The Shyok River
receives the waters of the Nubra and Changchenmo rivers. It rises from the
Khumdang glacier, which can be approached from Shyok. The Shyok River takes
a southerly course after it is joined by the Nubra River. Thereafter the Shyok flows into the Indus at Keris.
Shyok river (a tributary of the Indus) originates from the Rimo glacier, one
of the tounges of Siachin glacier and and becomes very wide at the
confluence with the Nubra river (a tributary of Shyok, originating from
The river freezes in winter, thus forming an easy access between the Khaplu
and the Nubra valleys. In summer, as the snow melts in the uplands, the
river overflows its banks and inundates the surrounding plain for many
kilometers, at times creating a vast marsh. During this period, the Shyok
River has to be crossed on rafts of inflated skin.
The Shyok Valley is the valley of the Shyok River -- the river of death.
This is a Yarkandi (Central Asian) name, probably given by the Central Asian
traders who ventured on this treacherous route for centuries and perished.
The entire northern area -- the region of the Karakoram -- has names related
to death. It is evident that this was a part of the ancient trade route from Yarkand (Central Asia) to Ladakh, where many died and only the hardiest
survived. The entire route towards the Karakoram Pass is littered with the
bones of these travellers.
Places of Interest (Visit
Leh is nested in a side valley just to the north of the Indus Valley.
Until 1947 it had close trading relations with Central Asia yak trains would
set off from the Leh Bazaar to complete the stages over the Kaakoam Pass to
Yarkand and Kashgar.
Administering the Valleys of Suru , Drass, Wakha and Bodkarbu, Kargil
lies midway between the alpine valleys of Kashmir and the fertile reaches of
the Indus Valley and ladakh
Thak Thok gompa
shelters a cave in which the apostle Padmasambhava is said to have meditated
during his epic eight-century journey to Tibet.
Dhahanu is situated to the south west of Leh,
around 163 Kms. passing through the beautiful villages of Kaltsey, Domkhar,
Padum is 240 km to the south of Kargil, comes as a bit of an anticlimax
Rangdum is an elliptical expanded plateau surrounded by colourful hills on
the one side and glacier encrusted rocky mountains on the other.
Walled in by the Great Himalayan Divide, Zanskar, literally " Land of
White Copper" has for decades exrted the allure of Shangri La on visitours
Zangla is the nodal point on the popular Padum Strongdey Zangla Karsha
Padum round trip, which covers most of the cultural sites of Zanskar.
The Suru Valley
Diving two of the world's most formidable mountain ranges, the Suru
Valley winds south from Kargil to the desolate Pensi La the main entry point
the Nubra valley - nubra means green used to be on the trading route
connection Tibet with Turkistan, Also Now as the Valley of Flowers
Drass (3230 m), 60 km west of Kargil on the road to Srinagar, is a small township lying in the centre of the valley of the same name
The Shyok River receives the waters of the Nubra and Changchenmo rivers. It rises from the Khumdang glacier, which can be approached from
Pangong Tso, 15km to the southeast of Leh, is one of the largest
saltwater lakes in Asia, a long narrow strip of water stretching from Ladakh
east into Tibet.
Tso Moriri or "Mountain Lake" is Famous for the large herds of
king, or wild ass, which graze on its shores, the lake of Tso Moriri.