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Pangong Tso

Updated on May 12, 2010

Pangong Tso photos

The Pangong Lake
The Pangong Lake
The Pangong Lake
The Pangong Lake
The first view of Pangong Lake
The first view of Pangong Lake
Black headed Gulls in Pangong lake
Black headed Gulls in Pangong lake
The Pangong Lake
The Pangong Lake
A Black-headed gull in Pangong Lake
A Black-headed gull in Pangong Lake
The Pangong Lake
The Pangong Lake
Two Black-headed gulls in Pangong Lake
Two Black-headed gulls in Pangong Lake
The Pangong Lake
The Pangong Lake
The Pangong Lake
The Pangong Lake
The Pangong Lake
The Pangong Lake
Chang La, the third highest motorable mountain pass, en route to Pangong lake
Chang La, the third highest motorable mountain pass, en route to Pangong lake
The temple of Chang La Baba, the Guardian of the mountain pass.
The temple of Chang La Baba, the Guardian of the mountain pass.
The road to Pangong Lake
The road to Pangong Lake
The road to Pangong Lake
The road to Pangong Lake
The crystal clear water of the Pangong Lake
The crystal clear water of the Pangong Lake
A bird seen near the bank of Pangong lake
A bird seen near the bank of Pangong lake
Road to Pangong lake
Road to Pangong lake
The road to Pangong Lake
The road to Pangong Lake
A herd of Kiangs (Tibetan wild ass) seen near the Pangong Lake
A herd of Kiangs (Tibetan wild ass) seen near the Pangong Lake
Two Kiyangs
Two Kiyangs
A Kiang seen near the Pangong lake
A Kiang seen near the Pangong lake

 

Pangong Tso is a long brackish high altitude lake situated in the Ladakh region of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir, extending into China. This lake is the largest & highest brackish water wetland in the Indian sub-continent. This falls within the Changthang wildlife sanctuary in Ladakh.

The Pangon Tso is 136 km long & 5-6 km wide. Only 45 km of this elongated lake is within Indian territory, the rest lies in China. It lies at an altitude of 14000+ feet.

The climate is extremely hostile with temperature ranging between -10 to -40 degrees Celcius in the winter & 0 to 30 degrees in the summer. It freezes completely in winter, despite being a salt water lake.

The lake has an out of this world beauty. Surrounded by colorful  mountains  ( some of which are snow covered)  on all sides, the water constantly changes color reflecting the colors of the mountains. The water is crystal clear, offering  a clear view of the colorful pebbles on the bed of the lake.

A large number of different varieties of water-fouls are seen in the lake. These include the Brahminy duck, the Bar-headed goose, the Brown-headed gull & the Ruddy shelduck.

One can reach this high altitude lake from Leh, Ladakh through a mountain road which passes through the third highest motorable mountain pass in the world, the Chang La ( 17565 feet). The road, under constant supervision by the Indian Army, is itself a beauty, with high snow-covered mountains  & stark valleys in between. The mountains are devoid of any vegetations, and the colors of the rocks are just mind-boggling.

Pangong Tso is a dream destination for any Mountain-  & Nature- lover.

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      Thinking Particle 6 years ago

      Pangong is hard to capture in words..but still worth effort...

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