Area: Ladakh Himalayas
Max Altitude: 5150 mts/16895 ft
Grade: Moderate to challenging
Best time to visit: Mid June - Mid Oct
Far from the reach of leisure travellers, there is a haven perched beyond Ladakh that draws in several nomads from different corners of the world. The Nubra valley, which is one of the remotest places in the Indian Himalayan belt, is a high altitude cold desert with scant vegetation except along the river beds. The valley is formed by the confluence of River Shyok and River Nubra and is accessible from Khardung La, which is one of the highest motorable roads in the world that lies at an elevation of 5,360 meters. Further, the undulated and varying landscape, with green oasis villages surrounded by exciting stark scree slopes, boulder tracks and harsh arid mountains, offer a good deal of trekking opportunities. Trekking in Nubra Valley is every traveller's dream and the journey along the edges of the Indus Valley down the Zanskar Valley and following incredibly narrow tracks and wide-open vast expanses is a perfect example of adventure. Moreover, along with the escapade, the diorama of Indo - Tibetan settlements, dotted with prayer flags, chortens and monasteries, is a major attraction while trekking in Nubra Valley. Snaking to the upper end of the Nubra Valley trek via Kongmaru La at 5,150 meters you will come across the spectacular view of the jagged snow capped peaks and then descend to the famous Hemis Monastery to conclude the trek. The Nubra Valley trek is worth every penny you spend.
The Nubra valley trek commences from Sabu village, which is at an elevation of 3,480 meters and is at a drivable distance from Leh. The trek from Sabu ascends to Digar La at 5,500 meters and thereafter, ascends to Digar village. From Digar village the trek goes through River Shyok and heads to Agyam village. Thereafter, the journey leads to Khalsar village and thence the trail downhill follows to Diskit via Sumur.
Day 01: Arrival At Delhi
Up on arrival at Delhi airport transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi - Leh (Complete Rest In Leh For Acclimatisation)
Take the morning flight for Leh. Check into the guest house and relax the whole day. This is necessary for getting acclimatised. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 03: Leh - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis
On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area.
Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17'Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.
Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order.
Hemis, situated about 45 kms south of Leh, is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17'Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Overnight stay at the guest house.
Day 04: Leh - Sabu Village (3480 Mts/11415 Ft)
In the morning drive to Sabu village.
Day 05: Sabu Village - Digar La Pass
After an early breakfast trek to cross Digar La (6000 mts). Then descend down to Digar Village. Overnight stay in village.
Day 06: Digar Village - Agyam Village
In the morning trek to Agyam. The trek go through along the river Shyok. On arrival set out camp for overnight stay at Agyam village. Dinner and overnight stay at village.
Day 07: Agyam Village - Khalsar Village
In the morning we will trek up to khalsar village. Dinner and overnight stay in village.
Day 08: Khalsar Village - Diskit
After breakfast trek to Sumur. Visit to Samtenling Gompa and continue trek to Diskit. Visit to 350 year old Diskit Gompa. Dinner and overnight stay at Diskit.
Day 09: Diskit - Leh
In the morning drive back to Leh. On arrival check in to guest house. Evening free to explore the local market. Overnight stay.
Day 10: Leh - Delhi
Transfer to the airport for the spectacular flight across the main chain of the Himalaya to Delhi.