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Pangong

Pangong

Weather

Due to its geographic location amid the might Himalayan Peaks, Pangong Tso is covered with snow for almost half of the year making it impossible to travel. All roads and flights remain suspended in the winter season from October to March with temperatures dropping as low as minus fifteen degrees Celsius. The best time to visit Pangong Tso is between May and September.  Nights can be very cold at the lake even during the summer season so it is recommended that tourists bring adequate warm clothes and sleeping bags.

How To Reach

By Road:

Reaching Pangong by road is the only way to reach the center stage of this magnificent pass. Travelers can drive from Leh either using shared taxis or private cabs or drive down on their own from Leh to reach Pangong Tso.


By Air:

Pangong does not have a dedicated airport and the closest airport is the Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport of Leh situated at a distance of 175 Kms. Due to the weather conditions, all flights from the Leh airport fly out early in the morning.



By Rail:

Due to its geographic location, there are no railway stations in Leh. The best way to reach Pangong is to travel to Srinagar or Leh and take up a flight or private cab apart from being part of various motorcycling excursions. The closets railway station to Srinagar and Leh is the one in Jammu located at a distance of 258 Kms and 734 Kms respectively.


Overview

Pangong also known as Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ladakh region. Located at an elevation of 4350 meters above sea level, Pangong Tso is one of the largest backwater lakes in Asia. Spreading over 40 miles in length and between 2 to 4 miles in width, Pangong Tso gets its name from Tibetan word Banggong Co. Pangong Tso lies on the Sino-Indian Line of Actual Control with only one third of the Lake in Indian territory while more than  two thirds lies in Tibet. The picturesque Pangong Lake became a household name after the famous Bollywood movie 3 Idiots filmed its climax at the Lake side.

 

Due to its geographic location the weather of Pangong Tso is highly unstable and has a tendency to change in quick time. Tourists need to enroll themselves in Leh to attain an Inner Line Permit for visiting Pangong Tso. There are no accommodation options in Pangong while most travelers opt to spend the night amid open skies camping under the stars. While indifferent weather can make it challenging for camping at times, travelers are recommended to stay in Leh which has more boarding and lodging options.

 

While there are no eateries around the Pangong Lake, most tourists are advised to get their own food. However Ladakhi and Kashmiri dishes are abundantly available across Leh region. The most popular gourmet delights of the region include mutton stew, Yakhni and Sku which is a traditional Ladakhi soup made with vegetables, mutton and some flour. Accommodation options around Pangong Tso are limited with Eco Huts available in Lukung region located close to the Pangong Lake. The best time to visit Pangong is during May to September.