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TSO KAR TO TSO MORIRI (TWO LAKES TREK)




 
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TSO KAR TO TSO MORIRI (TWO LAKES TREK)

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.

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  • On the high plateau of Ladakh, the maximum daytime temperature low down on our trip (and at Leh) will be around 15°C, with night-time lows below 0°C. At high altitude, the sun has a very strong effect and at the height of the day it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. Ladakh is not adversely affected by the monsoon and we can usually expect stable, weather. However, mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or wind cannot be ruled out .

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Is this Holiday for you ?

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.

  • Capture the splendor of Ladakh
  • Explore the wild plains of the Changthang Plateu and trek across multiple 5000m passes
  • Witness the beauty of the salt lake, Tso Kar and Tso Moriri

  • Local English speaking guide
  • Airport transfers as described
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All permits and entrance fees in the itinerary
  • All costs are applicable for double occupancy
  • Oxygen tanks (for emergency only)
  • Private group chemical toilet
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers other than those described
  • Tips for local staff including the local guide and drivers
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
  • Personal camera equipment & gear
  • Flights and airfare
  • Meals will be a mix of local and comfort food. Breakfasts will consist of bread, cheese, honey, jams, fruit, tea and Nescafe alongwith eggs, paranthas, etc. For lunch there will be a variety of momos, thukpas, and other dishes from which we can select, or a full packed lunch. Dinner will usually be a soup followed by lentils, vegetable curry and meat as available. As we want to keep plastic use to a minimum we will try and use plastic bottles as less possible. Hot lunches will be provided as and when we can. Vegetarians can be catered for.
  • A single group transfer will be arranged from Leh Airport to the hotel in Leh. This transfer will meet the arrival of the flights from Delhi at 1030hrs. At the end of the Tso Kar to Tso Moriri trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel to Leh Airport at 8 am. This transfer will be after breakfast on Day 9 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfer does not work with your flight, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Leh Airport. Should you require an airport transfer, these can be arranged by the hotel reception staff or alternatively please contact the UFO office.
  • During Tso Kar to Tso Moriri trip the group will spend 3 nights in Leh and 5 nights camping.. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. All accommodations used by UFO adhere to hygiene and comfort norms. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact UFO office.
  • Day will start with a hot cup of tea served to you in the tent at around 6.30 am. At around 8 a.m. breakfast will be under way and by 8.30 we should be back on the trail to our next camp. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your trek bag which will be transported safely to the next camp on mules. Please make sure you fill you water bottles for the trek ahead. After breakfast, you can pick your packed lunch prior to setting off. Usually, Tso Kar to Tso Moriri trek route will involve a mix of walking through rugged terrain and scrambling over loose rocks. Be prepared for some uphill climbing every day. We will pick a beautiful spot with some shade or a meadow for Lunch. During Tso Kar to Tso Moriri trek, usually we walk for around 5-6 hours every day. On arrival at camp, we can relax in our mess tent and take tea or coffee. Dinner is ready at around 7 p.m. in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socializing. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.
  • 9 Days, 3 nights hotel, 5 nights camping,
  • 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Max group size: 10

MEET AT THE GROUP HOTEL IN LEH.

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.



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EXPERIENCE LEH AND SURROUNDING MONASTRIES.

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.



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DRIVE TO TSO KAR (4579m). CAMP BY LAKESHORE.

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.



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  Time
4-5 hrs drive

TREK FROM PHONGPONAPU TO NURUCHAN (4300 m)

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.



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  Time
2-3 hrs walking(6 kms)

TREK ACROSS NURUCHAN LA (4750m) TO RACHUNGKARU (4952m)

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.



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  Time
4-5 hrs walking(11-12 kms)

TREK ACROSS KYAMARU LA (5400m) AND GYABARMA LA (5300m) TO GYABARMA (5171m)

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.



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6-7 hrs walking(14-15 kms)

TREK ACROSS YALUNG NAULA PASS (5400M) WITH VIEWS OF TSO MORIRI AND DESCEND TO KORZOK DOK (4632m)

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.



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  Time
5-6 hrs walking(10-11 kms)

DRIVE ACROSS CHANGTHANG PLAINS AND THE RIVER INDUS TO LEH.

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.





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5-6 hours drive

DEPARTURE DAY

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.



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