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Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake

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PANGONG LAKE One of the most spectacular lakes in Ladakh is Pangong lake, which lies across the Changla Pass from Leh. It is a saltwater lake with long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly 5 to 6 kms at its widest point, and over 135 kms long, it is bisected by the international border between India and China. It presents a spectacular view of the mountains of the Chang-Chenmo range to the north, their reflections shimmering in the ever changing blues and greens of the lake’s brackish waters. During winters, the Pangong Lake freezes completely. Yaks and other livestock walk over the frozen hard surface of the lake when they migrate from place to place.

The farthest village of Pangong area is Spangmik located at 6-7 km along the southern shore up to which the foreign tourists are permitted. One can have a spectacular view of mountains of the Chang-Chenmo range to the north west of the Pangong Lake, its image reflecting in the lake’s ever changing blue and green water. Above Spangmik are the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Pangong range.

The lake is in the process of being identified under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance. This will be the first trans-boundary wetland in South Asia under the convention.

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