The trek goes right up to India’s northernmost tip: Nubra Valley or Ldumra, the valley of flowers. This incredible remote yet amazingly picturesque valley can be accessed on foot or via the highest motorable road from Leh, through Khardung La (5,359m). After a night in Delhi, we fly to Leh (3,500m) and we have three days to get acclimatize to the high altitude with some local sightseeing. Our trek begins from Umla village and on the ascent to Pulu, we cross a small river where we may sight marmots. On reaching Lasermo La (5,400m), the highest point on the trek, we are rewarded with amazing views across the Karakoram Range.
Crossing the edge of the mighty Lasermo glacier we reach base camp and later, en route to Hundar Dok, we pass shepherds with herds of yaks and sheep, where those having a penchant for exotic food could taste he gur-gur tea (salted butter tea). Hundar village marks the beginning of Nubra valley, with a lush green centre that’s a stark contrast to the surrounding desert scape. Exploring the local monasteries at Hundar, Diskit and Sumoor or taking a dune ride on a Bactrian camel across the spectacular dunes are part of the local sightseeing. We return to Leh past remote villages, crossing Khardung La (5,359m), a vantage point for some compelling vistas.