BETWEEN LADAKH AND KARAKORAM / Trek in the Nubra Valley

Ladakh reminds one of Mustang in Nepal; they are both arid and lie in the rain shadow area, making them ideal for a summer trek. While the rest of India is drenched in monsoon rains, Ladakh enjoys brilliant sunshine and blue skies. Tibetan Buddhism is the major religion and the Nubra valley is the place to be.
HIGHLIGHTS
- The Nubra Valley and its Bactrian camels.
- A hidden trek between Ladakh and Karakoram.
- The main cultural places of the Ladakh Valley (Aschi etc.).
- Leh: Caravanserai on the Silk Road.
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Easy
  • Best Period: June - September
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Highest Altitude: 5312 Meters
  • Flights: Delhi - Leh - Delhi
  • Accomodation: Hotel & Camp

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Day
Arrival in Delhi. Meet at the Ashok Country Resort Hotel close to the airport.
- Accommodation: Night on your own (we can book a room for you if you so wish)
Morning transfer to the airport. Flight to Leh above the Himalayan range, then transfer to the hotel (this flight is subject to schedule changes depending on the weather). An hour-long flight with incredible views of the Nun Kun peaks. Arrival in Leh, transfer to your hotel by car. Afternoon free to acclimatize. You have the option of taking a stroll through the colorful streets of Leh Bazaar, the Tibetan market, or spend time in the hotel relaxing.
- Accommodation: Hotel
In the morning we visit the Stok Palace and the Matho Monastery. Stok is located 14 km south of Leh, on the left bank of the Indus. The palace was built in 1840 when the King of Ladakh went into exile after his defeat at the hands of the Dogras, who had invaded his country. Next, we visit the Palace Museum; the exhibition here includes the royal crown, royal clothes, a collection of coins, and peyraks (ceremonial headdresses) decorated with turquoise. We then go to Matho, the only monastery of the Shakyapa order in Ladakh. It was built in the 15th century.
On the fifteenth day of the first Tibetan month, an important religious festival is celebrated here. During trances, two monks are possessed by two deities who bestow them with oracle gifts, giving them the power to make predictions about good and bad luck for the coming year. Return to the hotel for lunch.
In the afternoon, we visit the Sankar Monastery where thirty monks reside who follow the Gelugpa order. After 5 pm, we can attend the daily puja (ritual) in the main temple. After the visit, we go for a pleasant walk to the city center.
- Lunch and dinner on your own
- Accommodation: Hotel

During the morning drive to Likir, we pass through several villages in the valley. Likir is one of the most important monasteries of the Gelugpa order. It was built in the 11th century on a hill overlooking the valley and founded by a great Tibetan master. The monastery complex has five temples, and all have splendid Kashmiri-Tibetan paintings. After the visit, we return to Leh and spend the night at the hotel.
- Duration of drive: 4hr
- Distance:130 km
- Accommodation: Hotel

In the morning we drive to the starting point of our trek. On the way, we stop and visit Shey and Thiksey.
Built by the first king of Ladakh in the 9th century, Shey is the oldest palace in Ladakh and was the capital until the 14th century. The remains of the fortress are reminiscent of the Kingdom of Ladakh foundation. There are some magnificent paintings here from the 17th century.
Thiksey Gompa, ideally perched on a hill, was built by disciples of Tsonkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa order. Today, more than a hundred monks are resident here. We then drive to Stakmo in the Great Valley of Thiksey. We set up camp and spend the afternoon walking around the village.
- Duration of drive: 1hr
- Distance: 27km)
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent

In the morning we embark on the trek. The trail takes us through some villages and leads to the pass (4,200m) at the end of the valley. Aazo is a set of pastures where the valley inhabitants spend their summer. In the afternoon, we walk through the valley and set up camp. Rest and relax.

- Duration of hike: 4 - 5hr
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
This morning we make a short descent and then climb up to cross a pass at 3,900m. A small trail leads us to the village of Nang, where the inhabitants are not accustomed to seeing trekkers. In the afternoon, we walk through the village to get an insight into their traditional life.
- Duration of hike: 4 - 5hr 
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
A steady hike leads us up to the Kildirma Pass (4,650m). We then hike down to the main valley. Sakti is a large valley that has two famous Ladakhi monasteries: Takthok was built in the 18th century around a cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have slept and Chemrey occupies an amazing site.
- Duration of hike: 6 - 7hr
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
We climb up a gradual slope to reach the Warila Pass (5,280m) from where we enjoy spectacular views of the Karakoram, Ladakh and Zanskar ranges. After the pass, we take a well-marked path that leads us to the villages of Doksa and Tangyar.
- Duration of hike: 6 - 7hr
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent

We walk down to the village of Tangyar, by the summer pastures. After tea, we walk through the village to visit local houses.
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent

After breakfast, we take a short walk to Diskit, the capital of the Nubra Valley.
- Duration of hike: 1 - 2hr
- Accommodation: Guest House

We spend this day in the Nubra valley, known for its two-humped Bactrian camels. Then we visit the Sumuret and Diskit monasteries. During the evening, we ride camels through the dunes to visit the palace.
The Nubra Valley is located northeast of Ladakh, and Diskit its capital is 150km north of Leh. The Shyok River meets the Nubra and together they form a wide valley separating the Ladakh and the Karakoram chain. The most commonly used road to the valley passes through the Khardung La Pass, the highest road pass in the world.
Nubra is basically a vast desert at high altitude where vegetation is rare, except along riverbeds. The villages are irrigated and fertile, producing wheat, mustard, and a variety of fruits and seeds. Most of the people here are Buddhists.
- Accommodation: Same Guest House
We drive by car to reach Leh via the Khardung La Pass (5,400m).
- Duration of drive: 5hr
- Accommodation: Hotel

Free day in Leh
- Accommodation: Same hotel

In the morning, we catch a flight to Delhi.
End of our services.

(Contact us if you want an extra night in a hotel, assistance or transfer to the airport, etc.)

What's included

- All transport and transfers by private vehicle
- 1 night at the hotel Ashok Country Resort in BB in Delhi
- 5 nights at the hotel Riwang Residency in BB in Leh
- 2 nights in Sand Nunes guest house in Nubra
- 6 nights in bivouac full board
- Oxygen available if necessary
- English speaking Ladakhi guide for the whole stay in Ladakh according to the chosen option
- Cook assistant(s) and mules according to the size of the group
- Camping equipment and collective kitchen at bivouacs including tents tent mess tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, table and chairs, mattresses ...
- Entrances to the mentioned sites, trekking permits, and park entrances according to the itinerary
- Domestic flight from 250 dollars / person (variation possible)

What's not included

- Stay in Delhi and have lunch in Leh without breakfast
- Visa India to get in advance.
- International flight
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Tips, personal expenses, drinks, sleeping bag, etc.
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