Phyang to Hunder | Ladakh Tour | UFO Adventure Travel
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Difficulty

Moderate- Difficult

Max. Altitude

5400m

Duration

9 Days

Best Time

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept,

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Tour description

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 only added to by the final day--a spectacular bus or jeep ride over the highest motorable road in the world (5360 m).


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PHYANG TO HUNDER

Is this Holiday for you ?

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.

Trek the ancient route from Leh to Nubra Valley

Experience the changing landscape from mountains to alpine desert

Interact with nomads and witness the stunning high altitude landscape





  • 9 Days, 2 nights hotel, 6 nights camping
  • 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Max group size: 10
  • On the high plateau of Ladakh, the maximum daytime temperature low down on our trip (and at Leh) will be around 15°C, with night-time lows below 0°C. At high altitude, the sun has a very strong effect and at the height of the day it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. Ladakh is not adversely affected by the monsoon and we can usually expect stable, weather. However, mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or wind cannot be ruled out at anytime.

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  • Local Ladakhi guide
  • Leh Airport transfers as described
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All permits and entrance fees in the itinerary
  • All costs are applicable for double occupancy
  • Oxygen tank (for emergency only)
  • Private group chemical toilet
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers other than those described
  • Tips for local staff including the local guide and drivers
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
  • Personal camera equipment & gear
  • Flights and airfare
  • Meals will be a mix of local and comfort food. Breakfasts will consist of bread, cheese, honey, jams, fruit, tea and Nescafe along with eggs, paranthas,etc. For lunch there will be a variety of momos, thukpas, and other dishes from which we can select, or a full packed lunch. Dinner will usually be a soup followed by lentils, vegetable curry and meat as available. Vegetarians can be catered for.
  • A single group transfer will be arranged from Leh Airport to the hotel in Leh. This transfer will meet the arrival of the flights from Delhi at 1030hrs. At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel to Leh Airport at 8 am. This transfer will be after breakfast on Day 9 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfer does not work with your flight, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Leh Airport. Should you require an airport transfer, these can be arranged by the hotel reception staff or alternatively please contact the UFO office.
  • During this trip the group will spend 2 nights in Leh and 6 nights camping.. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. All accommodations used by UFO adhere to hygiene and comfort norms. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact UFO office.
  • Day will start with a hot cup of tea served to you in the tent at around 6.30 am. At around 8 a.m. breakfast will be under way and by 8.30 we should be back on the trail to our next camp. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your trek bag which will be transported safely to the next camp on mules. Please make sure you fill you water bottles for the trek ahead. After breakfast, you can pick your packed lunch prior to setting off. Usually, our route will involve a mix of walking through rugged terrain and scrambling over loose rocks. Be prepared for some uphill climbing every day. We will pick a beautiful spot with some shade or a meadow for Lunch. Usually we walk for around 5-6 hours every day. On arrival at camp, we can relax in our mess tent and take tea or coffee. Dinner is ready at around 7 p.m. in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socializing. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.

ITINERARY FOR THE TREK

DAY 1

MEET AT THE GROUP HOTEL IN LEH

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.



  Accommodation
Hotel in Leh
  Meals
Lunch & Dinner included

DAY 2

DRIVE TO PHYANG . TREK TO PHYANG PHU

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.



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
4-5 hrs walking(7-8 kms)

DAY 3

TREK FROM PHYANG PHU TO SOUTH BASE OF LASERMOR LA (4700m)

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.



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
6-7 hrs walking(10-12 kms)

DAY 4

TREK ACROSS LASERMO LA (5400M) TO NORTH BASE

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. 



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
6-7 hrs walking(12-14 kms)

DAY 5

TREK FROM NORTH BASE TO HUNDAR DOK

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).



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
5-6 hrs walking(10-12 kms)

DAY 6

TREK FROM HUNDER DOK TO SKARCHEN

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. 



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
4-5 hrs walking(10-12 kms)

DAY 7

TREK FROM SKARCHEN TO HUNDER.

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. 



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
5-6 hrs walking(11-12 kms)

DAY 8

DRIVE FROM HUNDER TO LEH (VIA KHARDUNG LA (5350M))

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.



  Accommodation
Hotel in Leh
  Meals
BLD

DAY 9

TRANSFER TO AIRPORT.

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.



  Meals
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Why trekkers love us?

Fantastic 2 days spent in Doon Valley, with some great camping experience, views of the Himalayas. UFO Team was extremely warm, helpful and professional. This was our daughters (who is 9 years old) first camping experience, she rated this one of her best trips.

Shantanu Singh

UFO are great partners when seeking adventure. I did an expedition to Mentok Kangri in Ladakh, day hike to the double living root bridge in Cherrapunji, Meghalaya and camping in Hemis national park in Ladakh. UFO are very hospitable in accommodating their guests specially at high altitudes.

Suyesh Rawat

Hornbill Festival in Nagaland was easily the trip of a lifetime for me and my mom .it will be quite some time before we stop talking about it!! We have a done a lot of travel with each other , but the experience and warmth that we found around every corner on a first ever trip to North East of India , Nagaland were beyond our expectations.

Sugandha Agarwal

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Frequently asked questions

How do we travel to Ladakh?

There are three ways to reach Ladakh- a) you can take flight from Delhi to Leh from major airlines such as Indian Airlines, Jet Airways,Indigo and Go Airlines. b) You can take road journeys either from Manali or Srinagar. It takes 2 day journey (474 kilometers) from Manali to Leh with a night stopover in Sarchu. On the other hand, Srinagar to Leh will take 2 days(434 kilometers) with a night halt at Kargil. All the roads remain open from May to October.

What are the symptoms of High Altitude sickness? How long does it take to get acclimatize in Ladakh?

Some common symptoms of high altitude sickness include giddiness, loss of appetite, lack of sleep and difficulty in breathing. The best way to acclimatize in Ladakh is a natural rest for at least 48 hours, keep yourself well hydrated and eat well. Even then it depends from person to person as to how long it takes to acclimatize before trekking in the Himalayas.

Am i fit enough for an adventure in Ladakh?

Anyone with an enthusiasm for the outdoors, different cultures and overseas travel and is prepared to be open minded and flexible. Our trips are fun and informal and attended by a wide range of people. We offer a range of trips which are all graded for difficulty to help you choose your holiday, if you would like advice please get in contact us at info@ufoadventuretravel.com. You will always enjoy your trekking holiday in Ladakh better if you have a good level of fitness. Running, cardio vascular exercises or playing sports always helps.

What kind of food is provided during the trek?

We provide clean, hygienic and tasty food during treks and climbs. Below items will give you an idea with regards to the meals:

Breakfast: Porridge, Cornflakes, Muesli, Bread, Apricot Jam, Honey, Butter, Peanut Butter, Cheese, Pan-Cake, Omelette, Tea and Coffee.

Lunch: (You will have Packed Lunch while trekking mostly) Sandwiches, Boiled Eggs, Boiled Potatoes, Fruit Juice, Chocolate Bars,Biscuits,etc.

Tea Time: Instant Noodles,Popcorn, Pakoda, Tea, Coffee with Biscuits

Dinner: Soup, Rice, Curry (Veg. Mushroom, Paneer, Dal) Noodles (Thukpa, Chowmien) Momos, Pasta, etc. and deserts.

Please Note: All of the above items are served different on different days, and the items are subjected to the availability in the market. Meals can be customized according to clients and private groups.

Which treks should be considered in Ladakh?

Ladakh has a wide array of treks and climbs of different grades. Treks with multiple high altitude passes, average camping altitude and remoteness determine the toughness of the trek.

Easy treks: Markha valley trek, Sham Valley trek, Lamayuru to Chilling trek

Moderate Treks: Phyang to Hunder, Tsokar to Tsomoriri

Challenging treks: Rumtse to Tsomoriri, Chadar Trek

Which are the famous mountaineering peaks in Ladakh?

Stok Kangri(6150m) is the highest walking peak in India and draws a lot of climbers due to its height and non technicality. Kang Yatse I (6400m) and Kang Yatse II (6450m),Mentok Kangri (6210m), Golep Kangri (6000m) and Nun (7135mts) Kun (7085mts) are other famous mountaineering peaks. Mail info@ufoadventuretravel.com for more details.

Why are some treks more expensive than others?

If we have to organize a trek near Leh, the transportation cost and carriage cost is less expensive. Markha Valley trek is more accessible from Leh than the Rumtse to Tsomoriri trek, therefore it will be cheaper than it. Horses to carry your luggage also play an important component to trek cost. Ultimately though, it is the services that the client or the groups require and want i.e accommodation, food, experiences, etc that will determine your trek or adventure cost.

What kind of accommodation is available in Ladakh?

There are various price points in Ladakh for accommodations. From homestay/guesthouses to boutique hotels to luxury hotels and camps, travelers can pick and choose according to the budget. We usually choose an A-class and luxury hotels with their facilities and services comparable to any 3-4 star hotel. Hotels in Ladakh are designed with traditional architecture of the region and feature good sized rooms equipped with modern amenities.

How difficult is Phyang to Hunder trek?

The Nubra Valley lies north of Leh and was once the gateway to the ancient Silk route. The Phyang to Hunder trek follows this ancient route between Leh and Nubra Valley, as you pass vast alluvial plains, high pass and eventually to the sand dunes on the banks of the Shayok 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. It is a moderate trek with crossing Lasermo La (5400m) high altitude pass,the biggest challenge during the trek. You have to cross this pass to enter Nubra Valley. The beauty of the trek is surpassed only by the final day--a spectacular bus or jeep ride over the highest motor able road in the world, Khardung La (5606 m).

What will we do if it rains while trekking?

You should expect rain during March-April on this trek. If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings. When it rains at the campsite, we usually get together in the dining tent and play games. The tents that you will be staying in, the dining tent, kitchen and toilet tents are all water proof, so you will stay dry inside.