Located approximately 60 kilometers away from Kargil, 270 kilometers from Leh and 140 kilometers from Srinagar, Drass, at an average elevation of 3,280 meters, is often called 'The Gateway to Ladakh’ and is a home to the Dard descent. It is the second coldest inhabited region in the world, where the temperature goes as low as – 50 degrees in the winters. The town, with the majestic view of the Tiger hill and Tolloling Range and having a strategical location, is a base to numerous trekking routes. The popular trek to Suru Valley, which is a 3 day long trek, passing through mountain passes, beautiful upland villages and flower sprinkled meadows, goes across the Drass village. Further, the Drass War Memorial, which is also known as Kargil War Memorial; Zoji La, which is one of the high altitude mountain passes on the Indian National Highway 1D between Srinagar and Leh; Umbala Top; Sando Top; and Mushko Valley are some of the major places to visit in Drass.