Photographer's Note

I was recently going through some of my older pictures and found out there are a few I could share here on Trekearth. This picture was taken enroute to Lake Pangong in Ladakh. Pangong located at an altitude of 14,000 feet is one of the largest brackish water lakes in Asia. It is 134 km long and extends from India to Tibet. Two thirds of the length of this lake falls in Tibet. It is 5 km wide at its broadest point. Pangong can be reached in a six-hour drive from Leh, most of it on a rough and dramatic mountain road which includes crossing the third highest motorable pass in the world, the Changla Pass (18,000 feet / 5,475 m) which despite its great elevation is one of the easier passes, remaining open for much of the year even in winter, apart from periods of actual snowfall. As we approached Pangong after crossing the scenic village of Tangse, the mountains appeared to be painted in hue of green, violet and brown. Soon we found our self in a valley with glacial streams criss crossing pasture land. As our four-wheel drive made its bumpy way across non-existent roads we found a lone spectator in this Yak. Even as I stopped the vehicle and reached closer for a better shot, the Yak seemed immobile. The only people who inhabit this region are the Chang-pa, a nomadic herd with its root in Tibet.
The spectacular lakeside is open during the tourist season, from May to September. A special permit is required to visit the lake. While an Indian can get his individual permit at Leh, non-Indian nationals need to be in a group of at least four.

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Additional Photos by Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3140 W: 281 N: 5210] (19779)
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