Welcome to Padum
Zanskar’s dusty little capital village is a useful hub with an impressive mountain backdrop, though it lacks much architectural character. Within a block of the central crossroads you’ll find the bus/share taxi stand, shops, an unreliable phone/internet cafe, the majority of Padum’s dozen hotel-guesthouses and restaurants plus the helipad. Older, more atmospheric areas are at Pibiting, Padum Khar and across the valley at Karsha. Central Padum is primarily useful as a place to organise or relax after a long trek. Cafe-agency ZAP is a very useful spot for meeting fellow walkers or arranging excursions.