Pengong Tso

Pangong Lake: - The “Broken Moon Land”- Ladakh is well known for its adventurous spots, trekkable peaks, Monasteries, Culture and last but not the least is Pangong Tso also referred as Pangong Lake. Every Biker whether a male or female have a dream to visit there once in their lifetime.

This Himalayan lake is situated at a height of 4250 metres, max depth is 100m and length is about 134 kms extends from India to China. Near about 40% length of the lake lies in India and is the world’s highest salt water lake. Pengong Lake’s name has been derived from a Greek word ‘Pengong Tso’ that means “High Grassland Lake”.

How to Reach Pangong Lake-

The journey to Pangong Lake from Leh is of 5-6 hours. Even regular bus service is also available by JKSRTC. Taxis can be hired at a rate of 8500-9000 INR for same day. Regular flights from Jammu, Srinagar and Delhi are also available. If you want to come back on a same day, then you must start your journey with the first ray of sunlight. When starting the journey from Leh one passes through Changla pass followed by Tangste.

The point to keep in mind is that there are no fuel station available near Pangong Lake, so fill your vehicle fuel tank in Leh and try to keep extra fuel with you.

What all you can do there:

Adventure is all about doing new things. Building campfire surrounding the lake and enjoying the warmth is of so much fun. Even some tourists dare to bath in the lake which is a thrilling experience.

There is a highest probability that you can see Marmot- a large squirrel can be seen in alpine grass lands and lives in deep burrows and colonies. All you need is banana to win over them. That is the only place where you found marmots friendly because they know that travellers will feed them. Clicking pictures of marmots is also a memorable experience.

Accommodation near the lake

The most distant point to which outsiders are allowed is the Camp Blue Waters on the bank of Pangong Lake in Spangmik. It offers spectacular view of mountains their appearance sparkling in the consistently changing blues and greens of the lake's saline waters. In 2015 it came into existence with the objective to make the tourist stay comfortable and possible at such high peaks.

The camp is kept an eye on by the neighbourhood staff from Ladakh who are always ready to serve and make your visit memorable. 15 Units of 12X12 purely waterproof Swiss Cottage Double layer canvas tents are available.

Road Conditions:

The conditions of road is not too good in Leh-Ladakh, bumpy and Uneven roads after that it is quite good.

Permissions and permits:

In the earlier times Inner line permissions were not required for Indians but due to the increase in the tourists in Leh-Ladakh the Ladakh union has announced the fee 400 INR as environment fee additional fee can be found on the official website of Leh. The inner line permit is not required for all places but it’s good to have prior to visit such places so that you can enjoy your visit uninterruptedly. Forms are available from the shop located behind the Leh DC Office whose timing is from 9 to 3 pm and applications are accepted in the mean while only. Its good to carry copy of these which might need to be submitted at some places.

Carry all your documents Photo ID proof, resident proof to obtain inner line permits. Along with this you need to write the application to DC Leh-ladakh for the approval of your application.

You can enjoy the inner line permit for 3 weeks if you are an Indian and in case of foreigner its validity is around 1 week. You can enter place number of times till you have permit.

Inner line permit is required for the following Places:

Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man. Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Hanle, Digger La, Tangyar.

Another important point you need to keep in mind is that there are 2 routes to reach Leh one is from manali to leh and the other is from Srinagar to leh and if you choose manali to leh then you may need to produce your inner line permits at certain check posts. You have to show your inner line permit on Rohtang Pass also. It’s good to get these permits Online before leaving for the journey from