About Zanskar Tourism

Popular primarily for its adventurous Frozen River/Chadar Trek in winter season and adrenaline rushing white water rafting experience in summer, Zanskar in Ladakh is a paradise for adventure and nature lovers.

An offbeat destination, Zanskar is the part of Kargil District in Ladakh and boasts some of the most spectacular views in the union territory. It covers an area of more than 5000 sq km, and has a mountain range (Zanskar Range) of its own that is different from the Himalayas.

For adventure lovers, Zanskar is a trekking hotspot. Apart from the Chadar Trek, it has several exciting treks like Lamayuru to Darcha and Lamayuru-Padum trek that take you through remote villages and offers jaw-dropping vistas. And if that’s not enough, the Zanskar River offers an amazing white-water rafting experience with up to Grade IV rapids.

Best Time to Visit Zanskar


Summer Season in Zanskar

In Zanskar, between March and June, temperature ranges from -1°C to 15°C. The city is covered in snow which starts to melt by the month of May.


Monsoon Season in Zanskar

The months between July and September are considered the best time to visit Zanskar. The temperature is between 15°C and 35°C, and since Zanskar is situated at a high altitude, it does not receive much rain in the monsoon season.


Winter Season in Zanskar

From the month of October, Zanskar starts to receive snow, and the mercury dips to 0°C and even less in the winter months. If you enjoy snow or wish to do the famed Chadar/Frozen River Trek, winter is the best time to visit Zanskar.

Best Places to Visit in Zanskar


Stongdey Gompa

The second-largest monastic institution in Zanskar, Stongdey Gompa is an 11th century monastery.


Bardan Gompa

The first monastery of Dugpa-Kargyud order in Zanskar, Bardan Gompa is situated at the side of Lungnak River.


Phugtal Gompa

Built in the natural caves in the mountain, Phugtal Gompa is a remote monastery that can be reached on foot.


Karsha Gompa

The largest monastery in Zanskar, Karsha Gompa is attributed to Padmasambhava and has ancient rock-carvings.


Sani Gompa

The only monastery of Drukpa Kargyu order in Zanskar, Sani Gompa is the oldest religious site in Ladakh.



Belonging to Drugpa school of Buddism, Zongkhul Gompa is famous for the footprint of monk Naropa.

Top Things to Do in Ladakh



The best experience of an adrenaline rushing trekking adventure like Chadar Trek awaits in Zanskar.


Mountain Biking

Several adventure trails invite you to explore Zanskar while enjoying the motor biking experience.


River Rafting

Enjoy the adventure of taming Grade III and IV rapids on the Zanskar River.


Jeep Safari

Go for a thrilling jeep safari adventure exploring the breathtaking beauty of Zanskar.

How to Reach Zanskar


By Air

The nearest airports to Zanskar are in Srinagar and Leh that have good connectivity to many destinations in India. Leh is 464 km and Srinagar is 448 km away from Zanskar. Cabs are available from the airports to Zanskar.


By Train

The nearest railway station to Zanskar is in Jammu, which is around 711 km away. From Jammu, one can hire a car to reach Zanskar.


By Road

NH1 and NH301 connect Leh and Srinagar to Zanskar. Renting a cab from these places is the most comfortable way to reach Zanskar.

Zanskar Travel Guide by Category

Accommodation in Zanskar

Zanskar, one of the offbeat destinations in Ladakh offers decent accommodation options for its visitors. The main village in Zanskar, Padum has a number of hotels that range from budget to three-star categories. Camping is also an option in Padum.

There are budget accommodation options available across Zanskar. One can stay in government-run guesthouses in Sankoo, Panikhar, Parkachik, and Rangdum. Private guest houses are available in Karsha. However, in Karsha, one can also look for a stay in the monastery. Homestay options in Zanskar are also available. One can look for a homestay in the above-mentioned places as well as in Reru and Hanumil.

We at TMI are associated with the best hotels and homestays in Zanskar in order to ensure you get the finest accommodations. We also offer the best deals and discounts and offer hotel booking in Zanskar at best prices.

Top Things to do in Zanskar

Zanskar is the hub for many adventure activities like motor biking, trekking, and white-water rafting in Ladakh. There are a number of trails that offer the best experience of trekking in Zanskar like Lamayuru to Padum and Darcha to Padum.

Amongst the top activities in Zanskar is white water river rafting that can be enjoyed on Zanskar River that has rapids of Grade III and IV. Camping is another activity to enjoy. There are several beautiful sites where the experience of camping is best enjoyed in Zanskar. A homestay experience to learn about the Ladakhi culture and lifestyle is also the best thing to do in Zanskar.

Tourist Attractions in Zanskar

Blessed with incredible natural beauty, Zanskar is where visitors can find amazing places to visit. It is home to some beautiful and ancient monasteries like Karsha Gompa, Phugtal Gompa, Zongkhul Gompa, and Sani Gompa. History lovers can enjoy visiting age old Padum Khar that not only offers an insight into the glorious past of Zanskar but has a panoramic view to die for as well. There are a number of villages and settlements like Padum, Reru, Hanumil etc. that are a must see in Zanskar Region.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How can one reach Zanskar?

The best way to reach Zanskar is via the Srinagar-Kargil-Padum route. The other route is from Manali-Leh Highway to reach Leh, followed by Leh to Kargil-Padum route. If you are arriving from Manali, travel to Zanskar Valley via Leh-Kargil route. However, the shortest route to Zanskar Valley is through Srinagar to Kargil to Padum.

Q. What are the important places to see in Zanskar?

The top tourist places to see in Zanskar are Bardan Gompa, Stongdey Gompa, Karsha Gompa, Phugtal Gompa, Sani Gompa & Padum Khar. It is also blessed with extraordinary natural beauty & varied landscape, where one can enjoy several activities like river rafting, trekking, jeep safari & motor biking.

Q. How can one reach Zanskar from Leh?

After reaching Leh by taking the Manali-Leh Highway, take the Leh to Kargil-Padum route to reach Zanskar Valley.

Q. Does Zanskar have good accommodation options?

Padum, which is the main village in Zanskar, has a number of hotels from budget to three star categories. One can also enjoy camping. Budget accommodation options are also available in Zanskar.

Staying in government run guesthouses in Panikhar, Parkachik, Rangdum & Sankoo is also an option. Private guesthouses are also available. Travellers can opt for homestay options in Zanskar & monastery stay in Karsha.

Q. How far is Zanskar from Leh?

Zanskar is located almost 464 kilometers from Leh.

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