Pangong lake tour

Pangong Lake Tour, Ladakh Map

OVERVIEW


Pangong lake is a gem of the Ladakh region. This 140-kilometre-long salt lake is located at an altitude of 4,250 metres, 30% of the lake is in India whereas the other part is in Tibet. This Himalayan wetland reserve is an important breeding site for migratory birds. Spangmik is a small village on the bank of the lake where inhabitants rear pashmina goats.


To access Pangong lake, you will drive through Chang La pass which is one of the highest motorable passes in the world at an altitude of 5,360 metres above sea level. Then, you will pass through Tangtse, a pleasant village situated 35 kilometres from Pangong lake.



You can combine the Pangong lake tour with the visit of several monasteries in the Indus valley. You can visit Chemrey monastery, Hemis monastery, Thiksey monastery and Shey palace. If you have more time, you can include Stakna monastery and Stok palace in your itinerary.



The Pangong lake tour can be done in one, two or three days. It is recommended that you take at least two days for this tour so that you have time to visit the monasteries of the Indus valley:

  • Pangong lake (1-day tour) from ₹ 8,555 / car  
  • Pangong lake (2-day tour or 3-day tour) from ₹ 11,110 / car  

Thiksey Monastery Gompa with field filled with flowers, Indus valley, Pangong lake tour, Ladakh
Pangong Lake seen from above, Spangmik village, Pangong lake tour, Ladakh

Places to visit during the Pangong lake tour

Gyalpo - intro (target: 140 words, do not exceed: 160 words)
Ideas: mainly talk about Pangong in this intro (Pangong lake = Pangong Tso, Tso means lake...). One sentence to explain that one can stop on the way to visit the monasteries of the Indus valley on the way from/to Leh during this tour

Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake, Ladakh

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Spangmik

Pasmina goats in Spangmik village, Pangong Lake, Ladakh

Gyalpo - description (target: 150 words, do not exceed: 165 words)
Ideas: families rearing pashmina goats

Tangtse

Tangtse monastery (gompa), near Pangong Lake, Ladakh

Gyalpo - description (target: 150 words, do not exceed: 165 words)
Ideas: can stop for tea break/lunch. 35km from lake. A few accommodation options. Small gompa.

Chang La Pass (5,360m)

Prayer flags at Chang La Pass (5,360m), on the way to Pangong Lake, Ladakh

Gyalpo - description (target: 150 words, do not exceed: 165 words)

Chemrey Monastery

Monk on the roof of Chemrey Monastery, Ladakh

Gyalpo - description (target: 110 words, do not exceed: 125 words)
Short description because this monastery will be covered in the "monastery tour"

Hemis Monastery

Courtyard of Hemis Monastery, Ladakh

Gyalpo - description (target: 110 words, do not exceed: 125 words)
Short description because this monastery will be covered in the "monastery tour"

Thiksey Monastery

Thiksey Monastery viewed from the fields, Ladakh

Gyalpo - description (target: 110 words, do not exceed: 125 words)
Short description because this monastery will be covered in the "monastery tour"

Shey Palace

Buddha statue, Shey Palace, Ladakh

Gyalpo - description (target: 110 words, do not exceed: 125 words)
Short description because this palace will be covered in the "monastery tour"

Stakna Monastery

Stakna Monastery and Indus River at sunset, Ladakh

Gyalpo - description (target: 110 words, do not exceed: 125 words)
Short description because this monastery will be covered in the "monastery tour"

Stok Palace

Stok Palace, Ladakh

Gyalpo - description (target: 110 words, do not exceed: 125 words)
Short description because this palace will be covered in the "monastery tour"

Best time to visit Pangong lake

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Ideas: Can be visited all year round. summer there are more tourists (without saying that it's too crowded, nothing negative). Summer best time to watch birds (not sure, maybe spring is good too). April-May and September-October, less people, can have the place for oneself, can enjoy more. Camps open from May to en of September. Other than camps, accomodation are limited but can always stay in homestay in Spangmik or Man. Winter, it's cold (higher altitude) but awesome experience, walk on frozen lake, etc. Even though saltwater lake, lake freezes in winter. Ice starts melting in April. Chang La open in winter, strategic for army, can be closed few days in case of heavy snowfall, time to clear snow (same as Khardung La)

Frozen Pangong lake in winter, Ladakh

Tips for planning a trip to Pangong lake

Altitude and acclimatization

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Extract from /practical-info/preventing-altitude-sickness-in-ladakh: "Travel to Pangong lake (4,250 metres, higher than Leh) after minimum 3 or 4 days of acclimatization. Note that suffering from AMS there can be critical because there is no easy way to drive to lower altitude, you would need to go through Chang La pass (5,360 metres) to get back to Leh.". Recommend to rent oxygen cylinder (used to alleviate symptoms of AMS). recommend to travel to Pangong at the end of the Ladakh trip.
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Permit for Pangong lake

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ILP required for Pangong lake (border area with China). Can get ILP from Leh.

Phone and Internet service at Pangong lake

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Extract from /practical-info/mobile-network-and-internet-connectivity-in-leh-ladakh: "If you are travelling to Pangong lake from Kharu and Tangse route, you will have on and off reception. Till Kharu you will have 4G Airtel and 3G/2G BSNL connection both. After that you will receive only BSNL network. Between Chang La pass and Tangse, there will be no network. At Tangse, BSNL network is available. At Pangong lake, it is usually possible to catch the mobile phone network in the morning hours at some spots. The reception might not be good for call but you can leave text messages."
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Accommodation at Pangong lake

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IDEAS: Accommodation options are limited at Pangong lake (protected area, no hotels). Most popular option is to stay in camps/tents. Camps open from May to end of Sept. Other option is to stay in homestay in one of the villages on the bank of the lake (Spangmik and Man). In winter/off season, homestays is the only option.

Pangong Retreat Camp luxury camp. The regal Camp cheaper option with good facilities.

Guesthouses can be found in Tangtse (35 km from lake) and Hotel Pangong Residency in Tangtse too is the most comfortable option in the village.

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Panoramic view of Pangong lake, Ladakh

Suggested itineraries for Pangong lake

Pangong lake (1-day tour)

Day 1:

Drive from Leh to Pangong lake via Chang La pass and Tangtse. Spend time at the lake. Drive back to Leh, visit Thiksey monastery on the way.


Note: It is recommended to do this tour over 2 days so that you can spend one night at Pangong lake and you can visit more monasteries on the way.

Pangong lake (2-day tour)

Day 1:

From Leh, head east to Pangong lake via Chang La pass and Tangtse. Drive another 35 km to reach Pangong lake.

Day 2:

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Pangong lake (3-day tour)

Day 1:

visits........

Day 2:

xxxx (LLTB will do)

Day 3:

xxxx (LLTB will do)

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