& NUBRA VALLEY TREK
two valleys have been a crossroad for commercial activities
between India, Tibet and Central Asia. The Nubra valley was
an important stage for caravans following the Silk Road ,
which where swapping their mules for the famous Bactriane
camels. The geopolitical evolution tended to transform the
Nubra valley into a unique bubbly place opened to foreigners
only since 1995. Lying approximately 400m lower than Leh,
Nubra sports a much milder climate, which enables its inhabitants
to cultivate more extensively, as compared to their counterparts
in the main Indus valley.
The first days we will visit the most beautiful monasteries
of the Indus valley. Afterwards, we will take the highest
motorable roads in the world, passing over the Khardong la
pass at a height of 5400 m. The trek starts in Hundar and
join the Indus valley via the Lasermo La (5200 m), through
mineral landscapes, in an atmosphere of ancestral traditions.
Arrive Delhi & transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
02: Delhi - Leh (3500 m) by plane.
Transfer to Delhi airport to catch the flight to Leh. Upon
arrival in Leh, transfer to Hotel. Day free for acclimatization.
03: Visit of the high Indus valley's monasteries
* Shey houses the old summer palace of the kings of Ladakh.
Its gompa shelters an amazing Buddha, 12 m high.
* The picturesque Thikse monastery is perched on top of the
hill overhanging the Indus.
* And Hemis gompa is one of the largest in Ladakh.
Overnight at Hotel.
Visit Stok royale palace, Spitok monastery and the Tibetan
Camp of Choglamsar. These two days of visit are an excellent
opportunity to get acclimatized for the Khardong La.
05: Leh - Khardong La (5400 m) - Hundar (3020 m).
The road winds its way through mineral landsacapes and is
very desert like. From the pass, the view is superb. The Nubra
valley seems to be an island of green lost in the desert.
Au col le panorama est grandiose: la démesure des chaînes
montagneuses En route we visit the Diskit monastery. The views
from the roof of the monastery have to be seen to be believed.
06: Hundar. Camal safari.
It is almost incredible to see camels in these parts of the
world! The Bactriane camels were used for caravans crossing
the immense deserts of Central Asia : Taklamakan and Gobi.
We can organize an extra camel safari day.
07: Hundar - Skarchen (3800 m).
Begin trek with gradual upstream climb along Hundar Tokpo
to Skarchen Tokpo through some narrow gorges and camp at Skarchen.
08: Skarchen - Thanglesgo (4400 m).
Climb gentle slopes thorough pastures.
09: Thanglesgo - Camp before the Lasermo La (4600 m).
Trek along a beautiful stream and pastures covered with wild
flowers and up the valley to camp at the base of Lasermo La.
10: Camp before the Lasermo La - Lasermo La (5200 m) - Morubuk
(4400 m). Climb gradually
to the top of Lasermo La, an easy snow slope. There are several
routes to the top depending on the snow condition and the
season you are crossing the pass. The climb is rewarded with
wonderful views of the Zanskar range and the Indus valley.
The descent to Morubuk, a small settlement, is steep and you
have to cross a stream several times.
11: Morubuk - Phyang (3500 m) - Taru (3700 m).
We continue our descent along the river. Visit of Phyang monastery
and the picturesque village. From Phyang, the trail goes west,
onto the northern side of the Indus valley.
12: Taru - Taru La (4200 m) - Nyemo (3700 m). in 5 h.
The trail steeply climbs towards the first pass of the trek,
and descends to Nyemo village.
13: Nyemo - Nie (3800 m) in 5 h.
The route comes across Basgo, dominated by impressive ruined
fortresses. A quite strucking succession of shortens, sanctuaries
and a palace line the path.
14: Nie - Likir (3600 m) in 4h 30 - Drive to Leh.
We enter an arid and bare land. Visit of Likir monastery,
one of the oldest in Ladakh. Transfer to Leh.
Free day in Leh for personal activities. Overnight at Hotel
15: Leh - Delhi (by plane).
Transfer to airport to catch the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival
in Delhi, transfer to Hotel.
16: Delhi Sightseeing
Full day sightseeing of Old & New Delhi including Red
Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Qutab Minar, Raj Ghat & India Ghat.
17: Delhi Hotel - airport transfer
Transfer to International Airport to catch the flight to onward