At 4350 m It Will Take All Your Blues Away
Pangong Tso Lake is one of those places which you can imagine would be very beautiful, but it’s not until you visit it that you come to terms with its beauty. Among the other famous lakes in Ladakh, this one is especially popular both because of its breathtaking beauty and being a delicate border point along the Line of Actual Control. It achieved immense popularity after being featured in a Bollywood movie called “3 Idiots.”
Pangong Lake, or Pangong Tso, as it is commonly known, is a high altitude saltwater lake situated at almost 4,350 meters. The lake is almost 5 kilometers wide and 134 kilometers long, with one-third of it lying in India & the other two-thirds in China. This famous lake in Ladakh is also quite deep, as it reaches a maximum depth of almost 328 feet.
The foremost thing to see at Pangong Tso Lake is its beauty, you just can't get enough of it. The mountains, with their gradual slopes which meet the deep blue meditatives waters of the lake, is a sight that remains lodged in your memory for a long time. Brahminy ducks can also be seen standing on the banks of the lake, looking for a catch or two. The lake is extremely popular among photographers, selfie enthusiasts and those on a bike trip to Ladakh.
The Pangong Tso Lake is a breeding ground for different types of birds, including migratory ones. During the summer, the bar-headed goose and Brahminy Ducks are commonly spotted. Fishes such as False Osman and Kunar Snow Trout reside in the lake.
Yes, you need a permit to visit the Pangong Tso Lake, which can be obtained from Leh.
May to September is the best time to visit the lake, when the weather is great and the beauty of the lake can be enjoyed to the fullest. During winters, the lake is completely frozen.
No, camping is not allowed on the Pangong Tso Lake.
There are three routes which you can take to reach the Pangong Tso Lake. The first is via Karu-Chang La Pass, the second is from Nubra Valley via Shyok Village and the third is via the Wari La Pass route.