2008 Volkswagen Touareg oil leak

oil leak right side above pan on a 2008 VW Touareg 4.2 V8 What is in that area that would leak a lot of oil.

How far above the pan?
The leak is likely to be the oil pan gasket, unless you are sure that the leak is coming from somewhere above the point where the pan is attached to the bottom of the engine block.