Lamayuru stands at 11,200 feet above the sea but vegetation is even poorer, the surrounding mountains completely bare and sterile, with only little scanty tufts of grass and there in the nooks to afford nibbling for the few goats of the inhabitants. A bungalow stands on a small elevation, the verandah facing the south, towards a steep rocky mountain, at the foot of which flows the stream, bordered with rows of willows. The valley of the Dras is well watered with numerous streams and brooks, fed by springs on the mountain slopes, and vegetation is much richer and more varied than in the valley of the Suru. From a slight eminence there was a delightful view of the Dras valley. The sides of the valley are of conglomerate, eroded by water action into cones and columns, a form of weathering very common in dry regions.