Tsomoriri Lake Experience

Hillside Getaway | Remote Himalayas

Tsomoriri Lake
Tsomoriri Lake

Tsomoriri is a high altitude lake (15000+ ft asl) in Ladakh and is the largest of the High Altitude Lakes in India. The lake is fed by springs and snow melting in two major stream systems, one entering the lake from the north, the other from the southwest.

Both stream systems create extensive marshes where they enter the lake. These marshes serve as breeding grounds for migratory birds in Summer and therefore the area is recognized as a Ramsar sight and recommended for any bird watcher. Thirty-four species of birds included 14 species of water birds, some of them vulnerable to extinction are found here e.g. Black-necked Cranes. Bar-headed Geese, Brown-headed Gulls, Great Crested Grebe (rare), Ferruginous Pochard, Black-necked Grebe (rare) etc. Kiang, Tibetan Ass is also widely sighted here.

Tso Moriri Lake, Korzok, in Ladakh.The lake is surrounded by the elevated valley of Rupshu with hills rising to 6,000 m (20,000 ft). “Changpas", the nomadic migratory shepherds (pastoral community) of yak, sheep, goat, and horses of Tibetan origin and who are engaged in trade and work on caravans in Ladakh region, are the main inhabitants of the area

The Korzok Monastery, on the western bank of the lake is 400 years old and attracts tourists and Buddhist pilgrims.

Tsomoriri is typically visited ex-Leh (215 kms) with 1 night stopover. Guests can take a detour from Manali – Leh route after Sarchu for Tsomoriri for an overnight stay. Staying overnight in one of the lakeside camps is nothing short of an experience and must do for any nature traveler and photography enthusiast. Stay facilities here are simple and therefore not recommended for comfort seeking traveler.

Typical Stay duration: 1 night

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