Phyang to Hunder (Nubra) Trek

(10 days)

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 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. The beauty of the trek is surpassed only by the final day a spectacular bus or jeep ride over the highest motorable road in the world (5606 m).

Day 01: Delhi – Leh?Early morning transfer to Domestic Airport to catch flight for Leh. Upon arrival at Leh Airport our representative would assist you at the Airport and transfer to Hotel. Check in to the hotel. Post breakfast the day for rest for acclimatization. Later in the afternoon a walk around Leh town (3500mtr) includes a visit to Leh Market, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa & Leh Gompa – This walk shall help us in a getting acclimatized at this height. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Leh- Phyang- Phyang phu (4 hrs trek)
We will drive to Phyang monastery, 17km. west of Leh is remarkably built on the hilltop, similar to the Likir monastery. This monastery belongs to the Degungpa Order.

Day 03: Phyang phu- South base of Lasermo 4700m (4 hrs trek)
After a leisurely breakfast, we will continue our trek to the base of Lasermo La 4700 m.

Day 04: South base of Lasermo- North base via Lasermo la 5400m (6-7 hrs trek)
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.

Day 05: North base- Hundar Dok (5 hrs trek)
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 winter. If you feel adventurous, you can taste the delicious milk and cheese with Tsampa. Purchasing these is not possible in Leh. Our campsite is just above the Village of Dok Gongma (Upper Dok).

Day 06: Hunder upper dok- Skarchen (5 hrs trek)
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 sometime exploring the villages and share a few moments getting to know the locals.

Day 07: Skarchen- Hunder (4 hrs trek)
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.

Day 08: Hunder (4350m) – Khardungla (5260m) Leh- Drive across Shyok river and visit hot springs at Panamik. Drive back to Leh over Khandurgla Pass (the highest motorable road in the world) at 5260m. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09: Leh Sightseeing – Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour. We start with a visit to Shey, the ancient capital of Ladakh.

Day 10: Leh – Delhi
Transfer to the Airport to catch the flight for Delhi.

Highest Point: Nakpo Gonzing Pass 5390mts

Grade: Medium-Strenous

Duration: 10-11 Days

Season: June to October