Ladakh, in Jammu and Kashmir, is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular places in the world. It is blessed with an incredibly breathtaking desert-mountain landscape, magnificent lakes, amazing sand dunes, breathtaking snow capped peaks and snow fed rivers. The magnificent snow covered peaks of the Great Himalayan ranges and the cold dessert terrain provide panoramic views in every direction. A must visit for travelers to Ladakh is the scenic Nubra Valley. A minimum one night halt is required to explore the sights of this beautiful valley.
For travelling to Nubra, book a local cab through your hotel in Leh or the Leh Taxi Union at least a day in advance. The cab driver can arrange for the Protected Area or Inner line Permit which is issued from the local DM’s office. It takes a day for the permit to be issued so plan accordingly.
Recommended Itinerary for Nubra Valley:
Nubra Valley via Khardung La (18,380 ft)
Leh – South Pullu – Khardung La – Khardung – Khalsar – Diskit – Hunder
The drive to Nubra Valley takes you via Khardung La, the highest motorable pass in the world. Enroute visit Sumoor. The beautiful Shyok river flowing through Nubra Valley is very scenic. At the fork, take the road to Diskit. The other road leads to Siachen Glacier. On reaching Diskit, check into a tented camp accommodation or guesthouse. Spend the evening exploring the sleepy little town of Deskit.
The next morning after breakfast visit Diskit Monastery and proceed to Hunder. See the marvelous crescent shaped sand dunes and ride on a double humped Bactrian camel. Civilians are not allowed beyond this point. Post lunch return to Leh. It is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular places in the world, blessed with an incredibly breathtaking desert-mountain landscape in Diskit and amazing sand dunes in Hunder.
Best time to visit: June – October
- Petrol: Fill up Petrol from Leh as there are no petrol stations enroute except for one at Diskit.
- Weather: It is pleasant in the daytime on a sunny day but the temperatures can rapidly plummet after sundown.
- Thermals: Do carry multiple layers of thermals and warm clothes to beat the sub-zero temperatures, specially if you plan a night halt.
- Locks: If you are staying in a tent, make sure you zip it down and lock it before venturing out to safeguard your belongings.
- Bottled Water: Carry sufficient crates of bottled water from Leh as it might not be available in these remote areas.
- Tent or room?: Opt for a room instead of a tent if the weather is bad or it could get unbearably cold.
- Right expectations: Considering the challenges at such high altitudes and the remoteness of the place, one must not expect much more than the basic amenities. The beauty of the lake makes up for it manifold.
Leh Taxi Union: For booking a cab to Pangong Tso call 01982-252723, 253039.