Pangong Lake

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Pangong Lake Leh Reviews

mdfehmel mdfehmel
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Pangong Lake Jan 03, 2013
If you are using Leh, India as you base for sightseeing around the Indian Himalayas as I did recently, than Pangong Lake will certainly be on your "must-see" list. Located 4 hours northeast from Leh, the only way there and back is along the treacherous mountain road through the Chang-La pass, which, at 17,500' is the second highest motorable road in the world (the highest is also a day-trip from Leh featured in a separate review). Once you pass the crest of Chang-La, the decent to Pangong is not quite as sketchy, with wider roads and less of a drop off the road's shoulders. This will allow you to relax and take in the amazing and constantly changing landscape of the Himalayan Mountains as well as the fauna that live there. The actual lake, which is still another 2 hours from Chang-La, is still at about 14,000'. The crystal clear, cold and strikingly blue water of the lake, is melted water from the glaciers that have melted through the centuries. The entire area is said to have at one time been the ocean bed, but became the Himalayas through dramatic plate tectonic shifts, which explains why there is ocean sand so high up. The lake also falls approximately 2/3 within the borders of China, with the remaining third in India. Once you arrive at the lake, the picture opportunities are endless. There are also several tent-covered restaurants, souvenir shops, and, for the very brave, camping style "hotels". It is very chilly at the lake through most of the year so make sure you bring a heavy windbreaker.
The road to Pangong Lake.
The road to Pangong Lake.
The road to Pangong Lake.
Wild horses along the road to Pang…
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