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Zanskar

Zanskar (India)

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5 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
A 10 hour drive from Leh
When to go
May through October
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Zanskar

Nina Montagné Seasoned Traveller
153 written opinions

Located in the State of Kashmir, this high valley in the Himalayas is known around the world for its amazing treks.

My suggestion:
Take the time to stop in the remote villages, and spend a night or two with a local.
My review

Zanskar... People come here, they get affected by it, and they always come back! It's surely one of the most isolated areas in the whole world. For 8 months of the year, roads that lead here are closed for snow. 

I loved visiting Zanskar. Its residents, mostly peasants and monks, are lovable and very welcoming. The pristine landscapes are intense and take your breath away.

During your trip to India, it's the perfect place, well-known for trekking. A number of organizations and guides offer various options. You'll have plenty to choose from. For thrill seekers, it's even possible to go whitewater rafting on the Zanskar River in the summer!

Zanskar in the summer
Julie Olagnol Seasoned Traveller
145 written opinions

In Zanskar you can do the most physical treks which are also the most interesting of Ladakh.

My suggestion:
It is strongly recommended that youtake a guide for your trek in Zanskar. The "baby treks" around Leh to the intermediary of the Markha valley can only be managed if you are a good walker.
My review

During my trip to India, I did go trekking in the Zanskar region because I was afraid that I was not in the best physical condition. So I chose to trek the Markha valley, from Chilling to Shang Sumdo (5 days), something which I later regretted because it was really easy for me.

The valley of Markha is quite close to Zanskar but the tourists that I came across, who had started earlier than me were unanimous: it is that the Zanskar region is the most interesting.

Unlike the Markha valley, where it is possible to sleep and eat every night at a local resident's house, it is necessary to transport food for treks around Zanskar. The agencies in Leh will generally arrange for you to leave from Lamayuru, a small village perched in the mountains. Solo, you can find a guide and a donkey there.

Zanskar is famous for its treks
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