4 High Altitude Lakes In Ladakh That Remain Frozen

by Sanjana Shenoy
4 High Altitude Lakes In Ladakh That Remain Frozen

Ladakh is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes, frozen lakes, Buddhist monasteries and the highest mountain passes in the world. Stepping into Ladakh is like walking right into a fairytale or even the desi version of the Disney animated movie Frozen. You haven’t explored Ladakh to its fullest, if you haven’t set foot in its frozen lakes. The Higher Himalayan lakes in Ladakh are visited by migratory birds and even animals like Yak, Red Panda, Tibetan Guzzle and more. So, here are some high altitude lakes that are a frozen dream.

1. Tso Moriri

Nestled in Changthang region of Ladakh, Tso Moriri is one of the most beautiful and sacred high altitude lakes in India. Known to resemble a painting thanks to its multi shades of blue, Tso Moriri is around 19 km long and 7 km wide. It’s a breeding ground for bar-headed geese and waterfowl. When you visit Tso Moriri, make sure to plan your journey carefully as the lack of oxygen at this high altitude lake may make it difficult for you to breathe.

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2. Yarab Tso Lake

A high altitude lake of Ladakh, that you mustn’t miss out on is Yarab Tso, perched in Nubra Valley. Known to be one of the most sacred high altitude lakes in the region, it’s mostly visited by just locals.  The lake is categorised by fresh clear water and its remote location gives it a serene charm and a mystical aura. You can head on a 20-minute trek up the mountain from Panamik Village to reach Yarab Tso.


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3. Tso Kar

Tso Kar is popularly called a twin lake, as its eastern part contains freshwater and the western part has salty water. The locals also refer to Tso Kar as ‘White Lake’  due to the water deposits releasing white salt. To reach Tso Kar, you need to drive near Leh-Manali Highway. Enjoy mesmerising views, click wanderlust photos of the gram and just breathe in the natural beauty, that’s truly a sight to behold.

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4. Twin Lakes Kyun Tso & Ryul Tso

Probably one of the most unexplored lakes in Ladakh, twin lakes-Kyun Tso and Ryul Tso are nestled 5000m above sea level. They sit on the highest point of the Zanskar region. Kyun Tso and Ryul Tso are separated by a mile, where one has sweet and other has brackish water. The beautiful blue surface of Kyun Tso and Ryul Tso attracts adventure junkies, who don’t mind getting a special permit for Hanle and these two lakes. Do travel in groups, as this is a desolated spot, with a tough route.


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