Tso Moriri Lake in Ladakh – Leh to Tso Moriri Travel Guide

by Vargis.Khan

Tso Moriri Lake in Ladakh

Tso Moriri Lake in Ladakh is a giant when it comes to natural beauty with its deep blue waters and lush green surroundings. One of the biggest attractions of Ladakh, it is a must-visit place for anyone planning a trip to the region. It is located at a distance of 220 kilometers from Leh and can be easily reached by public transport as well.

Tso Moriri is one of the lesser-visited regions of Ladakh. Things out here do not get as crowded as they do in the case of Pangong Lake. Karzok village is located right next to the lake and the choices of accommodation are also slightly better.

In this post, I will provide a complete travel guide on visiting Tso Moriri Lake from Leh. For details on visiting the other areas of Ladakh, please take a look at How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh – A Complete Travel Guide.

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Tso Moriri Lake Video

Below is the link to a video that I shot during my recent trip to Ladakh and Tso Moriri Lake. You can also take a look at this video for more information on visiting Tso Moriri.

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About Tso Moriri Lake

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 the 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 the high-altitude lakes entirely within India. The lake is about 26 kilometers in length and 3 to 5 kilometers in width.

It is usually referred to as a freshwater lake which is not completely true. Its water is slightly salty but hard to notice while drinking due to which it is perceived as freshwater.

The lake is fed by water from melting snow and springs and currently has no outlet. It is accessible by road only during summer when both the highways leading to Ladakh are open.

The internal road from Leh to Karzok however remains open throughout the year. So if you were catching a flight to Leh, you can visit Tso Moriri in all 12 months.

How to Plan a Trip from Leh to Tso Moriri

There are several ways that you can include Tso Moriri in your itinerary. You can either plan to travel to the lake directly from Leh and return the next day. Or you can also travel directly between both Pangong Lake and Tso Moriri via the Chushul route.

A third way is to arrive in Karzok from Leh and then continue straight to Manali from there. No manner how you chose to reach here though, a night stay in Karzok comes highly recommended.

You can find accommodation here either in the form of a hotel, guesthouse, homestay, or campsite, details of which are provided further in the article.

Permit for Tso Moriri 

Tso Moriri is considered a part of the inner line, areas closer to the border. For Indian nationals, an inner line permit is required in order to visit here.

It can either be applied online or obtained in person from the DM office in Leh. Please read How to Get an Inner Liner Permit in Ladakh for more details.

For foreign nationals, a Protected Area permit has to be procured before they can travel from Leh to Tso Moriri. This permit also can be obtained online or in person but requires the involvement of a registered travel agent. Please read How to Obtain a protected area permit for Ladakh for more details.

tso moriri lake

Leh to Tso Moriri Route

The route to the lake will depend on whether you were traveling directly from Leh, Pangong Lake, or via Tso Kar. I will talk about all three routes in detail further in the article. But for a better understanding, let me first post a map of these routes.

leh to tso moriri route map

The map below is a comprehensive one and shows every possible road that you can take to reach Tso Moriri from Leh. If you need a map of the entire Ladakh region, you can check out this post A Complete Road Map of Entire Ladakh.

How to reach Tso Moriri from Leh

There are three different routes that you can take to reach Tso Moriri from Leh. The first and shortest route runs through Chumathang Valley.

The second one goes through More plains and will have you cross Tanglang La. On the way, you can also visit Tso Kar while traveling on this route. The third and longest route is via Pangong Tso and Changthang Valley.

The common thing about all three routes is that they will all have you exit at Sumdo Village. From there you will travel the last 50 kilometers, most of which is a dirt road, to reach Karzok.

Leh to Tso Moriri via Chumathang

This is the shortest and the most common route to reach Tso Moriri from Leh. The journey will be as mentioned below.

Leh – Shey – Karu – Upshi – Chumathang – Mahe – Sumdo – Namashang La – Karzok (Tso Moriri)

The total distance covered while traveling this way would be 220 kilometers. Travel time can be anywhere between 6 – 7 hours depending upon your speed and breaks.

If you are traveling by public transport, this is the only route that you can follow. The other two routes that I will mention later do not have public transport services available.

Leh – Upshi – Chumathang – Mahe

It is highly advised that you start from Leh as early as possible. Take the Manali – Leh highway and continue till you reach Upshi. This should not take you more than an hour and a half at most. Take a break at Upshi If you are hungry.

At Upshi market, you will come across a bifurcation. The road on your right goes towards Manali and the cut on your left is for Mahe. Turn on your left and continue driving to the village of Mahe via Chumathang. This road will be pretty hard to miss but ask the locals if you are unsure.

The road will be a mix of good and average. This stretch between Upshi and Chumathang is the most scenic part of this journey. So do take plenty of breaks in between.

At Chumathang, there is a hot water spring that you can visit. Near the spring itself, there is a guesthouse where you can break the journey if you wish to. There are also a few restaurants in Chumathang if you want to get something to eat.

Also Read: Clothes for Leh Ladakh – What to Pack

Mahe – Sumdo – Namashang La – Karzok

There is a check post at Mahe where you need to register yourself. Right next to that check post, there is a bridge. This is the road that you will have to turn on to reach Sumdo. Ask the locals if you are not sure.

Right after Sumdo, the ascent for Namashang La starts. It is not really that steep and the road condition is Ok as well. However a few kilometers after you have crossed Namashang La, the road will be bad and broken.

The first lake you will come across after Namashang La is Kiagar Tso. It is a small lake but no less in beauty when compared to the larger lakes like Pangong and Moriri. In fact, you may even find it more scenic than Moriri itself.

Continue driving straight and 10 km before Karzok you will come across a bifurcation. The dirt track will continue to go straight and you will notice a tarred road going towards your left.

Do not turn on this road as it goes towards Chumur. You may see a few boards reading that the road straight ahead is closed. But keep heading straight on the dirt tracks and it will lead you to Karzok Village.

See the picture below. You need to go straight from here. Do not turn left. These bikers were standing there confused about which way to go until I arrived and clarified.

chumur road

This is the most commonly used route to travel between Leh and Tso Moriri. It is the shortest and quickest of all the routes. The condition of the road also, for the most part, is a mix of good and average. You can take a look at the video below to see the route I just described.

Leh to Tso Moriri via Tso Kar

This route is slightly longer than the first one in terms of both distance and travel time due to 3 high-altitude passes in between and bad roads. The journey will be as mentioned below.

Leh – Shey – Karu – Upshi – Rumtse – Tanglang La – Debring – Tso Kar – Polo Kongka La – Puga – Sumdo – Namashang La – Karzok

Traveling by this route, the total distance covered will be around 260 kilometers. Travel time will easily be around 8-10 hours.

Leh – Upshi – Tanglang La – Debring – Tso Kar

The first part of this journey until Upshi will be the same as I explained above. However, upon reaching Upshi, continue on the Manali Leh highway towards Rumtse rather than taking the left turn towards Chumathang.

The ascent of Tanglang La starts after Rumtse. Once you have crossed the pass, you will arrive at an Army establishment called Debring. This is where More Plains starts.

There are also a few dhabas there and near the Dhabas, you will notice a road going toward your left. Leave the Manali Leh Highway here and turn on this road.

The first lake on this route is Tso Kar which will be approximately 22 km from this diversion. Stop at Tso Kar, have something to eat at the Dhabas near the lake, and click some pictures.

Also Read: How Safe Ladakh is for Tourists?

Tso Kar – Polo Kongka La – Sumdo

The second lake on this route is Startspuk Tso, a small lake that can easily be missed or confused as Tso Kar itself. The road too will vanish after Tso Kar and you will be traveling on dirt tracks.

On the way, you will also cross Puga hot water springs, also known as Puga Valley. It is another great spot to take a break. The lush-green scenery around Puga is very charming.

A few kilometers after Startspuk Tso is the ascent for Polo Kongka La. The climb is not very steep and you will barely notice it despite the bad road conditions.

Continue on this road till you reach Sumdo. From Sumdo, take the turn towards Karzok. The journey will be the same as I explained previously in the article for Sumdo to Karzok.

Please note that public transport is not available on this route. You can board the Manali Leh Bus to drop you at Debring but will not find another bus or shared cab for the journey ahead.

leh to tso moriri

Leh to Tso Moriri via Pangong Tso and Chushul

The third route that can be taken to reach Tso Moriri is the longest and is ideally a 2-3 day journey. This to not really the route to take if you just want to visit Tso Moriri Lake. Rather, this is the route you follow in the form of an overall itinerary covering Pangong Lake and Tso Moriri both.

People who want to cover both lakes without having to come back to Leh can follow this route.

Leh – Sakti – Chang La – Tangtse – Spangmik (Pangong Tso) – Man – Merak – Chushul – Tsaga La – Tsaga Village – Loma – Nyoma – Mahe – Sumdo – Karzok (Tso Moriri)

Following this route, you first arrive at Pangong Lake via Chang La Pass. This can be completed in about 6-7 hours depending on your speed and breaks. For that day, you will spend the night at Pangong Lake itself.

On Day 2, take an early start as the journey is very long. You will first travel along Pangong Lake until Chushul. This is a very scenic drive even though it is on a dirt road.

After Chushul, you will drive until you reach Loma village. From there, turn right and follow the road all the way to Mahe, Sumdo, and Karzok. I have explained this entire route in detail in Pangong Tso to Moriri Lake Direct Route Guide which you can take a look at.

Important Tips

There are a few important things you need to know while traveling on this third route via Pangong. First of all, there are no buses or shared taxis available between Pangong, Chushul, and Tso Moriri.

You can board a bus from Leh to Pangong but will not find public transport for the journey from there. The second is that permits for this route are not issued to foreign nationals, only Indian citizens can be allowed here.

The third is that this is a very remote region and you will hardly come by any other travelers. Roads for most of the part will be really bad.

Most importantly though, depending on the places you covered, a round trip to Leh via this route will easily be around 650 to 700 kilometers.  It means that you will have to make serious fuel arrangements as there is no other gas station available once you leave Leh.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Hanle Village

Including Hanle

Ideally, the stretch between Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri should be done in two days with a night halt at Hanle. If you want to do this, then after Chushul, you will reach the village of Loma. The road will bifurcate into two at Loma

To your left is the road that goes to Hanle and it is 50 km from there. If you went to Hanle, you will have to backtrack 50 km again to Loma and then continue on the road to Nyoma, Mahe, and Sumdo.

This is actually an ideal way to do it to ensure that the journey does not turn out to be too long. But, if you must do it in a single day, please ensure that you leave Pangong Tso as early as possible, possibly by the first light of the day.

karzok village

Leh to Tso Moriri Bus

The bus service between Leh and Tso Moriri is not really that frequent. A bus from Leh for Karzok leaves only 3 times a month, on the 10th, 20th, and 30th, at 6.30 in the morning. The fare per person is Rs. 370.

Leh to Tso Moriri Shared Taxi

However, if this does not match your itinerary, you can easily get a shared taxi from Leh to Tso Moriri. These start from the Leh bus stand every morning and are the most commonly used mode of transport by tourists.

The fare per person is about Rs. 500 – 600 per person one way (for a drop to the lake). The next day, you can get a shared taxi for Leh from Karzok village.

The bus and the shared taxis travel via the Chumathang route. There is no public transport available for Tso Moriri on the Chushul – Hanle – Loma – Nyoma route.

Where to Stay at Tso Moriri

There are several hotels, guest houses, homestays, and campsites in Karzok where you may choose to stay. For names and phone numbers of some of the hotels at Tso Moriri, please read Guest Houses, Camp Sites, and Hotels At Karzok.

In case you are planning to camp on your own, please do not do so anywhere near the lake. Tso Moriri is considered a protected wetland reserve and camping close to the lake is prohibited by Law.

If you want to pitch your tent, please do so near a campsite or a local Dhaba. You may even pay off a little to the existing campsites to give you a spot.

There is a monastery in Karzok that supposedly also allows tourists to stay. I asked once and they said no but a friend of mine claimed that he was able to get a place in the monastery. I cannot confirm it but you can try if you want to experience living in a monastery.

karzok village

Best Time to Visit Tso Moriri

The best time to visit Tso Moriri is between June and September when the tourist season is at its peak. While the road from Leh to Tso Moriri remains open throughout the year, going there in winter or non-tourist months may result in a fight for accommodation.

Between June till September, all the hotels and guest houses are fully operational and you will easily find a place to stay within any budget.

The second advantage of these months is that public transport services too are available. So if you are not traveling by your own vehicle, then finding a bus or a shared taxi between June and September is not really that difficult.

In a 1996 survey, it was revealed that Thirty-four species of birds including 14 species of water birds of which 6 are vulnerable species were found around Tso Moriri. So if bird watching or catching pictures of some rare species of birds is on your mind then Tso Moriri is the perfect place to do so.

For this purpose as well, the months between June to September are the best as the lake freezes completely in winter and there are almost no birds to see around it until it melts completely.

brahmi ducks

Leh to Tso Moriri Road Conditions

From Leh to Chumathang is a smooth tarred road. Between Chumathang and Mahe is a mix of good and bad, mostly average. From Mahe to Sumdo and Karzok is mostly a badly broken road.

If you are coming from the Tso Kar side, then you will find a mix of good and average roads until Sumdo – with the exception of Polo Kongka La where the road usually remains broken.

From Pangong Tso, it is a tarred road all the way to Chushul. Chushul to Loma is also a good smooth road. From Loma to Sumdo is a mix of good and bad.

Altitude Sickness at Tso Moriri

Due to its high altitude, Tso Moriri is one place in Leh where you are most like to suffer from altitude sickness. Hence, it is strongly advised that you do not go to Tso Moriri immediately after reaching Leh, or while on your way to Leh from Manali.

It is always best to reach Leh first, then go to Nubra Valley, thus giving your body time to adjust to the high altitude. After you have spent a few days in Ladakh, then you should plan a visit to Tso Moriri.

For more details on what altitude sickness is, what its symptoms are, and what you can do to avoid it, please read Acute Mountain Sickness in Ladakh and How to Deal with It.

Weather at Tso Moriri

Day temperature during summer remains moderately warm. But there will still be strong and cold wind always. At night, the temperate drops several degrees below 0.

In Winter, the lake freezes completely and the temperature can fall as low as -25 degrees Celsius or even more. At this time, even Tso Moriri freezes completely.

frozen tso moriri lake in ladakh

Mobile Network

Airtel, Jio, Idea, and Vodafone do not work here. It is only BSNL that works in the Karzok village. With BSNL as well, you will only get a network. You will be able to make calls and send texts but there is no internet on BSNL and no mobile data at all.

So you can forget about WhatsApp, Facebook, or Instagram. But you will be able to make calls and send texts. Surprisingly, the service of BSNL here is very good. We made calls to our homes and the voice was clear with no interruption.

Actually, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, and Jio do not work anywhere on this route. After we left Leh, we crossed Upshi and turned on the road to Chumathang. Airtel and Jio stopped working somewhere in that area. Vodafone stops working even before that.

On this route between Upshi and Tso Moriri, Even BSNL does not work. You will get the BSNL network somewhere around Chumathang or near other villages on the way but it will be intermittent.

You will get the BSNL network in Chumathang and after that, you are off the network completely. When you reach Karzok, that is when you get back on the BSNL network.

For more details on mobile reception in Ladakh, please read Mobile Phone Services in Leh and Other Areas of Ladakh.


There is no electricity in Karzok at night. The electricity is restored between 7 to 10 am and it is cut off sharp at 11 pm.

But it doesn’t make a difference because. By 9 pm, all the shops, eateries, and hotels are closed and everyone goes to sleep by 10 pm at most.

Medial Assistance

There are no hospitals in Karzok and not even a single Doctor is available anywhere in the village.  There are no dispensaries either. The nearest hospital is in Leh only.

It is highly recommended that you carry some basic medicines like fever, headache, upset stomach, pain relief spray, lip balm, cold cream, sunscreen lotion, etc with you.

Banks & ATM

There is no Bank or ATM at Karzok or on the way. Debit or credit cards too are not accepted here. Please ensure that you withdraw and carry enough cash before you leave Leh for Tso Moriri.

Petrol Pump

Like ATM, there is no fuel station at Karzok or on the way. Please ensure that you make proper fuel arrangements before you leave Leh, depending on your itinerary.

You can however get both Petrol and Diesel from the Dhabas and Chadar tents en route and in Karzok. The price will at least be 50% more than the market price and the quality of the fuel is not guaranteed as well. For more details, please read How to Manage Fuel Availability in Leh Ladakh.

Best Vehicle

If you are traveling in a hatchback or Sedan, you must travel only via Upshi and Chumathang. The other two routes via Tso Kar and Chushul route are best done if you have an SUV with good ground clearance.

Also read: How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh with Children

Manali to Tso Moriri

A lot of people plan their journey in a way that they want to cover Tso Moriri before reaching Leh. This however cannot and should not be done.

The reason is Acute Mountain Sickness that I described above. If you came to Tso Moriri directly from Manali, you are bound to suffer from altitude sickness and it will just ruin the fun.

If your situation got worse, there is no medical help available anywhere in the village. The best way is to first reach Leh, get used to the high altitude, arrange your permits, and then return to Tso Moriri. For more details on this topic, please take a look at How to Avoid Altitude Sickness in Ladakh.

Tso Moriri Altitude

Tso Moriri is located at a staggering altitude of 4,522 meters, 14836 feet.

Let to Tso Moriri Itinerary

Below are a few examples of how a Leh to Tso Moriri itinerary can be planned.

Via Chumathang

  • Leh to Karzok via Upshi & Chumathang – Day 1
  • Karzok to Leh / Manali via Tso Kar  – Day 2

Via Pangong

  • Leh to Spangmik – Day 1
  • Spangmik to Karzok via Chushul – Day 2
  • Karzok to Leh / Manali via Tso Kar / Chumathang – Day 3

Including Hanle

  • Leh to Spangmik – Day 1
  • Spangmik to Hanle  Day 2
  • Hanle to Karzok via Loma, Nyoma, Mahe – Day 3
  • Karzok to Leh / Manali via Tso Kar / Chumathang – Day 4

Including Nubra Valley

  • Leh to Diskit – Day 1
  • Diskit to Spangmik via Shyok Road – Day 2
  • Spangmik to Hanle – Day 3
  • Hanle to Karzok via Loma, Nyoma, Mahe – Day 4
  • Karzok to Leh / Manali via Tso Kar / Chumathang – Day 5

Leh to Tso Moriri Distance

Tso Moriri is located at a distance of 211 kilometers from Leh via Chumathang and 358 kilometers via Pangong and Chushul. If you include Nubra Valley as well, the distance increases to 430 kilometers.

Leh to Tso Moriri – Conclusion

This I think pretty much covers most of the important factors related to planning a trip from Leh to Tso Moriri. If you have any questions, you can contact me on Instagram and I will be happy to answer. You can also consider subscribing to my YouTube channel and asking your question there.

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Deep Chowdhury July 8, 2022 - 9:57 am

I have few queries hence pls comments on these..i shall be travelling to Ladakh in August where my entire travel depends on public transport
1: Is there any share car available between Pangong to Tsomoriri via Chushul (Rezang La) if yes then what would be the tentative charges
2: Is there any share car available from Tsomoriri to Leh
3: If there is no share car available between Pangong to Chushul then what would be the other alternate option to go from Panging to Rezang La war memorial location
4: As i shall be travelling from Manali to leh via Himachal Pradesh Govt bus hence do i need to pay Environment & Wildlife entry fee through online or is it only applicable for people travelling via pvt car only

Viola M April 21, 2022 - 4:44 pm

Hi Vargis, I am traveling with my family to leh end of may. I have plan to visit Hanel and Tso Moriri but one of the travel agent told me that the roads might be closed or i may even not get accommodation. i will be traveling to Hanel on 1st June and next day i.e. 2nd June to Tso Moriri. Could you please help me with the updated road status or at least share a link where i can get the updated status for roads to these two places.

Vargis.Khan April 24, 2022 - 4:47 am

The roads will be all open by then Viola. The travel agent is misinforming you

Deepika M August 1, 2021 - 10:53 am

Hi Vargis, I’m planning a 2 day trip from Leh to tsomoriri and back to leh on 10-11 sept. 12th sept is my return flight from Leh to mumbai.
I am travelling solo. Could you tell me how to plan this solo trip in the most economical way from Leh to tsomoriri and back? I cannot ride a bike and would take public transport. Pls help. Thanks in advance

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ankit May 13, 2021 - 11:19 am

can you suggest the best route from leh to ladakh and back coving all spots ?

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poulami mukhopadhyay April 16, 2019 - 1:59 pm

Hi Vargis…

First of all kudos to you for the brilliant one stop blog for all sorts ofof Ladakh trip experiences and itenararies and tips .

We as a group are planning to visit Ladakh this June but due to shortage of time we would be taking Manali Leh highway only while going and return from Leh to Delhi via flight.

While going through Manali Leh highway is it better to go via Tso Kar Tso moriri to Leh….or we should follow the normal travel route and visit the place from Leh and head back to Leh for return journey.

It would be great if you can advise.

Vargis.Khan April 16, 2019 - 5:47 pm

Hi Poulami – I would not recommend going to Moriri from Manali. Please see the post below. Should answer your questions.


Neelabh Chakravarty August 28, 2018 - 5:12 pm

Hi Mr Vergis,
Thanks for the route detailing pangong to Moriri, it gave me some currage to attempt, I have already done Srinagar to Leh, Nubra & Pangong from Sheok route and returned from Manali in the month of June in our Toyota liva a hatchback now kindly help me on:
1) is Pangong to Moriri more difficult than the Hundar to Pangong?
2) we are four adults and a child
3) is this route has difficult water crossings specialy in June
4) what if we take the Leh route from Pengong and instead of going to Leh we take the tourn for Moriri. Will there be any issue reaching in the same day approx 322 km.
5) from 19th reaching Leh till 30th we want to cover Nubra, panPang Moriri and back to Delhi via Manali
Please advise.
6) My in-laws are British national but holders of OCI. Is there any issue on getting permits for any of the routes.

I assure I will keep on bothering you till my execution.

Thanks & Regards
Neelabh Chakravarty

Vargis.Khan August 28, 2018 - 6:18 pm

Hello Mr. Chakravarty,

1. Yes
3. Not many and not too tough
4. It will be a very long journey but doable. Will take about 10-12 hours
6. You will have to get a PAP for which you will need to contact a travel agent in Leh.

Ram August 23, 2018 - 7:53 am

Hi Vargis,

Your blog was a great resource while planning for our journey. We took the Pangong to Moriri route (Route number 3 in your itinerary) . Like you mentioned, it is deserted for the most part with sporadic activity in Merak and Chulshul. The route was wonderful though. We got to see the Chinese border up close and a lot of Army activity which we generally do not get to see.

Like you mentioned, our driver stocked up on some fuel as there is a dearth of fuel pumps en route. I recommend taking this route only if you have a local / driver alongside as most of the journey will be through deserted areas.


Satish July 24, 2018 - 2:09 am

Hello vargis sir can I cover most of the leh by shared taxis with. My wife and 6 yr old daughter ..It should I book a privatecar..I’m in two minds

Vargis.Khan July 24, 2018 - 2:25 am

Satish Bhai you can do it but shared taxis may or may not be available and you will have to of course look around. At some places there may not even be available. Private taxis will be convenient but will cost you a bit high. If budget is not a problem then definitely go for a private cab.

Nikhil Moulick July 16, 2018 - 1:58 am

I shall visit pangong lake and tso moriri with a group. The group will go to Manali via Tso kar. Please state whether I should follow them or return to Leh ? I am 65 yrs old. Will I get a share taxi from Tso moriri to Leh easily ?

Vargis.Khan July 16, 2018 - 3:16 am

Yes you will be able to find a transport from Karzok to Leh. Public transport from Moriri to Manali will be tough though.

Ravinder Bishnoi May 18, 2018 - 5:20 am

Hi Vargis, I am planning a solo trip from Chandigarh-Shimla-Kaza-Debring-Tso-Moriri-Pangong- Khardung la-Leh-Kargil-Srinagar-Chandigarh on bicycle. Last year I did cycling till leh, this time I want to turn towards tso moriri from debring instead of going to leh and then coming back, my only concern is that how can I get the ILP without going to leh. Please suggest some solution.

Vargis.Khan May 18, 2018 - 1:47 pm

Hi Ravinder, The only way is to find a local travel agent in Leh who can get the permits on your behalf and courier them to you. You will of course have to send your IDs and money to him.

Ravinder Bishnoi May 19, 2018 - 4:38 am

well, I don’t know anyone, if you know someone who can either courier or send it to me at Debring please suggest me. Thank you.

Vargis.Khan May 20, 2018 - 7:37 pm

Sorry Ravinder Bhai. Even I do not know anyone who could help with this.

Suman Dey May 16, 2018 - 4:49 am

Can you suggest how to reach Rupshu valley from Tso moriri

Vargis.Khan May 17, 2018 - 2:40 am

Rupshu Valley is the entire region of More Plains, Pang, Tso Kar etc. You will be traveling right through it as you go from Manali to Leh. or towards Tso Moriri.

Akram Khan April 26, 2018 - 11:13 am

Can i get a stay option in Debring?

Vargis.Khan April 26, 2018 - 4:55 pm

Yes there are a few chadar tents there that you can stay at.

Jack March 20, 2018 - 7:15 am

Hi Vargis Sir,

i want to make a budget trip and my plan from Leh to tso Moriri will be on a weekend in June, so is it possible i will get shared transport from Leh to tso Moriri, if yes what might be the cost to & back?
Also i will be spending 1 night at Tso Moriri. So as you said above, i trust that there should be budget rooms between 500- max 2000 for 2 persons with toilet/bathroom facilities

Vargis.Khan March 20, 2018 - 2:31 pm

Yes Bhai, you can easily find a public transport in on weekends as well. Shared taxis for Leh to Tso Moriri start early in the morning from Leh bus stand daily, fare would be between Rs. 400 – 500. And yes, you will be able to find accommodation as well easily.

Jack April 23, 2018 - 11:07 am

Thnkx for the revert. can you let me know how is the night sky at Tso moriri (are there stary lines like milky way 🙂 😛 ) because as per my research i do not see much ppl going to tso moriri and there are less topics or blogs or discussion on tso moriri trips

Vargis.Khan April 23, 2018 - 3:06 pm

Night skies are clear all over Ladakh including Moriri.

Nisith Ranjan Ghatuari February 11, 2018 - 2:01 pm

I am flying to leh and will be there from 22nd April to 1st May 2018. I have the following doubts.

1) IS it will be possible to make a bike trip to Moriri and Pangong lake ? what i have just thought of is to 1st go to tso moriri via tanglang la pass. then from there to henle, from henle to pangong and back to leh via Chang la . is this possible , means all the passes will open by my travel time . where i can get the information regarding opening of the passes .

2) As the bus service timing to moriri not matching my plan , can i get any shared taxi during these period for tso moriri.

3) By this time is the bus service to pangong opened or not?

Vargis.Khan February 12, 2018 - 6:16 pm

1. Yes it is.
2. No shared taxis on Chushul, Hanle route.
3. Yes

Aadya C December 16, 2017 - 10:42 am

Hi sir,
I’ve read your articles and they are all very helpful. I wanted to know if it’s possible to visit tso morir and tsokar in may as it’s confusing whether they will be open or not.
Are the hotels and bookings open in may?

Vargis.Khan December 18, 2017 - 3:27 pm

Hello Aadya – The road from Leh to Tso Moriri will definitely be open in May so yes, you can plan.


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