Taking an overnight trip to Nubra Valley in Ladakh through the Khardung La pass, the gateway to one of the most enchanted and unexplored landscapes, is an experience one must put right on the top of their bucket list, as a traveller and adventurer. Let’s talk about Khardung La and Nubra valley a little more briefly:
Popularly as the gateway to enchanted landscapes, this mountain pass is famous amongst regular tourists and adventurists alike. Situated at an elevated height of 5359 meters, Khardung La is located in the Leh district of the Indian Union Territory and is acclaimed to be the highest motorable pass in the world. Lying on the major caravan route linking Leh to Kashgar in Central Asia, Khardung La is significant and historic.
Maintained by the Border Roads Organisation, Khardung La pass was constructed in 1976 and made accessible to motor vehicles in 1988 and is of utmost strategic importance as it is used to carry goods up to the Siachen Glacier.
Siachen Glacier :
Siachen Glacier has Located around 40 km from Leh by road; the best time to visit this mountain pass is between the months from March to May or during September- October as the region witnesses an abundant availability of Sunshine during the summer, with a temperature of around 21 degrees celsius, although the nights are comparatively cold and can experience and significant drop down to 7 degrees Celsius or below.
Weather in Siachen Glacier :
Weather in Siachen Glacier, especially during the monsoon and the winter, is nearly impossible to access the roads due to incessant rainfall or heavy snowfall, causing road blockage for tourists. And, as the pass roads are usually not the most comfortable conditions due to melted snow, landslides, and broken rocks, it is imperative to have the trip pre-planned.
Nubra valley is a high altitude cold desert and is an extension of the Tibetan Plateau that begins in China and extends upto Ladakh and also separates The Ladakh Range from the Karakoram Range. With its deep-cut gorge created from the combined effects of Shyok and Nubra (Siachen) rivers, Nubra Valley is one of the most breathtakingly stunning parts of the moonscapes of Ladakh and houses wonders like Diskit Monastery, Samstanling Gompa, Hunder Sand dunes, Yarab Tso Lake along with the villages of Turtuk and Panamik. As the gateway to the higher reaches of the country like Siachen, Nubra Valley has Diskit as an sanctum of a town in its heart which is a beautiful place to halt and reflect at the bewildering beauty around. And not to forget, the white sand dunes of Hunder that leave its visitors awestruck with the different shapes and forms of the dunes at different times of the year, along with the sight of the double- humped Bactrian Camels offering rides amidst the dunes. At the end of the day, one can easily head onto the Diskit Monastery to visit the towering statue of Maitreya Buddha which stands like it blesses the entire valley and looks over it for another day to come . As the Nubra Valley passes via the mighty Khardung La which is the highest motorable civilian all weather pass, it is accessible throughout the year, although the best time to visit and have this life revolting experience is during April to June and September to October. With a plethora of accommodation choices like the Hotel Sten-del, Hotel Lhas Thang, StepInn Nubra Valley, Hotel Real Siachen,Lchang Nang Retreat, Hotel Grand Nubra, Hotel Yarab TSO Nubra, Wooden Nest and Heritage Thongsal; and with its green patches, brown hills and the green river flowing right by everything, Nubra Valley is the ultimate bucket list destination for every traveller and adventurer.
BEST Hotels in Nubra valley :
With a plethora of accommodation, Nubra valley offers different choices of hotels like the Hotel Sten-del, Hotel Lhasa Thang, StepInn Nubra Valley, Hotel Real Siachen, Lchang Nang Retreat, Hotel Grand Nubra, Hotel Yarab TSO Nubra, Wooden Nest, and Heritage Thongsala. With its green patches, brown hills, and the green river flowing right by everything, Nubra Valley is the ultimate bucket list destination for every traveller and adventurer.