NUBRA VALLEY

Trip Duration: 14 Days ( On Trek: 5 Days )
Best Time: May-November
Grade: Moderate
Tour Character: Camping

Trip Cost

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INTRODUCTION

This border area was first opened to outsiders in 1994. Fertile green villages are found along the Nubra and Shyok rivers which flow in the wide valley floor formed by the Karakoram Mountains to the north and the Ladakh Range to the south. This valley was on a major branch of the silk route between Leh and Yarkland, and a small herd of camels that descended from the caravans can still be found in the valley near Hunder. This trek begins on the valley floor and then slowly climbs up a side valley to the Wari La Pass (about 17,000 ft) in the Ladakh Range before descending to Sakti, where the trek ends.

Itinerary at a glance

DAY 1 : ARRIVE DELHI: Our Local representative will greet you at the international airport and help you Transfer to the hotel.

DAY 2 : FLY TO LEH 11,500ft/3,505m : you will have an early morning transfer to the Domestic Airport for the flight to Leh. This must be one of the most sensational flights in the world! On the northern horizon you may be able to pick out K2, the world's second highest peak, and other Karakoram giants. On your left you can see Nun and Kun the highest peaks in Ladakh at 7100m and 7080m. On your arrival in Leh transfer to hotel. Day at your leisure for acclimatization

DAY 3: AT LEISURE IN LEH. Again we will take it easy today and your guide can show you around town. Leh is very Tibetan in many respects; the national dress, 'stove-pipe' hats and felt boots with turned-up toes are much in evidence. The Royal Palace which dominates the town is very reminiscent of the Potala in Lhasa and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, large chortens, prayer flags and mud brick houses with flat roofs are a dramatic culture change from the hot, teeming frenetic rush of Delhi. Don't try to do too much on this first day! Visit the palace, poke around the bazaars, and if you're feeling really keen and strong, walk out to one of the villages just to the north.

DAY 4: DRIVE TO THE NUBRA VALLEY. After checking out of the hotel, we drive on the highest motorable road in the world over the 18,380 ft Kardung La pass. The road descends from the pass down a spectacular gorge through the Kardung village and on down to the valley floor where we set up camp at the village of Khalsar.

DAY 5: DRIVE TO DISKIT AND HUNDER . After breakfast we follow the Shyok River to beautiful village of Diskit, where we visit the stunningly perched, Diskit Monastery. We then drive further down the river to scenic village of Hunder, which is a far as tourists are allowed. In the afternoon we head up the Nubra River to Sumur and visit the Samtanling Gompa with its large children's school. We return to the camp at Khalsar where we meet our horseman.

DAY 6:TREK TO HOTONG. The trek begins on a trail above the valley floor that descends to a small village located on a rushing stream that pours out of a side gorge. The trail then follows the valley floor through an incredible array of rocks and boulders. The steep mountains rising on either side of valley are magnificent with snow-capped peaks and rugged rock formations. We camp the first night at Hotong, next to a spring.

DAY 7:TREK TO AKGAM . Upon leaving the camp at Hotong, we climb up the side of the canyon to escape the Shyok River which sweeps in right next to the canyon wall. We finally descend again to the valley floor and proceed to the vibrant green patch in the distance which is Akgam. We reach our camping spot in a meadow next to a clear rushing stream, early in the afternoon.

DAY 8:TREK TO TANGYAR. The trail follows the stream up the narrow, green valley. As we gradually ascend in altitude, we reach lower village of Tangyar, about 2000 ft higher than Akgam. A gompa perched high on the side of the valley can be seen across the bright green fields of barley. We climb another 500 ft to fields above Tangyar, where the villagers spend the summer tending to the fields and their livestock. We camp in this upper broad meadow.

DAY 9: TREK TO WARI LA BASE CAMP. We continue up this broad valley and soon leave the cultivated fields behind for the high mountain pastures of the Yak, sheep, and goats. Brightly colored lichen adorn the boulders and delicate wildflowers including eidleweiss dot the sparse vegetation growing in this alpine environment. We are surrounded by snow-capped peaks again as we gently make our way up to the base camp below the Wari La pass. Golden eagles can usually be seen soaring above the base camp.

DAY 10:TREK TO SAKTI, DRIVE TO LEH. Spectacular views await at Wari La pass with the Karakorams to the north and the Zanskar range to the south. K2 can be seen on the far left of the Karakorams. The green fields of Sakti can be seen far down the valley to the south. We descend down this valley and meet our driver in the early afternoon for the ride back to Leh.

DAY 11: AT LEISURE IN LEH. A chance to relax in the relative luxury of Leh, and do any last sightseeing and exploring. There will no doubt be a chance to have a final celebration with your guide and crew before the flight tomorrow. In the summer there are often polo matches on a Sunday. Overnight in the hotel.

DAY 12: FLY TO DELHI. Our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.

DAY 13: RELAX IN DELHI. Late night transfer to International Airport.

DAY 14: FLY HOME.

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