Guest Houses, Camp Sites and Hotels At Tso Moriri – As more and more people are visiting Ladakh each year now, some of the lesser known and offbeat places have also started getting a lot of attention. One of such places is Tso Moriri which I wouldn’t really term as “lesser known” but definitely a place that earlier did not get a lot of tourists as compared to other destinations like Pangong Tso. A lake that is equally magnificent and beautiful but even now the number of people visiting Moriri is far less than the number of tourists that Pangong sees.
Despite this, I must admit that accommodation options in terms of guest houses and hotels at Tso Moriri are better than Pangong Tso. While at Pangong Tso, your only option to spend the night in are camping sites, Tso Moriri has a wider range of options available. There is only one cemented hotel available at Pangong Tso and rest are all camp sites whereas Tso Moriri has hotels, guest houses and camp sites as well. You can easily find a place to stay here for as low as Rs. 600-700 however the camp sites can be as expensive as Rs. 4000-5000 depending upon facilities and meal plans.
Tso Moriri is a wetland reserve hence camping on the banks of the lake is restricted by law. I read online that it is a sanctuary for migratory birds so they do not allow people to stay too close to the lake. All the camp sites are at a little distance. If you are planning to camp on your own, then you too will have to pitch your tent away from the lake, near other camp sites. If you are on a budget, your best choice would be to stay as a paying guest however if there is no budget constraint, then the best choice would be to stay in a camp. Below is a list of some of the places that I recommend are worth staying. There are several other options as well but these are places where either I have personally stayed or some of my friends did.
- Tso Moriri Camp and Resort – Best place to stay if budget is not a problem. They have both camp sites and rooms available as well however the prices are definitely a little steep. They will quite anywhere close to Rs. 3000 (excluding meals) for 1 tent or room (double bed) but the final charge will depend on your negotiation skills. There will of course be no negotiation if you try to book in advance. It is a good comfortable place to stay with attached toiled and hot water facilities (in buckets though, not running hot water). You may contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Lake view Guest House – Another good place to stay with nice clean rooms & washrooms and well within budget. Charges are anywhere between Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000 depending on your negotiations skills. The last known number I had for them is 01982 – 264867 in case you want to call and book in advance.
- Nomadic Life Camp – I haven’t stayed here but one of my friends did and he definitely recommends it. Prices are over Rs. 3000 for one camp (meals extra). You may call 01982-267321 if you want to book in advance.
These are just the three options that I have either stayed at or know about. There are plenty of other home stays or guest houses at Karzok as well. Goose Homestay, Mentok Guesthouse are two more guest houses at Karzok where I haven’t stayed but I noticed these two while I was there. Price range for these as well will be somewhere close to Rs. 1000. Best thing to do would be to reach at Karzok as early as possible and negotiate. Please note that these Karzok is a very secluded area and if you reach here late, there is a high possibility that all the camp sites or guest houses would be full and you will be struggling to find a place to stay (this has happened with me). Pangong Tso has only camp sites but ample in numbers whereas Tso Moriri has variety but very limited, do keep that in mind.
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I hope this information was helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment and ask and I would be glad to answer. If you want to add more information to the article above like information on other home stays or camp sites, It would be of great help.