Pangong Tso is a lake in the western part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and located on the border between Tibet and Kashmir. China controls about two-thirds of the lake's east, and India takes about one-third of its west. At a lake altitude of 4,241 meters, it covers an area of 604 square kilometers. It is an inland lake with beautiful scenery. The lake has a maximum depth of 41 meters and an average depth of 5 meters. The strangest thing about the lake is that it is a lake with different amounts of salt in the water from east to west. In other words, the east is a freshwater lake, the middle is a semi-saline lake, and the west is a saline lake. The lake is quite clear as the visibility can reach 3 to 4 meters. The ice epoch of Pangong Tso is about six months a year.
Pangong Tso means "long-necked swan" in Tibetan. There is the highest bird island in the world. It is located about 12 kilometers northwest of the Ritu county in Ngari region, at the junction of Ali region and Kashmir. A boat ride from the shore to the bird island in Pangong Tso takes 30 to 40 minutes. On the way, you can enjoy the gorgeous scenery of Pangong Lake and the magnificent scenery of remote mountains.
Generally speaking, May to July is the best time to travel to Pangong Lake. During this time, the surrounding scenery is stunning and there are many birds on the bird island. You can not only rent a boat to visit the lake but also go to the bird island to see different kinds of birds, such as seagulls, spotted geese, crested duck, etc. At the same time, here you will feel the harmony between the natural and the animals.
Recommended Tour Itineraries Including Pangongtso Lake
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen - Mt Kailash Kora - Guge Kingdom - Ali - Gegye - Gertse - Shigatse - Lhasa
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen - Mt. Kailash - Guge Kingdom - Ali - Gegye – Gertse - Shigatse - Lhasa
Starting from Lhasa, passing by Gyantse, Shigatse, and Ngari, this itinerary includes all the must-see attractions in the center and western Tibet, such as the Potala Palace, Everest Base Camp, the sacred lake Manasarovar and the holy Mt. Kailash, etc. Get ready to be impressed by the in-depth charm of Tibet.