Takthok Gompa

The rock-roofed monastery Takthok Gompa in Sakti village on the outskirts of Leh town. (Photo: Otuslive)

Lush green fields in Sakti village, Leh

Lush green fields in Sakti village, as seen from the road to Pangong Tso lake. (Photo: Otuslive)

Sakti valley in Leh

Sun plays hide and seek as over the barren hills surrounding the lush green Sakti valley. (Photo: Otuslive)

Chang La pass

At 17,586 ft (5,360 m), the Chang La (pass) is the third highest motorable road in the world. (Photo: Otuslive)

Chang La pass

At 17,586 ft (5,360 m), the Chang La (pass) is the third highest motorable road in the world. (Photo: Otuslive)

Chang La pass

At 17,586 ft (5,360 m), the Chang La (pass) is the third highest motorable road in the world. (Photo: Otuslive)

Road to Tangste

The descent from Chang La towards Tangste is slushy with melting snow. (Photo: Otuslive)

Changpa nomadic family

A Changpa nomadic family with their characteristic yak hair tent (left) and dzos (yaks cross-bred with domestic cattle). Changpas are semi-nomadic community of Tibetan descent. (Photo: Otuslive)

Changpa nomads of Ladakh

Changpa nomads dwell in the Changthang highlands of the Tibetan Plateau rearing dzos or pashmina goats. (Photo: Otuslive)

Changpa woman milks the dzomo

Changpa woman milks the dzomo (female hybrid). Their diet mainly consists of tsampa (roasted barley, similar to sattu in Bihar), meat and dried fermented cheese. (Photo: Otuslive)

Wildflowers of Ladakh

Myriad hues of wildflowers line the banks of streams on the road to Tangste. (Photo: Otuslive)

Changla Guest House

We stop for a quick bite at the Changla Guest House at Tangste. (Photo: Otuslive)

Himalayan Marmot

Himalayan marmots are a common sight on the way to Pangong Tso. (Photo: Otuslive)

Roadblock on Pangong Lake Road

We hit a roadblock on the Pangong lake road, where a portion of the road was being repaired. (Photo: Otuslive)

Riverbed on Pangong Lake Road

While we wait for the road to be cleared, we take a quick walk to the river. (Photo: Otuslive)

Pagal Nullah near Pangong Tso

The dreaded Pagal Nullah, a stream crossing which fills up with melted snow water everyday. (Photo: Otuslive)

Pangong Tso lake

Soon we see the Pangong Tso peeking between two hills. (Photo: Otuslive)

Pangong Tso

Pangong Tso is an endorheic lake, meaning it retains water and allows no outflow to other external bodies of water. (Photo: Otuslive)

Pangong Tso lake

At 14,270 ft, Pangong Tso is one of the highest salt water lakes in the world. (Photo: Otuslive)

Pangong Tso lake

Pangong, in Tibetan, translates to "high grassland" and Tso is a generic term for "lake". (Photo: Otuslive)

Pangong Tso lake

Pangong Tso is 135 km long and extends from India to China, approximately 60 per cent of which lies across the border. (Photo: Otuslive)