The Nubra valley tour starts with crossing the Khardung La pass, the world’s highest motorable road at an altitude of 5,602 metres above sea level. Khardung La pass connects Leh to the Nubra valley and it is strategically important to the Indian military force because it is used to carry supplies to the soldiers posted at the Siachen glacier near the India-Pakistan border.
The Nubra valley itself lies at an altitude of 3,100 metres above sea level (it is lower than Leh). Diskit monastery is the largest gompa in the valley, it was built in the fifteenth century on the side of rocky hill. It offers a spectacular view on the valley. A gigantic 32-metre-tall statue of Maitreya Buddha is located a few hundred meters away from the monastery.
Ten kilometres after Diskit, you can enjoy a double-humped Bactrian camel ride at Hunder sand dunes. With one extra day, you could drive all the way to Turtuk, a beautiful and peaceful Muslim village located just 12 kilometres from the Pakistan border.
Go and relax in Panamik village which is well known for its sulphur hot spring that is believed to have medicinal virtues. Visit Samstanling monastery in Sumur before heading back to Leh.
You can choose if you want to include Turtuk village and Panamik hot spring in your tour to Nubra valley: