Alexa Lake of No Return: A trap of death

Lake of No Return: A trap of death


Published: 23:19 9 October 2019   Updated: 23:22 9 October 2019

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A dangerous lake. The name of the lake is more dangerous. When someone comes too near the lake, death is inevitable. As if the name gives thorns to our body when we heard the name. This is called ‘The Lake of No Return’. The name clearly indicates how terrifying it is. Really the lake is a bit scary. In the modern era technology has developed but there are many unknown mysteries in the earth whose secrets have not been revealed yet. The Lake of No Return is also the same type of a mysterious place.

If you know this lake that you never come back when you visit the lake, will you go there? Many brave heroes wouldn’t show dare to go to this place. In the beginning, those who go there did not come back. That’s the mystery. For the unknown reason still, it is happening. Those who go there never come back. In fact, he/she might be disappeared.


The Lake of No Return is situated on the brink of Arunachal Pradesh, which falls into the Changlang district, and touches the Indian-Myanmar border. The water body is exactly located around the Pangsau Pass area in the southern region of Pansau or Pangsau Village. Pansau is a small village while the Pansau Pass is situated at a distance of 12km from Nampng village. It is appromixetly 1.4 Km long and 0.8 Km wide. It can be reached via the Ledo Road, which previously was called Stilwell Road. This area is inhabited by the Tangsa community.

A Graveyard of Aircraft and Pilots

According to local villagers and people across India, whoever goes to this lake never comes back. But the lake was never so famous for this particular feature before World War II. It was only during the time of WWII that the lake’s malicious and mysterious nature was revealed to the world. According to military historians, during World War II many allied forces aircrafts had to crash-land in this lake and none of them made it to the shore. It was quite a big surprise for the forces because if one aircraft had disappeared, it could have been the fault of the pilot. But, disappearance of an entire fleet was beyond their understanding. That’s why the lake is called a graveyard of aircraft.

Disappearing of Japanese Soldiers

The lake seems to have a liking for military personnel. There is another scary story related to this site where aircraft are not involved but soldiers are. After WWII, a battalion of Japanese soldiers lost track while returning to their base. Unfortunately they ended up getting trapped at the lake and never returned. There was no news about them and not even one soul could reach the destination to inform people about what happened.

That’s not all! Many battalions that used to pass through that lake got lost without leaving a trace. What’s even more horrifying is that the troops that were sent to investigate, they never come back also. In another incident, a group of American military staff working on the Ledo road was sent to the lake for inspection. They met also the same fate as others who went there.

The mystery doesn't end here. The lake could not want to be captured by the camera! Taking pictures of the lake, the picture comes blurry from above. Maybe a ray around the lake is radiating all the time for which no photo can identify the photo plate! And again, those who have tried to circumnavigate the lake in different helicopters, some of them have no information. Some are not willing to accept it as a lake! According to them, it is only a piece of land covered in dense forest!

Ancient Folklore of the Lake

The folklore has been passed on for a long time and from generation to generation. So there might be some truth to it. According to the folklore, it is the curse of an old woman and her granddaughter that has made the lake a haunted site.

Myth has it that once upon a time, a villager caught a very big fish. It was so big that he invited the entire village to a feast from his side. But he didn’t invite an old woman and her granddaughter. This made them feel sad and ignored quite understandably. Their sadness angered the guardian of the lake and the two women were warned to leave the village immediately.

The next morning, the entire village turned into a lake. The lady had a big bamboo shaft, which she left behind while leaving. Villagers believe that the bamboo shaft still grows inside the lake and straps anyone who enters it. That’s why those who visit the lake never return. It is widely believed that due to being ignored at the great feast, the old lady and her granddaughter cursed the village. So that nobody could live there. Perhaps their curse was so strong that even after many generations and centuries, nobody can survive here.

The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel

The lake is believed to be responsible for the disappearance of not one or two but ten tribes of Israel. An ancient history it has been written a script in which the lake was mentioned as one of the sites the tribes were going to be passing through. Actually, these ten tribes were deported from the Israeli kingdom soon after the state was conquered by the Neo-Assyrian Empire. Many locals claim that they still feel that the souls of Israeli tribesmen are lurking near the lake.

However, let's see how long the mystery of the lake remains unresolved. Although the mystery of the lake is not guaranteed, it is possible to say that any tourist will not be disappointed to see the village surrounded by beautiful greenery.