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Pangong Tso - Highest altitude lake

Pangong Tso - Highest altitude lake  Video Review
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Pangong Lake

Mahadev Hiremath
13th Jul 17

Worth the bike experience

Worth the bike experience  Video Review
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Pangong Lake

Rahul Shankar
17th Jul 17

Magnificent Pangong Lake

Magnificent Pangong Lake  Video Review
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Pangong Lake

Raj Roy
9th Jul 17

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Reasons to go to Pangong

1Camp beside the breathtaking Pangong Lake
Camp beside the breathtaking Pangong Lake

HolidayIQ Reviewer Saumarjyoti Borah says, “Ok after that we took a local camp for the night stay and decided to walk around the lake that evening with our gears.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Anant Jain shares, “Most of the hotels arrange a bonfire near the lake and you may spend a day there. Nice area for photo shoots.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Pratik Thakkar says, “It was pretty freezing when we visited during May. But we met up with another group during our stay, and had an enjoyable evening beside a campfire! Do visit!

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2Have a bonfire and dance to some music around the Pangong lake
Have a bonfire and dance to some music around the Pangong lake

HolidayIQ Reviewer Anant Jain shares, “Most of the hotels arrange a bonfire near the lake and you may spend a day there

HolidayIQ Reviewer Subodh Bisht shares, “Can't blink your eyes once you see Pangong lake Namaste, Hello, Hiii to all HolidayIQ Readers I hope you all are in good health 

HolidayIQ Reviewer Pratik Thakkar says, “Different shades of Blue It's a really vast lake with clear water that shines with multiple shades of blue throughout the day.

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3To explore the sparkling waters of the lake
To explore the sparkling waters of the lake

HolidayIQ Reviewer Saumarjyoti Borah says, “During the night when all people went to sleep, we came out for night sky photography. If you are lucky you would definitely see a clear sky with all shining stars. Though we don't waste our time sleeping inside the tent after around 45-50 mins the cold wind literally forced us to go inside and close the adventure for that night.”

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4For the endorheic lake
For the  endorheic lake

HolidayIQ Reviewer Anant Jain says, “The view is amazing and the scene looks beautiful. Most of the hotels arrange a bonfire near the lake and you may spend a day there. Nice area for photo shoots. ”


HolidayIQ Reviewer Sushil Yadav shares, “A must visit place for every Indian. We visited in the month of April. Lake was in frozen condition but still the view is awesome. ”

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5To spend perfect evenings with bonfire
To spend perfect evenings with bonfire

HolidayIQ Reviewer Anant Jain says, “The view is amazing and the scene looks beautiful. Most of the hotels arrange a bonfire near the lake and you may spend a day there. Nice area for photoshoots. You may definitely add it in your itinerary if you are visiting leh

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Reviews (21)

Tejveer singh

Tejveer singh5.0/5

2 reviews

Stunned by the beauty

The blue water is out of world amazing place, silence prevails, the place has electrcity only from 7 pm to 11 pm, no phone or internet services. You can live 3 idiot exeperince. Be careful of online booking of camps as mine was wrapped up when I reached the location. Having a good taxi drivers helped me to rescue out of situation. Gets chilly at night.

Jayendra singh Panwar

Jayendra singh Panwar4.6/5

18 reviews

The Mystique Pangong Tso

Pangong is a mysterious place nestled securely behind the veil of high mountain cliffs at a height of 14270 ft. The water of the lake changes many colors during different hours of the day. The brackish water does not support any fish or aquatic life but the wetland surrounding the lake is a habitat of wild animals like Ladakhi Marmots and kiang (wild ass). Migratory birds like Bareheaded goose, Brahmini ducks and also black headed gulls can easily be spotted during summers. The lake is spread in an area of 700 Sq. Km ., two thirds of which is under Chinese control. It is flanked by the barren golden colored mountain range to the north. An all weather road behind these hills goes straight to the Chinese border. The lake is completely frozen during winters and Changla pas is closed for vehicular traffic.
We were inspired to visit Pangong by the Ice Road Truckers program aired on Nat Geo channel a few months back. Though, bumpy rides on rough roads taste your patience to limit, you may forget all the pains at the first sight of the beautiful lake.
There is no permanent structure (hotel or guest house) to stay there but during the last few years a large number of camping sites have come-up providing a safe and comfortable accommodation to the bikers and tourists. As a tourist, one is allowed till Spangmik village only situated on the banks of Pangong lake. To reach Pangong from Leh (134 km) one has to traverse the Changla pass (17590 ft). Of late the inner line permit has been reintroduced for the tourists. It is good to carry an oxygen cylinder in the car to avoid any emergency due to high altitude.
Once you reach there, check into some camp resort, off load the luggage, have a cup of tea, hold your camera and embark on a shooting spree. In the evening color of the lake is quite different from the morning. Next morning you may go to the shooting spot (where Three Idiots film was shot) get a photo clicked with Kareena Kappor (poster), wade into the shallow water of the lake but don't go very far, and click photographs of the lake, mountains, ducks and gulls and whatever catches your eyes.
Carry enough woolens, some dry fruits because it is really cold there. A flash light is essential because power in the night is not assured. Enjoy the scenic beauty but please do not litter there. I was pained to see plastic bottles, empty pouches of chips and snacks strewed around the lake. On the way back to Leh one can also visit some destinations of tourist interest such as Shey Palace, Thiksey gompa and the Rancho's school as bonus.

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Recommended Duration in Pangong

Number of days to spend in Pangong as recommended by our travellers.

2 days

90%

3 days

6.7%

4 days

3.3%

Pangong Overview

Pangong Tso, also known as Pangong Lake, is a salt lake situated amidst the Himalayas. The lake is located at a height of about 4,350 metres in the Leh District of Jammu and Kashmir. The lake is situated in Changthang Plateau bordering Tibet. With a length of 134 km, 60% of the lake belongs to Tibet, which is under the rule of China. The lake has saline water though it freezes during winters.

The Line of Actual Control between Indian and China passes through this lake. The eastern end of the lake is in Tibet and the dispute-free area of the lake is the western end. At present, the lake is the point in India from where intrusions of China can be easily observed.

Known as the wetland of international importance, the lake is in the process of being distinguished under the Ramsar Convention. The water of the lake is brackish; hence, lacks in providing any micro-vegetation. Apart from crustaceans, there has not been any other fish or aquatic life in the lake for many years.

Pangong Lake is the most popular attraction where tourists can spot resident and migratory birds such as ducks, gulls, bar-headed goose and brahmani ducks. The surrounding region of the lake provides natural habitat to various animals such as kiang and marmot. Traces of lines above the present lake level show a five metre thick layer of laminated sand and mud, providing evidence that the lake has compressed recently. The destination also offers an opportunity to witness the rich Buddhist culture.

The closest airport to the destination is Leh Airport, which is located at a distance of about 204 km. Pangong can also be reached by trains that connect to the Jammu Tawi Railway Station, from where rental cars and private taxis are available. The nearest bus station to the destination is Phyang Trokpo Bus Stop in Jammu and Kashmir, which is around 120 km away.

The best time to visit Pangong is during May to September as it experiences favourable climatic conditions and the lake is also not frozen.

Photos of Pangong

Pangong Lake, Pangong

Photo by

Vatsal

Pangong Lake
Pangong Lake, Pangong

Photo by

Vatsal

Pangong Lake
Pangong Lake, Pangong

Photo by

Rohit Ranjan

Stunning lake
Pangong Lake, Pangong

Photo by

Mahesh patel

Away from mankind, close to heaven.

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