Heights of Kargil's natural beauty: Panzi La, near roof of the world

'Penzi La' or 'Pensi La', at 14,000 feet, is the highest point along the Kargil - Padum road in India's Jammu and Kashmir state. The word 'La' in Ladakhi language means pass. The pass overlooks the Drang-drung glacier.

Here are some scenes from the route

The route ascends up and one runs into many glaciers.

The scenic drive from Rangdum to Penzi La takes about an hour.


Buddhist prayer flags form the foreground to a panoramic vista of the landscape around Penzi La.

Cattle grazing amidst glaciers and snow-capped peaks around Penzi La.
Looking back at the road from Rangdum from Penzi La, surrounded by towering glaciers and barren mountain bases.
 

View of the Drang-drung glacier through the vehicle's wind shield.
Approaching the Drang-drung glacier.
Drang-drung is the most formidable of all the glaciers along the Kargil - Padum road journey. The melting ice feeds the Indus river that runs into Pakistan controlled territory.

This journey was a part of the road trip that I got to make from Srinagar to the Drang Drung Glacier via Kargil Town through my previous work, in July 2009. Click here to read the first part of this journey.
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