Lasermo La located in 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 18380 ft. the world’s highest motorable pass. This pass is 50km north of Leh. Located at the edge of the Tibetan plateau and is culturally very similar to Tibet. Foreigners required an inner line permit which is easily obtained at Leh the capital town of Ladakh district of India. Panamik and Sumur are the small towns of Nubra valley. Panamik has hot sulfur spring water while Sumur has a 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 the 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 a number of interesting places 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 wild animals i.e. Marmots, Bharal, and Himalayan Blue Sheep.
Day 1: Leh – Drive to Khardung La (5596m) – Sumur Samstaling – Diskit – Hunder
Leaving Leh today our drive to Nubra valley across Khardung La 5596m, known to be the highest motorable 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 continues along an impressive gorge. The trail becomes narrow and steep at Dzongpa an hour from Hunder. Continue on the trail until it opens out at the highest point. We then descend to River to reach the 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 the 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 a friendly village. Our trek schedule will last 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 a view of 6000m peaks. We trek into Sniu Sumdo valley a little short of a glacial lake at Sniu Sumdo (4400m). There is a number of grazing pastures so we will be meeting the local shepherds. 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 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 bring 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 the pass, we are rewarded with an excellent view of the Karakoram Mountains as well as Ladakh and Zanskar mountain ranges. Excellent views all around. 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.
- High passes of Nubra and Shyok valley
- An adventurous trek in Ladakh
- Nubra to Indus valley across Lasermo La