I traveled from Leh and reached Pangong lake by late afternoon. I got mesmerized by the beauty of Pangong lake. It was very windy and the even sun was up, I could feel the chill in the air. As I came close to the lake, I could the ripples air was creating in the lake. There were some soldiers next to the lake and they were also clicking pictures 🙂 This place was my home for one night as stayed in Pangong lake Ladakh camps.
My camp was next to the lake but on higher ground, people from camp came and took our luggage. They had given me the tent, which was second on edge and I could see the lake from its opening. The tent has attached bathroom and to fight cold they had put two quilts on bed & floor was carpeted. After having some hot tea, I walked towards the lake.
The sunlight was golden and the lake was changing the color from green to blue, my driver told that Pangong changes it’s color 7 times in a day according to the position of the sun.
I could not see the sunset as it gone behind a high mountain much before the sunset time. I sat outside the tent for some time but it was getting colder and windy, so I decided to take rest for a while. There was one small bulb inside the tent for lighting, there was no electricity connection. To provide light, they used the generator but till 10.00 PM only.
The camp people came calling us at 7.30 PM for dinner. The food was very good, they had rice, roti, 3 veg, 1 nonveg dish with one rice pudding. I don’t know why but in the dinning tent, I started feeling very breathless & uneasy. I was nervous as I was traveling alone and thinking in case if I get unwell in this kind of place then what will happen. I could not eat anything due to breathlessness. I went outside dining tent and sat in open for some time taking deep breaths, after 15 minutes I started feeling better. Seeing me better, camp people also got relaxed because if someone gets unwell then it will be an issue for them. My appetite was lost but I decide to eat something to keep my energy levels high, so had some rice pudding.
There was no point in being out as it was very cold and windy, so retired for the day. In the middle of night, I woke up due to some strange noise in my tent. I couldn’t make out what it is so got a bit scared as there was no light at that time. I took out my torch and started searching, suddenly I saw two very small rats running. Actually, they attacked my food packet, in which I had kept some dry fruits and other eatables. I picked the packet and placed at a high place. After that, no strange noise 😀 But tent was shaking very much due to high-speed wind at night but they had fixed it with several ropes and because of this it was standing strongly.
I woke up early morning as didn’t want to miss the sunrise behind hills and lake. It was dark so, I waited outside my tent for some time. As it was breaking dawn, I moved closer to the lake for a better view.
After sunrise, I had too fetch half a bucket of hot water for bath. Breakfast was Parathas and bread with jam & butter with tea & milk. I was feeling very hungry as didn’t had dinner. After breakfast, I enjoyed sitting at a nice place to enjoy the beauty of the place in solitude. Around mid-morning, we moved further along the Pangong lake towards China side. It was more beautiful there. I spent there some time and then started our journey back.
After driving for 40 minutes, suddenly we seen heavy water flow on the road. My driver informed that this happens when it gets warm and glacier start melting. Sometimes due to sudden heavy water flow road disappear and trench become across the road. In that case all traffic stops. But I was fortunate because, our driver crossed the water without trouble.
Rest of the journey till Leh was uneventful through beautiful terrain.