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Simply the best trek I’ve experienced, very professional and great fun.
Ian Scott (UK) | K2 & Gondogoro La, Pakistan

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Nubra and Shyok Valley

Nubra and Shyok Valley trek lies to the north of Leh in Ladakh (Northern India). Shyok river meets the Nubra river to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges.

To the north of Nubra valley is the Siachen Glacier and to the north west Sasser Pass and the famous Karakoram Pass that connect Nubra with Xinjiang in China. Previously there was much trade passing through the area to East Turkestan and Central Asia as part of the Silk Route.

Shyok valley has vast alluvial plains with bacterian camels roaming around the sand dunes grazing the seabuckthorn bushes. This is a circuit trek in one of the least visited areas of Ladakh with unspoilt landscape and stunning views of the Karakoram mountains especially from the summit of Lasermo la pass at 5,400m.

This trip starts in Delhi followed by the dramatic flight to Leh. After a few days acclimatising we drive on the highest road in the world over Khardung La into Nubra Valley. Later on we will stop at Diskit village to visit their monastery one of the oldest in the Nubra Valley. We spend two nights at Hundar village to help with our acclimatisation and also hopefully we will get the chance to ride a Bactrian camel in the sand dunes of this valley.

We have designed our itinerary for plenty of time for the necessary acclimatisation to high altitude to maximise your chances of successful crossing Lasermo La back to Leh. Before crossing Lasermo la we leave the main valley to trek up a remote side valley to Sniu Sumdo campsite where we spend two nights. For the next day there is a good day walk from this campsite to some glacial lakes surrounded by impressive peaks such as Sahib Chasa, Leona Peak and Sniu Kangri.

The crossing of Lasermo la pass is a good walk with superb views over to the Karakoram, Zanskar and Ladakh range of mountains. We end the trek at Phyiang and after visiting their monastery we drive back to Leh to complete the circuit.

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Trip Details

  • Destination: India
  • Holiday Type: Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 16 days from Leh
  • Leadership: Local leader
  • Minimum Group Size: 2 people
  • Cost: 2019 - £1,795 (US$2,295 or €2,050) from Leh 2020 - £1,795 (US$2,295 or €2,050) from Leh
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What does this include

Price includes:

  • All transfers including airport collections
  • Twin share room Hotel Pangong or Hotel Omashila in Leh and Karma Inn in Hundar.
  • Breakfast only at hotels in Leh, all meals included while on trek
  • Twin share tents while on trek, dining and toilet tents
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, guide, ponies and cook
  • Rubberised luggage tags posted to you before departure
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921)
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone or face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send our comprehensive "Ladakh Pre Trip Information" notes

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Delhi.
  • Internal flight to/from Leh and Delhi. We can book Leh flights for you however we will invoice as an extra cost.
  • Travel & trekking insurance
  • India tourist visa (£30)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Leh
  • Delhi hotel and airport transfers.
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included
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Trip Grade Moderate

Trip Grade Moderate

Suitability: a good choice for most hill walkers, reasonable level of fitness required.

1) Walking times: average 5 to 7 hours walking per day for up to 14 days usually with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,000m.

3) Terrain: for most of time following well-travelled trails, there will be daily ascent and descent.

4) Remoteness: usually not too remote and often there is a reasonable level of infrastructure such as lodge accommodation and cell/ mobile phone reception.

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Trip Dates

  • July 28th to August 10th 2019
  • July 26th to August 8th 2020

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Fly to Leh 
  • Day 2Acclimatisation morning walk in Leh  
  • Day 3Drive to Hundar (3,020m) 
  • Day 4Acclimatisation and exploration day in Hundar 
  • Day 5Trek to Skarchen (3,800m) 
  • Day 6Trek to Hundar Dok (4,010m) 
  • Day 7Trek to Thanglasgo Valley (4,400m) 
  • Day 8Trek to Sniu Sumdo (4,400m) 
  • Day 9Day walk to glacial lakes (4,500m) 
  • Day 10Trek to Jhingmoche (4,500m) 
  • Day 11Trek to Lasermo La Base Camp (4,800m) 
  • Day 12Cross the Lasermo La (5,400m) and trek to Phyiang Sumdo (4,500m) 
  • Day 13Drive to Leh 
  • Day 14Fly to Delhi 
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