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Pangong Lake

Ladakh (Leh)

14.8/5(223 Ratings)

Pangong Lake Overview

Ranked 1 of 101 sightseeing in Ladakh (Leh)

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.

What travellers are saying about Pangong Lake

Experience scale
  • Excellent 123
  • Very Good 21
  • Good 5
  • Average 1
  • Terrible 0
  • Poor 0
  • Below Average 0
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: More than 3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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  • Food available for purchaseFood available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilitiesBathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowedCamera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowedWearing of shoes/footwear allowed
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93% voted as clean

Reviews and Ratings

Pavan Maddipati

Pavan Maddipati4.3/5

13 reviews

Awesome lake at the end of a rugged road

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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  • Awesome lake at the end of a rugged road
  • Awesome lake at the end of a rugged road
  • Awesome lake at the end of a rugged road

Roopa joshi

Roopa joshi5.0/5

1 review

Breath taking experience !!!

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.
  • Breath taking experience !!!
  • Breath taking experience !!!
  • Breath taking experience !!!
  • Breath taking experience !!!
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Jayesh Poojary

Jayesh Poojary4.3/5

24 reviews

Serene

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.

Shrutika rastogi

Shrutika rastogi4.3/5

1 review

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

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

Jyoti5.0/5

3 reviews

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

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.

Amit saxena

Amit saxena3.6/5

1 review

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

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.

Suresh

Suresh5.0/5

95 reviews

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

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 alchohol and keep body hydrated.

Kavita churiwalla

Kavita churiwalla5.0/5

1 review

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

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.

Aayush kejriwal

Aayush kejriwal5.0/5

1 review

Crystal clear water

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
  • Crystal clear water
  • Crystal clear water
  • Crystal clear water
  • Crystal clear water
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Suresh

Suresh5.0/5

95 reviews

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

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 Shrinagar) so one get habited to low oxygen. (Roads trip is long enough with roads being bumpy)

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Photos of Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake, Ladakh (Leh)
Pangong Lake, Ladakh (Leh)
Pangong Lake, Ladakh (Leh)
Pangong Lake, Ladakh (Leh)
Pangong Lake, Ladakh (Leh)
Pangong Lake, Ladakh (Leh)
Pangong Lake, Ladakh (Leh)
Pangong Lake, Ladakh (Leh)