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How to reach Pangong Lake

  • Pangong Tso can be reached in a five-hour drive from Leh, most of it on a rough and dramatic mountain road. 
  • The road crosses the villages of Shey and Gya and traverses the Chang La, where army sentries and a small teahouse greet visitors.
  •  The road down from Chang La leads through Tangste and other smaller villages, crossing river called Pagal Naala or "The Crazy Stream". 
  • The spectacular lakeside is open during the tourist season, from May to September.

Pangong Lake is famous for:

Sight seeing, salt water lake, blue waters

Know about Pangong Lake

Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km long and extends from India to China. Approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 km. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. It is not a part of Indus river basin area and geographically a separate land locked river basin.The lake acts as an important breeding ground for a variety of birds including a number of migratory birds. During summer, the Bar-headed goose and Brahmini ducks are commonly seen here. The region around the lake supports a number of species of wildlife including the Kiani and the Marmot.

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The lake is in the process of being identified under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance. This will be the first trans-boundary wetland in South Asia under the convention. 

The brackish water of the lake has very low micro-vegetation. Guides report that there are no fish or other aquatic life in the lake, except for some small crustaceans On the other hand, visitors see numerous ducks and gulls over and on the lake surface. There are some species of scrub and perennial herbs that grow in the marshes around the lake.

The lake acts as an important breeding ground for a variety of birds including a number of migratory birds. During summer, the Bar-headed goose and Brahmini ducks are commonly seen here. The region around the lake supports a number of species of wildlife including the Kiani and the Marmot.

Formerly, Pangong Tso had an outlet to Shyok river, a tributary of Indus river, but it was closed off due to natural damming. Two streams feed the lake from the Indian side, forming marshes and wetlands at the edges. Strand lines above current lake level reveal a 5 m (16 ft) thick layer of mud and laminated sand, suggesting the lake has shrunken recently in geological scale. No fish have been observed in the lake, however in the stream coming from South-eastern side (Chushel nala), three fish species (Schizopygopsis stoliczkae, Triplophysa stoliczkae and Triplophysa gracilis) have been reported (Bhat et al., 2011). The low biodiversity in the lake has been reported as being due to high salinity and harsh environmental conditions

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How to reach Pangong Lake

  • Pangong Tso can be reached in a five-hour drive from Leh, most of it on a rough and dramatic mountain road. 
  • The road crosses the villages of Shey and Gya and traverses the Chang La, where army sentries and a small teahouse greet visitors.
  •  The road down from Chang La leads through Tangste and other smaller villages, crossing river called Pagal Naala or "The Crazy Stream". 
  • The spectacular lakeside is open during the tourist season, from May to September.

Pangong Lake is famous for:

Sight seeing, salt water lake, blue waters

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2 Comments
Best place in Ladakh region
I wish to be there....!!
startling Place To Visit.





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