Tsomoriri or "Mountain Lake" is situated inside the center on the elevated valley of Rupshu surrounded by 6000 m peaks which entirely surrounds the lake. This valley is inhabited by a tiny scattered population of "Changpas" nomadic shepherds who also engage in trade and get the job done in caravans in Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti. The Location is wealthy in wildlife such as the "Kyang" (wild ass), red fox along with the uncommon, extremely endangered, snow leopard. Black necked cranes and geese flock towards the lakeside for breeding throughout the summer time months. It also homes 350 a long time aged Karzok monastery which has about 33 resident monks
The 160 km journey to Pangong Lake from Leh is really a fantastic knowledge. It commences with Thiksey village well-known for its substantial monasteries covering an whole mountain ridge. Past this remote village there's absolutely nothing however the severe mountain ridge. Past this remote village there's absolutely nothing however the severe mountain ranges for provider.
The topography all through the journey shoots up so abruptly that they throw off all calculations of distance - what appeared to become a ten-minute crossing very easily needed an hour or additional. At instances, it appeared as if that's the case lots of of nature's forces had been warning us absent with the steep slopes and uneasy bends and never to neglect the terrific chunks of ice appearing static and frozen in time. At Darbuk village close to Tangste Valley stood a chain of war memorials with Regimental Insignias in commemoration on the soldiers who misplaced their lives throughout the Indo-Chinese war of 1962. A few of the army bunkers and trenches are nonetheless in use. Villagers might be observed right here together with their significant herds of Pashmina sheep and lengthy tailed yaks.
The placid Pangong Lake isn't only a visitors paradise but a geologist's domain also and if 1 would be to brush up with political background, the location is really a melting pot of confusion and for positive it in no enjoyable for that army inside the biting chilly to care for the strategic landscape.