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“Sometimes better than Pangong”
Review of Tso Moriri

Ranked #18 of 127 things to do in Ladakh
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Late September, stunning visuals, quaint Karzok village on the shore. Monastery right on the lake-edge. Sheperds herding sheep and Yaks. Almost a reach out and touch experience.

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Reviewed September 20, 2013

The best way to reach Tso Moriri Lake without an organized tour is by hiring a private Innova and that the only way you should travel as the roads are pretty bad.
It takes about 7-8 hrs to reach from Leh. Since we had just a day and we wanted to see Tso Moriri, our driver got gun-go and just took us. It is advisable to stay overnight at Tso Moriri as the two way journey is quite exhausting. Its surreal and since it is relatively quite, you do feel that you are on your own with mother nature and this is it.
The day we visited it rained and there was a certain dampness in the air which made it chilly despite the fact it was Summers. The lake was vivid and with a naked eye, you couldn't catch the lake at one go due to its sheer size as Tso Moriri is approximately 29 kilometers long and up to 8 kilometers wide.

Advise - If you are traveling by your own vehicle carry enough petrol for the return journey, since there are no petrol pumps enroute.

8  Thank noobietraveler
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

Tso Moriri is a sapphire blue coloured fresh water lake beside Karzok village of Ladakh, precisely in the eastern upland of Rupsu. During the sunset I got an indigo view from the top. The lake is approximately 27 km long and 8 km in width. The reflection of the surrounding mountains in the crystal clear water of Tso Moriri delivers an excellent view for the guests of Ladakh. Distance between Ley City & Tso Moriri is approximately 240 km. We have met thousands of “changra” – goats (the source of “pashm”) through out our Tso Moriri visit.

We have taken the entry through Ley – Karu – Upasi – Chumathang – Mahe Bridge – Gongma Sumdo and on return we have chosen the Yogma Sumdo – Puga – Tsokar Lake – Tanglang La (second highest motorable pass of the world) – Rumtse – Gya – Meru – Lato – Manali connector – Karu – Ley.

We have stayed over at a home stay at Karzok village. Tasted the salted Tea which was amazing. Dinner served by the land lady with Rice, Butter, Fried potato, Dal (Lentil Soup), Omlette, Local Spinach Fry. Overwhelmed with the hospitality. On the way back to Ley, just after Sumdo village, we have explored a gunpowder excavating mine (the matchbox factory is closed now). The sulphur odoured rock sample (comprised with alum, sulphur & borax) was collected & carried out to my home at Kolkata. We were very pleased after meeting 2 migratory Blacked Necked Crain (Grus nigricollis) near a hot spring over at Puga area. This variety is one of the fifteen species of crain and has a very pale grey, almost white body with a black neck, head, feet and long legs. Also we have seen a herd of wild horse (vulnerable species) near Chokar Lake. We were amazed after noticing the heap of salts accumulated on the bank of Lake Chokar. The road till Tanglang La is not bad but you have to experience a rockey pathway all through. You will get an excellent newly done black topped roadway after Tanglang La. Wish you a happy journey.

Precautions should be taken during your Ladakh Visit:

Little breathlessness is obvious. Do not worry. If necessary straight go to the hospital, make an outdoor card with Rs.2/-only. Consult the doctor immediately and if required doctor will prescribe for a 3-4 hours oxygen and a little medication with Diamox type medicines which will help for the quick acclimatization.

After arrival at Ley try to rest as much as you can. Try not talk much and After a rest try for a small walk around your stay. Walk very slowly as the percentage of oxygen there is less.
Drink plenty of fluids as Tea with lemon/ginger, Coffee, water to maintain the body fluid balance. Eat light but do not skip your meals as there may be an irritation.

For Pangong, Nubra, Tsomoriri & other visits you have to move through high altitude passes where oxygen level is much low. So try to carry portable oxygen containers from Ley City with you all the time. Use if necessary and if not used return the same to the shop from where those were purchased with a small charge.

Due to the scorching sunlight before going out use sunscreen lotion for exposed portions of your body. Use lip balm and cream regularly. Carry Water Bottle, Sunglasses, Hat with you.
Keep a well stocked medicinal kit with medicines for headache, stomack pain & cotton, bandaid etc. Thanks. Nilanjan Basu.

22  Thank nilanjanbasu
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

The lake lies on the Mahe route and lies some 250 kms from the main city. Because of the distance this place is not yet exploited by tourists and gives great opportunity to spend time with the perfect blue sky. Closest stay option is in Korzok with costing from 100Rs/ pax to 1500Rs/ Pax. Route is mix of tar road + jeep tracks and can be reached in 1 day.

1  Thank sanchit01
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

This was the best part of my 12 days trip - and make all the hardship worthwhile

If you take a look at the pictures you will understand - we stayed at Nomadic Life Camp - but the guest house version with concrete wall. It was very cold (even in Aug), you need to ask for hot water to shower (sent in water buckets). Electricity is only available for 3 hours per night.

Korzok village is not very well maintained and more could be done. But you can imagine is pretty hard here. Maggie noodle at a eatery for 40rs - not many food options. Guest house asked for too much for lunch and no idea what they were going to serve. The hotel and I guess most places here only run for a few months a year. I would like to contribute more to the economy if they sell useful items to take home e.g. pashmina stuff

We had slight AMS symptoms of sleeplessness the first night, could not sleep till 4am. Took some diamox the next day and all good. We stayed 2 nights here as by the time we reached from Leh, it was already 5pm and we really wanted to spend at least good few hours during daylight exploring.

We did not go to Pangong so we cannot say which is more impressive.

The shock was from a much smaller lake almost reaching Moriri - Tso Kyagar and we thought OMG it is over hype - cannot be so small. Very quickly our driver told us it was not and we anxiously anticipated to see Tso Moriri in front of us. Check out googlemap - search for Tso Moriri, a little to the north you see a smaller lake and you know what I mean.

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