Zanskar about 20 kms, southeast of Rangdum stands the pazila, water shed across which lies Zanskar. The Zanskar river is mainly along the region's 10,000 strong mainly Buddhist population live. Spread over an estimated geographical area of 5000 sq.kms. Zanskar is surrounded by high-rise mountains and deep gorges. The area remains in accessible for nearly 8 months a year.