Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 14,200 ft. It is 134 km long and extends from India to the Tibetan Autonomous Region (now China). Approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies within the Tibetan Autonomous Region.
Since it's at a very high altitude, the lake freezes completely in winter, despite being saline water.
Pangong Tso is in disputed territory since the Line of Actual Control (LAC) passes through the lake. A section of the lake approximately 20 km east from the LAC is controlled by China but claimed by India and this is the reason for the 1962 Indo-China war between the two countries and frequent stand-offs including the current ongoing one.
But today's post is about something else which is more important.
Tourism has grown a lot in Ladakh and Pangong Lake (courtesy: 3 idiots) and the ecologically fragile area is getting swamped with trash. Tourists often dump disposable water bottles and food packets right at the periphery of the lake and even inside. This is posing a big threat to this glacial lake and surrounding areas in Ladakh.
Today being the World Environment day, let's take a pledge to be more responsible travelers and respect mother nature. Let's not trash, pls avoid single use plastics and carry a water bottle and refill water.
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