The Nubra is a tributary of the Shyok River which flows parallel
to the Indus on the northern side of the Ladakh range. Because
of its lower altitude the valley has a mild climate and is
therefore richer in vegetation. It is often referred to as
the "Orchard of Ladakh".
ancient times, the valley was part of the Caravan Route, today
it offers unparalleled trekking opportunities and scenic landscapes.
It is also the natural habitat of the double backed Bactrian
monasteries flourished in the valley among which the famous
Diskit Gompa. This monastery, over 350 years old, is the oldest
in the Nubra region. It is also one of the largest.The monastery
belongs to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) Sect. The Nubra valley
is accessible from Leh via a number of high passes. One of
them is the Khardong-la, the highest motorable pass at 5600
Arrival in Delhi. Early morning flight to Leh.
Tour of Leh city, including the 17th century palace and gompa.
Day 3-4: Touring
the monasteries and palaces of the Indus valley.
Day 5: We take
a morning stroll to Sankar Gompa, then to the nearby village
of Sabu. Overnight in Sabu.
Day 6: In Sabu,
we meet our horses and begin the trek. Our first day takes
us through lovely grazing areas to the campsite at Polu Digar.
From this vantage point, the Stok mountains appear to float
majestically above the Indus valley.
Day 7: Continue
upward to the Digar La base camp. A short day to aid acclimatization.
Day 8: We make
an early start to cross the 17,230 ft. Digar La. From the
top, views stretch south to the Zanskar range and north to
the Saser range, Ladakh's highest peaks. The descent is steady
and we camp by a lovely meandering stream at Chumik Yogma.
Day 9: Continue
down through the village of Digar to the tiny settlement of
Day 10: Trek
to Tangyar, a prosperous village in a remarkable location.
Day 11: Continue
upward to Dhungle, our base camp for the pass.
Day 12: Our
second pass! Ascend the 17,061 foot Wuri La for views all
the way to the Karakoram in Pakistan! Descend to camp at Zule
Day 13: Finish
the trek with a short walk out to the village of Sabu, and
the TakTok gompa, an ancient shrine built within an impressive
cave. Travel by jeep over 18,000 foot plus Chang La to the
village of Tangtse, where we camp amongst idyllic meadows.
Day 14: We explore
the shoreline of the brilliant turquoise and azure Pangong
Lake, Ladakh's largest and one of the great salt lakes of
Central Asia. Proximity to the Chinese border prevents us
from penetrating much beyond the western shore or camping
at the lakeside, but the views are stupendous. Our return
to Leh takes us back over Chang La, the second highest motorable
road on earth. Back in the Indus valley, we visit the little-known
gompa of Chemrey before returning to Leh that evening.
Day 15: Morning
flight to Delhi, on arrival check in Hotel. Stay overnight
Depart- Delhi Transfer to airport for flight to onwards journey.