Yarab Tso Lake Ladakh – A Travel Guide


Yarab Tso Lake Ladakh – A Travel Guide


In this blog, we are going to talk about a small wonder and fascinating lake of Ladakh known as the  Yarab Tso Lake that deserves your attention and is worth a visit.

With the increasing popularity of Ladakh, a lot of travellers around the country and across the globe are excited to try out and visit some of the unseen and untouched natural and spiritual entities in Ladakh. In this blog by Cliffhangers India, we will talk about one such secluded yet exciting lake of Ladakh that’s nestled in the Himalayan peaks of Ladakh. Ladakh is a Union Territory of India.

Just before we get busy with talking about this Lake, let’s check out a little about Cliffhangers India.

Cliffhangers India is a registered travel planner with the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department. Cliffhangers India can guide you to choose or customise the best Ladakh or a Jammu & Kashmir travel plan for you and your loved ones any time of the year.

Cliffhangers India now presents to you some fascinating features of this Lake in Ladakh. To let you know about the features of the amazing Lake we have tried to answer a few commonly asked questions about this magnificent lake.

Where is the Lake Located?

This is the most basic and an important question to be answered if you are looking forward to know about or visit Yarab Tso Lake. Yarab Tso is a sacred lake situated in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh. It is a holy entity located at the foot of the Himalayan peaks of Sumur village in Nubra Valley. Being at this beautiful aquamarine lake that is  closer to the auspicious Diskit monastery can be a splendid experience. This Lake gives you the pleasure of feeling peaceful and adoring the picturesque beauty of nature in Ladakh.

Yarab Tso can be reached from Panamik with a short uphill climb. The view from this highest lake of Nubra Valley with the grey and green peaks in the background is truly mesmerising.

Not many tourists tend to visit the beautiful lake till now since it’s a bit isolated and is also known to be the ‘hidden lake’ but a trek through Nubra can lead you to this amazing holy lake and you would definitely be impressed by this secluded beauty in Nubra Valley, Ladakh. The fame of Yarab Tso is gradually increasing. Yarab Tso sees more tourists during the Buddhist festivals and then this place seems to be like an actual tourist hub.

Best time to visit

Now that you might be considering to visit Yarab Tso Lake we will tell you about the best time to visit Yarab Tso Lake in Ladakh.The best time to visit this Lake in Nubra Valley, Ladakh is definitely during the summer or monsoon months from May till September. The climate during the summer months is comparatively warmer and pleasant. The roads reaching Ladakh and Yarab Tso Lake are all open from May till September. Some tourists though, are curious to know about visiting Yarab Tso during winter.

You may visit this Lake during winter but the weather is too cold and the lake is frozen. The vicinity of this Lake in winter can be freezing cold, hence, the best time to visit this Lake is from May till September. From November till February the climate can be extremely cold here.

How is the lake in Winter?

Ladakh has become a sought after tourist destination even in winter regardless of the inconvenience of closed roads and extremely cold climate. Winters at Yarab Tso are also like all other places in Ladakh in winter, freezing cold! Places near lakes in Ladakh are generally colder than some other places near the foothills, towns and villages. Yarab Tso Lake is situated on a higher altitude. It is one of the highest lakes in Nubra valley. So, the lake is frozen during the winters. The temperatures at this place during winter can be extremely low going down to about -30°C.

Yarab Tso Lake Trek

Yarab Tso Lake Trek is still not such a famous trek option like some of the other famous treks of Ladakh such as the Nubra Valley Trek, Pangong Tso Lake Trek, etc but Yarab Tso Trek has also started receiving its handful of enthusiasts.

How to Reach

Yarab Tso can be reached by a short trek via Panamik. Panamik is at a distance of 150 km from Leh. Yarab Tso Lake is situated near Sumur village. The total distance from Leh to Yarab Tso Lake is around 180 km.

One can also reach Yarab Tso from the Diskit monastery. The distance between Diskit monastery and Yarab Tso Lake is a mere 15 km which can be covered by driving.

A tiny uphill climb of around 20-30 minutes can get you to Yarab Tso Lake. You can be a part of a Nubra Valley Trek and visit this beautiful Lake as a part of it. Other famous places during the Nubra Valley Trek are Sunder sand dunes, Pangong lake and Turtuk village.

Hope this was an interesting read for you. If you are now wanting to pack your bags and head to Ladakh remember Cliffhangers India as your trusted travel planner cum guide. Cliffhangers India is experienced in conducting awesome Ladakh tours and treks and can offer you the best North India trip plan.


Leh airport is the nearest airport which is 120 kilometers from Leh and that will take you around 5-6 hours’ drive to reach. From the airport, you can hire a cab/taxi direct to Yarab Tso Lake. One can also rent a bike and drive to the Nubra Valley. Yarab Tso Lake is situated at a distance of 15 kilometers from Diskit.
Many beautiful lakes in Ladakh are surrounded by the majestic valleys of Ladakh. Some of the most beautiful and popular lakes are Pangong Lake, Yarab Tso Lake, Tso Moriri Lake, Nyka Tso, Tso Kar, etc. These lakes attract thousands of tourists across the world and these are the most-visited places in Leh Ladakh.
The locals of Ladakh believed that the Yarab Tso Lake was a gift from God. The lake is also referred to as the hidden Lake of Ladakh located in the Nubra Valley. This lake is one of the highest-altitude lakes in Ladakh.
The Lake is one of the highest-altitude lakes in Ladakh. The Lake has crystal-clear water and beautiful surroundings. The lake is also one of the unpolluted lakes and it is advisable not to try to swim in this beautiful lake. This lake offers travelers a beautiful and peaceful environment from all sides.
There are many famous foods in Ladakh. Momos, Thukpa, Skyu, Chhutagi, and Khambir are some of the popular dishes of Leh Ladakh that you must try when you visit Ladakh.
The best time to visit Yarab Tso Lake is in the summer months. June to September is considered the ideal time to visit this Lake. During the summer months, the temperature remains pleasant and the lake is at its full glory. In the coldest winter months, the lake remains frozen and it is not a good time to visit this lake. During wintertime, the entire Ladakh region is inaccessible due to heavy snowfall.
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