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Nubra Valley Trekking - 12 days

Trip Information

Nubra Valley Trekking is a high altitude desert with rare precipitation and scant vegetation except along river beds, where irrigated, and on high slopes. 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 10,000 ft.

Nubra Valley Treks is not easy trekking in Ladkah. There are two High pass Lasermo La and Diggar La which is more then 5000m high. The villages are irrigated and fertile, producing wheat, barley, peas, mustard for oil, and a variety of fruits and nuts, including apple, walnut, apricot and even a few almond trees. Most of the Nubra Valley is inhabited by Ladakhis who speak Ladakhi; the majority of them are Buddhist, with a minority of Shia and Sunni Muslims. In the western or lowest altitude end of Nubra Valley, along the Shyok River, the inhabitants are Balti, speak Balti, and are Shia and Sufia Nurbakhshia Muslims.

Trip Facts

12 Days

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Leh - Saboo : Trek to Sabu Zong (4000 m).
After a short drive to Sabu, situated at the foot of Sabu mountain (4496 m) we start trekking north up a narrow valley, following the Sabu River.

Day 2: Sabu Zong - Pulu Diggar (4500 m).
There are wonderful views of the Stok mountains from here, with Stok Kangri (6123 m) dominating the scene. Camp near to Pulu Diggar, a cluster of summer shepherd's shelters..

Day 3: Pulu Diggar - Diggar La (5250 m) - Diggar Lartsa (4600 m).
The ascent is a series of zig zags up a steep rise to the pass. Follow the stream to the east, skirt a large moraine and begin climbing. The pass is adorned with prayer flags and the views are breathtaking: to the north are the Saser range of the eastern Karakoram, which contain Ladakh's highest peak Saser Kangri, 7670m and to the south there are fabulous views of the Zanskar range. After descending a short steep slope the route crosses a beautiful small plateau where the stream forms slow moving pools.

Day 4: Diggar Lartsa - Diggar (3700 m).
As you near Diggar the path drops steeply to a collection of chortens and prayer flags..

Day 5: Diggar - Rong (3150 m).
As you leave the village you have tremendous views of the vast flood plain of the Shyok river. Drop down 300 m to the valley floor then trek amongst sandunes, it is almost desert like. Rong is a pretty place with its poplar and willow trees and a lovely place to camp..

Day 6: Rong - Khalsar (3500 m).
Transfert by taxi to Hundar (3020 m). Today we will meet the road coming down from the Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world. En route, we visit Diskyid monastery and a camel breeding center of Bactriane. We can arrange a Bacterian camel safari for one or two days.

Day 7: Hundar - Skarchen (3800 m).
Begin trek with gradual upstream climb along Hundar Tokpo to Skarchen Tokpo through some narrow gorges and camp at Skarchen..

Day 8: Skarchen - Thanglesgo (4400 m):
Climb gentle slopes thorough pastures.

Day 9: 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.

Day 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.

Day 11: Morubuk - Phyang (3500 m).
We continue our descent along the river. Visit of Phyang monastery and the picturesque village..

Day 12: Phyang - Leh: Back to Leh.

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