The Pangong Lake is located at an altitude of 4350 metres above sea level and is situated in the Himalayas. This lake is 134 kms long and extends from India to the neighbouring country Tibet.There is an interesting fact about this lake that inspite of being saline in nature, the water freezes in winters, due to the extreme climate. The territory of the lake has been declared as a disputed territory and the Line of Control passes through the lake. A portion of the lake is claimed by China and the eastern side of the lake is in Tibet. There is very less vegetation around the Lake. There are no fishes or any other aquatic animals except small crustaceans. This is an important breeding ground for many birds which are also migratory in nature. During the summer season the commonly found birds are the Brahmini duck and the Bar head.
Once you go beyond Chang La, you can see a mesmerizing valley which will lead you to the Karakoram Mountains. The valley is mostly covered by the gently rippling waters of Pangong Tso. Upon going in the eastern direction one can reach Tibet which is only located a distance of 130km.
The look of the lake appears quite salty and briny as it is full of mineral salts. One can only visit this place in case you have a permit which can be taken from travel agents which are based in Leh. Tourists have to return back from Spangmik, which is at a distance of 7km along the southwestern shore. Generally visits are held during a long day trip, however if you wish to stay overnight then you could stay in Tangtse village, which is located 40km right before the lake.
|Timings||All days of the week 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Visit Duration||1 to 2 hours|