Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven

Tripoto
27th Jun 2014

Hunder

Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ

on my way to Kardunga LA

Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ
Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ
Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ
Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ
Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ
Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ

Turtuk

Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ
Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ
Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ
Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ
Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ
Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ
Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ
Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ

natural AC

Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ
Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ
Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ
Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ

Turtuk

Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ

Hunder

Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ

Diskit

Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ

Diskit

Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ

Sumur

Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ

Sumur

Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ
Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ

Panamik

Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ

Yarab Tso

Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ

Yarab Tso

Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ
Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ
Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ
Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ

Ensa Gompa. across Panamik is on remote hill

Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ

Ensa Gompa. across Panamik is on remote hill

Photo of Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven by SHIMOJ

This is my second tour to the cold desert. I had two plan for this trip. Nubra valley exploration and Stok Kangri expedition. My plan was like

Leh->Turtuk(night halt)->Hunder->Diskit->Sumur(night halt)->Panamik->Karduga La->Leh.

I hired an Innova from Leh that cost me 13k from Leh to Leh for 3 days. I was alone. That was thrilling solo experience. One big vehicle with just 2 people myself and my driver. Don't miss to enjoy the beautiful night sky. 

Turtuk :

No one can imagine India has such a beautiful village at the last point of civilian access with equally cute people. The village has some of its own uniqueness like natural AC, cold drinks cooled by diverted streams in front of their houses, all type of vegetables and fruits are cultivated here and stunning view of Karakorum ranges including mighty K2.

Hunder:

Hunder lies between Turtuk to Diskit. A place where you can find greenery, river, mountains, snow and sand dunes. Double humped  Bactrian camel are the main attraction. They have interesting history if you dig each camels generation back to centuries. 

Diskit:

First town in the Nubra valley along the Shyok river. 32 meter statue of Maitreya Buddha near Diskit Monastery facing down the Shyok River towards Pakistan is the highlight of this city. Culturally it is the last point where Buddhist traces can be found. 

Panamik (Escha Gompa & Yarub TSO):

Nothing much, last point where you can stand and view the mountains and the road that lead to the highest battle field on earth- The Siachin Glacier. You can visit natural hot spring here and have few cafes to have food.  While returning you will find a small group of cliff to your right after passing Trisha village. Between those cliff has a beautiful Yarub TSO least exploited. I was there alone for 1 hour totally cut off from the out side world. Calm peace... You have to cross a dry river bed to get into this.

Amazing city with people from all around the world. Can find low budget hotels to luxury hotels. Great place to have variety of food.
Photo of Leh by SHIMOJ
Can use this spot as a pit stop, en route to Nubra. 32 km frm Leh uphill. Highest motor able road in the world. Stop here for clicks with Maggie and black tea.
Photo of Khardung La by SHIMOJ
Last village accessible to civilians situated at the top of India. It is the top most part of India beyond 10-15km Pak border starts. An amazing village and its people with unique culture and hospitality, itz a lush green outpost of India. On a clear day one can view even k2 from this village. Don't miss to enjoy the beautiful night sky.
Photo of Turtuk by SHIMOJ
Hunder lies between Turtuk to Diskit. A place where you can find greenery, river, mountains, snow and sand dunes. Double humped Bactrian camel are the main attraction. They have interesting history if you dig each camels generation back to centuries.
Photo of Hunder Sand Dunes by SHIMOJ
First town in the Nubra valley along the Shyok river. 32 meter statue of Maitreya Buddha near Diskit Monastery facing down the Shyok River towards Pakistan is the highlight of this city. Culturally it is the last point where Buddhist traces can be found.
Photo of Diskit Gompa, Diskit by SHIMOJ
I made this village as a place for night halt to cover Nubra river. This village has a beautiful Monastery and ruins of a palace. A traditional Ladhaki kitchen museum. You can explore the village and spend evening along the banks of river Nubra. Don't miss to enjoy the beautiful night sky.
Photo of Sumur by SHIMOJ
Photo of Sumur by SHIMOJ
Breathing trek through the rocks to reach this place. Starting from Sumur crossing the final check post at Panamik beyond which the road leads to Siachin base camp which is closed for civilians unless you have a special permission from Diskit SHO. Few meters from check post follow the road down to left end at a bridge crossing Nubra and turn left. Watch out for the Monastery on the top of the hill. You can take your vehicle till top or can trek through the rocks, actually rock climbing. The priest lives in the near by village so before proceeding enquir about the monk at the village before the bridge.
Photo of Ensa Gompa by SHIMOJ
Nothing much, last point where you can stand and view the mountains and the road that lead to the highest battle field on earth- The Siachin Glacier. You can visit natural hot spring here and have few roadside restau. While returing you will find a small group of cliff to your right after passing Trisha village. Between those cliff has a beautiful Yarub TSO least exploited. I was there alone for 1 hour totally cut off from the out side world. Calm peace... You have to cross a dry river bed to get into this.
Photo of panamik by SHIMOJ
back to the marvelous city.
Photo of Leh by SHIMOJ
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