Below is a Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri road map, highlighting every possible route you can take to reach from Pangong Lake to Tso Moriri. The map is quite comprehensive including roads towards Hanle and Nubra Valley as well. Click on the image below to view the map in full size or save it to your hard disk. For a comprehensive road map of the entire Ladakh region, please read A Complete & Detailed Road Map of Ladakh.
Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri Route
There can be several variations for this route. The first leg of the journey will be to reach Chushul from Spangmik. For this, you can either take the tarred road via Erath; or you can drive on the dirt trail right next to Pangong, via Man and Merak. Via Erath, the journey can be done within a couple of hours at most. On the other hand, via Man and Merak, this can very well take up to 3-4 hours.
The second leg of the journey is to drive from Chushul to Tso Moriri. For this journey, you can either drive via Tsaga, Loma, and Nyoma; or you can take the road Kakasang La and Horla (the red connecting road between Chushul and Mahe on the map). The road via Tsaga is the most commonly used one whereas the one via Kakasang La is steep, and a badly broken dirt road that is advisable only for a 4×4 vehicle.
Another route that can possibly be taken is to reach Hanle from Loma and then go to Karzok via Salsal La and Charchagan La. Please note that this is an extremely difficult, broken, and steep at places road. It is only advisable for a 4×4 with high GC and you do not even get permits to go this way anymore.
Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri Distance
The distance between Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri will be between 220 to 400 kilometers; depending on which route you chose. The shortest route is to reach Chushul from Spangmik via Man and Merak. Then you continue towards Karzok via Tsaga, Loma, Nyoma, Mahe, and Sumdo. This will sum up to about 220 kilometers.
The longest route is to reach Loma via Erath, then going to Hanle and reaching Karzok from there via Salsal La and Charchagan La. This will sum up to roughly around 400 kilometers.
Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri Travel Time
The minimum time this journey will take you via the shortest route (Man-Tsaga-Chushul-Loma-Nyoma) is about 12 hours. Remember it is not about the distance but the condition of the road which is mostly a broken dirt trail here. This will severely limit your speed. Then there is also the fact that this route is quite scenic which will increase your breaks and the total travel time.
A lot of people try and complete this journey in a day but it is not at all recommended. Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri is ideally a 2-day journey. You should reach Hanle from Spangmik on Day 1 and then go to Karzok on Day 2. For a very detailed explanation of all the routes, please read Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri Travel Guide.
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