· Shingo La photo-feature
Approaching Zanskar from the Suru Valley
· Penzella Pass
· Shagma Karphu
· Zanskar River
· Rangdom Gompa
· Phuktal Gompa photo-feature
The Khurana River flows northwest to join the Zanskar in the area northwest of Markha. It flows in a valley between the Zanskar range in the west and its offshoot in the east. Markha is located in this offshoot range.
The entire catchment area of this river has been shaped by the action of glaciers and running water. Its upper valley is U- shaped and was probably covered by a glacier in the past. Moraines laid down by glaciers are found in this valley. Waterfalls occur in the side valleys of the Khurana.
Alpine meadows are found in the depressions. The rest of the valley is largely devoid of vegetative cover as it lies in the rainshadow of the main Himalayan range. Human habitation is very sparse.
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