Korzok Gustor, Ladakh

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Korzok Gustor is a significant annual festival held in the enchanting region of Ladakh, India. The festival[1] is celebrated at the Korzok Monastery, which is the highest permanent settlement in the entire country, situated on the banks of the breathtaking Tso Moriri Lake. The festival usually takes place in July or August, depending on the Tibetan lunar calendar.

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korzok gustor festival

How to Reach

By Air The nearest airport to Tsomoriri is the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh[2], Ladakh. From Leh, you can hire a taxi or join a guided tour to Tsomoriri.

By Train The nearest convenient railway station is Jammu, which is 663 KMs away.

By Road Tsomoriri is approximately 240 kilometers away from Leh[3], and the journey takes around 6-8 hours by road. You can hire a taxi or take a shared cab from Leh to Tsomoriri. The route offers breathtaking views of the picturesque landscape.

2 Days Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival at Leh, acclimatization, and visit local markets.
  • Day 2: Journey to Tsomoriri, participation in the Korzok Gustor festival.

Get Around

The best way to get around is by hiring a taxi or joining a guided tour. The region is quite remote and public transport is limited.

Things to Do

Witness the vibrant[4] colors, religious ceremonies, and cultural performances that attract both locals and tourists alike. Experience Buddhist traditional rituals up close and understand the heritage by witnessing the celebrations of this festival.

Offbeat Places

Visit the breathtaking Tso Moriri Lake and the highest permanent settlement in the country, the Korzok Monastery.


At the Korzok Gustor Festival, visitors are treated to captivating performances, including The Black Hat Dance, a mesmerizing masked dance believed to dispel evil forces from the world.


The festival also features a colorful market where local artisans and traders display their handicrafts, textiles, and other traditional items for sale.


Try local Ladakhi cuisine, which includes dishes like Thukpa (noodle soup) and Tsampa, known in Ladakhi as Ngampe (roasted barley flour).


There are several guest houses and homestays in the nearby town of Leh. It’s recommended to book your stay well in advance due to the popularity of the festival.

Go Next

After attending the Korzok Gustor festival, you can explore other parts of Ladakh like Pangong Lake, Khardung La Pass, and the town of Nubra.

External links

Leh Ladakh official website