Wonder and awe comes in many forms. Pangong Tso is one of them. The informative detail of the lake would say that it is a saltwater lake situated in an altitude of more than 14000 ft and that it is a endorheic lake, meaning the water here does not find its way to an ocean.
But to provide the actual description of the feeling of visiting this lake is difficult. It takes a few minutes to grasp the fact that this is, in fact a place on earth, and that the beauty of the place is real. Of all places, this is one that compels you to place the camera back in the case and watch the place. Like many others, I too took selfies with the lake in background. But after coming back, I came to understand how lame that was of me. Who would look at a person in front of the lake when the lake is soo beautiful? 😀
After the day (and partially, the night) spent stranded in the pass (details here), half of us felt like sleeping for long hours into the next day. But we had to wake up really early for visiting the lake. After some discussion in the morning, we keep our tour plan as – is. And in the morning, even the most unwilling of us show up for the trip. 🙂
We take the road that takes us through Sekti village and the high mountain pass of Chang – La.
At times, said to be the third highest motorable road in the world, but then, we already know that is not correct. 🙂 But it is one of the most dangerous roads due to its elevation and weather throughout the year.
We see some beautiful landscapes in different parts of our journey. The usual blue mountains give way to a different kind of landscape. Near the road , until the mountains , is a plain, covered with grass.
This is home to the marmots (Phey in local language). We strained our eyes for getting a glimpse, but could not see even one.
We saw some Yaks grazing there. See the dots in the picture? They are yaks!
After that, there were a few of the horses to be seen.
And we also saw some Pashmina goats…
In the way, our chauffeur, stopped the car suddenly in a corner of the road and asked us to come out. We were seeing the first glimpse of the lake.
The water of the lake, like the blue eyeball of the surrounding mountains showed up. Unfortunately, my camera could not capture the full view properly.
We neared the lake. and almost suddenly, we were in front of an elaborate dream marked with uncountable number of hues of blue that is called Pangong.
I stood there on the banks of the lake, watching the blue of the water, the sky, the shadow made by the cloud on the mountain. I saw the seagulls floating on the crystal clear waters of the lake, and the pebbles at the bottom of the lake and the prayer flag pole bursting with more colors. Everything seemed magical. Others took selfies with the lake, I stood there, speechless. It was a dream realized, a dream as vivid and real as life itself, if life were a dream.
I leave you with some pictures of the Tso. I could not get proper pictures in camera , but I can assure, even if I had the best possible one, it would still fail to provide you the complete picture 🙂