Ladakh The Shangrila

Ladakh The Shangrila -- Zanaskar

Location: Between Great Himalayan Range to the south and the Indus Valley to the North
Altitude: 6000m
Significance: Highest than other areas of Ladakh
Hotels: Hotel Haftal Hotel Chorala Hotel Snowland

How to spend time/Attractions: Photography, Trekking, Camping and Mountaineering.

Zanskar in the Kargil sub-division of Ladakh, spread over an estimated geographical area of 5000 sq kms of mountainous territory and surrounded by high-rise mountains and deep gorges. It is located between the Great Himalayan Range to the south and the Indus Valley to the North.

Zanskar river, which flows through it, joins the Indus a little below Leh. The whole Zanskar Valley is situated in the inner Himalaya and is higher than most other areas of Ladakh. The Climate is very harsh and the area receives precious little rain. The great attractions are the Buddhist culture, beautiful monasteries, awe-inspiring barren montainscape and the twin peaks of Nun(7135m) and Kun (7077m).

Towards the western end of the Himalayas a series of continuous mountain ridges, comprising scores of 6000 metre (20000 foot) peaks, forms an effective barrier between the Indian provinces of Lahaul and Ladakh. Linking these contrasting mountainous regions is a trekking route that provides one of the great challenges of the Indian Himalaya.

Padam is the Head quarter of Zanskar and can be reached by a rough road from Kargil. Along this highway are glimpsed unforgettable sights of Nun- Kun, Barnaj, Doda and other high Peaks, and views of several glaciers, such as Ringdom, Pensi, Darung, Drung and kange