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Tsomoriri LakeTsomoriri lake ladakh Himalayas adventure traverse

Visiting Tsomoriri is a multiple travel combination of ladakh, you may include Pangong Tso in your return journey. Be prepared for your toughest road transported expedition on the roof of the world. Your health must be in the best condition to view and enjoy the beauty of our great Himalayas, as its not alike Dal Lake. This is really difficult trip, even whom you already gone to Gurudamba lake of Sikkim or Rohtang pass of Himachal Pradesh earlier in your single day journey. Here you have to spend two days and one night of your life, 14,836 ft above the mean sea level, whiles the south side base camp of Mount Everest is 17,600 ft. Just imagine the minimal altitude differences! Silent and colourful cold desert will take you inside the beautiful Himalayas. Really unforgettable moments of your life will rejuvenate hence you are going to be the part of those colourful landscapes. Siberian or arctic type climate and nature you may find here, as this is like the tundra of India. Whilst you proceed further feel the absence of human life apart from military personnel. Turbo chilled airflow through the day and became knife as the sun goes down. No airlifting will be done if your health deteriorates suddenly due to high altitude sickness; all you need is oxygen bottles. Only vegetarian foods are served as per buddhist culture. No civic amenities, only three hours electricity connection is available after the dusk, just to recharge your battery gadgets. Due to huge pollution, we the metropolitan city dwellers have forgotten the real colours of our wonderful sky and water bodies. You will definitely rediscover those natural things here alike Nubra Valley. I have never seen such an amount of blue could be possible, without chemical paint! As we are unfamiliar to seeing vast sky and brackish water bodies everywhere of our surroundings.

 

Changthang traverseChangthang plateau vast highlands and giant lakes

Of low productive ecosystems which protects unique floral and faunal species. The area is an extension of the western Tibetan plateau that lies above 14,800 ft mean sea level and supports diverse but low populations of several globally threatened mammals. The lake's basin could also be categorised as an basin since it is a closed drainage basin that retains water and allows no outflow to other bodies of water such as rivers or oceans. The lake is 20 to 50 kilometers southeast of the elevated valley of the core Rupshu Valley and falls within the greater Rupshu Plateau and valley area. The lake is ringed by hills rising over 20,000 ft. Changpas, the nomadic migratory shepherds, pastoral community of yak, sheep, goat, and horses of Tibetan origin and who are engaged in trade and work on caravans in Ladakh region, are the main inhabitants of the area. Changpa herders use the land of this valley as grazing ground and for cultivation.

 

Tsomoriri wetland reserveTsomoriri wetland conservation reserve at ladakh

In Jammu and Kashmir, India. The official name of the land and water reserve here is the Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve. The lake is at an altitude of 14,836 ft. It is the largest of the high altitude lakes entirely within ladakh of India in this Trans-Himalayan biogeographic region. It is about 26 km north to south in length and 3 to 5 km wide. The lake has no outlet at present and the water is brackish though not very perceptible to taste. The lake is fed by springs and snow-melt from neighboring mountains. Most water enters the lake in two major stream systems, one entering the lake from the north, the other from the southwest. Both stream systems include extensive marshes where they enter the lake. It formerly had an outlet to the south, but this has become blocked and the lake has become a endorheic lake. The lake is oligotrophic in nature, and its waters are alkaline. Accessibility to the lake is largely limited to summer season, though Korzok on the northwest shore and the military facilities on the eastern shores have year-round habitation.

 

Fisheye moriri Ladakh snowmelt alkaline water lakeside fisheye photo

Draining a catchment area of 120 km2 is enclosed by peaks exceeding 6,000 meters on both the east and west sides. On the south, a nearly flat valley connects with but does not drain into or out of the Pare Chu river. This valley contains the Nuro Sumdo wetlands (with a catchment area of 20 km2, a boggy area that mostly drains into the Pare Chu. Several small mountain streams feed the lake, including one through pasture land at Peldo Le. The lake is fed by springs and snow melt and has a maximum depth of 130 ft. Aridity and cold desert conditions prevail in the lake region with summer temperature varying from 0° to 30°C and winter temperature recording −10° and −40°C. Geologically the lake is in Ordovician rock. The lake is located to the southeast of Leh in eastern Ladakh Jammu Kashmir, at a road distance of 240 kilometres. The road is in a good condition for the most part. One can also reach Tsomoriri directly from the Pangong Tso via the remote Changthang region. This is considered to be one of the most beautiful drives in the entire Ladakh region. Foreigners are not allowed to go beyond the Man - Merak villages on Pangong Tso as permits are not issued for them. The distance between Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri is 235 km and there are no petrol pumps in the area. Carrying enough fuel is therefore necessary. Leh is also connected by air with many destinations in India.

 

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