Sabu to Nubra
It is well- known as the “ancient silk route” for camel riders, bringing their wares from Central Asia through the Himalayas into northern India. Although traders are a thing of the past, they left an indelible mark on the Valley in the form of the present herd of bactrian camels, descendants of the original beasts of burden. 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.
Destination: Sabu to Nubra
Best Time: MAY TO OCT
Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
DAY 01 : ARRIVAL IN LEH
Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by Mountain trails representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel
Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian “Silk Route”. A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.
Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.
DAY 02 : LEH
AM: Excursion Spituk & Hall of Fame
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace
Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk
Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags ‘bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.Spituk or dpe-thub mean ‘effective as an Example’ and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock. and also visit Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see the memorabilia, eminent defence personalities with biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes. On display are attires, multi layered shoes to keep their feet from frost bites, their daily instruments, their day to day food mainly frozen and packed, which is heated by lighting small balls of Hexamycin tablets, as fire is difficult to ignite at a temperature dipping -30 deg to -50 deg centigrade. It is mentioned on a board that 97% of the casualties in Siachen are due to cold and terrain.
Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch\
Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh’s head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.
Leh Palace is one of the most captivating architectural ruins that attract the attention of the tourists almost immediately with its majestic setting at the edge of the Namgyal hill and overlooking the town and at once looks like a reminiscent of Lhasa’s Potala Palace. The Palace was built in the middle of the 16th century by King Singe Namgyal and still belongs to the royal family that now lives in the Stok Palace. The nine-storeyed monument is now in ruins. The palace remains locked and may be opened at request by a monk
Leh Palace is also an excellent example of the medieval Tibetan architecture. It features colossal inclined buttressed walls and protruding wooden balconies.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 03 : LEH – SABU (BY JEEP) – PULU DIGAR 4400 M (6 HRS)
We will leave Leh in the morning by jeep to the beautiful village of Sabu, where we will begin our trek by crossing a bridge. Further along the trail amidst grass and meadows, we will find herd of yaks and Dzos (crossbreed of yak and cow). We will ascend gradually towards our campsite while enjoying the incredible view of snowcapped Stok Kangri to the south. This is fairly strenuous day.
DAY 04 : PULU DIGAR- CHUMIK TANGMO (5-6 HRS)
After a hearty breakfast we will proceed towards the Digar la 5300 m. The ascent to the top of the pass is fairly steep. Your hard work will be well rewarded by the stunning views you will witness at the top of the Digar La – Karakoram Range to the north and Stok range to the south. We will hang prayer flags among the existing ones at the top of the pass. It is widely believed among Buddhists that raising a prayer flag atop the pass brings good luck for the journey. In the past days, it was a common practice for the traders on the silk route to have safe journey and flourishing business.
From the pass, it is an easy walk down to the camp, a very pleasant river- side spot.
DAY 05 : CHUMIK TANGMO- HOTONG (4-5 HRS)
Today’s trek will be full of adventure. Shortly after our morning start we will reach the picturesque village of Digar, and then continue a long hot, dusty trail through the desert until we reach a spectacular sand dune – you will have to see it to believe it! We will then continue through a swampy area to our third night’s spot, a beautiful area set amongst a grove of trees.
DAY 06 : HOTONG- RONGJUK (4-5 HRS)
Today again leaving in the morning hours we will continue our trek in the desert along left side of the Shayok River. The trail ahead is hot and dusty, so in order to prevent dehydration, we need to have plenty of water. After a tiring hot day, we will end the day at the river- side village of Rongjuk. You must not miss this chance to dip in the cold river to cool down.
DAY 07 : RONGJUK- HUNDER(1-2 HRS)
Our last day of trekking is an easy one. We will walk only one 1-2 hrs. to our destination Khalsar, a military town in Nubra. From here you will have the opportunity to spend some time on your own exploring further into the famous Nubra Valley, Overnight sat at the Camp Nubra Organic Retreat
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
Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis
Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour.
We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.
Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh,.
Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.
DAY 10: LEH
Complete day at leisure to explore the beauty of leh city on your own and time free for last day shopping.
one can take an optional excursion to PANGONG LAKE, situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). A long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly six to seven kilometer at its widest point and over 130km long, it is bisected by the international border between India and China.
DAY 11: LEH
Tour concludes. Mountain Trails thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.