Pangong Lake, Ladakh (Leh)

Pangong Lake

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Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake is about 140 km from Leh and is situated in the higher reaches of the Himalayas. It is an endorheic lake and is one of the largest brackish water lakes in Asia being around 134 km long and extending into China. It is known as an endorheic lake because it retains water and does not flow into any other water bodies. It is highly saline because of this as evaporation is the only way out for the water leaving behind all the salts.

This marvel of nature draws enthusiastic tourists and photographers to its inviting banks and provides an enchanting and surreal backdrop for irreplaceable memories. The light from the sun hits the stunning blue waters and plays tricks by continually changing hues. In the winter, the lake freezes over completely.

The lake does not contain any aquatic life due to its high salinity but it serves as an important breeding ground for many migratory birds. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of some marmots hanging around the banks. The route to the lake takes you through the wild and rugged countryside of Ladakh.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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Pavan Maddipati

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  • Pavan Maddipati
  • Lives in Bengalooru
  • 13 photos
  • 13 Reviews
  •  62 helpful votes
  •  6754 readers

"Awesome lake at the end of a rugged road" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We went here in April. Please not that one would need permission letter for reaching this destination,
There was lot of breeze blowing there at the lake.
The way to this lake is via a rugged road but the destination is worth it, the lake was frozen when we went, but just started melting due to the sun, view was aweesome,
You can enjoy some soup and thupkaa ( ladakh local dish) in the restaurants beside the lake
All in a all, an awesome experience
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Roopa joshi

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  • Roopa joshi
  • 10 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  53 readers

"Breath taking experience !!!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is said Pangong lake changes colour fro sunrise to sunset & there are professionals who wait with their camera ready for the right moment to Capture.
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Jayesh Poojary

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  • Jayesh Poojary
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 photo
  • 24 Reviews
  •  115 readers

"Serene"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Super chilled place, you really need to prepare yourself to bear the climate yourself. You may feel breathless, ensure oxygen cylinder is available in your vehicle.
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Shrutika rastogi

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  • Shrutika rastogi
  • 1 Review
  •  53 readers

"Ladakh is an untouched unadvertised city filled with tourists. The city thrives on tourism. We met s"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
My experience in ladakh was stunning. I was travelling in the month of June and hence it wasn't too hot nor too cold. A pair of jacket and a beanie did us good. However, one must consult a doctor before travelling to ensure you have precautionary medicines. Apart from the rocky roads, ladakh was senere, full of culture, and beautiful picturesque views in every little corner. My suggestion would be to not have a tight schedule and stop wherever you find a good view and let it seep in. Also, please don't miss the momos!
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Jyoti

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  • Jyoti
  • 3 Reviews
  •  60 readers

"While travelling from Leh to Nubra Valley you will have to cross Khardung La, considered to be world"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
If going to Leh by air be sure not to do any intense activity on the first day. It takes the body some time to acclimatize to the climatic conditions. Be sure to carry the best of sun tan oil/lotion and good pair of sun glasses.
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Amit saxena

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  • Amit saxena
  • Lives in Bareilly
  • 15 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  53 readers

"The Beauty of the lake can not be described in words you can not even blink your eyes. You will mes"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
My experience was amazing cause it was one of my dream destination to visit & to visit it with my childhood friends make the tour unforgettable.
Also the people who are also form our group make it a perfect tour.
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Suresh

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  • Suresh
  • Lives in Marisa
  • 12 photos
  • 94 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  1019 readers

"The snow capped mountains, beautiful lakes, green patches of land, bright blue skies and unimaginabl"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Acclimatization is must while travelling to Leh because of high altitude. One must take 24 hours of full rest on the Day 1. Carry preventive medicines, keep body warm, stay away from tobacco, drugs and alcohol and keep body hydrated.
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Kavita churiwalla

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  • Kavita churiwalla
  • 4 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  55 readers

"It is breath taking beautiful drive of 5 hours from Leh. The colour of this lake keeps changing thro"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I had a beautiful time there. I would advice travellers to carry lots of warm clothes and cover themselves well. People must also carry oxygen cylinders with them in case the need arises. Best time to visit this in the months of June to September. In summer one can also witness different migratory birds and variety of Flora and fauna.
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Aayush kejriwal

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  • Aayush kejriwal
  • 15 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  55 readers

"Crystal clear water"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The water there was so clean that we could see everything inside water and it was surrounded by mountains on all the sides which looked even more beautiful.
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Suresh

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  • Suresh
  • Lives in Marisa
  • 12 photos
  • 94 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  1019 readers

"We were really tired as travelling is too much by crossing Khardungla (Worlds highest Motor able Roa"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
There is less of Oxygen in this part so many take medicines but in our tour we did not took any medicine even our 7Y. Oldie did not. We had took Kapoor (not the thing we use in pooja) which is big in size. Tie it on Handkerchief or any Cloth & inhale it on regular intervals. Nothing else needed. If possible go by road (from Manali or Srinagar) so one get habit ed to low oxygen. (Roads trip is long enough with roads being bumpy)
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