The last destination on that trip was the Lake Moriri or Tso Moriri which is located in the Changthang Plateau in the Ladakhi part. The sun was almost setting down and so we had to leave the previous destination early because we didn’t want the trip to be incomplete.
It holds the record for being the largest one amongst high altitude lakes located in India. It is located in the bio-geographic zone of the Trans Himalayan region. On reaching the place, we came to know that its full official name is Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.
The water in the lake comes from the springs and the melting of the snow from the mountains located in the nearby regions. There are town major streams which lead to the lake; one of them enters from the northern direction while the other from southwestern region. We also came to know that it an outlet on the southern part as well but it was blocked to due to various problems faced in the nearby regions. The water inside the lake is alkaline in nature while the lake itself is oligothropic.
We were lucky that we had gone to visit the lake in the summers because access to the Tso Moriri is completely closed during the winters. However, it is said that the Indian military has access to the lake throughout the year through several restricted routes. Tso Moriri is a remnant lake which means that it was actually structural but looks like the remaining of a big lake.
The Plateau in which the lake is located is hardly productive but is home to extremely unique faunal and floral species. The species are extremely diverse and hardly found in any other part of the world. It also has a basin which can be classified as a closed drainage one which is capable of retaining water and does not allow water to flow to any other water body like oceans or rivers. On different sides of the lake, we could see a number of hills. It was already dark when we left the place and our return journey was quite thrilling. We left Leh with a heavy heart the next day and returned to the respective destinations comfortably.