Lasermo La Trek and Nubra Valley

A journey to ancient silk route, Shyok River & Nubra valley. Highest motorable pass in the world

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Included
  • Equipment

Trip Introduction 
 Lasermo la located at Nubra valley. Nubra means Ldumra - the valley of flowers, situated 150 km North of Leh city and just south of Karakoram Range. It is only accessible by Khardung la pass 18380 ft. world highest motor able pass. This pass is 50km north of Leh. Located at the edge of the Tibetan plateau and is culturally very similar to Tibet. Foreigners are required an innerline permit which is easily obtained at Leh the capital town of Ladakh district of J&K of India. Panamik and Sumur are the small towns of Nubra valley. Panamik has a hot sulphur spring water while Sumur has Buddhist monastery known as Samstaling. This area has only been open to trekkers for 15 years and there are few villages open for foreigners in Shyok valley which are Diskit and Hunder. Two humped Bactrian camel can be found in Hunder village which is connected to Ancient Silk route has a small monastery. Camel ride can be done from Diskit to Hunder for 2 hrs.
One of India's most breathtaking areas, Ladakh is home to towering mountains and deep valleys. The Shyok River cuts through Nubra Valley, which lies in the northernmost part of Ladakh.
After few days of well acclimatizing in Leh and during these acclimatizing days, we visit numbers of interesting places in around Indus valley. Finally drive over Khardung la pass to Hunder, from where our actual trek start. Trekking through some impressive gorge, barley fields, dry desert ridge and flowering meadows. We will exit the Nubra valley trekking out from Lasermo La (5400m) and descend to Phyang where we end the trek. Our jeep will await us to drive to Leh. Possibilities to encounter with wild animals i.e. Marmots, Bharal and Himalayan Blue Sheep.

Outline Itinerary
Day 1:  Leh Drive to Khardung La (5596m)– Sumur Samstaling – Diskit – Hunder
Day 2:  Trek to Skarchen (3800m), 4-5 hrs.
Day 3:  Trek to Hunder Dok (4010m), 4-5 hrs.
Day 4:  Trek to Sniu Sumdo (4400m), 5-6 hrs. Camp.
Day 5:  Exploration Trek to Sniu Sumdo valley, 5-6 hrs. Camp.
Day 6:  Trek to Thanglesgo (4500m) or Jhingmoche (4510m), 5-6 hrs. Camp.
Day 7:  Trek to north base Lasermo La (4800m) 5-6 hrs. Camp.
Day 8:  Trek to Lasermo La (5400m) – Morubuk (4700m) – Phyang Sumdo (4510m), 6-7 hrs. Camp.
Day 9:  Trek to Phyang (3900m), 3-4 hrs, drive to Leh.

Detailed Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Leh - Drive to Khardung La (5596m) - Sumur Samstaling - Diskit - Hunder

Leaving Leh today our drive to Nubra valley across Khardung La pass 5596m, known to be the highest motor able pass in the world. Before heading off to Hunder, we drive to Sumur to visit Samstaling and go for a double humped Bactrian camel ride at Diskit to hunder, which takes 2 hrs. Arriving at Hunder where we camp. Overnight stay in camp.

Day 2: Trek to Skarchen (3800m), 4-5 hrs.

Starting the trek from Hunder, the trail follows the river on a wide newly build road and continue along an impressive gorge. The trail becomes narrow and steep at Dzongpa an hour from Hunder. Continue on trail until it opens out at the highest point. We than descend to River to reach campsite of Skarchen. Our first day of trekking will last for 4-5 hrs. Overnight in camp.

Day 3: Trek to Hunder Dok (4010m), 4-5 hrs.

Today continue on trail along the river gorge for about 2 hrs, passing below Wacham village. The trail climbs steeply to Dok Yogma, a small village. We walk past their barley fields and follow a good path to the village of Hunder Dok (4010m). Our camp is in the village close to the river and we reach it by lunch. The afternoon can be spent visiting friendly village. Our trek schedule will lasts for 4-5 hrs. Overnight in camp.

Day 4: Trek to Sniu Sumdo (4400m), 5-6 hrs. Camp.

Today it’s a lovely walk through the Thanglesgo valley following a small stream and through pastures with view of 6000m peaks. We trek into Sniu Sumdo valley a little short of a glcial lake at Sniu Sumdo (4400m). There are numbers of grazing pastures so we will be meeting the local sheperds. Overnight in camp.

Day 5: Exploration Trek to Sniu Sumdo valley, 5-6 hrs. Camp.

We spend another day at this camp to enjoy the surroundings and explore the upper and side valleys. Visit to the lake and back to camp.

Day 6: Trek to Thanglesgo (4500m) or Jhingmoche (4510m), 5-6 hrs. Camp.

Leaving Sniu we descend to the junction of the Thanglasgo and Sniu Sumdo valley. We climb gradually across pasture following a stream for another 4.5 hours to camp at Thanglasgo or a little further to Jhingmoche (4510m). During the summer month shepherds brings their sheep, yak and Dzomos for grazing. These are temporary huts and just 2-3 families from the village of Hunder Do come here every summer. A pleasant walk again today.

Day 7: Trek to north base Lasermo La (4800m) 5-6 hrs. Camp.

Today leaving camp we follow the river upstream on a well-defined path in this high and beautiful valley of meadows.Yaks and Dzomos can be seen grazing around these large meadows. Our highest camp on this trek and Lasermo La can be seen from Camp. Camp at the base of Lasermo La (4800m). 5-6 hrs.

Day 8: Trek to Lasermo La (5400m) – Morubuk (4700m) – Phyang Sumdo (4510m), 6-7 hrs. Camp.

An early start today takes us beyond the pastures and the climb to Lasermola pass (5400m) takes approximately 2 - 3 hrs. to reach the top. At pass we are rewarded with excellent view of Karakoram Mountains as well as Ladakh and Zanskar mountain ranges. Excellent views all round. From the pass we descend to Morubuk pasture 4700m and camp at Phyang Sumdo (4510m). 7 - 8 hrs.    

Day 9: Trek to Phyang (3900m), 3-4 hrs, drive to Leh.

We descend to Phyang (3900m). We get wonderful views of the Stok range of mountains today. We meet with our vehicles at the road head, drive through the village of Phyang stopping to visit the monastery here before continuing to Leh (25 minutes). We are in Leh by early afternoon.

What is included in the Price

  • All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary
  • 1 nights of hotel accommodation at Hunder.
  • 7 nights camp with all camping facilities.  3 men spacious 4 season tents for 2,  sleeping bags, foam mattresses, dining tent, trekking poles & safety gears.
  • All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, 3 course dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.
  • Support staff: Qualified climbing guide, cook & camp crew.
  • Trekking mules/horses for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.
  • Camping fee,  trekking permits, peak fee.
  • Goods and services tax.
  • First aid medical kit.

What is not included in the Price

×     Domestic flight Delhi - Leh, Leh - Delhi.
×     Hotel in Leh & Delhi.
×     Travel insurance.
×     Soft or hard drinks.
×     Entrance fee at monasteries.
×     Personal tipping to staff: Guide, cook, helper, horseman, driver.
×     Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding beyond trip Schedule.

Trekking Gear

What we provide
We provide all the GROUP GEAR included in the following list:

3-4 Person roomy 4 season tents for 2 - 3 people and individual as well, dining tent, toilet tent and other camping accessories.
Sleeping bags and comfortable foam mattresses.
Kitchen tent, Stoves, fuel, cookware etc.
Bed tea, nutritious breakfast, three course meal (dinner), packed lunch, post trek snacks, tea and coffee.
Trekking poles and Duffel bags for your luggage's.
Basic first aid box and mini oxygen bottles

What you may need - Your personal gear recommended in List :-
Day pack: A bit of bigger size 30 - 40 liters in order to keep fleece, jacket, water bottle, camera, packed lunch

Foot wear :-
Good condition trekking boots – not new used before in your country side for best fit for trekking, water proof.
Camp shoes, light and comfortable as running shoes or sandal ( like Teva ) for river crossing. Its necessity for you to bring sandals for river crossing.
Socks both Woolen and cotton as desire.

Clothing :-
Gore tex jacket or similar.
Down jacket/vest is good for cool evenings.
Wind/Rain jacket: (i.e. gore-tex, northface or similar) waterproof and breathable. Its necessity to have jacket while crossing passes.
Trekking pants, light, comfortable, water proof /breathable.
Long sleeve shirt Light weight dry-fast (for sun/insect protection).
Thermal innerwear winter thermal innerwear.
T-shirts for day time.
One mid weight/heavyweight fleece (long sleeve) jacket or warm pullover.
Short pants, underwear.
Sun Hat: cowboy style or baseball style to protect skin from direct sunlight.
Woolen cap for high altitude or while crossing pass or during evenings in camp.
One fleece or sweatpants for cold evenings during dining.
A pair of Hand gloves or woolen gloves.
Scarf to protect from dust or sunlight around neck. This is available in local markets with variety of colors.

Accessories :- 
Sun glasses with UV protection. An extra sun glass in case to replace.
Sun screen and lip protection.
Moisturizer cream: In Ladakh the air is dry and sun is harsh and strong during day. There are local moisturizer cream available in market. To avoid somehow skin allergy bring your personal cream.
Water bottle. Minimum I - 2 liter.
Trekking poles or sticks. If you have your own folded poles. 
Torch or one head lamp with extra batteries. Petzl or similar.
One toiletries kit, small towel.
Reading and writing materials.
Digital Camera or digital video recorder / solar charger.
Water purification tablets.
Nylon or water proof plastic bags to storage clothes and stuff.
One pocket knife light.

Others :- 
Gaiter / personal  climbing gear. (Can rent at Manali or Leh or Uttarkashi).
Water purification/filter: we boil water for you in the camp, what its essential you to have a water purification tablets or filter during the day of trekking.
Mosquito repellent cream.
Small Binocular.
First aid kit: We carry basic first aid kit with diamox, aspirin, paracetamol, antibiotics for diarrhea, antiseptic, bandage and band aids, Please you bring your personal first aid kit with medicine you think to need necessity for you.
Vitamin tablets or similar. 
Extra passport photos.

Price on Request

Ask for a group discount

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Trip Facts
Activity – Trekking & hiking
Region: Nubra valley, Ladakh, India 
Difficulty level – moderate to strenuous
Max Altitude – 5400 meters
Max sleeping altitude – 4500 meters
Lowest trek altitude – 3800 meters
Trip Length – 13 days Delhi to Delhi
9 days Leh to Leh
8 days trekking, 7 nights camping
Best time – July to mid Oct