The Classic Nubra Valley Trek

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Custom Departure | 24 Days

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Highest Altitude: 5050 M

Difficulty: DemandingHiking and trekking to elevations exceeding 4000-5000 meters, away from vehicular access, over multiple days. Encompasses demanding whitewater with Class IV rapids.

Group Size: 8-16 persons

The rich and fertile valley of Nubra was open to tourists as recent as 1994 and thus most parts of it remain unexplored and unknown – still a mystery to the outside world. At a lower altitude than Leh, it has warmer climate and is greener as well.

Beginning our trek in Leh, the capital of Ladakh at 11500 ft, we spend 4 nights in to get ourselves well acclimatised and the days are spent rightfully visiting monasteries, monuments, taking short hikes before beginning the trek. We then embark on a trek very few have been on. We first drive to the famous turquoise blue lake of Pangong at 4268 m is one of the largest lakes (120km) of which only 1/3 rd of the lake lies in India as the rest of the lake lies in Tibet and return to the village of Durbuk from where we begin our trek on a path taken by shepherds when the Shyok river gets too high to cross in the summer.

We will cross the Nebuk la (5440m) and descend to the Shyok valley ending the first half of the trek in the village of Hotong. We then drive to Hundar before continuing on our trek through a lovely gorge and highland pastures up the Sniu Sumdo valley – an area visited only by the locals who bring their sheep and yaks here for grazing. The pastureland is rich here as it is fed by the numerous mountain streams. After climbing Ajangilung ( 6060m) and some more unnamed peaks here, we cross Lasermola ( 5150m) to descend down the Phyiang valley ending our trek in Phyiang from where we drive to Leh.

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DAYS 1-4

  • Day 1: Leh Airport – Hotel (3500 M)

Board the early morning flight from Delhi to Leh. It takes a little more than an hour to get to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. On a clear day the flight offers excellent views of the mighty Himalayas. Arrive at the hotel for welcome drinks followed by breakfast. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Day 2: Leh (3500 M)

Around Leh Sightseeing. Overnight at Hotel leh.

  • Day 3: At Shey Thikshey Matho and Stok

Short stay at Shey Thikshey Matho and Stok.
Overnight at hotel Leh.

  • Day 4: Leh to Hemis Monastery

Drive Leh to Hemis Monastery. Set up camp. Lunch at camp and afternoon walk to the Gotsang Above Hemis Monastery and evening back to camp.

  • Day 5: Hemis to Spangmik (Pangong lake)

Hemis to Spangmik (Pangong lake). Over night camp at Pangong.

  • Day 6: Spangmik to Durbuk (Patsa)

After breakfast we drive to Durbuk in route visit Shachukul Monastery and Tangtse monastery and the great Lama of Ladakh Togdan Rinbochey foot print at Laga Durbuk. Overnight at Patsa camp. Here we meet with the horses for the trek.

DAYS 7-11

  • Day 7: Durbuk (Patsa) to Rely Village

Durbuk (Patsa) to Rely Village, (4/5 hours walk). Overnight camp at Rely.

  • Day 8: Rely to Tangyar Phu (7/8 hours)

Today we cross 5250 meter high pass Neybukla. Overnight camp.

  • Day 9: Tangyar Phu to Tangyar Village (3 hours walk)

Tangyar is a small and pretty village nestled in the valley.

  • Day 10: Tangyar to Khungru (4/5 hours walk)
  • Day 11: Khungru to Hotong

Khungru to Hotong, 4/5 hours walk. Drive to Hunder village. Overnight camp at Hundar.

DAYS 12-16

  • Day 12: Nubra Valley Tour

Nubra Valley Tour – Disket Monastery, Samstanling monastery. Overnight at same camp.

  • Day 13: Second section of trek starts

Second section of trek starts today, we walk from Hundar to Hunder Dok Skarchan Camp. 5/6 hours.

  • Day 14: Skarchan to Sumdo

Skarchan to Sumdo (5/6 hours walk) and overnight camp.

  • Day 15: Continue up the valley

Continue up the valley to the base of Ajangilung or neighbouring Dawa peak to high camp. We follow a small stream to high camp until we reach the terminal moraine of the glacier.

  • Day 15: Climb Dawa Peak

We walk to the top of ridge climb Dawa peak – a straightforward climb to the summit ( 6000m). Return to base camp.

  • Day 16: Rest day
  • Day 18: Back track to Hundar Dok

Back track to Hundar Dok which we follow to our earlier camp at Brokgongma, a small village with beautiful views of the mountains in the Hundar valley. We pass a village school here.

DAYS 19-21

  • Day 19: Continue Gradual Climb

Continue our gradual climb across the pastures carpeted with flowers in August following a stream for another 5 hrs to camp at Thanglasgo or a little further to the base of Lasermola at 4800m. There is a tradition that 2 – 3 families from the village of Hundar Dok come here every summer with the animals of all the villagers for grazing and whilst here they make cheese, butter for the villages. Camp is at a very beautiful spot on the banks of the river. 5 – 5 ½ hrs.

  • Day 20: Climb till top of Lasermola Pass

Leaving the pastures we climb to the snow line and moraine until the top of Lasermola pass at 5400m taking about 2 – 3 hrs to the top. At the pass we are rewarded with excellent views of the Karakoram mountains and the Ladakh and Zanskar range of mountains . For those who have more energy they can go a bit further and higher for better views. There will be snow at the pass so we leave camp early to make the crossing early. From here we descend to the Phyiang valley to camp at 4500m. 7 hrs.

  • Day 21: Descend to Morobuk and Phiyang, Drive back to Leh

We descend to Morobuk pastures and then to Phyiang. We get wonderful views of the Stok range of mountains today. Meet with vehicles at the roadhead and drive to Leh (45mins)

  • Day 22: Day at leisure
  • Day 23: Leh-Delhi
  • All travel from Leh and back by road
  • All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in Tents / Hotel
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary & safe drinking water
  • All trekking arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff and cooks
  • Porterage upto 15kg/ person
  • Peak fee/sanctuary fee/royalty/permits where applicable
  • Sleeping bag
  • Any transfers or meals outside of itinerary
  • Bottled water
  • Items of personal clothing
  • Expenses of any personal nature (laundry / phone calls / alcohol / cigarettes / insurance / camera fee / etc.)
  • Any expense incurred due to force of nature such as landslides, bad weather or reasons beyond our control
  • Tips & gratuities (we recommend 5-10% of your trip cost- to be distributed among the team) – personal choice
  • Travel & cancellation insurance


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