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Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley trek lies to the north of Leh and was once the gateway to the Silk Route. The valley has vast alluvial plains and camels, which roam the sandy banks of the Shyok River. This trek visits one of the least visited areas in Ladakh in an unspoilt landscape with stunning views of Karakoram ranges especially from the summit of Lasermo la pass at 5,400 m. The flight from Delhi to Leh provides spectacular views of the Himalayas before the descent in to Leh.

14 Days
18+ Age
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Leh, Ladakh
  • Departure Time

    Any time
  • Return Time

    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code

    Trekking Equipment
  • Included

    All taxes and official expenses
    Basic guesthouse accommodation
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    City tour
    Departure Taxes
    Hotel
    Local staff and porters
    Permits and TIMS permit
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included

    Alcohol and cold drinks
    Domestic flights
    Entry visa
    International flights
    Mandatory travel insurance
    Personal trekking equipment
    Tips for trekking staff and driver
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Day 1: Arrive in Leh 3,500 m.

Arrival Leh by morning flight and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatize to the altitude 3,500 m. In the morning we rest and catch up on some sleep and in the afternoon there will be a gentle orientation walk of Leh and its bazaars.
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Day 2: Leh City Tour

Morning walk in Leh with a local guide. Leh is the ancient capital of Ladakh and has many hilltop forts and palaces to visit including the Royal Palace which overlooks the town. The town is situated on the old Silk Route and still has a trading tradition, it is well worth wandering around the colourful bazaar. In the morning we will organise a walk to the small fort and monastery complex of Namgyal Tsemo (mid-16th century) which overlooks Leh. The complex is believed to be the earliest royal residence in Leh. The morning walk will also visit Leh Palace built in the 1630s by Sengge Namgyal. After lunch we will visit the gleaming white Shanti Stupa (“Peace Pagoda”) which is situated on a hilltop to the west of the city.
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Day 3: Drive to Hundar 3,020 m.

Our route to access the Nubra and Shyok Valleys is to travel over the Khardung La from Leh. The Khardung La 5,395 m. is the highest drive able road in the world. We will have obtained our Inner Line Permit to enter Nubra Valley and these will be inspected as we leave Leh. After passing Diskit we then continue into the Shyok Valley to Hundar, one of the few areas in the world where grazing bactrian camels are seen.
Diskit Monastery also known as Deskit Gompa or Diskit Gompa is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery (gompa) in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh, northern India. It belongs to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong Khapa, founder of Gelugpa, in the 14th century. It is a sub-gompa of the Thikse gompa. The Nubra Valley is about 150 km north of Leh, the capital town of Ladakh, India. Local scholars say that its original name was Ldumra (the valley of flowers). The Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachan River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The average altitude of the valley is about 3,050 m. above sea level. The rest of the day is for acclimatization and exploration of the settlement and surrounding area.
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Day 4: Acclimatization and exploration day in Hundar

Hundar was the capital of the erstwhile Nubra kingdom in the 17th century, and is home to the Chamba Gompa. This is a day to continue with altitude acclimatisation and for further explorations of the area. An optional Bactrian camel ride will most likely be available here.
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Day 5: Trek to Skarchen 3,800 m.

We will cross several bridges this morning before entering a gorge where the path is carved out of the steep cliffs on the right. The trail then continues through the barren landscape and climbs above the gorge before arriving at Skarchen. We pass under a huge rock overhang before arriving in Skarchen.
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Day 6: Trek to Hundar Dok 4,010 m.

The trail today uses paths carved out of the rock cliffs in the river valley and from time to time climbs higher above the river. We will pass chortens and cross simple bridges before reaching the wheat fields which mark the approach to Hundar Dok.
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Day 7: Trek to Thanglasgo Valley 4,400 m.

We follow a wide stream up through pastures from where we will see 6,000 m. peaks in the distance.
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Day 8: Trek to Sniu Sumdo 4,400 m.

We leave the main valley today to trek up a remote Sniu side valley to Sniu Sumdo.
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Day 9: Day walk to the glacial lakes 4,500 m.

Today we trek up the valley to the first glacial lakes. Surrounding peaks include Sahib Chasa, Leona Peak and Sniu Kangri.
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Day 10: Trek to Jhingmoche 4,500 m.

Returning to the main valley we turn right and climb southwards to towards the Lasermo La crossing.
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Day 11: Trek to Lasermo La Base Camp 4,800 m.

We continue climbing today prior to crossing the Lasdermo La on Day 11.
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Day 12: Cross the Lasermo La 5,400 m. and trek to Phyiang Sumdo 4,500 m.

Crossing the pass will take approximately 3 hrs but the views from the summit, weather permitting, should be stunning.
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Day 13: Drive to Leh

We will visit Pyiang Gompa on the drive back in to Leh. After arriving back in Leh, the rest of the day is at leisure for final sightseeing, shopping and our farewell dinner. An optional afternoon tour to Hemis and Thiksey Gompas is available on request and this is highly recommended.
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Day 14: Departure day

Early morning transfer to the airport for taking the flight back home.

Tour Location

Nubra Valley

Nubra and Shyok Valleys lies to the north of Leh in Ladakh (Northern India). Shyok river meets the Nubra river to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges. To the north of Nubra valley is the Siachen Glacier and to the north west Sasser Pass and the famous Karakoram Pass that connect Nubra with Xinjiang in China. Previously there was much trade passing through the area to East Turkestan and Central Asia as part of the Silk Route. Shyok valley has vast alluvial plains with bacterian camels roaming around the sand dunes grazing the seabuckthorn bushes. This is a circuit trek in one of the least visited areas of Ladakh with unspoilt landscape and stunning views of the Karakoram mountains especially from the summit of Lasermo la pass at 5,400m.
This trip starts in Delhi followed by the dramatic flight to Leh. After a few days acclimatising we drive on the highest road in the world over Khardung La into Nubra Valley. Later on we will stop at Diskit village to visit their monastery one of the oldest in the Nubra Valley. We spend two nights at Hundar village to help with our acclimatization and also hopefully we will get the chance to ride a Bactrian camel in the sand dunes of this valley. We have designed our itinerary for plenty of time for the necessary acclimatisation to high altitude to maximize your chances of successful crossing Lasermo La back to Leh. Before crossing Lasermo la we leave the main valley to trek up a remote side valley to Sniu Sumdo campsite where we spend two nights. For the next day there is a good day walk from this campsite to some glacial lakes surrounded by impressive peaks such as Sahib Chasa, Leona Peak and Sniu Kangri. The crossing of Lasermo la pass is a good walk with superb views over to the Karakoram, Zanskar and Ladakh range of mountains. We end the trek at Phyiang and after visiting their monastery we drive back to Leh to complete the circuit.

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