Zanskar Valley is among the highest and most remote regions in the world, known for its splended isolation. Travellers come to Zanskar via either Leh crossing Pensi La Pass or Srinagar crossing Zojila and Pensila both mountain Passes. It lies between the peaks of the Zanskar range, the valley is drained by the Stod and Lungnak rivers which constitute the mighty Zanskar river which flows to join the Indus.
The ‘gateway’ to Zanskar is Penzi La. Two small, high-altitude lakes with camping sites and views of permafrost mountains are the highlights of this pass, which is the highest point on the Kargil-Zanskar road. A few hundred metres from Penzi La is the enormous Drang Drung glacier, source of the Stod river. Zanskar remains cut off from the rest of the world for more than six months.
Discover the nature, culture and people of Kashmir and Ladakh.
Visit to various monasteries in Zanskar for Mask Festival.
Discover the Srinagar city and have a Shikara Boat ride in Dal Lake.
- Airport transfers (reception/ drop)
- Accommodation 3* Hotel and Houseboat– 2 nights Srinagar, 1 night Kargil, 1 night Rangdum, 2 nights Padum, 1 night Sankoo.
- All ground transport by private cars – airport reception and drop and for whole trip
- Meal plan – Breakfast and dinner included
- English/urdu/hindi speaking local guide
- First aid
Day 1. Arrival Srinagar. On arrival at Srinagar airport or bus stand our representative will recieve you and shift you to the houseboat at Dal Lake. Day at leisure to explore the beautiful Mughal Gardens or shikara boat ride in the famous Dal Lake. Overnight stay at the houseboat.
Day 2. Srinagar – Kargil (200 km, 6 hours drive). This morning we will drive to Kargil. Enroute sightseeing Sonamarg, Zojila Pass, Kargil War Memmorial at Drass. Overnight stay in a hotel at Kargil.
Day 3. Kargil – Rangdum (120 km, 5 hours drive). Drive along the Suru river on way to Zanskar through the villages of Sankoo and have a first look of the Nun–Kun mountain massif (7000M) at Panikhar. We drive again through the hamlet of Parachak and cross a few glacial melts water crossings to reach Rangdum for an overnight stay at a tourist hut.
Day 4. Rangdum – Padum (125 km, 6 hours drive). Leave Suru valley at Rangdum and cross the 2nd mountain pass of the road which remains closed for more than 6 months during winter called as Pensi La (4400m). From top of the pass have a look at the Drang-Drang Glacier the source of Stod River. Drive along with the Stod river and attend the Mask festival at Sani monastery after that we drive to Padum the capital city of Zanskar for an overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 5. Day at leisure. Drive to Karsha Monastery for the Mask festival. Overnight stay in hotel at Padum.
Day 6. Padum – Sankoo (200 km, 10 hours drive). We drive back to Sankoo passing Pensi La and through Suru valley for an overnight stay at Sankoo.
Day 7. Sankoo – Kargil – Srinagar (230 km 7 hours drive). We drive back to Srinagar through Kargil, Drass and down to Kashmir valley passing Zoji La for an overnight stay at Srinagar houseboat.
Day 8. Departure. Drop at Srinagar airport. Our representative will drop you at the airport for departure.