PANGONG LAKE and TSO MORIRI

Pangong Lake


It is the most thrilling and mesmerising attraction of Ladakh, mostly people come Ladakh just to see this Lake. About 160 km from Leh, this beautiful water reservoir is about 134 Km long and 60% of the lake falls under China. At an altitude of 14,270 ft. the clear blue water of the lake reflects surrounded by mountains all around. The scenic beauty with the tranquil and serene environment appears to be so unreal to the tourist.

A drive to this lake will result in one of the most wonderful experiences. The journey begins at Thiksey village, which is famous for its huge monasteries covering an entire mountain range. And beyond this remote village there is nothing but the vast expanse of extreme mountain ranges for company. Due to the saltiness in the water of the lake, there is very less micro-vegetation. There are no fish or other aquatic life in the lake, except for some small crustaceans. However, numerous ducks and gulls over and on the lake surface can be spotted in plenty. There are some species of scrub and perennial herbs that grow in the marshes around the lake.



TSO Moriri


Situated at an altitude of 4,522 m (14,836 ft). Tso Moriri Lake is a fresh water lake unlike the Pangong lake which has saline water, it is crystal clear and of a deep blue color. It is the largest of the high altitude lakes entirely within India and entirely within Ladakh in this Trans-Himalayan biogeographic region. The journey from Leh to Tso Moriri is magnificent offering a sudden change in the landscape from rough and rugged to lush green full of vegetation. Tso Moriri lso Known as 'Mountain Lake', fed by springs and snow-melt from neighboring mountains. Most water enters the lake in two major stream systems, one entering the lake from the north, the other from the southwest.

The lake measures about 28 km in length from north to south and about 4-6 km in breadth and about 100 feet average in depth. Maximum depth of Tso Moriri Lake is 248 ft. ranges in Leh and thanks to its serenity, is a good place to relax. Tso Moriri Lake is surrounded by barren hills, with the backdrop of beautiful snow-covered mountains.

Accessibility to this lake is limited to summer season, though Karzok on the northwest shore and the military facilities on the eastern shore.

  
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