Duration : 04 Days / 03 Nights
Destinations : Diskit - Khardung La - Leh
The world highest motor able road of 5606 m and highest road and camel safari's. The region of Nubra is acessible all year round with the road over Khardong La of 5610mts open even in winter. The specticular view of Karakuram range & famous highest peak Saser kagri 7678 mts and the Siachen glacier 70 km long. Surprisingly Nubra valley lower altitude creates fertile villages with an impressive abundance of crops & fruits. The friendly Monks live in beautiful Gompas perched on the rocky mountain sides help makes this a timeless place. Accomodation can be camp or family guest houses.
Day 01 : Diskit Via Khardung La
Early morning drive from Leh to Nubra (7 hrs drive). The Nubra Valley lies in the north of Leh and is accessible over the Khardung la (18,380 ft.) one of the highest motorable roads in the world. The valley is on the trade route from Leh to Kharga via Saser and Karakoram passes. Apart from unparalleled trekking opportunities the valley houses several Buddhist monasteries such as Sumur (Khagar) and 350 years old Diskit Gompa famous for its murals. From Khardung la drive to the village of Khardung and then through starkly beautiful countryside to the TCP at Khalsar where permits have to be registered/checked. From here one has to turn to the left of Shyok River and drive for about 24 kms over a narrow steep road to Diskit where one has to stay in camps.
Day 02 : In Diskit
After breakfast walk upto Diskit monastery to witness the Morning Prayer ceremony. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the monastery through a long scattered chortens. The Gompa is one of the highest point near the village belonging to the yellow sect (Gelugpa). Parts of the gompa, which houses 120 resident monks, are about 700 years old. The Dukhang has many statues, one of which holds the head and left arm of Turkish invader believed to be about 5000 years old. Return to camp for lunch. P.M. - Drive 7 kms to visit Hunder Gompa. This is a small gompa belonging to the yellow sect. It is set amidst innumerable chortens and has a huge impressive statue of Chamba in the main prayer hall. The gompa was built at the time when King Namgyal came here with his wife Gyal Khatun. Meals overnight in the camp.
Day 03 : Diskit/Leh
After breakfast drive downward Shyok River. 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 upto Panamiki. The scenery however is spectacular with the snow-capped Karakoram Mountains in the background. The weather being much warmer in comparison to the Indus Valley, vegetation is thicker with a variety of trees and flowers. Visit the 150 years old Samasthanling Gompa at Bumur/Khagar. It is a big complex of 7 temples including the Ricpoches room. Walk half an hour from the gompa to Tegar village where there is another small gompa. Walk through the village and explore the surroundings. Also a small lake lies there. Later, transfer to Leh (172 kms). Dinner overnight hotel.