Sunday, March 10, 2013

Trans Zanskar Trekking

Ladakh offers some of the most fascinating experiences to all those who make the effort to visit it. Born from the merging of the Stod and Tsarap rivers, the Zanskar arises near the border between Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. North of the Great Himalayan range, amongst a tangled knot of jagged mountains, lies a rugged and fascinating land, the once independent kingdom of Zanskar, a subdistrict or tehsil of the Kargil district, which lies in the eastern half of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The administrative centre is Padum. Wilderness Experience stands in a class of its own offering exceptionally run, comfortable, uniquely designed sojourns tailored perfectly to your tastes. The voyage into Zanskar will take you through the time machine into one of the most remote regions in India. Leh is the nearest airport to Zanskar in Jammu and Kashmir.

Located south of the district of Ladakh and surrounded by high mountains, The Zanskar River is a north-flowing tributary of the Indus. In its upper reaches, the Zanskar has two main branches. Zanskar is one of the last remaining original Tibetan Buddhist societies with a continuous untainted lineage dating back thousands of years. The Zanskar Gorge is found in the Zanskar region of Indian-administered Kashmir. Its walls are near vertical cliffs up to 600m high.

Drive past 7000 meter high mountains and awesome glaciers, to begin the river run in the Zanskar valley at 12,000 feet. The Zanskar Range is spread over a vast area from southeastern boundaries of the state of Kashmir and extends in the northwest direction to the eastern limits.  Spread over 5,000 sq km, Zanskar has a sparse population of Indo-Tibetan descent. The geographical inaccessibility and the esoteric nature of Buddhism.

An expedition to this high altitude lunar landscape is a “once-in-a lifetime” experience combining the best of adventure and cultural insight.

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