Zanaskar valley is Sandwich between the Great Himalayas range and the Zanaskar mountain range. Zanskar valley is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Ladakh. The Zansker river which has lent its name to the valley flows through the valley. Zanskar valley surrounded by lofty mountains and deep gorges is closed for about eight months in a year due to heavy snowfall in the region.
Zanskar can be reached by road and by trek in summer. If you go by road, it takes two days to reach to Padum. Leh-kargil (235kms) and kargil-zanskar (230kms) approximately 465 Kms. Zanskar valley is situated south west of Leh and south East of Kargil. The road from Leh to kargil is well built with mettle road and from half way between Kargil and Zanskar, the terrain is quite rough and full of magnificent flora & fauna sights.
The landscapes are wonderful with different shapes and colors of the mountains, rocks and boulders. One can also have the opportunity to see the large glacier on the way. Its unique high passes and the valleys, crystal clear streams and green meadows are very attractive, especially to nature lovers.
Besides Sightseeing Zanaskar also provides lots of opportunity for camping and trekking with adventurous trekking routes.
Drass is around 60 Kms to the west of Kargil on the road to Srinagar. The place has beautiful pasture grounds and majestic mountain peaks surrounding it. It is known as the Gateway to Ladakh and is the second highest and coldest inhabited area in the world after Siberia where the temperature goes as low as - 50 in winter. The valley begins at Zozi La and extends till Kargil. During the summer months the valley completely changes from a snow-bound place to a lush green meadows with colourful fragrant flowers enhancing the beauty of nature. Drass has become famous in recent years because of Pakistan's misadventure in the Tiger hill and Tolloling areas. One can have a lovely view of Tiger hill from Drass village.