Heritage, Trekking, Scenic, Adventure
Zanskari, Hindi, Tibetan & English
Zanskar is a sub district of Kargil and is famous for its untouched terrains as well as for its adventurous treks. The highest peaks of Himalayas are in Zanskar range which separate Zanskar from Ladakh. Surrounded by treacherous hills and mountains, accessibility might be irksome. The easiest gateway is from Kargil through the Suru Valley. It is spread over an area of 2700 sq. miles and offers terrain with varying altitudes from 11500 to 2300 feet. Basically it is a semi desert located beautifully in the Himalayas. Zanskar and Ladakh were restricted sites for foreigners for a long time but are now open to foreign tourists as well.
Zanskar comprises tiny, scattered villages, the largest being Padum. The dominance of the Buddhist population in these is signified by the presence of beaucoup monasteries. Zanskar is rich in feral denizens among which are wolves, bears, snow leopards, marmots, bharal and alpine ibex. Best time to visit this region is from May to October as during winters this region is under layers of snowfall. Zanskar is famous for its adventure activities like rock climbing, trekking and white water rafting in the Zanskar River. Once in Zanskar do visit Mulbek, Zangla, Remalas and Zongkhul which gives a complete insight into the rich heritage of this region and best of the monasteries. The rugged terrain offers trekking expeditions, camping and river rafting opportunities.