The Nubra Valley: home of creaky glaciers, unforgiving Himalayan peaks and high-altitude deserts where Bactrian camels tread. Set between Pakistan, India, Tibet and China, the valley is reached via nerve-shredding passes among some of the planet’s mightiest mountains in the Ladakh and Karakoram ranges. The main route to Nubra takes you on what’s claimed to be the world’s highest motorable road, the Khardung La Pass, where tourists pause to take triumphant photos at the road sign amid flapping prayer flags. This was once a well-travelled-yet-perilous route for trans-Himalayan traders carrying spices, gold, coral and opium until China locked its borders in the 50s.
The Nubra Valley is blessed with icy opal waters from the Shyok and Siachan rivers which grace the landscape with fields of barley, wheat and apricot orchards dripping with orange fruit. It’s no wonder that the Tibetans call this area Dumra – valley of flowers. This contrasts with Nubra’s rippling Hunder Sand Dunes, which locals traverse on camels, their footsteps tracing paths through the sand. Come to the Nubra Valley to explore this extreme terrain and visit remote Tibetan monasteries and the remains of ruined palaces where the kings of Nubra once ruled. Along the way, you’ll meet hardy, mountain-worn locals who will greet you warmly with calls of “julley” – hello.
India’s isolated Ladakh region is best navigated with a local guide, so talk to our India team about visiting this Himalayan heartland.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Malcolm, who's travelled extensively in India. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember.
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