The Yak Herders of Yaye Tso
Yaye Tso is a fresh water lake nestled in the mountains high above the Mahe village in the Changthang region of Ladakh. Far away from the tourist trail the lake and its surroundings retain their old world charm. I had a delightful experience visiting the place this August and got to spend some time with the Changpa nomads who were camping there.
Beautiful scenery, diverse wildlife. A photographer's and nature lover's paradise.
I visited the TsoKar lake back in October 2010 while cycling the Manali - Leh highway.The Tso Kar lake is located close to the main highway and one can always do a short detour to the lake before continuing on their way to Leh (or to Manali). It is well worth the effort.The approach:To reach the Thukje village one has to take a diversion at Debring (at the base of the climb to the TangLang La pass) and follow the asphalt road for about 15km to reach the village. There are a few dirt tracks...
The story of how the Tsokar lake lost its waters and how the Tso Kiagar lake was born
This is a folk tale about how the Tsokar lake in Ladakh lost most of its water. It also explains the origin of the tiny Tso Kiagar lake on the way to TsoMoriri. The story was told to me by a local from the Thukje village.