OVERVIEWTso-moriri is a picturesque lake in the Changthang plateau area of Ladakh. This brackish water lake is situated at an altitude of 4595 Mtrs and is nearly 27 kms long at some places. Korzok village overlooks this magnificent lake at one end, and this used to be an important transit on the ancient silk route to Tibet.
It is easy to come across an occasional camp of Changpa tribe, which is a nomadic tribe living in Yak skin tents and thriving by grazing sheep, goats and yaks.
Our trek would start from Pang ( 4700 Mtrs ), on the Leh-Manali route. This is a simple stop over, and is nearly mid way between Manali and Leh. The walk is graded as easy to moderate, and would trail over gravel river beds and over the Thelakung la ( 4980 Mtrs ) to enter into the beautiful valley that leads to the lake. Largely the trek is level, and climb to the passes would be gradual, however the entire trek is at high altitude.
One highlight of this trek is divine campsites with exclusive and exotic experience of untouched Himalayas. Wildlife in the area includes Kyangs ( wild asses ), Snow Leopards, Shankhoo ( Ladakhi wolf ), Marmots, Hare, Yaks and migratory birds.
Day 01: Manali to Jispa drive
Day 02: Jispa to Sarchu drive
Day 03: Sarchu to Pang drive and short trek
Day 04: Trek to Takstago
Day 05: Takstago to Zozogong over Thelakung La ( 4980 Mtrs )
Day 06: Zozogong to Phuang Trek
Day 07: Phuang to Manechan Trek
Day 08: Manechan to Lhatho
Day 09: Lhatho to Kyangdom
Day 10: Kyangdom
Day 11: Kyangdom to Kharlong
Day 12: Kharlong to Korzok
Day 13: Korzok to Leh
Price IncludesTransfers ex Manali till Leh by non AC surface transport, overnight stay/meals for Jispa and Sarchu as per our itinerary, camping gear during the trek, kitchen and mess facilities on the trek, all rations/meals on the trek, porters, pack animals for luggage portaging, all camping fees, trekking and inner line/restricted permits.
Price ExcludesTravel up till Manali, Hotel stay at Manali/Leh prior/post tour, Meals and refreshments during road journey, expenses of personal nature, tips, insurance of any kind, alcoholic drinks, govt taxes as applicable, anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.
Booking / Cancellation policy- Tour needs to be booked at least 60 days in advance. Full payment is required to confirm a booking.
- 75 % refund if cancellation happens 45 days prior to departure
- 50 % refund if cancellation happens 30 days prior to departure
- No refund for any cancellation/no show in the last 30 days prior to departure
Day 01: Manali (2000m ) to Jispa (3200m) drive ( 8 hours ). Early morning start to beat the traffic. We would travel across the mighty Rohtang pass which separates the green landscapes of the Kullu Manali valley and the dry lands of Lahaul and Spiti. Overnight at camp/guest house.
Day 02: Jispa to Sarchu (4290m) drive ( 5-6 hours ). Today is not a very long drive. We would go over the Baralacha pass to enter the high altitude plains of Sarchu. The Himalayan grandeur is amazing throughout the journey. Overnight at camp.
Day 03: Drive to Pang (4700m) 4 hours. We will drive through spectacular geography crossing imposing passes like Nakila (4740m) and Lachulangla (5059m), to reach Pang. From here we would enter the gorge formed by a stream and a short hike to reach our camp site. Overnight camp.
Day 04: Trek to Takstago The trek is an easy walk on a river bed, and crossing the small river several times as the stream meanders spanning the whole width of the river breadth. Experience amazing wind sculpted gravel laden mounds on either side of the valley. Towards the end, we would approach a narrower gorge which meets the river on the left side. Here we would camp for the night. Overnight camp.
Day 05: Takstago to Zozogong over Thelakung La ( 4980m ) Today we cross through the gorge, and reach the base of the pass. From the top of this pass one can see a vast expanse of the beautiful valley that we would be walking in the next few days. The camp would be setup just after descending from the pass. Overnight camp.
Day 06: Zozogong to Phuang Trek The trek now is a walk through the arid landscapes of the cold desert. It is very common to sight wild asses in this area. Camp would be established near a stream. Overnight camp.
Day 07: Phuang to Manechan Trek The walk would traverse gentle ascents and descents through a very arid scenery. Towards the end of the day walk we would climb over a small pass called Manechan La ( 4780 Mtrs ), across which a beautiful stream gushes with greenery around it. Overnight camp besides this stream.
Day 08: Manechan to Lhatho The trek from Manechan would take us across a boulder strewn area and would further go over undulating paths with greenery and swampy pastures. Overnight camp at Lhatho.
Day 09: Lhatho to Kyangdom Kyangdom is one of the ends of Tso-moriri lake. The camp site is a grassland which descends into the lake forming a wetland kind of area where migratory birds can be sighted. Kyandom implies land of the Kyangs ( wild asses ). This is a very picturesque sight with high Himalayan peaks around the crystal clear blue waters of the lake. Overnight camp.
Day 10: Kyangdom A rest day besides the lake. Short day hikes for photo opportunities, or simply laze at the camp. Overnight camp.
Day 11: Kyangdom to Kharlong Today the walk is besides the lake. Experience the lapping water of the lake at the banks as strong winds blow past. At Kharlong a small stream is there with small space for camping. Overnight camp.
Day 12: Kharlong to Korzok A short walk across Bhudhist Mane walls, Chortens and Gompas. Reach Korzok in early afternoon. Korzok is a small sleepy village at one end of the lake. This is the place where we meet the road that connects to Leh. Overnight camp.
Day 13: Korzok to Leh – Drive ( 7 hrs ) Early morning start and drive across exotic geography, and ever changing terrain. Reach Leh by afternoon.
It is possible to join this trek from Leh also. The drive from Leh to Pang is around 7-8 hours. Discuss your plan with us at time of your confirming the tour in case you are considering this possibility. Guests who wish to consider doing this trek from Leh, would need to spend a minimum of 2 nights at Leh before starting off for Pang. This is mandatory for acclimatization reasons.
TRAVEL ADVISORYPACKING LIST
Personal torch, trekking boots, fleece body warmers, windproof jacket and lower, warm headgear, UV protection sunglasses, sun screen and moisturizer, gloves, warm socks, day pack, water bottle, camera etc.
- Minimum age for participation is 15 years.
- This is not a luxury trip; Trekking days may be long and tiring.
- People with past history/ailment of heart, asthma, epilepsy are recommended to take medical advice.
- Weather disruptions may at times result in discomfort or unplanned adjustments.
- This trek goes through some very remote regions of Ladakh, having absolutely no access to communication and medical facilities for several days at end.
- Any additional expenses which might occur due to delays, weather disruptions, medical evacuation etc. would need to be borne by the participants as per actual. All overstay due to weather disruption, road blocks and similar which are not under our control would be charged on pro-rata based as per tour cost for planned days.