Pangong Tso is an endorheic lake in Himalayan range. Located at an altitude of 4,350 meter. Around 134KM in terms of length. This lake start from eastern part of Ladakh and goes to Tibet. Somewhere around 60% part of this lake lies in China. To visit Pangong Lake from Leh, one has to go from Leh – Karu – Changla Pass – Tangtse – Spangmik. 156 KM of a drive from Leh to Pangong Lake. Around 5 to 6 hours of drive from Leh to Pangong through coarse and dramatic roads.
One can visit to Pangong Lake from May to September. These are the months when roads are in good shape and one can even enjoy the landscape.
Pangong Tso Lake situated on a borderline terrain. The LAC – Line of Actual Control passes through pangong lake. From LAC to further 20KM of Pangong Lake is the area controlled by China. Furthermore, the most eastern part of Pangong Lake ends in Tibet.
On the northern bank of pangong tso, on the mid way of lake, there is a fort called Khurnak Fort. Khurnal Fort is a ruined fort in western part of Tibet Autonomous Region of China. This is the disputed land and called as Aksai Chin which is claimed by India.
Pangong Tso Lake
Situated on a level of 4300 mtrs, the crystal clear water of Pangong Lake changes its color as the sun changes the position. From Morning blue to Green color and many other variation depending upon the colur of sky with or without clouds. Almost 1/4th of the lake is in India and rest of the lake is in Tibet region controlled by China. This lake is also a breeding point for many migratory birds like Brahmini duck and Bar headed goose.
7KM from starting point of Pangong lake along with southern shores. This is the farthest village of Pangong area. This is the point where from one can see the Chang-Chenmo Mountains.
Travelers can visit to Spangmik village where they can find lot of camp sites options to select according to budget.
From 15th September, 2018 as per the orders by High Court no more camping is allowed near Pangong Lake. Now the best possible option for visitors is the Tangtse Village. There one can find good accomodation, home stay and camps as well.
From Leh to Pangong, it’s like 5 hours of drive from uneven and rough terrain with a high mountain pass called as Changla Pass. Other than self driving, you can hire a taxi or public transport from Leh to Spangmik village.