Suru Valley has an average elevation of 3000 m extending from Kargil to Panzella and is the most fertile part of Ladakh. This valley encompasses the basin of the Suru River, fed by the Panzella glacier. The peaks of Nun (7,135m) and Kun (7,035m) mountains crown the breathtaking landscape of this scenic region.
The area is rich in wildlife. Red bear, wolves, ibex and mountain goats are found in plenty. Snow leopards are occasionally seen in winter, when they come down from their higher, colder habitats.
The Suru valley is inhabited by 25,000 people of Dard and Tibetan descent. Kargil and lower Suru Valley is home to the majority of the population who are followers of Shi’a Islam, having converted from Tibetan Buddhism in the 16th century under the direction of King Thi-Namgyal. This unique historical and cultural background adds charm to the Suru Valley experience.