After a stupendous trip of the Nubra valley we were all set for the next destination on our itinerary – the Pangong Tso lake Ladakh. Even months before the Ladakh trip, Pangong and Tso Mirori lake had been the x-factor in all our travel discussions and planning. A destination I had yearned to visit for a very long time. The very thought of a pristine blue lake nestled amidst the barren mountain ranges pumped up the adrenaline in us and we were raring to go.
About Pangong lake Ladakh
Pangong Tso lake is a picturesque salt water lake tucked in the Trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh at an altitude of 14270ft, starting from eastern Ladakh and stretching all the way to Tibet. Considered as one of highest salt water lakes in the world the Pangong Tso measures a dimension of 134Km in length and 5Km in width encompassing a total area of 604 square kilometers. Almost two thirds of the lake falls within China while India gets the share of the remaining one third. Now of late Pangong Tso features as a major tourist attraction in the country after all the hype it received from Amir Khan’s Bollywood movie the three idiots. The increased footfall does diminish the serenity of the place a wee bit, none the less Pangong Tso lake flaunts beauty at its very best.
Trip to Pangong Tso lake
Having thoroughly relished and enjoyed Nubra valley to our heart’s content we were all set for our journey to the Pangong lake. Our tour manager insisted us on taking the Shyok river route which would get us to Pangong 4hrs earlier than the Wari La Pass route. We learnt that the Shyok river route would take us a tat more than 7hrs, but the conditions of the roads are bad. However when we actually took to the roads we realized that the phrase “bad roads” was quite an understatement. It was simply horrific, hazardous and horrendous one can possibly imagine. The major part of the 273Km road trip was a creepy nightmare.
However for tourists traveling to Pangong from Leh via Chang La Pass (the third highest motorable road in the world) has a much better experience and a lesser distance to travel. Not only do you get better roads initially but also get to cover the Thicksey, Hemis and Shey monasteries along the way.