14 Days | Trekking 06 Days
Suitable for families with young children
Khardung La (5602 m)
Highest point/ Max altitude
5-7 hours activity per day with steep uphill and downhill sections or high passes. Some days at high altitudes, good level of physical fitness recommended.
This two-week trip travels north to the Nubra Valley, also known as Ldumra (the valley of flowers), some 150km north of Leh - just about as far north as you can possibly go in India - on the ancient silk route connecting south and central Asia. This picturesque valley is incredibly remote, and only accessible by foot or by negotiating the highest motorable road in the world.
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After a night in Delhi and a flight up to Leh, we’ll take three days to acclimatize to the high altitude (Leh is at over 3500m) with some local exploration of the monasteries and other sights in and around the Ladakhi capital. We begin our trek from the village of Umla.
On the ascent to Pulu we cross a small river where it is sometimes possible to see marmots. The Lasermo La (‘La’ means Pass in Tibetan) is reached the following day; at 5350m this is the highest point on the trek - admire the amazing views across the Karakoram Range as you recover from the climb. We’ll cross the edge of the mighty Lasermo glacier to reach the base camp. On the way to Hundar Dok we’ll pass shepherds huts (doks) and see yaks and sheep, and hopefully stop for a cup of butter tea (an acquired taste!).
Hunder village marks the beginning of the Nubra valley: with views of sand dunes in the distance this feels like central Asia. The lush green of the valley centre stands in stark contrast to the arid landscape all around. We’ll spend time exploring the local monasteries at Hunder, Diskit and Sumur, and take a ride on a double humped Bactrian camel across the spectacular dunes (optional).
We return to Leh passing through the remote villages and crossing the Khardung La (5,602 metres), the highest motor able pass in the world.
Please note: You can use this itinerary as a guide to fully customise this tour as per your budget and requirements. Flexible options include travel dates and duration, places, activities and experiences, hotel category (star/rating) and any specific requirements that you may have.
DAY 01 - Delhi
Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel for check-in, afternoon and evening free
Arrive at the international airport of Delhi. After a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our KVT’s representative would assist you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is free to relax at the hotel or can explore the nearby area.
DAY 02 - Leh
Early morning fly to Leh, arrive and transfer to hotel. Afternoon rest and evening stroll around the local market area
Early morning we will be transferred to the Airport to board the internal flight to Leh, which passes over the Himalayan Ranges with breathtaking views and it will brings us to a fertile valley just to the north of the mighty Indus River (this flight is subject to weather). After such a highly spectacular flight over the Himalayas, we arrive in Leh airport. Upon arrival, we will be transferred to the hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is free for us to relax and acclimatize to the high altitude weather. Late afternoon there will be a gentle orientation walk of Leh and its local market.
DAY 03 - Leh
Sightseeing tour of Leh
This morning after breakfast we proceed for the sightseeing tour of Leh city, visit Hemis Monastery; it is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery (gompa) of the Drukpa Lineage. It holds the distinction of being the biggest as well as the wealthiest monastery of Ladakh. The annual Hemis festival in which locals including the monks (Lamas) celebrates the birth anniversary of honoring Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) at the courtyard of Hemis Monastery. Then we head towards Thiksey Monastery located on top of the hill which holds the resemblance of Potala Palace in Lhasa (Tibet). Thiksey Monastery houses a large statue of Buddha and this is one of the most frequently visited monasteries in Ladakh region. After that we visit Shey Palace on the way to Leh. The monastery is noted for its giant copper with gilded gold statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said to be the second largest such statue in Ladakh then after the visit we return back to the hotel and relax.
DAY 04 - Likir
Drive to Rizong, Alchi and then to Likir monastery
Today we drive towards Rizong monastery; it was founded in 1831 by Lama Tsultim Nima and belongs to Gelukpa Order. It is situated at the top of a rocky side valley and also called “the paradise for meditation”. Then we drive to Alchi and visit Alchi monastery, it is one of the oldest and famous monasteries of Ladakh. Alchi Monastery was founded in 11th century and it is located on the bank of Indus River. It has three main structures known as Du-khang, Sum-tsek and the temple of Manjushri. Later we drive to Likir village and visit Likir Monastery, located in Indus Valley; it is believed to be among the oldest villages of India. Likir monastery was founded in 1065 AD and it has a 23m (75 ft.) gold-covered Buddha statue then we rest at the camps. After that we drive towards the campsite and relax in the camps. (3600m | distance: 100km approx.)
DAY 05 - Taru
Drive to Umla village and then trek to Taru (Trek begins)
This morning we drive from Likir to Umla village from where we start our trek; we follow the trail that goes towards a small pass (4150m) from top of the pass we can have a beautiful view of the valley; then the trail goes a steep descent towards our campsite Taru village. (Trek begins | 3700m | 5-6hrs trek)
DAY 06 - Murbuk
Trek to Murbuk
Today after breakfast we start a gradual climb towards a pass; at times the trail will be steep at some sections. We reach to the top of the pass and enjoy the scenic view of Stok mountain range; then we follow the trail that descents towards the Phyang Monastery. After a steep descend we reach Phyang Monastery and visit the monastery; located on a hilltop just like Likir Monastery and belongs to the Degungpa Order. The monastery also has a 900 year old museum which has a rich collection of Chinese, Tibetan and Mongolian artifacts. Afterwards we continue our walk towards the village of Murbuk where we camp for the night. (3800m | 6-7hrs trek)
DAY 07 - Pulu
Trek to Pulu
This morning after breakfast we start a gradual climb that leads us to a stream which we will be crossing and after crossing the river we enter to a gorge and climb for some 2hrs which will take us to our campsite Pulu village. (4800m | 5-6hrs trek)
DAY 08 - Lasermo La Base
Trek to Lasermo La Base en-route cross Lasermo La (5350m)
This day the trail goes a steep climb towards the pass of Lasermo La (5350m); early morning we start with a gradual climb as the trail goes over the boulders and later with a steep ascent to reach the top of the pass Lasermo La. From the top we will be blessed with a stunning view of Karakoram mountain range. We then descend towards the base of the pass where we camp for the night. (4800m | 5-6hrs trek)
DAY 09 - Hunder Dok
Trek towards Hunder Dok
Today the trail is easy walk through meadows and sometimes over rocks; the trail is along the Hundar stream most of the time. On the way we pass through shepherd’s huts where the villagers of Hundar Dok live with their Yaks, sheep, cows and goats. We can try Ladakhi butter tea known as ‘Gur Gur Tea’ and some cheese. Then we continue walking towards our beautiful campsite at Hunder Dok village. (4100m | 5-6hrs trek)
DAY 10 - Hunder
Trek towards Hunder via Skarchan (Trek ends)
This morning after breakfast we head towards the village of Hundar; the trail moves further into the impressive gorge after crossing one wooden bridge. It is a gentle descent towards Skarchan at the left side of a river. Path continues for about two hours through this gorge and finally opens at the Hunder Village with views on the Sand dunes from the distance. We reach to our campsite and our trek ends here and we say final goodbye to our porters and ponies. (Trek ends | 3400m | 4-5hrs trek)
DAY 11 - Sumur
Drive to Sumur and visit Samstanling Monastery
Today we explore Nubra Valley; we start with Hunder which is famous for its sand dunes and for (double-humped) Bactrian camels. Then we head to Diskit Monastery located on a hilltop, this is the oldest and largest monastery in Nubra valley and belongs to Gelugpa sect (Yellow hat). Then we move towards Samstanling Monastery located in Sumur village, built in early 19th century by Lama Tsultim Nyima. The new assembly hall of the monastery holds elegant paintings and murals of Lord Buddha and his teachings, of Dharmachakra and other facets of Buddhism. An optional bactrian (double humped) camel safari can also be arranged at Hunder Sand dunes. Afterwards we return back to hotel and relax. (3050m)
Overnight Guest House
DAY 12 - Leh
Drive to Leh en-route cross Khardung La (5602m)
Morning we have breakfast and drive towards Leh (Distance: 125Km); en-route we cross Khardung La. The drive is quite interesting loaded with breathtaking views of snow-peak mountains range and it takes us to the world’s highest motor-able pass of Khardung La (5602m); here we stop for some time and then continue our drive towards Leh. We reach there and have free time to explore the market and do some last minute shopping. (3500m)
DAY 13 - Delhi
Early morning fly to Delhi, reach and transfer to hotel
Early morning we will be transferred to the airport to board the flight for Delhi, arrive Delhi airport and transfer to hotel for check-in. In the afternoon proceed for the half day sightseeing tour of Delhi; we start with Jama Masjid, is the largest mosque of Old Delhi and it was built between 1644 - 1658 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal and Red Fort. Then we visit Rajghat which is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi located on the bank of Yamuna River. Afterwards we drive pass through Colonial buildings such as the President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931 and India Gate is a war memorial, also known as ‘All India War Memorial’. India Gate is 42m high located at the centre of New Delhi across Rajpath.
DAY 14 - Delhi
Departure to the International airport of Delhi
Now today you will be assisted by KVT’s our representative while checking out at the hotel then you will be transferred to the International Airport of Delhi to board the flight for back home.
Tour Map (Only key areas marked)
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