Tso Moriri Lake

Tso Moriri Lake

Tso Moriri Lake, also known as “Mountain lake” is situated in Changthang Plateau, it is one of the beautiful high altitude Tibetan Plateu situated at the 14,836 ft. It is being home to many migrant’s birds and the rare Himalayan hares can be seen near the lake. So, it justifies protecting the surroundings of the lakes as Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve. It is also one of the largest high-altitude lake in India, situated at the southern part of Ladakh. The roads are in good condition and it can be one of the beautiful drive.

The main habitants of this area are nomadic migratory shepherds of sheep, yak, horses and goat of Tibetan origin. This area sustains considerably high population as compare to the poor vegetation cover and high anthropogenic pressure.


One can reach Tsomoriri directly from Pangong Tso through remote Changtang region. There is 435 Km between Pangong and TSO Moriri. Make sure to carry enough fuel if you are travelling by your own conveyance as there is no petrol pumps in between.

However, the shortest route to travel is Leh to Tso Moriri through Chumathang.


This lake is also closer to borders, so foreigners are not allowed until they have the Protected area permit. The Indian travelers doesn’t require any permit to visit Tso Moriri Lake.

Accommodation and Food

The best place to stay is Leh and the day trip can be planned from Leh to sanctuary and the lake. Also, the camping facilities are available in nearby villages at Korzok village and Nubra Valley. But it is better to get go camping at Pangong lake because they have the proper facilities and amenities.

Finding food will be a challenge here, so it is better to carry some eatery with you.

Best Time to Visit

The lake is accessible during summers only, between May to Aug, when large number of traveler comes to visit this place.