Pangong Tso, Leh

See how nature crafted one of the most recognizable water-filled basins at the world's rooftop at Pangong Tso. This salty lake attracts swarms of tourists, however, people of foreign nationality require group permits accompanied by an accredited guide to visit. Explore the countryside near Chang La--the third-highest motorable mountain pass--and view or photograph the green, brown, and purple Himalayan backdrop. Witness how the lake, despite its saline traits, becomes frozen during winter (solid enough that you can walk across it). Visit the gala festival of ice skating and immerse yourself in the local culture of the native people. Nearby towns provide basic accommodation, but you can also bring a tent. Use our Leh trip itinerary planner to add Pangong Tso and other attractions to your Leh vacation plans.
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  • Having missed visiting this Lake I 2016, I finally was able to visit this lake in 2019. If you move away from Lukung and go towards the villages of Spangmik and Man, this lake lives up to all the hype...  more »
  • What an amazing creation. Shame the geopolitical factors have divided the ownership of this lake between India and China but the beauty of the surroundings and the lake is difficult to describe. We dr...  more »
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  • Amazing landscape views of these beautiful lakes however there is a very poor array of restaurants and shops along it. Much quieter than one would expect. Would have preferred a little bit more atmosphere and more shops
  • The lake is very clean and very beautiful. The weather is breathtaking and it snows early in the morning. You'll surely enjoy a lot at this place.
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