GPS tracks of the Hanle to Tso moriri route, without touching chumur.

tso kiagar

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salt deposits on the banks of tso kiagar

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the sulphuric water geysers/spring of puga

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polokongka la

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Tso kar
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Stunning Landscapes man!! Speechless!!!
thanks Kapoor ji, it is really stunning out there. the photos are but a miniscule part of what you see in real life
 
We stayed the night at Tso kar, so a night shot to banta hai

the milkyway at Tso kar

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Woah! Those people have walked off quite far into the lake!
it seemed pretty shallow, the water was just upto their knees inspite of them having waded in pretty far

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to wrap up, once again, the three main points to remember on this route.

1. just after you complete the salsal la descent, there is a track that branches off to the right, it seemed rocky and followed a narrow valley with a river bed, we decided to avoid this track and went further down on the chumur track and then branched to the right after reaching the chumur plains.

2. just about when you enter into the chumur valley, you will have to breakaway from the chumur road and bear right, remember the hill formations in the photos and you will be alright. but thread carefully, you are now in salt marshes, dont get bogged down

3. keep bearing slightly right or if you are carrying a compass then maintain a north west approach, you will eventually hit the tso moriri - chumur road, because it runs in the north south direction and is perpendicular to the track/direction you are following, you cant get lost here.

and you also have the gps tracks to guide you,

the above points of deviations are marked in the google earth screen shot below

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Wow. Just look at the road between Chumur and Karzok bridge! I remember a painful road back in 2010. The average speed back then was not more than 15kmph. It was so rocky that I could not have sped. Now one can probably do 80kmph!
 

adsatinder

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Great Captures..........
Great Views..................
Great Description................
 
Wow. Just look at the road between Chumur and Karzok bridge! I remember a painful road back in 2010. The average speed back then was not more than 15kmph. It was so rocky that I could not have sped. Now one can probably do 80kmph!
superb road now, our travel time was considerably reduced, hanle to kyun tso took us 2 hours, kyun tso to karsok bridge - 3 to 3.5 hours, inspite of frequent breaks for photography. hope they move on the man merak chushul route also

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Great Captures..........
Great Views..................
Great Description................
thank you paaji, your unique style of appreciation is always well appreciated
 

Alpha

Going to Neverland
did you find/noticed the abandoned village/ruins on your left when you took right/u turn and crossed the river/stream before Chumur to hit the expressway? And what about Lam tso? Was it there or it has dried up?
 
did you find/noticed the abandoned village/ruins on your left when you took right/u turn and crossed the river/stream before Chumur to hit the expressway? And what about Lam tso? Was it there or it has dried up?
Alpha, the only village/hamlet of some size (this was also like 4 or 5 semi permanent structures like those built by changpas), we crossed was ugti, we had touched the chumur road much before that and the road conditions are much better now, the river crossing near ugti which might have been a major challange on this route earlier is now bridged and part of the karzok - chumur super highway. The only difficulty one can face is on the chumur plains which are basically salt marches, so as long as one sticks to the dry paths this route is now very much doable in 2WD.

we did have a minor riverbed crossing just before the right diversion from the chumur road, but the flow of water was almost negligable, 2 reasons possibly being our travel was end august and we crossed this area about 11 am in the morning, so no issues with water anywhere on the entire route.

Regarding lam tso, it is located atop some hilly features much to the left of the path we took, it is not visible when you do this stretch. I believe, one has to trek a little to get a view of this lake.
 
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kshil

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Somehow I missed out this thread, a route very close to my heart like many others :)

Excellent snaps Dhiren and awesome journey!!

I couldn't help sharing the wolf we spotted near Tso Kiagar and also the Tso Kiagar itself in Jan this year with same car and great Regzin!!

The Wolf:

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Tso Kiagar in Jan:

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