The Nubra is a tributary of the Shyok River which flows parallel to the Indus on the northern side of the Ladakh range. Because of its lower altitude the valley has a mild climate and is therefore richer in vegetation. It is often referred to as the "Orchard of Ladakh".
In ancient times, the valley was part of the Caravan Route, today it offers unparalleled trekking opportunities and scenic landscapes. It is also the natural habitat of the double backed Bactrian Camel.
Buddhist monasteries flourished in the valley among which the famous Diskit Gompa. This monastery, over 350 years old, is the oldest in the Nubra region. It is also one of the largest.The monastery belongs to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) Sect. The Nubra valley is accessible from Leh via a number of high passes. One of them is the Khardong-la, the highest motorable pass at 5600 m.
Leh / Sabu / Digar / Chumik Yogma / Rongjok / Khalsar / Deskit / Leh
Day 01: Leh (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatisation)
Take the morning flight for Leh. Check into the guest house and relax the whole day. This is necessary for getting acclimatised. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 02: Leh - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis
On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area.
Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17'Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.
Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order.
Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17'Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Overnight stay at the guest house.
Day 03: Leh - Sabu Village (3480 mts/11415 ft)
In the morning drive to Sabu village.
Day 04: Sabu Village - Digar La Pass
After an early breakfast trek to cross Digar La (6000 mts). Then descend down to Digar Village. Overnight stay in village.
Day 05: Digar Village - Agyam Village
In the morning trek to Agyam. The treks go through along the river Shyok. On arrival set out camp for overnight stay at Agyam village. Dinner and overnight stay at village.
Day 06: Agyam village - Khalsar Village
In the morning we will trek up to khalsar village. Dinner and overnight stay in village.
Day 07: Khalsar Village - Diskit
After breakfast trek to Sumur. Visit to Samtenling Gompa and continue trek to Diskit. Visit to 350 year old Diskit Gompa. Dinner and overnight stay at Diskit.
Day 08: Diskit - Leh
In the morning drive back to Leh. On arrival check in to guest house. Evening free to explore the local market. Overnight stay.
Day 09: Leh
Transfer to the airport for the spectacular flight across the main chain of the Himalaya to Delhi.