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Pangong Tso Lake, Leh- Actual Border Between India and China

It calls on large number of skiers and ice skaters from several parts of the world.

India, April 28 (Uitv) - Pangong Tso, Tibetan for "high grassland lake", also referred to as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m. It is 134 km long and extends from India to China.

Approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 km2.

The lake is in the process of being identified under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance. This will be the first trans-boundary wetland in South Asia under the convention.

Pangong Tso is in disputed territory. The Line of Actual Control passes through the lake. A section of the lake approximately 20 km east from the Line of Actual Control is controlled by China but claimed by India.

Pangong Tso is still a delicate border point along the Line of Actual Control. Incursions from the Chinese side are common.

 

The eastern end of the lake is in Tibet. After the mid-19th century, Pangong Tso was at the southern end of Johnson Line, an early attempt at demarcation between India and China in the Aksai Chin region.

The first glimpse of the tranquil, azure blue waters and shaky lakeshore remains etched in the memory of tourists. This area falls under army control and requires pass from deputy commissioner of Leh.

For those who are looking forward to staying close to the lake, tents are the only option. There is a limited choice to stay around and near Pangong Tso. Located near Pangong Tso, Lukung offers camping facilities in Eco huts.

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