Travel Guide for Tso Moriri Lake in Ladakh


Tso Moriri Lake – Ladakh

Tso Moriri lake in Changthang region of Ladakh is one of the most beautiful, calm and sacred (for ladakhis) high altitude lakes in India. In fact, it is the largest high altitude lake in India that is entirely in Indian Territory. This beautiful blue pallet lake is about 7 KM wide at its broadest point and about 19 KM long. Being part of the wetland reserve under Ramsar site, it is actual known as Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve and one cannot pitch any tents or construct anything near the banks of the lake. It is the highest Ramsar site in the world. A large number of flora and fauna is found in the region. Since, it is very near to the Line of Actual Control, one need to get Inner Line Permit to visit Tso Moriri. You can get more details on Inner Line Permits here: Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh. Starting May 2014, Indian Tourists does not need Inner Line Permits for Tso Moriri. Read more about it here

The beautiful multi shades of blue color offered by this lake along with a picturesque landscape around gives this place an extremely romantic feel and breathtaking feel. However, in actual reality the place is extremely harsh and difficult to survive especially in winters. There is only one cemented accommodation available around the lake and the facilities like electricity, medical aid, hot running water, western toilets etc. are rare to find. The lack of oxygen makes survival difficult if your body is not properly acclimatized to its high altitude and hence, one need to plan his/her journey extremely carefully to make it acute mountain sickness free vacation.

Blue Hues of Tso Moriri Lake – Ladakh
Blue Hues of Tso Moriri Lake - Ladakh

Tso Moriri lake is located about 240 KMs from Leh town of Ladakh district.


Tso Moriri lake is one of the high altitudes lakes of India at a staggering altitude of 4595 Meters or 15075 Feet, yes higher than Pangong Tso.

Season for Traveling to Tso Moriri Lake – Ladakh

In January to March, Tso Moriri remains mostly frozen, extremely cold conditions with no options to stay around the lake. In April types, it starts to melt and starts transforming into the beautiful multi shades of blue colors off the shores. Then May, June, July and August is the peak tourist season but as compared to Pangong Tso it gets less number of tourist.

Come September and early October, the tourists starts to reside as cold starts to set in and accommodation tents starts to pack up nearing to lake. According to me, this is by far the best time to visit Tso Moriri to see full glory of beautiful shades of blue color. The colors are purely magical at this time of the year and with less number of tourist comparatively, you get better deals and enjoy more. After second week of October up to December, all the accommodation packs up and the only nearest place you can stay is either in some home stay type guest house at Korzok village or at Chumathang with basic facilities to fight the harsh cold. Chumathang is at much lower in altitude and one can stay there if visiting at the onset or in winters.

How to Reach Tso Moriri Lake – Ladakh
Route from Leh to Tso Moriri Lake

This is the general route to Tso Moriri that most people take to visit this ever beautiful lake in Ladakh. You can reach in about 6 – 7 Hrs depending upon the number of break you take in between. The route along with distance between the subsequent places is as follows:

Leh – Karu (36 KMs) – Upshi (13 KMs) – Kumdok (19 KMs) – Kere (53 KMs) – Chumathang (34 KMs) – Mahe (22 KMs) – Sumdo (10 KMs) – Korzok or Tso Moriri(53 KMs) = 240 KMs

You can cover Thicksey, Hemis and Shey monasteries while going through this route, if you haven’t covered them earlier while going to Pangong Tso. This route provides the best road conditions among all other routes. So, if you are one of those who prefer relaxing vacation and do not want to rush through places then, I will suggest make a two day trip to Tso Moriri lake via this route from Leh. Of course, I assume your body has been acclimatized properly by staying for couple of nights in Leh and spending a night or two in Nubra Valley as well before attempting to sleep near Tso Moriri or Korzok. If you are short on time then you can also exit towards Manali via Manali – Leh Highway from Tso Moriri via this route only but you need to esnure you have enough fuel to cover about 550 KMs without any fuel pump.

Route from Pangong Tso Lake to Tso Moriri Lake

There exist a direct and an indirect route between Tso Moriri and Pangong Tso as well and in most general cases, you will always be doing it from direct route of Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri because you can exit Ladakh from Tso Moriri towards Manali – Leh Highway after visiting Tso Moriri without coming back towards Leh and secondly, Tso Moriri is higher than Pangong Tso so as per acclimatization schedule you should stay near Pangong Tso before spending night at Tso Moriri.

Pangong Tso Lake to Tso Moriri Lake via Changthang (Merak – Chusul – Nyoma)

You can go to Tso Moriri from Pangong Tso directly via the remote and ever beautiful Changthang region. The drive between Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri is one of the most beautiful drives in whole Ladakh region. Foreigners are not allowed to go beyond Man – Merak Villages as permits are not issued to them for this route. Hence, they need to follow the indirect, slighly longer route to Tso Moriri from Pangong Tso. You need to mention all the places mentioned in the route below on your permit form in order to under take this route. The route along with distance between the subsequent places is as follows:

Spangmik (Pangong Tso) – Man (9 KMs) – Merak (12 KMs)– Kakstet (4 KMs) – Chusul (24 KMs) – Tsaga La (33 KMs) – Tsaga Village (20 KMs) – Loma (23 KMs) – Nyoma (22 KMs) – Mahe (25 KMs) – Sumdo (10 KMs) – Tso Moriri / Korzok (53 KMs) = 235 KMs

You need to make sure you carry fuel for about 550 – 600 KMs because you will be covering Leh – Pangong Tso – Nyoma – Loma – Tso Moriri – Leh without any other petrol pump. And if you want to exit Ladakh through Manali – Leh Highway from Tso Moriri then also carry petrol/diesel for about 650 – 700 KMs as the next petrol pump will be available at Tandi. Otherwise, you need to come back to Karu or Upshi, refill and move back again towards Manali – Leh Highway.

Pangong Tso Lake to Tso Moriri Lake via Chumathang

The indirect route that goes via Chumathang is the longer one, where you need to go all the way back from Pangong Tso to Leh upto Karu and from there you can take left towards Upshi – Chumathang – Korzok to reach Tso Moriri. This route can be followed by foreign tourists who are not allowed the permit for Changthang (Man – Merak – Chusul etc) region, if they do not want to go back to Leh. But, IMO one must go back to Leh from Pangong Tso, refresh themselves and start towards Tso Moriri next morning instead of very long day via Chumathang. You need to mention both Tso Moriri and Pangong Tso on your permit form in order to under take this route. The route along with distance between the subsequent places is as follows:

Spangmik – Lukung (16 KMs) – Tangtse (34 KMs) – Durbuk (9 KMs) – Chang La (32 KMs) – Sakti (34 KMs) – Karu (10 KMs) – Upshi (13 KMs) – Kumdok (19 KMs) – Kere (53 KMs) – Chumathang (34 KMs) – Mahe (22 KMs) – Sumdo (10 KMs) – Korzok or Tso Moriri(53 KMs) = 339 KMs

Do not forget to refill petrol/diesel at Karu or Upshi petrol pump and if you want to exit Ladakh through Manali – Leh Highway then also carry petrol/diesel for about 500 – 550 KMs as the next petrol pump will be available at Tandi. Otherwise, you need to come back to Karu or Upshi, refill and move back again towards Manali – Leh Highway.

Preferred Vehicles

The higher ground clearance vehicles are preferable and 4×4 ones would definitely be helpful especially between Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri via Man – Merak – Chusul – Nyoma (Changthang) route. However, for general route via Chumathang, quite a few people do it in hatchbacks and sedans as well which depends upon your skills to drive and road conditions at the time of travel.

Suggested Itinerary for Tso Moriri Lake – Ladakh

Generally, at least one night stay is preferable to truly witness the mesmerizing beauty of this blue colored salt water lake. Of course, one night stay will help you watch sunrise and sunset over the picturesque landscape and increase the charm of your vacation to great extent. Most people, generally do:

Day 1 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang

  • Cover Korzok Monastery
  • Overnight at Tso Moriri or Korzok

Day 2 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring – Taglang La – Rumste – Upshi – Karu – Leh

  • Cover Tso Kar Lake and Taglang La (some part of Manali – Leh Highway)
  • Overnight at Leh

You can also check the most common and very well balanced itinerary for whole Leh – Ladakh region covering all major tourist destination including Srinagar – Leh Highway and Manali – Leh Highway, at the below link: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh

Accommodation Options at Tso Moriri Lake – Ladakh

You cannot find accommodation at Tso Moriri lake on the banks because it is restricted to pitch the camps there being a wetland reserve and sanctuary for migratory birds. You can pitch the tents near the other tented colonies pitched just before Korzok village or find an accommodation in Korzok village. Both ways you will definitely have a clear and broad view of the 24 KM in length, 6 KM in width this magnificent blue colored high altitude lake – Tso Moriri (Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve)

For a comprehensive list of accommodation options or hotels or camps around Tso Moriri lake, check the link here: Good Hotels or Accommodation options near Tso Moriri – Ladakh

Medical Facilities near Tso Moriri Lake – Ladakh

The nearest basic medical health center may be available at Korzok Village though I am not that sure about it. You can get basic first aid including Oxygen doses at some of the tents/camps, I guess.

Food Joints near Tso Moriri Lake – Ladakh

Being a remote place, you will either be eating in the home stay at Korzok Village or at the camps/tents near Korzok in which you might be staying overnight.

Phone Signals at Tso Moriri Lake – Ladakh

You will not find any phone or mobile signals at Tso Moriri lake.

Petrol Pumps near Tso Moriri Lake – Ladakh

Nearest Petrol Pump is at Karu (about 204 KMs) from Tso Moriri and comes on the way to Tso Moriri from Leh. I will suggest that you top-up the fuel from Leh itself and then drive/ride up to to Tso Moriri.

ATMs near Tso Moriri Lake – Ladakh

You will not find any ATMs near Tso Moriri lake and hence, it is always better to carry cash from Leh (the only place where you find ATM in Ladakh) itself.


It is a great place to visit and I am sure if you visit Ladakh, this one surely is not the place you would like to exclude from your plan. I hope the above information will be useful for your upcoming Leh – Ladakh trip.

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  1. Sangam Mishra on

    Brother i plan to complete the trip via Delhi- srinagar -leh- manali- delhi with places of gulmarg sonmarg nubra valley pangong lake khardungla top tso moriri rohtang pass etc.

    1. can i complete with 12-15 days in middile of the june 2016.
    2. I have 6 month old Honda unicorn 160cc so this bike ok for the trip.
    3. I am budget frendlly so how much budget will take.

    • Hi Sangam,

      1. You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.
      You can add a day trip to Gulmarg and two day trip to Pahalgam in it

      2. Yes, it is possible

      3. You can check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate (cheap budget hotels as well) in the series of articles starting on the link here

      • Sangam Mishra on

        Thanks Dheeraj for your prompted advise i have 1 more doubt thst my bike will be good for the trip or may be ok ok like some problem in the middle of the way..except any suddenly mechanical faults.

  2. Meghana Kushalappa on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Am in Leh all alone from September 12th to September 17th. I want to go rafting ad also visit Lake Tsomoriri. Please help.

    • Meghana, are you flying to Leh on 12th? If yes, then first two days should surely be rest and just a little local sightseeing around nothing more than that. On the thrid day you can do for rafting and do a day trip to Khardung La. Then on fourth day go and stay at Chumathang and 5 day do Tso Moriri and return back to Leh.

  3. Hi Dheeraj

    Your work for sure motivates thousands of people . It would be great to meet you personally someday:)…
    Like many , planned my Ladakh trip from 5th Sep -16th Sep on my bike avenger 220 CC which i am shipping from Bangalore( Apart from Gati you can add Safe express too in your list who helps in cheap shipment).
    Couple of question –
    1) whether Avenger 220 CC can manage Pangong -Tso moriri direct route along with a pillion?
    2) For direct route to Tso Moriri from pangong where will i get Permit?

    As i am doing ladakh trip for the first time need your advise whether i should go with direct route or through LEH route?

    • Hi Ankit,

      Thank you. Sure, you can catch us at anytime over DoW Mini Meets that happens in Delhi almost monthly. Thanks for the tip on SafeExpress. Will keep in mind. How much did it cost you? Regarding qierues:

      1. Yes it will be able to manage that route.
      2. Yes you will get the permit but no assurance even after permit if you will be allowed to pass through Chusul by army. This year many people have been allowed though.

      BTW, I will reach Kargil on 4th September and then enter Zanskar. So, if possible lets catch up on the route. Whereever you see around 10-12 cars with DoW stickers, it will be Mega Meet group. Let’s catch up in heaven of Ladakh

      • HI DHEERAJ

        Thanks a lot AND YEAH I read your itinerary :)…IF LUCKY WILL SURELY MEET..
        WRT Safe express Charges -They quoted me 4500+taxes(14%).350/- waybill extra. As read in DOW gati also ship bikes but there charges was too high which was 20K. I shipped my bike today and hopefully will get undamaged Bike in srinagar:).After contacting so many packers & movers finally i got this savior…I believe this info will really be helpful those who are looking to visit heaven on their two wheeler s,
        Reason no.1 is most of the vendors dont provide services directly to srinagar being Jammu their last point and even they do they charge almost your bike price :).
        Reason no.2 – As nowadays they dont allow you to go pangong & nubra valley in NON leh vehicle and taking on rent from Srinagar & leaving at manali(15-25K) will cost you almost a kidney,
        And above all- Your bike is your friend ….travel with it..
        Also Plz note- Safe express is engaged in only in moving . You need to get it packed through other packers. In my case it costed 1500/ for packing.

  4. Hi Dheeraj ,
    First of all a Very Big Thank You for this wonderful Blog on Leh Ladakh.

    I have a question for u .
    We are planning a road trip to leh from Srinagar – leh- manali in September .
    We plan on going to Tso Moriri lake . Do we need to take local taxi to go there or can we take our own rented car and make the trip from leh to Moriri lake ?
    Because after an overnight at Moriri lake we plan on heading to Tso Kar and leaving for Manali from there via the leh – manali highway .


  5. Zul Ariffin on

    Dear Dheeraj,

    I need some opinion and advise.
    I will be travelling to Leh on September. I plan to rent a bike in Leh and go to Pangong Tso for a day trip.
    And next day I plan to go to Tso Moriri from Leh for a day trip too.

    Can you advise me, where can I rent a good bike and which route are less hassle.

    Zul from Malaysia.

  6. Hi Dheeraj,

    We 6 people are planning to go on Rented Bike from Chandigarh.
    After reading your and few other blogs, we finalize following route. Is this feasible ?
    This is our itinerary:

    Day 1: Chandigarh – Patnitop
    Day 2: Patnitop – Srinagar
    Day 3: Srinagar -Zozi La Pass (11319 Ft.) – Kargil
    Day 4: Kargil- Namik La (12139 Ft.) – Fotu La (13451 Ft.) – Lamayuru-Leh
    Day 5: In And Around Leh – Is This Required ?
    Day 6: Leh – Khardung La (17582 Ft.) – Hunder (Nubra Valley) Stay At Hunder
    Day 7: Hunder- Pangong
    Day 8: Pangong -Merak – Chushul – Loma -Nyoma -Tso Moriri
    Day 9 : Tso Moriri – Sarchu Or Pang
    Day 10: Sarchu – Keylong – Manali
    Day 11: Manali-Bilaspur-Chandigargh

    Rented bikes not allowed in Leh/Pangong ?

    Your advice will be useful.

    • Vineet, plan looks OK BUT rented bikes will not be allowed for sightseeing insite Ladakh to Pangong tso and Nubra. Secondly, you will need permits on Day 5 for Chusul route and please note that even after getting the permits Army might send you back from Chusul. So, there will be uncertainty in this plan.

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Very help full post.

        I am planning to visit leh in mid august(8 People).
        here is the plan…

        Day 01 (14 Aug) : Start Journey from Mumbai to Jammu Tawi via Train. – 7.55 AM
        Day 02(15 Aug):Reach Jammu Tawi @ 3 PM…Straight start journey to Srinagar (300 KM) Reach Srinagar @ MidNight
        Day 03 16Aug : Srinagar- Sonamarg- Kargil 7/8 Hrs drive 204 Kms..-
        Day 04 (17 Aug) : Kargil to Leh 230 Km: –
        Day 5 (18 Aug) :Leh to Nubra ( 135 Km / 5 hrs ):
        Day 6 (19 Aug): Nubra Valley (Local Sightseeing) and back to Leh :
        Day 7 (20 Aug) : Leh to Pangong Lake & Back ( 160 Km / 6 Hrs one way ): .
        Day 8 (21 Aug) : Leh – Monasteries Tour
        Day 9 (22 Aug): leh to Kargil to Drass to Sonamarg to Srinagar
        Day 10(23 Aug) : Srinagar to Airport to Mumbai

        Please suggest me the plan is OK or not….
        the total estimated cost for this tour as i calculated is 30K…

        Just want to know can we go directly to LEH from srinagar without a hault at KARGIL or SONMARG, isn’t it possible?

        How do you find the estimated cost?

        Please do reply.

        • Club Day 7 and Day 8 together as monastery tour can be done while coming and going to Pangong Tso. Spend a night up there at Pangong Tso. Else apart from the fcat that you are not resting in Leh and directly going to Nubra, which might have AMS impact, rest looks OK. You should halt at Kargil for sure to better acclimatize

  7. Dheeraj Bhai,

    First of all, thank you for the wonderful blog, which I find very useful in planning every step to ladakh trip.
    We are 5 people going to ladakh on coming 25th. As suggested in your blog, we contacted Mr. Rigzin and He is going to accompany us throughout.
    We have 7 days at ladakh and we are planning to cover Nubra,Pangong as well as Tso moriri with an added experience of Zanskar river rafting, we like to follow the below itinerary:
    Srinagar to Kargil( Stay)
    Kargil to Leh( Stay for acclimatization)
    Leh to Nubra( Night stay)
    Nubra to Pangong Tso(Night Stay)
    Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri( Night stay)
    Back to leh(Night Stay)
    Leh river rafting and local site seeing( night Stay at Leh)
    Back to delhi via flight
    Kindly advise whether this plan is good to go

    • Arkadeep, though the plan is quite hectic but doable. I will suggest to add some rest day in between instead of running every day from place to place and being just on road only.

  8. Hi Dheeraj,

    You are doing really amazing work by helping out the fellow travelers with your useful info. Wanted your help regarding one thing, we are planning a trip on rented byks from Manali to Leh, so is that possible to visit Tso Moriri & Pangong Tso while coming from Manali with Manali rented byks or we will be needing Leh rented byks to visit there.
    Thanks :)

    • Sanchit, I am sure that you will not be allowed for Pangong Tso as outside rented bikes are not allowed up there. However, for Tso Moriri while exiting on Manali – Leh, you might be able to do it.

      • Dheeraj,

        Thanks for your info. Can you please provide the shortest route to Tso Moriri from Jispa or Sarchu.

        • Sanchit, our maps of Ladakh will give you a better idea too. Here is the link: DoW – Maps of Ladakh | Nubra Valley & Changthang

          You should not do Tso Moriri while going from Manali to Leh because first the taxi from Manali will not be allowed to visit Tso Moriri. Even if you manage Leh taxi or going on your own, then you will not be acclimatized to sleep at such high altitude so early in the trip and may cause some ugly AMS issues for you. Highly not recommended, because any help if required will be very hard to find in case you get hit with AMS.

  9. Dear Dheeraj
    this june end we had hit the road to leh via manali road. Ur devil on wheel blog has been a true travel guide for us. Since we were on adventure drive. We did expect few road blockages and unseen incidents. Thankfully we never had any unseen incidents. But we did have to wait for almost 10 hours in a road blockade. Since we had packed lots of dry fruits and maggi as well. It was okay for us. But we would see few others hunting for water and some foods. Few of business strated up as some people started selling fruits for few extra bucks. I cant 4get the scene with even our own indian army men standing in the que to buy banana n other stuffs. Single piece of banana was sold at 10 bucks. At the end of the day. Its all about surviving. Since we had some extra water and fruits we offered and distributed it to childrens and few army man.

    Since it was getting late Some of our members wanted to return back to leh and start the next day. But few of us had patience to wait for 10 hours to open up the road. Finally road got cleared. It was at 2.00AM that we checked into the camp.
    To our fellow adventurer we would like to suggest. Pack up good amount of dry fruits and water. You may drive or ride and may be the most expert one. But never take nature for granted. Anyting unexpected can happen in this ladakh region.

    • Thank you Chukhu for sharing very vital details with all of us. Yes, for sure one must carry spare and staple food as backup because at times there are long long queues of traffic jams on these highways especially Jammu – Srinagar – Leh and Manali – Leh

  10. Hi Dheeraj, I am travelling to Ladakh on road trip on 9th July. My itinerary is
    Chandigarh – Manali (night stay) – Rohtang Pass – Jispa (night stay) – instead of Saarchu, i want to go directly to Tso Mori ri, is this possible? How long does this take ? and the to Leh. 2 nights in Leh and then to Nubra valley (night stay) – Pangong lake (night stay) via Wari la route. From Pangong should we directly go towards Kargil or should we comeback to Leh for a night. From Kargil, its Sonmarg and then we end at Srinagar. So I had 2 queries
    1) Tso Mori ri visit from Manali instead of Leh
    2) Nubra – Pangong – Leh or Nubra – Pangong – Kargil

    Request to please help here

    • 1. You should not do Tso Moriri while going from Manali to Leh because first the taxi from Manali will not be allowed to visit Tso Moriri. Even if you manage Leh taxi or going on your own, then you will not be acclimatized to sleep at such high altitude so early in the trip and may cause some ugly AMS issues for you. Highly not recommended, because any help if required will be very hard to find in case you get hit with AMS.

      2. Nubra – Pangong Tso – Leh should be good to go in 2 days. But, please make sure that you travel in group not solo on the route from Nubra to Pangong Tso as the route is desolated and there will not be any help in case required in quite a distance.

  11. Hi Mate,
    First of all I am a big fan of your blog,
    1. I needed some suggestions and information on my trip, i will reach Leh on 29th July in the evening and i have kept it for rest, and on 3rd August i have a morning flight from leh.. so basically i have 30, 31,1 and 2…. i want to cover all 3 places Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri and Nubra.
    So i request u to help me with this….
    2. do we need any permit to go to Tso Moriri from Pangong via direct route i.e. via Chusul? and do we need any permit for any of these 3 Places?
    3. we are 4 people so what traveling options do we have to visit all these places as in other post you have mentioned about taxi union rules.
    4. Information on Camel ride and Jeep Safari
    I know alot of questions 😛 but if u can help me with this I would be very grateful :)

    Thanku so much :)

    • Hi Prateek,

      30th as well you need to rest and do local sightseeing of Leh in the evening. Then next two days you can go over to 2 day trip of Nubra Valley, finally one day trip to Pangong Tso. This is all you can do in 4 days you have with you.

      • 25th July – Srinagar
        26th July – Srinagar – Sonamarg
        27th July – Amarnath Yatra (Baltal)
        28th July – Baltal – Lamayuru
        29th July – Lamayuru – Leh
        30th July – Leh Sightseeing – Diskit/Hunder
        31st July – Diskit – Pangong Tso via Wari la/Shyok
        1st August – Pangong Tso – Tso Moriri via Chusul
        2nd August – Tso Moriri – Leh via Shey, Thiksey
        3rd August – Flight from Leh

        This is my Plan, I know its hectic towards the end but we have to manage it, as we all are young guys, I want to ask you 4 things:-
        1. Is this plan managable, i know its not n its difficult but if we rush things?
        2. According to this plan in which routes we are gonna require permits?? Like do we need permit to take wari la/shyok route?? N Chusul route to Tso moriri??
        3. Can Srinagar Private hired car operate in leh region and in sham valley??
        4. What would be the approx cost of travelling of my trip?? (I just need approx cost for planning purpose iy need not be exact)
        Plz answer all 4 question :p i dont need detailed answer but ur opinion as u r really experienced in this regard
        And i want to know about ur mega event bike trip one so can u please whatsapp me the details about the event on 09831111468
        tht will be all thanku so much, u r doing a great job man keep it up :)

        • Hi Prateek,

          1. All depends on how your bodies will rect to high altitude. Since there is no rest day in Leh, high chnces of getting hit with AMS. So,in case you get through it, it should be OK though hectic s you know
          2. Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri via Chusul. Keep in mind that even after permits, no assurance that army will allow you to cross chusul post.
          3. No you have to hire taxi again in Leh
          4. For doubts related to budget for Leh – Ladakh trip, I am sure the link below will help you alot for getting an idea of overall budget:
          How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip

        • Hi Dheeraj,

          You have answered all my quires very graciously, last few quires before i stop disturbing you 😛
          1. Do we need Permit to use
          a. Nubra – Wari La – Pangong Tso Route
          b. Nubra – Shyok – Pangong Tso Route?

          2. Where in leh can we do Paragliding and other adventure sports?

          3. In case army refuse us to go via Chusul – Nyoma route cant we take right from Chusul/Nama and go to Tso Moriri via Chusul – Mahe route (Google Map suggested)? n do we need permit for this?

          4. Baltal – Lamayuru
          Lamayuru – Leh ( Including Sham Valley on Route)
          Leh – Panamik
          Panamik – Pangong Tso
          Pangong Tso – Tso Moriri
          Tso Moriri – Leh

          What should be the approx cost of transportation for the trip above if we are 4 people and we hire a xylo or innova, just need a figure so that we can bargain with travel agents and so that they dont loot us

          Thanks alot man you are great :)

        • 1 Prateek, for direct route to Pangong tso no permit required.
          2. Paragliding does not happen in Leh and now it is banned in Manali too. Rafting can be done at Nimmu or Shey
          3. No you cannot take that route as army does not allow at all to travel from that route. Also, it passes through Kaksang La pass which is higher than Khardung La and Chang La plus no one travel on that route so any kind of help will not be possible to come in case required on that route
          4. May be around 45-50K. Better check with drivers directly. For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2015 – 16 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-12% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

        • Thank You so Much Dheeraj Bhai you helped me alot will let you know my experience when i return back, will try to update as much as possible

          thank you again :)

  12. Dear Dheeraj,

    we are 4 people and visiting Ladakh on mid of july due to time limit we will be able to visit either Pangong or TSO moriri lake, so we are confused between the two.
    please guide which one is preferable and we are planning our journey via bike to either of them, is it possible?

    • Both have their own charm I will say and is always difficult to choose among two. Pangong Tso has more crowd and more famous and more bigger while Tso Moriri is smaller yet very big, has less crowd and more peace.

      • Dear Dheeraj,

        we are planning to visit TSO moriri from Manali via sarchu by Taxi, wich are the precautions should we take to prevent high altitude sickness ?
        should we keep oxygen cylinder with us?

        • You should not do Tso Moriri while going from Manali to Leh because first the taxi from Manali will not be allowed to visit Tso Moriri. Even if you manage Leh taxi or going on your own, then you will not be acclimatized to sleep at such high altitude so early in the trip and may cause some ugly AMS issues for you. Highly not recommended, because any help if required will be very hard to find in case you get hit with AMS.

    • Naresh, Kaza to Gramphu – Keylong route is expected to open in another 5-6 days. To reach Tso Moriri from Kaza, you can do it as below:

      Kaza – Kunzum Pass – Batal – Gramphu – Keylong/Sissu
      Keylong/Sissu – Sarchu/Pang/Tso Kar Lake
      Sarchu/Pang/Tso Kar Lake – Tso Moriri

  13. vivek Slaria on

    Dear Dhiraj,
    Thank you so much for this fantastic compilation. I need a help, i am biking from Manali to Tso Murari and spend soem 5-6 days in Tso Murari doing nothing. Is there a way to go there directly or do i need to get to Upshi and then turn from there

    Warm Regards,

    • Vivek, yes there is a way to travel from Debring to Tso Kar and then towards Tso Moriri. However, it is not recommended at all because the body is not acclimatized to stay up there that early. It is always better that you spend a night in Leh, then at Chumathang and then finally at Tso Moriri spend some days.

      • vivek Slaria on

        Dear Dheeraj,
        thank you so much for this information. Yes, ompletely agree on the acclimitization piece, a killer if there ever was one. I have travelled Manali Leh earlier as well so completely agree with it.

        What if end us spending a day at Sissu / Jispa/ Karu do you think that will help with Acclimitization. I am just not looking forward to enter Leh and then drive back from there?

        Also are there any permits needed if i do Debring – Tso Murari ?

        Once fantastic work here, i would love to help if i can in any way


  14. Nabhanil Mondal on


    Extremely helpful compilation. Plz guide me if I can do Tso Moriri with my 4 year old son. Also, if I can not do any advanced reservations at Tso Moriri for accommodations, what’s the odd of not getting an accommodation upon reaching the place.


    • Nabhanil, it depends upon the time of visit. You will very likely get a homestay up there but getting a camp might be tricky as there are only 2-3 camping options only. It depends on person to person to take the children of such age group because AMS do not matter with respect to age or sex or any physical health condition. It can happen to anyone of any age or sex or fitness I shall say :D… The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With less than 3 year child, I think he/she will also be NOT able to convey the uneasiness she may feel. You have to be vigilant and if you notice any such feeling or he/she tells you about such a feeling then please do not ascend anywhere, either descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated!!

      Also, PLEASE read the article: Traveling to Ladakh with Kids or Babies. This article covers this topic in complete detail.

    • Kindly do not take 4 year old son along..It can be very dangerous. .There are also no medical facilities fr hundreds of kms

  15. I’m gonna be in Leh and would love to travel around with fellow like-minded travellers, from 13thJune onwards… PM me :)

  16. Sushil Roy on

    Dear Dheeraj
    I am 59 & my wife 52,she has some knee problem.We are planing for visit Leh-Ladakh in this June.After getting your encouraging suggestion we are very much interested to visit Tso Moriri lake.Is it possible for us? without any camping did we stay there?

  17. Meha Jalan on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Congratulations on such an amazing compilation of your experiences. Being a fan of reading, writing and travelling myself I must say I envy what you have managed to accomplish here. Great going and wish you lots of luck.

    I have a trip planned to Leh this year and have finalized the complete itinerary(thanks to DoW for playing a part in it) but I am stuck with this last leg of my journey to Tso Moriri. I wanted to check if you can help with some personal recommendation of homestay at Tso Moriri as you have mentioned somewhere that it is your personal favorite. I have already read the part where you mentioned about the stay options and the fact that there are no contact details but I still thought of double checking if you can get me some contact info. This we are spending the previous night in a camp at Pangong I am particular about finding a guesthouse or a homestay at Tso Moriri and avoid camping.

    Thanks again.

  18. Hi Dheeraj Bhai,

    First of all thanks a ton for the whole of information put on your website.
    When I’m checking the route from Merak to TsoMoriri, in the google maps, I’m able to see the following route to Chumathang:

    Can you please let me know if this route is feasible to reach TsoMoriri from Merak if we don’t want to Cover Hanle. It would be around July 12 by the time we reach Merak.

    Once again,



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  20. Dear Dhiraj,

    Just need an opinion. If we have to make a choice between Pangong tso and Tso Moriri, due to time limitations, what should we choose? Keeping in mind we want to camp a night at the lake. Thanks in advance.

    • At both the lakes camping is not allowed in the radius of about 500+ Mtrs because these lakes falls under Ramsar Conservation site. So, you cannot camp at any of the lake. Now, if you are making first trip to Ladakh then go with Pangong Tso else go with Tso Moriri. I love Tso Moriri personally anytime of the day :)

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