Yarab Tso Lake Overview

Nestled amidst the majestic Himalayan ranges, Yarab Tso emerges as Ladakh's secluded gem, earning the moniker "The Secret Lake." Its mesmerizing aquamarine waters vividly juxtapose the verdant-brown peaks towering behind it during the summer months. Get a chance to explore this hidden treasure with Ladakh tour packages.

Often dubbed as the ‘Hidden Lake’ of Ladakh, the Yarab Tso Lake is truly the region’s best kept secrets. Yarab Tso lives in the peaceful environs of Sumur hamlet, around 15 kilometers from the holy Diskit Gompa in Nubra valley.

The sight of this lake, which can be viewed after a 20-minute climb upward from the Panamikk town, is quite enchanting. Tso Yarab is one of Nubra Valley's holiest and highest-altitude lakes, and is closely associated with the story of a monk. The stunning aquamarine water, backed by the picturesque peaks rising behind it, paints the most beautiful picture for the visitors.

Owing to its secluded nature, the Yarab Tso Lake is often overlooked by tourists. The lake, however, forms an excellent destination for hiking. A trek along the Nubra desert leads one to this fantastic lake.

Although Yarab Tso does not have any organized facilities for adventure sports, it does make for a lovely picnic spot at least. Owing to the sacred nature of the lake however, Yarab Tso is often frequented by locals, and may remain busy during the months of Buddhist festivals

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• Take a trek along Nubra Valley to discover Yarab Tso, the so called ‘hidden lake’ of Ladakh
• Spend a morning picnicking by the lakeside, amidst postcard-like views of the mountains that surround you
• I admire the birds and animals that make their way to the Yarab Tso Lake in its peaceful environment

How To Reach

The Yarab Tso is located along the Nubra Valley, so the best way to travel to the lake is by road. One can hire a car from Nubra or Sumur Village to get to a certain point, then trek the rest of the way to the lake.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Yarab Tso Lake would be during the warmer months of summer, ideally between May and September. The weather in Nubra Valley remains frighteningly cold during the winter months, and the lake and its vicinity remains frozen over.

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Yarab Tso Lake FAQs

Do I need any special permit to go to Yarab Tso Lake?

No special permit is required for Yarab Tso Lake itself. However, a Protected Area Permit, or a PAP, is required to enter the Nubra Valley.

Is Yarab Tso Lake worth visiting?

Although often missed in traditional tour itineraries, the sheer beauty of Yarab Tso Lake makes it worth a visit. It is the holiest high-altitude lake in India which is adorned by the locals. Adventure lovers enjoy trekking to the lake to be treated with breathtaking views at the end of the trail

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