One and a half hours trek through the flat plain, takes us to Karsha Monastery - The largest and most important monastery in the Zanskar region, it lies North to Padum towards Yalang and can be reached after crossing the Doda river (Stode river). The monastery is picturesquely built on a rock high above the Doda River. It can be seen from a distance. This monastery houses more than 150 yellow capped monks, who are headed by younger brother of Dalai Lama. The monastery was built in 15th century and contains beautiful statues of Buddha, Shakiyamuni, Tsongkhapa and Avolokeshwara. The wall paintings are very attractive and depicts several events from the life of Buddha, his disciples and number of Buddhisatavas. It also contains a big library. There is also a nunnery in the Monastery.
On the way to monastery one passes the Chamba Lin temple. Which dates back to 11th century. During the prayer ceremony, the senior monks perform the prayer and the atmosphers loud with chanting of mantras from holy texts. Of all the monasteries in Zanskar, this monastery is more organized and disciplined. From Karsha, we continue through the vast plain towards Rinam. Though windy but beautiful campsite along a stream. This is like an oasis in the desert.