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Tso Moriri Lake Trek

The eastern part of Ladakh displays some of the most awesome landscapes in the world. Essentially a hi-altitude desert, the region has vast plateaus and huge lakes. This trek takes you from the hi-altitude areas of Himachal Pradesh into Ladakh.

It's an unforgettable journey to the enchanting lake district of Ladakh. Visit two breathtaking! beautiful lakes surrounded by vast plateaus and high mountains.

Day 1: Manali - Kaza - 3600m - 9 Hours

Depart Manali for the small town of Kaza. On this 9 hour drive we cross two major mountain passes - the Rohtang La - 13050ft / 3978m and the Kunzum La 4551m / 14,970ft. The drive down from the Kunzum presents some great landscape and as we drive through a gorge the sudden appearance of the expansive Spiti River Basin can be an unforgettable experience. We check a comfortable guest house. Spiti is still relatively remote and accommodation is rustic and simple but clean.

Day 2: Kaza to Kibber 4200m - 1 Hour drive. On to Thaltak -6 Hours

Leave Kaza early and drive up to Kibber now considered the highest village in the world. It is here that we start our trek. We leave Kibber at around 8 am and begin our trek to the Thaltak grazing grounds. The scenery assumes large proportions as the mountains recede to the background. Camp after a 6-hour walk.

Day 3: Thaltak to Base Camp at Pangrochen 5000m below Parang La. 6 hours.

The trek is uphill all lhe way and though a bit bring compensates by way of the grand scenery all around. We camp at Pangrochen with its solitary fresh water spring that sustains the sparse mid life at this altitude.

Day 4: Cross Parang La 5600m to Largyup 4930m. 6 hours

This downhill walk is over the Parang glacier as we finally emerge into shrub land. The steep inclines gradually smoothen out as we reach the campsite at Largyup.

Day 5: Largyup to Tarang Yongma 4580m. 5 Hours

We now walk along the Pare Chu valley and after crossing the river camp near the Tarang Yongma.

Day 6: Tarang Yongma to Norbu Sumdo 4300m 6 Hours

As we walk along the valley, we cross a stream or two and Anally arrive at the green lush oasis of Norbu Sumdo a sight for sore eyes. Camp here in the desert stillness for the night.

Day 7: Norbu Sumdo to Kiangdom south shore Tso Moriri 4450m / 14,432ft. - 5 hours

Todays walk takes us through barren mountains and ridges to the shores of this large 15 by 5 mile salt-water lake high in the western Himalayas and bordering the extensive Great Changthang Desert Plateau. If you're lucky, you can spot a herd of Kyang or Tibetan Wild Ass or the hardy Ibex and you just cannot mss the squeaky marmots that keep pooping up from their burrows. You are sure to see a number of bird species like the bar-necked geese, Brahminy duck and other water fowl sunning themselves on the placid waters of this seemingly never ending body of water. Camp on the shores of the lake.

Day 8: South Shore to Karzok the northern shore

Walk along the shores to reach this tiny village with a small Gompa and camp nearby.

Day 9: Karzok to Gyama over the Gyamsharma La

This is a relatively low mountain pass. We cross a number of temporary campsites of the Changpa nomads. Camp overnight.

Day 10:

Cross the Kyamamuri LL and trek onward to Rajung Karu another small campsite.

Day 11:

Trek over the low Harlam Konka mountain ridge and reach Nuruchan, a small isolated village in the middle of nowhere.

Day 12:

Crossing bridges and hillsides we finally reach the legendary Tso Kar lake. Once famous as a stopover for traders to fill up their caravans with the abundant salt deposits that this lake produces by evaporation, Tso Kar still has small Mis of crystallised salt on its shores. Camp near the lake.

Day 13:

An almost level walk to the Manali-Leh Highway where a Jeep awaits to take us over the 17,469ft / 4420m hiih Tanglang La to Leh where we arrive by late evening. Check in hotel.