Tso Moriri Lake in Ladakh – Complete Travel Guide

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Tso Moriri lake in Changthang region of Ladakh is one of the most beautiful, calm, and sacred (for Ladakhis) high altitude lakes in India. 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.

How to reach from Hanle to Tso Moriri – 3 Lesser Known Routes?

Being part of the wetland reserve under the Ramsar site, it is known as Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve. You cannot pitch any camps near Tso Moriri or construct any stay option near the banks of the lake. It is the highest Ramsar site in the world. The place is full of flora and fauna is found in the region.

An ultimate travel guide of Tso Moriri Lake in Ladakh
An ultimate travel guide of Tso Moriri Lake in Ladakh

Since it is near to the Line of Actual Control, you need to get Inner Line Permit to visit Tso Moriri Lake, both as an Indian as well as a foreigner.

Tso Moriri Lake Leh Ladakh

The beautiful multi-shades of blues offered by this lake along with a picturesque landscape around give this place an extremely romantic and breathtaking feel. However, in reality, the place is harsh and difficult to survive especially in winters.

There is only a couple of cemented accommodation available around the lake in the form of homestays and the facilities like electricity, medical aid, hot running water, western toilets, etc. are luxury in itself. The lack of oxygen makes survival difficult if your body is not properly acclimatized to its high altitude. Hence, one needs to plan his/her journey extremely carefully to avoid acute mountain sickness.

So, even though you might feel tempted to include Tso Moriri in your trip to Leh Ladakh, it is important to plan your trip to this high altitude place properly. This travel guide will help you with it.

Blue hues of Tso Moriri
Blue hues of Tso Moriri


Tso Moriri is located about 240 KMs from Leh town of Ladakh district in Jammu & Kashmir. You cannot make a day trip from Leh to Tso Moriri lake as it will be very hectic and not worth it. Hence, you should plan for a two day trip to Tso Moriri from Leh.


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.

Best Time to Visit Tso Moriri Lake

In general, the best time to travel to Tso Moriri lake is in the summer months when the Ladakh peak season is in full flow.

Similar to what we learned about the best time to travel to Leh Ladakh, in the months of January to March, lake Tso Moriri remains mostly frozen, extremely cold conditions with no options to stay around the lake. Apart from some homestays at Korzok, Chumathang is the next best bet to stay nearby this lake.

In April, the lake starts to melt and starts transforming into the beautiful palette of multi shades of blue colors. Then, May to August is the peak tourist season but as compared to Pangong Tso it gets fewer tourists.

Tso Moriri in September and October

The tourists start to reside as cold starts to set in, and accommodation tents pack up, which are near to the lake. IMO, this is by far the best time to visit Tso Moriri and see the full glory of beautiful shades of blue color in the lake. The colors are purely magical at this time of the year, and with fewer tourists comparatively, you get better deals and enjoy more.

Visiting Tso Moriri in Winter

After mid-October up to December, all the accommodation packs up, and the only nearest place you can stay is either in some homestay with basic facilities to fight the harsh cold temperature at Tso Moriri. You can also find some homestays in Nyoma village and a guest house in Chumathang. Both Nyoma and Chumathang are much warmer than Tso Moriri lake in winter months.

Nyoma has few guesthouses having slightly better facilities to fight the cold and provide comfort in winter months than the ones in Korzok. Similarly, Chumathang has Hot Spring Guest House, and due to the presence of hot springs, Chumathang itself is quite warm and lower in altitude.

If the sun is shining and you do not mind the hard cold winters, then you can make the day trip to Tso Moriri from Chumathang or Nyoma to see magical shades of blue color at this lake. However, do not forget to check the weather conditions before leaving Leh.

How to Reach Tso Moriri from Leh

You can reach Tso Moriri from Leh by road via Upshi – Chumathang – Mahe route. Tso Moriri Lake is also connected from Pangong lake directly by Chusul – Tsaga La – Loma – Mahe route.

You can also travel to Tso Moriri lake from Manali Leh Highway via Tso Kar – Puga – Sumdo route. The diversion point to Tso Moriri from Manali Leh Highway is Debring just before Tanglang La pass. However, this route is mostly used to exit from Tso Moriri towards Manali rather than the opposite.

You can read the reasons on not to visit Tso Moriri lake from when coming from Manali to Leh.

Let us look at the different routes that you can use to travel to Pangong Tso from Leh town or Nubra Valley which will help you in planning your trip to it.

Route from Leh to Tso Moriri Lake

This is the most general route to reach Tso Moriri from Leh. You can reach in about 7 – 8 Hrs depending upon the number of breaks you take in between the journey. The route along with the 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 for 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 making 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 a 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 from Manali – Leh Highway from Tso Moriri via this route only, but you need to ensure that you have enough fuel to cover about 550 km without any fuel pump.

Traveling to Ladakh - Tso Moriri
Traveling to Ladakh – Tso Moriri

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.

Video – Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri Route

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 the whole Ladakh region. Since 2019, foreigners are now allowed to go beyond Man – Merak Villages as DC office is issuing the permits to them for this route.

Hence, they need to follow the indirect, slightly longer route to Tso Moriri from Pangong Tso. A special permit to cross Chusul is required from Leh DC office in order to travel on this route.

The route along with the 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) – Namashang La – 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.

Devil and the beast resting near Korzok
Devil and the beast resting near Korzok

Pangong Lake to Tso Moriri Lake via Chumathang

The indirect route that goes from Chumathang is the longer one, where you need to go back from Pangong Tso to Leh up to Karu and from there you can take a 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 the very long day via Chumathang.

You need to mention both Tso Moriri and Pangong Tso on your permit form in order to undertake this route. The route along with the 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) – Namashang La – Korzok or Tso Moriri(53 KMs) = 339 KMs

Of course, you can plan the route from Tso Moriri to Pangong lake, but in general, it does not fit in the overall plan because of acclimatization and losing the opportunity of exiting via Tso Moriri to Sarchu to Manali route.

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.

You can check the detailed Tso Moriri map. You can download this detailed map of Leh Ladakh by right-clicking & then select the option: “Save Image As…”

Leh Ladakh Maps | Nubra Valley and Changthang
Leh Ladakh Maps | Nubra Valley and Changthang

Road Conditions and Preferred Vehicles

The higher ground clearance vehicles are preferable, and 4×4 ones would be helpful, especially between Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri via Man – Merak – Chusul – Nyoma (Changthang) route. However, for the general route from 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.

In general Leh to Tso Moriri road condition via Upshi – Chumathang route is good enough for any type of the car including hatches and sedan.

It is always recommended to carry these important spare parts when you drive to Ladakh.

Video – Tso Moriri Lake Tourist Attractions

Video – What to see near Tso Moriri Lake

How to plan a trip to Tso Moriri lake?

Generally, when you plan a trip to Tso Moriri, then at least a one-night stay is recommended to witness the mesmerizing beauty of this blue colored lake truly. Of course, one night’s stay will help you watch sunrise and sunset over the picturesque landscape and increase the charm of your vacation to a great extent.

As it will take you about 8-9 hrs to reach Tso Moriri from Leh, it does not make any sense to go there, touch it and come back in a single day. Also, you miss a chance to take Tso Kar – Taglang La route when coming back to Leh from Tso Moriri.

If you plan to exit Ladakh from Tso Moriri to Sarchu to Manali route, then plan for a three day trip with night halts at Tso Moriri and Sarchu before reaching Manali from Leh.

Generally, most people plan a two day Tso Moriri itinerary like:

Day 1 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang – Namashang La

  • 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 our most common Itinerary for a Ladakh trip

Where to Stay

You cannot find accommodation on the banks of the lake because it is restricted to pitch the camps there being a Ramsar site wetland reserve and sanctuary for migratory birds. You can pitch the tents near the other tented colonies pitched just before Korzok village or find 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.

For a comprehensive list of accommodation options or hotels or camps around Tso Moriri lake, you can refer to these good Tso Moriri hotels or accommodation options to stay.

Medical Facilities Nearby

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 else you can carry your own oxygen cylinder from Leh with you.

Where to Eat

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

The options of eating places at Tso Moriri lake is fairly limited to the homestays and camping sites available Korzok.

You should always carry your water bottle and refill it as many times as you need water. It will not only keep you hydrated always, but you will also help in saving the Himalayas from plastic garbage. Remember, every tiny step counts and your step in this direction can help save the Himalayas too !! 🙂 🙂

Phone Connectivity

You will not find any phone or mobile signals at Tso Moriri Lake. The only postpaid connections work in Leh Ladakh and BSNL have the widest coverage followed by Airtel and Reliance Jio.

Petrol Pumps near Tso Moriri

Nearest Petrol Pump is at Karu (about 204 km) 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 Tso Moriri.

In case you are planning to exit from Manali Leh Highway, do not forget to carry spare fuel with you so that you make it to Tandi. The overall distance that you will cover without the petrol pump will be 550 km on Leh – Tso Moriri – Sarchu – Manali route.


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.

Darkness over the Lake
Darkness over the Lake

Frequently Asked Questions

Let us look at some of the most frequently asked questions about Pangong lake. In case I have missed to cover any question in this article, feel free to give me a shoutout and I will answer and add to this list.

  1. What is the taxi fare for Leh to Tso Moriri?

    As per taxi union rates of 2020, a two day trip from Leh to Tso Moriri taxi fare is Rs 15711 and Rs 31362 for a three-day trip from Leh to Tso Moriri to Manali.

  2. Can I travel from Leh to Tso Moriri by bus?

    There are three buses that travel from Leh to Tso Moriri every 10th, 20th and 30th day of the month. The Leh to Tso Moriri bus leaves at 6.30 AM on these dates from Leh bus stand. You can read all about Leh to Tso Moriri lake bus service.

  3. Which one is better to visit between Tso Moriri or Pangong Lake?

    If I have to choose between Pangong Lake or Tso Moriri, I will personally visit Tso Moriri lake every time just because of its raw nature and less crowd or less commercialization. However, if you are visiting Leh Ladakh for the first time, you should visit Pangong Lake because it is something that you should not miss on your first trip to Ladakh without regretting it.

  4. Can I make a Tso Moriri to Leh trip in a single day?

    It is highly NOT recommended to make a one day trip to Tso Moriri Lake. You should always plan for at least two days trip from Leh.


Tso Moriri lake is one of my favorite places to visit in Ladakh, sometimes I feel it is much better than Pangong Tso lake. However, for the first time in Ladakh, I am sure Pangong Tso is something that they should not miss.

I hope this travel guide of Tso Moriri lake helps you plan your trip successfully.

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  2. Hi DHEERAJ,
    Really an wonderful blog ..
    i am planning 9 days trip to srinagar – leh – manali – delhi ..please advice ..

    Planning to reach Srinagar on june 2nd

    June 2 – Reach Srinagar
    June 3 – Srianagr to kargil
    June 4 – kargil – Leh
    June 5 – Around leh
    June 6 – leh to pangso
    June 7 – pangso – tsomori
    June 8 –
    June 9 –
    June10 – Reach Manali – manali to dehi bus
    June 11 – Return fight from Delhi
    June 12 –

    Can ypu please suggest what will be the best option we can add on emore day also , We want to visit as much as possible

  3. Hi Dheeraj,

    Me and five of my friends are planning for Leh this June. My itenary is as per below. Kindly let me know is it correct and what could be the approximate budget for the trip. Have some query about how much fuel should be carried in spare while travelling to leh – nuba – pangong – leh. Is it comfortable to go Tso mariri from pangong directly.

    Day 1 – Delhi – Manali
    Day 2 – Manali
    Day 3- Manali – sarchu (Via Car)
    Day 4 – Sarchu – Leh ( Via car)
    Day 5- Leh – khardungla – nubra Valley (bike)
    Day 6- nubra valley – pangong Tso
    Day 7 – Pangong Tso – Leh
    Day 8 – Leh – Tso Kar – Tso Mariri
    Day 9 – Tso Mariri – leh
    Day 10- leh -del (via Flight)

    • Hi Pankaj,

      You should avoid the Day 2 as you are already short on time and avoid night halt at Sarchu. You should halt at night at Jispa and then make a trip to Jispa to Leh. Then before going over to Nubra Valley, you must have a day of acclimatization in high altitude of Leh for a night. This will help you minimize the chances of getting hit with AMS.

  4. Hi thanks a lot for the article, i just wonder how long the duration by travel from tsomoriri to leh by visiting tsokar lake

    • It will take about 9-10 Hrs to reach Leh from Tso Moriri to Tso Kar to Taglang La – Leh depending upon breaks you take in between.

  5. Adithya Narayan on

    Would bikes rented from manali be a problem in Tso Mo Ri Ri? In other words, are Leh(rented) bikes mandatory in Tso Mo Ri Ri? My itinerary would require drastic changes if that is the case. Help would be hugely appreciated.

    • Yes, as per rules you cannot take your rented bike to Tso Moriri. But, make changes only after confirming it in Leh. At times, specially towards end of season for a rider or two, they at time allow.

  6. We are planning to reach Leh from Shimla in a rented car (Zoom). Then we will be hire local bikes from Leh for the travel around. But in our way to Leh we would like to visit Tso Moriri. Will there be any issues with local taxi union in and around Tso Moriri.
    Here is the detailed plan. Please give your suggestion ?

    Date Day start from Night Stay
    21-08-2016 Day 1 Delhi – Airport Shimla
    22-08-2016 Day 2 Shimla Chitkul
    23-08-2016 Day 3 Chitkul Losar ( Spiti valley )
    24-08-2016 Day 4 Losar Bharatpur Tent Colony
    25-05-2016 Day 5 Bharatpur Tent Colony Karzok ( tso moriri lake)
    26-08-2016 Day 6 Tso moriri Leh
    27-08-2016 Day 7 Leh Lamayuru
    28-08-2016 Day 8 Leh pangong tso ( merak)
    29-08-2016 Day 9 Merak Nubra valley
    30-08-2016 Day 10 Nubra valleh Leh
    31-08-2016 Day 11 Leh zing zing bar
    01-09-2016 Day 12 zing zing bar manali
    02-09-2016 Day 13 manali local sight seeing
    03-09-2016 Day 14 manali Delhi- Airport

      • So what is your suggestion to complete this in same timeframe ? Which all are the places we can skip and get more relaxing.

        • Below is what I see you guys doing:

          21-08-2016 Day 1 Delhi – Manali
          22-08-2016 Day 2 Manali Jispa
          23-08-2016 Day 3 Jispa – Leh
          24-08-2016 Day 4 Leh acclimatization
          25-05-2016 Day 5 Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley
          26-08-2016 Day 6 Nubra Valley – Leh
          27-08-2016 Day 7 Leh – Pangong Tso
          28-08-2016 Day 8 Pangong Tso – Leh
          29-08-2016 Day 9 Leh – Tso Moriri
          30-08-2016 Day 10 Tso Moriri – Jispa
          31-08-2016 Day 11 Jispa – Chandratal
          01-09-2016 Day 12 Chandratal – Kunzum Pass – Ki – Kibber – Kaza
          02-09-2016 Day 13 Kaza – Manali
          03-09-2016 Day 14 manali Delhi- Airport

          You can take direct route from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso to save one day and use that day in Kaza to do Langza – Hikkim – Komik circuit.

  7. Hi dheeraj
    We are six friends going to ladakh in September. We are going by a taxi from my hometown. Can we return from leh to Manali via tso moriri on our non-leh registration taxi. As i hear that non leh registered taxies are not allowed for sightseeing around leh due to union rules.

  8. Hi Dheeraj,

    Very useful post. I am planning the following itinerary for the end of this month. It will be great if you can help me choose out of the two options:

    Option 1:
    Day 1 – Arrive at Leh by Air
    Day 2 – Leh
    Day 3 – Leh to Nubra (Overnight at Nubra)
    Day 4 – Nubra to Leh
    Day 5 – Leh to Pangong
    Day 6 – Pangong to Tso Moriri
    Day 7 – Tso Moriri to Leh
    Day 8 – Fly back from Leh

    Option 2:
    Day 1 – Arrive at Leh by Air
    Day 2 – Leh
    Day 3 – Leh to Nubra
    Day 4 – Nubra
    Day 5 – Nubra to Leh
    Day 6 – Leh to Pangong
    Day 7 – Pangong to Leh
    Day 8 – Fly back from Leh

    Any other suggestion would be more than welcome.

    This will be my first trip to Leh.


    • Sambhav, if it is your first trip I will suggest with Plan 2. It is easy, enjoyable and soak in the beauty of actual ladakh rather going all places. Day 4 in Nubra, you should visit beautiful Turtuk village.

  9. anil panwar on

    Dear dhiraj,

    Just need to know about leh to kashmir route. Is it safe for family or should i take the same route for Delhi?

  10. Hi,

    We need a little bit of advice for the last part of our 6 weeks in Ladakh please. We are a couple from the UK.

    We would like to spend a few days watching the Ladakh festival (18th-25th Sept) before travelling via Manali and have to be back in Delhi on 28th Sept.

    We plan to hire a private taxi in Leh (looking through you taxi list for drivers) to stop off at Tso Moriri. Could you please advise if the following plan to get to Manali seems ok.

    23 Sep Leh- Tso Moriri
    24 Sep Tso Moriri
    25 Sep Tso Moriri – Keylong
    26 Sep Keylong – Manali
    27 Sep Day in Manali
    28 Sep Manali – Delhi on the day bus.

    Do you think 2 nights in Tso Moriri is too much? I would like to see the Nomads if they are still around in September.

    On 28th we would book a day bus to get back to Delhi or the overnight bus on 27th if this is not possible.



  11. gaurav sharma on

    hello dheeraj,
    firstly, you are doing a great job posting such articles and i’m following the same since few months and finding them helpful
    i’m travelling from manali-leh (solo bike trip {rented}) on 16- june and i want to do tsomoriri from pang while ascending towards leh
    i want to ask is there any problem for rented bike in the above mentioned case or should i travel tsomoriri after reaching leh

    • 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.

  12. Wilson Chik on

    Hello! I am learning so much through your blog. Thank you! I want to go to Tsomoriri and do I need a special permit. I am visiting and holds a US passport. There is an office that I can apply for such permit in Leh?

    On what reason would they reject a request for permit?



  13. Hello Dheeraj,

    I am returning via Manali route on 24th June and would be driving a rented self driven car. Is it possible to cover Tso Moriri, dont want to stay there but just 1-2 hours will suffice.

  14. Hello Dheeraj,

    I have planned almost my entire Ladakh trip by reading your blogs, thank you very much for plenty of info. We are a group of 8 people visiting Ladakh in June end following your itinerary on Srinagar-Leh-Manali route with Srinagar-Leh and Leh-manali in cab and Ladakh region on bike. I have two questions:
    1. Current plan is Leh-Pangong Tso-Leh on bike and then Tso moriri on the way to Manali in taxi. Would it be a good idea to do tweak the plan as Leh-Pangong Tso-Tso morir-Leh on bike and then Leh to Sarchu in Taxi in one day? We would like to visit Tso-moriri on bike if possible.
    2. Srinagar to Manali current plan is:
    Day-1: Srinagar-Drass-Kargil
    Day-2: Kargil-Nimoo-Stay at Nimoo rafting camp
    Day-3: Rafting at Nimoo-Chilling route and then Nimoo to Leh
    Should we hire a taxi from Srinagar all the way to Leh or we change taxis in between (where exactly in the plan?) as Ladakh sightseeing is not allowed in Srinagar taxis.
    Thank you in advance 🙂

    • Pranita, I will suggest the first option if it is first trip to Ladakh.
      2. You can call Ladakh taxi to pick you up at common point.

  15. Nikunj Shah on

    Hello Dheeraj; I am planning to visit Leh in August (24th Aug – 6th Sep). Will be in for Vipassana from 24th Aug to 4th Sep and then I want to go to Tsomoriri on 4th Sep and stay there for a night (primarily for some landscape photography). I will also be in Leh on 5th and 6th Sep. Can you kindly guide me who to contact for arranging for a cab and accommodation in Tsomoriri and also suggest which place should I go to on 6th Sep (just a day). Thanks a ton in advance.

    • You can get in touch with [email protected] in such a case for finding taxi and stay if looking fro travel agent. Else, you can get the taxi on the spot as well and stay on the spot too in september. 6th you can visit Alchi, or spend around Tso Moriri, may be at Tso Kar

      • Thanks Dheeraj. I have mailed the details on the provided id. Request your view on which schedule would be preferred (from an acclimatization perspective):

        Schedule 1:
        Day 1 Reach Ladhak – 06:40 am Go Air
        Day 2 – Day 12 Vipassana
        Day 13 Leave for Pangong
        Day 14 Leave for Tsomoriri
        Day 15 Reach Ladhak
        Day 16 Leave Ladhak

        Schedule 2:
        Day 1 Reach Ladhak – 06:40 am Go Air
        Day 2 Leave for Pangong
        Day 3 Leave for Tsomoriri
        Day 4 Ladhak
        Day 5 – Day 15 Vipassana
        Day 16 Ladhak
        Day 17 Leave for Mumbai

        Request your assistance on the same.. Thanks.

  16. Nirav Patel on


    We are very greatful to have such a nice and helpful article here for readymade. I need your advice sir.

    My plan is as under

    15-6-16 Reach manali overnight at manali
    16-6-16. Overnight at manali
    17-6-16. Manali to jispa ( night at jispa journy)
    18-6-16. Jispa to leh
    19-6-16. Local sight scene at leh
    20-6-16. Leh – nubra ( over night at hunder )
    21-6-16. Nubra to leh
    22-6-16. Leh to pengong lake
    23-6-16. Pangong to leh
    24-6-16. ???? Here i need your advice !!! What is the best why to utilise this day at fullest
    25-6-16. Over nignt at kargil
    26-6-16. Over night at srinagar
    27-6-16. Depart for ahmedabad filght booked

    Need your advice


    • You have two options bhai, either you use the remaining day for visiting Turtuk in Nubra Valley and keep the plan relaxed only. OR you can add Tso Moriri as below

      22-6-16. Day trip to Pangong Tso
      23-6-16. Leh to tso Moriri
      24-6-16. Tso Moriri to Leh

  17. Khan Zeeshan on

    Is there any transportation service from leg airport to karzok village…I don’t own private transportation how can I reach tso lake

  18. Dheeraj,

    We are planning a trip to Leh in last week of May. We are flying to Srinagar and then we plan to hire a cab and go by road to Leh. We plan to come back Leh-Manali-Delhi by road in cab. Below is our planned itinerary:

    Day 1 – Srinagar –Kargil
    Day 2- Kargil – Leh
    Day 3 – Rest/Open day at Leh – Local Sightseeing
    Day 4 – Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
    Day 5 – Leh – Nubra
    Day 6 – Nubra – Leh
    Day 7 – Leh – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar
    Day 8 – Tso Kar –Sarchu – Keylong
    Day 9 – Keylong – Manali – Delhi (reach Delhi by Day10-05:00AM)

    Need your advice:
    1. Do you suggest any changes to above itinerary.
    2. Is it possible to cover Leh-Tso Moriri-Manali-Delhi in 3 days (Day 7,8 & 9).
    3. We can not extend our days. So shall we drop something from this plan?

    Will appreciate a quick response.

    • 1. Do Nubra first and then Pangong Tso. Last three days will be tiring. Try to leave early from Tso Moriri itself not Tso Kar to reach Jispa by evening and then leave from Jispa early morning to reach Manali and then catch evening bus. This will ease out things on one day at leats.
      2. Suggested above.
      3. You can make it, do as suggested above. Leave from Tso Moriri at 5 AM, you shall reach easily by evening to Jispa or Keylong. From there you can leave by 7-8 AM and reach Manali by noon and catch the first available volvo back to Delhi from Manali

      • Dheeraj, Thanks for prompt response.

        1. I looked at the map and looks like Tso Kar is on the way from Tso Moriri to Manali. So we were planing to cover little more distance one 1st day itself and stay at night in Tso Kar. Is it not advisable to stay at Tso Kar?

        2. How much is the travel time between:
        a. Jispa to Manali
        b. Keylong to Manali.

        • 1. Hmm, it shal be fine to stay at Tso Moriri itself to get feel of it.
          2. It will take about 5 Hrs from Keylong to reach Manali and 6 from Jispa.

  19. Dear Dheeraj,
    Will reach Leh on 19/7/2016. & making trip to nubra valley, pangong tso & tso moriri.
    Wish to know the weather during that time at these place.

  20. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for such a great blog. I have been following it since long time and it helps me a lot especially while preparing travel itinerary. Please have a look at the following plan and do let me know what do you think? We will be travelling 6 family members + kid (9 years old).

    20-May-20156 Srinagar (2 days)
    22-May-2016 Srinagar to Kargil via Sonmurg
    23-May-2016 Kargil to Leh
    24-May-2016 Leh to Pangogng lake (Same day return trip)
    25-May-2016 Leh to Nubra valley
    26-May-2016 Nubra valley to Leh
    27-May-2016 Leh to Tso miriri
    28-May-2016 Tso Moriri to Sarchu
    29-May-2016 Sarchu to Manali
    30-May-2016 Manali (stay for 2 days)
    01-June-2016 Manali to Delhi

    I have heard Leh-Manali highways is opened earlier this year Hence, we planned to return back to Delhi via Manali route. Please do let us know if any useful suggestion while preparing for this trip.

    Kind regards,

    • Hello rajiv,

      PLEASE follow it like below especially when you are traveling with family

      24-May-2016 Leh rest day and acclimatization
      25-May-2016 Leh to Nubra valley
      26-May-2016 Nubra valley to Leh
      27-May-2016 Leh to Pangong Tso
      28-May-2016 Pangong Tso to Leh
      29-May-2016 Leh to Sarchu or Jispa
      30-May-2016 Sarchu or Jispa – Manali
      31-May-2016 Manali stay
      01-June-2016 Manali to Delhi

      • Dheeraj,

        Thank you for such a prompt response. I don’t mind extending our stay for couple of days so i) would it be wise to extend our stay and worth to go to Tso-moriri? ii) Is it a good option to drive from Tso-moriri to Manali (instead of coming back to leh then go to Manali)?

        Any idea if the Leh-Manali route will be restored to motorable condition around this time (29/30th May 2016)?

        Kind regards,

        • 1. Yes, Tso Moriri is worth the time spent. Yes, from Tso Moriri you can esily exit towards Manali by overnight stop at Sarchu

          Yes, there are very high chances that Manali – Leh Highway will open by third week of May.

        • Thanks Dheeraj,

          So As per your suggestion and Hoping for the good weather, this is what looks like my final travel Itinerary as below.

          19-May-2016 —- Jammu to Srinagar
          20-May-2016 —- Srinagar
          21-May-2016 —- Srinagar
          22-May-2016 —- Srinagar to Kargil via Sonmurg
          23-May-2016 —- Kargil to Leh
          24-May-2016 —- Rest and acclimatization
          25-May-2016 —- Leh to Nubra valley
          26-May-2016 —- Nubra valley to Leh
          27-May-2016 —- Leh to Pangong
          28-May-2016 —- Pangong to Leh
          29-May-2016 —- Leh to Tso-Moriri
          30-May-2016 —- Tso- Moriri to Manali
          31-May-2016 —- Manali
          01-June-2016 —- Manli to Delhi

          We will be hiring a car so i) any recommended tour operator or driver for hiring private vehicle or it is best to book it once we are there? ii) Also Is it possible (and recommended) to go from Nubra valley to Tso Pangong and then, Tso Pangong to Tso-Moriri ?

          Really appreciate all your help with this assistance.

          Kind regards,

        • Rajiv, you have to skip Tso Moriri either, or remove the rest day at Manali or Srinagar. Tso Moriri to Manali should not be done in one day. You should either halt at Sarchu or Jispa at max.

  21. Sagar Kulkarni on

    Dear Dheeraj,

    All the info shared by you is very informative. I am planning to visit Ladakh on my bike (Honda Shine).
    Please see my proposed plan below , may I request you to please have a look at the same & please reply back with your comments.
    01-08-16 –Monday—Ambala—Manali 338 km Stay at Manali
    02-08-16 –Tuesday—Manali—-Jispa–Sarchu 222 km Stay at Sarchu
    03-08-16 Wednesday Sarchu—Tso Moriri 229 km Stay –Karzok
    04-08-16 Thursday—-Karzok —-Pangong 160 Stay —Pangong
    05-08-16 Friday—-Pangong —Leh—-Khardung la 164 km Stay Leh
    06-08-16 Saturday Leh —-Lamayuru 108 km Stay —Lamayuru
    07-08-16 Sunday Lamayuru Kargil Sonamarg 226 Stay —Sonamarg
    08-08-16 Monday Sonamarg Srinagar 81 Stay —Srinagar
    09-08-16 Tuesday Srinagar Udhampur 230 Stay — Udhampur

    Awaiting your kind reply.


  22. sherikhan88 on

    Can you please advice the itinerary for Manali to Tso Moriri. Where to stay for acclimatization before visiting Tso moriri lake on Manali-Leh highway.

  23. Hi Dheeraj,

    First of all a great article. Thanks for providing such indepth info.

    We are a group of 5 guys planning to visit leh around 15th of august in a self driven rental car. Is it possible to take it to tso moriri and then head towards manali after a night stay in tso moriri ?

  24. Amit Sonawala on

    Hi Dheeraj..

    Such a pleasure to read your blog..
    I am flying to Leh from Mumbai on 27th April and flying out from Leh to Srinagar on 06th May, 2016.
    Was wondering if you could share what weather we would be most likely to get.
    Would we get to see the crazy blue colors or would it be overcast and wintry still ?
    Also would it be very cold for Pangong Lake visit ?
    tentative schedule is 6 nights in leh
    2 in nubra valley
    and one night in Pangong…
    Am a little concerned about altitude sickness..
    Travelling with two kids ages 19 and 13…
    Being vegetarian, was also wondering if veg food is easily available ?

    Would really appreciate it if you could share your valuable thoughts and suggestions with me..

    • Hello Amit,

      1. Weather in April end is usually cold and very cold on High Altitude lakes. This year is unusual so it will be less cold in comparison.
      2. You may get mix of both but usually it should be sunny.
      3. Yes, it will be very cold at Pangong Tso lake. Better stay at Tangste in case you plan to stay overnight near Pangong Tso as it has couple of guest houses and heaters are available in there.
      4. Veg. food will be available, no worries on that front. You can go to Lamayuru restaurant and Gesmo Restaurant, they have very good food in Leh.
      5. First two days complete rest with lot of fluids, you should be good with AMS.

      • Amit Sonawala on

        Dheeraj, appreciate your prompt and precise replies…

        Actually, after reading your blogs, i dropped the idea of going to tsomoriri lake as it would be just too cold and perhaps not the right month to go to.

        Thanks for your tips and suggestions…

      • Vaibhav Shankar on

        About the vegetarian food, is it easy to find them in camp stay like in tso moriri Lake and pangong lake and Nubra valley???

  25. Hi!
    Please advise us, can we travel this route on 30th April this year?
    Leh-Pongong Tso-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) -Leh
    We want to go both lakes, which one are most probably we can do?
    thnx in advance,

    • Katia, April is going to be very cold and stay options at Tso Moriri as well as Pangong Tso will not be up and running and only limited to home stays. I am not sure if you are OK with it. Apart from that you will need permits for the route and even after permits army may deny the passage, which many a times happen, at Chusul.

      • Thank you for reply Dheeraj. We are ok with homestay if they can room 6 people;)) we can’t travel through valley from Pongong to Tso Moriri, I understand right? So if we go through Leh both lakes it should be ok?

        • Katia, the problem is COLD CONDITIONS. Homestays may not have facilities to beat that cold in night and if winds are present, hence I am skeptical. From Leh side too, you should stay at Tangste first for Pangong Tso and for Tso Moriri you need to stay at Chumathang. This way it can be done from LEh.

        • Thanks for information!!!
          I slept near Kailas without any heaters in May so I can imagine…. But cold is not a problem for people who used to cold. Our winters also -20 sometimes)) hopefully we will find places to stay in villages you mentioned or maybe we can sleep in Gompa?

        • There isn’t any Gompa there at Pangong Tso, you will only find homestays only for stay. Tso Moriri does have a monastery which might have stay, though not sure.

  26. borntotravel on

    Hello Dheeraj,

    Thank you for the detailed post. Very helpful. .!!
    I am planning on a trip to Leh all the way down to Kaza and then Manali and back, Starting sometime on 15th April till the end of April.

    I am planning to fly to Leh from Delhi, spend a couple of days, Visit nubra valley, back to Leh and then go down to Pangong TSo, Tso Moriri and then to Spiti.

    The trip if for about 15 days. The challenging question I have on this plan is, will I find transportation all the way from Leh to Spiti Valley. And If I have to come from Spiti to Manali will the road be open during that month and any transportation available.

    Thanks in advance for you help and information.

    • Hello Sam, you cannot travel over Manali – Leh Highway and from there to Spiti Valley in the month of April as the Manali – Leh opens up in either May end or June early and road to Spiti Valley from there opens around mid of June. Can you plan it in June?

      • borntotravel on

        Thank you for the quick response Dheeraj. Much appreciated..!! Unfortunately my job wont allow me during June.
        But If I get to Leh will there be any mode of transport at all to get to Spiti..? I saw a few sites saying they do the taxi ride from TSO Moriri to Spiti.. But that is a package tour.. Which I dont want to do .. Should I be able to get one of those rides to get to Spiti? Once I reach Spiti I can get to Shimla from there .. But I want to be sure If I can get a mode of transportation to Spiti from Tso Moriri ..

        If the above is not possible.. is there anyway I can do Leh ==> Pangong Tso ==> Tso Moriri ==> Spiti ==> Shimla …

        I want to fly from Delhi to Leh as it will save time .. but I want to get to Spiti .. so I am a bit confused now.. Appreciate your help on this.

        • If someone is telling you that they will take you to Tso Moriri to Spiti in April, stay away from those thugs. The route does not open and you cannot travel on Manali – Leh highway in April. The route dissects from Gramphu on Manali – Leh highway to Spiti Valley. You can do Leh to Pangong Tso and Pangong Tso – Tso Moriri and back to Leh. But, the only option is to fly in and out of Leh.

      • Hi Dheeraj Sharma. Me and my friend will be going Leh Ladakh area for about 20 days- 27th April 2016 – 17th May 2016. Where is the best place to go? We haven’t planned much yet. Both of us trek alot and was wondering if there are any treks you would recommend..

        • Haidar, the roads especially this year, there are chances tat might open when you plan to travel but in case it snows in March, this may not be the right time to travel. Do you have any other window to travel?

  27. Amitava Sengupta on

    Hi Dheeraj-Thanks for your useful tips Please let me know whether is it possible for us(four people in between 61-66yrs old including females) to travel to tso moriri from leh & back in same day in second week of september this year. we are quite fit,love travelling mountains & we will reach leh few days earlier to travel other places

    • No sir, one day visit to Tso Moriri is not practical to undertake. Rather better spend the day in relaxing at any other location or add one day to your plan.

    • Amitava Sengupta on

      Thnx for ur prompt reply.please suggest how to make a proper plan for us to visit TSO moriri for 2 days including place of night stay & how to book for the accomodation

  28. Ashwin Patel on

    Thanks Dheeraj for your prompted advise i have 1 more doubt thst my bike(Discover 110 cc, average of bike 80km/litr,very good condition) 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.

    • Ashwin, there wont be much issue at all with your bike. People have done Ladakh on Activa / Gutso type scooters too. So, there shall not be any issue. Yes, for sure you will miss some power and speed at the top of the passes but then that should not be much issue to you.

  29. Ashwin Patel on

    Brother i am from gujarat, i plan to complete the road trip via Chandigarh-Manali-Leh-pangOng lake- Nubra valley-Tso morie-srinagar-Jammu 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 ya sept 2016.
    2. I have 3 years old Bajaj Discover 110cc bike very good condition, average of this bike is
    80 km/liter so this bike ok for the trip.

    • Ashwin,

      1. Yes, 15 days will be good time and mid June to September will be good time to travel. Read more below
      2. If you are confident of the condition, it will be good to go.

      Firstly, I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

      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 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

  30. 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.

  31. hi ,
    any places to stay near tso kar ? or on the way from tso moriri to tso kar?

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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 .


  35. 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.

    • Zul, day trip to Pangong Tso is OK and takes about 11-12 Hrs to do it but for Tso Moriri, day trip is not possible because Leh to Tso Moriri drive is roughly 8-9 hrs one way so not possible. For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh along with current Bike Union Prices, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2015 – 16 & Reliable Shops

      • Zul Ariffin on

        Dear Dheeraj,

        Is it possible for me to go to Tso Moriri from Pangong Tso? is it shorter distance that Leh – Tso Moriri? I have 2 full days (48 hrs) and I’m trying to cover these two lake since a lot a people say it is very beautiful.

        If I’m not mistaken, foreigner cannot drive thru some area from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri. Is it true?


  36. 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.

    • Also, the direct route to Pangong Tso from Hunder is quite isolated and in case of any help required there will be no one in hours of distance.

      • 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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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

  40. 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.

  41. 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 🙂

  42. 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.

      • thank you for your view Dheeraj is it advisable to go to TSO Moriri from Leh on Bike?

      • 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

  43. 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


  44. 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

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

  46. 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?

  47. 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.

    • Thank you Meha !! 🙂 🙂

      Goose Homestay is good to stay in Tso Moriri. There isn;t any phone connection, so you cannot book these homestays.

  48. 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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  50. 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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