Pangong Lake is situated in the northeast of Leh, 4,350 meters above sea level. Leh to Pangong Lake is nice adventure trip of 160 trips. It begins with Thiksey village famous for its huge monasteries ridge. Beyond this remote village there is nothing but the extreme mountain ridge.
Attraction : At Darbuk village near Tangste Valley stands a chain of war memorials with regimental insignias in commemoration of the soldiers who lost their lives during the Indo-China war of 1962. Some of the army bunkers and trenches are still in use. Villagers can be seen here along with their large herds of Pashmina sheep and long-tailed yaks.
The placid Pangong Lake is not just a tourist's paradise but a geologist's domain too. Travelers can enjoy the solitude for a day or two, zoom their cameras to shoot the black-necked Siberian crane around the Mahe marshes which are the only breeding ground for these migratory birds. At times, they are seen swarming in the cool colorful water of the lake.
The long and narrow lake lies in the neighborhood of the famous Chushul Mountains. The size of the lake is best inferred from the probable etymology of its name, Pangong, which means extensive concavity. The mirror-calm water is cold, clear, and extremely salty, holding sufficient quantity of lime to form a calcareous deposit, which cements the pebbles together in patches of concrete on its bank. It is believed that there is a large amount of minerals in the basin of the lake, which result from the melting of the snow. The water sparkles in distinct shades of blue, green, purple, and violet, being transparent to a good depth. With ease, one can pick pebbles from under the water, and if one is lucky enough, a fossil shell in the clay deposits may be a rewarding find.
On arrival at Leh airport, you will be met with our representative at the airport and transfer you to hotel. Complete day for the acclimatization which is 3500 Mts. From Sea level. In the evening explore the local market. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning after breakfast visit to Thiksey monastery for morning prayer. Continue drive to Hemis monastery which is one of the most famous monastery of the Ladakh region. On the way back visit to Shey Palace. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning after breakfast leave for Uletokpo camping which is one of the most beautiful camping in the Ladakh region on the way visit Spituk monastery which is just 05 kms. from Leh town. Continue drive to Alchi monastery is the only monastery in the Ladakh on flat ground. By the lunch time you will reach Ulrtokpo. Evening enjoy to sit on the bank of the river coming down from the Ridzong side. Overnight stay at Camp.
Morning after breakfast full day excursion to Khardung la Pass which is the highest memorable pass in the world (5600 Mts.) and has been recorded in the Gunnies book of world records. At the top enjoy the nature beauty of snow capped mountain. Overnight stay at hotel.
Leave early morning at 5 AM to Pangong Lake through Changla pass (5486 Mtr.). While ascending Changl la Pass. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the villages below the pass. After crossing the pass halt for picnic lunch at Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the yaks. Arrive Durbuk and from there a short drive takes you to the western shore of the Lake. Enjoy the landscape on the backdrop of the lake.
This famous blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 5/6 Kms wide and over 144 Kms long with half of its running the other side of the “INDO CHIANA BORDER”. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. In the late afternoon drive back to Leh. Overnight stay at hotel.
Transfer in time to the airport to catch flight for onwards destination.