Tso Kar Lake

Tso Kar Lake

Introduction

A vacillating salt lake located in Rapshu (Southern Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir), Tso Kar / Tsho Kar is popular for its depth and size. Being situated at a high altitude, the winter is at an extreme and the temperature falls below -40°C. During summer, the maximum temperature rises to 30°C. Along with this, during the day extreme fluctuations are experienced. Precipitation, either in the form of rain or snow, is extremely rare.

At the south-west end, the Tso Kar is connected to a Startsapuk Tso through an inlet stream. Both these lakes make More Plains pool of 9 sq km, which is overshadowed by tow mountain peaks namely Gursan (6370 m) and Thugje (6050 m). A couple of years ago, Tso Kar was one major source of salt which was then exported by Changpa nomads to Tibet. At a distance of 3 km towards the north, there is a nomadic settlement of Thugje. The tourists can also find accommodation in the tented camp on the lake’s west bank.


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