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Mirpal Tso Lake Ladakh: A High-Altitude Gem Unveiled

Mirpal Tso Lake in Summer Image


Nestled amidst the rugged terrain of Ladakh, at an awe-inspiring altitude, lies a hidden jewel of natural beauty – Mirpal Tso Lake. This high-altitude glacial lake about 200km from Leh in the Changthan region attracts adventurous tourists and nature lovers with its calm waters, colorful flora and wildlife, and unmatched enigma. 

Mirpal Tso, often known as “The Oasis of Ladakh,” has a hypnotic effect on those who journey to its remote shores. In this blog, we embark on a journey to unravel the secrets of this pristine wonderland, from its breathtaking landscapes to the rich wildlife. Join us as we explore the Lake’s numerous sides, where adventure and tranquility converge in a captivating symphony.

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler seeking the road less traveled or a nature lover yearning to immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of the Himalayas, Mirpal Tso Lake promises an experience that is nothing short of enchanting. So, fasten your seatbelts and embark on an unforgettable voyage to this remote, extraordinary destination.


  • Mirpal Tso Lake is a high altitude lake known for its clear blue waters.
  • The region around Mirpal Tso is a haven for wildlife and bird enthusiasts, with a diverse range of flora and fauna.

Best time to Visit Mirpal Tso Lake

The Lake is located at an altitude of over 16,000 feet and frequently experiences chilly weather. We advise visiting the lake during the summer months of May to September due to its height and remoteness.

Mirpal Lake Altitude

  • Mirpal Lake is at an altitude of approximately 16,122 feet above sea level.
  • The high altitude means lower oxygen levels, so acclimatizing is necessary. 
    Click here to go through our guide for best practices for acclimatization naturally. 
  • Camping or accommodation near the lake is restricted. 
  • The awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan peaks, the crystal-clear blue waters, and the feeling of being heavenly on top of the world make the journey truly memorable.

Mirpal Tso Lake Ladakh

Essential Information

A few important tips and key information when you are planning a visit to Pangong Lake Ladakh. 

Best time to visit

  • The summer months, May and June, are best for visiting the Lake. 
  • The Lake shows different shades of blue in the afternoon in August & September months. 

Altitude of Mirpal Lake

  • This is a high-altitude lake and is about 16,122 feet (4,913 meters). 

Distance from Leh to Mirpal Tso Lake

  • Approximately 200 km from the city center. 
  • Usually, it takes about 8-10 hours to travel by road by car. 

Mobile Network at Mirpal Lake

This is a no-network zone and hence no Wifi or No ATM’s. 

How to reach Mirpal Lake

The Mirpal Tso lake lies about 200 km from Leh and can be accessed only by road. Your journey begins with a flight to Leh, followed by a road trip to reach the lake.

  1. Hire Local Taxi
    You can hire a local taxi from the Leh Union to visit the lake.
    The journey by car typically takes 8-10 hours to reach the lake. 
  2. By Motorcycle
    You may hire a local motorbike [Royal Enfield preferred] and ride alone to the lake.
    Please note the area is quite remote and hence plan the trip in a group and carry sufficient fuel.

Permit for Mirpal Tso Lake

  • The Mirpal Lake is a protected area, so an Inner line permit is required
  • It is an easy online process obtained after arrival in Leh. 
  • Both Indian and foreign nationals must carry the permit. 
  • Only Jammu-Kashmir & Ladakh residents are not required for an inner line permit.

Itinerary for Mirpal Tso Lake

The Lake can be traveled from Leh via Mahe Bridge & from Pangong Lake via Chushal. We have discussed them in detail below. 

Itinerary 1

Leh to Mirpal Lake via Mahe Bridge - 208 KM

The roadmap for the tour

Leh – Upshi [47 km] – Ikpadok [20 km] – Hymia [11 km] – Tirido [12 km] – Chumathang Hot Spring [47 km] – Mahe [26 km] – Kaksang La [33 km] – Mirpal [11 km] = 280km in Total

  • Start your day with a hearty breakfast in Leh to fuel up for the journey.
  • Begin your scenic drive towards Upshi, enjoying the stunning vistas of the Ladakh region.
  • Continue your journey to Ikpadok, passing through rugged terrain and charming villages.
  • Explore the picturesque landscapes as you head towards Hymia, a hidden gem in the region.
  • Continue your drive to Tirido, where the natural beauty of Ladakh continues to unfold.
  • Take a relaxing break at the Chumathang Hot Springs to rejuvenate in the warm, therapeutic waters.
  • Resume your journey and head to Mahe, where the landscapes become even more enchanting.
  • Ascend the Kaksang La pass, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
  • Finally, arrive at your destination, Mirpal Tso Lake, a serene high-altitude oasis nestled in the Himalayas.

PRO TIP – We recommend the following things to remember. 

  1. Please carry an Oxygen Cylinder in your vehicle. 
  2. Leave early, at 7:00 AM in the morning, to avoid traffic. 
  3. Please make a booking of accommodations for an overnight Stay. 


Itinerary 2

Pangong Lake to Mirpal Lake Via Chushul - 70 KM

The roadmap for the tour

Spangmik – Man [9 km] – Merak [11 km] – Chushul [26 km] – Mirpal Tso Lake [27 km] = 70 Km in total

  • Start your day with breakfast overlooking the stunning Pangong Tso Lake.
  • Depart from Pangong and head towards the charming village of Spangmik, known for its lakeside beauty.
  • Continue your journey to Man, enjoying the picturesque Lake along the way.
  • Explore the village of Merak, which offers the best view of Pangong Tso Lake.
  • Drive to Chushul, a historic town that has played a significant role in the region’s past.
  • Finally, reach the enchanting Mirpal Tso Lake, nestled in the Himalayas, and explore this high-altitude oasis.
  • You may continue your journey towards Hanle, Tsomoriri Lake, or Leh as planned. 

PRO TIP – We recommend the following things to remember. 

  1. Please carry an Oxygen Cylinder in your vehicle. 
  2. Leave early, at 7:00 AM in the morning, to avoid traffic. 
  3. Please do not consider this route in the monsoon season (July & August). 


6 helpful tips

  1. Acclimatize Gradually
    Due to the high altitude of the Lake, it’s important to acclimatize slowly to prevent altitude sickness. Spend a day or two in Leh to adjust to the altitude before heading to the lake.
  2. Pack Warm Clothing
    Even in the summer, the Chumathang region can get chilly, especially at night. Pack warm clothing, including layers, thermal wear, and a good-quality jacket, to stay comfortable.
  3. Stay Hydrated
    Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Avoid caffeine and alcohol since they can cause dehydration.
  4. Respect the Environment
    Please observe the “Leave No Trace” guidelines because the lake’s environment is sensitive. Avoid picking flowers or harming wildlife, and dispose of garbage appropriately.
  5. Prepare for Limited Connectivity
    In some areas near the lake, mobile network connectivity may be spotty or nonexistent altogether. It’s a good idea to let your family and friends know your travel plans.
  6. No Accommodations
    Please be advised that there are no accommodations near the Mirpal Lake. You can either spend a night at home stays at the Chumathnga village or travel to Hanle, Tsomoriri, or Leh for an overnight stay.


What is the Altitude of Mirpal Tso Lake if feet?

The Mirpal Tso Lake is 16,122 feet (4,914 meters) above sea level. 

Are there accommodation near Mirpal Tso Lake?

No, there are no accommodations near Mirpal Tso Lake. The nearest Village is Mahe where you can find a guest house or homestay. 

What is the best time to visit Mirpal Tso Lake?

The best time to visit Mirpal Tso Lake is in May & June in Summer or September & October during autumn or spring. 

Is a permit required to visit Mirpal Tso Lake?

Yes, Indian citizens and foreign nationals require permits to visit Mirpal Tso Lake, as it is in a restricted border area. These permits can be obtained in Leh.

What is the distance from Leh to Mirpal Tso Lake?

The distance from Leh to Mirpal Tso Lake is about 200km via Mahe Bridge. 

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