The Tso Kar to Tso Moriri trek will show the breathtaking views of the two most beautiful turquoise lakes in Ladakh, Lake Tso Kar and Lake Tso Moriri. The salt lake of Tso Kar (white lake) has widely been used by the local nomads, Changpas, as a source of salt which they transport to Tibet for trade. Lake Tso Moriri is the largest and the most beautiful of inland lakes in the Trans Himalaya regions of Ladakh. This part of the elevated Rupshu Valley is mostly inhabited by 'Changpas ', the nomadic migratory shepherds of Tibetan origin who can be seen with herds of sheep, goats and yaks on the plains of Changthang. The Changpas use this valley for trade and cultivation. Tso Kar to Tso Moriri is truly a breathtaking trek to experience.
On holidays to Tso Kar to Tso Moriri we will be constantly at an altitude of more than 3500m and you will be crossing multiple 5000m passes. Therefore, it is essential that you acclimatize well in order to make the best of the week. You will be advised by the UFO guide to rest and keep your body hydrated as much as possible on the first day of arrival. Your oxygen levels will be monitored from time to time to check on the level of acclimatization. During Tso Kar to Tso Moriri trek there is fair bit of walking to be done every day, and we would encourage you to do a bit of walking/running and breathing exercises to enjoy this trek. A fair level of fitness will be required.
Meet at the group hotel in Leh. A single group transfer at 10.30am from Leh Airport to the group hotel is provided. The first day of Tso Kar to Tso Moriri trek is reserved for acclimitization and you will be advised to rest, eat and keep yourself hydrated as much as possible. A short walk around the city to Leh Palace in the evening can be organized.
Today we will make an early start of Tso Kar to Tso Moriri trek after tea and breakfast to catch the morning prayers at Thiksey Monastery. Affiliated to the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism, it is situated on a hill in Thiksey village and is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. We will then head towards Shey, the ancient capital of Ladakh where a picnic lunch will be waiting for us. After lunch, we rest a bit and visit the Shey Palace and surrounding areas. You will be given sometime to yourself where you can explore the palace on your own. In the evening we will visit the Shanti Stupa and head back to the hotel for dinner.
On Day 3 of Tso Kar to Tso Moriri trek, we will leave from Leh to Tso Kar (White Lake) which is 153 kms from Leh and should take us about 4-5 hours to reach. We will camp on the shores of the salt lake of Tso Kar. There should be a time in the afternoon to explore the lake shore, with a good chance to see kyang (wild ass), marmots and great birdlife, such as bar-headed geese and Brahminy ducks on the lake. Tso Kar is a salt water lake and the nomads take this salt across to Tibet for trade.
Today is an easy day of Tso Kar to Tso Moriri trek, we follow a dusty jeep road towards Tsokar Lake. Along the salty shores of the lake, we have a rare impeccable opportunity to see some of the endangered migratory birds of the world. From here we carry on along the trail to the right of the lake, keeping to a barren land until the beautiful grassy pastures of Nuruchan, with streams nearby.
On leaving camp, we cross a stream and pass close to a mani wall, sculpted by the Chang Tang herders. We then hike up to the Nuruchan La (4750m), before descending easily to cross another stream and another low pass. In this area, the nomadic herdsmen that we meet are likely to be Tibetan, having been displaced here from the western part of that cross-border territory. We camp at Rachungkaru (4952m) amongst grazing yaks, sheep and pashmina goats. Today we will spend the afternoon of Tso Kar to Tso Moriri trek at leisure.
Today is a fairly long day of Tso Kar to Tso Moriri trek as we cross 2 passes above 5000 metres. It takes us around 2 hours to reach the first of these, the Kyamaru La (5400m), where the views extend across a high-level landscape to numerous snow-capped peaks. After a short descent, we climb again to cross the Gyabarma La (5300m), beyond which we descend, cross a stream and reach our camping place in the pastures at Gyabarma (5171m). A wild and remote location.
Today, we finally get views of the stunning lake of Tso Moriri, as we reach the top of the Yalung Naula Pass (5400m). Some 20 kilometres long and surrounded by high, snow-capped peaks, Tso Moriri lake is one of the most beautiful lakes imaginable. The approach to the pass is straightforward, but quite long. We descend to Karzok Dok (4632m) on a zig-zag path.
We will rendezvous with our vehicles at Karzok and set off on the 6-hour drive back to Leh which is 220 kms away. The road is quite rough at first but we travel on an ever improving surface and once we reach the Indus River, the road is very smooth making the final part of the journey quite comfortable. There are some great views as we cross the open plain of the Chang Tang and then descend by the (at this point) very small Indus. Once we reach our hotel in Leh, before tucking ourselves into the comfort of our bed, we all will join for a celebratory dinner of our ultimate Tso Kar to Tso Moriri trek.
We have an early start and go to the airport to catch our flight to Delhi. If you want to extend your stay in Leh, please let us know.