Pangong Lake – Leh, Ladakh

Pangong Tso is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to China. 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. 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.

Pangong Tso is geographically situated in a disputed territory, claimed both by India and China. After mid-19th century, Pangong Tso was southern end of so-called Johnson Line, a first attempt of demarcation between India and China in the Aksai Chin region.

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