Pangong Tso – more than a lake
On day 8 of our 12-day road trip to Ladakh, our destination was Pangong Tso. You wouldn’t hear of a trip to Ladakh, without the mention of Pangong Tso – a lake that 40% in India and 60% in China. Another unique fact about the lake is that it there is no outflow of the water. Its saline water freezes in winters and in the summers, it lets people feel the beauty.
Beyond the mountains and towards the end of the 134-kilometer lake is the Republic of China. The proximity to the international border also makes the place well guarded and connected to the country.
The journey to Pangong Tso was via the Chang La and at a height of ~17,585 feet. The landscape changed colors, the skies were bright and by the time we reached Chang La, the air was crisp. Our plan was to stay at Tangtse so we crossed the village to reach the lake and drove back for a night halt.
At ~17,000+ feet altitude, Chang La and the surroundings.
At this place on the way, the traffic was stopped to complete road repairs. I couldn’t be happier.
The commercial look of Pangong Tso. After 3 idiots, this lake has been bustling with tourists.
And then the lake and its serene waters. Most tourists do not go towards Spangmik and miss out on the other part of the lake.
Some tips if you travel to Pangong Tso:
- The camps to stay at the lake sound lucrative but know that the high altitude could make you sick.
- Drive towards Spangmik and see water change colors.
- If possible, try to catch a sunrise at the lake.
- Do not litter.
- Do not step into the water. Respect nature.
The beauty of the lake will leave an undying impression on your heart and soul. Travel does that to you and more so one to Ladakh.