Duration : 18 days, 9 days trekking / Best time: July to mid-September / Grade: Moderate to Difficult / Culture and trekking
Once served as a transit area for traders on the silk route, Nubra Valley, is now a must visit place for any trekker. With its sand dunes to double humped camels and from extravagant river valleys to its lush green barley fields, it is truly a delight to every eye. Driving across the Khardungla, highest motorable pass our route takes us to the heart of the Nubra valley, Hundar, near to the Diskit monastery from where we start our trek. Walking through breathtaking gorges and large meadows of the Nubra valley, our trek passes through Lasermo La (5400m), an eternally snow bound pass connecting Nubra and Indus Valleys.
DAY 1 : ARRIVAL DELHI – HOTEL – FLIGHT DELHI-LEH – TRANSFER GUESTHOUSE
DAY 2, 3, 4 : ACCLIMATIZATION & VISITS (SEE DETAILS)
ACCLIMATIZATION TREK : SHAM VALLEY
DAY 5 : LEH – LIKIR – YANGTHANG 3hrs
DAY 6 : YANGTHANG – HEMIS SHUKPACHAN VIA RIZONG 6-7 hrs
DAY 7 : HEMIS SHUKPACHAN – TINGMOSGAM 4 hrs
DAY 8 : RETURN TO LEH BY JEEP 3 hrs & REST
DAY 9 : LEH – KHARDUNG LA – KYAGAR – HUNDER BY JEEP
STARTING TREK NUBRA VALLEY
DAY 10 : HUNDER – SKARCHEN (3800 m)
DAY 11 : SKARCHEN – HUNDER DOK (4010m) 4-5 hrs
DAY 12: HUNDER DOK – THANGLASGO (4500m) 5-6 hrs
DAY 13 : THANGLASGO – LASERMO LA BASE (4800m) 5-6 hrs
DAY 14 : LARSERMO LA BASE – LASERMO LA (5400m) – LASERMO LA SOUTH BASE (4800m) 6-7 hrs
DAY 15 : LASERMO LA SOUTH BASE – MOROBUK – RETURN LEH 4-5 hrs trek / 40mins jeep
DAY 16, 17 : LEH REST
DAY 18 : FLIGHT LEH-DELHI – TRANSFER HOTEL & DEPARTURE IN EVENING
Day 1: ARRIVAL TO DELHI & FLIGHT DELHI – LEH
Arrival from abroad in nightime. Transfer to Hotel. Morning time transfer to domestic airport and flight to Leh. Rest of the day free to acclimatize to the high altitude of Ladakh. In the evening take a walk to Main Bazaar in Leh. Overnight at Hotel in Leh.
Day 2 : LEH
Second day of acclimatization …
Day 3 : INDUS VALLEY MONASTERY TOUR (120 KMS ROUND TRIP)
Drive to Thiksey village, visit Thiksey monastery and drive to Shey Village to visit Shey Palace and Gompa. Continue drive to Hemis monastery to visit one of the most famous monasteries of Ladakh. Later on the way back to Leh Visit Stok Palace and Museum. Come back to Leh in the evening and relax at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Leh – THIKSEY GOMPA: 19 Kms from Leh, spectacularly sited, Thiksey is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompas, containing images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha, which are exquisite.
SHEY PALACE AND GOMPA: Situated on a hillock 15 Kms upstream from Leh, it was once the residence of the royal family. According to tradition, it was the seat of power of the pre-Tibetan kinds. A 7.5 mts high copper statue of Buddha, plated with gold and the largest of its kind, is installed here.
HEMIS GOMPA: 40 Kms from Leh, it is the wealthiest, best known and biggest Gompa of Ladakh. Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held here in summer. The festival is in honor of Guru Padma Sambhava’s birth anniversary. It also has the largest Thanka in Ladakh which is unfurled once in 12 years Hemis was built in 1630 during the reign of Singge Namgyal, an illustrious ruler of Ladakh. It flourished under the Namgyal Dynasty for the royalty favored the Drugpa sect, which is managed the monastery. It is divided into two, the assembly hall on the right and the main temple on the left. The hall (Dukhang) is also used as “green room” by the dancers during the festival. The temple is known as Tshogkhang. The verandahs have a surfeit of frescoes, among them the Buddhist “Wheel Of Life” (Kalachakra) and the lords of the four quarters, besides the prayer wheel. – STOK PALACE & MUSEUM: The palace of the banished royal family, Stok has a museum which displays fabulous period costumes and jewelry of the royalty along with exquisite Thankas representing the life style of Shakya Muni. Interesting historical objects like coins, armor, weapons, precious jades and porcelain too can be seen here.
Day 4 : EXCURSION TO ALCHI AND LIKIR (150 KMS ROUND TRIP)
Morning after breakfast drive to Alchi. Enroute visit Magnetic Hill, Confluence of Zanskar and Indus river. Visit Alchi Monastery and drive back to Leh. Enroute visit Likir Monastery. Arrive hotel in Leh for dinner and overnight.
MAGNETIC HILL: Defying the Law of gravity. This place is close to the Gurdwara Shri Patthar Sahib. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up-hill that’s the Believe it or not of Ladakh!
CONFLUENCE OF THE ZANSKAR & INDUS: On way to Sham Valley before Nimu village one can have this magnificent view of two rivers in wed-lock! In seasons they have different colors and flow and wildness.
ALCHI GOMPA: 70 Kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus, is the Alchi Gompa dating a thousand years back. One of its walls features thousands of miniature sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attractions. No longer an active religious center, it is looked after by monks from the Liker monastery. This is the only monastery amongst 34 monasteries, which is not located on a hilltop.
LIKIR GOMPA: Founded in the 11th century and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th century, its earlier Gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present Gompa dated back to the 18th century. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent Thankas, earthen pots and carved wooden folding stools, live here in the village. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view. A magnificent giant Jupiter tree, one of the few survivors of its species, stands in the courtyard.
ACCLIMATIZATION TREK : LIKIR TO TEMISGAM (SHAM VALLEY)
Sham trek is one of the easiest treks and the road next to the trail makes it much easier as many tourists feel reluctant to walk on the trail and prefer to drive. Leh and Shey have been the capitals of the historic kingdom of Tibet. But no doubt, trekking is a far better choice than the bumby drive. The trail starts with centuries old monasteries and later courses through villages. This trek offers a lot in a limited time frame and perfect for the beginners – from the cultural interaction, homestays to the best landscapes. Most of the time you walk on barren land and suddenly the views open with lush green poplar trees.
Day 5: LEH – LIKIR – YANGTHANG (4-5HRS)
We start the Day early in the morning from the Leh. It is 2 hours drive from Leh to Likir following the Indus River. Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir, This Monastery is headed by the younger brother of Dalai Lama. According to tradition the foundation of Likir monastery goes back 11th century when it was a Bon center. But the real foundation seem to be not earlier than 15th century. On the top on roof they have newly setup a museum which contains some very old thankas brought from Tibet and the armory, coins, seals etc.
After visiting the famous Likir monastery we begin our trek below a mountain nearby the monastery.
Day 6: YANGTHANG – HEMIS SHUKPACHAN VIA RIZONG (6-7 HRS)
ToDay our trek is pretty long. We walk alongside the river and trees amidst the gorge to the Rizong monastery. It is worth visiting Rizong Monastery, which is an isolated at the back of a natural amphitheatre and has three main rooms to visit, two with large Buddhas and third with a large stupa.
After visiting the gompa, we ascend gradually to the Shushut pass 4000 m. From the pass we have a view of Hemis Shukpachan as well as surrounding peaks. An easy descent towards our camp at Hemis Shukpachan takes a couple of hours. It is one of the major villages of Sham, and the name of the village is derived from the conifers (shukpa cedar or juniper).
Day 7: HEMIS SHUKPACHAN – TINGMOSGAM (4 HRS)
From Hemis Shukpachan we go onto a flat ground as far as ill-defined pass alongside the Chortens (stupas). A steep descent will lead us to the right side of the mountains and climb steadily on the slope towards the Mebtak La 3720 m.
After taking short rest and enjoying the view from the pass, we head down to the village of Ang. From Ang, we head towards the south on the dusty jeep road to the village of Tingmosgam. Tingmosgam is well famed for its monastery, and is perhaps the most affluent village in the sham valley for its apricots, apples, nuts and beautiful houses.
Day 8 : RETURN TO LEH BY JEEP (2-3 HOURS) Rest …
Day 9 : LEH – KHARDUNG LA – KYAGAR – HUNDER
Today, we will drive to Kyagar Village via Khardung La (5420 m) , the highest motorable road in the world. Explore Samstanling Monastery and the small human settlements then direction Hunder to our first camp.
START TREK NUBRA VALLEY
Day 10 : HUNDER (3800 m)
To Valley to shepherd’s at Skarchen (3800 meters) at the confluence of 2 streams. It is here that we will set the camps and have an overnight stay.
Day 11 : SKARCHEN – HUNDER DOK (4010m) 4-5 hrs
A two hour walk in the gorge leads us to the Wachan village crossing. From here the trail climbs up and leads us up to the village of Dok yongma from where the trail to the village Hunder Dok is well defined and passes through spectacular lush green barely fields. Hundar Dok is almost a hidden Village and nobody would realize that such a big Village could exist somewhere inside when you start trekking. The narrow Nubra gorge just opens up to this massive Village with farmfields of barley, wheat and potatoes. Overnight Camp.
Day 12 : HUNDER DOK – (4500m) 5-6 hrs
Today we start our walk following a small stream leading out of the Village. The trail leads us to the junction of the Thanglasgo valley and the Snui Sumdo valleys. Following a small stream in the Thanglasgo valley we gradually climb up to the Thanglasgo, our destination for the day. Thanglasgo also serves as the grazing grounds for all the cattle(Yak, Sheep, Goat) from Hundar Dok and Wachan. There are 2 big Shepherd’s settlements here. We camp a little ahead of these settlements. Overnight Camp.
Day 13 : THANGSLASGO – LASERMO LA BASE (4800m) 5-6 hrs
The trail to Lasermo La base starts with following a small stream. The trail passes through large meadows gradually gaining altitude and is very well defined. There are a few lakes too which have been formed by the water draining from the glacier. Yaks and Dzos can be seen grazing around. On reaching the base camp of the Lasermo La we get spectacular views of the eternally snow bound Lasermo La pass. Overnight Camp.
Day 14 : LARSERMO LA BASE – LASERMO LA (5400m) – LASERMO LA SOUTH BASE (4800m) 6-7 hrs
We make an early start so that we walk on had snow and try to cross the pass before the sun starts thawing it. As the sun warms up, the snow loosens and the horses sink in. Starting early morning we climb up gradually crossing the moraine and reach the snow line. From then on it is walking on snow till the top of the Lasermo La. The Pass offers a spectacular view of the Karakoram mountains and the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges. From the pass, we descend to the south base of the Lasermo La. The south base is naked without any snow on the surface. Laser Overnight Camp.
Day 15 : LASERMO LA SOUTH BASE – MOROBUK – RETURN LEH 4-5 hrs trek / 40mins jeep
On the final day of the trek we descend to Morobuk accompanied by wonderful views of the Stok Range and later drive back to Leh. Overnight guesthouse.
DAY 16, 17 : LEH REST
Last days in Ladakh, walks … shopping
DAY 18 : FLIGHT LEH-DELHI & DEPARTURE
Flight in morning time and transfer to hotel ; rest and departure
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WHAT A TOUR COST WILL INCLUDE :
- Domestic flights
- Transportation for sightseeing as per the itinerary by Scorpio/Gypsy/Sumo.
- English Speaking monastery guide for sightseeing
- All monastery entrance fees in Ladakh
- Arrival and departure transfers at airports in Delhi and Leh with assistance
- Trek on full board
- All trekking equipments; sleeping tents, sleeping bags, dinning tents, kitchen tent, toilet tents, carry mats, water cans, kitchen utensils and accessories etc.
- All trekking staff : Mountain Guide, Trek Cook, Helper, Horse/Pony
- Transportation for trek staff, equipment and food items.
- Potable oxygen cylinder as per requirement
- Hyperbaric Gamow bag as per requirement
- First Aid Box (No imported medicines and accessories)
- Any Inner-line permits applicable as per the regions.
WHAT A TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE :
- International Airfares
- Trekking shoes
- Food & meals while not trekking
- Government Service tax 3.09% on package
- Medical and insurance of any kind.
- Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation, strike or any other natural calamities
- Tips, laundry, liquors, wines, mineral water, telephone charges and items of personal nature.
- If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
- If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
- If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
- In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.
- The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
- The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
- In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
- Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.