Nubra Valley Tour
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Destination Covered: Delhi - Leh
Tour Detail: The Nubra Valley lies north of Leh and is accessible over the Khardung la (18,380 feet/5,600 m), one of the highest motor able roads in the world. The Nubra Valley was on the caravan route from Leh to Kashgar via the Sasir and Karakoram passes. Apart from unparalleled trekking opportunities, the valley houses several Buddhist monasteries such as Sumur and the 350 year-old Diskit gompa, famous for its murals.
- Day 1
Arrive Delhi mid night. Met upon arrival and drive to your Hotel. Late morning, after leisurely break fast, proceed for a combined sight seeing of New and Old Delhi.
Visit Qutub Minar, the land mark of Delhi, Parliament house, President Palace, India gate and Humayun tomb. Take a ride of cycle rickshaw in the narrow by lanes of old Delhi. Visit one of the largest mosques of Asia.
Enjoy your welcome dinner In one of the finest restaurant of Delhi.
- Day 2
Get up to take very early flight to Leh. It is indeed one of the most spectacular flights in the Himalaya when you will fly over the 7000 mts mountains, crossing number of mountain ranges.
On arrival, move to your hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax and very important, to acclimatize.
- Day 3
From Khardung La descend to the village of Khardung and drive through starkly beautiful country to the TCP at Khalsar where permits have to be registered. From here turn left from the Shyok river and drive for 23 km over a narrow steep road to the campsite at Diskit.
- Day 4
Early in the morning walk up to Diskit monastery to witness the morning prayer ceremony. It takes about 45 minutes through a long row of scattered chortens to reach the gompa which is set on the highest point near the village. Belonging to the Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect, parts of the gompa, which houses 120 resident monks, are about 760 years old. The Dukhang has many statues, one of which holds the head and left arm of a Turkish invader believed to be 500 years old.
Return to the camp for breakfast after which drive 7 kms to visit Hundar gompa. This is a small gompa belonging to the Gelug-pa sect, set amidst innumerable chortens and has a huge impressive statue of Chamba in the main prayer hall. The gompa was built at the time King Jamgyal Namgyal came here with his wife Gyal Khatun. Explore the village which has some beautiful old houses.
Drive down towards the Shyok river across an extremely rough and rocky stretch of flat ground. Cross the river over a bridge and arrive at the first village of Tirith. The road from here is extremely bad all the way up to Panamik. The scenery however, is spectacular, with the snow capped Karakoram mountains in the background. The weather being much warmer in Nubra in comparison to the Indus valley, the vegetation is thicker, with a variety of trees and flowers. Nubra is also known for its two humped Bactrian camel which is found in these parts. The camels are left to graze in the jungle during the summer months and are brought back only during the winter months when they are used as beasts of burden and for their wool.
Visit the 150 years old Samsthanling gompa at Sumur. It is a big complex of 7 temples including the Rimpoche's room. Walk half an hour from the gompa to Tegar village where there is another small gompa. Walk through the village and explore its beautiful surroundings near the jungle and a small lake. Overnight in camp.
- Day 5
Retrace the route to the Leh via Khalsar and the Khardung La.
- Day 6
Fly out of Leh reach Delhi and transfer to hotel.
- Day 7
Half day combined sight seeing of Delhi. PM farewell dinner and fly home.