Leh Ladakh

Pangnong-Tso

Having gotten used to this dry and parched moonscape, the sight of this lake takes your surprise. The last thing you would expect at the end of the 6-hour run from Leh, over the 18,152 ft Chang La Pass is a water body. If you are amazed by the size of this blue-green spectacle, get this- the remaining there – fourths of this 4—miles long lake is inaccessible as it lies across the border, in China.

To cram the visit into a one-day run will leave you with no more time than is barely enough to photograph. It and be back by nightfall. Be sensible and make a two-day itinerary that includes a visit to the Chemdey and Tak-Tok monasteries. For those who would prefer to do these visits independent of a Pangons-Tso itinerary, Sakti – the nearby Village – is well connected by bus.

Since there are no buses to Pangong-Tso, you will need to take a shared cab. The permits that are now issued to visit the lake do not allow overnight stay and are only up to the Spangmik Village check Post.

Tso-Moriri

To the east of Leh Tso-Moriri. 7-hr drive from Leh. This patch, with Pangong-Tso to its north and the border outpost of Demchok at its southern tip, is the western fringe of the Great Changtang Plateau of Tibet. The area is sparsely populated by Nomads, with their yak and goat herds, living a harsh existence- much like their counterparts in Tibet. You can get a feel for this way of life by visiting another region that is only a bit to the west- the Rupshu area. Here, the lake of Tso-Moriri. And if you are a nature buff, this should take precedence over Pangong.

The 15-by-5 mile lake is a breeding ground to birds like the bar-necked goose and the brahminy duck. The surrounding areas is home a wildlife and if you are lucky you will able to see a herd of kyang (wild ass) racing across the plains. Be on the lookout for blue sheep in the higher areas. Easier still will be spotting marmots as they pop out after their winter hibernation.

A permit is required for the visit, but since this place can only be visited as a jeep safari trip through a tour operator, the permission will be the part of the fare. Tso-Moriri is reached after a 7-hr drive from Leh, via Mahay small village of Korzok on the south-west bank of the lake. The overnight stay is in tents near the village.

Note. It will be obligatory on the part of Tourists, tour operators and other agencies related with the organised tour that the tourists travel on the identified tour circuits only. They should strictly follow the dos and don’ts as laid down by the Government.