Pangong Lake, also known as Pangong Tso, rests at an elevation of 4350 m above sea level. The length of the lake stretches over 134 km and the width over 5 km. Tourists visiting this place can also explore nearby attractions such as a green valley and the Thiksey Village. One can find numerous ancient monasteries on the way to the Thiksey village from the valley.
Birdwatchers can spend their time at this lake spotting avian species such as bar-headed geese, Siberian crane and waterfowls in this region. During winters, the lake completely freezes over, despite being saline.
Situated at five hour’s drive away from Leh, the place can be accessed only after an Inner Line Permit for visiting this lake has been acquired owing to the fact that it lies on the Sino-Indian Line of Actual Control.
While individual permits are required for Indian nationals, others are required to have group permits with a minimum of three persons in a group. They must be accompanied by an accredited guide. For a small fee, the Leh tourist office issues these permits. Boating is, however, not permitted in Pangong Lake owing to security reasons.