Pangong Tso, Tibetan for "high grassland lake", also referred to as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m. It is 134 km long and extends from India to China.
In the North East of Leh by crossing Changla Pass famous for variation of colors and beautiful landscape . Close to Tibet Border and restricted area. It has become a hot destination for tourist for its beauty and superb location. You may find so many advertisement of all kind on your television including motor vehicle tiers, garments, different products even pre wedding photo shoot. Some of the Indian movie shooting has been taken place in this area.
High Grassland Lake, also referred to as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m. It is 134 km long and extends from India to China. Approximately 65% of the length of the lake lies in China. The lake is 5 km wide at its broadest point.
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.
BY AIR - To reach Pangong lake , Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport in Leh is the nearest airport. 150 kilometers from the airport, the valley can be accessed by a private cab or bus after your flight. The Srinagar Airport in Jammu and Kashmir is also a convenient air travel option. This domestic airport is serviced by almost air carriers of the country compared to the airbase at Leh. You can travel round the year by arriving in Leh and drive to Pangong Lake.
BY ROAD - The most convenient and scenic option of travelling to Pangong Lake is by road from Leh. Use the National highway till Karu and then take left to reach at Changla pass which is second highest motorable pass in the world. Apart from private taxis/cabs, private and state-run buses ply the route on a regular basis. Best time : first week of June to Mid October. Though you can travel to Pangong Tso round the year. Inwinter lake will be frozen due to cold climate.
BY RAIL - The nearest railhead to Pangong Lake is Jammu Tawi Railway Station. The railway station is 970 kilometers away. The rail routes ends here as it it’s the northernmost reach of the railways in India. From the railway station, a private cab or bus takes you to Pangong lake. Though you can take a train up to Chandigarh and Travel overland from Chandigarh to Manali – Sarchu – Leh – Pangong Lake. You can travel only from first week of June till Mid October.