visa. Permits can be procured from DC's office in Leh at the same day if applied in the morning. Once you have your permit, usually only valid for a maximum period of seven days, make at least 5 copies before setting off, as checkpoints like to keep a copy when you log in. Checkpoints occasionally spot-check to see the original copy.