The trip takes you from Leh to Karu village where the road climbs over the Ladakh Range to Chang La (5320 m) then descends to Pangong Lake.
Like several other high altitude lakes in the region there is no outlet, so whatever flows in, or is put in, stays there. This is a fragile and sensitive environment so it is important to take care not to pollute the lake or its surroundings.
The trip takes you across the Ladakh Range over Khardung La (5600 m) which is reputed to be the highest motorable road in the world! The main features of the Nubra Valley are its deep sheer-sided valleys flanked by the towering peaks of the Ladakh Range to the south and the Karakorum Range to the north.
Double-humped Bactrian camels can sometimes be seen. These were used as pack animals...
The high altitude lakes of Tso Kar and Tso Moriri lie in the eastern part of Ladakh in an area known as the Changthang which forms the western-most part of the vast Tibetan plateau.
The undulating land of the high plateau forms huge basins with no outlets where the snowmelt settles into great brackish lakes. The associated wetlands are the breeding grounds for several rare bird species...
This area lies west of Leh and is home to the Brokpa people whose culture and way of life retain elements of the pre-Buddhist Bon religion. The area borders one of the restricted areas where the continuing dispute with Pakistan prevents entry by foreigners.