A paved mountain road to Tso Kar Lake
Tso Kar is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 4.530m (14,860ft) above the sea level, located in the southern part of Ladakh in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The lake is also known as 'White Lake'. It’s known for its scenic beauty and the wide variety of wildlife it supports. Due to the high altitude, the climate is extreme in the winter; temperatures below -40°C are not uncommon. In the summer the temperature rises above 30°C, with extreme fluctuations during the day. Precipitation in the form of either rain or snow is extremely rare. It’s one of the three high altitude salt water lakes in Ladakh.
This newly paved road passes through remote areas, so you need to be prepared. Carry an extra can of fuel because the nearest fuel station in any direction is in Leh or Keylong. If you plan to stay overnight in one of the tents, then make sure you wear protective woolen clothes and carry an extra pair. It can get really chilly and also windy in the open grasslands. There are no ATMs nearby so do not forget to carry cash. The lake is very popular with bird watchers as the marshlands surrounding the lake supports an amazing array of bird life.
Pic: Viraj Vyawahare