Pangong Lake is situated at an altitude of
about 4300 m, Pangong Tso is the largest brackish lake in Asia, with a
larger part of it extending into Tibet. The lake is 130 km long and 5 km
at its widest point with half of it running to the other side of the
Indo-China border. Despite of being a salt-water lake, it freezes
completely during winter. There is no marine life here, save for a few
migrating birds now and then like gulls and brahminy ducks.
Pangong Lake in Kashmir is the world's highest brackish lake at 14,256
feet above sea level. In winter the lake freezes completely, despite
being saline water. The Briny or Brackish water lake does not support
vegetation or aquatic life except for some small crustaceans. However,
there are many water birds. The lake acts as an important breeding ground
for a large variety of migratory birds like Brahmani Ducks, Rare black
necked cranes and Seagulls. One can also spot Ladakhi Marmots, the
rodent-like creatures which can grow up to the size of a small dog.
Pangong is a remote area. The only way to communicate with the outside
world is through a satellite phone at the army camp nearby. Beauty of
Pangong Tso cannot be described but can only be experienced. The lake
mesmerizes one and all with its shimmering beauty. In simple words, we
can say Pangong Lake is "Turquoise Blue Paradise"
The Word Pangong is derived from a Tibetan
word Banggong Co which means "long, narrow, enchanted lake". Pangong Lake
is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350
m (14,270 ft). Pangong Tso is geographically situated in a disputed
territory, claimed both by India and China. The eastern end of the lake
is in Tibet and is not claimed by India. The western end of the lake is
not in dispute. This beautiful multi-shaded ocean like lake is about 5 KM
wide at its broadest point and about 134 KM long with about 60% of the
length extending into Tibet.
Pangong Tso is about five hours drive from Leh in Ladakh region of Jammu
& Kashmir. The route passes through beautiful Ladakh countryside, over
Chang La, the third highest Motorable mountain pass (5289 m) in the
world. The road crosses the villages of Shey and Gya and traverses the
Changla pass. Road down from Changla Pass leads through Tangste and other
smaller villages, crossing river called Pagal Naala also known as "The
Crazy Stream". The color of water is always changing with the weather
condition. The water sparkles in distinct shades of blue, green, purple,
and violet, being transparent to a good depth.
Best Time to Visit : May to
September is the best time to travel to Pangong Tso.