Zanskar -2013

Zanskar in 2013 | Dream Ride on Karizma ZMR

Zanskar Valley, nestled southwest of Leh and surrounded by the Himalayan and Zanskar ranges, is a true hidden gem. Among the trans-Himalayan valleys, it stands out as the most isolated, offering an untouched wilderness that is both breathtaking and rugged.

Despite its unparalleled beauty, Zanskar Valley remains one of the least visited spots in Ladakh. The distance and the challenging dirt tracks that serve as roads contribute to its isolation. However, for the intrepid traveler, Zanskar offers an experience like no other.

One of the most epic views en route to Zanskar is the Darang Durung Glacier. Its majestic beauty is simply awe-inspiring, leaving visitors speechless. The wilderness and the nomadic state of the land add to the valley’s mystique, making it an unforgettable destination for adventurers.

To enter the Suru Valley, which leads to Zanskar, there are two main routes. One is from Umba La, starting from Drass to Pannikhar, while the other is from Kargil to Pannikhar. The latter route is more commonly used due to its better connectivity. However, our group, the Falcon Riders, decided to take the less-traveled Umba La Route.

Crossing the Umba La in June was a treacherous endeavor that tested our resolve. Many times, the difficult terrain and unpredictable weather tempted us to turn back. Yet, with careful planning, discussions, and a keen eye on the weather and time, we made the crucial decision to press on. In the end, our determination was rewarded with some of the most stunning vistas of the Himalayas and unforgettable moments of team bonding.

The best time to visit Suru and Zanskar Valley is from late May to September, coinciding with the opening of the roads to Leh. During this time, the weather is more favorable, and the landscapes are at their most magnificent.

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