The Pangong Tso (Tso means lake in Tibetan) seems to be the first thing that people associate with Ladakh. While there is no arguing the fact that it is the brightest in all of Ladakh's jewels, there seem to be lesser trodden paths that I would like to discover today. One such is the Shyok route; which (you guessed right!) leads to Pangong Tso.
Anyone who has a thing for Ladakh would know that there exist three routes to Pangong Tso from the Nubra valley. The most common is through Leh which involves crossing the mighty Khardung La and Chang La. The other two are much shorter. The Agham-Wari La-Chang La- Pangong route is longer ( I so want to do this one!) than the Shyok-Durbuk route.
We were based at the beautiful Nubra Eco-lodge in Sumur, so a 800 hrs start meant we could be at Spangmik for late lunch. Metalled roads offer company before producing a vanishing act after taking the turn to Agham. The views on offer are spectacular, with the Shyok river keeping you company. There is not much green apart from the villages of Agham and Durbuk; but that is more than compensated by the different hues of pink rock.