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. 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 mountain range is quite rich in terms of flora and fauna. However, a new road is under construction along the valley of the Zanskar River, connecting Padum to Nimmu on the Leh-Kargil road.
A sub-district of Kargil in state of Jammu and Kashmir, Zanskar, a semi-arid high altitude desert is one of the major draw among international and domestic adventure seekers. Administrative centre of Zanskar is located in Padum and for a brief period of time it was a part of Guge Kingdom in Tibet. Zanskar is completely cut off from rest of the world between November to May due to heavy snowfall. Most of the local population are Buddhist and the royal family still reside here although in a ceremonial role only.
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.
As with most of the other destination in Ladakh region, Zanskar is best visited between June to September when the road is clear of the snow.
Like most of Ladakh, attractions in Zanskar are natural. Semi-arid landscape, monasteries and chortens are attractions while trekking is one of the most popular activities in Zanskar. Nowadays, bike riders also throng this magnificent and isolate paradise in quest for adventure and thrill.
Mostly there are campsites and homestays where tourists could find accommodation along the way.