A small triangle of blue in the midst of mountains
Tso-moriri Lake also known as Mountain Lake is a spectacular site amidst mountain
ranges in Leh.
Tso-moriri or Lake Moriri is a High Altitude Lake (officially named as Tso-moriri
Wetland Conservation Reserve), located in the Changthang (literal meaning, northern
plains) area with an altitude of 4,595 m (15,075 ft). The Tso-moriri Lake measures
about 28 km in length from north to south and about 4-6 km in breadth and about
100 feet average in-depth. Maximum depth of Tso-moriri Lake is 248 feet. Tso-moriri
Lake is surrounded by barren hills, with the backdrop of beautiful snow-covered
Tso-moriri is mind-numbingly beautiful, Calm and sacred lake for Ladakhis. Tso-moriri
is slightly higher than Pangong Tso and the water is far less brackish supporting
more birdlife. The water is crystal clear and of a deep blue color. However, since
the Tso-moriri Lake has no outlet, its waters are consequently brackish, although
not very detectable to the taste. In fact, the Tso-moriri Lake was once a popular
source of salt.
Tso-moriri Lake is situated in the middle of the elevated district of Rupshu. The
Rupshu valley lies south east of Ladakh on the road from Manali to Leh at altitude
ranging from 16,500 feet. The 137 km drive from Leh to Rupshu can be covered in
7 to 9 hours. This pretty valley is inhabited by a small population of ‘Changspa’,
who are nomadic shepherds. The area is rich in wildlife including the wild ass,
black necked cranes and geese flock to the lake side for breeding during the summer
months. This serene lake and the area around it attract a large range of wildlife,
including migratory birds, marmots, wild asses, and (rarely spotted) Tibetan wolves.
Nomadic herders of goats, yaks, and cows live in the lake's vicinity. In reality
this place is extremely harsh and difficult to survive especially in winters. This
eye-soothing lake is the Divine Destination in Leh.
is the valley at an altitude of 4,500 and 5,500 metres, inhabited by the Changpa nomads.
is among highest motorable passes at an elevation of 5,328 mtr (17,480 ft).
A medium sized crane weighing about 5.5kg with wingspan around 7.8ft.
A mid sized goose, measuring about 28-30 inch and weighing around 1.87-3.2kg
A small gull, known as a noisy species, especially at colonies.
found in the Himalayan regions ranging in elevation from 300 to 4,500 metres.