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The most famous lake in ladakh is about 150 kms from Leh. Pangong in tibetan stand for “long, narrow, enchanted lake”. The lake is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km long and extends from India to Tibet.

The famous and sparkling blue Pangong lake is situated in the Himalayas, approximately at the height of 4350 meters. It is 134 km long and extend from India to Tibet, where 60% of the lake lies. The lake freezes completely during winters in spite of its salinity. The lake has been a tourist attraction since a very long time and has gained further popularity after being a 'hot-spot' for many film shoots, apart from being an essential for anyone travelling to Leh.

Pangong lake is home to many migrating birds in summer and one can witness numerous ducks and gulls "surfing". Due to the briny water the lake does not support aquatic life other than some ocean bugs called crustaceans by oceanographers. Some are luck to spot a kiang which is a wild ass or a marmot a brownish rodent. There are two streams from the Indian side that form the wetlands and marshes at the edges. It is the beauty of the impeccable blue waters that embezzle the tourist's attention the most. The serenity and tranquility of this place is the tourist's paradise.

Best time to visit Pangong
It is best to visit this lake in summers, precisely from the month of June to the month of September as the lake would be frozen, and in winter due to it's extreme weather and high altitude the vacation would not be as enjoyable. A visit in summer will open an avenue to witness different migratory birds and other flora fauna.

How to Reach Pangong Lake
The closest air-port is Leh and the lake is located 150km from Leh and the drive takes 5 hrs.
It is advised to carry more and sufficient warm clothes to withstand the cold weather. It is an ecologically fragile place where littering is a serious offence. Kindly dispose your waste wisely. An inner line permit is required for foreign nationals to visit Pangong lake.


Acclimatization is one of the important things to prepare for while planning trip to Ladakh. The fact that Leh and most of the places in Ladakh are located above the altitude of 10,000 feet, visitors may suffer from dizziness, headaches or even acute mountain sickness (AMS). So planning to acclimatize to the high altitude condition becomes one of the most important things to take into consideration while you are planning your trip to Ladakh.

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