This week I’m hosting a nice shot of Pangong Lake in Ladakh taken by Sapna Kapoor from the My Simple Sojourn Blog.
Sapna is a freelance travel writer living in India. Through her blog, she documents her travels in informal and honest blog posts.
She is a keen photographer and always packs her posts with original photography from her trips.
Sapna quit her corporate job in the New Delhi, India to pursue her dreams of travelling the world and building her own blog.
Photo Story: Pangong Lake
I travelled to Pangong Tso (Lake) during my travel to Ladakh. The Ladakh region is a high altitude desert, though there is very less vegetation still it’s barren mountains look beautiful.
Leh is at 3,500 meters above sea level and Pangong Tso is at 4,350 meters.
Before travelling to Pangong, I stayed in Leh for 4 days to acclimatize to the high altitude. From Leh, it took me approximately 6 hours to travel 160 Km after taking a midway break for tea. The air gets thinner as you go at high altitude as the oxygen in the air reduces.
Finally, I reached Pangong and the moment I saw the lake I fell in love with it. The water is blue and brownish mountains surround it.
The sight of the lake was so mesmerizing that I forgot that I was tired. I spend a beautiful evening at the lake and the surroundings relaxed me.
It was quite windy around the lake during the day and as sun gone down the wind picked up speed. I stayed overnight in Pangong and my camp was on the banks of the lake but the wind has no effect on it because the tent was fixed superbly.
It was a big tent like a room with attached washroom, which was more than enough for me as I travelled solo. Everything looked so amazing but as night started falling, the air got thinner as the temperature dropped.
By dinnertime, I started feeling breathless and was not in a position to have dinner. I thought of skipping my dinner but then I remember the advice of my tour operator.
He told me at the beginning of the trip that if I drink lots of water and eat high-energy food then it is easy to acclimatize.
Following his advice, I had a bowl of rice pudding to keep my energy level high. In between, I drank lots of water. I could not sleep properly that night and woke up many times but I survived the night.
When I look back and think about that small panic attack I had that evening, I laugh at myself. But then I think rationally and I realize that I got nervous because I travelled solo and that area was very much away from any proper civilization or hospital.
I felt much better the next day and had enjoyed a lot walking around exploring the area around Pangong Tso.
After that trip, I learned and reminded myself again that mind is over the body. We can manage things better if we remain cool and compose instead of getting panicky.
The photograph attached of the beautiful Pangong Tso, a memory that I always cherish.
Pangong Tso – Tibetan for “high grassland lake”, also referred to as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m.
During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. It is not a part of Indus river basin area and geographically a separate land locked river basin.
The lake is in the process of being identified under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance.
This will be the first trans-boundary wetland in South Asia under the convention.
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