Pangong Lake, situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). A long
narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly six to seven
kilometers at its widest point and over 130 km long,
it is bisected by the international border between India
and China. Spangmik,
the farthest point ot which foreigners are permitted,
is only some seven km along the southern shore from
the head of the Pangong lake, but it affords spectacular views
of the mountains of the Changchenmo range ot the north,
their reflections shimmering in the ever-changing blues
and greens of the lake’s brackish waters. Above
Spangmik are the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the
Pangong range. Spangmik and a scattering of other tiny
villages along the Pangong lake’s southern shore are the
summer homes of a scanty population of Chang-pa, the
nomadic herdspeople of Tibet and south-east Ladakh.
The Pangong Chang-pa cultivate spares crops of barely
and peas in summer. It is in winter that they unfold
their tents (rebo) and take their flocks of sheep and
pashmina goats out to the distant pastures.
1: Delhi:- Flight: Arrive Delhi. Met on arrival and transfer
to hotel for overnight stay.
2: Delhi/Leh:- Transfer to domestic airport in time to
board flight for Leh (3500 m ), the capital of Ladakh
and is situated on the banks of the river Indus. Arrive
Leh and transfer to hotel. Day rest for acclimatization.
Overnight stay at hotel.
3: Leh/Chumathang:- Car/Jeep: Morning after breakfast drive
to the hot water spring at Chumathang(3965 m) by covering
140 kms in 4 hrs. Overnight stay in tents.
4: Chumathang/Tsomoriri:- Car/Jeep: Morning leave camp
by crossing over Maya bridge and drive upto Tsomoriri(4555
m) through Puga Valley by covering 80 kms in 3 hrs.
This valley, approx 25 km from Tsomoriri is known for
its sulphur and borax deposits. Arrive for overnight
stay in tents.
5: Tsomoriri:- Full day excursion around Lake and Karzok
monastery which belongs to the yellow sect. Tsomoriri
or "Mountain Lake" is situated in the middle
of the elevated valley of Rupshu surrounded by 6000
m peaks which completely surrounds the lake. This valley
is inhabited by a small scattered population of "Changpas"
nomadic shepherds who also engage in trade and work
in caravans in Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti. The Area is
rich in wildlife including the "Kyang" (wild
ass), red fox and the rare, highly endangered, snow
leopard. Black necked cranes and geese flock to the
lakeside for breeding during the summer months. Also
visit the 350 years old Karzok monastery which has about
33 resident monks. Overnight stay in tents.
6: Tsomoriri/Hemis:- Car/Jeep: Morning drive to Tsokar
by covering 120 kms. in 4 hrs. Tsokar Lake is approximately
45 kms northwest of the Tsomoriri Lake at a height of
4485 m. It is also called "White Lake" because
of salt deposited around it. Since these are all drainage
basins with no outlet their water is brackish. The water
of Tsokar is so salty that salt is procured from its
banks and sold all over Ladakh and Kashmir by the Rupsu
Chang. Tsokar is partly fade by a channel from a smaller
fresh water lake. All the lakes are breeding grounds
for a variety of birds among them the bar-headed goose,
the great crested grebe, the brahmin duck and the brown
headed gull. Drive to Hemis via Tanglang La (5224 m),
about 75 kms from Tsokar. Overnight stay in tents.
7: Hemis/Leh:- Car/Jeep: Morning visit the Hemis Monastery
for sighseeing. After lunch drive to Leh by covering
150 kms in 5 hrs enroute visiting Thiksey and Shey Monasteries.
Arrive Leh and check into hotel for overnight stay.
8: Leh/Delhi:-Transfer to domestic airport in time to board
flight for Delhi. Arrive and transfer to international
airport in time to board flight for onwards destination.