Top Travel Attractions in Zanskar

Replete with some of the most beautiful places to see in Ladakh, Zanskar Region is every nature lover’s delight. Far from the commercial world, Zanskar is an ideal place for photographers who will fall in love with the charm of its landscape and people. Zanskar has few ancient monasteries to see, beautiful locales to visit, and adventure activities like trekking, white water rafting, and motorbiking to add thrill to your tour.

About Best Tourist Attractions & Top Things to Do in Zanskar

The southern part of the union territory of Ladakh stuns with its arresting views and rustic lifestyle in a high altitude area which are a must-see. Zanskar has beautiful villages and hamlets like Padum and Zangla that have traditional houses and a rich culture that are worth seeing. However, Zanskar is primarily known for its unique Frozen River Trek or Chadar Trek that is accessible in the winters and requires trekking on the frozen Zanskar River.

Like the rest of Ladakh, Zanskar too is home to ancient monasteries amongst which Phuktal Monastery and Karsha Gompa are the most popular attractions. The unique Phuktal Monastery is a one-day hike as it sits nestled in a mountain in the remote Lungnak Valley.



Popular for its spectacular site of the confluence also called Sangam of Indus and Zanskar River, Nimu is a not to miss place near Leh.


Sani Gompa

Sani Gompa, located just next to the village of Sani, is a famous place to visit in Zanskar because it is believed to be the oldest religious site in the entire Ladakh and Zanskar region.


Drang Drung Glacier

Amongst the two largest glaciers in Ladakh, Drang Drung Glacier is situated near Pensi La on Kargil-Zanskar Road. This 23 km long glacier is the largest glacier in Ladakh that is accessible to tourists.


Phuktal Monastery

Known for being built along the natural caves, Phuktal Monastery is one of the few monasteries in Ladakh that can only be reached by trekking.



A picturesque village in Zanskar, Zangla is an offbeat destination that makes for a pit-stop on your Padum and Karsha tour. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Zanskar Range.



Once the meditation place for Naropa, a celebrated Indian Buddhist yogi, from the renowned Vikramshila University in Bihar, Zongkhul Monastery is an important attraction in Zanskar Region.


Stongdey Monastery

The second largest monastic institution in Zanskar, Stongdey or Stongde Monastery is clearly a major attraction to see in this region in Ladakh.



Believed to be the most beautiful inhabited areas in the Trans-Himalayan region, Panikhar is a not to miss place at the threshold of Zanskar Region. Located in Suru Valley, the gateway to Zanskar.


Karsha Monastery

The largest Monastery in Zanskar, Karsha Gompa is also the most important one in the region. This top attraction in Zanskar is located in Padum Valley in the village name Karsha and by it flows the gurgling Doda River.