Tso Kar Lake

Tso Kar Lake


A vacillating salt lake located in Rapshu- Southern Ladakh, Tso Kar which is also known as Tsho Kar is popular for its depth, size, and beauty. Being situated at a high altitude, the winter is at extreme and the temperature even falls below -40°C at times. During summer, the maximum temperature rises to 30°C. Along with this, during the day extreme fluctuations in temperatures are also experienced. 

From the southwest end, Tso Kar is connected to a Startsapuk Tso through an inlet stream. Both these lakes make More Plains a pool of 9 sq km, which is overshadowed by two 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.

Here are the details you should know about Tso Kar Ladakh

Things to do in Tso Kar

Tso Kar is one of those places in Ladakh where nature’s beauty is showcased at its best. While visiting the lake you can enjoy the breathtaking sites and a few other things as well. Here are some of them:

  • Clicking pictures from Tso Moriri Lake Viewpoint
  • Visit Korzok Monastery
  • Take a short trip to Kyagar Tso
  • Go on a short trek around Rupshi valley

How to reach Tso Kar

The distance between Leh and Tso Kar is approximately 153 km. One can take a bus or hire a taxi to reach here. 

Important tips and suggestions

  • The entire stretch of road from Leh to Tso Kar is quite challenging and you will have to be ready for that. 
  • It is better you stay at the campsite around the lake to get the best beauty it has on offer. 
  • Owing to the distance and road condition, it takes approximately 8 hours to reach here from Leh. So, plan your trip accordingly.
  • Keep your id card and enough cash while you plan your trip to Tso Kar.
  • Keep extra fuel too before embarking on your trip. 
  • Keep a water bottle in your backpack and some eatables too.


FAQs about the Tso Kar Lake

Ans: Finding a food stall around Tso Kar is a bit difficult so it is better to carry your food. There are some food stalls around the lake but you will only get basic food at these stalls.

Ans: Yes, there are a few Tso Kar lake accommodation options, either you can pitch your tent at any Ramsar site or look for a guest room at Korzok Village. Here are some options that you can look for:

  • Tents around the lake
  • Hotel Padma
  • Tso Moriri Lake View
  • Hotel Bimla
  • Greenland Hotel
  • Nomadic Life Camp
  • Hotel Khayul
  • Golden Mark Camps

Ans: Tso Kar Lake is a protected area and this is the reason why it is important for you to obtain a permit for visiting here.

Ans: The best time to visit Tso Kar Lake is between May and September. Being an alpine lake, it becomes colder starting from October.

Ans: The lake itself is an amazing place to visit but while you are here, don't miss out on these spots.

  • Tso Moriri Lake Viewpoint
  • Korzok Monastery
  • Kyagar Tso
  • Rupshi valley

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