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Drang-Drung Glacier
About Drang-Drung Glacier

The 'Drang-Drung Glacier' (also called Durung Drung Glacier) is a mountain glacier which is situated near the Pensi La mountain pass at the Kargil - Zanskar Road in Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir in India. Drang-Drung Glacier is about 22 kms long, it is the largest glacier accessible to tourists in the Ladakh region. In fact Drang Drung is located in heights of Zanskar. Drang Drung glacier is the source of Doda River and one can trek upto the glacier from Padum. the Stod river also has its source at the Drang Drung glacier. Drang Drung glacier can also be seen from the Pensi La pass. Pensi-la (Pensi Pass) almost midway between Padum and Rangdum. The glacier in fact looks like a winding river from Pensi la, the difference being that instead of water its a river of ice. Drang Drung is one of the major attractions of Zanskar region and augments the charm of this adventure junky paradise!

The Drang-Drung Glacier is the long river of ice and snow, a source of Stod River which is a tributory of Zanskar River and Zanskar River is a tributory of Indus River.The Doda Peak with an altitude of 6,550 metres (21,490 ft) rises from the glacier. The best time to visit Drang-Drung Glacier is July and August.

The Drang-Drung Glacier is likely to be the largest glacier in Ladakh other than Siachen Glacier in the Karakoram Range, with a maximum length of 23 kms and at an average altitude of 4,780 metres (15,680 ft). The glacier lies in the north eastern Himalayan Range known as Zanskar Range, situated 142 kms south from Kargil and 331 kms east from Srinagar the capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

Location of Drang-Drung Glacier

Drang-Drung Glacier is situated across the Suru Valley in Jammu and Kashmir. Located on the Panzila watershed in the Ladakh region, this glacier offers a view of the Kargil and Himalayas. Counted among one of the largest glaciers in the region, the Drang-Drung Glacier is enclosed by snow covered peaks and two small alpine lakes.

Tourists can also visit the Panzila Top which is located at an average elevation of 4,401 metres above the sea level. From this glacier, the Stod or the Doda rivers can be seen.

Drang-Drung Glacier Voyage

The voyage from Leh Zanskar valley is crowded with natural marvels like stunning glaciers, spectacular mountain ranges and fruit orchards. A glacier is a big, sluggish stream of ice, bent from trampled sheets of snow, that steadily bends and surges in accordance with gravity. One among the biggest glaciers in India, Drang-Drung Glacier offers the picturesque scenery of the snow capped mountain peaks of the Himalayas.

A lengthy and meandering river of snow and ice, "Drang-Drung" glacier in Ladakh. It is from the cliff-like proboscis of this all-embracing glacier that the Stod or Doda offshoot of the Zanskar River heaves at an altitude of 14500 feet of Pensi La, the Drung Durung glacier looks gorgeous and awe inspiring.

How To Reach There

The Drang-Drung Glacier is reachable from Srinagar or Srinagar Airport in two days, it is about 331 kms of drive by car or bus which leads by NH 1D, a national highway which connects Srinagar and Leh through the towns of Sonamarg, Ganderbal, Kangan, and Dras. Kargil town is at the half way distance and a viable place for a night halt. From Kargil the glacier lies on the right side of Kargil-Zanaskar Road which passes through a gorge valley of Suru River and under the shades of two mountain peaks of Nun and Kun. After crossing the Pensi La mountain pass a trekking of one day from the road leads to the head of Drang-Drung Glacier. The road is only open for traffic from the month of May to September due to heavy snowfall at Pensi La passes and Zojila.



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