Zanskar is Part of Kargil district, which lies in the eastern half of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The administrative centre is Padum. Zanskar, together with the neighbouring region of Ladakh, was briefly a part of the kingdom of Guge in Western Tibet. The Zanskar Range is a mountain range in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that separates Zanskar from Ladakh. The average height of the Zanskar Range is about 6,000 m. Its eastern part is known as Rupshu.
It also separates Kinnaur District from Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. The highest peaks of Himachal are in Zanskar range.
105 Km Chadar Trek along Zanskar Vally
The Zanskar River is a north-flowing tributary of the Indus. In its upper reaches, the Zanskar has two main branches.
First of these, the Doda, has its source near the Pensi-la, mountain-pass and flows south-eastwards along the main Zanskar valley leading towards Padum, the capital of Zanskar.
The second branch is formed by two main tributaries known as Kargyag river,and Tsarap river, with its source near the Baralacha-La. These two rivers unite below the village of Purne to form the Lungnak river . The Lungnak river then flows north-westwards along a narrow gorge towards Zanskar’s central valley where it unites with the Doda river to form the main Zanskar river.
The northern sections of that gorge are popular in summer with tourists making rafting trips, typically from Chiling to Nimmu. In winter when the road to Zanskar is closed by snow on the high passes, the only overland route to Padum is by walking along the frozen river, a multi-day hike that is now sold as an adventure activity called the Chadar Trek (‘ice sheet’).
Chadar Trek is one of the toughest treks in Ladakh. The total one way distance of this tour is 105 km. Most of the trek is done on the ice of frozen Zanskar River. But some places trekkers must climb icy rocks or routes and in Zanskar itself you can walk through the normal route used by the people daily. The temperature remains –15°c to –20°c during the day time and –25°c to –35°c during the night.
Zanskar valley in Ladakh
For the better part of the year, the Zanskar valley in Ladakh is unreachable. Only between June and September does the draconian winter relax its hold over the region, and what emerges is a land of extreme beauty, explicit colours and exquisite faces. As you plan your Trek it will ggood to to plan your stay in Leh.
There are many Trekking routs at Zanskar
- Crossing Zanskar – Lamayuru – Darcha via Nerag
- DIAGONAL ZANSKAR – Kanji to Tsokmitsik
- TRANS ZANSKAR – Kanji – Darcha via Lingshet & Nerag
- Chiling – Zangla via Jumlang
- Kang La Trek
- Lamayuru – Padum or Padum – Lamayuru
- Padam – Darcha (Manali)
There are many Tour operators who Organize different trekking programs in Zanskar. We have just provided Few contact below
Red Chilli Adventure Sports Pvt. Ltd
Tapovan, Luxman Jhula Road,
Phone No.: +91-135-2434021, Fax No.: +91-135-2442421
Enjoy the stillness of Zanskar vally
Zanskar, one of the many remote valleys in Jammu and Kashmir has much more to offer than the famed Charade trek. In the four months from July to September, when the roads are open for transport, the valley offers a glimpse into its panoramic terrain dotted by hamlets. A grueling two-day drive takes you to Padum via Kargil while passing numerous picturesque sights such as the Suru Valley which is slightly more inhabited than Zanskar.
Onward from the Suru Valley is Pensi La, also known as the ‘Gateway to Zanskar’. On the way, the Drang-Drung Glacier bedazzles in all its whitewashed serpentine glory. Today Zanskar is mainly inhabited by the Dard, Mon and Changpa tribes, though the history of human settlement in this sleepy valley dates all the way back to the Bronze Age. The region has several monasteries, the oldest of which dates as far back in time as the 1st century.
‘Zanskar is mainly inhabited by the Dard, Mon and Changpa tribes, though the history of human settlement in this sleepy valley dates all the way back to the Bronze Age .,
Participate Ladakh Festival and witness many of Ladakh’s traditions
Perhaps there is no better time to tour Ladakh region then during the festive season. Ladakh comes alive during festivals, when people from different corners of Ladakh converge at one place to celebrate and enjoy the festive spirit. Festivals are in fact the best way to get a feel of the Ladakhi culture.
The Ladakh Festival is a major event organized every year by the Kashmir and Jammu Tourism Department in collaboration with the local communities and the district government administrations. The festival begins with a spectacular procession in which various cultural troupes and village contingents participate in full ceremonial costumes, singing and performing various types of colorful dances to the tune of the traditional orchestra. Thousands of traditionally attired men and women line the route of the procession, adding to the carnival atmosphere. At the polo ground, where the procession terminates, the participants break into a variety of folk and popular dances, presenting the best samples of the region’s performing arts. Among the regular programs, including a fortnight of musical concerts, lama dances and folk ceremonies, the most colorful and exciting are the archery events. Designed with an objective to revive and promote the richness, depth and pageantry of Ladakh’s centuries-old culture for worldwide appreciation and enjoyment, the Ladakh Festival offers a unique opportunity to witness many of Ladakh’s traditions and folk heritage in a very short time and without having to traverse to its often formidable outlying areas. The tour brings you to experience the best of it.
Festival Dates: September 1 – 15
How to reach Zanskar
There are direct flights to Leh from Delhi. From Leh, you can hire a taxi to go to Zanskar. Alternatively, you can head to Srinagar and then travel by road to Kargil. From Kargil, you have the option of hiring a cab, hailing a bus or undertaking a week-long trek to Padum in Zanskar.
The Tourist Complex in Padum has five furnished rooms. Also available are several small hotels, guest houses and homestays in villages in Zanskar.
It is best to be appropriately equipped for daily, often drastic, fluctuations in the temperature in Zanskar. Also suggest plan your trekking thru a tour operator. For more information visit www.jktourism.org