Weather :

Altitude : 4660m

Distance from Tso Moriri : 50 kms

Tips : Carry an extra can of fuel because the nearest fuel station in any direction is in Leh or Keylong.
If you plan to stay overnight in one of the tents, then make sure you wear protective woollen clothes and carry an extra pair
There are no ATMs nearby, so carry cash

Tso Kar, Leh Ladakh Overview

Tso Kar is a fluctuating salt lake located in the Rupshu Plateau of scenic Ladakh Valley. It is popularly known as the White Lake owing to the white salt deposits it leaves on the shores. Tso Kar Lake is the most peaceful and calm of the three high-altitude lakes (Pangong Lake and Tso Moriri) and also the smallest of the three.

Tso Kar hosts varied flora and fauna attracting a horde of bird watchers, especially during the migration season. The common birds found here are Brahmin ducks, bar-headed geese and great crested grebe. The main attraction, however, is the black-necked crane. The black-necked cranes, known for their fidelity, come to Tso Kar to lay eggs. There are only a few yak sheds, a monastery and a couple of nomadic families in the surrounding. The view of the lake at night in the moonlight is even more stunning.

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Tso Kar lake Temperature and Best Time to Visit

The most comfortable time to go to Tso Kar is in June- July. Due to the high altitude, the temperature during the winter months can go down to as low as -40 degrees Celcius. During the summer months, the temperature at Tso Kar Lake rises to 30 degrees Celcius at times, with fluctuations during the day.

Where to Stay near Tso Kar?

Tso Kar has the option of night camping although the number of tents isn't large. It would be better to make a booking in Leh just to be safe. The tents are on the west end of the lake near the Manali-Leh road about three km from the lake. Accommodation options are easily available at Leh. There are a number of hotels to suit almost every pocket or preference. Hence, it might be convenient to be based at Leh and take a day trip to the lakes.

Food At Tso Kar

Options for food at the lake are limited and basic and do not carry any significant food culture or speciality except popular and local preparation. One might find basic food at the tents set up here, but there aren't any proper eateries. It is best to carry your own food for a trip to the lakes.

How to reach Tso Kar

Tso Kar is around 160 km from Leh. The most convenient mode of transport is to hire a taxi from Leh

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