Pangong Tso (Tibetan: སྤང་གོང་མཚོ, Chinese: 班公错) – an ethereal azure ‘high grassland lake‘. Also called Pangong Lake, an endorheic lake in Ladakh, Himalayas. At a height of 4,350 m (14,270 ft), 134 km long from India to Tibet. During winters lake freezes completely, despite saline waters.
Lake’s a breeding ground for rare migratory birds – bar-headed goose, brahmini ducks, wildlife like kiang, marmot. A drive from Leh through dramatic, scenic mountain roads, crossing villages of Shey, Sakti. Traverses Chang La where army sentries, small tea-houses greet visitors. Road from Chang La leads through Tangste, crossing a river called Crazy Stream. Simply spectacular, stunning, surreal.