Pangong

Located 154 kilometers southeast of Leh, Pangong Tso is one of the largest brackish lakes in Asia. Stretching from eastern Ladakh to Tibet, it is a 134 kilometer long narrow strip of water where tourist require an Inner Line Permit to visit. It is nestled at an altitude of 14,256 feet above sea level and freezes completely during the winters.


Currently, it is in the process of being identified as an internationally acclaimed wetland under the Ramsar Convention. The saltwater of this lake has a very sparse vegetation and is bereft of any aquatic life except for small crustaceans. However, this lake is a haven for bird watchers as it acts as an important breeding point for several migratory birds such as Brahmini ducks and Bar-headed goose.

Location

Pangong is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas, nestled at an altitude of around 14,270 feet. 134 kilometers in terms of length, the lake stretch from Eastern Ladakh to Tibet. Around 60% portion of the lake lies in China. To access the Pangong Lake, one has to take a five hour long drive from Leh through coarse and dramatic mountain road.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Ladakh is between May to September as during winter, the Pangong Tso lake gets freeze.

History

Pangong Tso is a borderline terrain. The Line of Actual Control passes through this lake. The 20 kilometers east of this lake from the Line of Actual Control is controlled by China and its eastern end lies in Tibet. Situated on the northern bank of the Pangong Lake, the Khurnak Fort is located midway of Pangong Tso. By the end of 1952, the Chinese military controlled the Khurnak Fort area. On 20th October, 1962, Pangong Tso witnessed military intrusions during the Sino-Indian war.

Tourists Attractions

Pangong Lake

Nestled at an elevation of 4300 meters, the crystal clear brackish waters of Pangong Lake changes its color in many shades of blue and green with the changing position of the sun in the sky. About 1/4th of the lake lies in India and the rest flows into the Tibet region of China. It is a breeding point for various migratory birds such as Bar headed goose and Brahmini ducks.

Spangmik Village

Located around 7 kilometers along the southern shores, it is the farthest village of Pangong area. From here, one can enjoy spectacular views of the Chang-Chenmo range mountains.

Where to Stay

Visitors can get basic accommodation and food at Spangmik.

How to Reach

The journey from Leh to Pangong Lake is a 5 hour drive, mostly through rough and uneven terrains. There is also a public bus service from Leh which drops off visitors at the Spangmik village.


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