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Settled in Suru valley, Panikhar is a small trekking centre at the start of Lonvilad Gali Pahalgam Trail. The valley extends from Kargil and spreads southwards for a length of about 75 km up to Panikhar. It is mainly occupied by Tibeto-Darad (the Muslims who converted there Buddhist faith around the middle of the 16th century).

It takes only 3 hours to reach Panikhar from south of Kargil. The place is considered as a good stoppage for tourists travelling to Padum, a town in Zanskar. During the halt, tourists can walk to nearby Parkachik La to relish the amazing view of the glacier, north faced to Nun-Kun Mountain. Nun-kun Mountain is 3500m above the valley, covered by cloud and a river is flowing from its peak