Pangong Lake Overview

Ranked 1 of 106 sightseeing in Ladakh

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 DayLength of visit: More than 3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Raghavendra Bhat

Raghavendra Bhat5.0/5

66 reviews

Undisputed leader of Ladakh

Pangong lake is the topmost tourist attraction in Ladakh. Of course, the timing of the visit is very important because it will not be fun when frozen. So the ideal time is May onwards. The myriad colours of the pristine lake and the peace around the place make it extraordinary. You just don't want to leave the place! Unfortunately, there is not much accommodation available in the vicinity as the local administration has strictly pulled down many illegal constructions there. However, there are a few tent stays slightly away after a torturous travel by non-existent roads. The stay is not easy nevertheless due to the high altitude and lack of oxygen, but still worth experiencing if possible. The journey itself from other parts of Ladakh to Pangong is quite adventurous as you have to pass through Khardungla or Chang La which are world's highest and second highest motorable passes. Overall, don't return from Ladakh without visiting Pangong, even if you can't stay there overnight.

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Gautam Agrawal

Gautam Agrawal2.5/5

5 reviews

Good for sight seen only

This place is not comfortable for stay. No electricity, no charging point for Mobile and camera ,. Only to feel is lake which could be completed in one day return roads are not good.

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 lakeAll 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 !!!

Jayesh Poojary

Jayesh Poojary4.3/5

24 reviews


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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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.



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 alcohol 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.

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