Guest Houses, Camp Sites, and Hotels at Tso Moriri

by Vargis.Khan

Guest Houses, Camp Sites, and Hotels at Tso Moriri

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.

Also Read: When is the Best time to visit Leh Ladakh

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.

Campsites & Self-Camping at Tso Moriri

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

karzok

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.

bike trip to karzok

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.

Goose Homestay

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.

Guest Houses, Camp Sites, and Hotels at Tso Moriri

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.

Conclusion

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.

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32 comments

ARINDAM BANERJEE May 31, 2020 - 7:46 am

Hello Vargis,would u plz. share the contact details of Goose Homestay,Korzok…

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Nikunj August 27, 2019 - 12:36 pm

Hi Vargis, M planning a trip to Leh in sept end 2019,
Plan would be to
from 15th to 20th sept: Manali to leh
20th sept – 24th sept : Hanle village
24th sept to 26th: Tsomoriri
27/28th: return to leh
from 29th to 1st oct : Return to Rohtang and enroute to spiti….!!!

I have few questions:
1. Road conditions of Rohtang pass, leh to Hanle and Hanle to tsomoriri
2. Adequate fuel for the trip?
3. Accomodation option at Tso in sept end

Thnks in advance.

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Mohit Limaye July 25, 2019 - 9:07 am

Can we stay in a Monastery at Tso Moriri?

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Vargis.Khan July 25, 2019 - 9:41 am

No

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Raghav Iyer January 15, 2019 - 7:46 pm

Hey everybody,

I visited Tso Moriri in 2015 and stayed in a dhaba tent near the Monastery at Korzok village for only 100 rupees. The food is also available and costed around 200 for food which was excellent.

Note this is a shared tent but they will provide you with lots of blankets. Excellent value for money even if they charge 200-300 now provided you can withstand the cold. Not for delicate darlings from the plains of India.

Very friendly family. Highly recommended.

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Subhasis December 31, 2018 - 5:19 am

Hello vergis…while traveling to tso moriri, if there is propor root to moriri or we should stay at karzik

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Vargis.Khan December 31, 2018 - 4:19 pm

Karzok and Tso Moriri are pretty much the same place Subhasis, right next to each other.

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Poulami sarkar September 20, 2018 - 5:20 pm

Tthanks much vergis for ur prompt reply..

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Vargis.Khan September 20, 2018 - 6:00 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Poulami sarkar September 20, 2018 - 8:04 am

Hi vargis.. we are planning for leh from 17th oct to 24th oct. Just want to know abt the wooden huts near pangong..will it be open?? Else we have to stay in guest house??

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Vargis.Khan September 20, 2018 - 4:10 pm

I doubt it Poulami. It will be all wrapped by November. You will have to look for a homestay at Spangmik.

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Sameer sk September 20, 2018 - 7:58 am

Hi Vargis,

Your blog has bunch of information about Leh. I really thank you for that.

We are planning a budget tour to leh for 10 days using local transport (i.e., 29th Sep,2018) from Delhi via Srinagar and return to Delhi again via Manali. We planned to stay 4 days in Leh. Can you please guide me how to cover max places in leh in this 4 days or any other better plan for our tour. We will take a bike for rent in Leh.

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Vargis.Khan September 20, 2018 - 4:11 pm

Hi Sameer – How are you reaching Ladakh if you are renting bikes there?

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ASHOK SHAH September 17, 2018 - 2:25 pm

Hi Planning a trip for 8 days from 29th Oct to 6th Nov

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Vargis.Khan September 17, 2018 - 5:52 pm

Go by flight, cannot make it a road trip.

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Pratiksha August 24, 2018 - 2:21 pm

Another question is looks like trip advisor has many paid reviews we are not able to decide which camp we should choose if you suggest to camp at Pangong
Will it be crowded in September in Pangong ?

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Pratiksha August 24, 2018 - 2:17 pm

Hello Vargis
Read couple of articles that goes by your name we are traveling in September and would.like to visit both Pangong and tso moriri. Where should we camp any suggestions

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Aldrin MAchado July 30, 2018 - 3:25 pm

Hey Vargis Nice article
Just wanna ask if this trip is possible if i chose to stay in a Hotel near leh airport and travel back and forth to sight seeing points.
Like Leh Hotel to pang gong sight seeing and back.
Its almost 6 hrs drive one way.

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Vargis.Khan July 30, 2018 - 4:37 pm

Hi Aldrin – Yes a day trip is possible but then your entire time will be spent just traveling. Leh to Tso Moriri and back on a single day will be even longer.

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Aldrin MAchado July 31, 2018 - 11:53 am

Hey Thanks for Reply.
Also want to know if this road to various sight seeing points are motorable at night?

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Vargis.Khan July 31, 2018 - 3:28 pm

No road in Ladakh is motorable at night. It will be very cold and not safe at all.

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Poulami sarkar June 25, 2018 - 3:06 pm

Hi vergis..may I get the staying option in pangong n tsomoriri in arnd 20th October.

Pls share your views.

Thanks much
Poulami

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Vargis.Khan June 25, 2018 - 8:30 pm

In October yes you will find stay option at both the lakes.

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Mihir Agarwal May 27, 2018 - 10:24 am

Hi Which place do you recommend in Pangong?

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Bhishma Bhatti May 24, 2018 - 7:54 am

Is there any accommodation at tsokar?

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Vargis.Khan May 24, 2018 - 4:12 pm

Yes, there are a few Chadar tents and camps sites there.

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Devendra. ANDHARIA. May 13, 2018 - 3:12 pm

Hi,Mr Vargis.
Devendra from Gujarat.
We are 26 Person Group ,,required 13DoubleBed Roos,,(12 +1Free for Leader)
Date:-16/8/18. Including evening Tea/coffee,, Dinner, & Morning breakfast.
Send me Rate. Thank You.
(M):-09428994959.

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Vargis.Khan May 15, 2018 - 5:53 pm

Hello Mr. Devendra, I do not offer any such services.

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Manoj April 25, 2018 - 10:22 pm

Hi vargis your plan is wonderful i want to follow your guideline, if we travel in july can we get all these things which you mention abova we are two members

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Vargis.Khan April 26, 2018 - 5:07 pm

Hi Manoj – If you mean accommodation at Tso Moriri then yes, it will all be open by July.

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Anindita De April 7, 2018 - 7:48 am

I would like to stay at Goose Homestay How can i book

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Vargis.Khan April 7, 2018 - 9:52 pm

Hard to book as the connectivity at Karzok is rare. You will have to get there and negotiate an on the spot deal.

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