Introducing Nubra Valley
The deep valleys of the Shyok and Nubra Rivers offer tremendous yet accessible scenery (permit required) with green oasis villages surrounded by thrillingly stark scree slopes, boulder fields and harsh arid mountains. Visiting from Leh by chartered jeep, including Panamik, Diskit, Hunder and everything in between, costs ₹7624 to ₹8317 per vehicle; ₹8064 to ₹8797 if you add Ensa Gompa; ₹9466 to ₹10,326 with Turtuk. While it’s possible to do all that in two days, lengthy view stops are the main attraction so taking a third day is recommended.
Almost all visitors go out and back via Khardung but there are two possible alternatives. The narrow road across the very remote Wari La is now mostly asphalted and allows a loop returning via pretty Tangyar to Takthog. Until late August, some fords can prove tough to cross so drivers are often reluctant to come this way. A second possibility is the road linking Khalsar to Durbuk and thus to Pangong Tso. While we know of at least one cyclist who succeeded in taking that route, there is some doubt as to its legality for foreigners and it has been impassably washed out on several occasions.