Leh to Durbuk is 8 days trek of a high altitude that allows one to have a glimpse of beautiful surrounding valleys and mesmerizing landscape. This trek is mainly focusing on Monasteries, Monks, villagers and landscape. the best season to trek is during June to September Trekking Sector: Leh/ Sabu/Digar/Khyema/Tangyar/Rale/Durbuk, .
Start your walk from Leh via small pass located at 3800m. The trail is very rocky and covered with snow and on your way, one will see snow-clad mountains and spectacular Himalayan ranges and peeks. This trail is great for backpacking, birding, and camping, and it's unlikely you'll encounter with many high altitude passes with spectacular scenery and rarely visited villages.
Start directly from Leh (3.500 m) and walk via a small pass (3.800 m) to Sabu. In Sabu you can visit the monasteries.Then continue towards the upper end of Sabu since it is quite a large village, it’ll take some time but you're rewarded with many glimpses of village life. Camp at 3.850 m
Cross over to the left side of the stream and follow it upwards. There, you’ll find a path which will seem to have been used by animals . There are many resting sites by the water and to enjoy the view of the Stok Range. At 4.900 m, a small plateau will appear with two valleys leading into the mountains. Pitch your tent at this beautiful site.
You’ll continue your trek through the valley on your right side. Climb up while following the stream, but don't miss the Zig-zag-path towards the left leading to the pass. It takes quite some time to reach up to the pass which will seem closer than it is. But the view will always get better with higher altitudes. Digar-la is 5.435 m high and offers great views. The walk down along the river goes slowly via many mini plateaus. There will be many possible sites for pitching the tents – Chumik Yogma is a very beautiful campsite. Sleep at an altitude of 4.780 m.
Today, you’ll be descending down through one of the most beautiful high altitude based valleys of Ladakh. Quite broadly it offers great views of the opposite mountain range while descending slowly mostly over green grass along the river. You might be able to witness Dzos and maybe some Yaks grazing, marmots peeping out of their holes and listening to the singing of birds. After 1.5 to 2 hours you’ll spot the wide spread fields of Digar village. Digar is at approx. 4.000 m high. The small Gompa is not always open and you’ll have to look for someone with the key. When you stare at the west, you’ll spot Tangyar and the valley leading towards Nebuk-la. Down to Kungru is a road with nearly no cars running over it, but there are lots of short-cuts to reach it. In Kungru 3.630 m, you’ll walk on the not-tarred road to reach the most beautiful village of Khyema at 4.140 m.
From Khyema you’ll have to trek on a Zig-Zag-Path to reach the Khyema-la pass (4.620 m) and then walk down the trail to approach the road. Follow it down till Tangyar. Unfortunately there is this approx. 3 km walk on the road, which leads to Wari-la and it is not too bad. The beautiful scenery will accompany you on this route and you’ll also encounter locals in these quiet & rarely visited villages to add to your pleasure among these western parts of Nubra Valley. Tangyar has a spectacularly located small monastery and has beautiful old houses nestled at the foot of it. Camp on a meadow of 3.870 m.
To find a path to get out of the village is a little tricky, but just keep going up the river and take the left path when reaching the bridge. And then keep walking until you reach the beautiful camp of Jukthey at 4.930 m with a small spring. On turning back, you’ll spot Digar and the trail you already trekked.
Trek on the right side of the side-valley and continue until you reach the start of a zig-zag-path (not so easy to spot this point and don’t forget to watch out for stone piles) leading to the pass. The Nebuk-la is at an altitude of 5.385 m and offers a great view of the spectacular scenery. Walk down the valley and follow the river on your left side on an obvious trail. It’ll lead towards another valley on the right. Close to the junction you’ll find a small Doksa (shepherd's hut). From here to Rale, it is possible to walk on both sides of the river. Pitch your tent on 4.415 m a little away from reaching Rale.
Take your time walking through Rale, maybe pay a visit to the small village government school, have a chat with the villagers – it is a nicely located place with people practicing farming and animal husbandry. Continuing on the right of the river-side, you’ll reach a small pass at 4.050 m, and you'll spot some old petroglyphs. You can walk down to meet people working on the road to Rale. Down to Zanmo, the road is dusty but alright to walk. In Zanmo it is better to ask the car to get you from there as the 4 km road to Durbuk is not really pleasant to walk since it goes through the military area.
In Durbuk you could either head for a nice hot shower in a nearby hotel in Tangtse or you could continue directly towards the Pangong lake. And if time gets limited, just head back to Leh via Chang-la.
Dear Overland Escape, My family just returned back from Leh and we all agreed that we left part of our heart there - and one of the biggest reasons why was our experience with the team at Overland Escape. From the moment we arrived everything was smooth and the orientation and meetings at the hotel were very helpful. We were expertly driven to see the sights with Doulje and we quickly became comfortable with him and his very easy going spirit (which was perfect with two kids). He adapted very well to our personality and we shared good laughs. We had quite the adventure with Lobzang, Tulag and Tanzing. The rains interrupted our itinerary, but we always felt comfortable and safe with the decision making ability of the team. When we decided to make the best of it by camping in Zeng Chen they made sure they could make it as special as possible. Dinner that evening was amazing! A very special thank you to Lobzang who really looked after our 8-year old son Alex. Alex especially felt a connection with him and Lobzang was very patient and friendly. I know that creating a special experience for others is not about luck - it's about working hard to build a team of good people and having pride in what you do and where you live. The magic is about making it seem easy even though I know it's not and the team worked really hard. My family will remember this very special experience and we can't wait to come back again.
Our trip was even more memorable and enjoyable because of the facilities that Overland Escape provided us.Mr. Tunduk Namgyal, who drove us in and around Ladakh , was very well versed with the roads, had an excellent idea about the climate and all the information & history about the places we visited. Overland provided us excellent hotel arrangements and made sure our trip was one of the best ever....
It's been a week since we've returned to the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong and we haven't stopped raving and reminiscing about the fabulous time we had trekking from Raru to Shang Sumdo. We just wanted you to know that we have really enjoyed having Namgyal as our guide. His enthusiasm to share his knowledge of the wildlife and the local culture has enriched the experience of our trek tenfold. Just when the walking sometimes gets too tedious, he would point out a herd of blue sheep, a pug mark left by a snow leopard or a few wild asses on a ridge; wild life we would have missed have we been trudging on our own. He knows when to slow down and quicken the pace when there is need. We have felt really safe and well looked after by your staff the whole time. There was one particular river crossing that we were quite worried as we have read that the river can be uncrossable in July. Fortunately with all the prayers and offerings that Namgyal has made to Buddha along the trek, it must have paid off as the river did not swell to an unmanageable level. Namgyal, together with Tulag and Nawang helped us across the river safely.
We've also enjoyed the variety of food Tulag prepared for us every meal and the effort your staff had made to make the dining tent a cosy place to eat (candles and napkins! wow!) His kitchen tent is so organized and as we are used to preparing our own simple food when camping, it is a really pleasant change not to worry about that aspect this time round. He has definitely impressed us with his apple pie, pizza and cake-baking skill. Since our return, I have tried to replicate one of his egg curry recipe but somehow haven't got it quite right yet.
Overall, we have really been very impressed by your attentive and hardworking staff and your recommendation of the trek route couldn't have been better. The remoteness of the trek route is a big plus for us. Thank you for a fabulous trekking experience.
Overland Escape helped us discover the amazing Nubra Valley, then guided us through the spectacular Markha Valley trek and also arranged for a successful summit bid on Kang Yatze 2 (6200m). An amazing trek! Overland were professional and friendly. Our guide (Namgyal) and support team were fantastic and we would highly recommend them to anyone wanting to experience the wonders of Ladakh. We would love to return and will certainly be in touch with Overland Escape to plan our next adventure....
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That’s about all Ladhkhi I could learn in one week from Tundup.
Recently my wife and me had the pleasure of visiting Leh and some of the popular surrounding areas like Ule / Lamayuru, Nubra Valley and Pangong lake.
Our visit was from July 3 to 10, 2016 and was indeed a very nice trip. This was made possible because of the 2 persons who attended and took care of us.
One was Mr Tsetan, who took care of our welfare and gave us the necessary guidance, advise which is much needed in a new place. The second person was our driver, Tundup, who drives the Innova
with regn no. JK ------2962. Tundup was always very prompt, well behaved , courteous and acted as the perfect guide. Through you, I would like to thank both of them for making our visit to Leh memorable indeed.
Unfortunately, circumstances did not allow me to meet you while we were in Leh. However, on a personal note, I would like to thank you and your team for taking good care of us. May , by the grace of Lord Buddha, your company grows to greater heights.
Please take care of Tsetan and Tundup. They are both very good boys.
Please do call me if and whenever you are in New Delhi. It will be a pleasure to meet you.
Thanking you very much.
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