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Travel Guide to Pangong Lake in Ladakh, India

Prerana Jamdarkhana Aug 23, 2019
This Indian lake has always been on my list for months. When I made up my mind to travel to Pangong lake while in Ladakh, little did I know of the stunning surprises it held for me.

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Pangong Lake, also known as Pangong Tso is Tibetan for “high grassland lake.”

About Pangong Lake

At a staggering elevation of 14,270 feet (4,350 meters) above sea level, Pangong is one of the world's highest saltwater lake.
Pangong is a landlocked area with no drainage or outflow, unlike other brooks that join rivers and oceans.

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Camping by the edge of this breathtaking beauty is a must-have experience.

Things to Do

When I stepped out of the tent at night, I was swept-off watching the sky dazzling with stars.
During my visit, the bird-watcher in me was ecstatic to see many flocks migrating.
On my way up here, I crossed few signboards for Marmot, huge squirrels found in the mountains.
Pangong is almost at a distance of 160 km from Leh and passes through the world’s third highest motorable pass, Chang La.

How to Reach

Alternatively, you can reach Pangong through Nubra Valley passing Wari La, a high altitude pass located almost 17,400 ft high.

Altitude Challenge

  • A prominent challenge that come with visiting Pangong lake is altitude sickness.
  • It is advised to take at least a day’s rest before visiting Pangong.
  • Tip to minimize sickness is to avoid alcohol and smoking.

Other Factors

  • Carry all the necessary documents as it requires special Indian permits to reach Pangong.
  • Wide variety of accommodations are available for you to choose from.
  • Missing the local and traditional food at Pangong might give you major FOMO.