Rangdum is in a valley situated 11,998 ft above the sea level, in an isolated region of the Suru valley in theLadakh region. Rangdum is an elliptical expanded plateau surrounded by colorful hills , rocky mountains and glaciers, notably Drang-drung.
Rangdum Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery belonging to theGelugpa sect. The monastery falls in Suru Valley but culturally it is part of Zanskar. Situated at an elevation of 11,998 ft, it is amongst the most important landmarks of the Ladakh region. the monastery structure gives more of an impression of an ancient fort that towers and safeguards the valley. The mani walls at Rangdum are better and unique unlike other mani walls found in Ladakh. The monastery has a museum featuring a wide collection of Tibetan and other artifacts of the region
Padum is named after Padmasambhava. It is the only town and administrative centre in Zanskar. It was historically one of the two main capitals of the Zanskar Kingdom, the other being Zangla. Padum also offers close look of Drang-Drung glacier which attracts lot of tourists.
The Drang-Drung Glacier
The Drang-Drung Glacier s a mountain glacier situated near the Pensi La mountain pass , likely to be the largest glacier in Ladakh other than Siachen Glacier in the Karakoram Range, with a maximum length of 23 kilometres (14 mi) and at an average elevation of 15,680 ft . Drang Drung glacier is the source of Doda River and one can trek upto the glacier from Padum. Padum is the centre point for visiting monasteries like Karsha, Stongdey, Bardan and Phuktal.