Tso Moriri

Lake Moriri: one of the most beautiful roads in northern India

Tso Moriri is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 4.522m (14,836ft) above the sea level, located in the Ladakh region of the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Located in the Changthang Plateau, the area registers freezing temperatures during the winter months. The road to the lake is 47.4 km (29.45 mile) long, running north-south from Mahe towards Karzok (or Korzok), one of the highest towns in the world.
The road to this picturesque and deep blue lake is paved. Be aware that you'll cross several very high passes and you’ll experience very cold nights even mid-summer. The area is very remote and very sparsely populated, but is full of amazing beauty. There are essentially no villages en route to add shelter to the trip. Remember swimming in the lake is not allowed. There are no petrol pumps in the area. Carrying enough fuel is therefore necessary. The road tops out at 4.843m (15,889ft) above the sea level.

Accessibility is largely limited to the summer season. The road offers stunning views of Kyagar Tso, a small saline water lake at an elevation of 4.705m (15,436 ft) above the sea level. Picturesquely located in secluded, breathtakingly beautiful Rupshu Valley, facilities like electricity, medical aid, hot running water, western toilets etc. are rare to find.
Pic: Michael L

 

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