In this article, I will provide an overview of guest Houses, campsites, and hotels At Tso Moriri Lake in Ladakh. If you were planning a trip anytime soon, depending on your budget and preference, you can choose to stay at either of these. Please note that I have been to Karzok a few times but I of course have not stayed personally at all these places.
The names and contact details I am listing below are a mix of my own knowledge, feedback provided by other travelers, and reviews I gather from the web. Other than the accommodation, for other details like how to reach Tso Moriri, modes of travel, and sightseeing, please take a look at How to Plan a Trip to Tso Moriri from Leh.
Another point to note is that Karzok has no cellphone receptions still. Even BSNL does not work here. So even though I am listing the phone numbers as well, you may not be able to reach all of them at all times. If you are in fact able to connect with someone, whether to book or not is entirely your personal choice.
About Tso Moriri Lake – Karzok
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 the Tso Moriri Lake and the village of Karzok that is located on its banks.
Also referred to as “Lake Moriri” or “Mountain Lake”, Tso Moriri and its surrounding area are protected as a wetland reserve. It is located in the Ladakhi part of Changthang Plateau at an altitude of 4,522 m (14,836 ft).
Pangong Tso is bigger in size than Tso Moriri but is divided between India and China. This makes Tso Moriri the largest of all the high-altitude lakes entirely within India. The lake is about 26 kilometers in length and 3 to 5 kilometers in width.
I wouldn’t really term Tso Moriri as “lesser-known” but it is definitely a place that earlier did not get a lot of tourists as compared to other destinations. A lake that is equally magnificent and beautiful as Pangong Tso. But even now the number of people visiting Moriri is far less than the number of tourists that Pangong sees.
Guest Houses, Camp Sites, and Hotels at Tso Moriri
Despite this, I must admit that accommodation options in terms of guest houses and hotels at Tso Moriri are better than Pangong Tso. Earlier, there is only one cemented hotel available at Pangong Tso and the rest were all campsites. Guesthouses at Pangong also have started to come up now at the villages of Spangmik, Man, and Merak.
Tso Moriri has had those for a long time now. It has a wider range of options available in the form of guest houses, paying guests, and campsites as well. You can easily find a place to stay here for as low as Rs. 800-1000 however the campsites can be as expensive as Rs. 2000-5000 depending upon facilities and meal plans.
If you want to stay as a paying guest with a local family and get a taste of the local life, you can do that as well. There is a monastery as well at Karzok that can sometimes accept guests. I have personally tried 3 times but was always said No. But a couple of friends of mine were able to negotiate their way in and spend a few days in the village living inside the monastery at a negligible price.
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Campsites & Self-Camping at Tso Moriri
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 campsites 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 campsites. 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 at. 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
It is the best place to stay if budget is not a problem. They have both campsites 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 [email protected].
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.
Some other campsites here are as mentioned below.
- Wild Camp – Phone: 096222 77696
- Golden Mark Camps – Phone: 097165 07246
- The Norling Camp – Phone: 099712 53000
- Wander Hut Tsomoriri – Phone: 098112 37657
Self-Camping at Tso Moriri
If you were carrying your personal camping gear, then yes, you can pitch your own tent as well. But as I mentioned, it would have to be a little away from the lake. Other than the area around being a wetland reserve, the villagers also have fields near the lake. So finding a suitable spot for camping can be a bit tricky.
For a few other things that you should keep in mind, please take a look at Tips for Self-Camping in Leh Ladakh.
Guest Houses and Hotels at Tso Moriri
There is absolutely no difference between a hotel or a guesthouse when it comes to Tso Moriri. They are more or less the same thing. If I am to still define it, then there is no luxurious hotel here as such but guesthouses are in ample amount. They are all decently comfortable enough, have clean rooms and washrooms, and are a great budget choice.
Mentioned below are a few names and numbers.
Lake View Guest House
It is a good place to stay with nice clean rooms & washrooms and well within budget. Charges are anywhere between Rs. 1000 to Rs. 1200 depending on your negotiations skills. The last known numbers I had for them are 01982 – 264867 or 094193 45362 in case you want to call and book in advance. It provides a great view of the lake from its rooms
Mentok Guest House
Good spacious, neat, and carpeted rooms with a great view of the lake. Washrooms are western-style however shared which is a drawback for some people. Food is basic but delicious. The tariff would be between Rs. 800 – Rs.1000.
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Crane Guest House
Their tariff is around Rs. 1000 to Rs.1200 for a double bedroom. It is another simple but decent guest house that has clean rooms and is a good place to stay for a couple of days.
Homestays at Tso Moriri
Homestay in Karzok was an option in the early days of tourism here. At that time, there were not many visitors and the numbers of campsites and guesthouses were limited. At that time, the villagers will accept guests for a nominal amount and will provide shelter in their own house.
But with the increase in tourism, almost every villager who could afford to accept guests has now officially named it a guesthouse. They have extended their houses by a few rooms. Still, if you want to try your luck, you can ask around and may get a good deal. There is only one homestay that I have stayed here in and mentioned below are the details.
It is a great place to stay within budget. It is run by a very humble family. You can easily stay here for as little as Rs.700 – Rs.800 per day including meals.
Where to stay at Tso Moriri
The best thing to do would be to reach Karzok as early as possible and negotiate. Please note that Karzok is a very secluded area and if you reach here late, there is a high possibility that all the campsites or guest houses would be full. You will end up struggling to find a place to stay (this has happened with me) and knocking on doors at night.
These were just a few options that I had the details for. There are plenty of other homestays or guesthouses at Karzok and the number keeps increasing with each passing year.
I hope this information on hotels at Tso Moriri was of help. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment and ask in the comments section below or at our Community Forum, and I will be glad to answer. If you know of any other guesthouse or hotel at Tso Moriri that you have stayed at, please do share their details to help other travelers.