See how nature crafted one of the most recognizable water-filled basins at the world's rooftop at Pangong Tso. This salty lake attracts swarms of tourists, however, people of foreign nationality require group permits accompanied by an accredited guide to visit. Explore the countryside near Chang La--the third-highest motorable mountain pass--and view or photograph the green, brown, and purple Himalayan backdrop. Witness how the lake, despite its saline traits, becomes frozen during winter (solid enough that you can walk across it). Visit the gala festival of ice skating and immerse yourself in the local culture of the native people. Nearby towns provide basic accommodation, but you can also bring a tent. Use our Leh trip itinerary planner to add Pangong Tso and other attractions to your Leh vacation plans.
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  • We went from Leh to go to this Lake. We crossed a pass at 5200 m, it was a strong drive in emotions in color!
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  • Its a different world out there. Beautiful place to visit and should be there in your bucket list. The color of the water changes every few hours due to sun reflections. Its cold out there hence carry...  more »
  • Movie location, you should not expect so much as famous place and went very well over 3,000 meters above sea level, beautiful Lake, where it is also weird that so large and very visible style barn away from the snow was like cg heh altitude sickness pay close attention to the age of ~ ~
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