Pangong Tso is one of the largest brackish lakes in Asia. Stretching from eastern Ladakh to Tibet, it is a 134 kilometer long narrow strip of water where tourist require an Inner Line Permit to visit. It is nestled at an altitude of 14,256 feet above sea level and freezes completely during the winters.The saltwater of this lake has a very sparse vegetation and is bereft of any aquatic life except for small crustaceans. However, this lake is a haven for bird watchers as it acts as an important breeding point for several migratory birds such as Brahmini ducks and Bar-headed goose.
The best time to visit Ladakh is between May to September as during winter, the Pangong Tso lake gets freeze.Pangong Tso is a borderline terrain. The Line of Actual Control passes through this lake. The 20 kilometers east of this lake from the Line of Actual Control is controlled by China and its eastern end lies in Tibet. Situated on the northern bank of the Pangong Lake, the Khurnak Fort is located midway of Pangong Tso. The journey from Leh to Pangong Lake is a 5 hour drive, mostly through rough and uneven terrains. There is also a public bus service from Leh which drops off visitors at the Spangmik village.