Nubra Valley Trek in Leh & Ladakh
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The secluded valley of Nubra, north of Leh and outside the Khardung La, is just recently attracting the interest of adventure travelers from across the world. This intriguing region, which lies in the shadow of Saser Kangri in the Eastern Karakoram, is somewhat warmer and more productive than the Indus Valley, with old 'Silk Road' trading ties to China's Xinjiang Province. We travel into Nubra after acclimating to the region of Leh, the Ladakhi capital, and get the opportunity to see the 14th-century Diskit Monastery and explore a beautiful sand-dune environment home to double-humped Bactrian camels.
Arrival at Delhi airport.
Assistance upon arrival at Delhi international airport, our airport representative will meet and greet you there and then he will transfer you to your hotel.
Delhi - Leh by flight
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch a flight to Leh in the early morning. The short trek provides breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas, particularly the 7000-meter Nun and Kun massifs. Little Tibet, as Leh is called, is tucked away under an amazing historic fort and palace. Buddhist monasteries and stupas stand atop cliffs and peaks dominating the Ladakhi city. It's crucial to take it slowly and allow for mild acclimatization at a height of roughly 3500m. The colorful bazaars and roadside booths provide for a relaxing afternoon of exploring for those who wish to stretch their legs.
You will enjoy a full day sightseeing trip of the area surrounding Leh to enhance our acclimatization. You will tour Shey and Thikse's Buddhist monasteries and castles. These picturesque medieval structures are still populated by orange-clad monks and stretch across hilltop hills with breathtaking views of the rich Indus Valley. Visiting Leh's monasteries always entails climbing up and down many flights of stairs, which is beneficial to your acclimatization.
You'll enjoy another day acclimating in Leh, this time on a walking tour of the city. You will ascend to the Shanti Stupa. Looking back, you can see the entire city of Leh and the Indus River, with the Zankar peaks providing a spectacular background. You will next proceed to the Sankar Gompa, a Buddhist Gelukpa sect monastery built in the 16th century. This serene and particularly evocative monastery provides a tranquil setting in which to unwind and take in the views. You continue your walking trip by ascending to the Namgyal Tsemo monastery, which was built in 1430 by King Tashi Namgyal.
Leh - Hundar
The Khardung La, at 5370m, is about 2000m above Leh and one of the world's highest road passes. The trip up to the pass provides spectacular panoramic views of the Zanskar Range further than Indus Valley. The top of Stok Kangri, one of the highest peaks in the range, will be visible to those with keen eyes. We descend on the north side of the pass as you approach the pass, with views over to the Eastern Karakorum range opening up.
After around four hours, you will arrive at the Nubra Valley and pay a visit to the tranquil Diskit Monastery. Buildings with white paint cling to the slope above Diskit's lovely patchwork of fields. You will continue your journey to Hundar, the next settlement (3050m)
Hundar - Skarchen
This morning, you will climb upwards to Skarchen. The route follows the Thanglasgo River, a tributary of the Shyok, as it flows from the high regions of the Ladakh range. You will enjoy a good glimpse of the snowcapped peaks that defend this valley in clear weather. Because of the relative obscurity of this region of the Himalayas, many of them remain unidentified and unclimbed. After crossing a bridge, you will enter a tight valley and begin to ascend to a grazing pasture on a plateau. At the Skarchen enclave, you'll discover a collection of abandoned shepherds' homes (3600m). You travel a bit further and pitch your tent near the confluence of two creeks.
Skarchen - Palzampiu Valley
A delicious camp meal is given after you are roused in your tents with 'bed tea' and bowls of hot water to wash with. You then begin off down a path that parallels the river. You gradually ascend through magnificent flower-filled summer pastures to the two homes that comprise Wacham's village (3865m). From here, you dip briefly before ascending anew to the next little village of Dok Yogma, which lies at the entrance of the Palzampiu Valley. As you curve the steep valley, you'll soon find yourself walking beside the Palzampiu Valley, where you'll begin to slowly rise towards a collection of peaks.
To achieve appropriate acclimatization, you will remain this day at the same height before ascending farther. Your camp is situated next to the Palzampiu Togpa in an open grassy area. A short distance away are several stone shelters and walled enclosures, and you're likely to spot marmots, which dwell in tunnels dug into grassy mounds all around your camp. There are several opportunities for exploring surrounding this fantastic camping spot, as well as easy acclimatization hikes with your guide.
Palzampiu Valley - Samgyal Peak
You'll be up early, hours before dawn, wolfing down a modest meal of tea and porridge before going out with head-torches. Here, you strap on your crampons and head out across the low-slope glacier.
There is normally no need to rope up, but as the climb steepens towards the top, the guide will reconsider. The ascent is steady but gradual, and you should reach the summit 5 hours after leaving camp. After taking in the wonderful sights in the early morning light, you will begin your descent. You will come back to your base camp during lunch. Rest of the day you will explore on your own here.
Samgyal Peak - Dawa Peak
Today has been designated as a backup day in the itinerary. So far, everything has gone according to plan. This mountain, which is comparable to Samgyal Peak, is visible from your high camp and is located on the right shoulder of a central 6060-meter granite peak. You'll get a good start once more, this time trekking down to cross a brook before hiking up a scree slope. The glacier is roughly an hour away after a more gentle ascent via moraine and lose rocks. To reach the summit, the path crosses the glacier to the right and then zigzags through snow and rock.
Dawa Peak - Dok Gogma
Today, you'll return to the main valley at Dok Yogma and then walk upstream alongside the Thanglasgo River. After a couple of hours of really enjoyable climbing up the valley floor, you will arrive at Dok Gogma's upper settlement (4020m). You'll build up a tent in a lovely meadow along the river. The remainder of the day is open for you to relax and maybe connect with the locals of Dok Gogma. Visitors are an incredibly unusual occurrence here, and your presence will be met with great enthusiasm and a warm welcome.
Dok Gogma - Thanglasgo
You'll have another fantastic day walking across this high and wild area. You'll simply follow the river upstream, towards its origin, through gorgeous fields blanketed with wildflowers. Shepherds move their sheep, yaks, and dzos (a yak-cow hybrid) to these high meadows during the summer months, and you can see their makeshift summer homes. They keep themselves occupied while here by manufacturing cheese and butter for the people.
Thanglasgo - Lasermo
This day's track is well-defined, passing through vast swaths of pastureland studded with yaks and dzos. Snow-capped peaks on both sides of the valley provide a breathtaking background for your trek. The trail is largely flat, with a few tiny hilly stretches in between. As you get closer to the pass, you'll notice a large meadow area, which is occasionally utilized as the pass's approach camp. However, you are now fully acclimatized and proceed across a tiny scree slope to your tent.
Lasermo La - Phyang Valley
Leaving your camp early again, you will make your way to the pass across scree and residual snow patches that remain on the north side of the summit all year. At the pass, you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the Karakoram and Zanskar mountain ranges. There is an outdoor viewpoint above the pass that provides an even greater picture, including a view of Stok Kangri. From the pass, you will descend into the Phyang Valley to your campsite.
Phyang Valley - Leh
As you descend through the grasslands of Morubuk to the wet willy in the Phyang Valley, at a little over 4000 meters elevation, you will have a short and easy morning of trekking, complemented by spectacular views of Stok Kangri once more. From here, you'll travel via Phyang village, pausing to explore the picturesque monastery and heading on to Leh in less than an hour. Lunch will be served in Leh, and the afternoon will be open for you to rest and enjoy the city.
Leh - Delhi
This morning you will transfer from the hotel to Leh airport to board the flight for Delhi. Where you will board your ongoing flight back home.