Sand dunes near Hundar, Ladakh, India

Ladakh: Nubra Valley Trek

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Trip code: 
TGD
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Off the beaten track trekking in the 'Valley of Flowers', north of Leh 

The word Nubra comes from ‘Ldumra’, which means ‘Valley of Flowers’. The Nubra Valley lies north of Leh, over the Khardung La (the highest motorable pass in the world) and separates Northern India’s Ladakh Range from the Karakorum. To the northwest the Sasser and Karakoram Passes connect Nubra with Xinjiang in China, and in the past there were many traders here as part of the Silk Route passed through the valley. This off the beaten track trek begins in Hundar, where we acclimatise and visit the ancient Diskit Gompa before heading up Thanglasso Valley. We take a detour into Snia Valley to see the glacial lakes. Back in the Thanglasso Valley we cross the wild, glaciated Lasermo Pass to Phyang, from where we return to Leh. The harsh, arid mountains, tremendous scenery of the deep-cut Shyok and Nubra River Valleys, green village oases, thrillingly stark scree slopes and unexpected sand dunes help to make this a truly unforgettable once in a lifetime trek. 

Highlights

  • Visit remote villages in the Nubra Valley
  • Explore ancient Buddhist monasteries
  • Off the beaten track trek north of Leh with views of the Indian Himalaya and the Karakorum
  • Cross the wild, glaciated Lasermo La
  • Enjoy a sensational flight over the Himalaya

Key information

  • 7 nights hotels, all en suite and 8 nights full-service camping
  • 9 days point-to-point walking
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader and staff. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 5,400m, average 3,900m
  • Travel by jeep, on foot and 2 internal flights
  • Full porterage throughout the trek
  • 20 July 2018 departure to be led by Valerie Parkinson

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 10 dinners
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

9

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Approximately 5-7 hous walking per day on average with occasional shorter or longer days

Terrain:

Remote high altitude mountainous terrain; good trails (often shepherd trails) with some scree sections, river crossings, considerable ascent/descent and one high mountain pass; snow is possible on the pass and at the higher altitudes. Option to ascend unclimbed peaks and passes.

Day by day breakdown
Day 69.0km/6.0miles
Day 713.0km/8.0miles
Day 86.0km/4.0miles
Day 98.0km/5.0miles
Day 1014.0km/9.0miles
Day 1110.0km/6.0miles
Day 1214.0km/9.0miles
Day 1413.0km/8.0miles
Day 1511.0km/7.0miles

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Exodus has worked with our local partner in India for over 30 years. Our partner employs local staff and leaders throughout and Exodus provides regular training and support.

There are many community support projects in Ladakh that Exodus has set up or supported over the years. These include helping to rebuild houses and schools and providing materials to build a flood barrier following devastating flooding in 2007 and setting up a flood relief appeal following mudslides in 2010. Since 2011 Exodus has worked alongside other organisations to provide the Markha Valley communities with safe drinking water and we have funded several UV water filters. Locals can now sell drinking water to trekkers. The long-term goal is to ban single use plastic water bottles in the Markha Valley entirely.

Exodus works with various local women’s groups in Ladakh, running felting workshops so that they can create handicrafts to sell to trekkers at the Eco Cafés in Hankar and in Skiu that we have opened. In Leh, Exodus supports a Donkey Sanctuary, which provides a home for old, ill or mistreated donkeys. We are also helping to raise money to build a Buddhist temple for the villagers of Ranbirpura.

If you would like more details on any of these projects please e-mail Valerie Parkinson (Asia Base Manager - [email protected]) or ask your leader during the holiday.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

Delhi
to
Delhi
  • Day 1

    Depart London

    The group flight is an overnight flight, scheduled to depart London this evening.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Delhi

    The group flight is scheduled to arrive into Delhi this morning. Free arrival transfers are available for any flight provided you have supplied Exodus with your flight details in advance and have requested a transfer. If making your own travel arrangements you may arrive at any time throughout the day as there are no excursions planned; the hotel rooms are usually ready after midday. Upon arrival to the hotel please check the noticeboard in the reception for details of where and when the group welcome briefing will be held today.

    Hotel Jaypee Siddharth (or similar)

  • Day 3

    Sensational flight over the Himalaya to Leh (3500m)

    We often have to leave the hotel at around 2am for the very early but highly spectacular flight over the Himalaya to Leh. If the weather is good and the flight goes on time we should be in Leh in good time. The rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatise to the altitude (3,500m). In the morning we rest and catch up on some sleep and in the afternoon there will be a gentle orientation walk around Leh and its bazaars.

    Standard Hotel 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Sightseeing in and around Leh, visiting Thikse and Shey Monasteries and Leh Palace

    Today there is a sightseeing tour to two of the major gompas in the area. We first drive to Shey, a former Royal Palace of the Ladakh kings. Inside is a small temple containing a 350-year-old copper and gold statue of the Buddha. From Shey we drive (or we can walk across the fields) to Tikse, where we visit the monastery - perched on top of a hill - its red and white buildings can be seen for miles. A recently built temple contains a magnificent image of the Future Buddha. We return to Leh and the rest of the afternoon is free to explore.

    Standard Hotel 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Drive over the Khardung La (5375m), one of the highest motorable roads in the world, and on to Hundar (3020m)

    Today we leave Leh and set off by jeep over the Khardung Pass, which at 5,375m, is one of the highest motorable roads in the world. The journey to the top of the pass takes us on a winding road high above Leh. From the top we get great views looking back to the Leh Valley and the Ladakh mountains and ahead we can see the Karakorum. The road winds down and down through North Pollu check post and down to Khardung village, then on to Khalsar (3,264m) and the Shyok River. At Khalsar we turn left and continue down the valley. Passing the monastery at Diskit we pass the sand dunes and finally arrive at Hundar. Approx. 6hrs driving / sleeping altitude 3,020m

    Standard Hotel 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Acclimatisation walk to Diskit Monastery, through an unusual landscape of sand dunes sandwiched between the mountains; in the afternoon there is a chance to see the rare Bactrian camels

    We spend the day acclimatising to the altitude with a day hike to Diskit Monastery (3,142m). The area between Hundar and Diskit is filled with sand dunes. An unusual sight sandwiched between magnificent mountains. The walk is fairly flat as we head across the valley bottom to Diskit, now the district headquarters. We end our walk at Diskit Monastery, overlooked by a 32m high Buddha statue. The monastery (gompa) is the oldest and largest in the Nubra Valley, dating from 1420, and belongs to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. We can take taxis back to Hundar and in the afternoon, there is the chance to go and see the rare double humped Bactrian camels. These magnificent animals were previously used by traders to carry goods across the high passes. As there is no longer any trade across these borders the animals became endangered. A government breeding programme has now ensured that these animals will not become extinct. Sleeping altitude 3,020m

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Drive to Hundar Gompa; trek through a spectacular gorge to Wachan (3900m)

    We drive for about 3km to Hundar Gompa, from where we start our trek. Leaving the main valley, we turn up into a narrow side valley. The walking today is fairly easy as we follow a wide jeep track into the gorge. The rocks tower above us as we gain height gradually. Look out for grazing Bactrian camels amongst the multi-coloured rocks of this spectacular gorge. After 8km we come to a small droksa (shepherd camp) with a few trees providing welcome shade from the sun. The valley now widens a little and we camp near a couple of houses where the valley splits. Sleeping altitude 3,900m

    Full-service Camping 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Walk past Sernang (the last village until Phyang); continue ascending the valley to our wild camp at Snia Sumdo (4200m)

    A shorter day as we begin to gain height. From Wachan we take the left-hand valley and climb steadily to the main part of Wachan. Further up the valley is Sernang, a small collection of houses and fields. This is the last village we will see till Phyang. The trail ascends the valley further and we may have to cross the river several times depending on the water level (we carry a rope for river crossings and we highly recommend you bring river crossing sandals). The Snia Valley is the first large valley to the right. We cross to the right side of the valley and camp somewhere near the valley junction. In the afternoon, there will be time to explore the surrounding hills. Sleeping altitude 4,200m

    Full-service Camping 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Surrounded by unnamed peaks, the trail climbs the Snia Valley which abounds with wildlife including marmots, foxes and wolves in summer; camp at Pullu (4600m)

    We turn into the Snia Valley and follow the river. The trail climbs steadily and again, depending on water levels, we may have to cross the river. We are surrounded by unnamed peaks and passes and only shepherds inhabit this valley in the summer. Before there were roads in Ladakh people used the passes regularly. Now, apart from the shepherds in summer the valley is inhabited by wildlife only. Marmots abound in summer and foxes, wolves, and Snow leopards use the valley to hunt for prey. We pass several shepherd encampments and camp at the valley junction close to the river. Sleeping altitude 4,600m

    Full-service Camping 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Daywalk to a glacial lake in the Upper Snia Valley

    We have the chance to explore the Upper Snia Valley. Taking a packed lunch we continue up the main valley gaining height gradually. About 7km from camp there is a glacial lake at 4,800m. We get a sense of the remoteness of where we are as we are surrounded by un-named and unclimbed peaks and passes. Depending on the time and energy level of the group we can explore further. Sleeping altitude 4,600m

    Full-service Camping 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Retrace our steps and continue up the main Thanglasso Valley on a rocky trail of glacial moraine until it opens out into a wide grazing area, perfect for camping (4560m)

    We retrace our steps down the valley to the junction and turn right into the main Thanglasso Valley. Which side of the valley we walk on depends on the water level in the river. The climb up the valley is on a rocky glacial moraine trail. Finally, the valley opens out and we come to a wide grazing area. There are plenty of good campsites in this area. Sleeping altitude 4,560m

    Full-service Camping 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Gradual climb up the valley to a large shepherd camp at Thanglasso; on to our camp at the base of the Lasermo La

    Quite a tough day as we walk to 5,000m. We continue gradually climbing the valley. It’s about 4km to the large shepherd camp at Thanglasso at 4,570m. We are now surrounded by a fantastic landscape of peaks and passes leading off into many unexplored side valleys. We eventually reach our Base Camp at 5,000m where we spend 2 nights. Sleeping altitude 5,000m

    Full-service Camping 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Explore the area around camp; chance to ascend unclimbed peaks and passes or explore isolated side valleys

    We spend the day exploring the area around Base Camp. There is the chance to ascend easy peaks and passes as we are surrounded by unclimbed summits. Where we go will depend on the weather and energy level of the group. Sleeping altitude 5,000m

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    Cross the Lasermo La (5,400m) with views of the Karakorum and Ladakh Range, to Phyang Sumdo (4510m)

    A tough day as we cross the Lasermo La. We need to carry our yaktrax/microspikes in case of any snow/ice on the top. The trail continues up the valley. The trail is rocky and uneven and as we come to the top of the pass we cross the glacial moraine. It will take 3-4hrs to the top, where we are rewarded with magnificent views back to the Karakorum and ahead to the Ladakh Range. We descend into the long Phyang Valley and camp at about 4,510m at Phyang Sumdo. Sleeping altitude 4,510m

    Full-service Camping 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 15

    Descend to Phyang; option to visit the monastery; drive to Leh

    Our last day’s walking as we descend the valley all morning. It’s about 3-4hrs walk to Phyang, which is a large village close to Leh. If we have time we can visit the large and prosperous monastery that towers above the valley. It is a short 1hr drive back to Leh and the comforts of a hot shower in our hotel. We should get to Leh by mid-afternoon and the rest of the day is free for last minute sightseeing or shopping in the bazaars. Sleeping altitude 3,500m

    Standard Hotel 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 16

    Fly to Delhi

    We fly from Leh to Delhi. The rest of the day is free for individual sightseeing in Delhi.

    Hotel Jaypee Siddharth (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 17

    Fly to London

    Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport this morning for your daytime flight back to London. 

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Extend Your Trip

Golden Triangle extension

Code: XBS

A visit to the incredible Taj Mahal and other great Moghul cities close to Delhi is an excellent way to begin or end a visit to Northern India. The five-day Golden Triangle extension can be booked before or after your main itinerary. The Taj Mahal in Agra was built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631, and is one of the most beautiful sights on earth. Close by is the imposing Red Fort of Akbar with its beautiful courtyards and palaces and let's not forget the deserted royal city of Fatehpur Sikri. The extension also visits the Pink City of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, which is one of the most attractive and colourful cities in India. The detailed itinerary can be found here

Essential Info

Visas

Visas are required if you are British and for most other nationalities. Visa information changes regularly for India; for the latest information on applying for a visa please follow this link: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/travelink/India-visa-information.pdf

If your trip visits Ladakh, in the very north of India, or Sikkim in the north east, do not mention this on your Indian visa application. This can sometimes slow down or even cause the embassy to reject your visa.

If your flight arrives into Delhi Airport and you have an e-visa, please follow the overhead signs to the e-visa booth at the back of the immigration hall. You will need to fill out an additional form at the booth. Please make sure that you have the details of your start hotel ready. These details can be found on your Final Joining Instructions.

Vaccinations

India

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please see the TRIP NOTES for further information.

Eating and Drinking

Food

All food is included, except main meals in Delhi and Leh. Please allow about £70 (approx. US$110) for these.

Whilst camping, the staff will bring a hot drink (usually tea) to your tent each morning. Breakfasts may include cereal, toast and jam, eggs and porridge. Lunch on trek is usually served as a picnic en route (except on shorter days when it is in camp). Lunch and dinner typically include soup to start, followed by a variety of hot dishes (both local and western) such as potatoes/chips, vegetables, curry, pasta, rice, dhal and paneer (cottage cheese). Please note that although some meals will include meat, it is not as readily available whilst camping. At dinner time a dessert such as tinned fruit and custard, fritters or pancakes may also be served. On arrival at camp each day, tea and biscuits are served. Hot drinks are available at breakfast and dinner as well.

Drinking Water

Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Ladakh.

In Leh there is a shop called Dzomsa which sells safe drinking water. Your leader will show you where this is on your first day in Leh.

During the trek and whilst in camp the cooks will collect and boil drinking water from the mountain streams and fill up your water bottles for you, but you may need to collect water during the day and may wish to use your own water purification treatment as well.

We also suggest that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and you may like to bring a SteriPEN to treat any non-boiled water. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Using a SteriPEN means you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – and you can keep it for future trips

Weather

The weather chart for Leh shows average temperatures only and there can be extremes which vary significantly from the temperatures shown. Please refer to the paragraph below for further details of the temperature range.

Generally, the weather is good in Ladakh during the summer, with warm to very hot sunny days (up to 30ºC/35ºC+) with cooler nights depending on the altitude (it can reach freezing or close to freezing at the highest points). There is, however, always the possibility of rain. The sun is very strong at these altitudes and some of the days on trek can be extremely hot.

Ladakh, though technically part of the Tibetan Plateau and classified as a high altitude desert, can and does occasionally experience the effects of the Indian monsoon. Although the departures are timed to coincide when the weather is normally good, in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above. Delhi is very hot and humid in summer.

Leh, India

Leh, India

Is this trip for you?

This is a reasonably strenuous trek involving nine days point-to-point walking at high altitude; maximum altitude 5,400m, average 3,900m. As such it has been graded as ‘challenging’ (activity level 5). Please see our website for a description of our Activity Levels. Most days involve 5-7 hours walking, although there are a couple of shorter or longer days.

Most of the trails are well made on sandy and rocky paths and there are also a few river crossings. There is one high mountain pass to cross, the Lasermo La (5,400m).

This trek is for those who are willing to put in the necessary fitness preparation and like a good walk for around 6 hours a day. This is a fully supported camping trek with full porterage (mules and ponies) throughout; you need only carry your daypack. You may find our Walking & Trekking Fitness Training Guide a useful reference.

As this trip spends considerable time at altitude, we ask you to refer to the altitude warning under the 'Practical Information' section within the Trip Notes. We spend two days in Leh (3500m) before the trek to allow you to acclimatise.

Daytime temperatures can be very hot, especially in the middle of the day as at these altitudes the sun is very strong. Nights will be cooler and cold at the highest altitudes.

Walking distances and hours stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include rest and photo stops but not a longer lunch break and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

Why Trek with Exodus?

* Over 30 years’ experience of organising treks in Ladakh.
* 'Ask an expert' - talk to Exodus staff who have done the treks themselves.
* Experienced English-speaking local leaders who are qualified in first aid and trained in recognising and dealing with altitude sickness.
* One of the highest staff to client ratios on trek - 1 staff member: 4 clients.
* All staff (leaders, guides and porters) are fully insured and paid a fair wage.
* Carefully planned ascent rates and itineraries with built-in acclimatisation and contingency days.
* Staff carry oxygen and first aid kit.
* Self-assessment AMS cards used to monitor every client at altitude.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels and camping

In Delhi, we usually stay at the Hotel Jaypee Siddharth, a locally-rated 5-star hotel with a swimming pool and spa. It is very comfortable and is conveniently located very close to the metro, for ease of getting around the city.

In Leh we stay in a simple hotel and all rooms have en suite bathrooms. There is intermittent Wi-Fi available in Leh, however, there is no mobile coverage for international phones in Ladakh.

The trek itself is on a full-service camping basis, meaning that our camp staff will erect and dismantle the tents for you, cook, and do all of the camp chores for you. You need only carry your daypack. Most of the camping on this trek is wild camping. We stay in two-person tents which have enough room inside for your kitbags. Sleeping mats and bags are not provided – please see the packing section.

We also have a dining tent complete with table and folding chairs, and at least one toilet tent (usually two) for use during the evenings. No running water is available whilst camping. You will be camping close to a river or stream and the camp staff will provide bowls of warm water (to wash with) whilst trekking.

All accommodation is on a twin share basis.

We can arrange additional accommodation in Delhi prior to, or after your trip, should you wish.

Single Supplements

Single supplements are subject to availability and should be requested at the time of booking. The single supplement includes a single tent during the trek as well as a single room in the hotels.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

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  • Reviewed September 2018
    Jayne Potter

    Flower Valley

    If you like trekking and enjoy the remoteness that trekking can provide then this is a trek for you. As an avid flower enthusiast I thoroughly enjoyed the trek as each day saw new species for me to photograph and wonder at the flowers micro-niche and ability to survive. The trek itself is great for those who like a gradual ascent at altitude with a few wilderness climbs for the adventurous. The high pass was straight forward but with a little twist of having to walk up a glacier in micro spikes. The variety in cultural aspects in the beginning also added to a successful holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting the different monasteries on the trip. The flowers in the Nubra Valley were stunning. Camping in such a remote but beautiful area of Ladakh.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Karen Reed

    Valley of the Flowers.

    I've done a couple of treks in the Himalayas and what makes this trip stand out is that it is suitable for a range of abilities. While we all had to get over the Pass, the days prior to this were manageable with some short trekking days which allowed us to choose to go on an optional more challenging trek after lunch or relax in camp.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved seeing the flowers alongside the rivers. As we gained altitude the flora and wildlife would change but we'd then see the same flowers as we descended to the same level further along the valley. No need for altimeters when nature tells you how high you are!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Valerie led the group and she was amazing! Her knowledge of the local culture and customs is outstanding and while trekking, her ability to spot wildlife, marmots and eagles added to the experience. Her support team were also excellent, particularly Johnny the chef who produced amazing food on limited facilities.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    While it's suitable for a range of abilities it's still a challenging trekking at altitude and wild camping. So read the trip notes and make sure you're fit enough and that you've got the right kit.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It's a lovely trip and unlike Nepal we barely saw anyone else the whole time we were trekking. I liked that we were wild camping so really getting back to basics, washing in streams, and this remoteness meant that the group was more supportive of one another as we only had ourselves to rely on.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Irene Neilson

    A great blend of culture and treking in a very peaceful, isolated area

    This trek is unusual for a Grade 5 trek in so far as it combines fair amount of cultural activity - all very enjoyable and interesting- with actual treking. The trek itself is valley based so despite being at high altitude for most of the time, the walking gradient is gradual and acclimatisation well facilitated. The Lasermo Pass though high is straightforward with a zig zag path leading over its top - it was fun using micro spikes again. There are lovely views back down the valley to the mountains beyond. The final camp also offers great views over the Stok Range including Stok Kangri. Its a different type of trek from the Markha Valley so even if you have done that one, this one is also very enjoyable.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    On the cultural side I found the old museum inside the Phyang Monastery really fascinating - wonderful artefacts of time gone by including the wizened hand of a Mongol warrior. The journey down from the Khardung La Pass to Hundar was breathtaking in the beauty of the surrounding mountain landscape. Worth doing the trip just to see that vista. Trek wise my highlight was arriving at base camp for the Lasermo La on a beautiful day (our weather to that point had been unseasonably cold and cloudy) with outstanding views up and down the valley and the opportunity to wash/paddle/swim in the river.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Valerie, as ever, was excellent. Lovely to have someone so knowledgeable about the area and its history as your leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be ready for all types of weather! Do take snacks - I hate eating between meals but at altitude, particularly if you have a stomach upset, it is really important. Lesson learnt!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    You cannot see the Karakorum from the top of the Lasermo La - my only disappointment.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Paul Dowell

    First time wild trecking

    This was our first wild trek and what a way to start. Stunning scenery and wildlife. Beautifully isolated - with the exception of a few local villagers and shepherds we only saw a handful of other hikers on the entire trek. The whole experience from the arriving in Leh to returning was filled with new treats. Leh itself is well worth a visit and the Kardung La is one to tick off the bucket list. Then on to Diskit Gompa (and others) for a relaxed acclimatization day at 3,200m. The trek was very well led/guided with friendly and enthusiastic support staff. Despite the isolation we felt very secure and well looked after. Its certainly wetted our appetite for more adventures.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being so remote.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    100% and on the ball. We both had a few altitude problems and it was dealt with very quickly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the travel notes and pay particular attention to the kit list!!!!
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Richard Christie

    Get away from the trekking crowd

    Ladakh is one of my favourite areas of the world and I was therefore excited when this new trek appeared in the brochure. I am happy to report that the Nubra Valley Trek did not disappoint! The trip starts and ends with time in Leh which is a great place to wander about the shops, visit monasteries or just simply chill out over a coffee. You then have a picturesque drive over the highest drivable pass in the world into the Nubra Valley with superb views from the top (clouds permitting!). The ‘sightseeing’ part of the trip was rounded off with a visit to the impressive Diskit Monastery and its magnificent adjacent Buddha Statue. It was then time to leave other tourists behind and head off to where only shepherds roam. The walking was superb venturing up beautiful, peaceful valleys - often beside bubbling streams and sparkling rivers, passing mirror like turquoise lakes. On the whole trekking part of the trip we only met a handful of other trekkers – something you can’t say about Everest Base Camp trips. We were treated to more fantastic views as we climbed over the Lasermo La. At 5400m this is a steady climb but the trip is well designed to ensure you have plenty of time to acclimatise before this high point. This is a fantastic trip for anyone who likes the feel of being in more remote areas and getting away from the trekking crowd.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    An afternoon excursion when a few of us ventured up a side valley and found two hidden lakes reflecting the stunningly beautiful colours of the surrounding mountains and glacier.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Valerie was excellent making sure everyone was fit & well and had the chance to get the most they could out of the trip with her detailed descriptions and explanations of Ladakh and its culture. She was ably assisted by the local guide and camp crew.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Although the trip is well designed to give you the best chance of acclimatising you need to play your part by starting off gently. Slow and steady is the best way – if you start to get a headache then slow down and drink more water.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I hope exodus reconsider and keep this superb trip in the brochure so others can get a chance of experiencing what I believe is trekking at its best.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Pat Sani

    Amazing Country

    This was a most enjoyable trek, culminating walking over a glacial moraine, the Lasermo La at 5400m. The Nubra valley is remote and rocky, intersected by rivers and streams. Amazing views all round. Wildlife of marmots, picas and birds of prey giving us a show as they appeared and disappeared from our sight occasionally. Lots of flowers to be seen and shy birds. The walking was well planned with the mileage for the days appropriate, to take into account the increasing altitude. Prior to the beginning of the trek we visited monasteries in and around Leh and drove over the Khardung La, one of the highest roads in the world. Many pictures taken here to capture the experience. Diskit Monastery was an interesting place to visit as part of our acclimation. In contrast Phyang monastery which we visited at the end with its newly painted frescoes was quite beautiful.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Enjoying the high points but the whole trip was wonderful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The leader was very very good, so to all the support staff and the ponies.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you are fit to begin the trek it will add to your enjoyment.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Omar Kolia

    Ladakh: Nubra Valley Trek Trip

    This was an amazing trip! It was a privilege to travel to a place where very few people set foot and where many peaks and lakes are unnamed. There where some beautiful sights to see as well as many things to learn and experience about he people and culture. A very worth while trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the same of amazing views and sights.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was outstanding. One of the best I had on Exodus trip.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Andy and Ann Walsh

    Off Grid Serenity

    After a jaw dropping drive over the Khardung La (5375m) we entered the vast valley of the Shyok river. The scale of which is truly impressive, as was the golden Buddha at Diskit Monastry. The trek began at Hundar up through the spectacular gorge into the valley which was to be our home for the next week or so. This was a wonderful world of beautiful rock peaks occasionally capped with ice and oases of green where we would camp. The peace and serenity were almost overwhelming, we were the only group in the upper part of the valley. We were in many ways isolated but never felt threatened by the lack of contact. The long day crossing the Lasermo La was worth the effort, rewarded by views and a huge sense of achievement after which we spent our last night on the trek at a fantastic location on a grassy shoulder at the head of the valley looking over the Ladakh mountains. After this peace Delhi was nothing less than a complete shock which served to highlight how much we had enjoyed the mountains.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The days of the trek in the mountains were the most wonderful days of the whole trip . Proper trekking, just us, our support team, a few ponies and a donkey. All good - only a trace of civilisation, flora and fauna fascinating, views spectacular.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bikash - very able young man, patient, calm, knowledgeable, fun. Real all round nice guy.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    For this trip as so much of it is at altitude - use diamox, I didn't and slept a lot worse than those on the trip that did use it. Make sure that your sleeping bag is good enough - ice on the tents in the morning means it was cold - sub zero. When putting on sun cream add some to the back of your hands.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Definitely do this trip, it is a rare opportunity like no other. Telecom masts are all over the world but not here - no buildings, roads, hoardings, very few people - serenity. Absolute must.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    chris DAVID

    Stunning sublime remote trek superbly organised

    Remote high altitude trek in a wilderness area yet to be discovered by the usual hoardes of trekkers. Highlights included the route itself, the solitude (no other trekkers, just local shepherds), the scenery, the campsites, fauna/flora. the leader, the other people on the trek, the support team and the fantastic cooking from Johnny the chef. Snow leopards were probably observing us from the ridges, though, canny animals that they are, we did not see them. One of the very best 2 week treks that I have done.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Esprit of the group, yoga at 5000m, everyone supporting one another

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bikash Tamang. One of the very best leaders who I have encountered on an Exodus trip (and I have done quite a few...). It is tough for a young Nepali to work in India/Ladakh and gain the respect of the local Ladakhi team. This was only the second time that he had done this trek, but it seemed like he had been doing it for years..

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't be put off by the high altitude - get a prescription of Diamox from your doctor if you are worried.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't remove this trip from the brochure.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Yasmin Rajeebally

    Ladakh - the Nubra Valley - what a beautiful wild trek

    the most beautiful trek. so peaceful. wild landscapes. stunning mountains and glacial lakes. Marvellous Buddhist monasteries. off the beaten track - most definitely. Brilliant guide and support crew. Going to sleep every night to the sounds of the donkey in camp. Great food and cakes, and we did yoga most days too - highest ever yoga class? at 5,000metres.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    the views- all day and everyday. The Future Buddha statue in Hundar. and getting to the top of the Lasermo La Glacier. Sitting and eating lunch by a glacial lake that not many people would have ever seen.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bikash, our group leader was amazing. so mature for 25 years. so passionate about his job. so good with checking how we were all feeling. so knowledgeable with all the explanations at the monasteries and palaces. he had time for everyone and we had many good laughs too. and so patient too!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    if you only ever do one trek and want peace and quiet - do this one - so beautiful!

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

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