Star mark your Manali to Leh bike trip with the very tranquil Pangong Tso Lake. This amazing landscape in India is the only saltwater lake that shares boundaries with China. As much as placid will be gazing at its infinite waters, driving here will be a tiresome task.
For this drive, become early birdy and ensure that you leave Turtuk even before the sun rises. After traveling all the way to Hunder you will have two options by which you can reach Pangong Tso directly. Mind it! Neither of these routes is going to be easier than Khardungla Pass. Yet the topography and experiences are worth the gushing adrenaline.
1. Nubra Valley- Agham-Shyok Village-Durbuk-Tangtse-Pangong Tso 154 km
This route is gaining popularity among bikers as it is shorter than the other route and saves a lot of time. There are problems of landslides and flooding reported in certain areas. So, make sure you learn about the road conditions at Agham Village beforehand. Otherwise, it saves you a whopping 185 km, and we think that is certainly a win on a tour as exhausting as Leh Bike trip 2019.
Note: If you are taking this route, remember the only fuel station you will come across is in Diskit. So, store some extra fuel for the way from there.
2. Nubra Valley-Agham-Wari la-Shakti- Chang La-Durbok-Tangtse-Pangong Tso 339 km
Riders around the globe recommend this route because of its ease. Although it’s longer than the route passing through Shyok Village, the less susceptibility of landslides and flooding makes it worth it. Planning to travel here mid- June or in October- end? Then there is some bad news for you. There are chances that the routes will be closed during this time due to snowfall. So, it’s better to avoid this way during these months.