The isolated Pangon-Tsomoriri region lies in the eastern half of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, the northernmost state in India. Jammu and Kashmir have long been intimately connected with nearby Tibet; Buddhism is prevalent in this arid region, as are the stupas, gompas and sturdy hilltop forts common in Tibet. The Pangon-Tsomoriri region is, in fact, known by the sobriquet, the “Little Tibet.”
This is a magical, dreamlike place: a place that looks as if it were conceived by the Russian artist and mountaineer Nicholas Roerich. It’s arid, immense mountains piece the azure skies and its clean, sapphire rivers slice through the harsh and ultimately unyielding landscape.
Few live in the Pangon-Tsomiriri region, although a handful of monks do reside in the venerable, centuries-old Korzok monastery. Nomadic shepherds, plying a trade practiced for hundreds of years, wander the lonely hills accompanied by their bands of yak, sheep, goat, and horses. These people – known as Changpas – use the area as a grazing ground, though they approach it with the mingled awe and reverence it deserves.
Intrepid travelers looking to journey into a world of nomads, quiet lakes, and high plateaus can enter this wild place. Those looking to explore this hidden, veiled land of picturesque landscapes and ancient cultures can trek throughout the Pangon-Tsomoriri region. Most of our routes in the region begin in the nearby Nubra valley, and use the Pangong lake to bring our trekkers to Tsomoriri lake and the fabled Chanthang Plateau. Others begin in Leh, the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh in antiquity, and include travels to Tsokar Lake, Gyamar Barma, before terminating in Korzok, the village nearest the blue, freshwater lake of Tsomoriri, a place that shines like an opal in the arid, brown landscape.
There are many ways for would-be adventurers to explore the wilds of Ladakh and, more specifically, the Pangon-Tsomoriri region. Those looking to encounter both natural and man-made treasures should pack their bags and prepare to enter a place of mountains and wonder.
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