Zanskar valley
Land far away
Zanskar valley
Land far away
distance from city
2 - 3 days
time to explore
Zanskar Valley, nestled in the remote corner of Ladakh, is one of the most enchanting places to visit in Himalayas. Located in the Ladakh region in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir, Zanskar range is a mountain range and a part of Tethys Himalaya. It is situated at an altitude of 19,700 feet and separate Kannaur district from Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. The mountain range is quite rich in terms of flora and fauna. ... More
Why should you go
It is one of the most isolated regions in Ladakh and can only be reached either through a strenuous week long trek and a 14 hour drive alongside an uneven route along the Suru River. The remoteness of this valley gives it such a high value for the travellers in a world where Mount Everest is also commercialised. Zanskar offers raw beauty and rigidness with tall mountains and deep gorges. Once you visit this wonderland, you will just fall in love with its wide open vistas, fresh aqua blue water streams gushing through the valley, the compelling aura of total remoteness and the massive glaciers which appears to be just a touch away.... More
What should you know
A new road is under construction along the valley of the Zanskar River, connecting Padum to Nimmu on the Leh-Kargil road.... More
Things to care about
1)In summers, days are pleasant yet cold but nights are very cold. So by no means you can ignore your best wind cheats and other woolen clothing. Make sure you wear atleast 3-4 layers of clothes the whole time
2)Due to high altitude, extreme exertion or even simple activities can kick in symptoms of Acute mountain sickness which should not be ignored in any case.
3)Basic amenities like internet, telecom services, common ration items, common food items and even water may be scarcity in that area. Make sure you have proper arrangements of those or atleast have a plan in emergency cases.
4)Know about the current weather reports of areas such as Zanskar because it changes very quickly and can become pleasant to hostile in a matter of hours.
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Things You Gotta Carry
Moisturizing cream
Woolen Clothes
How To Reach
When it comes to remote and pristine location Zanskar gets as close to isolation as it can and could be reached only through a long 15 hours road drive along treacherous and potholed terrain following Suru River or through an arduous trek. Zanskar lies on the Northern flank of the Great Himalayan Mountain Range. It is noteworthy that the road that links Zanskar with Kargil is open from mid July to early November. Buses. Jeeps, gypsies and taxis are easily available for transport to Zanskar from Kargil. Kargil is approximately 235 km away from Zanskar. During the months of June and July you may trek into Zanskar from Panikhar or Parkachik onwards.