Zanskar Valley is known for its wide views and sceneries, cave monasteries and mostly traveled to for its trekking trails and river rafting experiences and the Suru Valley, the two valleys almost always visited together. Nestled between two tiny alpine lakes, most isolated of all Himalayan valleys, the valley has an area of about 5,000 sirs. Kms. and is situated at an elevation of 13,154 above sea level.
Zanskar valley off-late is becoming the favorite spot for anyone who is looking for a bit of solitude and peace. This place is one of the least visited areas of our country and even out of people visiting Ladakh, a very small portion of people go towards Zanskar. Lack of knowledge about the area is one factor due to which not many people visit here. Some other reasons are that Zanskar is connected to the rest of the country by road by only a single lane and highly damaged road. This road to remains open for just 5 months a year. Even some of the basic amenities like cell phone reception, gas station, availability of accommodation are still missing. It is a sparsely populated area where you won’t see a single living soul for miles.
Best Time To Visit
Summer days are pleasant at the Zanskar Valley, however, nights can turn a bit chilly. April to August is considered to be the good months but the weather can be a bit unreliable during early summers, so July to August would be an ideal time to visit. Winters are too cold to travel in Zanskar.
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Interesting facts about Zanskar Valley
There are a couple of new routes to Zanskar Valley which are under construction right now and expected to be completed in the next 2-3 years. One route runs from (Himachal) Darcha to Shingo La to Padum and the other route runs along the Zanskar river (Chadar trek), that is, Leh – Nimoo – Chilling – Padum. The route from Darcha – Padum runs alongside Phugtal trek and Darcha – Padum trekking route. So, once open, you can also pay a visit to Phuktal monastery while coming from Darcha side to Padum. Currently, the 40 KM route from Darcha to Shingo La has been opened and BRO is working to connect rest of the route to Padum beyond Shingo La.
Suru and Zanskar Valleys are best seen on a trip to Leh. Reach Zanskar valley and head to the Zanskar river for river rafting. One may also take to a trekking trail. Alternatively or if you have time visit Zongkhul for its cave monasteries and Stongdey for the second largest monastery in the Zanskar region. Towards a late afternoon, head to the Suru Valley or you can keep it for the next day.
While at Zanskar one can visit Zongkhul for the elaborate cave monasteries it houses and Stongdey for a few more monasteries. One can trek to both these places. Also, Suru Valley is not to be missed while here.