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Heaven on Earth:Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake

LADAKH, OCT 29, (UITV): Pangong Lake is located in the Changthang region of eastern Ladakh, about six hours drive southeast of the erstwhile capital of Leh. The route crosses the Ladakh Range through Chang La at a dizzying 17,586 feet (5,360 meters) above sea level. It's one of the highest motorable passes in the world. The lake stretches for nearly 135 kilometers (83 miles), and is 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) wide at its broadest point.

What's important to keep in mind is that Pangong Lake is a sensitive disputed territory. The Line of Actual Control, between India and China, cuts through the lake near Khurnak Fort but neither county agrees as to where it should be. About a third of the lake lies within India, while the rest is in China-dominated Tibet.

Unlike many high mountain passes that close during winter, the Indian Army keeps the road through Chang La open continuously, except when it snows heavily. Hence, it's possible to visit Pangong Lake all year round. The main attraction during winter is being able to walk on the frozen lake. However, do not doubt it, it will be icy cold! Plus, accommodations will be limited to basic homestays. May to October is a more comfortable time to go, with June and July being the peak tourist season. If you want to avoid the worst of the crowds and commercialization, definitely avoid these two peak season months!