The Nubra Valley lies to the north of Leh and was once the gateway to the ancient Silk route. The valley has vast alluvial plains and bacterian camels, which roam the sandy banks of the Shyok River. This trek is one of the least visited and the beauty of the unspoiled landscape will leave you reminiscing about its stunning views of Karakoram ranges. The beauty of the trek is surpassed only by the final day--a spectacular bus or jeep ride over the highest motorable road in the world (5360 m).
On this holiday we will be constantly at an altitude of more than 3500m and you will be crossing one 5000m pass. Therefore, it is essential that you acclimatize well in order to make the best of the week. You will be advised by the UFO guide to rest and keep your body hydrated as much as possible on the first day of arrival. Your oxygen levels will be monitored from time to time to check on the level of acclimatization. There is fair bit of walking to be done every day, and we would encourage you to do a bit of walking/running and breathing exercises to enjoy this trek. A fair level of fitness will be required.
Meet at the group hotel in Leh. A single group transfer at 10.30am from Leh Airport to the group hotel is provided. The first day is reserved for acclimitization and you wll be advised to rest, eat and keep yourself hydrated as much as possible. A short walk around the city to Leh Palace in the evening can be organized.
After early breakfast, we will drive to Phyang monastery, 17km. west of Leh. It is remarkably built on the hilltop, similar to the Likir monastery and belongs to the Degungpa Order. It was the first monastery, which introduced the Degungpa teaching of 'Skyob Jigsten Gonbo' in Ladakh that was founded by Chosje Danma Kunga, during the reign of King Jamyang Namgyal in the 16th Century A.D. It has about 50 monks in residence. and also hosts a festival called 'Phyang Tseruk' on the 2nd & 3rd of the 6th month of Tibetan Calendar. After visiting the Monastery we will trek to Phyang Phu. Today is a short day in terms of walking but a good day for acclimatization.
After an early tea and breakfast we set out for the base of Lasermo La, which will be the biggest challenge for us in the trek. We will advise you to walk slowly and easy to acclimatize as much as possible for crossing the high pass the next day.
Today we start quite early in the morning as we will cross the Lasermo Pass (5400m). The top of Lasermo pass offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, the Indus valley and the Shayok Valley. The trail from the pass towards our camp passes rough moraines for an hour and a half. It is important to start early, as the ponies must cross the glacier before midday in order to avoid difficulties arising from snow and ice melting. The campsite is in a beautiful meadow and offer opportunities to explore and see flowers growing at high altitude.
Today we will walk down through meadows, flowers, and sometimes rocks. Most of the time, we will be walking along the Hundar stream. After following the stream for a while, we will pass through shepherds' huts, where the men and women from Hundar Dok village live with their yaks, cows, goats and sheep. They could be seen collecting milk, cheese, butter, wild vegetables and fuel for the win. We will try and get you a taste of the delicious milk and cheese with Tsampa. Our campsite is just above the village of Dok Gongma (Upper Dok).
Another beautiful day. We will pass through the villages of Dok Gongma, Dok Yokma and Wachan, which are names of different places with concentrations of scattered houses belonging to a common village known locally as Hundar Dok. If you are not in a hurry to get to your camp at Skarchen (a place where some of the local families go with their animals during the winter), you can spend some time exploring the villages and share a few moments getting to know the locals.
The last day of trekking is through the beautiful Hunder Gorge, which opens up just before descending to Hunder Bridge. Before the final descent we will have a great view of Saser Kangri Peak (7672m). Upon arrival check in to the tents and later visit Sumur , another pretty village on the other side of the river'; Samstaling Gompa here was founded by Lama Tsultims Nima and Monastic community was introduced as Rezong Gonpa. About 50 monks are residing at this 132 years old Monastery. The Gompa has some strict rules and regulations like not allowing women in the monastery after sunset and before sunrise, no smoking etc. Our tented camp is situated in a beautiful village called 'Hundar' with lot of trees. There is nothing more to see here except a small monastery and ruined fort above the village. However the site for the camp is so beautiful that it will invite you to explore the village on its own.
After an early breakfast we will be transferred by private vehicle to the Leh. The drive back is stunning and we cross the famous Khardung La pass, one of the highest motorable roads in the world. Evening at leisure.
After an early breakfast we will be transferred by private vehicle to the airport. If you want to extend your stay to visit Pangong Tso or Tso Moriri, please contact our staff.