Getting There & Away
For at least the next couple of years, the only motorable road to Zanskar is from Kargil, initially passing through the Suru Valley, then becoming a rough track to scarppy Rangdum and across the 4401m Pensi La. This is closed in winter when – apart from walking along the frozen Zanskar River on the perilous Chadar Trek – there is no access to Zanskar whatsoever.
A rough new road is almost finished linking Padum to Manali via Darcha and the Shingo La. A few intrepid motorcyclists are already tackling the route. A planned road along the Zanskar River from Padum to Nimmu via Chilling will take many years.