Tso Moriri Lake is the lake situated in Ladakh part of Jammu and Kashmir in North India. The lake lies at the altitude of 4822m, which is the high altitude lake entirely within India. It is about 26 km north to south in length and 3-5 km wide. The Korzok Monastery, on the western bank of the Tso Moriri lake, is 400 years old and attracts tourists and Buddhist pilgrims. Tourism during May – September attracts a large number of foreign and local tourists. This is not much frequented but a wonderful trekking route with altogether different landscapes lies in the prohibited area. The scenery is wild and vast with snow-capped peaks lining the far horizon.
Duration:- 16 days (Delhi to Delhi)
Best time:- July to September
Today arrive at the Delhi International Airport and meet our local representative. By private transport, we transfer you to our Hotel.
After early morning breakfast, we transfer to the domestic airport terminal of Delhi and fly to Leh over the majestic Himalaya, in the district of Ladakh. You will be landing at 3500 mtrs. Up on arrival in Leh check in at hotel and you are free to explore the leh. To better acclimatize, you should relax till mid day or take a slow walk in the city.
Adapt to clients’ needs please, slow, relax, nothing else.
After an early breakfast, we leave to Stock to get the better sunrise light for photography. We visit the Stok Palace and villages , the museum in the palace houses valuable antic objects. We will stroll from village to village to meet the people and see their daily activities. One can enter in a family house to have a cup of tea and discuss their mode of life. Further one, we ride to the monastery of Thiksey, a majestic monastery perched on a rocky outcrop built in the 15th century during the first wave of expansion of Gelugpa sect in Ladakh. In the entry there are paintings of protective deities and the great masters of the sect. On the way back to Leh, we visit the Shey monastery, once the capital of Upper Ladakh before being moved to Leh. The monastery houses rich mural painting ,well restored and represent the 18 arhats (disciples of Buddha who attained enlightenment).
Ride towards the south east of Ladakh, for 47 kms over the Manali – Leh high way. A short stop at Upshi, here your passport will be checked at the local police check post. Here we leave the high way and continue for 40 km to the east till a small Himaya village.
Take an early breakfast and ride towards Chumathang village. The village is famous for its medicinal hot springs that is reputed to heal all kinds of body pain. We set up camp near this village for the night. One can take a bath in the hot spring to get relaxed from the days’ fatigue.
A spectacular ride through a bewitching landscape till Mahebridge 23 Kms, the gateway to the restricted area of the Tchang-Thang plateau, inner line permit and passport are required to be checked before crossing the bridge. A narrow gorge avenue by green willow shrubs leads till Sumdo village. Campsite set near the village. Evening stroll to explore the village life , visit a small monastery houses painting and images.
A narrow gorge leads to the top of Namshangla 4800m, gentle descend to the ThadsangKaru, and ascend for few km. till the point from where you can view a large turquoise color lake named Tsomoriri. Ride goes through shrubby landscape, fantastic multicolor hue hills ranging deep purple to crimson and desert brown with strong sun effects. One can easily encounter the Marmot families whistling and playing. Reach Karzok village inhabited by Nomade situated at its northern shore of the lake.
A day at your rhythm , stroll around the lake to observe the different species of birds including blacked neck crane , geese, duck, white-winged redstart, robin accentor, white-throated dipper etc., explore the villages and visit the monastery.
We head back by the same trail till Sumdo (only piece of trail that we do twice), further ride to Puga valley lies at the east of the Salt Lake Valley. It is famous for its borax and sulphur deposits and hot water springs. However, the deposits are of little commercial value at present due to the inaccessibility of this valley and the short working season.
Uphill ride to the top of Pologongka La, descend to Tsokar a huge salt water deposit lake at the edge of Tchang-Thang plateau with its wide grassy plateau where amazing varieties of wild life such as Kyang, Tibetan Wolf, marmots , birds like the snow cocks , common forktailed , crag martin , himalayan griffon and some more species are found here. Visit the Tuckchy village and a small gompa.
Ride through a vast plateau and after 13kms, join the Manali to Leh-high way. This plateau is the summer home for the nomade locally known as Changpa, Changpas are the shepherds who lives here with their herds and are spotted by their tents mostly made of yak wool or skin. (Presently at the places white canvas are used as well.) camp at the foot of Tanglangala.
Uphill gradual ride to the top of one of the world third highest motorablepass !! Enjoy stunning views of the mighty Himalaya, descend by the zig-zagging road to Gaya, a narrow gorge traversing villages with oasis , rolling hills of multicolor hue bring you to the campsite before just Upshi.
After joining the Upshi check post (passport are required to be checked) we ride along the Indus valley till Leh.
Flight to Delhi, on arrival in Delhi, our colleague will accompany you to your hotel. After some refreshments, we do half day city tour to lotus temple and Hunmayun Tomb.
Morning visit to the streets of old Delhi. Till transfer to airport to get your flight to your onward destination, Check out time 12 noon, baggage can be stored in the hotel.
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