Day 7: On the way to Pangong Tso

Pangong Tso

This was the most exciting day of them all, probably because we were gonna visit the oh-so-awesome Pangong Tso. This mighty lake is perhaps on every traveler’s ‘List of things to do in Ladakh‘. Pangong Tso is 134kms long with 1/3rd part in India and 2/3rd in China, spreading across 3 countries India, China and Tibet. To visit this lake which is the world’s highest brackish lake at 14,256 (above sea level), we had to undertake a 160 kms journey from Leh in which one passes through the 2nd highest motorable road in the world called Chang-la pass.

Pangong Tso

 

Pangong Tso

Pangong Tso

Pangong Tso

While trip to Nubra had more of a feel of a huge dessert in between mountains, the drive to Pangong Tso is spotted with tiny meadows, a view of Yaks grazing the fields, adorable marmots coming out of the burrows to take a peak, and little ponds and streams flowing past you.

 

Pangong Tso

Pangong Tso

Pangong Tso

After 6 hrs of treacherous drive from Leh we reached Pangong Lake. I was lost in the deep mesmerising blue colour. This heavenly sight was definitely worth the 6 hour drive from Leh. There was a common area where everybody had their evening tea followed by dinner.

Pangong Tso

Pangong Tso

After dinner a few of us gathered in a tent and everybody started telling ghost stories. The quivering tents made the stories even more daunting. Before we knew it, it was already 4 am in the morning and I don’t know how the time flew by. We went to sleep immediately so that we could get at least 3-4 hrs of sleep and enjoy the next morning at Pangong Tso.

Stay tuned for the last post of my Ladakh trip

Love,

Pooja

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