10 Lakes To Visit On Your Ladakh Trip

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In northern India, Ladakh is known for its dramatic landscapes, including arid mountains, deep valleys, and pristine lakes. It offers Buddhist culture, historic monasteries, and adventure activities, making it a paradise for trekkers and nature enthusiasts.

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Pangong Tso

Pangong Tso is a stunning lake located 4,350 metres above sea level on the India-China border. Known for its mesmerising blue hues that change with the sunlight, the lake stretches over 134 kilometres and is a popular spot for photography and camping.

The beautiful Pangong Tso | Shutterstock

Tso Moriri

Tso Moriri is a serene high-altitude lake at 4,522 metres in the Changthang Plateau. Its tranquil turquoise waters are surrounded by snow-capped mountains and marshlands, providing a haven for migratory birds and wildlife.

Beautiful landscape around Tso Moriri | Shutterstock

Tso Kar

Tso Kar, also known as the "White Lake," is a smaller yet enchanting lake in the Rupshu Plateau at 4,530 metres. It supports diverse bird species, including black-necked cranes, and its contrasting white shores and arid landscape create a surreal experience.

A stunning view of Tso Kar | Shutterstock

Kyun Tso

Kyun Tso, also known as the Twin Lakes, consists of Kyun Tso 1 and Kyun Tso 2. These remote lakes are about 5,000 metres and offer rugged beauty with deep blue waters, making it an adventurous destination for seasoned travellers and trekkers seeking untouched natural splendour.

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Yarab Tso

Yarab Tso, also known as the "Hidden Lake," is a small, sacred lake near the village of Sumur in Nubra Valley. Surrounded by barren mountains, it offers a peaceful retreat and is ideal for reflection and meditation.

An aerial view of Yarab Tso | Shutterstock

Mirpal Tso

Mirpal Tso is a lesser-known lake in remote eastern Ladakh. Its serene turquoise waters are framed by stark, barren landscapes, offering an idyllic spot for solitude seekers.

A view of the beautiful Mirpal Tso, Ladakh | Shutterstock

Stat Tso and Lang Tso

Near Zanskar village, you'll find the twin lakes, Stat Tso and Lang Tso. These lakes offer a picturesque setting of clear blue waters against rugged mountains, perfect for trekking and experiencing Ladakh's unspoiled wilderness.

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Chagar Tso

Chagar Tso is a peaceful and charming lake on the way to Pangong Tso, less frequented by tourists. Its reflective waters and rocky surroundings make it ideal for a quiet picnic or relaxation.

Serene Chagar Tso, Ladakh | Shutterstock

Kiagar Tso

Kiagar Tso is a high-altitude lake in the Changthang region, known for its striking blue waters and surrounding plains. It's an excellent spot for wildlife spotting, including Tibetan wild ass and migratory birds.

Beautiful Kiagar Tso, Ladakh | Shutterstock

Tso Yarab

Tso Yarab, not to be confused with Yarab Tso, is a captivating lake in Ladakh. Its pristine waters, set against a backdrop of towering peaks, make it a hidden gem ideal for nature enthusiasts.

A view of the tranquil Tso Yarab | Shutterstock

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