Korzok village in Ladakh is indisputably the highest civilisation of the world. Situated at an altitude of 15,000 ft, the most gorgeous aspect of the village is the ‘mountain lake’ also known as Tso Moriri. Surrounded by rolling hills and with a beautiful backdrop of snow-capped mountains, this lake is a must-visit for all those who wish to see nature at its best. The lake is awe-inspiringly beautiful and the calm and peaceful surrounds would want to make you sit by the lake and gaze at it all day long. Also Read - Chinese PLA Soldier Captured Near LAC in Ladakh, to be Returned
The neighbouring Korzok village is about 3km away from the lake. The stunning lake makes living at the village a visual treat. But the reason why the village is so popular is because its the world’s highest permanent village. People here rear livestock as a major means of living. Pashmina, wool comes from the sheep in this region. Pashmina, the costliest and the most luxurious variety of wool is also made from the sheep here. Also Read - Amid Standoff In Ladakh, China Deploys Tanks Opposite Indian Posts at LAC
Interestingly, the entire village comprises of just 50 houses and is home to 35 monks. Considering the altitude of this village is, the main means of commute is on horses or by walking. You won’t spot cars or other vehicles easily here; unless brought by the travellers visiting the village. On the agricultural land here, locals grow barley, oats and vegetables during the summer months. Water for irrigation comes from the glaciers, while the agricultural lands have strategically been situated near the streams of a river.
The climate of this region is usually cold and dry; there’s snowfall during the winters, but the summers are hot. The best time to visit the Tso Moriri or the village is between the months of May and September; during winter the temperatures here dip to minus 25 degrees! Despite the lack of electricity and most other basic facilities, the locals here are happy and always smiling. Remember to visit the Korzok Monastery, a gorgeous Tibetan Buddhist monastery that belongs to Drukpa Ancestry. It’s a 153-year=old monastery, if you’re lucky to get a permit, travellers can stay in the tents on the banks of Tso Moriri close to the monastery.